After having her heart broken, Pamela decides that she wants to forgo societal conventions and become a ‘worldly woman’ instead. Prince Alexei’s looksAfter having her heart broken, Pamela decides that she wants to forgo societal conventions and become a ‘worldly woman’ instead. Prince Alexei’s looks and reputation seem particularly suited for her introduction to such a life and she seduces him. They are at a masked ball when they meet and she never lets him see her face clearly. The night means more to her than she expected however . . . and to him as well.
A few years later, the pair cross paths again. Alexei is renting a house that Pamela has just inherited. Since she never let him see her face—and she never revealed her name—Alexei is at a disadvantage. Shakespeare would be proud of the comedy that follows. Pamela and Alexei are each in a bit of difficulty that a pretend-engagement would conveniently solve—and that’s just the beginning of the fun. Alexei’s traitorous cousin Valentina has joined the household and he orders his friend Dimitri to keep an eye on her—day and night—hmmm. Ever-poised Aunt Millicent becomes a babbling mess at the mere thought of encountering Winchester, the man she left at the altar years before. Love is also in the air for Clarissa and Roman—the only couple not entangled in some chaos of their own making.
I loved this book!!! Believable characters, witty dialogue, lots of humor—and for the most part, a believable storyline (Alexei’s belief that he had nothing to offer was a hard sell). Although she was a minor character, I have to say that I particularly liked Valentina. Many thanks to my friend Melissa for recommending this author!
Other Effington Family & Friends books are as follows:
* The Wedding Bargain * The Husband List * The Marriage Lesson * The Prince’s Bride * Her Highness, My Wife * Love With the Proper Husband * The Lady in Question * The Pursuit of Marriage * A Visit From Sir Nicholas * When We Meet Again * Let It Be Love
I like the premise of this series—Zoe can astral project and travel unseen outside her body—she uses this ability to spy for a living. I like the TimI like the premise of this series—Zoe can astral project and travel unseen outside her body—she uses this ability to spy for a living. I like the Tim and Steve storyline (ghosts who live in her mom’s house). I’d like to see further development of her mom and her best friend’s characters. I don’t like the numerous sex references Weldon scatters throughout the book—sometimes they fit the scene but too often they don’t and they only detract from the story.
After a fast-paced beginning, Weldon lost me at the end—I’m still trying to figure out how things turned out the way they did.
Since the premise is interesting, I’m considering giving book 2 a try—Wraith appears to be Weldon’s first novel so maybe she’ll have the kinks worked out in book 2—or maybe I’ll learn to appreciate her style . . . .
Undecided. Review journals have praised the book—customers on Amazon have blasted it—I’m somewhere between.
A missing masterwork, an old German castle, supernatural happenings . . . what’s not to like? Art Historian Vicky Bliss is in a competition with her cA missing masterwork, an old German castle, supernatural happenings . . . what’s not to like? Art Historian Vicky Bliss is in a competition with her colleague/suitor Tony to see which of them can locate the missing artwork first. Unfortunately for them, a few other people are also looking for the treasure and at least one person is willing to harm anyone who gets in the way.
The first title in the Vicky Bliss series, this is a quick, fun read. Vicky is a heroine ahead of her time—she’s independent, intelligent and does her fair share of the rescuing. (Borrower of the Night was first published in 1973).
* Borrower of the Night * Street of the Five Moons * Silhouette in Scarlet * Trojan Gold * Night Train to Memphis * The Laughter of Dead Kings ...more
Exiled from his beloved Melusine, wizard Felix Harrowgate journeys to the land of Corambis to present himself for judgment to the Circle. His half-broExiled from his beloved Melusine, wizard Felix Harrowgate journeys to the land of Corambis to present himself for judgment to the Circle. His half-brother, Mildmay the Fox, accompanies him. Corambis has more to fear than the arrival of a wayward wizard and an ex-criminal however. A revolutionary’s desperate attempt to win independence for Caloxa has awoken ancient machinery and these mysterious mechanisms are draining the life from animals and people alike. Felix is powerful—but is he powerful enough to stop the Engine of Summerdown without sacrificing himself?
While satisfying, the conclusion to the Labyrinth quartet pales in comparison to the first three books. Corambis simply lacked the urgency of Melusine, The Virtu and The Mirador. The angst between Felix and Mildmay, while believable, is the same angst that we witnessed in books 1, 2 & 3. There is danger but for whatever reason, it didn’t feel as threatening as the dangers faced previously. Mildmay, one of my all-time favorite characters, had less of an independent storyline in Corambis; he spent most of his time in Felix’s shadow. All that said, it was satisfying to see Felix finally come to terms with himself; it was also good to see Mildmay consider a new path for himself....more
Judging from other reviews, you’ll either love this book or hate it—I loved it!!! Cannie is an intelligent, funny character whose ex-boyfriend has jusJudging from other reviews, you’ll either love this book or hate it—I loved it!!! Cannie is an intelligent, funny character whose ex-boyfriend has just begun to air their differences in a magazine column for a national publication. Ouch. Is she overly-obsessed with her ex-boyfriend? Yes—but who hasn’t pined after the wrong person at least once? Is she condescending towards her mom’s girlfriend? Yes, but there are two sides to that story. Are there a couple of improbable turns of fate? Sure, but I believe in happy endings.
