Truly a romance novel for feminists! Intelligent, bold (and cheeky!) Nicole Lassiter has the best of all worlds: a father who loves and can't resist hTruly a romance novel for feminists! Intelligent, bold (and cheeky!) Nicole Lassiter has the best of all worlds: a father who loves and can't resist her desire to sail the seas with him and a wealthy estate and marquisate to inherit when her grandmother dies. Yet, at age 21, her faceless sexual dreams are driving her decisionmaking, well, that and her need to help her father in the upcoming race.
Someone is sabotaging the shipping lines and the story concentrates on two of them: Lassiter's and Sutherland's. Both men are counting on the Great Circle Race to prop up their companies if they can overcome any sabotage. Which is how Nicole meets Sutherland, a man jaded about women with no hope in his future, when he rescues her late at night on the dock from two men intent on bodily harm.
Assuming she's a prostitute having encountered her earlier in a sleazy, dockside pub, Sutherland hauls her off to his ship where Nicole finally has a face for her dreams. I'll just say a connection is made before she escapes him. As you can image, all sorts of ruckus occurs and Nicole ends up sneaking aboard her father's ship, the Bella Nicola, when her father can't get out of jail so she can play navigator in the race.
There is no lack of action (of all sorts) in Captain of All Pleasures; it's a good story. I just wish there had been more tension and depth.
Both men hate each other but there's no explanation as to why. During the race, there's no tension even though both ships suffer sabotage---twice for the Bella Nicola. And, okay, it's petty, but at the end of page 45, "Nicole unwillingly drifted to sleep and dreamed that Sutherland said in disbelief,'Her eyes are blue'." So, her eyes are blue. What's the point of this comment? I guess what I'm getting at, in all my pettiness, is that these little anomalies are scattered throughout the book and may well be why the passion has no depth.
Yes, I will read the next in the series, Price of Pleasure, if only because I do like the character of Nicole. Cole did a nice job of marrying Nicole's independence with the mores of her time period. ...more
I've finally figured out why I enjoy this whimsical, fantasy series so much---it's the focus the books have on seeing everything from the children's rI've finally figured out why I enjoy this whimsical, fantasy series so much---it's the focus the books have on seeing everything from the children's rather adult perspectives. I adore the detail and feel of the scenes which Sage writes as well as the connection she builds between the reader and the characters. Each is an individual and one bonds with them.
In this third installment of the Septimus Heap series, Septimus is enthralled with the medical discoveries of a, he thinks, 500-year-dead wizard. Naturally, Marcia, his boss, thinks it's dreadful nonsense and insists that Sep study for his upcoming predictions test. Unfortunately for everyone, Septimus' dad, Silas, has just unSealed a Sealed room up in the attic unknowingly releasing a truly evil, malevolent pair of ghosts from a cursed portrait. Ghosts with greater powers than anyone suspects is possible.
The human ghost has wicked plans for the kingdom and she uses Jenna to set them in motion with the kidnapping of Septimus. The inhuman half of the ghost pair throws a wrench into everyone's lives when an unstoppable sickenesse befalls the population thereby giving purpose to Septimus' kidnapping and interest in physik. All sorts of strange adventures follow involving pretty much all of the characters we know plus a few new ones: Spit Fyre, Alther, Alice, Nicko, Snorri and Ullr, Sir Hereward, and others.
I am really looking forward to #4 in the series, Queste after all the unfinished events in Physik. I need to know what happens to Nicko and Snorri. How does Ullr fare split as he is? Is Marcia truly turning the corner on her selfish, officious, know-it-all self? Will Jenna restore the Palace to its former glories? Does Snorri ever get to meet her dad? Will Alice return? And be happy?...more
Second in the historical mystery series, Sister Fidelma, we are frustrated in mid-7th century Rome with Fidelma when she is forced to kick her heels wSecond in the historical mystery series, Sister Fidelma, we are frustrated in mid-7th century Rome with Fidelma when she is forced to kick her heels waiting for an audience with the Bishop of Rome. And, in the waiting, Fidelma becomes involved in the murder of archbishop-designate, Wighard.
Shroud for the Archbishop is a fascinating tale of revenge, intrigue, and greed with a forceful and fascinating woman. Revenge for the assassination of a woman and the disposal of her children. Intrigue for the political machinations within the Church for higher position. Greed for the passionate desire for books and status.
