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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: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Title: America’s First Daughter
Authors: Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Year: 2016
Pages: 624
Dates Read: March 24 – May 27, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HF, R
Rating: ★★
Summary: A novel of Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph, the eldest daughter of the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.
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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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Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Year: 2014
Pages: 204
Dates Read: May 4-5, 2017
Format: Paperback
Genres: P
Rating: ★★★★★
Review: I love this book.  In it are so many poems that affected me so much that I cried more than once in a single sitting while reading this collection.  It’s separated into four chapters: “the hurting,” “the loving,” “the breaking,” and “the healing.”  All of the ones that touched me the most deeply are from the chapter on healing.  Normally with poetry, I list my favorite poems, but with this book there are so many (and most of them don’t really have titles).  I’ll just list my absolute favorite poems/excerpts that I found the most visceral–the excerpts will be in single quotation marks.

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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!