THE RESTAURANT @ THE MILL was a different reading experience for me I have to say. Right from the first page, I felt lured into the restaurant; litera...moreTHE RESTAURANT @ THE MILL was a different reading experience for me I have to say. Right from the first page, I felt lured into the restaurant; literally into the restaurant. It was as if someone led me to a private table inside and just started talking to me. Directly to me. The place and people were unfamiliar at first yet they were rather open with me. Each sharing a moment of their life and then passing on to the other while they regained the courage to speak to me again or to just take a breather. The characters ranged from the owners, a staff member, some frequent diners, and the ghost, Sarah. Don't be fooled when I say ghost into thinking this is a ghost story. While it has some elements of the paranormal (those who can see, feel spirits) and of course you can't forget the restaurant's ghost Sarah, THE RESTAURANT is about the people connected with the restaurant. They were all likeable and realistic characters. Each one I enjoyed "listening" to. These people shared a part of their lives with me through an entire season at the restaurant. You won't find action or romantic passion, but you will find plenty of human emotions between the pages as you get to know a bit about each of them. Emotions that are bound to tug at your own heart, have you jumping with glee, and even have you frustrated. But in the end, you'll feel lighter than you were in the middle of the stories. I recommend this book to others who enjoy "listening" to another share a bit of their life and are not afraid to feel sadness, happiness, and victory in one sitting.(less)
I've read all of Galen's books so far and enjoyed them immensely, however, this was one left me feeling 'eh, ok'. I liked it but I wouldn't say it sto...moreI've read all of Galen's books so far and enjoyed them immensely, however, this was one left me feeling 'eh, ok'. I liked it but I wouldn't say it stood out in comparison to the others other than the heroine was portrayed differently than her other heroines and this one is set around finding the man that killed the Duke's fiance and lots of pain towards the heroine.
"She was now his..."
Pelham, the hero in WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND is every bit the angry, lonely, and rather boring man until Juliette, the heroine, brings life and feeling into him. One thing the author does do throughout well was show us how torn he was between being a Duke and just being him. One moment he's cold, another he's tender, and then another he's insanely possessive of her and her body. One might wonder if it's all sexual for him but we then come to understand why he is the way he is. But the scene in which he is forced to tell her a story while she goes to sleep...well, I ached for that little boy just as much as Juliette ached while pretending to be asleep.
Now Juliette, that's one bold and fabulous gal! She has beauty, wit, and a sexual prowess that makes one believe she really IS a courtesan. Her honesty just makes you wish you were there to comfort her and love her because she feels so real.
Now she looked at him, and Pelham saw tears sparkling on her lashes. They glittered in the sunlight. "Juliette-" "Damn you, Will. Damn you."
He gaped. "What have I done?" "You made me fall in love with you, and I know you can never, ever love me back..."
Overall, good book and one I'd recommend to others who enjoy a brooding man, a strong and beautiful woman, and of course love found during the Regency period sprinkled amongst a "mystery"...(less)
Fun read filled with an alternate world, magic, a great character cast, some mystery, action, and love. Lots going on throughout the book as we watch...moreFun read filled with an alternate world, magic, a great character cast, some mystery, action, and love. Lots going on throughout the book as we watch the main character Chloe try to save her lost father and stands up for what she believes is right. I would think someone would be able to relate to or appreciate at least one of the secondary characters (male and female, young and old) in THE DOORKNOB SOCIETY. Look forward to the next book in the series, THE IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERS(less)
I really liked reading 5 EASY STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM. Not only did it feel as if I was at a conference watching him speak in front of many, but I...moreI really liked reading 5 EASY STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM. Not only did it feel as if I was at a conference watching him speak in front of many, but I felt as if he was speaking directly to me. The writing was simple to understand, made sense, and the exercises were great as I explored my own passions and the steps I should take to get myself to the financial place I want to be. Believe me when I say I will be re-reading this again and going through the exercises again to thoroughly go through the steps towards one of my dream goals.(less)
Once again Kieran makes me laugh with her quirky characters in a delicious “spin” of Cinderella for her Impossible Bachelors series. My favorite chara...moreOnce again Kieran makes me laugh with her quirky characters in a delicious “spin” of Cinderella for her Impossible Bachelors series. My favorite characters? Purdita because of her “manly” ways and appearance, Daisy and her loyalty to her people and the castle she grew up in, the handsome Viscount who could make my own toes curl from delight, and Daisy’s Godmother who we finally meet in the end. Kramer as usual blends beautifully the art of making one laugh AND swoon in love.(less)
If Lisa Renee Jones’ Zodius series gets better with each book, you better believe I’ll continue reading it. Dorian, the spawn of Caleb’s twin, Adam, i...moreIf Lisa Renee Jones’ Zodius series gets better with each book, you better believe I’ll continue reading it. Dorian, the spawn of Caleb’s twin, Adam, is just freakin’ CREEPY yet I still can’t help but be a tad intrigued by his Papa. When I thought I liked the dark Michael the best from the 1st in the series (The Legend of Michael) after reading it, you can bet I was surprised I liked Sterling even more. He’s one fine hunk of a geek who gets your adrenaline pumping with that impulsiveness! YUMMY combination! Rebecca was also an enjoyable female heroin to read as she was both beautiful and smart. The two could make anything explode from that heat of passion they possessed when together! I definitely look forward to reading The Danger That Is Damion and later the fearless and good leader Caleb.(less)
This was a fun romantic adventure for sure. Lady Isabelle Tynsdale keeps running away to get to her people only to need constant rescuing by Laird Cam...moreThis was a fun romantic adventure for sure. Lady Isabelle Tynsdale keeps running away to get to her people only to need constant rescuing by Laird Campbell who can’t help but quickly get over his irritation each time she tries to escape him. Amanda Forester has a way of making nearly 450 pages fly by because you’re so engrossed in the story wondering what the next little mishap adventure for Isabelle will be.(less)
I just adore Shana Galen and her historical romances. After reading Lord and Lady Spy I couldn’t wait to grab a copy of Pride & Petticoats after f...moreI just adore Shana Galen and her historical romances. After reading Lord and Lady Spy I couldn’t wait to grab a copy of Pride & Petticoats after finding out about an interesting married couple who had a cameo spot in the end.
