First of all, I highly recommend reading the prequel to this novel: Whisper of Jasmine. It shows how Evie and Gabriel met, and gives good insight into...moreFirst of all, I highly recommend reading the prequel to this novel: Whisper of Jasmine. It shows how Evie and Gabriel met, and gives good insight into the beginning of their relationship.
That being said, City of Jasmine takes place in 1920 Syria, and seeing as how I didn't know a whole lot of what was going on in that area then, I learned a lot. Evie and Gabriel were thrown into lots of adventures and came across a lot of suspicious characters, some dangerous, some just shady. The descriptions and seeing the area through the eyes of Evie totally brought the country to life. The descriptions were not overdone, but were the right amount.
While I miss the Lady Julia books, I'm just happy to have another book by Deanna Raybourn. Her style and feisty, independent heroines are still strong in books like City of Jasmine.
I couldn't put this down! Deanna Raybourn fans will not be disappointed.(less)
The Two Mrs. Abbotts is the third book in the Miss Buncle series, and while the title suggests it's about the former Miss Buncle and her niece-by-marr...moreThe Two Mrs. Abbotts is the third book in the Miss Buncle series, and while the title suggests it's about the former Miss Buncle and her niece-by-marriage, it is really not.
Of the two, we spend the most time with the younger Mrs. Abbott: Jerry. We see Barbara every now and again, but her story line is nothing substantial. Actually, none of the story lines are. There are just too many characters and too many plots going on that it's hard to keep it all straight.
This is a weird little book, because while it takes place during World War II, it's about nothing at all, really. There are certain characters that we see for a little while, and then they disappear never to be heard from again. And at the end of the book, there are a bunch of characters' stories still hanging there.
Unfortunately, the charm of this series dissipates with each book. If you like books set in the country during this time period, then this is probably your thing, but it just wasn't mine. If you liked the first book Miss Buncle, don't feel the need to continue because the two books after it are just pale imitations, sadly.(less)
A very satisfying wrap-up to a surprisingly good trilogy. I keep saying 'surprisingly' because I'm still surprised I like a set of books about the sub...moreA very satisfying wrap-up to a surprisingly good trilogy. I keep saying 'surprisingly' because I'm still surprised I like a set of books about the subject of aliens.
Of course, they're about more than just aliens, but aliens are just not my thing. I think the fact that there was so much humanity, is what got me. I'm also a sucker for alternate historical fiction.
The series was very well written and the three books flowed easily. I could see all three books put together into one, seeing as how none of them are particularly long.
Since this is the third book in the series, I'm not gonna say much for fear of spoilers. I will say that my favorite thing about each book was the character development. You give me a series with character development, and I will wait impatiently for each book.
Highly recommended to m/m readers who like steampunk, historical fiction and the like.(less)
Here we have a basic story really: Max is a bit lonely, so he goes to a brothel to remedy that. He figures, if he pays...moreAnother good one from Ava March!
Here we have a basic story really: Max is a bit lonely, so he goes to a brothel to remedy that. He figures, if he pays for companionship, then there's no way to get hurt. Here, he comes across Tristan, who he is instantly smitten with, obviously.
Due to circumstances which I will not state, the two enter into a bit of an arrangement, but the feelings that each man has for the other makes things a bit tricky.
There's angst; there's lovey-dovey stuff. And with all of Ava March's books, there is a fabulous historical romance without an overload of historical. There's just enough to give you a feel for a period, which gives room for the actual story.
I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Too bad I have to wait so long.(less)