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Ana and Chris
Ana and Chris love books, baseball, travel and our families
Interests: Baseball, Comicbooks, romance novels, traveling
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Cassandra Harwood fought her whole life for the chance to study magic at the Great Library. She excelled at Magic despite long-standing tradition reserving its practice to men. But despite admittance to the Great Library and although she might have been the most talented magician of her age, she was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Recently Audible had one of their not-too-infrequent sales, for which I am always a sucker. As I browsed the Fantasy section I stumbled upon this series. I remembered quite a lot of buzz for it among the fantasy and Lit-Fic crowd when the first book came out and I was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I am long time fan of Lauren Dane's contemporaries. I particularly love her Brown Family books. I also have a soft spot for her vampire-themed UF, The Goddess with a Blade series. However before this year I hadn't read any of her paranormals. I've been sampling some of her werewolf... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Hurricanes consumed my reading mood since late August, first it was worrying for friends in Houston, then for my mother and extended family in Puerto Rico as first Irma and then Maria walloped the island. Instead of reading the fantastic ARCs that kept arriving in my inbox, my time was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Puerto Rico is still in crisis. A slow uneven frustrating crisis. My family thankfully is fine. I read the news each morning and pray. I am thankful for all who are helping while knowing the help is not enough and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at A Coqui in Winterfell
I really loved An Unsuitable Heir by K.J. Charles. My review for RT was super-positive, 4 1/2 Stars Top Pick, as I felt it was a fantastic conclusion to what has been a fantastic series by Charles. In her final Sins of the Cities novel, Charles once again makes consent,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This month has been rough. Back to school, back to work but with my attention divided as I watched not just one storm but two hit Puerto Rico. I have a lot family still there including my mother. She and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at A Coqui in Winterfell
Earlier this month in a bid to become more aware of what I have piling up in my ARC and Impulse-buy TBR, I spent a evening sorting through 67 pages of books on my kindle. It was a good exercise. I found a bunch of good books that I forgotten... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Summer is over for me! I am back at work today. I made a dent in a my ARC pile but I still have lots of reviews to write. However, these are a couple of reviews I wrote for RT that are no longer behind the paywall, enjoy! Worth the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Both these books had unapologetically badass heroines. They can kick ass, and save themselves (just like Emma in the Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare which I also read this week), but although they can do it alone, they find people who want to share the load, who want them as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I almost forgot about this week of Aug. It got lost in my planning for the start of the school year and our end of summer vacation. This week navigating NYC and Philadelphia via public transit has reminded of how important it to have people you can share the navigating... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
#RomBkLove August Week 4: Food. Hunger, Want, Thirst, Desire... Who combines food & romance to delicious effect? Food is a big part of my family life, we have a lot traditions built around food. There are dishes we only prepare at Christmas (Coquito or Christmas Log) or foods (Pink beans... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
A week ago I was walking around Montreal with a band of romance readers and writers. Stopping to shop and eat while discussing our favorite romance novels, twitter culture and just generally enjoying each other's company. I am still a bit amazed it actually came together. Last August my husband... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
#RomBkLove August: Week 3: Independence. What does Independence mean in Romance? Which characters seek it? Who gets it? Who sacrifices it? Who makes sacrifices for it? Romance at its core tends to be about Interdependence, about finding someone with whom to share life's challenges. When Independence shows up as theme... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
One of the best things about being a reader is finding reading soul-mates, other readers who enjoy the same kinds of books and possibly wrestle with the same issues about them. Recently Jen, Kini and I had one of those, “you too?” moments over Kristen Ashley’s books. Kristen Ashley’s books... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Who writes the best adventure romances? What are your favorites? I really enjoy adventure romances. I tend to find them by reading Romantic suspense, SFR or fantasy romance. I love how adventure plots often throw characters who would usually avoid each other in to close proximity. Force to work together... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This week I would love to hear from everyone if they read more or less in the summer, what they read (and if it is different than what they reading the rest of the year). What books do you most associate with summer or holiday reading? What makes something a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler were a golden couple, heirs to a growing and successful grocery store chain founded by their grandfathers, until tragic car accident exposed secrets and a stolen inheritance tore their families apart. In the decade since Livvy and Nicholas have only seen each other 9 times,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
These Old Shades was delightful. I really didn’t know what to make of it when I first started reading. I love foppish heroes that are deceptive, perspective and dangerous and it was clear from the first page Justin Alastair would be all three. “He walked mincingly, for the red heels... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
In Spectred Isle, the porous veil that separates the mundane from the magical worlds was almost completely shredded by the terrible choices magic users made during the war. Unusual magical phenomena is more common than it was before the war, and there are less skilled occultists around, since many like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Severine de Cabrillac is a "retired" spy, cultivating a reputation as untouchable spinster who uses her clandestine skills as private inquiry agent. Although surrounded by family and loyal retainers she is haunted by the dark choices she made in the service of Military Intelligence during the wars in Spain. Like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Suzannah's first year as a priest is off to a rocky start. The foodbank project her church called her to spearhead has run into unexpected opposition, she is putting in too many early morning and late nights working on her sermons and worst yet some of her parishioners have noticed.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
We are almost half-way through July. Looking at the discussion so far and the great prompts and posts by Jennifer we will be focusing on Erotic Romance and what we find sexy in Romance. Join us tomorrow Saturday afternoon : Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
In paranormal romance particularly shifter romances (but also seen in Alien SFR, for example, Ice Planet Barbarians), finding one's mate is often complicated/facilitated by the triggering of a mating heat, an instinctual and undeniable sexual call, that is often painful to resist (occasionally even fatal). As their bodies cry out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I am a long-time fan of Ilona Andrews's urban fantasy series. Their books have a great mix of action, humor and often feature hard-working, fiercely independent heroines facing terrible odds. In the Hidden Legacy series, Nevada Baylor is private investigator, desperately trying to hold on to her family's firm. She... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books