Great cast of characters that had me laughing hysterically as they interacted with the other. The only problems I had were that I felt it too short, I expected a little more action, and thought for sure we’d have discovered her mother was really known among the Ton. But overall, I enjoyed this Pride & Petticoats and recommend this to anyone who enjoys a fun historical romance.(less)
This is my 5th novel by Grace Burrowes and I have to say that Val is my favorite “lost” sweetie. I will admit there were some moments of confusion whe...moreThis is my 5th novel by Grace Burrowes and I have to say that Val is my favorite “lost” sweetie. I will admit there were some moments of confusion when I saw how sensitive he was (or could be) and how close he was with the same sex. With brother and friend he and they were quite touchy at times not modest at all in the nude (something you rarely see between men). However, the passion, attentiveness, and love he showed toward both his love of music and Ellen just makes you feel giddy inside with excitement and love for them all. I very much applauded them for stripping their titles and not telling the other “who” they really were so they could actually get to know each other just as Val and just as Ellen. Yes it was a white lie they told by not mentioning the whole truth of who they were but how else could they have felt true comfort with the other without the society pressures? The Duke himself when he visits towards the end is always a pleasure to read when he pops up in the stories and his strong and warm wife is someone you wish was your own mother or grandmother. I enjoyed very much reading this brother’s story from The Duke’s Obsession series (The Virtuoso is book 3 in series) and I look forward to continue reading the Windham family stories (The Virtuoso is book 4 in series) with the girls next. In fact, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal is next on the list to read…(less)
Excellent historical fiction about Lucrezia di Medici and her husband Alfonso II, the Duke of Ferrara. Their marriage was twisted; more that HE was tw...moreExcellent historical fiction about Lucrezia di Medici and her husband Alfonso II, the Duke of Ferrara. Their marriage was twisted; more that HE was twisted and she loved another who she later left for. Kimm does an excellent job making the reader feel as if they themselves are there and writes the story in such a way that you keep turning the pages as fast as you can read. I definitely recommend this to those who enjoy a good historical fiction novel about someone in history.(less)
This title was originally released in 1984 and re-released last year in 2011. In Midnight Waltz I had a feeling Julian was a “Molly” pretending to be...moreThis title was originally released in 1984 and re-released last year in 2011. In Midnight Waltz I had a feeling Julian was a “Molly” pretending to be straight from the beginning but I wasn’t 100% sure. The signs were there but you just never really know, right? Back then it was likely very common for gay men to marry for family (men needed heirs) and society sake.
Midnight Waltz like other Blake books was very detailed in land and architecture descriptions. You just can’t miss imagining the scene because she can get quite lengthy; in fact so lengthy, I found myself skimming at times over some of these parts.
I felt sorry for Amalie who was the true victim of the story and even a part of me felt sorry for Robert, Julien’s cousin. As much as I wanted to love this story however, I felt it was lacking something. I needed to see more of her real relationship with Julien and his relationship with others so I could have gotten to know him better but then again the story was more about Amalie and “Julien’s passion” in the late night.(less)
Nicolette Dumke does an excellent job in explaining the science behind it all and provides additional references for more. She touches up on your bodi...moreNicolette Dumke does an excellent job in explaining the science behind it all and provides additional references for more. She touches up on your bodies hormones (cortisol, adrenaline, insulin, leptin, etc) and how they affect your hunger and weight. There’s a chapter on carbohydrates and the glycemic index. She also discusses fats and how the right fats are essential to our diets. Overall she stresses to LISTEN to how our body feels and “do it your body’s way”. In addition to helping us understand why our body reacts a certain way to different types of food, she provides 9 principles to a healthy eating plan, food recipes, cooking tips, more information on the glycemic index, a list of super foods to moderate inflammation, and lists multiple resources for further understanding and where to get special types of foods. Even though the book does not appear “exciting” in terms of presentation (there are no pictures at all throughout the entire book), I do believe, this will be my new food “Bible” as I learn my own body’s chemistry. To those who have food allergies or sensitivities, I’d say grab a copy.(less)