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review 2019-02-24 05:52
Series Review: Vanza
With This Ring - Amanda Quick
I Thee Wed - Amanda Quick
Wicked Widow - Amanda Quick
Lie by Moonlight - Amanda Quick


by Amanda Quick
Book #1: With This Ring | Rating:  3.0 Stars
Book #2: I Thee Wed | Rating:  3.0 Stars
Book #3: Wicked Widow | Rating:  2.5 Stars
Book #4: Lie by Moonlight | Rating:  4.0 Stars

Average Series Rating:  3.125 Stars

I find it hard to review a book series by Amanda Quick (or Jayne Ann Krentz, if you will) without ultimately clumping the entire series together into one post.  Mainly because the stories become so by rote that there's little to say about them outside of the typical admissions of enjoyment, entertainment, and fun had by all.


Leo Drake, the "Mad Monk of Monkcrest," is notoriously eccentric and unquestionably reclusive.  But he is also a noted antiquities expert, which is why Beatrice Poole has demanded his reluctant assistance.

The freethinking authoress of "horrid novels," Beatrice is searching for the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite, a mythic treasure she suspects played a role in her uncle's death.  Beatrice finds Leo every bit as fascinating as one of the heroes in her novels--and she's convinced he's the only one who can help her.  But after only five minutes in her company, Leo is sure he's never met a woman more infuriating...and more likely to rescue him from boredom.

Yet the alliance may well prove to be the biggest mistake of their lives.  For a villain lurks in London, waiting for the pair to unearth the Forbidden Rings--knowing that when they do, that day will be their last....

I came across a short review of someone's who described this book as kind of ridiculous, yet highly enjoyable.  I'm in agreement.  Although not as highly enjoyable as other Amanda Quick books I've already read, this book DOES indeed contain the typical Amanda Quick charm... even if nothing really stood out.




It isn't easy making a living as a lady's companion when one possesses a sharp tongue and an original mind.  That's why Emma Greyson has gone through three such positions in six months. Her current post at a tiresome country house party has her bored to tears—until an extraordinary encounter with the legendary Edison Stokes leads to a secret position as his assistant.

Stokes is on a peculiar mission, searching for an anonymous thief who has stolen an ancient book of arcane potions.  He suspects his quarry is among the party's guests—and that the villain is looking for an intuitive woman on whom to test a certain elixir.  A woman just like Emma...

For Emma, the new post brings unexpected passion and chilling danger.  But when murder strikes, she realizes the awful truth.  Unless she and Edison devise a scheme to outwit a merciless killer, she could forever lose the man of her dreams—and even her very life....

It's hard to say how I felt about this one.  It was a bit more memorable, maybe, but I had a hard time liking the hero, because he was more jackass than the usual Amanda Quick hero.  The heroine was standard for Amanda Quick.  And I probably would have liked to see more from the secondary character partners-in-crime, so kind of enjoyed the grandmother's ultimate involvement nearing the end.

That's about all.




Madeline Deveridge is aware of the whispers behind her back, the rumors that she dispatched her husband to the next world and concealed her crime.  But she has a far more pressing problem than her reputation as the Wicked Widow.  It's impossible to believe that her late husband is haunting her and her aunt, but something odd is happening, and Madeline doesn't dare take chances.

Summoning the brilliant, reclusive Artemas Hunt, secret owner of London's favorite pleasure pavilions and master of arcane talents, she blackmails him into providing help.  As soon as the bargain is struck, Artemas and Madeline find their arrangement complicated by searing desire, and the frightening recognition that the ghost poses a very real danger.  Now they must plunge into a world of intrigue and ancient mysteries, where a calculating killer — and a tantalizing passion — will not be denied.

I gave this book in the series the lowest rating and I barely recall why.  I didn't really like it and found the main hero, Artemas to be even more jackass than the jackass of the previous book in this series.  But that's about all I remember.  Sad, isn't it?




While investigating a suspicious death, private inquiry agent Ambrose Wells finds himself on the grounds of Aldwick Castle---and in the midst of utter chaos.  The ramshackle castle is in flames--and a beautiful woman and four young girls are taking flight on horseback.  It turns out that the strong-minded Miss Concordia Glade and her four bright students are on the run from a notorious London crime lord who'll stop at nothing to destroy them.  Now, their only hope is Ambrose, a confirmed loner with more than his share of secrets--and more than his share of desire for the unconventional teacher.  And as Ambrose and Concordia risk everything to bring down a criminal mastermind, they will also be forced to battle something even greater: the steamy passion that threatens their hard-worn independence...

