Book Review: The Princess Plan by Julia London

princessplanSynopsis: All anyone can talk about is the visiting prince, Sebastian, who has come to England to discuss trade agreements and choose a british bride. But when his personal secretary is found murdered after a ball, even a local Ladies Gazette speculates on the culprit after receiving an anonymous tip. Sebastian tracks down the gazette owners, and teams up with Eliza to catch the murderer. He was not expecting to fall for a commoner –something his father would never allow– and now he has to choose between his country or his heart.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Princess Plan by Julia London”

Advertisements

Book Review: Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale

uncertain-magicSynopsis: Roderica Delamore has the ability to hear the thoughts of others and she knows this “gift” is more of a curse. Resigned to living without love and a family of her own, she finally meets a man whose mind is closed to her. Faelan Savigar, the “Devil Earl” of Ireland, is haunted by rumor and a mysterious past that would warn any young lady away. Yet Faelan has reasons of his own for needing Roddy as much as Roddy thinks she needs him.

Author: Laura Kinsale spent six years as a geologist before switching to becoming a romance writer. She has had numerous nominations for Best Book of the Year award given by the Romance Writers of America, and has won. She now divides her time between Sante Fe, New Mexico, and Texas with her husband.

Continue reading “Book Review: Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale”

Teaser Tuesday (UnCM)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences (or more).

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale

“I didn’t come off so badly after all… I won the scrap.”

“Won the scrap,” her father echoed. “Sweet Heaven have mercy, my daughter won a mill with Iveragh’s groom.”

signature

Teaser Tuesday (Aug-4)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

 The MacGregor’s Lady by Grace Burrowes

“You look a fright. The squirrels in Canada must be the size of a moose.”
“It’s more a matter of the squirrels in London being the size of American heiresses.”

“The hulking, kilted lot of MacGregor brothers… are not civilized. They’re besotted.
This is an entirely different matter, particularly among the Scots, and means
they can be trusted only when in the company of their ladies.”

 

Book Review: Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right by Kieran Kramer

dukestoleft,princestoright.kierankramerSynopsis: Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes is a member of the Spinsters Club, a group of young ladies who refuse to marry for anything but love, even if it means they never marry at all. Poppy has fantasized about a Russian prince since she met him six years prior when she was fifteen, but that isn’t what she tells her current suitors. Instead, when those men propose, she says she met the Duke of Drummond three years past and they fell in love. What Poppy never expected was for the real Duke of Drummond to appear, let alone propose to a woman he has never met…

Author: Kieran Kramer is a fairly new author, just debuting her first book this past year. I don’t recall how she came to my attention, but perhaps it was her awesome book titles that caught my eye. One of the most amazing things about Kieran is that used to work for the CiA, which, at one time, happened to be a career I was interested in (I think I was twelve). With such an interesting background and promising plots, what else could I do but give her books a try?

Writing Style: Kieran’s style of writing is fairly unnoticeable. There was nothing that stood out as a beyond stunning mastery of phrasing, but neither was it abysmal or awkward or just plain old bad. The words were just unassumingly there, allowing the reader to take it into the realm of their own imagination. There were pleasant moments, funny moments, angering moments, and sad moments. I love books that allow the words to just fade into the background and allow me to be whisked off into an enthralling new world.

Plot: Nothing like a convoluted love tangle to make things interesting.  Poppy is in love with Sergei who is brother to Natasha who is trying to force marriage upon Nicholas who is using a fake engagement with Poppy to create a cover for his work in the “Service” of getting close to the Natasha and Sergei but Poppy finds out and wants to join the fun of “acquiring” a painting from Natasha and Sergei without them knowing only to find out that the painting is of someone Poppy knows who had secretly been working for Nicholas’ boss who isn’t what everyone thinks he is and… well, you get the idea.

Character: Poppy’s two best friends Eleanor and Beatrice definitely deserve a spin-off series of their own. This book falls under The Impossible Bachelors series, which are Nicholas’s friends, whom I believe may be in the Service as well. It is only fair that these awesome Spinsters get their own time in the spotlight. I mean, who doesn’t love to read about a pair of young ladies who are willing to injure and embarrass foreign royals on their bestie’s behalf?

Quote: Hell will freeze over before we give up our passions, and give into our parents to marry men we don’t love… The Spinsters Club? Never heard of it.

The Verdict: A very pleasant and light read. I am looking forward to the rest of this series.

Teaser Tuesday (Jan-1)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

His Mistress by Christmas – Victoria Alexander

Surely there was a reason why he still wasn’t here… Number three: he could have been run over by a carriage and his dismembered body parts carried off by rats to gnaw on at their leisure deep in the sewers. If he was lucky, it was number three.

“I expect to love her more tomorrow than I do today. I already love her to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. I want her hand in mine on the day I die.”

Teaser Tuesday (Nov-1)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn

He was the sort of gentleman young ladies swore to avoid but secretly dreamed about.

“It was my pleasure,” Annabel said. She turned back and smiled. “I live to rescue gentlemen in distress.”