Thursday, 23 March 2017

Sins of Empire - Brian McClellan

An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy.

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place - a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with wile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present.

As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries. 

My thoughts:
After finishing the last trilogy I knew I had to read more by this author, and I did not have to wait long for this new series. I dove in head first and it's just one of those books you want to finish in a day, not matter length.

This one takes place 10 years later in a new place, with new people, except for Vlora, we saw her in the last series too. But you do not have to read that one to enjoy this one. This is a new country, new people, new conflicts, and when old things are mentioned it just breathes life into the novel. Of course you should totally still read that other series cos it was awesome.

It's a nation ruled by a powerful woman, but there is unrest. The people who lived there before is looked down upon and they want more say in matters. We get to know this world via a Michel, a spy. I always like those to investigate things and try to find out more what is happening so I liked him. Then we have Ben Stryke who has been in a work camp and is trying to get his life together again. He had some secrets. And of course Vlora, a general who with her merchants are paid by the chancellor. She is strong, she is awesome and takes no BS.

Rebels need to be flushed out. Conspiracies to be found and then there are even more secrets. It takes place in this city and everything is just alive. He does political intrigues so well and there is always something happening.

Conclusion:
I am totally looking forward to more. He is a really good writer. I liked his style of fantasy.

Cover
Nice

Paperback, 604 pages
Published March 9th 2017 by Orbit
Gods of Blood and Powder #1
Fantasy
Own


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

An unwavering trust - LL Diamond

Two strangers with no one to turn to but each other… Fitzwilliam Darcy is in a difficult situation. His father is pressing him to propose marriage to the last woman in the world he would wish to take as his wife. With a fortnight to announce his betrothal, he makes the acquaintance of Elizabeth Bennet, who is in a predicament of her own. Could Darcy be willing to consider Elizabeth as a solution to his problem and to hers? And can Elizabeth ascertain enough of Darcy’s character to trust him upon nothing but a first impression? 

My thoughts:
This was different. It started at an earlier date and well some of the people that used to be nice were asshats. And of course there are some changes in Lizzy's family too, you will see.

Darcy's dad wants him to marry Anne and gives him two weeks. Then he meets Lizzy. And yes yes we all know they will marry cos he does not want to marry Anne. And well just say Lizzy needs to marry too.

So this book was about them getting to know each other. It had some ups and downs. Darcy is still Darcy. But they never had that drama in the beginning so they started off on a different footing. They liked each other and they fell in love.

But there are other kinds of drama. There is always Wickham, that SOB.

Conclusion:
I enjoyed it. 

Cover
meh

Paperback, First Edition, 452 pages
Published May 20th 2015 by Independent Publisher
Pride and Prejudice variation
Own


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Heart of what was lost - Tad Williams

Following directly on from the events of TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER, the Norns and the Storm King Ineluki have been defeated at the Battle for the Hayholt; Seoman and Miriamele, the new king and queen, order their victorious armies to shadow the retreating Norns.

One of the enemy group is escorting the huge funeral cortege of one of their leaders, on their journey they become detached and trapped in the ancient fortress of Tangleroot on the frontier. As well as their dead lord, they carry a great magical artefact, a stone called the Heart of What Was Lost, one of the last relics of their ancient civilization. Soon the fortress is invested, the battle commences, and bloodshed and magic flow.

My thoughts:
I read Memory, Sorrow and Thorn ages ago. I really can't remember anything. Except for like 3 names and the cover of the last book.

This book takes place 6 months after that series ended and is a sort of conclusion to that series, but also a prequel to the new one. 

The bad guys are running back to the mountains and the good guys are chasing them...BUT, damn I rooted for the bad guys! Did I hate them back when? I have no idea. But here he made me sympathise with them. They wanted their land back. They wanted to protect their people. And if the humans won this last siege then everyone woman and child would be killed, raped and left to rot. The humans were angry and no, I did not see it from the perspective. I rooted for the Norns. I really liked how he did that. And I hope that in this new series I can still root for them, but I fear they might turn really bad and mad again.

Conclusion:
I really enjoyed this short book. And I must read the series that comes out this summer. I am def looking forward to it now.

