Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Dates Read: January 23-26, 2019
Synopsis:Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.
Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.
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Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Endeavor #1
Genre: Sci-fi Romance
Dates Read: January 20-21, 2019
Synopsis: Tess Bailey: the galaxy’s Most Wanted.
Captain Tess Bailey is in deep trouble. She and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who’ll take them dead or alive. Tess’s best hope is a tall, dark, and much-too-appealing stranger, Shade Ganavan, who says he can help her. But his motivations are far from clear…
Shade Ganavan: arrogance, charm…and that special something that makes you want to kick him.
With the dreaded Dark Watch closing in, what Tess and Shade don’t know about each other might get them killed…unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other before it’s too late.
I was inspired to make this post simply because most of the covers looked really good together on my “to be released” shelf on Goodreads. Here are the upcoming contemporary romance releases that I’m excited about so far this year: Continue reading “Anticipated New Releases in Contemporary Romance”
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Date Read: January 17, 2019
Synopsis: The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one. Continue reading “Book Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace”
Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Dates Read: January 12-17, 2019
Synopsis: Clio Whitmore has waited eight long years to marry Piers Brandon, Marquess of Granville. But after such a long time, she’s decided she’s done with waiting and wants to live for herself now — and she has grand plans.
Rafe Brandon, brother of the errant marquess, doesn’t like this idea one bit and sets out to convince Clio that she should marry his brother after all. He’s even going to plan their wedding himself. But will his plan backfire in the
worst best way possible?
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Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Genre: Graphic Novels
Dates Read: January 12-13, 2019
Synopsis: Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and comics-sensation Kate Beaton. No era or tome emerges unscathbed as Beaton rightly skewers the Western world’s revolutionaries, leaders, sycophants, and suffragists while equally honing her wit on the hapless heroes, heroines, and villains of the best-loved fiction. She deftly points out what really happened when Brahms fell asleep listening to Liszt, that the world’s first hipsters were obviously the Incroyables and the Merveilleuses from eighteenth-century France, that Susan B. Anthony is, of course, a “Samantha,” and that the polite banality of Canadian culture never gets old. Hark! A Vagrant features sexy Batman, the true stories behind classic Nancy Drew covers, and Queen Elizabeth doing the albatross. Continue reading “Book Review: Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton”
The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math from One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz
Dates Read: June 20, 2018 – January 12, 2019
Synopsis: Did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? Believe it or not, math plays a crucial role in answering all of these questions and more.
Math underpins everything in the cosmos, including us, yet too few of us understand this universal language well enough to revel in its wisdom, its beauty — and its joy. This deeply enlightening, vastly entertaining volume translates math in a way that is at once intelligible and thrilling. Each trenchant chapter of The Joy of x offers an “aha!” moment, starting with why numbers are so helpful, and progressing through the wondrous truths implicit in π, the Pythagorean theorem, irrational numbers, fat tails, even the rigors and surprising charms of calculus. Showing why he has won awards as a professor at Cornell and garnered extensive praise for his articles about math for the New York Times, Strogatz presumes of his readers only curiosity and common sense. And he rewards them with clear, ingenious, and often funny explanations of the most vital and exciting principles of his discipline. Continue reading “Book Review: The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz”
My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Dates Read: January 8-11, 2019
Synopsis: Determined to destroy the Echelon she despises, Rosalind Fairchild is on seemingly easy mission. Get in. Uncover the secrets of her brother’s disappearance. And get out.
In order to infiltrate the Nighthawks and find their leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, Rosalind will pose as their secretary. But she doesn’t count on Lynch being such a dangerously charismatic man, challenging her at every turn, forcing her to re-evaluate everything she knows about the enemy.
He could be her most dangerous nemesis—or the ally she never dreamed existed. Continue reading “Book Review: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster”
Ten Days with the Highlander by Hayson Manning
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date Read: January 9, 2019
Goodreads Synopsis: Go-getter Georgia Paxton has ten days to acquire a quaint hotel in the Scottish Highlands for her travel accommodation company before she’s off on her next grand adventure. Too bad the sexy, broody Scot who owns the place is dead against the idea…and that she’s in very real danger of losing their little bet to see who can convince whom first.
There’s no way Callum MacGregor is going to let the gorgeous American turn his tiny hometown over to bored tourists looking to satisfy their Outlander fantasies. He only has ten days to convince her to slow down and see the magic of the town and its people. If he succeeds, he won’t have to run her out of the county. But if he fails, Georgia might run off with his heart.
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Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Dates Read: January 3-7, 2019
Synopsis: Half-human, half-vampire Cat Crawfield is seeking revenge for her mother by hunting down and killing every vampire she encounters — until she meets one she can’t beat…eventually forming an alliance with him to track down a ruthless rapist and murderer along with his gang of cronies. Together, she and Bones must work and train together for their mission, but can Cat overcome her prejudice against vampires and make this alliance work? Continue reading “Book Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost”