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review 2017-09-18 21:05
Post Captain by Patrick O'Brian
Post Captain (Aubrey/Maturin Book 2) - Patrick O'Brian

This is a lot of fun, literary historical fiction with a dose of action. I read the first book a few years back and enjoyed it, though I struggled with the morass of seafaring terms. Either this book reduces them or I’d just gotten used to not understanding every word. This book broadens the world of the series, giving the heroes some time onshore to get into trouble and romantic entanglements (these sections are surprisingly reminiscent of Jane Austen, who was writing around the time these novels are set, which lends credibility to the text). There is perhaps less action here than in the first book, but the stakes are higher and more of the secondary characters are fleshed out. Aubrey and Maturin are both still complex, believable, flawed characters with a complicated friendship. The writing is good, there are moments of humor, and the setting is brought so thoroughly to life that a reader might be fooled into believing O’Brian was writing about his own time period. I think I must have liked this book better than the first, because I’m ready to read the third book sooner rather than later.

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text 2017-09-08 10:48
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 256 pages.
The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts - Siân Rees

Oh my! I'm loving this book so far. I'm already half-way through the book and we have only just left England. The first few pages are full of a list of convicts and their misdemeanours. It does become a little repetitive but I think it is necessary to give the reader an idea of what kinds of petty and not-so-petty crimes carried a sentence of capital punishment. I was horrified to find out that counterfeiting coins resulted in hanging for men but burning at the steak for women! This book is full of juicy titbits of history that I have never come across in other books.

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text 2017-08-28 17:26
Erster Satz | Dan Vyleta: Smoke
Smoke: Roman - Katrin Segerer,Dan Vyleta

"Thomas! Thomas! Wach auf!"

 

Kaum ist er wach, sucht er Nachthemd und Bettzeug nach Ruß ab. Er macht es schnell, mechanisch, noch im Halbschlaf: fährt mit einer Hand über die Haut und tastet nach der verräterischen körnigen Substanz. 

 

Erst danach fragt er sich, wie spät es ist und wer ihn geweckt hat. 

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review 2017-08-27 01:14
4 out of 5 stars for Traitor in Her Arms (The Scarlet Chronicles #1) by Shana Galen ~ ARC Review
Traitor in Her Arms: A Scarlet Chronicles Novel (The Scarlet Chronicles) - Shana Galen

Published August 22nd 2017 by Loveswept

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First book in a new series by the author but just as great as any of her other series.

Widowed Gabrielle has no other choice but to resort to thievery to pay off her late husband’s gambling debts or she will have to face a fate much worse than jail. It’s not what she would have wanted to do with her life but at the time there was not much choice left for her. Lord Ramsey never thought Gabrielle would become the remarkable thief she seems to be, but then again they hadn’t talked to each other since before she got married to no other than to one of his good old friends, and way before he got involved in serious troubles of his own.

 

The love story was fabulous! I was drawn to the couple from page one. The relationship they built felt real and feasible and although there was a clear physical attraction they didn’t jump into each other’s bed at the first chance they got. Gabrielle was smart and cautious and even when she started developing feelings for our hero she didn’t let her emotions rule over her instincts and that to me it’s the best kind of heroine there could possibly exist. Ramsey was charmer with a guilty conscience so although he had a mission of his own and tried to convince himself he only had to care for himself, he always tried to protect Gabrielle as much as he could. He truly was the best kind of rogue.

 

We know it’s a romance story and that you know, HEA, but the way the city of Paris during the Reign of Terror was described- it seriously gave me goosebumps. The gory details and that feeling of fear that felt so palpable and real, and the fact that the author didn’t shrink away from any of it for the sake of romance made this book an even more rewarding and enjoyable read. It was a great read indeed and I definitely will continue reading the series.

 

 

** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

 

 

Traitor in Her Arms

Traitor in Her Arms 
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"The intensity of Traitor in Her Arms reaches out and grabs you from the opening page and does not let up until the thrilling climax."
   —Ashlyn Macnamara

 

"If you are looking for a fast-paced adventure combined with a passionate romance, then you will enjoy Traitor in Her Arms."
   —Rakes and Rascals

 

After her late husband leaves her in debt to some dangerous people, Lady Gabrielle McCullough is forced to become a thief. In the intervening years, her skills have not gone unnoticed. After being recruited by the Scarlet Pimpernel, the mysterious do-gooder spiriting aristocrats out of revolutionary France, Gabrielle crosses the Channel for the most daring mission of her life. Accompanying her is the Earl of Sedgwick, a thief in his own right and an enticingly masculine presence. The man is not to be trusted—nor is Gabrielle's body when he's near.

 

Ramsey Barnes would not say he is an honorable man. His whole life has been based on a lie; why change now? Although it pains him to deceive the tantalizing Gabrielle, he's working toward an altogether different objective: unmasking the Scarlet Pimpernel. If Ramsey fails, his blackmailer will ruin him. But when Ramsey's confronted with the carnage of the Reign of Terror, he seeks refuge in Gabrielle's heated embrace. Now he faces a terrible choice: betray the woman who's stolen his heart—or risk losing everything.

 

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review 2017-08-25 06:14
Sizzle
Fuel for Fire - Julie Ann Walker

This is book #10 in the Black Knights Inc. series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To really appreciate the goodness that is BKI, I think the reader should read this series in order.

 

Dagan AKA "Z" is both a co-worker and frenemy with Chelsea.  They have worked together in more than one company, and trust is important in their line of work.  If only he can turn off the dreams he has about her.

 

Chelsea has been in love with Z for years.  He has never known the part she has played in his past, either.  Keeping secrets has gotten her no where.  Maybe it is time to tell?

 

Under the BKI blanket, we always get a hot story, with a side of burnin' love.  This one takes you over to the other side of the pond.  With sexy accents, secrets, and a mystery to solve - this story unfolds quickly and satisfies with an HEA.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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