I adore Sister Fidelma---she don't take no shit from no one! She insists upon truth and will brook no opposition in finding the truth! Considering how women are treated in the time period (outside Ireland, that is), that's really saying something. Even better, Fidelma continually proves that the rest of the world is making a huge mistake in ignoring the value of women....more
Second in the ancient Roman mystery series, Gaius Petreius Ruso, Terra Incognita has Medicus Ruso and Tilla marching North with the Twentieth Legion dSecond in the ancient Roman mystery series, Gaius Petreius Ruso, Terra Incognita has Medicus Ruso and Tilla marching North with the Twentieth Legion due to unrest on the border. Ruso has volunteered for this mission primarily to give Tilla the chance to reconnect with family---a very disheartening reunion involving betrayal within betrayal and revolutionary plotting.
Ruso finds himself under siege on several fronts: a soldier has been ritually murdered; Tilla is not allowed into the fort proper and, left on her own, gets into all sorts of trouble physically and emotionally; he's under orders to reorganize the post's frontline infirmary which appears to be under the hand of an insane doctor and an inept pharmacist; and, the head of Tilla's family is offering her in marriage to Ruso IF he can come up with a dowry.
A man with more heart than head, Ruso's biggest distraction is Tilla: her attraction to an old sweetheart as well as the threat posed her by his own people.
I love how Downie makes us feel the weather and the taste of the food while the dialog is quite believable although I would have liked more tension at the end when Ruso is heading back to Deva; it was too easy. As for Downie's malevolent plotting with Catavignus and Metullus---lord, where...how does she come up with such evil ideas!
Downie has created an array of characters with intriguing depths and issues that I can only hope we encounter them again to see how their lives turn out...let alone how they'll affect Ruso and Tilla. I'll be reading Persona Non Grata just as soon as I get home!...more
Sixth in the Sister Fidelma medieval mystery series, Fidelma and Eadulf are sent to an isolated mountain kingdom, Gleann Geis, which is subject to FidSixth in the Sister Fidelma medieval mystery series, Fidelma and Eadulf are sent to an isolated mountain kingdom, Gleann Geis, which is subject to Fidelma's brother, King Colgu. The pagan king of Gleann Geis, Laisre, has suddenly requested a representative from the Catholic Church be sent to his kingdom to negotiate the first Catholic church and school. Luckily for Colgu, he sends Fidelma which only begins the unraveling of a plot against Ireland.
A fascinating mystery of plot and counterplot set in mid-7th century Ireland with a backdrop of pagan versus Christian argument using the brilliant and incisive mind of Sister Fidelma who suddenly finds her life depending upon Brother Eadulf's legal wits to get her out of a deadly jam.
Tremayne had me going back and forth between the obvious and the hidden-in-plain sight with my only objection being how Fidelma could possibly have missed seeing Cruinn's relationship with one of the characters. Great story if you love a twisty political mystery....more
This is the third in the ancient Roman, military-mystery series, Gaius Petreius Ruso, Persona Non Grata sets up Ruso's response to an urgent letter frThis is the third in the ancient Roman, military-mystery series, Gaius Petreius Ruso, Persona Non Grata sets up Ruso's response to an urgent letter from home. A response that, on the surface, seems disastrous to the financial well-being of Ruso's family.
Arranging leave from the Twentieth Legion, Ruso takes Tilla home to Nemausus in Narbonensis (modern-day Nimes) where he proceeds to stick his foot in it right and left with his ex-wife and ex-father-in-law; his missing brother-in-law; the cousin, the senator; and, his own family who aren't sure what to make of this barbarian he's brought home. Ruso has a lot of incentive to solve two murders if he's going to remain an honorable man in the military and prevent the family homestead from being taken.
Poor Ruso, I don't know what he'd do without Tilla---it's an interesting partnership as Tilla has no patience with Roman cultural or personal biases---this angel does not fear to tread! A fascinating look at Roman village interactions and family life with all their prejudices in the south of Gaul/France. Curious to see how similar we still are and makes me appreciate our law a lot more....more
Fourth in the historical, military, sci-fi series, Belisarius, the general fights a mountain campaign against the best the Malwas have---Rana Sanga, aFourth in the historical, military, sci-fi series, Belisarius, the general fights a mountain campaign against the best the Malwas have---Rana Sanga, a Rajput king, and Lord Damodara. Brilliant as he is, even Belisairus discovers he has a lot to learn although he does ccreate a whole new fighting force simply through honor.
