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review 2018-08-28 03:13
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (audiobook)
A Study In Scarlet Women: The Lady Sherlock Series - Kate Reading,Sherry Thomas

Series: Lady Sherlock #1


This was a pleasant surprise. I honestly wasn't sure I would like it because I was coming into it pretty cold and I'm always a bit leery of late 19th century historical fiction. Too many authors just try to be clever when it comes to approaches to technology and feminist movements (and it doesn't quite work). I didn't feel like Thomas was trying to shoehorn modern women into 19th century characters. Sure, many of the women felt frustrated with their options in the book, but they weren't jumping ahead, so to speak.


I liked how Watson played out and how Baker Street came about. I honestly thought that Charlotte had something else up her sleeve at the start because she was being kind of stupid. I guess it just goes to show she's not infallible or inhuman. I was a little disappointed at how Moriarty played into things at the end but oh well. I might be tempted to say that it was the best gender-swapped Sherlock Homes that I've read but I've also read The Tea Master and the Detective, which is a gender-swapped Sherlock Homes with Watson as a spaceship in a Vietnamese-inspired futuristic empire...so I'm not sure that'd be true. Anyway, it was a really good read overall.


Now I just need to decide whether to listen to the next book in the series right away or wait till September 1st so I can have it count towards Halloween Bingo. Kate Reading, the narrator, is excellent, by the way. I'm counting this as my pre-read for Halloween Bingo 2018 for the "Diverse voices" square.


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text 2018-08-26 20:59
Halloween Pre-Read
A Study In Scarlet Women: The Lady Sherlock Series - Kate Reading,Sherry Thomas

This is my opportunity to start on a library hold that came earlier than I expected. This way starting early should also not interfere with finishing up my other books this week (since it's an audiobook). I'm probably going to use this for "Diverse Voices".



So far it's going quite well!

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review 2016-01-28 23:23
Excellent Story and Characters
The Core (Equilibrium) (Volume 1) - Kate Thomas

Ellie is very attracted to David but something isn’t right, so Ellie decides to try to find out the truth. She finds out more than she bargained for.

I enjoyed this book. Everything that Ellie had to deal with as her search progresses is really awesome. I love the story and plot. Characters were awesome I highly recommend.

**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review

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text 2015-07-01 15:40
Green Card: Marriage of Convenience Romance
An Engagement in Seattle: Groom WantedBride Wanted - Debbie Macomber
Rio Grande Wedding (Men Of The Land) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, #964) - Ruth Wind
Wanted: Outback Wife - Ally Blake
An Inconvenient Wife - Katy Madison
Mail-Order Groom: (Second Edition) - Cindy Flores Martinez
Kissing the Canvas - Billy London
Baily's Irish Dream / Czech Mate (Duets, No 88) - Stephanie Doyle,Kate Thomas
A Marriage of Convenience - Jewel Amethyst
Marry Me, Cowboy (Copper Mountain Rodeo) - Lilian Darcy
Temporary Wife - Joan Kilby

Anyone else a fan of the movie Green Card with Gérard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell


I loved that movie.  In case you A: Were not born or B Some how missed it in 1990 here is the plot according to IMDb 


George Faure is a Frenchman who has been offered a job in the U.S. But in order to get the job he must obtain a work permit - green card, and the easiest way is to marry an American. Bronte Parrish is a New Yorker who is a keen horticulturist and just found the perfect flat with its own greenhouse. Unfortunately the flat is for married couples only. A marriage of convenience seems the ideal solution to both problems. To convince the immigration officers they are married for love, they must move in with each other. As the mismatched couple attempt to cope with life together, they start to fall in love.


I love Marriage of Convenience plots!  I adore the couple time and the you must deal with each other.


For a Contemporary Romance what could be a more realisic reason for this kind of marriage that citizen status.  I do wish they had less "we are going to get found out" drama.


Here are some fun Green Card Romances with immigration needs for all kinds of reasons.


My lists are never in any particular order. Enjoy!  


1. An Engagement in Seattle by Debbie Macomber


Aleksandr Berinksi is a Russian biochemist in the U.S. on a visa that is about to expire. Marriage will allow him to stay—marriage to Julia Conrad. If Julia's going to save her Seattle-based company, she needs him as much as he needs her. There's a Groom Wanted in Julia's life. And not just any groom!


2. Rio Grande Wedding by Ruth Wind


One kiss stole her heart. So when Molly Sheffield realized Alejandro Sosa needed a green-card bride, it seemed only natural for her to stand by his side….


But the pretty widow could not predict the feelings she would have for her new husband. After opening her heart to Alejandro, Molly knew she was meant to spend forever with this man. But she and Alejandro had only so many passionate nights, so many warm and loving days, before they said goodbye.


Or before they fell hopelessly in love…


3. Wanted: Outback Wife by Ally Blake


hen Jodie Simpson met her long-lost sister, Louise Valentine, she didn't realize the biggest adventure of her life was about to begin. With her visa about to expire, and desperate to stay in Australia, Jodie has a plan…she'll marry for convenience!


