Saturday, April 15, 2017

Whatcha Reading? (94)

A new Saturday post where you can share with us what you are currently (or just finished) reading and I will share my brief thoughts on books that I read during the previous week.

Week of April 9th:

Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare

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Audiobook from Overdrive
Narrators = Eva Kaminsky
Narration rating = 4 Stars
Rating = 4 Stars

  • Snowed-in trope, ahoy!
  • They knew each other when they were younger
    • She's the sister to his late friend
      • She was interested, assumed he was, too, but he left her
    • He's a cartographer, has spent all these years traveling around the world
  • She made a name of herself for a pamphlet she wrote -- based on how he left her, but sharing the lesson with women that they don't need to wait around for a man in order to have a life and purpose
  • She's headed to Spindle Cove's library to discuss her book
    • Misses the coach, has to share one with another -- and guess who it is, but Dashwood himself?
    • They get caught in a storm, must stay in an old cabin
  • Charming read, like all of Dare's books
  • Reading this one reminded me that I somehow missed two other novellas from Dare, so obviously I had to one-click those (library didn't have them). I'm saving them for when I need another dose of Dare. :)

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

Kindle | NOOK | Kobo
ebook from Overdrive
Rating = 4 Stars

  • Heroine was a Marine, has been working in a coffee shop since she returned home
  • After she's attacked in the alley one night, she wakes up to a new life and new world -- surprise, she's now a Crow, a servant to a Norse Goddess, with tremendous strength and healing power
  • Hero is a Raven, descended from those who have served another Norse God for centuries
  • Great mythology and world building -- can't even begin to explain it all here (plus, don't want to spoil anything!) but trust me, it's fantastic
  • I forgot how crazy, campy-fun Laurenston's writing is
    • Heroines that take no shit and love being violent
  • I must admit, I thought that the romance between these two took a back seat to the rest of the story
    • Which didn't upset me too much because I loved the story and I did still like them together, but their relationship journey is not as prominent as I would have liked
  • Definitely going to finish this series up; library has book 2 (3 just came out recently, hope they get it as well).

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Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey

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eARC -- Releases 4/25
Rating = 5 Stars
April Royal Pick

  • Older hero, younger heroine
  • Second chance
  • But also I found out that Kyler (you meet him in here) gets a novella, out this summer, and I cannot wait.

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My review will go up Monday!

Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon

eARC -- Releases 4/25
Rating = 3 Stars

  • Reclusive mountain man (beard and all)
    • Photographer
    • Dom
  • Heroine has some shit in her recent past (start of the book -- being vague, sorry)
    • Works in fashion
  • The two decide to have one week, up in his cabin, to get this out of their system
    • He introduces her to BDSM
  • What I liked:
    • Sex was hot, the BDSM element was good
    • A few moments where I snorted/laughed
    • I wouldn't turn down Shep if he was in front of me. Just sayin'
  • What I didn't like:
    • Editing was iffy -- even for an ARC, imo
      • Only mentioning because it did pull me out of the story; of course it should (I hope?) be cleaned up before final copies are uploaded to sites
    • Didn't always connect with Weatherspoon's writing style here
      • Dialogue sometimes felt awkward and disjointed
      • Overall the story wasn't as tight and well developed as it could have been
        • The entire set up for the start of the book felt so out of place to what's there later on, things were never fully explained or tied up (again, sorry, vague to avoid spoiling anything)
      • Didn't really pick up until about 40% (or roughly when the sexy/romantic times started)
        • Even so, I wasn't blown away by the later part, either
  • In sum: liked it, didn't love it like other readers/authors on Twitter have. Not mad at having read it though, so there's that.

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

Kindle | NOOK | Kobo
Audiobook from Overdrive
Narrator = Carmen Rose
Narration rating = 4 Stars
Rating = 5 Stars
April Royal Pick

  • She's been engaged to his brother for more than 8 years (he's been away as a diplomat) but she's done with waiting, especially for a man that she cares about but doesn't love
  • He's a prizefighter, hates anything to do with society
    • Secretly he's had eyes for her for years
  • He's trying to convince her to marry his brother, even though he would rather have her for his own instead
  • She's all about her independence, and now that she's inherited a castle, she plans on starting up her own brewery there
  • Such a charming, romantic read -- love these two together
  • Fun, too
    • Bruiser, Rafe's trainer, adds some great scenes to the book
  • Good and steamy
    • OMG the scene in her bedchamber after the wedding dress try-on tho! DAMN
  • Narrator: Good, no complaints

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Currently Listening To:

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Currently Reading:

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Out 4/25
Almost done

4 Stars -- Review next week

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Still $1.99!

So what are YOU currently reading? 


Until Next Time,

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