Friday, August 22, 2014

Mad About the Earl...AHHHHHH Formating Problems!

A Rout not a Ball.
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This is the second book I've tried by Christina Brooke; both were part of the Ministry of Marriage series. Yawn.

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Has it just been too long since I reviewed books that I'm struggling to put my finger on what I didn't like? Too much exposition

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.Basically there is this cold Duke who seems to have fifteen wards and he meets with other shifty controlling English types and they scheme marriage alliances.
I think the heart of the matter is the premise of the series. I will admit that I did not read the first book in the series (maybe).  So the principal supporting characters, if you follow me, may have been developed much more engagingly than they have been in the books I've read (I'm doubting it).
If I had any interest in these people's power plays that might be an interesting sub plot but, nope, boring.  Then you are left with two people who have been betrothed/arranged to marry each other and they accidentally fall madly in love.  Again in the hands of an amazing character development genius, maybe this could work.
The writing is fine, just not good enough to overcome aforementioned character development difficulties.  The sex is fine.  The plots are fine.  You get the picture.

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Historical Romance 2012:  2 of 5 terrible nicknames
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler

So despite being in a "smart" book group I still manage to avoid non-romance books, not quite like the plague, but maybe like changing my sheets.  I read "real" books when my mind gets too sweaty and grungy and I have trouble sleeping.  Oh, maybe that was too much personal information.  (Seriously, how do people change their sheets more than once a month?  It's so much work.)

But I did just finish a book that I picked up solely for the cover. The Thousand Names.  By reading the cover I know it is flintlock fantasy.  I didn't know that was a thing but apparently it is.  A thing.  Basically its vaguely based on earth history, around Napoleon time frame with accompanying technology but it's a fantasy world with different country names and religions and some magic thrown in for fun.

It's quite long and if you don't think you will enjoy military campaigns, it's not for you.  We follow several characters jumping between them with each chapter and like most of those types of books the coincidences as the threads of the story begin to intertwine did once make me roll my eyes.  But beyond that the characters are great, there were several plot twists that I did not see coming and the strategy of the military campaign was pretty fascinating.  Big thumbs up from me.

Flintlock Fantasy 2013: 4.5 of 5 form square evolutions.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blogging Again

I might be back.  I recently read a blog post by Jessica at RRR about taking a hiatus from blogging.  She has always amazed me with her ability to read for pleasure, blog intelligently, have a family life and hold a job all at the same time.  When I was blogging I was a stay at home mom with school age kids and while that is not the bon bon eating life it sounds, it's also not the same as being a neurosurgeon and a parent and the mayor of a small Alaskan town either.

Where was I.  Oh, blogging took a lot of my time and my life in the last few years needed all my attention.  I returned to school, my daughter had cancer (twice), I got divorced.  You know, had a couple of things going on.  But right now I am putting in time in a not awesome job with promise of a better one in the future.  My daughter finished her (second) treatment for leukemia and both my kids are old enough to only need intermittent yelling at, not continuous.  So....

And the reason I started blogging still exists.  I have a really hard time when I am standing in book stores remembering if that author whose name I've seen a ton falls into the "Bleck!  Run Away." category or the "Oh yeah, that book had promise" category.

So now that I have found the password to my account :) I'll see if I can't throw a couple reviews and things up here.
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Why a kitten?  Cause they're cute.  Duh.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Trouble at the Wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke

Just a quick peek a boo appearance, in case anyone is watching. I did manage to read a romance novel (actually I've read several, reading still beats blogging, I mean really people). I have liked Ms. Guhrke's books since And Then He Kissed Her which made me laugh out loud. Since then my reactions have been up and down but she's still an auto-buy.


Annabelle is from backwater Mississippi and the last thing she wants is true love. She's looking for a friendly business arrangement that will give her entree into society.

Trouble at the Wedding felt pedestrian at the beginning and the parallels with Titanic were downright annoying, but beyond that it met basic requirements for the first half, liked the heroine, liked the hero, only snorted once or maybe twice at the unlikeliness of it all. But at the halfway point there is a plot twist that I have to give full kudos to. Not that clever plot twists should carry an entire book, but this one got me through until the fun interactions of our couple fully distracted me from my everyday life.

Overall nice book, good characters, light on sex, but you know, that has it's place too.

Historical Romance 2012: 3.5 of 5 jugs of moonshine slung over your forearm.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Life Happens


Hi All, this is my new kitty.


I'm busy practicing my evil influence on unsuspecting 7th graders (aka student teaching). I'm hoping to blog a bit over break but until then life has been rather hectic.

Keep checking, I'm still around. And still reading! :)