BoB 26 Round Up Day 3

Good Morning! How has everyone been? I’m eagerly awaiting my spawn starting school on Monday. I couldn’t concentrate that well on Thursday so only got one book done.

The Temptation of Grace by Kristin Vayden

The Gentleman of Temptation trilogy follows three noblemen that, of course, own a gambling hell and the women who steal their hearts. This is the third offering and we get to see the trope where the dude who falls in love with his buddy’s ward, a lady who has traveled the world but is way out of her element with the fancy ways of the ton. I enjoyed the read and look forward to more by Vayden.

 

 

We have museum plans this weekend. There is an exhibit of Da Vinci’s inventions that I really think they’ll love even if it means I lose some readathon time. What are your weekend plans?

BoB 26 Round Up Day 2

Here we go again! This was a good day for reading. Only had one morning errand and the rest of the day was spent waiting for an Ikea order, which was of course late.    I’m actually surprised at what got accomplished considering I was also refereeing a hide and go seek tournament of my spawn. What was your favorite thing you read today?

How To Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford

I’ve been enjoying this series following a group of men who are all touched by a death in their family and how a certain Lord brought them together to heal them…all with the power of love. This book in the series uses a combination of the neighbors to lovers trope and an enemies to lovers trope as Roger blames Fenella for his first wife’s death. It’s executed pretty well and I like seeing our matchmaking Macklin show up with the lovable urchin Tom to shake things up. Looking forward to the next in the series.

Pub date: August 27, 2019

 

Husband Material by Emily Belden

I read Hot Mess by Belden when it came out and really enjoyed the way she told a story.  This is less a romance and more a contemporary fiction, much like Hot Mess. The point isn’t the happily ever after, it’s about a woman coming to terms with who she is and who her deceased husband was as people. Also like our main character, Charlotte, I too am a Frenchie mom  so that added a lot of enjoyment. I found it to be an enjoyable read and recommend it.

Pub date: December 30, 2019

 

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

I’m so mad I’ve slept on this one. Clark’s writing is so atmospheric that I was immediately drawn in. The dialogue and the descriptions were all carefully constructed to bring you into the story and it shows. I totally understand why it was nominated for Best Novella in the Hugos. As much as I love the Tor.com novellas, I also am sad they’re novellas. I always want more. This is my first book by Clark, but it won’t be my last. I hope we’ll see more of Creeper and Ann-Marie in future books.

Published August 2018

 

Let’s see what tomorrow brings. What books did you finish?

 

 

BoB 26 Round Up Day 1

Yesterday was actually the 2nd day of Bout of Books, but my official 1st day. I decided the best way for me to tackle my stack of digital ARCs I’ve been accumulating was this readathon. I only managed to finish one book and DNF’d another. It was just not that interesting to me. 

One Night for Seduction – Erica Ridley

Let me say, I’m not a fan of the trope where one Main Character (MC) makes a wager concerning the unaware other (MC). It’s obnoxious. I was thrilled when our betted on Diana finds out about Cole’s bet to get her married pretty quickly. I also love the conversation of equality the characters discussed. Diana was a great heroine. I would have loved to get more of Cole’s rags to riches backstory, but all in all, fun read. 


Hopefully today will be more productive! How was your reading day yesterday? Even if you’re not participating in the readathon, tell me about it.

Bout of Books: Five Fun Flirty Faves

For today’s Bout of Books challenge, they want us to list our five faves. It can be anything and yet I’m still sitting here trying to figure out what books I haven’t pushed in your faces already.

Fun romances.

 Faking It by Jennifer Crusie. Honestly, usually I say Bet Me because it’s one of my favorites, but the crazy in Faking It is too good to pass up. Really most of Crusie’s books could make up this whole list. They are just too fun. Put it this way, when I got rid of all my romance novels during my I hate romance phase (I know, I’m kicking myself too), I kept all of Crusie’s. There is something about her writing that makes me extremely happy. I also will take this time to beg her to write a new book for us.

 

 


The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey. Okay, I know what you’re thinking, this is fantasy. Except it’s based on fairy tales and the hero and heroine get together in the end. So it counts. While the later books in the series started waning for me, the first in the series The Fairy Godmother and the second One Good Knight are books that I think about all the time. I love the concept of The Fairy Godmother which is what if Cinderella’s prince was unsuitable, what would happen? And also I might have harbored fantasies of becoming a Fairy Godmother myself, but that’s neither here nor there. (Don’t act like you haven’t.)


Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean. The last book of MacLean’s The Rules of Scoundrels series delivers a fun surprise people have been waiting to discover from book one, Chase’s identity (it’s in the synopsis so no one can get upset with spoilers). The fact that Chase is actually Lady Georgina is fun, but what is really fun is watching the rules of society get bent and manipulated by her.

 

 


Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey. I’m going old school here, and introducing another Georgina because there is nothing more fun than a Malory, especially if that Malory is James Malory, gentleman pirate. If you’re just getting on the romance train, you need to go back and devour this series. Gentle Rogue is actually the third in the series, so start with Only Love Once, following James’ niece, Regina.

 

 


Living the Fantasy by Kathy Lyons. A video game entrepreneur falls instantly for a PR rep when he thinks she’s come in to audition for a character of his new video game. The dude falling in love before the lady, I don’t see a whole lot of and I’d love to see more. Also the geek angle makes me smile. Now I’d like to see more lady geeks.

 

 

 

 

 

Pick a category. Then tell me your five favorites. Or tell me your favorite fun romances. Tell me something!