Sneaky tactics and some scary losses will keep you on the edge of your seat. I'm just dying for the next in the series, Tide of Victory
Unexpectedly funny, Belisarius is an intriguing mix of the past and the future with strongly-written characters ranging from truly good to truly evil with all the shades of gray in between. The histories raised tempt me to read more in-depth of the non-fiction of the Indian kingdoms as well as the Byzantine court of Theodora and Justinian....more
Fifth in the histo-military sci-fi series, Belisarius, Tide of Victory starts right off forcing you to teeter back and forth! What is Narses playing aFifth in the histo-military sci-fi series, Belisarius, Tide of Victory starts right off forcing you to teeter back and forth! What is Narses playing at? Whose side is the traitor on?
I have thoroughly enjoyed the behind-the-scenes action between rulers. What a treat to get something accomplished while we get to thumb our noses at the politicos! Woohoo!!
Lots of weddings, new kingdoms rising, reforms in the Persian empire. Justinian comes into his own with his gadgets as he helps Belisarius and Antonina thwart Theodora. A change of heart for Lord Damodred and Rana Sanga. Betrayal with a twist. Tragedy with the unnecessary death of a well-loved character---I think I cried for two days! Dammit, Flint and Drake, he didn't have to die!! Oh yeah, you made good use of it eventually, but dammit...it was so unnecessary. All of this interspersed with strategies and battles by land and sea. Fascinating to read of more-modern type weapons being deployed in a less-modern time.
The sixth and last...sigh...of the historical, military science fiction series, Belisarius. Yes, Flint and Drake did a lovely job of ending it...evenThe sixth and last...sigh...of the historical, military science fiction series, Belisarius. Yes, Flint and Drake did a lovely job of ending it...even though I still want to know what happens next. How long do the reforms last? How long does Photius and his bride survive? Do the Indian kingdoms persevere? Does the reformed Persian empire take hold? How does Washi go on?
Be warned reader. Picking up each novel in this series, you will not be able to put it down until you have finished!
Dance of Time revolves between our young Calopodius as he strives to seek purpose in his life now that he's blind with his despising wife on her way to see him---wait'll you see what she gets up to!---and the variety of major policy and cultural changes occurring across the known world: some accomplished ruthlessly with, I suspect, a nod to the Crusades of our own history while most are a result of clear, decent thinking---hoping for a forever but not expecting it. I guess this is what the entire series boils down to---decent people wanting to set the world right for the average man and providing the reader with lots of adventure, battle, and intrigue while twisting a number of familiar backdrops.
This is the second in the Soho series (chronologically) and picks up seven years after Trouble in Paradise with the focus centered on Rosa, the baby ZThis is the second in the Soho series (chronologically) and picks up seven years after Trouble in Paradise with the focus centered on Rosa, the baby Zelda foresaw as coming into Bert and Maggie's life.
While Tarts doesn't have that intense pull that Paradise did, I still couldn't put it down for all the drama that rose up around our Rosa. Charlie Fluck is back and he's the main source of the threats against her as well as one of the methods by which we learn of Cassandra's background. I can see this background and the corporate control it teeters over continuing onto a third novel...please??!?!!!
I suspect most parents would find Rosa's childhood absolutely appalling and, I cannot disagree that Rosa learns a lot about the seamy side of life that I would prefer children never learn but she is being raised with such an incredible amount of love by a huge circle of friends that I can only wish that more kids had her opportunities. She is loved. She is cared for. She is protected by a neighborhood. Kids today should be so lucky....more
Oh it's a tangle all right and a delightful read of the styles, culture, and mores of Regency England as the Marquis of Rotherham pursues a non-traditOh it's a tangle all right and a delightful read of the styles, culture, and mores of Regency England as the Marquis of Rotherham pursues a non-traditional courtship of the Lady Serena Carlow upon her father's death....more
Oh, for a Lady of Quality to be drawn to such a reprobate is not to be considered. And yet, when Miss Annis Wychwood of Bath rescues a runaway heiressOh, for a Lady of Quality to be drawn to such a reprobate is not to be considered. And yet, when Miss Annis Wychwood of Bath rescues a runaway heiress and must tangle with the girl's guardian...
I enjoy almost all of Heyer's Regency romances including this one although I didn't really feel the love build in this one....more