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Book Review: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Title: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love by Numbers #1)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Year: 2010
Pages: 423
Dates Read: May 29 – June 1, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HR
Rating: ★★★★★
Summary: A lady does not smoke cheroot.  She does not ride astride.  She does not fence or attend duels.  She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen’s club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied.  And so she’s vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she’s been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner.  Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking.  Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she’s not careful, she’ll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love. (Goodreads) Continue reading “Book Review: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean”

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Book Review: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane #1)
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Year: 2010
Pages: 383
Dates Read: May 27-28, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HR, M
Rating: ★★★★
Summary: Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she’s spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk…Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London’s high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both. (Barnes & Noble) Continue reading “Book Review: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt”

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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: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Title: An Extraordinary Union
Author: Alyssa Cole
Year: 2017
Pages: 320
Dates Read: May 8-20, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HR, W
Rating: ★★★★
Summary: A white man and a black woman spy for the Union during the American Civil War, not suspecting that their relationship with each other will be their most important puzzle to solve.
Favorite Quotes: 
  • “Elle lowered her face so she wouldn’t have to acknowledge the way Malcolm looked at her, like she was a tome that he wanted to curl up with for days on end, savoring every word.”
  • “Damn, she was impressive. If she didn’t kill him, he’d tell her so.”
  • “She wanted to join in his recitation. Not to one-up him or to prove anything, but for a reason that was new to her: for the enjoyment of it.”
  • “The words hung between them, leaving Elle feeling exposed. They were as intimate as any declaration of ardor, and maybe more so. She’d performed poetry for audiences before, but she’d always done so without feeling. She’d shared her body and her heart with another before, but never her mind. She’d thought those things must be kept separate.”

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Bookish · Litmixes

Litmix: Henry Winter

Hey guys.  This is something I may try to do more of in the future.  I like to listen to music that reminds me of the book I’m reading at the moment.  That could be a themed playlist that someone else has made for the book, a soundtrack, or music from the time period in which the book is set.

I made this playlist for Henry Winter, a character in Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.  I’m not currently reading the book–in fact, I first read it way back in September 2013.  I do, however, plan to reread it soon, and lately I have been listening to lots of playlists that other people have made.

You don’t need to have read the book to enjoy the playlist.  They’re all good songs, I think.  But you’d (hopefully) enjoy the playlist more if you have read the book.

Here’s the 8tracks version, and here’s the link to the Spotify version.  The only difference is that the 8tracks version has Jen Titus’s rendition of “O Death” from Supernatural, while the Spotify version has the Ralph Stanley one.  I personally prefer the former, but I couldn’t find it on Spotify 😦

Anyway, I hope some people like it!

Books · Readathon

Tome Topple Readathon

I’ve decided to participate in the Tome Topple Readathon.  Basically, the goal is to read big books that are at least 500 pages long.  The Goodreads group can be found here, and the Twitter is here 🙂  This readathon is set to last from today, April 7, through Thursday, April 20.

There are also some extra challenges to attempt:

  1. Read more than one tome. – Definitely planning on doing that.
  2. Read a graphic novel. – May or may not happen.
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series. – Sort of.  Basically.  Yeah, sure.*
  4. Buddy-read a tome. – Not gonna do that.
  5. Read an adult novel. – I am only reading adult novels for this, so that’s pretty much completed already.

Right, so here’s the important part: my TBR!

The Crimson Petal & the White has sat on my shelf unread for years, so this needs to happen.  My reading of this also nicely coincides with Hulu’s new series Harlots, as they both deal with the trials of prostitutes.

I really wanted to read The White Princess before the show airs on Starz on the 16th, so I hope this works out.

*It sort of fulfills the third challenge because it’s part of the Cousins’ War series, which doesn’t really need to be read in order but is still technically a series.

I don’t know if I’ll get to Possession or not, but I’ve wanted to read it for a few months now.

I’m currently reading some of Mary Oliver’s poetry, which I’ll probaby continue to do during this readathon for a sort of break, but I am putting everything else I was reading on hold, with the exception of America’s First Daughter, because it does qualify for this readathon and I’m both reading and listening to it.

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Book Review: The Turncoat by Donna Thorland

Title: The Turncoat
Author: Donna Thorland
Year: 2013
Pages: 394
Dates Read: March 27 – April 1, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HF, R, W
Rating: ★★★★
Summary: A young Quaker woman, Kate Grey, becomes unexpectedly entangled with the espionage of the American War for Independence and, to her even greater surprise, the enemy.

Favorite Quotes:

“Nothing was beyond the grasp of an intelligent woman.”

“They formed an intimate still life, her ornaments lying beside his regalia.”

“It was not important to her, where she had come from.  Only what she had become.”

Note: Being the little Hamilton fangirl that I am, I couldn’t help but squeal in delight when I read this line: “Beside him [General Washington], a slender, fair-haired youth sat copying orders.”  That’s our good old bastard, orphan, and son of a whore.

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