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review 2017-08-14 13:32
Review: A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine

DNF at 35%



1. The heroine is doing a half-ass job of disguising herself as a man. No voice alteration, no alterations in movement, just clothes and a prosthetic penis that is way too big for her body or to be believable. The hero knew from the jump she wasn't a man because of the bulge.


2. The hero is a creep; he went into a secret room so he could watch the heroine take a bath in her dressing room.


3. Hero is Over The Top Rake - everything is sex with him and its at the point I think he has a sex addiction.


4. Heroine is hoping that indulging in his sex addiction, the hero would be heading back to Greece (his original destination, before the accident in Paris); the reason she took the job was that this was her free trip to Greece, where she could go to surgeon's school. Since the duke decided to return to England instead, she is hoping that a parade of women would improve his mood enough to head back to Greece so he can indulge more kinky stuff. Hero really likes his orgies. Heroine does not care about hero's health, she just wants a free ride and wages to pay for school.


5. Hero's man servants are pissed that the hero hasn't been up to his usual orgies and they haven't gotten any of his sloppy seconds or willing traveling maids of hero's visitors. The man servants (Harris and Sacks) are just gross, especially in their conversations with the heroine (who they think is a like-minded male).


6. All the female characters in this book are only mentioned in their purpose of satisfying the hero. There is the stereotype of Parisian and Spanish women being slutty and objectifying on a absurd level. The only woman character to come out as anything but a fuck toy is (OF COURSE) the English heroine.


7. It is set in Georgian England, but you wouldn't know that because there are NO period details whatsoever. I guess that would take away from the SEX! SEX! SEX! details.


Give this a hard pass.

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text 2017-08-11 11:32
Friday Reads - August 11, 2017
Christian Seaton Duke of Danger - Carole Mortimer
Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow
The Baby Barter (Love Inspired Historical) - Patty Smith Hall
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine

Haven't done a Friday Reads post in a while. Today is the last day of my library's summer reading program; Tuesday is the awards party.


The only plans I have this weekend aside from reading is going to a Food Truck Rally and Party on base tonight (food, bouncy castles, DJ, and mom not having to cook!) and working on finalizing some PTO stuff. Our first event is on the 17th and then it is a whirlwind until winter break.


Here is what I want to get done this weekend and next week:

1. Christian Seaton: Duke of Danger (Dangerous Dukes #6) by Carole Mortimer - at 20% read, the heroine is a little too innocent and naïve for my taste. And there is a lot of party in his pants feelings from the hero. Down boy, you got a spy job to take care of.


2. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow  - 10% read; the heroine is a little too bitchy towards the hero for no good reason but the plot centers on finding a religious cult using arson to terrorize a small Pennsylvania town and I am here for it.


3. The Baby Barter by Patty Smith Hall - only at 10%, but so far so good.


4. A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine - heroine dresses like a man so she can pursue her work as a doctor; hero needs medical care after a carriage accident...but his eyes are working just fine.


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text 2017-08-01 12:00
August 2017 Reading List
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings
Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow
Emma And The Outlaw - Linda Lael Miller
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter

COYER continues until September 8th, so my list will last until then. I'm having a hard time getting into the Jeannie Lin books; the pacing is just too slow for my taste. The Bootlegger's Daughter has a heroine who is an entitled twit and I can't stand her. I am not ready to throw in the towel just yet with these books, but I may wait until I get other books done before tackling them.


I am looking forward to reading longer romances (A Promise in Daylight and Emma and the Outlaw), a category romance set during the Reign of Terror/French Revolution (Falling for the Enemy), a category romance written by a fellow military vet and military spouse (Special Agent Under Fire) and the last Allie Pleiter book (Mission of Hope) I have in my personal library.


The last Twitter party for COYER is Sunday, August 27th at 4pm EST; the last read-a-thon (ebooks and audiobooks only) is August 20th-27th, which is the same dates for Bout of Books Cycle 20. There is also an COYER Instagram photo challenge that starts today and runs through the 31st.


The most important date for me right now is August 28th - first day of school! My little boy is a first-grader!


