Monday, January 23, 2012

A Penny From Heaven And An Alien Love Child: Quickie Reading Update



I finished my first book for the Penelope Project....In For A Penny by Rose Lerner. Holy Canastas! This is a wonderful 5-star read. Charming historical story, adorable characters, lots of emotional conflict, and a kick-ass Penelope. I love "heroic" heroines, and this one fits the bill. It reminded me of an old-school Julia Quinn novel....you fall in love with these flawed characters and pray for their HEA. And you get it. I wish the ending hadn't been so abrupt, but otherwise this book was close to perfection. Rose Lerner has a lovely voice and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.

Grade: A




Next up: Alien Overnight by Robin Rotham. This book looked so weird I just couldn't resist. The book blurb says the heroine is "quirky"....what they should have said was foul-mouthed, rude, irritating and totally unlikable. Frankly, I couldn't understand why the horny alien dudes were so hot to trot with Dr. Teague. They liked her "spunky" attitude....I thought she was horrible. However, the two horny alien dudes were hot alpha guys, with a little bit "extra" (bizarre alien anatomical appendage....and I'll let your imagination run wild with that one). This book had some good points....pretty well-written, interesting alien plot (I really like the premise of an alien planet desperate for females....it's a great concept for a sci fi erotica!), and 2 hunky heroes. Unfortunately, I couldn't stand the heroine. I laughed out loud when they mentioned the "alien love-child"....hee hee! If you're looking for a spicy sci-fi menage story, and you don't mind foul-mouthed, rude heroines, this is a fun read. If bitchy chicks piss you off, skip it.

Grade: B-/C+

Happy Monday,
Penelope

7 comments:

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

Maybe the aliens were deaf or didn't understand Terran or they were just really, really horny. The Cat Star series guys have an interesting appendage anomaly too.

First one sounds great. Love flawed heroines. They show perfection is not a prerequisite to doing the right/good thing.

Penelope said...

Hi Steph! In for a Penny is adorable...the hero is also flawed and sweet and is totally heroic, too. Loved this couple so much!

It seems like all the alien sci-fi dudes have some funky bit o' extras. And it usually has something to do with the bum. Give me a break!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

In for a Penny is going on my list.
Spunky heroine - thumbs up.
Won't discuss the bum.

JenM said...

I'm a total sucker for Regencies featuring non-nobles, so I was all over In For a Penny. Her second book, A Lily Among Thorns has a wonderful beta hero named Solomon who has a noble mother, but chooses to work as a tailor. He's adorable.

Penelope said...

Julia....you will dig it! (The Penny book. Not the bum lovin' in outer space book).

Penelope said...

Oh, Jen!!!! Thank you so much for telling me. I didn't realize she had already published another book...yay! Going to add it onto my TBR pile right now!!!!! Yippee!

Dead Trees and Silver Screens said...

That alien love child cover is very interesting.....so many jokes I could make. Must be good and click away!