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text 2018-03-22 10:40
Tea's TBR Thursday - March 22, 2018 (Part I)
Loving the Hawke (The Seven Curses of London Book 1) - Lana Williams
Better Off Wed - Laura Durham
Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles Book 1) - Julia Brannan
A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House): A Novella - Kristi Ann Hunter
Tabitha (Girls from the Mountain, Book 1) - Vikki Kestell
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano
The Three Fates - Kate Quinn
Daughters of Darkness - The Anthology (4 Paranornal Romance Novels) - Chrissy Peebles,Kristen Middleton,W.J. May,C.J. Pinard,Book Cover by Design
Girl's Guide to Witchcraft - Mindy Klasky
Wonderful - Jill Barnett

*Bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader


Last week I went through Prime Reading and NOOK's free books sections looking for new material for my e-readers. My spreadsheet now stands at almost 220 books. I had to break up the list of new additions so as not to screw up my followers' eyes.


*HR = historical romance  *CR = contemporary romance  *PRN = paranormal romance

*CL = chick lit     *CM = cozy mystery



Added to NOOK:

1. Loving the Hawke (The Seven Curses of London #1) by Lana Williams (HR) 

2. Death Down Under (Ruby Bay Mystery #1) by Samantha Silver (CM/CL)

3. Poison in Paddington (Cassie Coburn Mystery #1) by Samantha Silver (CMCL)

4. The Locked Room Murder (Bluebell Knopps #1) by Nancy McGovern (CM/CL)

5. Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer #1) by Laura Durham (CM/CL)

6. Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case (Jayne Frost #1) by Kristen Painter (PRN/CM)

7. The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls #1) by Kristen Painter (PRN)

8. Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles #1) by Julia Brannan (HR)

9. Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley by Various Authors (anthology) (CM)

10. Mail Order Bride Amelia (Silver River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey (HR)

11. A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5) by Kristi Ann Hunter (HR)

12. Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope #0.5) by Jody Hedlund (HR)

13. First Impressions by Elizabeth Johns (HR)

14. Tabitha (Girls from the Mountain #1) by Vikki Kestell (HR)

15. A Rose Blooms Twice (Prairie Heritage #1) by Vikki Kestell (HR)


*Takes a Breath*


16. Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessing #0.5) by Sarah Loudin Thomas (CR)

17. At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd #0.5) by Jen Turano (HR)

18. Waiting for Dawn (Team Hope #0.5) by Susan May Warren (CR/SUSPENSE)

19. Alejandro's Sorceress (The Cardinal Witches #1) by Alyssa Day (PRN)

20. Mad for Love (Highland Brides #1) by Elizabeth Essex (CR)

21. The Three Fates (The Empress of Rome #3.5) by Kate Quinn (HR)

22. Millie Marries a Marshal (Brides of Grit #2) by Linda K. Hubalek (HR)

23. Secrets to Reveal (Highland Wolves #1) by Tilly Wallace (HR/PRN)

24. Sorceress Awakening (Gargoyle and Sorceress #1) by Lisa Blackwood (PRN)

25. Daughters of Darkness by Various Authors (anthology) (PRN)

26. Girl's Guide to Witchcraft (Jane Madison #1) by Mindy Klasky (PRN/CL)

27. Love's Beginning (Eagle Harbor Short Story) by Naomi Rawlings (HR)

28. Wonderful (Medieval Trilogy #1) by Jill Barnett (HR)

29. The Case of the Missing Cross (Justice and Miss Quinn Mystery #1) by Felicia Rogers (CM/HR)

30. The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #1) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale

31. The Captivating Lady Charlotte (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #2) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale

32. The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #3) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale






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review 2018-03-20 16:36
Montana Born Bachelor Auction series
Bound to the Bachelor - Sarah Mayberry
Bachelor at her Bidding - Kate Hardy
The Bachelor's Baby - Dani Collins
What a Bachelor Needs - Kelly Hunter
In Bed with the Bachelor - Megan Crane
One Night with Her Bachelor - Kat Latham

***copies provided by publisher through NetGalley***


I wasn't expecting a work of art, but at least something that would've kept me engaged. It didn't.