August Reads:

1. A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin

2. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

3. The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin

4. The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin

5. The Bootlegger's Daughter by Lauri Robinson

6. Christian Seaton: Duke of Danger by Carole Mortimer

7. A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine

8. Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings

9. The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings

10. Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin

11. Love, Special Delivery by Melinda Curtis

12. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow

13. Emma and the Outlaw by Linda Lael Miller

14. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Doidge

15. Mission of Hope by Allie Pleiter

16. Her Holiday Family by Winnie Griggs

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text 2017-04-03 00:00
April 2017 Reading List
We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese - Elizabeth M. Norman
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
A Suitor for Jenny - Margaret Brownley
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama
The Children's Blizzard - David Laskin
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine
Touching the Clouds - Bonnie Leon
Weddings Under a Western Sky: The Hand-Me-Down BrideThe Bride Wore BritchesSomething Borrowed, Something True - Lisa Plumley,Elizabeth Lane,Kate Welsh
Lowcountry Book Club - Susan M. Boyer
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic - Sam Quinones

A balanced mix of non-fiction and romance for reading in April. Most of my reading will be off my physical TBR bookshelf, so I hope to start making a noticeable dent in the TBR pile and get these books donated to a good home afterward.


1. We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese by Elizabeth M. Norman (Library Love)


2. With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin (Pop Sugar prompt - book of letters)


3. A Suitor for Jenny (A Rocky Creek Romance #2)  by Margaret Brownley (Pop Sugar prompt - Title with character's name)


4. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Pop Sugar prompt - a book by someone I admire)


5. The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin


6. A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine


7. Weddings Under a Western Sky by Various Authors (Pop Sugar - a book with multiple authors)


8. Whispered Promises by Nora Roberts


9. Three Fearful Days by Malcolm E. Barker


10. Touching the Clouds (Alaskan Skies #1) by Bonnie Leon (Pop Sugar - first book in series)


11. In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth (Pop Sugar - Interesting woman)


12. Lowcountry Book Club (Liz Talbot #5) by Susan M. Boyer


13. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones (Library Love)

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text 2015-01-22 01:43
Historical Romance with Physicians--Europe
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine
Sea Change - Darlene Marshall
Last Wicked Scoundrel - Lorraine Heath
All He Desires - Anthea Lawson
Unraveled by the Rebel - Michelle Willingham
Ecstasy Wears Emeralds - Renee Bernard
The Surgeon's Lady - Carla Kelly
A Kiss for Midwinter - Courtney Milan
When Beauty Tamed the Beast - James Griffin,Eloisa James
That Scandalous Summer - Meredith Duran

We made a trip to the doctor today- a small issue that would have been a big deal a century ago. Boy, am I grateful for modern medicine and can't wait to see it get to the point where what we do today is considered "barbaric" 


Here is a list of great Historical Romances with doctor heroes or heroines. This list is European. I will do an American one later. 


My lists are never in any particular order.



1. That Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran


When recluse Lord Alastair, Duke of Marwick, threatens to cut off his younger brother’s income and close his charity hospital unless he marries a woman of whom Alastair approves, second son and physician Lord Michael de Grey decides to rusticate to Cornwall, becoming, as Mr. Grey, the local doctor’s backup. There he meets the infamous widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Chudderley, who, because of her late husband’s spendthrift ways, is surreptitiously looking for a wealthy suitor to keep her estate and household intact. As they become closer, such as when she assists at a tenant’s caesarean section, they realize that although they are in love, they can’t be together. When Elizabeth throws a party, inviting several available bachelors, she’s shocked to find that Michael is more than a rural physician, but is, in fact, titled. This discovery means nothing, however, since both are still poor and she has a reputation that Alastair won’t like. (Booklist(


2. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James


After Prince Augustus Frederick reneges on his promise to marry her, Linnet Thrynne faces social ruin since everyone—based partly on her mother’s scandalous past and partly on Linnet’s ill-fated decision to wear a ball gown that gives the impression she is pregnant—now believes Linnet is a hussy of the first degree. Fortunately, Linnet’s aunt, Lady Etheridge, comes up with a solution. Rumor has it that Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is in the market for a wife. The irascible nobleman’s only requirement is that his bride-to-be be a woman “more beautiful than the sun and the moon,” a condition Linnet easily meets. Linnet is certain once the beastly Piers meets her, he will fall under her spell. But immediately after encountering the cranky doctor, Linnet realizes the intractable, intelligent, and altogether intriguing Piers is not exactly the husband for whom she bargained. (Booklist)


3. A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan


Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him...or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way.

Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He's been in love with Lydia for more than a year. This winter, he's determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. And he has a plan to do it.

