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review 2018-10-05 02:27
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

When my co-workers started breathlessly glowing about this book I'll admit I was dubious. I'm not a fan of historical fiction, I don't usually like long books, and I'm picky about my romances. I avoided reading this one for about a year until my store announced we would be hosting Lee for a signing. At that point I figured I might as well give it a shot. I'm so glad I did!

 

I've read a lot of books in recent years that I've really enjoyed, maybe even loved, but very few of them were as fun as this one. I think I've become jaded. Rare is the book that I can't put down, that I can't wait to steal a moment in order to read, that keeps me reading past my bedtime. This was that book for me. It was just so damn fun!

 

Monty was a walking human disaster, the epitome of Bad Life Choices the Person. His voice charmed me - he made me cringe and laugh in equal measures. I also fell in love with Percy almost immediately. Watching them stumble through the plot, and Europe, was a grand adventure. Sprinkled amidst the adventure there was plenty of heart as well. Even though the primary tension in the romance was a lack of communication, which usually makes me nuts, I understood the reasons why characters made the mistakes they did. I was all aflutter despite myself. I also thought the explorations of race, abuse, illness, and queer identity were all handled with a light touch, and rang true and poignant. In short, I cared about these people and I found them believable.

 

There is a bit of a fantasy element stirred in, but it rather gets buried. At its core Gentleman's Guide is, through and through, a good, old-fashioned romp. It's an adventure and a romance with just a hint of the fantastic. Complete with wit, action, adventure, and an emotional core that left me laughing and hurting in equal measure, it was a recipe that made for a read I couldn't wait to dig back into whenever I got a chance. For me this was the literary equivalent of a warm mug of cocoa on a chilly night.

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review 2018-09-13 21:32
Gentleman Nine - Penelope Ward

Amber Walton was best friends Lainey Lord.  When Lainey unexpectedly dies, Amber starts hanging around her brother Channing and his friend Rory Calhoun.  They become the best of friends bonding over the tragedy.  Channing and Rory make a pact that neither of them will make a move on Amber.  When Channing leaves to go away to college, Rory makes his move.  Rory and Amber end up dating for 9 years until he breaks her heart because he needs a break.  Enter Channing.

Channing hears the news and quickly calls Amber.  He also has a favor to ask...can he rent her extra room at her place for a few months for a temp contractor job he just got.  Amber hesitantly agrees.  Problem is, she has always had a crush on Channing!  What she doesn't know is that Channing has always wanted her!

When Channing finds Amber's laptop open he sees that she has contacted a male escort service for a sex with no strings type of night.  She also sees that Amber has admitted that she is attracted to Channing.  This causes Channing to make believe like he is the Gentleman Nine Amber wants to hook up with.  She has a list of things she wants to try and Channing can't wait!  When Amber goes to meet Gentleman Nine, she runs into Channing.  He convinces her to do those things with him instead.  Of course, over the time they spend together, they start to realize there is more to their relationship than just sex.  

I loved this book and couldn't put it down!  I really enjoyed these two characters too.  They both deserved a happy ever after even if they had to wait a really long time for it.  The ending was so perfect....and a big tearjerker! 

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text 2018-09-01 19:16
A Gentleman’s Position by KJ Charles $1.99!
A Gentleman's Position - K.J. Charles

Power, privilege, and the rigid rules of class leave two hearts yearning for connection in the sizzling new Society of Gentlemen novel from K. J. Charles.

Among his eccentric though strictly principled group of friends, Lord Richard Vane is the confidant on whom everyone depends for advice, moral rectitude, and discreet assistance. Yet when Richard has a problem, he turns to his valet, a fixer of unparalleled genius—and the object of Richard’s deepest desires. If there is one rule a gentleman must follow, it is never to dally with servants. But when David is close enough to touch, the rules of class collide with the basest sort of animal instinct: overpowering lust.

For David Cyprian, burglary and blackmail are as much in a day’s work as bootblacking—anything for the man he’s devoted to. But the one thing he wants for himself is the one thing Richard refuses to give: his heart. With the tension between them growing to be unbearable, David’s seemingly incorruptible master has left him no choice. Putting his finely honed skills of seduction and manipulation to good use, he will convince Richard to forget all about his well-meaning objections and give in to sweet, sinful temptation.

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text 2018-09-01 19:05
August Re-Cap
Away from the Dark (The Light Series) - Aleatha Romig
Gentleman Nine - Penelope Ward
Hero at the Fall - Alwyn Hamilton
Alex, Approximately - Jenn Bennett
Like Never and Always - Ann Aguirre
The Empress - S.J. Kincaid
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
Paradox (An FBI Thriller) - Catherine Coulter
All Your Perfects - Colleen Hoover

 

 

What a crazy month, but I did read some good books.  Well, mostly I listened, because, wow, 13 Audio's for this month. 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Away From The Light by Aleatha Romig

Finish Date:  08/01

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Gentlemen Nine by Penelope Ward

Finish Date:  08/02

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Finish Date:  08/06

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Finish Date:  08/07

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Like Never And Always by Ann Agguire

Finish Date:  08/09

☆2.8☆STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

Finish Date:  08/13

☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Finish Date:  08/15

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Finish Date:  08/19

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Netgalley e-ARC) Paradox by Catherine Coulter

Finish Date:  08/19

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Finish Date:  08/21

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne

Finish Date:  08/23

☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Warcross by Marie Lu

Finish Date:  08/27

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Swan & The Jackal by JA Redmerski

Finish Date:  08/29

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  08/31

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+ 

 

(Kindle eBook) Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Finish Date:  08/31

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

13 Audiobooks, 1 Kindle eBook, and 1 Netgalley eARC, for a total of 5,510 pages.  That's my most read pages in one month, ever.

 

and since I tend to pick books based on there covers...best cover of the month goes to:

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-04 20:19
4.3 Out Of 5 "Surprising" STARS
Gentleman Nine - Penelope Ward

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~BOOK BLURB~

Gentlemen Nine

Penelope Ward

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Growing up, the three of us were friends. 

He was the nerd. 

I was the playboy. 

She was the beauty. 

 

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits. 

 

He lied. 

 

I went off to college, and he got the girl. 

Amber never knew how I felt. 

They were together for years—before he broke her heart. 

 

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch. 

When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room. 

 

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men. 

One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings. 

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity. 

Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message. 

She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.) 

 

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. 

When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I purchased this as an Audible "Deal of the Day" and it surprised me.  Early on it felt like it was going to be everything I hate about this genre, but it actually turned out to be a story with substance.  The characters were fairly likable and while their chemistry wasn't off-the-charts hot, it was still hot. They had real-life issues and not some overtly contrived dribble.  It won't be that for everybody, I'm sure…but for me, I liked it.   A few elements of the story actually resonated with me, personally.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ That guy is seriously hot…

Narration~ 5 for Sebastian York & Andi Arndt, these two are masters at this genre, especially when they are together in one book.

Setting~ Boston and a little Chicago

Source- Audible Audiobook

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