Tell Me Something Tuesday with Elena: Long Running Book Series…

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This topic was discussed a couple of weeks ago, but I find it interesting to ponder upon:

Do you like to jump on board and start a series when it already has ten books or more out?

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Tell Me Something Tuesday with Elena: What are the books that will always remain on your shelf?

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a a weekly discussion hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings where we discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

This week’s topic: What are the books that will always remain on your shelf?

I have a loooooong list of favorite books, but there are some of them I know I’ll never part from. Here they are:

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Elena’s Picks: O…Those Love Scenes…(part 1)

Last week I shared some of my favorite kissing scenes in books and this time I wanted to share with you some of my favorite love scenes—scenes that make your blood pump fast in your veins…

To me a love scene doesn’t have to be detailed to be hot and sensual. I mostly focus on when it occurs in the story, what is the relationship between the two characters when they make love and of course, like in kissing scenes, I need to feel the chemistry between the characters in order for me to consider a love scene a well written one.

Here are some of my favorite love scenes in books. I warn you, have a fan handy because you’ll need it 😉

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Elena’s Picks: Say it with a Kiss…(part 1)

How many times have we watched and re-watched kissing scenes in movies? Several of them have become iconic and still make us feel butterflies in the stomach. For a kissing scene to be good, we must see  the chemistry between the actors otherwise the result is kind of awkward…

Same goes with kissing scenes in books. How many times have we happy sighed while reading a kissing scene? A lot, I guess 😉 The kisses can be sweet, tender, feral, passionate… If a kissing scene is a well written one, it makes us feel the chemistry between the two characters, the love they have for one another, the passion that fuels…

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Elena reviews: Perfect by Judith McNaught ( Second Opportunities #2)

A rootless foster child, Julie Mathison had blossomed under the love showered upon her by her adoptive family. Now a lovely and vivacious young woman, she was a respected teacher in her small Texas town, and she passionately lived her ideals. Julie was determined to give back all the kindness she’d received; nothing and no one would ever shatter the perfect life she had fashioned.

Zachary Benedict was an actor/director whose Academy Award-winning career had been shattered when he was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife. After the tall, ruggedly handsome Zack escaped from a Texas prison, he abducted Julie and forced her to drive him to his Colorado mountain hideout. She was outraged, cautious, and unable to ignore the instincts that whispered of his innocence. He was cynical, wary, and increasingly attracted to her. Passion was about to capture them both in its fierce embrace…but the journey to trust, true commitment, and proving Zack’s innocence was just beginning….

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Elena reviews: Paradise by Judith McNaught ( Second Opportunities #1)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught brings us her most wonderful, deeply emotional novel yet…a spellbinding story of youthful passion, family loyalties, and the fateful events that lead two special lovers to the miracle of a second chance.

Meredith Bancroft, a serenley beautiful blonde, and Matthew Farrell, an intense, magnetic tycoon, are both haunted by their once-in-a-lifetime love…betrayed in a conflict of heartache and pain. When the Bancroft family empire is threatened by a hostile takeover attempt, Meredith is forced to turn to Matt. As tensions build between them, leaving them both uncertain, restless…and falling in love again…

Filled with the passion, tenderness, and deep understanding of love that are Judith McNaught’s unique trademark, PARADISE is her most memorable love story yet…a novel to treasure forever.

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Elena reviews: Until You by Judith McNaught (Westmoreland #3)

New York Times  bestselling author Judith McNaught  sweeps readers from the wilds of America to elegant 1820s London in this unforgettable romantic adventure.

A teacher in a school for wealthy young ladies, Sheridan Bromleig  is hired to accompany one of hers students, heiress Charise Lancaster, to England to meet her fiancé. When her charge elopes with a stranger, Sheridan wonders how she will ever explain it to Charise’s intended, Lord Burleton.

Standing on the pier, Stephen Westmoreland, the Earl of Langford, assumes the young woman coming toward him is Charise Lancaster–and informs her of his inadvertent role in a fatal accident involving Lord Burtleton the night before. And just as Sheridan is about to speak, she steps into the path of a cargo net loaded with crates.