If only his plans didn't so often go awry...

4. The Surgeon's Lady by Carla Kelly

As a surgeon in the Royal Navy, Lieutenant Philemon Brittle has proved his bravery countless times. But he's never known the thrill that comes with falling in love. Until he meets the beautiful Lady Laura Taunton, who has turned to nursing the wounded as solace from her unhappy past.

Philemon will need to draw upon every bit of his strength and determination to convince the marriage-shy Laura that establishing a life together is the truest path to love and happiness….

5. Ecstasy Wears Emeralds by Renee Bernard
Like all the Jaded Gentleman, Dr. Rowan West may have his secrets, but he's done his best to forgive the ghosts of his past. Until the beautiful Miss Gayle Renshaw appears on his doorstep, jeopardizing his medical practice, his reputation, and, worst of all, his heart.
6.  Unraveled by the Rebel by Michelle Willingham
A spinster with a secret...

After being seduced and ruined by her worst enemy, Juliette Andrews has vowed to marry no man—especially not Dr. Paul Fraser, her childhood sweetheart. Content to bury herself in accounts and numbers, she refuses to let the devastatingly handsome Highlander back into her life.


A rebel with a cause...

Paul Fraser's heart burns with the need for vengeance against the earl who executed his father and drove the Scots from their homes. But when he learns that his enemy hurt the woman he loves, Paul has sworn to destroy him.

Can Juliette overcome the darkness of her past in the arms of the man she once loved? Or will her secrets tear them apart?


7. All He Desires by Anthea Lawson


Far from home and her noble relatives, Miss Caroline Huntington has been injured in a fall from her horse. Called to her side, Alex Trentham knows he must assist her, though he has not practiced as a physician for a long while. Just to see so lovely a woman in a state of undress is a hard test of his self-control. Caroline is all that is warm and feminine, beautiful and pure. Brave to a fault, she does not flinch under his hands, and soon she is on the mend. To hide his feelings becomes impossible and Alex cannot. Her radiant innocence is dangerous to a worldly man. . .and she seems achingly eager to experience all the pleasure he could show her. . .


8. The Last Wicked Scoundrel by Lorraine Heath


William Graves is the last of Feagan's scoundrels. A onetime grave robber turned royal physician, he has devoted his life to saving others—because he knows there is no way to save himself. Especially not around a lady like Winnie. Though undeserving of her touch, he cannot resist. His passion cannot be tamed … even in the face of certain danger.

Winnie, the Duchess of Avendale, never knew peace until her brutal husband died. With William she's discovered burning desire—and the healing power of love. But now, confronted by the past she thought she'd left behind, Winnie must face her fears … or risk losing the one man who can fulfill all her dreams.


9. Sea Change by Darlene Marshall (The heroine is British)


American privateer Captain David Fletcher needs a surgeon for his wounded brother. But when he captures a British merchantman in the Caribbean, what he gets is Charley Alcott, an apprentice physician barely old enough to shave. Needs take priority over skill, and Captain Fletcher whisks the prisoner aboard his ship with orders to do his best or he'll be walking the plank.

Charley Alcott's medical skills are being put to the test in a life-or-death situation--Charley's life as well as the patient's. Even if Charley can save the captain's brother, there will still be hell to pay, and maybe a plank to walk, when Captain Fletcher learns Charley is really Charlotte Alcott.

A war is raging on the world's oceans, and two enemies will fight their own battles and their attraction to each other as they undergo a sea change neither of them is expecting, but cannot deny...


10. A Promise By Daylight by Alison Delaine


A notorious rake...

In the aftermath of a near-fatal accident, the virile and charming Duke of Winston vowed to reform his ways. But for an infamous rogue, it's easier said than done. Hiring a personal medic, he sets about recovering from his injuriesand avoiding temptation at all costs. Little does Winston know, the one temptation he can't resist might be hiding before his very eyes.


A tenacious virgin...

Without a friend or farthing in the world, posing as a man is Miss Millicent Germain's only chance to achieve her dream of becoming a physician. But working for the decadent duke is trickier than no-nonsense Millie anticipatedand his touch threatens to awaken her deepest desires. By daylight, the two are at odds...but by night, their attraction may prove undeniable.



 Did I miss your favorite? Let me know!


To vote for the best of the best go to my Goodreads list, Historical Romance with Physicians.


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