Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Under a winter sky Anthology

Kindle Edition, 335


Published November 19th 2020 by Brightlynx Publishing


Series: Thorne Manor #1.5 (Ballgowns & Butterflies), Heirs of Magic #.5 (Long Night Crystalline Moon), Earthsinger Chronicles #3.5 (Echoes of Ash & Tears) 


Fantasy, UF, PNR


To review





Ballgowns & Butterflies by Kelley Armstrong


I always enjoy a time travel story. And even though this one takes place after what I assume is book one it works, they are together and happy now. I guess book 1 was about them finding love, but it does not matter. I'd still read book 1 and see the read these. Now instead we have a novella about a couple who lives in different times and they travel back and forth. She is worried about the timeline, but hey lady you are preggers, you already changed it.



Just a sweet novella at xmas time





The Long Night of the Crystalline Moon, a prequel novella to Heirs of Magic, by Jeffe Kennedy


Not sure about what I assume is everyone kids hooking up with each other. Find some new blood guys! Lol.



Set 2 decades after the events in her previous series. The kids are grown up, and two are circling each other. Will they find they way back. Oh they totally will, but then it ends with a maybe cliffie. Something is brewing and that will be the new series. And see now all I wonder what is brewing? And I do not think book one will be about Rhy and Lena. Sadness




Blood Martinis and Mistletoe by Melissa Marr


I am intrigued by this series. A woman who can see ghosts, and is part ghost? Well something, and witch. And is engaged to a faery prince, but wants and does not want it. Oh and people are trying to get to her.



I am intrigued by book 1 and what must have happened there. This was a really good novella teaser that made me want more.




Echoes of Ash & Tears, an Earthsinger Chronicles Novella, by L. Penelope


Alas, with this one I felt lost. I did not understand the world, the people or the magic. Here I really felt that one should have read the previous books.'




Some woman treated as crap in caves, has bad magic, her dad left her there. Meets a guy. I just felt lost. So meh



Final thoughts


Like with all anthologies, there was the one I did not take too. But novellas mid series can be tricky. And that last one felt like I had missed out. But the rest worked really well as jumping in points in different series, as I only have read the Kennedy one. Good insights into worlds.




Ballgowns & Butterflies by Kelley Armstrong



The North Yorkshire moors are always a magical place, but they’re particularly enchanting at the holidays…especially if one gets to travel back in time to a Victorian Christmas. For Bronwyn Dale, it is the stuff of dreams. Fancy-dress balls, quirky small-town traditions, even that classic one-horse open sleigh, complete with jingle bells. There’s just the tiny problem of the Butterfly Effect. How does a time-traveler make a difference without disrupting the future forever?




The Long Night of the Crystalline Moon, a prequel novella to Heirs of Magic, by Jeffe Kennedy



Shapeshifter Prince Rhyian doesn’t especially want to spend the Feast of Moranu at Castle Ordnung. First of all, it’s literally freezing there, an uncomfortable change from the tropical paradise of his home. Secondly, it’s a mossback castle which means thick walls and too many rules. Thirdly, his childhood playmate and current nemesis, Lena, will be there. Not exactly a cause for celebration.



Princess Salena Nakoa KauPo nearly wriggled out of traveling to Ordnung with her parents, but her mother put her foot down declaring that, since everyone who ever mattered to her was going to be there to celebrate the 25th year of High Queen Ursula’s reign, Lena can suffer through a feast and a ball for one night. Of course, “everyone” includes the sons and daughters of her parents’ friends, and it also means that Rhyian, insufferable Prince of the Tala, will attend.



But on this special anniversary year, Moranu’s sacred feast falls on the long night of the crystalline moon—and Rhy and Lena discover there’s more than a bit of magic in the air.





Blood Martinis and Mistletoe by Melissa Marr



Half-dead witch Geneviève Crowe makes her living beheading the dead--and spends her free time trying not to get too attached to her business partner, Eli Stonecroft, a faery in self-imposed exile in New Orleans. With a killer at her throat and a blood martini in her hand, Gen accepts what seems like a straight-forward faery bargain, but soon realizes that if she can't figure out a way out of this faery bargain, she'll be planning a wedding after the holidays.




Echoes of Ash & Tears, an Earthsinger Chronicles Novella, by L. Penelope



Brought to live among the Cavefolk as an infant, Mooriah has long sought to secure her place in the clan and lose her outsider status. She’s a powerful blood mage, and when the chieftain’s son asks for help securing the safety of the clan, she agrees. But though she’s long been drawn to the warrior, any relationship between the two is forbidden. The arrival of a mysterious stranger with a tempting offer tests her loyalties, and when betrayal looms, will Mooriah’s secrets and hidden power put the future she’s dreamed of—and her adopted home—in jeopardy.





