Monthly Archives: August 2013

Review: Scandal’s Bride – Stephanie Laurens

  • Title: Scandal’s Bride
  • Author: Stephanie Laurens
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Why: I enjoyed the first two in the series.
  • Rating: 3 Stars

Description: How can an honourable lady like Lady Catriona Hennessy unite with a rake like Richard Cynster? Though charmed by his commanding presence, she cannot give up her independence. Marriage had not previously been on Richard′s agenda, but perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needs – if he can have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises of love?

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A Shire Romance – Part Nineteen

Missed the start? All installments can be found here.

Or go back to part eighteen.

This was first posted on Silk Screen Views.


Tamsyn didn’t remember much of how she spent the remainder of the day. She helped Esme in the kitchen. She spoke to Faramir. She went to Radagast and asked him some questions about what would happen, then somehow managed to tell Perry’s parents that she would be leaving the next day.

At dinner time Colman appeared and muttered a half-hearted apology. Tamsyn, who was anticipating two different events with a complete polarity of emotions, found she had no feelings left to spend on him, not even hatred.

She watched Perry and his father play a game of chess, puffing away on their pipes, then after sharing a small supper everyone finally went to bed.

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Review: Immortal in Death – JD Robb

  • Title: Immortal in Death
  • Author: J D Robb
  • Genre: Futuristic Murder Mystery Romance
  • Why: I intend to read the full series.
  • Rating: 4.5 Stars

Description: She was one of the most sought-after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted — even another woman’s man. And now she was dead, the victim of a brutal murder. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas put her professional life on the line to take the case when suspicion fell on her best friend, the other woman in the fatal love triangle. Beneath the facade of glamour, Eve found that the world of high fashion thrived on an all-consuming passion for youth and fame. One that led from the runway to the dark underworld of New York City where drugs could fulfill any desire — for a price . . .

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An apology

…For yesterday’s rather terse and very definitely rushed post. The truth of the matter is that it was a bank holiday here in Britain, and I blissfully whiled away my afternoon playing Civilization 5, completely forgetting that we’d planned to go to the cinema in the evening (which is when I usually knock together my posts).

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Metaphors, euphemisms and the thesaurus

This is another post sparked by two things. The first thing is me reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, which has some fantastic usage of metaphors in it. I always go a bit gooey over a good metaphor, but when they’re especially inventive I just have to squee a little. My favourite one so far is ‘as drunk as a baby in a beer barrel’. Not that I can remember any more at the moment, but that’s beside the point.

Of course, there’s the other side of the coin as well, which is the bad metaphor, but I can’t think of any examples of those either. I’m not doing too well here, am I? Well, that’s because of the second thing which sparked this post, which is something my darling husband drew my attention to. It’s absolutely awesome, and you can find it below.

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Some announcements

Just to give everyone a heads up on what I have planned for the not too distant future.

To start with, fellow blogger Rosie Amber will have a Romance theme on her blog throughout September, appropriately called Romancing September. I will be one of the featured authors (and will ofcourse re-blog my entry once it’s up), but do check out her blog throughout September if you’re a Romance reader.

Secondly, I’m quite excited that Tellulah Darling has picked me as one of the lucky people to enter the Sassy Girl Swoony God Tourney for the upcoming release of My Date from Hell, the sequel to My Ex from Hell. This means I get an early copy of the book to review, which I’m really looking forward to!

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Review: The Duchess War – Courtney Milan

  • Title: The Duchess War
  • Author: Courtney Milan
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Why: I read the prequel novella and was so bowled over I had to read the series.
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Description: Sometimes love is an accident.

This time, it’s a strategy.

Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly–so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don’t get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

But that is precisely what she gets.

Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he’s up to, he realizes there is more to than her spectacles and her quiet ways. And he’s determined to lay her every secret bare before she can discover his. But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match…

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