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It’s the Great Catch-up Round-up of June/July 2017, Charlie Brown!

So you may have noticed that I’ve been a bit AWOL lately, and that’s because I just haven’t been in the right head space for a few weeks.  But now I’m back in action, okay?  Am I forgiven?

Because of this, I’m really behind on reviews.  What I’ve decided to do is combine all of my remaining June and July reviews into this one post.  It shouldn’t be toooo long because I’m going to make the reviews short, but we’ll see.  (Spoiler: It’s kinda long.) Continue reading “It’s the Great Catch-up Round-up of June/July 2017, Charlie Brown!”

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Book Review: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

13Title: Secrets of a Summer Night
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #1
Released: October 26, 2004
Genres: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 346
Source: 
Own
Dates Read: June 19-22, 2017
Grade: C+
Synopsis: Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition … but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon — and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon’s passionate embrace and tempting kisses … and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all. (Goodreads) Continue reading “Book Review: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas”

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Book Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

9Title: Notorious Pleasures
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #2
Released: February 1, 2011
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 382
Source: 
Own
Dates Read: June 8-10, 2017
Grade: C+
Synopsis: Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé.  True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn’t bother Hero.  Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.
Lord Griffin Reading is far from perfect – and he likes it that way.  How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night.  Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother.  Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire – desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down.  As Hero’s wedding nears, and Griffin’s enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love? (Goodreads) Continue reading “Book Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt”

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Book Review: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

8Title: The Duke and I
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: The Bridgertons #1
Released: January 5, 2000
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 340
Source: 
Own
Dates Read: June 6-8, 2017
Grade: C
Synopsis: By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers.  And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham.  Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her…but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke…for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love…

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Book Review: The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

Title: The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister #0.5)
Author: Courtney Milan
Year: 2012
Pages: 134
Dates Read: May 24-26, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genre: HR
Rating: ★★★

Summary: Hugo Marshall earned the nickname “the Wolf of Clermont” for his ruthless ambition—a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner’s son to the right hand man of a duke.  When he’s ordered to get rid of a pestering governess by fair means or foul, it’s just another day at work.

But after everything Miss Serena Barton has been through at the hands of his employer, she is determined to make him pay.  She won’t let anyone stop her—not even the man that all of London fears.  They might call Hugo Marshall the Wolf of Clermont, but even wolves can be brought to heel… (Amazon)

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Book Review: No Coward Soul Is Mine by Emily Brontë

Title: No Coward Soul Is Mine
Author: Emily Brontë
Year: 1993 (Brontë lived from 1818-1848)
Pages: 172
Dates Read: April 30 – May 1, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Genres: P
Rating: ★★★
Favorite Poem: “When weary with the long day’s care”

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Poetry Review: 5 Mary Oliver Collections

This post is a bit different from my usual ones because, in the past ten days or so, I’ve read five collections of poetry by Mary Oliver, which is all that we have in the stacks at work.  It feels kind of satisfying to have read everything your local library has of one author in its collection.  This of course isn’t all that Mary Oliver has written, but I feel like it’s a good overview.  So that’s why this is a sort of bulk review, which will mostly be quick snapshots of each book including my favorite poems from each.  They are ordered according to when I read them.

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