I’m over at Dear Author with Jayne and a joint review of A Touch of Frost by Jo Goodman. It’s been so long since I read a Jo Goodman book but now I’m wondering why that was because it was so good!
Why I read it: I listened to Devil in Spring recently and it made me want to read Devil in Winter – I was advised to read It Happened One Autumn first so I borrowed it from my library.
What it’s about: (from Goodreads) It happened at the ball…
Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.
It happened in the garden…
When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn’t even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed… thank goodness they weren’t caught very nearly in the act!
It happened one autumn…
Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable… as his bride?
What worked for me (and what didn’t): It took me quite a long time, relatively speaking, to read this book. It wasn’t even really the book. No, I struggled because it was a paperback. For various reasons, I much prefer reading ebooks these days and I found there was a certain reluctance in me to pick it up and hold the darn thing open so I could read it. It was a somewhat surprising revelation. I knew I preferred ebooks but I hadn’t realised just how much until now. I’ll still read the occasional paper book but I am firmly and forever in the ebook camp.
Janine and I are over at Dear Author with a review of Someone To Hold by Mary Balogh. I had mixed feelings about this one. It’s hard to tell how much of it to blame on Donald Trump.
I’m over at Dear Author with Janine and a joint review of Someone to Love by Mary Balogh, book 1 of her new Westcott series. Basically I lapped it up with a spoon. The hero reminded me of Luke from Heartless and we all know how much I adore him! There are some problematic elements however and I expect there will be a huge divide in how people receive it.
Monthly Mini Review
The Scoundrel & I by Katharine Ashe – B Elyssa Patrick was singing the praises of this novella and, as it was only 99c, I snapped it up. While I didn’t love it quite as much as Elyssa did, I did enjoy my time spent with Gabriella (Elle) Flood and Captain Anthony Masinter. The Scoundrel & I is a spinoff novella (from the author’s Falcon Club series) but stands alone well. I expect there will be quite a few readers using this book as a gateway in fact.
Elle works in a printer’s and has been left “in charge” when the owner and his family go on two week’s holiday. And, by “in charge” I mean she is in the shop for reasons which are not made clear, as she’s not allowed to do any actual printing herself. Nonetheless, she resolves to take home the print “chase” for the latest women’s rights pamphlet from Lady Justice so her blind and ailing grandmother can read the type with her fingers. (The backstory doled out along the way explains how this is relevant). Unfortunately, on the way home, Elle is startled by a rider and drops the chase, losing 53 pieces of type and destining her for unemployment at best and prison at worst.
Anthony, when he realises a couple of days later what he has done, resolves to help Elle to restore the type before her employer returns from holiday. Thus restored, no-one need ever know she took the chase out of the shop at all. Used to captaining a ship, Anthony does tend to take charge, even if Elle is not at all keen on having his help – at least, not at first.
I’m over at AudioGals with a review of The Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson, narrated by Fiona Hardingham. The romance is subtle in this tale of the residents of a small English town at the outbreak of WWI. Great listen. While there is a HEA, I still recommend having some tissues handy. There is a war on, after all.