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review 2017-09-21 20:22
A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices - Terry Pratchett 
A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices - Terry Pratchett

Pratchett held a keen understanding of academia, as well as of politics, policing, law, assassination, and another myriad subjects that his background wouldn't suggest he was properly educated to address. Clearly the man Terry Pratchett was insufficiently educated to produce such brilliant witty novels. He was no doubt a front for some other writer who had an extensive advanced education in various specialties. It's the only reasonable explanation.

 

Hmmm. I wonder if I can get a grant to research the possibility?

 

Story available online.

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review 2017-08-27 12:26
Hell Hath No Fury (Devilish Debutantes) by Annabelle Anders
Hell Hath No Fury (Devilish Debutantes Book 1) - Annabelle Anders

 

It's dangerous, endearing, dramatic scandal. Hell Hath No Fury should be renamed, It's complicated. Cecily married for love, will she cheat for the same reason?  Two people are caught up in the machinations of a devious plot that can only end in heartache.  Love is a battlefield and Ms. Anders puts readers right on the front lines.  A tempting display of romance.

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review 2017-04-30 20:51
Review: A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices (Discworld "Book" 44 of 49ish)
A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices - Terry Pratchett

This was cute and a little bit funny, but it was also very short and it didn’t really have any substance.  It was basically a meeting of the Wizards of Unseen University in which they discuss an inspection report for their university.  Alas, Rincewind was nowhere to be found, nor was he even mentioned.

 

This short story can be read for free here.

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text 2016-05-24 19:57
Show me the glint of light on broken glass. . .
My Lady Notorious (Mallorens & Friends series Book 1) - Jo Beverley
Tempting Fortune - Jo Beverley
Something Wicked by Jo Beverley (2005-01-04) - Jo Beverley
Secrets Of The Night - Jo Beverley
Devilish - Jo Beverley

 

Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov

 

 

 

My heart is sad. I read last night that Jo Beverley has passed away. She was one of the first historical romance writers I read after I 'rediscovered' histroms. My introduction to Ms. Beverley was Devilish, and though my copy was a battered and bent, a less than pristine copy bought for pennies at a used book store, I knew I was holding gold in my hands. I finished it in one sitting. That was the beginning of my reading love affair with her Malloren world. Since then I have re-read those original five books many times, and, yes, I replaced my tattered original copy of Devilish with a brand new crisp clean copy. But I've kept the old one, and it will always have a place of honor on my keeper shelf. 

 

She will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and colleagues, and I hope she knew what a treasure she was to a reader like me, one who had never met her, but felt as if I knew her, just a little, from the stories she spun so eloquently, from the characters who peopled her books, and from the hours of reading joy she gave me over the years. Safe journey, Ms. Beverley. 

 

http://wordwenches.typepad.com/word_wenches/2016/05/in-memoriam-jo-beverley.html

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review 2016-02-05 14:24
A Most Devilish Rogue
A Most Devilish Rogue - Ashlyn Macnamara

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Isabelle Mears made a bad decision during her come out season and ended up pregnant by a dandy who disappeared right after deflowering her. Six years later, after being disowned by her family, she’s living in backwater Kent with her son Jack when George Upperton rescues Jack from the ocean. George is smitten with Isabelle, but she’s rightly wary of any man, most especially one of the ton.

 

George has lived up to his father’s expectations of gambling, women and booze, but he’s not happy. With a mother hounding him to marry and a pregnant mistress hounding him for blunt George runs to his friend’s house party in Kent where he meets Isabelle. Running away from his problems solved nothing and now he can’t get the fallen Isabelle out of his mind. When Jack is kidnapped he throws himself into the search thus spending a large amount of time with Isabelle. Will George and Isabelle get their happily ever after? Or are they doomed?

 

This story started out pretty good, but was soon bogged down with long boring passages and contrived conflict. George and Isabelle aren’t very interesting, the kidnapping was just plain stupid and George is a moron. Also, Jack is gone and Isabelle spends the time either dithering or screwing George. Wow. Some mom she is. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in this book. I almost DNF’d it, but hoped it would get better. Nope. I won’t be carrying on with this series.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/02/netgalley-review-most-devilish-rogue.html
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