Review for SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD by Anya Wylde
Yesterday, as I was reading, I laughed so hard, and for so long, and snorted like a pig (don't tell...moreReview for SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD by Anya Wylde
Yesterday, as I was reading, I laughed so hard, and for so long, and snorted like a pig (don't tell anyone), that my dog Lucy was concerned enough to stare at me as though I were having some sort of debilitating fit.
I laughed so hard I got tears in my eyes.
I laughed so hard I started mumbling to myself ("Oh dear Lord, this is funny!") under my breath.
I laughed so hard I stopped reading to post about it on Goodreads.
I laughed so hard I sent Penny Reid a tweet because I KNEW she would love the over-the-top, ridiculous farcical sense of humor in this book. And I told her so. And then she bought it, too.
In a sea of boring-ass, cookie-cutter, no imagination-whatsoever romance novels, SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD is a huge, honkin' breath of fresh air.
Does it have handcuffs?
Does it have a billionaire?
Does it have teenage angst, a motorcycle gang, kinky sex, or vampires?
No, thank the good God, it does not.
What is has is irony, farce, charm, and so much humor you might start wheezing and need an inhaler. (I have one for emergency purposes).
Anya Wylde may write books, but in her heart, she is a comedian. She has perfect, spot-on timing with her comedy. One sentence, perfectly placed, and you burst out laughing uncontrollably.
This is a gift. And it's brilliant, sweet, adorable and super super fun.
In fact, as summer comes to a very sad close, I would go out on a limb and say this is the PERFECT way to wrap it up. Get that final pink cocktail with the little umbrella and read this story until you snort like a pig.
Then, take the kids back-to-school shopping and cry a little bit.
If you are looking for a hilarious, ridiculous, sweet (no sex), ironic, farcical, well-written wallpaper historical romantic comedy, then SEEKING PHILBERT WOODBEAD is just what Miss Penelope recommends.
P.S. The scene that made me laugh the hardest involves a senile uncle, his beard, and a candle.
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny, Inspector Gamache Series #9.
After waiting patiently for many months, following a heart-wrenching...moreSo, I read it.
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny, Inspector Gamache Series #9.
After waiting patiently for many months, following a heart-wrenching cliffhanger at the end of THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY, I finally got to dive back into this captivating world.
And let me tell you, it was worth the wait.
And let me tell you WHY it was worth the wait.
Trust in Gamache--steady, gracious, loyal, brilliant inspector.
Trust in Louise Penny--amazingly-talented author who elevates the common mystery into something incredible.
Trust in the story arc. That it won't get lost, go too far, string out the reader and leave us hanging. Again.
Trust in Three Pines. A magical town in Canada, with secrets and fears and love and steaming cups of hot chocolate. And friendship. And courage.
Once again, Penny has woven two storylines together...the mystery and the overlying story arc which has haunted Gamache for a very long time. The story arc that has built so much tension and worry for the readers, we wondered how Penny would ever resolve this conflict without devastation. Without death. Without tragedy.
Well, I think that Louise Penny has a romantic soul. Because she has managed to wrap up a seemingly impossible problem in the most wonderful, hopeful, optimistic...and romantic way possible. And I'm not talking about romance between a man and woman. I'm talking about romance in the larger sense of the word. Someone who believes in goodness and light and happy endings.
To be honest, I almost felt the mystery portion of this book to be a bit of a distraction. The overlying story arc was so powerful and intense, it overshadowed everything else. But the mystery also mirrored the same issues of lies, deceit, greed, and power that play into the larger picture.
I finished this book with tears on my face, and utter satisfaction. And two other things that always happen when I finish one of her books.
One, an appreciation for simple moments and the simple things in life. The beauty of fresh snow, the lusciousness of home-made stew, a feather mattress on a bed, sharing a glass of scotch with a friend. There is something so very appealing and lovely about Three Pines, it inspires me no end.
