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My Beautiful Enemy (The Heart of Blade Duology #2)
liked it
I increasingly feel Thomas is constrained by the artificiality of publishing a historical romance novel. The Hidden Blade, a supposed prequel, was a b ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story
it was amazing
I resented having to place this book down and exit the world that Sara and Gerald Murphy invented for themselves. It was all too easy to slip into the ...more
Aug 25, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister, #1)
really liked it
Most readers and reviewers seemed less than impressed with Robert, and that's exactly why I adored him to bits. How delightfully subversive was the dy ...more
Dec 25, 2012
Jan 02, 2013
Hold Me (Cyclone, #2)
it was amazing
This book made me giddy. It left me high on emotion and catharsis. I love Milan for making her characters so sharply, fiercely unique. Classic tropes ...more
Oct 27, 2016
Oct 26, 2016
Anna Akhmatova (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
it was amazing
Haunting and cold and devastating. "I was gay, and bold, and wicked/And never knew I was happy" (pg. 51).

It's been over a month since I finished this
Sep 07, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless, #5)
liked it
A very cerebral book, this story is intellectually satisfying without compelling much emotion, if any. Duran has the ability to write scenes of great ...more
Mar 04, 2017
Mar 04, 2017
Every Little Kiss (Harvest Cove, #2)
liked it
I found Emma more difficult to relate to than her sister Sam, from For the Longest Time. While intellectually understandable, Emma's reactions to othe ...more
Jun 21, 2015
Jun 21, 2015
really liked it
I first caught on to this book via a brief and complimentary namedropping by, whom I always respect. This review at dea ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister, #4)
liked it
I adored Free, and quite agree with Dear Author that it was nice to see a social justice activist finally get her full due in the romance format. Unli ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
After All These Years (Hometown Memories #1)
really liked it
Kathleen Gilles Seidel is a fantastic author and I have been plumbing her backlist. Although some of her books are trapped in their dated-ness, I find ...more
Feb 07, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
A Bollywood Affair (Bollywood)
it was amazing
Seriously the most enjoyable romance I've read all year. Mili and Samir were over the top, melodramatic, improbable, and I still could not get enough. ...more
May 08, 2015
Jul 08, 2015
Trade Me (Cyclone, #1)
really liked it
Like everyone else in the world, once I got over my disorientation at seeing Milan's new release was an alternating first POV new adult pastiche, I en ...more
Jan 28, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
Letter from an Unknown Woman
really liked it
So maybe I really liked the movie 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' but the proximate cause of my reading these stories is the doomed affair in Clouds of Wi ...more
May 31, 2014
May 31, 2014
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)
it was amazing
The kind of complicated, wrenching space opera that enthralled me growing up, and apparently still can... Useless to try and condense the intricate pl ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Dec 08, 2013
Ravishing the Heiress (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #2)
really liked it
I loved Millie and hated Fitz. In a nutshell, there you go.

Yes, Millie was passive and held on to her secret for far too long. But given her age, her
Jul 03, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
liked it
My gut response is that Cashore is a strong writer who crafts compelling prose. She also captures quite well a really creepy, almost macabre sense of ...more
Dec 07, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
The Best of All Possible Worlds
liked it
I wanted to love this *so badly* but the incoherent narrative and fan-fic feel of the book left me underwhelmed. On the surface, it's crack- our intre ...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 28, 2013
Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor, #2)
did not like it
Ever since I read Jacob Have I Loved in middle school, I have loved books of sisterly competition and betrayal (probably because I only have brothers) ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
Mad Dog and Annie (Sweet Home, Carolina, #5; MacNeill Brothers, #4)
liked it
Ridiculous title but decent book. I liked Annie's steady determination to turn her life around and Maddox was a good fit for her and her kid. If their ...more
Mar 18, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
The Truth About Him (Everything I Left Unsaid, #2)
liked it
This second installment piled narrative twist on absurd dramatic coincidence. Half poor girl/rich man fantasy, half motorcycle club drama, half spunky ...more
Dec 12, 2015
Dec 26, 2015
A Town Like Alice
really liked it
To 'spin a good yarn' generally has the connotation of prolonging a story beyond the length of art or necessity. But it also captures the feeling of a ...more
Jun 05, 2017
Jun 06, 2017
The Wedding Ring Quest
it was ok
Kelly's books work for me when her plot is solid enough to carry the bucket of angst that is her characters. When it works, it is divine: The Wedding ...more
Apr 23, 2014
Apr 24, 2014
His Royal Secret (His Royal Secret, #1)
it was amazing
It could have been so bad, and yet it was so good! James is the closeted Prince of Wales in this fantasy world in which the Hanoverians are still on t ...more
Jan 13, 2017
Jan 14, 2017
it was amazing
I always loved when Captain Wentworth pulls her naughty nephew away, and the hope it gives Anne that he doesn't completely hate her guts anymore. I've ...more
Mar 05, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
His Royal Favorite (His Royal Secret, #2)
it was amazing
Book one saw James break out of the closet, so while he is managing a torrent of familial and political backlash, in this story he is significantly mo ...more
Jan 13, 2017
Jan 14, 2017
Mouse and Dragon (Liaden Universe, #7)
really liked it
I never had the desire to read this book through to the end. If you have read the core Liaden books, then you know Daav and Aelliana's fate. While thi ...more
Feb 18, 2017
Feb 19, 2017
Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold (Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold, #1)
it was amazing
Re-reading this my fourth or fifth time, I found no new layers or depth of meaning. Yet the book rewards repeated reading, perhaps because it so excel ...more
Mar 27, 2017
Mar 31, 2017
The Summer Before the War
really liked it
This is a lushly described, prettily narrated account of the doings of a small English town, Rye, during the summer of 1914. Simonson gently but relen ...more
not set
Nov 29, 2016
The Chocolate Temptation (Amour et Chocolat, #6)
liked it
Typical Florand in the slightly overblown prose and the sticky-sweet sentimentalism of the last fifty pages or so- but still overall enjoyable. I was ...more
Jan 18, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)
it was amazing
This is where the series really hit its stride, not coincidentally because this is where Robin flowers from a bubbly stereotype to a compelling heroin ...more
Sep 14, 2016
Sep 18, 2016
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