Cover
nice

Hardcover, 210 pages
Published January 5th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
The Last King of Osten Ard 0.5, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn #3.5
Fantasy
Library


Monday, 20 March 2017

Carole's Monday Review: The last gods of Indochine - Samuel Ferrer

Author:  Samuel Ferrer
Title: The Last Gods of Indochine
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 439
Published: September 20th 2016
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

Jacquie Mouhot and Paaku the Lotus-Born are divided by six centuries but linked by a common curse. In medieval Cambodia, Paaku is an orphan whose community believes he may be a reluctant incarnation of a god, causing sectarian turmoil for the kingdom's leaders. Meanwhile, in 1921, Jacquie follows the footsteps of her grandfather, a famous explorer, to Indochina, where she becomes immersed in the tragedy of Paaku's history: a story simultaneously unfolding in the intertwined present and past, a story in which she still has a vital role to play.




I can't help but love books like these. Two different story lines, but ultimately connected. The past has a way of really playing a role in the present. Can't get enough of books like this!



But this follows Jacquie and Paaku. Jacquie is the granddaughter of an explorer and she decides to do some traveling. Paaku is a poor kid that is being forced into the world of politics and religion because they think he is the incarnation of a god. There is really a third character mixed in and that is Jacquie's granddad since we get a glimpse from his POV through diary entries. I think the blending of the three stories was done well. 



I felt bad for Paaku.



Jacquie was an interesting character, especially near the end. Did I like her? I don't think so, but she was interesting and complex. I really didn't except the big reveal at the end. 



It took a while for me to really get into the story. The first few chapter were meh, but it got better around halfway. Took a while, but once I was hooked, I was hooked. I finished the second half of the book within one sitting. 



Now..the ending was good, but I'm mad. HOW CAN LEAVE ME LIKE THIS!? I MUST KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT!!!!! GAHHHH! It was a very open-ended ending. I hope there is another book or even a short story that wraps everything up with a nice bow. Too much left unanswered. What is Jacquie going to do next? GAH! *shakes fist* BUT like I said...very good overall.



In the end, this was pretty good. It took me a while to really get into the story. A little longer than I like, but I held on and then at the halfway point I was hooked. The ending left me wanting more. The characters were interesting and complex. I didn't really connect with anyone. But I found them intriguing and that kept me going. I do recommend this for those that like historical fictions and complex situations and people. Out of five stars, I shall give this...mmmm....3 stars. Nearly a four.



About Carole the Reviewer

What is there really to say? I am of course a lover of books, poetry, movies, plays, and music. Nothing is better than enjoying a cup of tea and immersing yourself in another world and forgetting about the world for just a little bit. My cat and chinchillas keep me entertained over here in Michigan (the mitten state of the USA). I'm game for any genre of book or movie. You can find me over at Carole Rae's Random Ramblings.











Saturday, 18 March 2017

DNF


I have another batch of dnfs, I did not want to post them all at once. Since January I have been reading many from the bottom of my TBR so the ones I have left are good books. These are mostly those I have taken from the library Take One Leave one table. And back there they gave gone.

Meh, weird.

First of it was boring
Second the heroine was so perfect
Third The hero, the way he was described...yeah
Fourth No

Meh meh meh

Not exactly bad, but for me to read 800 pages it has to be better than ok.
Too many fast pov changes. I need to get to know people to care

I tried, it was ok, but more and more povs showed up. Out of thin air and I never got to know them. I do not mind many povs but I could not remember anyone or care


Friday, 17 March 2017

#FitReaders: Weekly Check-in March 17 2017

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My week:

Sat 1 h walk
Sun 30 min skiiing, 15 min walk
Mon 45 min water aerobics
Tue  40 min walk
Wed  4 km bike, 15 min walk
Thu  2 k bike,  30 min walk
Fri  45 min walk



Thursday, 16 March 2017

To tame a dangerous lord - Nicole Jordan

Dangerously sexy nobleman and former spymaster Rayne Kenyon, Earl of Haviland, has no interest in love. He merely desires an heir to carry on his title and therefore must have a wife. Rayne makes a surprising choice of brides by settling on the plain spinster daughter of a fellow spy who once saved his life. But the spirited and witty Madeline Ellis proves much more than Rayne bargained for.