Sheridan awakens in Westmoreland’s mansion with no memory of who she is; the only hint of her past is the puzzling fact that everyone calls her Miss Lancaster. All she truly knows is that she is falling in love with a handsome English earl, and that the life unfolding before her seems full of wondrous possibilities…

This book is the third of the Westmoreland series and focuses on  Stephen Westmoreland, the Earl of Langford, whom we previously met in Whitney, My Love ( of which you can read my review here)  and who’s Clayton’s brother.  I quickly grew fond of his character when we were first introduced to him and so it was a great pleasure to see that Judith McNaught decided to give him a story of his own in  Until You.

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Coming Up This Week…

Monday April 9th-Tamie Reviews-The Night Huntress series

by Jeanine Frost

Tuesday April 10th- Elena Reviews- Until You

by Judith McNaught

Wednesday April 11th- My Book Boyfriend: Daegus

Highlander series book 5 by Karen Marie Moning

Thursday April 12th- Gina Reviews- The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Friday April 13th- Annie flys solo this week on FanFic Friday

Saturday April 14th- Sexy Sentence Saturday

I continue finding more gems in Gabriel’s Inferno

Tamie Xo

Review: Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

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“Whitney, My Love” stands as Judith McNaught’s timeless bestseller–a novel so rich with laughter, tears, and the power of dreams that millions of readers have returned to it again and again to savor its beauty and majesty.

Under the dark, languorous eyes of Clayton Westmoreland, the Duke of Claymore, Whitney Stone grew from a saucy hoyden into a ravishingly sensual woman. Fresh from her triumphs in Paris society, she returned to England to win the heart of Paul, her childhood love…only to be bargained away by her bankrupt father to the handsome, arrogant duke. Outraged, she defies her new lord. But even as his smoldering passion seduces her into a gathering storm of desire, Whitney cannot–and will not– relinquish her dream of perfect love.


“Whitney, My Love” is the second book in the Westmoreland series, coming right after  “A Kindgdom of Dreams” ( of which, if you are interested,  you can read my review here.) Curious fact, though, “Whitney, My Love”  was the first book ever written by Judith McNaught, and when she saw the huge success it gained, so much that it soon became a New York Times bestseller, she decided to write a story about the first ever Duke of Claymore and his beloved, story that sets up “A Kingdom of Dreams”.

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Coming Up This Week…

What a great week we just had at Bookish Temptations, dubbed by many as Rehv’s week 🙂

1st I’ll tell you what’s on the agenda for this week and then let’s look ahead a bit…

Monday March 19th- Elena reviews: Whitney, My Love

by Judith McNaught

Tuesday March 20th- Book Blogger Confessions

Wednesday March 21st- Observations

**Tamie shares some new ones**

Thursday March 22nd- Gina reviews: Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

**Book 8 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series**

Friday March 23rd- FanFic Friday with Debb and Annie

Saturday March 24th- Sexy Sentence Saturday

*Sentences from the Supernova series by CL Parker*

Some upcoming news that I want you to be aware of…

If you somehow missed it…and with all the excitement it generated I’m surprised if you did… SR is writing a Fantasy Date for the Professor and I. Do you have any idea how happy I am about this?!? OMG! I’m beyond happy to be honest…this propelled me straight into the ecstatic stratosphere. Gabriel and Tamie…on a date?!? WoW!  When he tweeted THAT stunner?!? I excitedly tried to jump up out of my chair…and instead I slid off of the slippery leather…right onto my…yeah…it wasn’t pretty, but it was pretty funny.

Know what I did yesterday to celebrate this very special event?!? I went out and bought some VERY high heels with the Professor in mind. I gotta tell ya…I haven’t bought heels that high in a really long time, but for him…O yeah!

Don’t worry… I’ll let you know the when of it with plenty of advance notice…so you can take the day off from work. I’m sure we’ll all be useless  😉

In other Gabriel’s Inferno news…SR will also be releasing a teaser from the upcoming sequel here at Bookish Temptations in April…I know you’re all just squirming impatiently to read that…ME TOO!!!

Geez, I love it when I can pass along such good stuff to share with you **Happy Sigh**

Tamie Xo