Tuesday, 24 November 2020

TMST

 

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.





What books/authors/narrators/bloggers are you most thankful for this year?




To all my wonderful blogging buddies:


I can't pick one blogger (though obvi special thank you to Carole for helping out every week!) But I honestly want to thank everyone that stops by, I would not be blogging without you. I am not really interested in writing for no one. I mean how boring wouldn't that be? To write, and then no one reads it. I want to talk about books with other people :D I want to visit blogs and get recommendations and more.




Thank you ALL for making this blogging world wonderful :D




Narrators rock!


Well I did re-listen to Heartstrikers so thank you for Vikas Adam, and omg yes fine you all, I have like a narrator crush on the guy lol.




Also thank you narrators for all the work you put in, I love audiobooks!




Books I have loved:



I have to be thankful for the Ruth Galloway series, because if someone has missed it, I have been a TAD bit obsessed this Fall. Just a tad bit ;) I loved them, and they made me want to read more mystery, but so far I have found nothing, I want something similar and it is hard.



Special shout out for Heartstrikers by Rachel Aaron, proving that a re-listen is an awesome thing to do



Monday, 23 November 2020

Carole's Monday: Hello, World



Author: L.M. Barrett
Title: Hello, World
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Format: ebook
Published:  October 25th 2020 
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)


Summary: 
When trekking in the Amazon rainforest, most normal people must overcome their fears of the unknown such as dangerous animals and not returning home in one piece. For city girl Grace Brooks, she must overcome her fears of no makeup and going to the loo. And can she survive two weeks without her hairdryer?

When Grace is offered the chance of a lifetime, to test out brand new camping equipment in the rainforest - she finds it easy to turn down. After all, who in their right mind would want to trek around the muddy rainforest for two weeks in a tent? But when the offer becomes too good to be true and even her friends and family doubt her ability she finds herself determined to prove them wrong.

And who knows - there’s always the chance of love when it’s just her and a hunky Brazilian guide. Except, he’s not quite what she expects and when she becomes hopelessly lost, life becomes a little hairy.

When Patrick Kirk’s holiday is interrupted to complete the most absurd mission of his life - to rescue some bimbo lost in the rainforest, he’s less than impressed and determined to despise the silly woman for ruining his holiday. But as he closes in on her and thanks to his new tech, he catches transmissions of her daily ramblings. Ramblings she has no idea are being aired. As she talks about life, death, feelings and lack of sex, he finds himself drawn to the woman - especially when she announces she’s going to sleep with the first man she sees.

When he finally catches up with her, Grace is less than impressed with her neanderthal rescuer. Patrick too, is less than impressed with the high-maintenance whiner. Stuck together for at least a week, can they learn to get on or are they destined to kill each other?



Review:
I couldn't resist this when I read the summary! I want this to be a movie!

The story follows Grace Brooks who is offered a deal of a lifetime that could change her financial situation for life. All she has to do is spend 2 weeks in the Amazon with guide to test out new camping equipment. How could one say no? However, things go wrong and now she is lost, her guide gone, and she has no idea how to survive. Here enters in Patrick Kirk. He was on holiday but he is dragged in to save Grace.

Oh Grace. I don't blame you for doing this journey...especially because you thought you would be nice and safe with your guide. But I would have to turn it down. I love camping...but for like a couple of days. No thank you. I guess you can call me a shallow modern woman. 

It took a minute for me to like Patrick but after a certain scene I loved him! He was an asshat at first, but can you blame him? I would be mad too if I had to go save some dumb girl. 

This was funny but I was worried for our girl. The wilderness can be scary! But yes - this was funny and I just wanted Patrick and Grace to fall in love. There was lust and the love took a while. Which worked for them. They are complete opposites!

The ending had me on edge. I had no idea how everything was going to work out! Eeeee. I would be so tempted to sue that dang computer. Grr.

My only issue with our story is that it was too short. I wanted more time with Grace and Patrick. I felt like we didn't get to see them together as much.

Overall, I really liked this book. I do wish that it was longer so we could have more time with Grace and Patrick, BUT I enjoyed the entire story overall. They were fun together! I could totally see this being a movie. I would watch that! I'll give this 4 stars. 








