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text 2018-11-08 15:15
24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 - Diwali, Task 4 (Book Covers: Young Women Holding Flowers)
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy,John Bayley,Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon - Jorge Amado
The Third Wedding - Costas Taktsis,Κώστας Ταχτσής
Cousin Phillis - Elizabeth Gaskell,Joe Marsh
The Virgin in the Garden - A.S. Byatt
The Bride Wore Black - William Irish,Cornell Woolrich
The Rose Rent - Ellis Peters
Goldengirl - Peter Lear
Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer
The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford

Bookshelves: Classics, Women Writers, International (resp. various country / language shelves), Mysteries, Historical Fiction

 

I'm not a romance reader at all, but I've found ladies holding flowers (actually more than I could attach to this post) in unexpected places ...

 

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review 2018-11-02 04:56
First Earl I See Tonight (Debutantes Diaries #1) by Anna Bennett
First Earl I See Tonight - Anna Bennett

First Earl I See Tonight - Anna Bennett 

 

Fiona seeks out the help of Grey, the Earl of Ravenport, because she can’t forget how he very gracefully “rescued” her after she made a fool of herself by tripping in the middle of a ballroom. In her mind he’s an honorable man that would at least listen to her plight and with any luck she could convince him to marry her. I had some trouble connecting to her in the beginning because more than trying to be in good terms with him (after all, SHE was asking HIM a huge favor) she tended to correct, challenge, and even berate him. And what did he do? He found her attitude “refreshing” ¯_(ツ)_/¯ I don’t know, I’ve never thought rudeness a refreshing trait but what do I know… Fiona was a romantic at heart so I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and say that she acted that way because she thought she was going to marry for other reasons than love.


Gray was an honorable man that just happened to be cynical about love, and with good reasons. He was not exactly surly but I wouldn’t call him the life of the party either. His parents left his life and earldom in shambles and the few people he’d come to love and trust ended up betraying him. But even with all that baggage he was still considerate and caring. Once he realized Fiona and he made a good match he took upon himself to make her feel at the very least admired and protected. Of course it didn’t take long for either one of them to admit being in love and once they did I thought Gray did a wonderful job at declaring his love.


As far as the blackmail, I was glad Fiona was smart enough to open up to Gray and that he didn’t act like she had betrayed him as well. I think they both acted accordingly and to the best of their abilities given the situation. I didn’t like much how they took care of the blackmailer because to me his punishment was kind of vague and left me wondering if he’d come back after our couple in later books. All in all it was an enjoyable read and I recommend it for anyone in search of a light read.

 

*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher**

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review 2018-11-01 17:01
Review: “Settling the Score - Part 6: Taking One for the Team” (Settling the Score, #6) by Josh Hunter
Settling the Score - Part 6: Taking One for the Team - Josh Hunter

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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review 2018-11-01 15:26
Good Story and Good Characters
Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! - Kay Marie,Kaitlyn Davis

Skye thinks she is having a panic attack .Rapidly beating heart that shows no time of slowing down, inability to breathe resulting in the strangest sounds escaping her lips, fingers shaking so it took three times to press the button on the elevator, Feeling totally and completely detached from her surroundings well she does know she is in front of her apartment door but has no memory of the subway ride or the ten minute walk that got her to her apartment building. Skye feels this won’t stop , she is a farce, A complete and utter farce. This won’t be over until she tells Bridge- her roommate and best friend-  the truth, not until she tells someone the truth. Bridge was in the kitchen, Skye says she has t tell Bridge something and she didn’t want Bridge to say anything she was done because it’s freaking her out and if she doesn’t say it now she doesn’t think she ever will. Freshman year Skye reminded her when she had said she wasn’t a virgin but really she still was. After interning at the newspaper she got offered a job. They wanted her to write a column- a sex column. And Skye had said yes. Then she hears a voice but not her roommate Bridge but Bridget’s brother Oliver/Ollie. Skye is in love with Ollie always has been.  And she hasn’t seen him in four years The last time Skye and Ollie had seen each other had been the most horrifying night of Skye’s life. Ollie said he supposed Bridge forgot to tell her he got a job as a sous chef at a new steakhouse opening up on 5th Ave, he also added he probably didn’t tell her that he was moving in with them for a few weeks until he found his own place. Skye wonders if Ollie is thinking about that night four years ago. When Bridget found out she was still a virgin, she was confused as Skye had been with John for three and a half years with John in college and she had said she was a virgin when playing a game in her Freshman year. John wanted to wait until marriage but that was only when he could picture himself spending hi life with the woman. He had cheated on Skye with a band girl. Now Skye goes out with some coworkers from work. Then she met one of her coworker Blythe  brothers Patrick. Patrick and Skye start dating and advance to Patrick being her boyfriend. Skye goes to Bridget and Ollie’s childhood home for Thanksgiving.Ollie stayed in the city as holidays were very busy at the restaurant. Skye is hit with memories. Skye goes to Ollie’s room and remembers the night four years ago Ollie had picked Bridge and her up and they were drunk and she wanted Ollie so much. Bridget and Skye were to leave for their first day of college the next day. Normally Skye would be the sober one, the designated driver. But not tonight. Skye goes to Ollie’s room after Bridget has passed out. And she tells Ollie that she loves him. Then Ollie kisses her and the y end up half undressed on his bed and when she says “Ollie”that breaks the spell and he tells her she should leave their room. Then he added he stopped because he didn’t feel anything. He said to forget this ever happened and be fiends like they've always been. Skye left with tears on her cheeks and has since avoided Ollie at all costs when she could until now.

I really enjoyed this book except the ending was kind of a cliffhanger, it did leave you hanging. I know this is probably a lead to a next  book but still this did take a little enjoyment for me even though I didn’t hate it. I loved Bridget and Skye’s relationship as well as Skye’s relationship with her mom and Bridget’s parents. I loved Skye and Ollie together I loved how they interacted together also. I really enjoyed the plot ad the pace of this book. I would have liked to have rated this 4.75. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2018-10-29 16:24
Review: “Settling the Score - Part 3: The Cage” (Settling the Score, #3) by Josh Hunter
Settling the Score - Part 3: The Cage - Josh Hunter

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

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