Dazed by Rayne’s smoldering kisses, Madeline knows that she’s at last found love—with a man determined to avoid it. Once wedded, she decides to take fate into her own hands. Maybe, just maybe, she can kindle the fires in Rayne’s heart by turning her plain, ordinary self into a dazzling temptress. With a little help from the Loring sisters, the earl’s artless new wife becomes a beautiful, bold seductress in their marriage bed. But who could imagine that a simple marriage of convenience can suddenly be flooded with danger, desire, and unexpected love?

My thoughts:
I thought this one was much older, not creepy old, but older. It was just something about how he kissed her way too quickly, how she fell so quickly. It was old schoolish.

Riiight, so we have Madeleine who wants a new job.
Rayne who needs a bride so his gran can leave him al0ne.
They meet, soon they marry and she is all he is so awesome, but will never love me! But...he at least seems happy to do you every chance he gets. 

There is some spying, some helping a friend, making new friends, a brother in trouble and of course the most important NO COMMUNICATION. Talk to each other people. TALK!!! That did get annoying.

Conclusion:
But, it was more than ok. Not by much though, too old schoolish, way too much non communication. But still good.

Cover
meh

Mass Market Paperback, 455 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published December 29th 2009)
Courtship Wars #5
Historical romance
Own


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Carole's Wednesday Review: The Ugly teapot - Fred Holmes

Author:  Fred Holmes
Title: The Ugly Teapot (Book One - Hannah)
Genre: YA, Children's book, and Fantasy
Pages: ebook
Expected publication: March 2016
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world. 


To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special. 



Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do. 



She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .



I was immediately drawn to this book because it is unique. It is different and I needed to read to see what would happen to Hannah and her wishes.



Now, Hannah is a young girl who's father died. Through the convincing of her dog, Griff, (yes they can speak with each other telepathically - which is so cool) she decides to give the teapot/lamp a rub with a single wish in mind...to bring her Father back. Well...things happen and not how Hannah wanted them to. 



This story really does have some good moral lessons mixed in. I liked it, especially since this is intended for a younger audience. It's a good ready even for adults. It is simple and quick to read, but it was good. 



It was a little dark in some places, but not too dark where it would scare kids. It felt like those old school stories my parents would tell me when I was younger. Good stories were not everything is rainbows and kittens, because it is a story to teach you something. I think the best lesson that everyone needs to learn at a young age is that life is not fair and bad things happen. It is all about coping and moving forward.



Hannah was an interesting character. I wanted to learn more about her and her dog. They have some weird ability to communicate telepathically. It was really kinda cool and interesting. I also wanted to learn more about her dad. I did want to kick the mom. How blind can one person be? I get she is mourning her dead husband, but everything could've been avoided if she had been even remotely paying attention. 



The best part of this book was the ending. It was mind-blowing. I did NOT expect it at all. It made me a little sad especially one aspect. WHY!? So sad! 



In the end, this was good. It is a good story for adults and for young adults (I would say between 12+ personally). There are some dark parts, ridiculous parts, funny parts, and heart-felt, but it all complimented each other well and created a good story that teaches some lessons. The ending was insane and sad, but overall well done. I shall stamp this with 4 stars.





Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Obelisk Gate - NK Jemisin

The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, savior – has returned with a mission: to train his successor, Essun, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever.

It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy.

It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last.

The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken. 

My thoughts:
By the GODS! This was so freaking boring! It started from page 1. Everything I felt for book 1 was just poof gone! And I do have that problem with her books. That blood moon whatever series, dnfed from start. Her first series, loved book 1 then it just went down. They are not consistent for me.

That woman from book 1 stayed in one place and was boring
Her daughter was in another place and took a bigger place in the book and yawn

Conclusion:
Utter disappointment. I should just have quit.

Cover
meh

Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 18th 2016 by Orbit
The Broken Earth #2
Fantasy
Library


Monday, 13 March 2017

Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave.

My thoughts:
I am sad to see this series end, I just started to enjoy it! I did have a rocky start with this series and had given up because I found Meg So annoying. But I waited 2,5 years, gave in and read book 2, and slowly it got better and I loved book 4.

So I went into this one rooting for Meg and Simon. I now liked this world and these people (even though so many more humans should die! They never change!!! Die die!)