Friday, 20 November 2020

Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell

Paperback, 528 pages


Published October 15th 2019 by Hot Key Books


Series: Spellslinger #6


Fantasy YA


Own




I have to start with the end of the series, I did feel the end was so bittersweet. It kind of made me sad, I guess I wanted more something I can't say cos spoilers. But then when I write and think about it, the end was fitting. The way of the Argosi.




Kellen is in the middle of things. He serves his queen, but a neighboring kingdom are shouting their God is here and they are unifying. Which will mean war for the entire world. Oh and there is still the business with his family, the shadowblack and all things that can go wrong.




Kellen is good, and lucky. He has the best sidekick ever in Reichis, aww, just give the little fellow some eyeballs to snack on.




But I did feel the series could have ended some books ago. It was running on fumes. I still enjoyed it and wanted to read more, but after book 4 it was not the same





Kellen and Reichis are settling into their new lives as protectors of the young queen and dealing with the constantly shifting threats to her reign and to her life. For the first time in his life, Kellen feels as if he's becoming the kind of man that his mentor Ferius had wanted him to be. Even Reichis has come to appreciate having a noble purpose - so long as no one minds him committing the occasional act of theft from the royal treasury.



But what seems to be a simple card game between Kellen and an old man is soon revealed to be a deadly game of wits in which a powerful mage has trapped the queen's spellslinger in order to kill him.


Thursday, 19 November 2020

A dragon of a different color by Rachel Aaron


By: Rachel Aaron


Narrated by: Vikas Adam


Series: Heartstrikers, Book 4


Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins


Release date: 09-12-17


Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance studios




Re-listening, all the feels!




The Chinese dragons are coming and finally the truth about what happened in China is out. I know I knew from before, but omg.




And as I am very Julius centered I waited for this moments, even though Marcie had her own adventure.




I love this series, and I love Vikas Adams narration! A really truly awesome series that you have to listen to.



A last mention, the joy of re-listening is real, and awesome in times of this.









To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn't win a nice dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he's starting to make progress, a new threat arrives. Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn't begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who's always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.


Wednesday, 18 November 2020

The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths

Hardcover, 368 pages


Published February 6th 2020 by Quercus


Series: Ruth Galloway #12


Mystery


Library




This is the last one! Well right now ;) Another book is coming next year, but now I am all caught up. I can't believe I that I read my first one in Aug. I have sped through them




Ruth has given up and gotten a new job, a new town, and she and Frank is living together. You go Ruth! Of course, even though she likes him, yeah, Ruth is a loner, she is happiest with her daughter and cats. Poor Frank, I doubt this will end well.




This one actually felt like it was more about the murder. Women who have gone missing, creepy tales of Lantern Men who lure them in and kill them. Ruth in the middle of it digging up bones, and Nelson trying to find out if a serial killer did it or not.




I liked it, I always do. I can never put them down





She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police's resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this, and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried - but only if Ruth will do the digging.




Curious, but wary, Ruth agrees. March tells Ruth that he killed four more women and that their bodies are buried near a village bordering the fens, said to be haunted by the Lantern Men, mysterious figures holding lights that lure travellers to their deaths.




Is March himself a lantern man, luring Ruth back to Norfolk? What is his plan, and why is she so crucial to it? And are the killings really over?




Tuesday, 17 November 2020

TMST

 

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.




What books are you looking forward to reading in Winter 2020/21 (December - February)?


Oh, I am bad with these, like none? Like a million? I never know when books are out. Sometimes I totally miss books I want because I just do not know when they are out. Luckily there is goodreads! But I mean I only check those before xmas or my bday, or when I feel like now I deserve a book ;) And if I forget to put a book on goodreads...well then it is gone and I hope I see someone review it cos else I forget.




But ok, ehhh *scratches head* Oh I think that book I liked last year has a follow up in Jan or something.


Monday, 16 November 2020

Carole's Monday: Flirtation and Folly



Author: Elizabeth Rasche
Title: Flirtation & Folly
(A Season in London #1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: ebook
Published:  November 9th 2020 
Pages: 326 
Where I Got It: My shelf (given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)


Summary: MARIANNE MOWBREY is a responsible country rector’s daughter who longs for the novelty and excitement she reads about in novels. When her crusty Aunt Harriet agrees to give her a Season in London, Marianne vows to dazzle the world, win a husband, and never go home again. But the Londoners who determine social success are inclined to pass over plain Marianne in favor of her beautiful, reckless younger sister.