Jodie is offering a one-year marriage, with no strings attached. So why does sexy cattle rancher Heath Jameson, who is almost certainly looking for a long-term wife, want to marry her? Heath seems so sure—and so handsome—that Jodie takes the plunge. Only to fall for a convenient husband who seems to be running from the ghosts of his past…


4. An Inconvenient Wife by Katy Madison


Brandi Yeats wants gold—Olympic gold, but she needs a new ice dancing partner. One man is available, but he's totally wrong for her, and he's the wrong nationality. Marriage is the only way they can compete for the same team. So what's a girl to do when her dreams are on the line? What she won't do is have an affair with the broody, but far too attractive, Russian, even if he is her husband. 

Nikolai Petronof is willing to do anything to skate with a strong competitor like Brandi—even trap himself in a lie he can't get out of. Everyone warns him not to mix fire and ice, but he can't help himself. That is until he's caught in a hands-off marriage of convenience that is far too inconvenient...


5. Mail-Order Groom: by Cindy Flores Martinez


Lisa is about to marry the love of her life, but her world is shattered when she finds her fiancé, Jeff, in the arms of another woman. When he calls off the wedding, she's heartbroken. 

In a twist of fate, she meets Krzysztof Zielinski from Poland on Mail-Order-Grooms.Com. He needs to marry an American woman so that he can stay in America, and he’s willing to pay money for it. His reason for needing to stay is what tugs at Lisa’s heart and convinces her to say “I do” to him. After all, it’s going to be strictly a business deal. 

Lisa races to the altar with Krzysztof, but things become complicated when she finds herself falling for him, and he’s not planning to stay in America forever. Will her heart break all over again?


6. Kissing the Canvas by Billy London


Russian boxer, Pasha Markovitch, has everything in his corner, looks, potential for Olympic greatness, and speed of powerful fists professionals only dream of. There’s just one small issue. If he can’t find a solution to his current visa situation, he’ll be out of the UK and ducking and weaving with government standard silver bracelets on his wrists. The pressures of his father’s greed and the anxiety of a past that continues to knock him down, steadily wear on him until chance leads him to green fingered, sarcastic mouthed, Liliana Asare who offers the light of a reprieve. Coming to an arrangement of mutual exchange, they both get what they want. Pasha gets to stay in the country and Liliana gets the financing for her florist shop. The whole scenario is perfect enough to list. Woman willing to marry him so he doesn’t end up deported and she doesn’t end up losing her livelihood? Check. Avaricious father satisfied? Check. Falling in love with his fake wife? Wait, that’s not on the list…


7. Baily's Irish Dream / Czech Mate by Kate Thomas

She knew all the right moves...

Wendy Marek needs to see green -- as in money to finance her studies in fashion design in Paris. But to claim her inheritance she must marry. Visiting Czech Peter Havel also needs to see green -- as in green card! What will Wendy do with a Czech math genius with the body of an Olympic gold medalist? Well, marry him, of course. However, what will happen to this marriage of convenience when love enters the equation?


8. A Marriage of Convenience by Jewel Amethyst


After being left standing at the altar, Tamara needs someone to share the new home she can’t afford. Enter Kawbena Opoku, a gorgeous Ghanaian scientist in search of a green card, to fulfill Tamara’s needs—and the desires she didn’t know she had.


9. Marry Me, Cowboy by Lilian Darcy


Champion barrel-racer Tegan Ash has nothing left to go home to in her native Australia and every reason to stay in the USA. But her visa is about to expire, and her prospective groom has called off their green-card wedding. 

Jamie MacCreadie doesn’t actually want to marry a woman he can't stand, but his best friend and fellow rodeo rider Chet has just let her down and, somehow, he finds himself offering to do the deed instead. 

There’s no chance it could turn into the real thing, because they have nothing in common… do they?


10. Temporary Wife by Joan Kilby


Veronique Dutot and Burton O'Rourke—each has something the other needs.


Veronique is a talented chef, while Burton happens to need a chef for a new cooking show he's about to produce.


Veronique, on the other hand, needs her visa extended so she can live in Vancouver near her former mother-in-law.


Burton proposees and old-fashioned solution to their very modern problems. A temporary marriage. A marriage of convenience.


Veronique accepts—although there's nothing temporary or convenient about the way she's starting to feel.



So I need more for these. Perferably between working class people. Yeah. 


Whatcha got? Or if you don't have any which writer should we hound to creative more? lol


Vote for the best of the best on my Goodreads list: Green Card: Marriage of Convenience Romance. 


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review 2015-05-31 01:47
So many surprises!
The Core - Nicole Hewitt,Kate Thomas,L.A Starkey

Jacob is Ellie's boss.  She thinks he may have committed a crime.  She and her brother decide to stake out her boss and follow him.  Jacob catches them and surprises her.


Ellie loves working for Jacob.  He took a chance on her and hired her straight out of college.  Lately she has noticed she is starting to have feelings for him.  She is not sure how to approach this with her work-all-the-time boss.


Jacob has many secrets he is not sure if he should share with her.  She is supposed to be a part of a future partnership with him.  How to tell her?  Will she believe?  Can he go forward in a different relationship with her if she turns him down?


So much going on in this book.  I do not want to give spoiler so I will just summarize for you that it is an amazing read!!  I had trouble putting it down.  Ellie and Jacob have sexy banter and sizzling kisses that make reading worthwhile!


This is the first book in the Equilibrium series.  The 2nd book is out now, The Light.  I give this first book The Core a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!  I cannot wait to continue the next story!!

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