I was surprised how much of it was focused on just the interactions between Cyrus and the courtyard. That motherf should burn! I hated him with a passion. I wanted him to get thrown out to get his flesh torn from his bones. You do not mess with my people man! But Elders are there watching. Everyone is trying to keep the fragile peace. If one thing go wrong, then what hope does humankind have in this world? And you knew it would get worse and worse and worse. And it does. I kept rushing to the end to see what happened. 

Conclusion:
I am happy with the ending. It felt like a new start. But I am sad to see this series ending. And yes yes I have seen more is coming but that is about other people, and mystery and it does not sound as good. Well that is just cos I like this series now.

Cover
they are all meh

ebook, 416 pages
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Roc
The Others #5
UF


Sunday, 12 March 2017

DNF



I hate tiny text...also it was boring

I was bored, then I saw it was a series and I was all, no way, I can't be bothered

First the text was horrible, everything in bold, wtf, I could hardly read it
Second, well it was boring

Big yawn


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Saturday Movie Night: Room


Hello everyone! This month Carole and I are reviewing, Room. I am pink and Carole green. 


Title:  Room
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 1 hour and 58 mins
Rating: R
Released: 2015


 the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical--they are trapped--confined to a 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.



TRAILER: 



DISCUSSION: 

Well...holy feels all over the place with this one.

I really liked the book it was based on, so I knew it would be emotional. But I must say the book was better. There was this feeling there that the movie just could not portray. But omg. It made me cry a lot.

I have heard of the book but I have not read it myself. I want to, I am adding it to my TBR. Books are 99.9% always better than the movie. But I feel this was really well done. It was pretty cool and interesting that they did the movie through the boys eyes. Normally with stories like this it is in the adults eyes. Poor kid. Poor lady.

That is how the book was, and that is why some did not like it because of his simple language and views. I thought it great, because it took away some of the horror at times. He was just innocent and did not really know what was going on. Especially when he was in the closet. I am glad they kept it.

I’m glad that they kept it then. Sure the lady’s story is a heart-wrenching story too, but the innocence of the little boy really crushed my heart in both a sad and happy way. They picked the cutest little boy and he did really well.

The mum’s story sure made me cry too, but this was his story more, and that was good. I liked to see him moving on. Her story in all its tragedy was just so sad. I did not need to cry more.

I can’t even imagine going through that! How horrible. How sad. That dad (her dad, his gramps) made me want to kick him! GAH! I was furious at him.

I can totally understand him, but arghhh *kicks him* Not cool man. Also that woman who did the interview, effing B%¤&¤!

OMG I KNOW! I was yelling at the screen!!!! What a witch!!!!!!!! Like...if I was the lawyer I would’ve flown into a rage and canceled the interview. Terrible and horrific questions.

Like there was a choice. Like she could have trusted that other choice if made. How could that woman even ask that. Yes the lawyer should just have kicked them out.

The baddie would’ve just killed the kid. So that was not even a choice. Plus that kid is young enough and he can recoup...what BS questions. SMH I’m still angry! LOL

Exactly! Like he would have brought him somewhere where they would like DNA test him. As if. You do not leave a trail like that. It just broke me when I saw how sad she got. How she thought it would have been better.

That mum and her parents had so much guilt and the boy was just so confused about everything. SO SAD BUT SO GOOD!

I really liked how her mum’s new man was the one who made an effort at first. And gran of course. That made me happy.

Yes I loved the stepgramp and the grandma. They were sweet. I loved the scene with the boy and the grandma. I cried happy tears.

It was so lovely to see, and then when he said he loved her. Omg, getting tears again.

GAH! Now you got me going. *sniff* But yes, they really were good to that boy. Dumb gramps. >_> I love the actor, but I’m so annoyed.

It’s tough to handle. Seeing your daughter, her son. Knowing…

I know, I know, but he should realize that little boy was her angel and he saved her. She would’ve never gotten free. She would’ve died alone in there.

Old Nick would probably have killed her before and gotten someone else.

For sure. She was getting old...she was 24 after all…...but I hated that name they gave the baddie. I feel like it is forever going to ruin Xmas for the boy! D:

Santa is creepy too

TRUE BUT it is even more creepy now that “Old Nick” gets you locked in the closet and is bad to your mum……….I hope that perv got thrown in jail. I do wish the movie gave more of an answer for what happened to the bad man

They did catch him, but all I thought was, for how long will he be in? When he gets out can he get custody just to eff with her? Horrible thought

I don’t think he could get custody but IDK how long he will be in jail. I believe this was set in Ohio and they do not have the death penalty….so prolly 20 years in jail and then he’s free to kidnap another girl. SMH.