In a world of ambition, fashion, flattery, and deceit, how can Marianne stay true to her real self—when she is not even sure what that real self is?



Review:
Couldn't resist picking this one up. The cover and the summary. Totally up my alley 

The story follows Marianne who is a country rector's daughter. She longs for a life of excitement like the heroines in the novels she reads. Her Aunt Harriet agrees to give her a Season in London and help her maybe find a husband. Marianne vows to dazzle the world, find love, and never go back to her boring home. However, the Londoners seem to pass over her in favor of her younger and more beautiful sister. Will Marianne find everything she wants, but stay true to her real self. 

Bless Marianne's heart. She just wants to be loved and have a life of her own. Can you blame her? Her parents are not cruel, but they demand so much of her and expect her to help since she is the eldest and they have no faith she'll find a husband. They let Belinda do whatever and she is obviously the favorite. Such a pity and you can't help but root for Marianne to get everything she wants and deserves. 

Oooo the ton. They never disappoint. They are so fake and rude and I do not think I would do well. I guess I would just end up as a spinster in the country. Fine by me if I can avoid people like Emily and even Belinda. Ugh. Maybe I could be like Aunt Harriet ;)

Sure there is a romance element to this, but it was mainly focused on Marianne and her journey to finding herself and maybe finding love along the way. I loved this and it was refreshing. It was very Austen-like so I really appreciated this story and the characters. 

The ending made me grin ear-to-ear. Loved it!!

I really enjoyed the story overall. The author really did a wonderful job bringing this large cast of characters to life and this world. We get to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of this society and these characters. Sometimes someone or something is not as it seems. 

Overall, this was a really good book. I adored it. I liked Marianne and it was fun watching her grow into herself and try and make her way through Society. The ending was good and I loved it. I'll stamp this with 5 stars. 


















Friday, 13 November 2020

No good dragon goes unpunished by Rachel Aaron

Narrated by: Vikas Adam


Series: Heartstrikers, Book 3


Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins


Release date: 09-13-16


Publisher: Audible Studios


Urban Fantasy


Own




Sheesh, that was a LOT of omgs in my previous review




I can not remember why I decied to re-listen, but I am enjoying it. They are just so good!




This one was about politics, and yes most of my old omgs are of course about things that happen, now I know they happen, but before, dang, this happen! Especially the Chelsea and F bits has me wanting, well those things to happen.




Vikas Adam is a narrator God. 




If you have not started this series than damn it, what are you waiting for?!




When Julius overthrew his mother and took control of his clan, he thought he was doing right by everyone. But sharing power isn't part of any proper dragon's vocabulary, and with one seat still open on the new ruling council, all of Heartstriker is ready to do whatever it takes to get their claws on it, including killing the Nice Dragon who got them into this mess in the first place.



To keep his clan together and his skin intact, Julius is going to have to find a way to make his bloodthirsty siblings play fair. But there's more going on in Heartstriker Mountain than politics. Every family has its secrets, but the skeletons in Bethesda's closet are dragon sized, and with Algonquin's war looming over them all, breaking his clan wide open might just be the only hope Julius has of saving it.



Thursday, 12 November 2020

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths

Paperback, 384 pages


Published May 12th 2020 by Mariner Books (first published February 7th 2019


Series: Ruth Galloway #11


Mystery


Library




I do know why I like these. They are not detective novels. It is about Ruth, her family and friends, and that is what I like. The characters drive me to wanting more, and if there is some drama and murder on the side then all the better.




In this one things from the past comes back to haunt them. Another missing girl, and more digging into lost things.




As for Ruth well the drama there is that Nelson is waiting for his son to be born, and who knows maybe it is not his son after all. I might be cruel, but I doubt I have been the only one wishing it would not be and that they could be together. Instead I got angry at Nelson, you can not have your cake and eat it! Ruth deserves better, instead she has ha 10 years of longing.




And as always a great book an I have already started the next one, but then, omg, I am all caught up. The next one will be out first next year.




DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters. They are anonymous, yet reminiscent of ones he has received in the past, from the person who drew him into a case that’s haunted him for years. At the same time, Ruth receives a letter purporting to be from that very same person—her former mentor, and the reason she first started working with Nelson. But the author of those letters is dead. Or is he?



The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly


Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Audio: Looking for a cowboy by Donna Grant

Narrated by: Rebecca Estrella


Series: Heart of Texas Series, Book 5


Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins



Release date: 10-27-20


Publisher: Tantor Audio


Contemporary romance


To review




Omg, that is really the way to start this. This was dark, ok so the book is not dark, but the thing it touches upon. Damn!