And finally, as a writer, I always finish one of Louise Penny's books and sigh with pleasure. And a newly found vigor to hone my craft, tell a story, become the best writer I can be.
I really don't care if you love romance, YA, literary fiction, biographies, poetry, horror. If you have never read a mystery in your life, I implore you to embrace Penny's Gamache series. STILL LIFE is #1.
Penny has created an incredibly seductive world, filled with beautiful prose, quiet moments, stunning revelations, and a reminder of the strength of the human spirit.
Review for The Tenderfoot Bride (Harlequin Historical).
This is an oldie (2007) by Cheryl St. John, and I loved it soooooooo much that I actually boug...moreReview for The Tenderfoot Bride (Harlequin Historical).
This is an oldie (2007) by Cheryl St. John, and I loved it soooooooo much that I actually bought a print copy after reading the ebook. And I NEVER do that.
This has a gruff hero with a heart of gold (which he tries to deny), a battered, determined woman who is desperate to make a new life for herself, a traditional western setting, and a slow, simmering, satisfying romance with a divine HEA. I loved the determination and strength of the heroine, I loved the cranky, conflicted nature of the rancher-hero, and the ending was so romantic and wonderful, I swooned. It even included the quintessential "running into each other's arms" scene, and instead of snickering, I cried. I cried! *sniff, sniff*
This book will definitely be on my BEST OF 2013 list. I highly recommend this one if you are looking for a good old-fashioned traditional western romance.
The resolution was just a tad too rushed. Otherwise, I LOVED this book! It has man-eating sharks, a hot Filipino dude cooking lumpia, a rekin...moreGrade: A-
The resolution was just a tad too rushed. Otherwise, I LOVED this book! It has man-eating sharks, a hot Filipino dude cooking lumpia, a rekindled romance, a deranged lunatic on an island, lots of suspense and hot chemistry going on.
The BEST one of the series so far. Divine! Romantic, swoony, with the most delicious ending. OH MY GOODNESS!
I have been a bit frustrated with this ser...moreThe BEST one of the series so far. Divine! Romantic, swoony, with the most delicious ending. OH MY GOODNESS!
I have been a bit frustrated with this series after the last couple of books. But the latest installment was absolute perfection! Blair has combined a compelling mystery, her trademark quirky writing voice and snappy dialogue, fun vintage clothing details, and totally satisfying romance. Oh! The romance! Not only did Maddie embark on a wonderful love story (finally, long overdue and she deserved it), but some other secondary characters also found their HEAs, too. One paranormal, one firmly on earth. And the fact that Maddie's deceased mother blessed all the happiness (with the sweet scent of chocolate) brought a tear to my eye. This book is WONDERFUL!
Sweet romantic story about an Iditarod-winner (who was really too good to be true, but I liked him like that!) and a writer for a...more4.5 stars, rounded up
Sweet romantic story about an Iditarod-winner (who was really too good to be true, but I liked him like that!) and a writer for a nature magazine. I loved the Alaskan setting, the fun interactions with the secondary characters, the sled-dogs, and the suspense portion at the end of the book.
I read this story TWICE over my vacation week...that's how much I liked it. Very sexy, intense, push-and-pull chemistry between the H/h. Nice storylin...moreI read this story TWICE over my vacation week...that's how much I liked it. Very sexy, intense, push-and-pull chemistry between the H/h. Nice storyline, got me hooked right away. Even a few mysteries thrown in at the end to add an extra bit of suspense. The ending was super satisfying.
I'm impressed this is an indie book. Big thanks to Jen Porter for the recommendation.
Wow. This is not your typical erotica writer. Scarlett has major writing chops, excellent character insight, fast-paced, humorous dialogue, intelligen...moreWow. This is not your typical erotica writer. Scarlett has major writing chops, excellent character insight, fast-paced, humorous dialogue, intelligent details, and sweat-inducing sex scenes. I am freakin' impressed. And not only managed to read M/M in spite of my vanilla-self, enjoyed it immensely.