Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Quinn by Iris Johansen

From Goodreads: As a former Navy SEAL turned cop, Joe Quinn has seen the face of evil and knows just how deadly it can be. When he first met Eve Duncan, he never expected to fall in love with a woman whose life would be defined by her dual desires to bring home her missing daughter and discover the truth behind her disappearance---no matter how devastating. With the help of CIA agent Catherine Ling, they make a shocking discovery that sheds new light on young Bonnie’s abduction and puts Quinn squarely in the crosshairs of danger. Eve’s first love, John Gallo, a soldier supposedly killed in the line of duty, is very much alive---and very much a threat.

Finally a "Q" book for the A-Z Reading Challenge. In my enthusiasm to plunge into this Q book and cross that letter off my list, I neglected to notice something important. This is the second book in a trilogy. A trilogy that is itself based on another series. Sigh. So I was not up to speed going in and then....she doesn't resolve ANYTHING during this book. The portion of the ride that I was on was entertaining but, by my own fault, I am left completely unsatisfied. (Except, of course, for the satisfaction in crossing Q off the list.)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

From Goodreads:Gorgeous, sharp, and anything but shy, Chelsea loves men and lots of them. My Horizontal Life chronicles her romp through the different bedrooms of a variety of suitors, a no-holds-barred account of what can happen between a man and a sometimes very intoxicated, outgoing woman during one night of passion. From her short fling with a Vegas stripper to her even shorter dalliance with a well-endowed little person, from her uncomfortable tryst with a cruise ship performer to her misguided rebound with a man who likes to play leather dress-up, Chelsea recalls the highs and lows of her one-night stands with hilarious honesty. Encouraged by her motley collection of friends (aka: her partners in crime) but challenged by her family members (who at times find themselves a surprise part of the encounter), Chelsea hits bottom and bounces back, unafraid to share the gritty details. My Horizontal Life is one guilty pleasure you won't be ashamed to talk about in the morning.
Well, I actually am a little bit embarrassed to talk about this one in the morning - Chelsea Handler is one trashy girl. I knew that from Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea but there it was on the Kindle bestseller list for a mere $1.99 and I thought, "Why not? I've spent two dollars on stupider things than this." And, you know what, it was worth that $1.99, it was funny. I have either gotten used to her raunchiness and was less shocked by it or she toned it down a little bit in this book. While the last one was 75% Ewww and 25% Funny - this seemed to be the reverse or at least 50/50. This book has the honor of being the first book that I read entirely on my iPhone. It was an accidental beginning, I had some time to kill and thought I'd peek at a few pages. But then I kept going back to it again and again and, voila, it was done. A collection of essays is perfect on the iPhone because there is a clear start and stop and you don't have to try to remember anything from one read to the next.

This counts toward the e-book challenge. Click on the logo to see my progress.