What I like best about this story is that Cannie remains in charge of her life, even when it hits rock bottom. For the most part, when Cannie encounters difficulty, she pushes herself forward and maintains her sense of humor. When the rock-bottom event happens, she does lose herself in anger for awhile but she eventually works through it and asks for help. This a solid story about one person’s growth over time and her gradual acceptance of herself. Recommended!!!...more
The du Rocher family may or may not have “skeletons in the closet”—but they definitely have one in the basement. In Gideon’s fourth adventure, Old BonThe du Rocher family may or may not have “skeletons in the closet”—but they definitely have one in the basement. In Gideon’s fourth adventure, Old Bones, Gideon is lecturing at an international forensics conference when he’s asked to examine the partial skeleton uncovered in the du Rocher basement. Gideon determines that the remains are those of a young man, dead almost 50 years—and he pieces together a connection to local Resistance actions in WWII. Again, the mystery is fairly predictable but it’s interesting to watch it unfold. The dysfunctional family is a bit soap opera-ish but I like the WWII backstory....more
But why would anyone steal a thirty-thousand year-old parieto-occipital calvareal fragment?” is the key question in Murder in the Queen’s Armes. WhileBut why would anyone steal a thirty-thousand year-old parieto-occipital calvareal fragment?” is the key question in Murder in the Queen’s Armes. While honeymooning in England, Gideon stops by an archaeological dig to visit with a former colleague, Nate Marcus. Gideon’s not prepared for what he finds: a sullen, secretive dig crew, and a scientific community planning to investigate Nate. Rivalry, murder and mayhem are carefully intertwined in Gideon’s third adventure. The mystery is fairly predictable but it’s interesting to watch it unfold....more
The Dark Place is the second Gideon Oliver mystery and it’s good. A skeleton has just been found Washington State’s Olympic National Park—and it has aThe Dark Place is the second Gideon Oliver mystery and it’s good. A skeleton has just been found Washington State’s Olympic National Park—and it has a spear point lodged in its vertebra. The skeleton is that of a hiker who disappeared 6 years previously and once word gets out, local tales of Bigfoot sightings and rumors of a lost tribe of Indians are resurrected. Interesting storyline! To his dismay, Gideon earns ‘the Skeleton Detective’ nickname in this entry—but don’t feel too sorry for him, he does solve the mystery and find a new romance!...more
Tricked into releasing Ruin (Well of Ascension), Vin & Elend are now desperately searching for the means to turn Ruin back and save their world. RTricked into releasing Ruin (Well of Ascension), Vin & Elend are now desperately searching for the means to turn Ruin back and save their world. Ruin sees and hears everything though—which makes it virtually impossible for anyone to plan together to defeat it. To make matters worse, Ruin also has the ability to influence people’s actions without their awareness. Meanwhile, the mist is becoming more dangerous, ash threatens to suffocate all forms of life and earthquakes are occuring with increasing frequency. Sanderson maintains the fast-paced, action-packed storyline he began with Mistborn—and I love the clever plot twists. Sanderson’s character-development is also strong—I love Tensoon!
Fantastic conclusion to the trilogy—I can’t wait to read his conclusion to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series!...more
Demons, once-men, rogue militias and others are preying upon the remaining survivors of the former United States. The future relies upon the efforts oDemons, once-men, rogue militias and others are preying upon the remaining survivors of the former United States. The future relies upon the efforts of two Knights of the Word, an elf—and a boy who has recently discovered that he’s something more than human. The Gypsy Morph is the concluding volume in the bridge-series between Brooks’ Word & The Void trilogy and the Shannara series. Even though this is the fifth spin-off from the original Shannara trilogy, Brooks keeps the story fresh and once again offers the reader strong storytelling and unforgettable characters. Good read! Terry Brooks is at the very top of my favorite author list—and the Shannara series is at the very top of my favorite series list. According to his website, he has plans to write a follow-up Genesis duology. Something to look forward to!...more
The Saint-Germain series melds historical fiction, romance and horror into something quite unique. SG is an intriguing character. He’s kind, but in BlThe Saint-Germain series melds historical fiction, romance and horror into something quite unique. SG is an intriguing character. He’s kind, but in Blood Games, he’s living in Nero’s Rome—why? It’s sickening to know that atrocities happen—why would anyone want a front-row seat? Is he trying to lead by example? Is he inflicting some sort of penance on himself? If so, for what? How long has he been around anyway? I’m curious enough that I’m planning to check out the rest of the series. For a quick glimpse of his personality, check out this link for Yarbro’s ”Interview With A Vampire” http://www.chelseaquinnyarbro.net/s-g......more
Industrial civilization has been destroyed. Survivors depend upon farming, craftsmanship and scavenging to meet their needs—the new economy is barterIndustrial civilization has been destroyed. Survivors depend upon farming, craftsmanship and scavenging to meet their needs—the new economy is barter & trade. For the most part, the inhabitants of Union Grove have adjusted to this new reality fairly well, although they’ve let some community responsibilities slide. One summer will shake things up however—the gang on the outskirts of town will force a confrontation, a cultish religious group will work its way into the community, and a trading expedition to another community will go awry.