It was filled with clichés, it was predictable, featured bland characters and a very iffy insta-love romance that failed to strike the right notes, but at least it was a quick read.


The hero was a saint, the heroine was a self-righteous bitch filled with self-pity, the plot was rife with clichés and seemed written by a high-school student.


This book was one massive clichéd rip-off of a Harlequin story (just read the blurb to know why).

The characters were poorly (or none at all) developed, the heroine's issues were annoying and the "drama" unnecessary and forced...I ended up skimming the better part of it.


If I had to use a word to describe this story it would be "simple". Too simple, in fact, with a very basic, rehashed and clichéd plot, and a cheesy, ordinary romance.
There was no conflict, no depth, no agency...It was just there, not doing anything.


Poorly written with way too much inner monologues and with even more poorly drafted characters making them difficult to understand, empathize, sympathize and/or like.
Slow, boring and firmly in the "meh" category.


Rather inconsistent (character- and their behavior-wise), and definitely nothing to write home about.
It had potential, but the author failed to bring it to fruition.

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review 2018-03-14 21:00
Was Doing So Well Until the End
The Time of the Hunter's Moon - Victoria Holt

I was hoping that Holt was going to surprise me with this one. Have the sensible heroine just marry the very good man that was standing in front of her. Instead we have the fact that the man had affairs and tried to rape the heroine hand-waved away by saying that she is needed in order for him to change. Bah to that noise. I really did like the plot in this one (there were two of them) and the characters were much more developed than I have found in other Holt books. Holt apes a lot of Gothic romance tropes here, but geez Louise I hated the hero in this one. I wanted him to just fall down a hole and die. There was nothing redeeming about the guy.


"The Time of the Hunter's Moon" by Victoria Holt is  another Gothic romance I can now check off my list. So far the highest rating I have given a Holt book is "Mistress of Mellyn" which I gave five stars. 


The main character in this, Cordelia, when we first meet her, is away at a school to "finish herself." She has been raised by her Aunt Patty and is looking forward to the day she is home permanently and can help her aunt run her own school. When Cordelia and her friend come upon a man in the woods, Cordelia is instantly absorbed with thoughts of him. When she finally returns home for the final time after finishing school she runs into him again and starts to think of him romantically. When he disappears without coming back to see her again she wonders what happened to him. However, she finds out that her aunt has to sell their home and Cordelia finds a position at a school which has her forced to interact with a major force in the village. The hero (I say lightly) is named Jason Verringer and he's a typical Gothic hero. Dark and brooding and just terrible. He attempts to rape the heroine at one point, and is literally shocked she cuts herself to get away from him. And then tells her if not for her, he could change. Bah dude. I wished the whole time that something would fall on his head. 


Cordelia is sensible and smart and I thought had a lot more fire than the recent batch of Holt heroines I have been reading about prior to this one.

The writing was a little too modernish at times, but I think the book is supposed to take place in the late 1800s. I don't know. Holt doesn't include any references that I can think of at the top of my head that I can use to date the book. The flow was actually pretty good until we get towards the end. Then I think Holt suddenly realized she needed to resolve two plot points and didn't do a great job with either of them. 


The ending was not set up very well. We have a mystery finally resolved about one of the male characters we were introduced to earlier in the book, but Holt throws up a couple of paragraphs and counts it as mission accomplished. I noticed with her books she was not that great at tying up loose ends in her books. 



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text 2018-03-14 19:23
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Time of the Hunter's Moon - Victoria Holt

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text 2018-03-14 17:49
Reading progress update: I've read 61%.
The Time of the Hunter's Moon - Victoria Holt

The hero is now threatening to rape the heroine and wants proof that she can give him a son? I seriously hope he is dead by the end of this book. What gets me is that she's still a young woman who was not raised to just go along and be a mistress. He had already has one mistress installed who had a daughter that he's not interested in at all. And of course the wife that died at the beginning that many are whispering he murdered. I hope Cordelia kills this dude.


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