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text 2018-11-30 17:54
24 Festive Tasks, Door 12: St Andrews Day
Highland Fire: Guardians of the Stone - Tanya Anne Crosby

St. Andrew's Day

 

Book: I will be reading Highland Fire (Guardians of the Stone #1) by Tanya Anne Crosby.

 

Task #1

I would like to nominate author Beverley Jenkins for sainthood. She was accused today on Twitter for (I KID YOU NOT) "hiding behind her [Jenkins] white privilege" by a stan/follower of a YA who is in deep shit for her thirsty slam on Nora Roberts. 

 

Holy shit. YA Twitter going wild, yet can't go to Google and do a search on who Ms. Jenkins is and what she has brought to the romance genre.

 

I have Irish and Italian heritage, so my temper can be shorter than Tom Cruise without shoe lifts. Ms. Jenkins must have patience of a saint for not dragging this Twitter user to hell. I am in awe of her restraint and her mocking of this idea of her having white privilege without giving any attention to the Twitter user or using anyone's name/handle.

 

Honorable mention for sainthood would be Nora Roberts. 

 

Task #2

Not trying to sound like a snob, but golf bores me to no end, so I would actively avoid books with golf in the storylines. But if you are wondering if golf and romance mix, here is a list of golf romances (including a few set in Scotland, in case you need a book for this door).

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review 2018-11-24 23:55
Bay of Sighs
Bay of Sighs (Guardians Trilogy) - Nora Roberts

I enjoyed this, but not as much as the first in the series.

 

I am, however, relieved, because I wasn't sure if I would like reading about Annika, the mermaid, as a romantic lead. She seemed so innocent in the first book that I was just afraid that the romance between her and Sawyer would come off kind of...skeevy.

 

Thankfully, in my opinion, it didn't.

 

This book made it more clear that while Annika is innocent to the ways of those who walk on the land, and she possesses a joyous innate goodness and purity, she's not at all child-like. Yes, she confuses words and phrases, but she's intelligent and wise and knows what (who) she wants. It's also made clear that while her first time with Sawyer is her first time while she has legs, it's not her first time ever. Theirs was a very sweet romance.

 

The story of finding the stars before the evil goddess does is still intriguing, and I can't wait to get to the last book to see how it all plays out.

 

I probably would rated this one 3.5 stars, but I'm knocking a half star off for the surprise mermaid/human sex scene.

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text 2018-11-24 23:43
Reading progress update: I've read 352 out of 352 pages.
Bay of Sighs (Guardians Trilogy) - Nora Roberts

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text 2018-11-24 22:46
Reading progress update: I've read 272 out of 352 pages.
Bay of Sighs (Guardians Trilogy) - Nora Roberts

Oooooookay...so mermaid sex. That was...something I did not expect.

 

 

 

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text 2018-11-24 19:35
Reading progress update: I've read 179 out of 352 pages.
Bay of Sighs (Guardians Trilogy) - Nora Roberts

Change of plans, I'd been intending to read this book for the Epiphany door (part of a trilogy), but I think I'm going to place this one on Door 10, Bon Om Touk since it has water on the cover.

 

I'll use the third in the trilogy (which also has water on the cover!) for the Epiphany door instead.

 

 

Book: Read a book that takes place at sea or on a river OR with water on the cover OR where the plot involves a festival or the moon plays a pivotal role in the plot.

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