Overall, an interesting if slow read. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters but I did like the exploration of different ‘possibilities’. It’s difficult to believe that the gang didn’t trouble the town before—the two have been side by side from the beginning. My main criticism though is that the ‘miracles’ seemed out of place with the rest of the novel.
**spoiler alert** 20 years ago Nell witnessed the murder of her boyfriend---her testimony led to the conviction/imprisonment of Alvin DuPree. A recent**spoiler alert** 20 years ago Nell witnessed the murder of her boyfriend---her testimony led to the conviction/imprisonment of Alvin DuPree. A recently-discovered videotape now proves that DuPree was elsewhere at the time of the murder. As Nell tries to determine how she could have made such a mistake, she turns to her husband of 18 years for help (he was the lead detective from the case at the time)---but his increasingly odd behavior has her wondering if he knew of DuPree's innocence all along . . . .
Intriguing premise with at least one really good twist (Nell discovers DuPree at the scene of another crime). That said, the characters just didn't draw me in---DuPree, while innocent of the Blanton murder, is a dangerous, scary and unsympathetic character; Nell seems one-dimensional. The 'epilogue' second ending bothered me....more
I could not put this book down!!! Twilight is a tale of star-crossed lovers---Bella, a headstrong teenager, and Edward, a vampire who has been '17' foI could not put this book down!!! Twilight is a tale of star-crossed lovers---Bella, a headstrong teenager, and Edward, a vampire who has been '17' for around 100 years. Although Edward loves her, he knows that keeping Bella close to him is dangerous for her---he's not 100% sure that he can protect her from himself, much less anything she might encounter in his company. Despite the danger, the two cannot bear to be parted.
Edward's worst fears are realized when another vampire sees the two of them together and sets his sights on Bella. While the tortured love of Bella and Edward propels the majority of the book, the conclusion is fueled by a terrifying race to see if Edward can catch James before James finds Bella.
Highly recommended!!! The movie comes out November 21 and I will definitely be at the theater---I only hope that it lives up to the book!
**spoiler alert** Spoiler Alert! I’m sorry, I can’t talk about this book without giving away some major details. After reading the first two books in**spoiler alert** Spoiler Alert! I’m sorry, I can’t talk about this book without giving away some major details. After reading the first two books in the series, I had mixed feelings—but I was really enjoying the third entry until the last few pages. What really, really disappointed me was the fast-forward of Heather and Cooper’s relationship. Yes, I wanted to see them end up together—eventually. Heather’s been crushing on Cooper for roughly a year but they’ve just been friends—roommates, yes, but just friends. She starts dating someone and Cooper thinks she might be getting serious—so he decides to go for it before his chance is gone. I get that. What I don’t get is that their first kiss is followed shortly by a marriage proposal. Okay they’ve both been suppressing feelings but can’t we see them explore the transition from friends to something more??? If this were a stand-alone book, I might be more receptive to the jump—maybe—it’s a pretty big jump. However, as this is a series, I really wanted to see the romantic relationship develop over time (rather than a few pages).
Other than that, I enjoyed the book. This time around, the dorm/residence hall jokes are used sparingly enough to be funny and the cops aren’t as dimwitted. Like Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, we’re treated to an eccentric group of series regulars—and while the two series both have spunky, memorable characters and funny commentary, Cabot has created a distinct New York College/Heather Wells storyline. I still take issue with Magda—she’s forty years old and calls the dorm residents ‘her little movie stars’—I’m forty and I don’t baby talk anyone above baby age. That aside, she’s a likeable character—and since those comments barely appeared in Big Boned, I’m hoping this is a character eccentricity that Cabot gradually lets go.
Still a series with potential . . . looking forward to the next installment!...more