This final book in the Vanza series is on more familiar ground with me pertaining to Amanda Quick.  The hero is broody, but not a big jackass, as the previous two heroes were.  I even like that we're nearing a more modern age where issues of women's suffrage comes up.  Both Concordia and Ambrose are quite enjoyable characters and very likable, as are typical of Amanda Quick characters.

The investigation felt a bit better handled, and I loved the inclusion of the four young girls, Concordia's students.  They made the book more entertaining, especially watching the interactions between them and Concordia, as well as with Ambrose.



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/02/series-review-vanza.html
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review 2016-06-06 00:00
I Thee Wed
I Thee Wed - Celeste Bradley 4.5

I love this series!
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review 2016-06-06 00:00
I Thee Wed
I Thee Wed - Celeste Bradley 4.5

I love this series!
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review 2016-05-24 17:05
How Do I Love Thee? A Devotional Journal For Wives by Jennifer Flanders
How Do I Love Thee?: A Devotional Journal for Wives - Jennifer Flanders

"Happiness in marriage is not so much a matter of chance as it is a matter of choice. Choosing to be happy means choosing to think on things that are good and noble and right and lovely and pure—including your spouse’s most positive, admirable, and endearing qualities. Our marriages can’t help but benefit when we discipline ourselves to do this. That’s the purpose of this journal in a nutshell."

~from back cover




This is the second of Jennifer Flander's journaling series I've checked out and so far I am really loving them! The layout is simple yet beautifully thought out and each journal in the series (each journal is geared toward a specific audience -- boys, girls, wives, husbands, nature lovers, cooks, etc.) offers helpful, thought-provoking prompts that will inspire people using these journals to get a little deep with their emotional selves, work some stuff out, but have a laugh too. And the artwork totally makes these! Right off the bat,the intro page on How Do I Love Thee? is stunning! 


The clipart used to decorate the journal pages here is adorablely Victorian / Edwardian in theme and Flanders is a pro at laying everything out so that the image perfectly enhances the writing prompt:



The early pages of the journal encourages wives to record thoughts and memories on their early years -- girlhood, college days, single in the city, etc -- giving wives a chance to look back and see how they've changed / progressed over the years. From single days memories the sections ease into memories of how you came to know your spouse, from the first meeting to a place to record details of the first date to comparisons between your friends and his. From there you can write memories of the proposal day / night and how your friends & family reacted to the news. The journal then progresses into places to record wedding planning & ceremony details, advice you were given in those early days (that maybe you need to be reminded of!), books that were memorable to you at the time, that sort of thing. Following that section, you record thoughts on your marriage as it currently is, but the thing to note here is that this journal is meant to focus on documenting all your spouse's most beautiful qualities -- something to return to whenever you two hit choppy seas!


As you might guess from the title, this journal also includes a full page illustrated print of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem "How Do I Love Thee?"





In her introduction, Flanders points out that there is no one way to use this journal. Wives are encouraged to not only write but sketch or doodle thoughts or even paste in favorite photos. One page of the journal even throws in a word search! Another feature I really enjoy about these journals is that the user is not necessarily limited to just journaling. One could also copy & print pages from these books and use them in other journaling or scrapbooking projects. The artwork also inspires one to think of DIY gift ideas. Some of the illustrations are full page pieces that could easily be scanned, printed, colored in and framed for a low-cost, high-sentiment gift. Additionally, if you're not married yourself, this would still make a lovely and memorable gift for any bride to be you happen to know. However you want to go about it, I still say this whole series of journals is great fun! 




FTC Disclaimer: Bookcrash.com and author Jennifer Flanders kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.





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review 2016-05-15 06:27
I Thee Wed (Worthington #4) by Celeste Bradley
[(I Thee Wed : The Wicked Worthington Series)] [By (author) Celeste Bradley] published on (May, 2016) - Celeste Bradley

Intelligent and driven, Orion Worthington aspired to be like his mentor, the acclaimed scientist Sir Geoffrey Blayne. Logically, Sir Geoffrey’s daughter would be Orion’s perfect match. So why can’t he keep his mind off the unruly girl who works in Sir Geoffrey’s lab? 

Orphaned fire-cracker Francesca Penrose hopes that London is modern enough to accept her brilliant mind despite her womanhood. But she can’t help noticing Orion’s mind...or his body.

So they decide to run an experiment: if they give in to their passions, their attraction will simply fizzle out, with no impact on their hearts...right?







My Review:

I have mixed feelings about this book. Parts of it were good, I liked the whole modern woman mentality but other parts weren't so great still I thought it was interesting how it all came together at the end.





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