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review 2017-11-25 04:12
Ravished - Amanda Quick

This is one I can see myself reading over and over again.


I LOVED this book. I loved the relationship between our leads, Harriet and Gideon. I love the fact that Harriet was such a steadfast and staunch defender of Gideon's. She leapt  to his defense (literally and figuratively) whenever anyone dared to speak ill of him. After hearing about his reputation very early in the book, she made up her own mind about him by his words and actions. And her trust in him would not be shaken. As for Gideon, it was heartening watching him come out from the darkness and realize the treasure he had in this woman who trusted and believed in him implicitly when not even his own parents did. The wonder and awe he felt was palpable. They had such a spark, and I many of their interactions had me grinning from ear to ear. 


This was just a very low angst book, romance wise, and I really, really enjoyed that. There was no Big Misunderstanding, neither of them were at all inclined to automatically believe the worst of the other, once they were together, they were together.


The only thing that kept me from giving this five stars is the fact that Harriet did have a few moments that were pretty much TSTL moments, and I felt it took Gideon far too long to confess his love for Harriet. I understand he'd been horribly, horribly burned in the past, but still.


I am using this book for this following square:



Book themes for Bon Om Touk: Read a book that takes place on the sea, near the sea, or on a lake or a river, or read a book that has water on the cover.

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review 2017-11-25 04:03
Review: Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night by Stacy Reid
Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night (Rebellious Desires) - Stacy Reid

My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin


Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night is sensual, interesting, and completely captivating. Stacy Reid has a way of wrapping you up in her writing, which made it really, really, really difficult to put Rhys and Georgiana’s story down.

Rhys is known to one and all as “The Broker.” He’s a man who deals in secrets, all so that he can make a life for his family and give his mother and sisters the life they deserve. Though he’s accumulated wealth and power, the one place Rhys hasn’t been able to infiltrate is the social whirl of the ton. Georgiana is the key to getting his sisters into society, but he finds that he cannot use her as a pawn, not when he’s drawn to her like no other. I absolutely loved Rhys. He’s worked and fought his way up the ladder for the sake of his family. He’s tough, but with a loving heart, and he’s got a quick and canny mind that I found incredibly appealing. Even though he deals in secrets and favors, Rhys has a strong sense of honor. Add in a few hidden pockets of vulnerability and the fact that he’s unbelievably sexy and you’ve got one heck of a swoon-worthy hero.

A hero as confident as Rhys deserves a heroine who can knock him a bit off his stride, and Georgiana fits the bill perfectly. She’s been raised all her life to be a proper duchess and now that she’s a widow with a young son, she continues to fulfill the role her parents and late husband set out for her. But Georgiana is unbelievably lonely, even though she’s the darling of society. Rhys is the first man to see behind the mask, to make Georgiana feel completely alive. The pull between them is so strong that she risks everything to engage in a clandestine affair with Rhys. But it’s clear to readers from the start that these two were meant for so much more than a few heated encounters. Rhys and Georgiana have searingly hot passion going for them, but they fit extremely well outside the bedchamber as well. Ms. Reid made the pages of Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night come alive with their chemistry and I loved getting lost in their romance. The divide in Rhys and Georgiana’s social classes is a huge obstacle in their love story and I liked that I really didn’t know how they would get their happily ever after. I won’t say how things work out, but Ms. Reid definitely did leave me smiling by the end of this book.

Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night is the first book in Ms. Reid’s Rebellious Desires series and I absolutely cannot wait for more. From Rhys’s sisters to his best friend, there are a number of characters whose stories I am hoping will be told. If you like engaging, emotional historical romances with a healthy dose of heat, then you won’t want to miss Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/11/review-duchess-by-day-mistress-by-night.html
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text 2017-11-25 03:56
Reading progress update: I've read 385 out of 385 pages.
Ravished - Amanda Quick
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text 2017-11-25 00:49
Reading progress update: I've read 228 out of 385 pages.
Ravished - Amanda Quick

"The inevitable?", he demanded hoarsely. "Is that what you call it? Is that how you envision our lovemaking? An inevitable duty?"


"It was not unpleasant," she assured him quickly. "I did not mean to insult you. It was actually quite exciting in some ways. It definitely had its moments."


"Thank you," Gideon murmured dryly. "I tried."


"I know you did. One must make allowances for the uncomfortable bed we shared. I suppose. I do not imagine a rock floor is conducive to lovemaking."


I'll stop here, but this whole discussion has me cracking up. I love these two!

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review 2017-11-24 18:25
St. Peter's Fair / Ellis Peters
St. Peter's Fair: The Fourth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael - Ellis Peters

The great annual Fair of Saint Peter at Shrewsbury, a high point in the citys calendar, attracts merchants from far and wide to do business. But when an unseemly quarrel breaks out between the local burghers and the monks from the Benedictine monastery as to who shall benefit from the levies the fair provides, a riot ensues. Afterwards a merchant is found dead, and Brother Cadfael is summoned from his peaceful herb garden to test his detective skills once more.


What a pleasure it is to find a character and a series that I consistently enjoy. Four books into the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, and I am well and truly hooked. So I am well pleased to see that I still have 16 books ahead of me. The trick will be not to read them too quickly!

Brother Cadfael is a wonderful medieval sleuth—he’s participated in the Crusades, he’s had love affairs, he’s a man of the world, but he has chosen “retirement” in Shrewsbury Abbey. I think his philosophy would be that God helps those who help themselves, although in this installment he receives one of his greatest breakthroughs by withdrawing to the chapel to pray. Abbey politics also feature in these books and Cadfael is getting used to a new leader (and they seem to see eye to eye).

People are people, regardless of time period. Young people are going to have strong opinions, occasionally drink too much and embarrass themselves, fall in love, and generally do the things that young people do. Including getting implicated in crimes. Cadfael is wonderfully non-judgmental for a monk and full of quiet wisdom. A person who notices small details and can put them together quickly & accurately, he is an excellent forensic investigator before such a thing was considered.

A joy to read this comfortable, entertaining series.

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