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text 2017-01-29 18:02
Romance Bingo 2017 Mid-Term Progress
The Lady's Scandalous Night - Jeannie Lin
Sarah Sunshine - Merry Farmer
Sweetheart in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
My Writing Professor: A Lesbian Romance - Nicolette Dane
Lowcountry Bordello - Susan M. Boyer

Romance Bingo 2017 Progress:

One lonely bingo (top row).

 

1. Insta-love - The Lady's Scandalous Night by Jeannie Lin

2. TSTL - Sarah Sunshine (Montana Romances #2.5) by Merry Farmer

3. Headless Woman - Sweetheart in High Heels by Gemma Halliday

4. Love is Murder - Lowcountry Bordello (Liz Talbot #4) by Susan M. Boyer

5. New Adult - My Writing Professor by Nicolette Dane

6. Young Adult - Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

7. Regency Romance - The Sport of Baronets by Theresa Romain

8. Eyeshadow/Bosom

9. Virgin

10. Gothic Romance

11. Blown Away - Switched by HelenKay Dimon

12. Kilt

13. Free

14. Rogue

15. Historical - An Illicit Temptation by Jeannie Lin

16. Secret Billionaire

17. Twins - Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) by Francine Pascal and Kate William

18. Fairy Tale Retelling

19. Wedding Bells - My Friend the Bride by Nicolette Dane

20. Second Chances - Long Gone Girl by Amy Rose Bennett

21. Key

22. Pirates

23. Next Door

24. Interracial - Heir to a Desert Legacy by Maisey Yates

25. Urban Fantasy - A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden

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review 2017-01-29 17:56
Review: An Illicit Temptation by Jeannie Lin
An Illicit Temptation - Jeannie Lin

Romance Bingo - Historical square

 

This is a sequel to My Favorite Concubine, which I read back in May. Dao, now named An-Ming, is pretending to the Empire's princess sent to the confederation of tribesmen in the north steepe as an alliance bride to the leader of the confederation. Kwan-Li is the commander of the caravan that is to take An-Ming and gifts to the leader. Basically, this is a Tang Dynasty version of love on a road trip trope, and I loved it! Kwan-Li was a hottie and a bad ass; An-Ming was determined to take opportunity to better her station in life, although her heart belonged to the warrior (who was so more worthy than the leader). A fun ride to spend an hour on.

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review 2017-01-29 17:42
Review: The Lady's Scandalous Night by Jeannie Lin
The Lady's Scandalous Night - Jeannie Lin

Romance Bingo - Insta-Love square

 

This is the prequel to a later book (The Dragon and the Pearl) in the Tang Dynasty series. This story gives a good romance (separate couple from that later book) while also setting up the back story for the next book. Yao Ru Jiang (aka River) is the sister of AWOL soldier (aka Mountain) from the regional warlord; Wei Chen is the Rising Guard member sent to hunt down and kill Mountain, who is forming a rebellion to fight the warlord, and has put his entire family in harm's way. Wei Chen visits Mountain's home and family to find information that will point to Mountain's whereabouts. Instead, Wei Chen finds River, who tricks him into a scandalous night so the family and household can make an escape to the forest. However, Mountain's letters home described Wei Chen in such detail that River was already half in love with Wei Chen prior to the meeting; Mountain's stories of home he shared with Wei Chen made Wei Chen fall half in love with River prior to meeting her. Needless to say, River didn't have much trouble getting Wei Chen into sexy times.

 

I liked River - she was smart, brave, and vulnerable. Wei Chen was honestly looking for a different outcome (other than having to kill Mountain) - River was his excuse to get his ass up and actually work for that different outcome. Looking forward to the connected book.

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text 2017-01-27 22:10
Friday Reads!
The Lady's Scandalous Night - Jeannie Lin
Sweetheart in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
The Sport of Baronets (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
An Illicit Temptation - Jeannie Lin

This is a bookish meme started by Nothing Better Than a Good Book (http://crystena77.booklikes.com/). I'm joining in with my first post.

 

I spent the late afternoon and early evening updating all my progress reports for my January reading and setting up next month's TBR list. I realized I am behind on the Romance Bingo (as in I still don't have a bingo yet). So I went through my TBR spreadsheet and decided to start filling the holes on the bingo card with novellas I have yet to read. That is my priority this weekend.

 

This weekend's reading:

1. The Lady's Scandalous Night by Jeannie Lin

         One of the novellas in the Tang Dynasty series. For the Insta-Love square.

 

2. Sweetheart in High Heels by Gemma Halliday

          This novella falls later in the series, and has a Valentine's theme/setting. For the Headless Woman square and the first bingo.

 

3. The Sport of Baronets by Theresa Romain

           Just listened to the Smart Podcast, Trashy books podcast featuring an interview with Romain. For the Regency square.

 

4. An Illicit Temptation by Jeannie Lin

         Another novella in the Tang Dynasty series. For the Historical square.

 

 

 

 

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text 2016-10-31 22:05
Books read (or not!) in October
Spirit Gate - Kate Elliott
Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen - Garth Nix
Travel Light - Naomi Mitchison
Thieftaker - D.B. Jackson
Gunpowder Alchemy (The Gunpowder Chronicles) - Jeannie Lin
Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer
Black Widow Volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread - Nathan Edmondson,Phil Noto
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now - Erica Henderson,Ryan North
Updraft - Fran Wilde
Saving Bletchley Park - Sue Black

Books started: 13 (including the 2 I'm reading currently...)

Books finished: 10

Books not finished: 1

 

Genre breakdown: As usual, it's SFF all the way, though this time one exception when I was given a copy of Saving Bletchley Park, which is non-fiction.

 

What progress on Mount TBR?: Some, but not much. Oh well. 

 

Book of the month: In terms of the books I've finished reading, the clear winner this month is Updraft, which is excellent. 

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