These days you never know. I mean a woman is just an incubator after all.
Life sentence asshole! I hope someone killed him in jail.

Me too! Crimes like that are horrible.

So any final thoughts? I thought it was good and yes made me cry a lot.

Mmmm, I do want to watch it again. It is worth another watch. That is all I got. You?
I could not handle watching it again. Especially not with preggo hormones. But watch it, or read the book. Definitely a recommendation.

LOL that is true. Those preggo hormones are crazy ;D. But even with no preggo hormones I was a wreck! Good movie all-in-all. The end?

The end



Friday, 10 March 2017

#FitReaders: Weekly Check-in March 10 2017

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Sat 40 min walk
Sun 20 min skiiing
Mon 45 min water aerobics
Tue  30 min walk. 2 km bike
Wed  4 km bike, 30 min walk
Thu  1 h zumba toning, 30 min walk
Fri 4 km bike, 45 min walk




Thursday, 9 March 2017

An unsuitable marriage - Colette Dartford

Olivia always thought she had the perfect family life. A loving husband in Geoffrey, a thoughtful and intelligent son in Edward and a beautiful home in the Somerset countryside.

But all that changed when Geoffrey's business went under. Now penniless and homeless, Geoffrey is living with his recently widowed mother, whilst Olivia has been forced to take a job as housemistress at her son's elite boarding school.

Soon the cracks in the relationship start to show. And, increasingly desperate, Geoffrey makes a mistake. One that could have consequences for the whole family . . .

My thoughts:
This is about a marriage that is falling apart, and with that their world.

Geoffrey lost his business. The people in the village does not exactly say hi to him anymore, and he has to live with his mother. Olivia moved in at her son's boarding school for free room and pay. She is the one that seems to be doing better. She is trying to move on, to make something of their new life. While he is stuck in the rut of living at home doing nothing.

So yes of course their marriage took a hit from that, and from them living apart. But honestly, were they even good for each other? Sure they loved each other, but did they marry for the right reason? No. That does make it harder to keep up when things get tough.

The story is also about her new life at the school, trying to keep up with everything, and the drama that teenage boys can make.

And they make mistakes. Olivia, Geoffrey, their son. But then everyone makes mistakes, but some mistakes are not really mistakes.

Oh and the grandma, ugh, I can totally understand why Olivia chose to live at the school instead. Trust me.

Conclusion;
A good book that shows the cracks in real life. I liked how it all ended.

Cover
Very spring looking

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 9th 2017 by Zaffre
Fiction /women's fic
for review


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

If the Duke Demands - Anna Harrington

Miranda Hodgkins has only ever wanted one thing: to marry Robert Carlisle. And she simply can't wait a moment longer. During the Carlisle family masquerade ball, Miranda boldly sneaks into his bedchamber with seduction on her mind. Soon she's swept into rock-hard arms for the most breathtaking kiss of her life. But when the masks come off, she's horrified to find herself face-to-face with Sebastian, the Duke of Trent—Robert's formidable older brother.

Shocked to find Miranda in his bed, Sebastian quickly offers her a deal to avoid scandal: he'll help her win his brother's heart if she'll find him the perfect wife. But what begins as a simple negotiation soon spirals out of control. For the longer this reformed rake tries to make a match for Miranda, the more he wants to keep her all to himself.

My thoughts:
Ok so I know I like the hit people in books over the head, but Sebastian did deserve it later on in the book. *hits him over the head*

Miranda is, how to explain her really, she loves her village, her work, she is lively, and maybe not the most refined. But she was a delightful heroine. Except for when she went into her crush's bedroom *hits her over the head too* That was such a stupid thing to too.

While Sebastian used to be out there, he is now proper and just wants to find a good wife.

They are so good for each other, but she likes his brother and he wants the perfect boring wife. Which made it enjoyable to see them fall in love. Except for that time when I wanted to hit him cos he thought stupid things. Oh stupid men. Which also made me dislike his brothers at one time cos I wanted them to be upset. And see I am rambling, but you will see.

Conclusion;
Enjoyable.