Someone is murdering pregnant women, and cutting out their babies and selling them. I mean damn!




Marle's sister was a victim 10 years ago and Marlee became a PI and is not trying to solve her sister's case, and more. Which brings her to a little town to see if a newly adopted baby is one that had been cut out a week earlier. Again, dang!




Cooper is this super sweet, like awww Cooper, all the hugs!




They meet, she is investigating his friends, I thought there would be more drama around that but omg they talked!! The real drama is trying to take down the evil preggo killing baby snatcher ring. And that drama was plenty and chilling.




I did believe that these two could fall fast for each other, she does have a way of making you believe. Good romance, good drama and suspense.




I have listened to the narrator before and I do like her cowboy books, she does them so well. Great distinct voices and you just fall into the flow of things.





A beautiful stranger has come to Clearview, asking questions that are nobody's business. Cooper Owens also wasn't born yesterday. He knows that this out-of-towner is hiding a dark secret of her own. Much as he knows he should head in the other direction, he can't make himself turn away....



PI Marlee Frampton always wanted to lead a nice quiet life, working as a cop in her local police department. But that dream came to an end when her sister was murdered - and her baby kidnapped. Now Marlee's come to Texas to investigate the Harpers, who may be linked to shady adoption agencies. Cooper can't believe that his friends could be involved in anything so sinister...and soon he makes it his mission to help Marlee discover the truth - and keep her safe in his arms.


Tuesday, 10 November 2020

TMST

 

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.




Have you found any new interests or hobbies during the COVID lockdown/stay at home orders?


Nope. Things went on as usual here, I still went to playgrounds with S, they are mostly empty anyway. I still went to work and she to daycare.




Monday, 9 November 2020

Carole's Monday

 


Author: Sarah MacLean
Title: The Rogue Not Taken
(Scandal & Scoundrel #1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: ebook
Published:  December 29th 2015
Pages: 419 
Where I Got It: Borrowed from library


Summary: 
LADY SOPHIE'S SOCIETY SPLASH

The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.


ROYAL ROGUE'S REIGN OF RAVISHMENT!

The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.

WAR? OR MORE?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…

Review:
I've enjoyed previous novels by this author and I randomly seen this while scanning through all the ebooks my library is offering (just found out they now have a HUGE selection of ebooks and even audiobooks - yayy!). Love that dress and that summary. Couldn't resist checking it out. 

We have Lady Sophie who is just trying to get away from London and her family. She has always hated the city and the ton, but now she scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree by striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. Whoops. She jumps on the back of a carriage to leave forever. Little did she know it is a carriage with the notorious Marquess of Eversley inside. He is quickly heading north to see his father.

This had great potential...but I had such a rough time with it. NOT because of the journey but because of our two main lovebirds.

We have Sophie and King (a nickname of course). They are so similiar....thick-headed dumb-dumbs. I wanted to scream at them and shake them....especially near the end. I get them hating each other in the beginning. It was fun watching them throw insults at each other. Cute. Fun. However....it did get a tiny bit old.  

I blame mainly King. He would NOT let it go that he thought Sophie wasn't trying to trap him into marriage. GIRL had proved it 100 million times. LET IT GO. She does NOT want to trap you. She just wants to be alone and open a book store. She even tried just leaving and getting her own carriage a handful of times. BUT noooooooo...she MUST be trying to trap King into marrying her *eye roll*. Okaaaaaaaaay. And Sophie...be dumber. Let's just run away on the back of someone's carriage? Go back to your hometown and hope your childhood friend will 1) remember you (it's been 10 years girl...let it go) and 2) didn't marry someone else because he is pining away for you even though you never maintained a communication with him and 3) HOW are you going to afford your life and opening a library? Girl. Use yo brain. Of course King is going to call you stupid when you tell him your plan. 

Okay this sounds like I would just call it done-so and say I hated the book. Nope, I did enjoy the story overall even though the two annoyed me. It was for sure a different take to a historical romance. There was lust after a while and then love later on. They really had to both grow up and learn to trust each other. It made sense that it took forever. They have a lot of issues to work through...especially King. 

The twists and turns were enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. I really had no idea what was going to happen next. Especially with King's father's secret/twist. That shocked me for sure! D: D: Whaaaaa? No way. Love it. 

Once the two got over their issues, they were SO cute together. 

