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My Beautiful Enemy (The Heart of Blade Duology #2)
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
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
Carolina Home (Dare Island, #1)
This reminded me strongly of Nora Roberts's Chesapeake Bay series (Sea Swept, Rising Tides, Inner Harbor, Chesapeake Blue), my very favorite of her se ...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School
I was tempted into this book by a youtube clip from an interview with the author. That clip hit the highlights of this book: namely, that elite second ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
Heart of Obsidian  (Psy-Changeling, #12)
I'm terribly afraid that the Psy-Changling series is suffering from something I will call Honor Harrington disease. When you have a series that is bas ...more
Jun 07, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
Eastern Approaches
I was turned on to Eastern Approaches while reading about the Soviet purges of 1937-1938. MacLean was a young British diplomat who requested transfer ...more
May 04, 2012
May 04, 2012
The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister, #1)
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
Her Ladyship's Companion (Spymasters, #0.5)
Fascinating to see what has changed (and what remained the same!) since this book was published in 1983. It has all of the clear, striking prose of Jo ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 07, 2012
Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2)
I finished this at the same time as Rosario's Reading Journal, which posted a review I am on board with:

The f
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
Once a Rake (The Drakes Rakes, #4)
i did not like it sam i am.

I had the misfortune of picking this up as an escape from The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie. Unfortunately, I found that
Nov 2013
Nov 02, 2013
Every Little Kiss (Harvest Cove, #2)
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
When Love Isn't Enough (Harlequin American Romance, No 80)
Fascinating take on work-life, from 1984- Seidel argues there are healthy relationships born of the nuclear family and unhealthy relationships that gr ...more
Nov 05, 2013
Nov 28, 2013
Trade Me (Cyclone, #1)
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
Chewing Gum
More a series of vignettes than a coherent narrative, Chewing Gum illuminates a number of enigmatic characters lost in the wake of personal and politi ...more
Nov 12, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
The Martian
Clever, grounded in workable science, and darkly funny, The Martian works because Mark Watney feels real. Left behind for dead, Watney's ability to co ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
Letter from an Unknown Woman
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
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
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
After All These Years (Harlequin American Romance Premier Edition, No 2)
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
The Duke's Perfect Wife (MacKenzies & McBrides, #4)
I will start by sharing that The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie remains a favorite historical but that I was much disappointed in the more conventional ...more
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister, #4)
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
The Best of All Possible Worlds
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
The Vertigo Years: Europe 1900-1914
Dipping in and out of the arts, literature, science, politics, and social history, swinging back and forth through Britain, France, Germany, Austria-H ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 24, 2014
Girl From Mars
Fil is great- she's also awkward as fuck, intense, self-protectively callous, and utterly oblivious when she wants to be. The book plunges forward int ...more
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga, #15)
This was entirely too funny for words. 'Budget ninjas' will stick with me for quite some time, as will the plot point of instant breakfast groats. The ...more
Oct 31, 2012
Nov 09, 2012
The Anatomy of Death (Dr Dody McCleland, #1)
Lots of promise here, but the writing was clunky enough that this never really hit the detail-saturated, atmospheric historical/romantic mystery zone ...more
May 26, 2012
May 27, 2012
Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor, #2)
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
Shield of Winter (Psy-Changeling, #13)
Sad, because the book was just so boring. Singh has always had an indulgent, rather florid prose, but her quirk of constantly narrating how sweet the ...more
Jun 19, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
Mad Dog and Annie (Sweet Home, Carolina, #5; MacNeill Brothers, #4)
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
Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street, #3)
If Olivia is 26 then I don't think I've ever been that young. Yes! I will sleep with you but no emotions ever I promise and best friends for ever! As ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
The Long Week-End: A Social History of Great Britain, 1918-39
A sharp, clever, gossipy review/revue of the UK of the 20s and 30s by war-poet Robert Graves and Alan Hodge (whose wife Graves shortly swept up and ra ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
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