Cover
nice

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Forever
Capturing the Carlisles #1
Historical romance
NetGalley


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Last night with the duke - Amelia Grey

The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling around London that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind--until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.

Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride.

My thoughts:
I like Grey's books, they are always nice. In this story we have a handsome Duke (like they are ever ugly) and a chaperone. Which did cause some tension, especially when he called her servant, which she is, but still, it does show in the beginning where his mind is.

Right, so we have Essie who has a past. Not a bad past, more her family has a past. She does not work as a governess anymore, instead she runs an employment agency. But what a Duke wants a duke gets. And she is not stupid, she sees the money in it.

Griffin also has a past cos of a stupid bet with his bffs. I mean so stupid and not nice either. But he was really young and stupid. And now he has sisters to protect since someone wants to make them pay for it. But he was a nice man, a gentleman who had learned his lesson. And I did enjoy see him falling for Essie. He went from servant to damn to I need her.

She tries to chaperone. He grows more interested in her. She tries to stay away. There is the mystery of does someone want to do harm to his sisters? And Essie having troubles with her sister. And then they all lived happily ever after.

Conclusion:
A nice story. 

Cover
nice

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
The Rakes of St:James #1
Historical romance
NetGalley


Monday, 6 March 2017

Last Dance - Jeffe Kennedy

It was five minutes. His hand on the small of her back. His eyes watching like there was no one else in the crowded club. His body a breath away from hers. A kiss full of heat and need and promise. 

But then the stranger disappears. And Charlotte Emory can’t forget him. Worse, according to the dating Rules she and her four best friends swear by, all she can do is post an ad online. No names, no numbers. Just a missed connection – and the hope he’ll meet her, and see where another dance leads.

Except Mr. Mystery has his game, too, and he isn’t playing for only one night. He tempts Charley into a daring exploration of power, lust, and suspense, where even the most innocent requests sound indecent…and the indecent ones make her burn all night.

If she plays by the Rules, they’ll never get past teasing each other. But rules were made to be broken… 

My thoughts:
Charlotte follows a few dating rules, and I must say, they do make it harder to meet guys cos she seems to diss them fast.

This story is about her meeting Mr Mystery, and frankly, he did push a few of my buttons. He was a bit stalkerish (but there is a reason). He played by his own rules to show her her rules were nothing. I got how he was how he was then. Her rules made it near impossible to win so he had to do what he could. Still, he was weird, even if I forgave it in the end.

Lots of smexy times, and as you know me skimming those. But yes loooots for a novella. So you guys will love that. A bit more  E romance than Contemporary romance.

Conclusion:
See the game player get played by her own rules.  A short passionate tale

Cover
Ok


ebook, 104 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Brightlynx Publishing
Contemporary romance
for review


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Best of February


Hi All! Happy March! 

This is just a fun little meme that Carole and I are going to try  and do once a month. Give a little shout-out and "badge" of honor to our favorite book of the month! We are adding a favorite Movie of the month as well. 

First up is Carole's choice:

First, favorite movie:

For February, I have decided to give the trophy to.........The Danish Girl. 


"Out of all the movies I watched last month, this movie really stood out. Yes, it got the highest star rating, BUT it was also a really good and interesting movie. It is a fresh of breath air that goes over such a controversial subject. The cast was good and I applaud the risk that the main actor took. It really could have ended his career. But it did the opposite and enhanced his resume and skill set. You need to watch this." 



And I picked..........................Transformers.

"For my birthday I got the Transformers boxset, and you know what, that one is my fav movie of the month. I have a weird love of the Transformers. I do not like the acting but damn things explode a lot. Lol. It is freaking amazing. Go Transfomers!"


Now, favorite book:

First, my pick.................................Mischling by Affinity Konar



"I actually did not have any mind-blowing books this month. I had good books, and good books are good. Best of those I think Mischling has to be. It was so well-written and haunting. When I looked at my February books this was the one that stood out. It was the book of hope in a dark time. A sad book that was never sad, and an important book because we should never forget."


Carole's choice is..................................Daughter of a Thousand Years by Amalia Carosella



"This wasn't mind-blowing by any means, but it was REALLY good. I could hardly put this down. I think why this stuck out was because of the characters for me. Also, this does cover a centuries old issue with humanity: Religion. The story and characters were complex. A good read for sure."



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What was your favorite book of the month? Please share below! 




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