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review 2017-06-22 01:28
Well, that was excruciating.
I Spy a Duke (Covert Heiresses Book 1) - Erica Monroe

I've never had much luck with romance novels but I liked the idea of melding romance with the spy genre. A historical one to boot? Sounds like it could be fun!

 

Vivan Loren is a governess of one of the wealthiest families. But she's there to find out what happened to her brother and to get information for her mysterious boss. Enter James Spencer, the Duke and the head of British Intelligence. Their paths cross, they realize they can help each other...which involves getting married.

 

Cue shenanigans, danger, spy training, spying, romance, sex, etc. You know how it goes.

 

Unfortunately what could have been a grand fantastic romp was just terrible to read. The writing is just not very good. Neither character is interesting and quite frankly the entire cast is boring. The plot is somewhat predictable and I'm not really a fan of the romance being the thing that holds the book together. 

 

I thought this might be a good take for me to try but the romance genre remains elusive for me. I bought it and regret doing so.

 

 

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review 2017-03-21 13:41
The Mad Countess
The Mad Countess (Darkest Regency Book 1) - Erica Monroe

'The Mad Countess' by Erica Monroe is book One in the "Darkest Regency" series. This is the story of Theodore 'Teddy' and Claire and is about 130 pages. In addition, this book has appeared in the 'Mystified (The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor Book 3) ' series. So just wanted to make you aware of that. If like me you haven't yet read that book then you too are happy to see this book on its own. As a fan of Ms. Monroe books I was happy to see this by itself.
Claire and Teddy are childhood friends that have now grown up. Teddy loves Claire and wants to marry her but is scared to go forward at first because he doesn't want to hurt their friendship. Claire to loves Teddy but keeps it a secret because she fears she will fall victim to the madness her mother and her aunt fell into. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
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text 2017-02-28 19:20
DNF at 60%
Beauty and the Rake (The Rookery Rogues Book 3) - Erica Monroe

Life is too stressful and too short to waste time on a bad re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. I couldn't connect to the couple and the writing was very purple prose. More importantly, there is very little plotline and too much sex for me. This read more like a contemporary romantic suspense than a historical.

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text 2017-02-25 16:13
Friday Reads! (A Day Late)
Beauty and the Rake (The Rookery Rogues Book 3) - Erica Monroe
A Lady Dares - Bronwyn Scott
Echoes in Death - J.D. Robb

My weekend plans include sleeping, reading, and not leaving the house. First weekend in over a month that I do not have any pressing social appointments or special occasions. The next three weekends are going to be very busy, so this is the calm before the storm.

 

My reading goal for the last few days of February is to finish Beauty and the Rake by Erica Monroe (50% done)  and A Lady Dares (37% done) by Bronwyn Scott. Both are for my last two squares on the Romance Bingo card. The latter part of the week I will begin my March reading TBR, starting with Echoes in Death (....In Death #44) by J.D. Robb. I had put a ILL request in to my base library the day it was published and it was ready for pick up yesterday - timing was perfect.

 

Hope everyone has a great reading weekend!

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text 2017-02-17 17:00
Friday Reads!
A Lady Dares - Bronwyn Scott
His Ring Is Not Enough - Maisey Yates
Beauty and the Rake (The Rookery Rogues Book 3) - Erica Monroe

My holiday weekend is going to be BUSY...for the third weekend in a row. You guys, I am tired. Baby boy's 6th birthday and the kids' joint birthday party is this weekend. We are also on alert for son to lose his first tooth, which is exciting/freaking him out. I probably won't be on BL again until Tuesday.

 

I got 3 squares left for Romance Bingo black out card, so that is what I am going to focus on this weekend/ next week:

 

1. A Lady Dares by Bronwyn Scott (Pirates square)

      Still at 23% - pirates/sailors don't really do it for me.

 

2. His Ring is Not Enough by Maisey Yates (Virgin Square)

        Last contemporary romance of the bingo.  A Harlequin Presents line, so should be a quick read.

 

3. Beauty and the Rake (The Rookery Rogues #3) by Erica Monroe (Fairy Tale Re-telling)

        New to me author! My NOOK copy has a different cover than the BL database one.

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