Overall, not the best I've read by this author, but I did like it. I am interested in book 2 mostly because I want to read book 3 really bad. Mmmm now what to stamp this? *does complicated math equations and calculations* I'll give this 3 stars. 









Challenge(s):
- #9 on THE BAD BOYS OF ROMANCE challenge
- #20 Borrowed from library. 




Friday, 6 November 2020

The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

Paperback, 384 pages


Published July 12th 2018 by Quercus 


Series: Ruth Galloway #10


Mystery


Library





I FINALLY got a hold of the next Ruth book and I binged it at once!




Ruth goes to Italy to take a look at some strange bones. And this is what I like about this book, so that is the mystery until very very late when in comes a murder investigation too. But that is late in, and that must be why I liked it, it is like fiction with a touch of murder.




Right, so a murder too.




But meanwhile back in England Nelson is dealing with a newly released prisoner and that will cause some drama. 




And omg the end, there hope died for sure. Maybe for the best.




Another good book. I need to start the next one at once.





Dr Ruth Galloway is flattered when she receives a letter from Italian archaeologist Dr Angelo Morelli, asking for her help. He's discovered a group of bones in a tiny hilltop village but doesn't know what to make of them. It's years since Ruth has had a holiday, and even a working holiday to Italy is very welcome!




So Ruth travels to Fontana Liri, accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona. In the town she finds a medieval shrine and a dark secret involving the war years and the Resistance. To her amazement she also finds Harry Nelson, who is enduring a terrible holiday at a resort nearby. But there is no time to overcome their mutual shock - the ancient bones spark a modern murder, and Ruth must discover what secrets there are in Fontana Liri that someone would kill to protect




Thursday, 5 November 2020

Best of October

 







Happy November everyone!!!! 

Here are our best of October


Best Book of the Month:





"Best book goes to this one because how well written and just how gut wrenching it was in the end"






"Best book HAS to go to this one. It is my second time listening to it and I love it so much. So good."


Best Movie of the Month:

Carole's pick.....Halloweentown (1998)



"Didn't watch a lot of movies this month BUT I did watch this one twice. So cute. So cheesy. It made me miss my youth!"


Blodeuedd did not have a pick for this month.

"And as always I can not remember any movies, I have watched a LOT of cheesy hallmark ones on netflix."


Best TV show of the Month:


My pick...........The Duchess (Season 1)



  
"I watched this tv series, it was messed up at times, but good"




  



"Picking two this month. Finished 'The Great' and I loved it. Where the heck is season 2???? I also picked 'The Masked Singer". I love this show and after a rocky beginning with a person just unmasking themselves, it has turned around. Loving the music and the costumes!"





Best Cover of the Month:

Bloduedd's pick



"Best cover goes to this one, xmassy 🙂"





Carole's pick 





"Such a beautiful dress and all those soft colors? Yes. I pick this one."






Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Audio: A Highlander is coming to town by Laura Trentham

 


By: Laura Trentham

Narrated by: Siiri Scott


Series: Highland, Georgia Series, Book 3


Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins


Release date: 10-06-20


Publisher: Tantor Audio




Claire is running from her past, which is being rich and one day taking part in her family's company...did I understand her need for hiding? No. Did I understand her fear of being recognized? No, sure her family owns a whisky company in Scotland but even a Scot would not recognize some random rich heiress. And she never talks to her family. I would just have said suck it, and leave it be. It felt like she was from some mob family at times, she was hiding from them cos they would like kill her. It was really strange.




So she is hiding, works for an old lady, short for cash and she is happy.




Holt is working on his family farm, his parents are living it up in Florida, and he is just a really nice guy. Like really nice.




They meet. She is reluctant. He is nice and helpful. They fall for each other. The drama is that she should go back to her family for her inheritance. I mean can't she deal with the family company and live in the US? Yes I just did not understand her issues.




I mean I liked it, but I so did not understand Claire's issues, like boohoo, I am rich




I liked the narrator. She was great and I liked how she voiced it. So she made it worth it




Cover: 

Sadness, false advertising, the guy does not wear a kilt nor is he a highlander





Holt Pierson is dreading Christmas. His parents absconded to Florida for the season and left him to handle the family farm which will be his one day―whether he wants it or not. Driven by duty, Holt has always followed the path expected of him. But lately, he’s been questioning what he wants and where he belongs. Will assuming the responsibility of the Pierson farm make him happy or is there something―or someone―else out in the wider world calling to him?



To Claire Smythe, the Scottish lead singer of a touring band, Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to hide . . .until a very handsome and deeply curious Holt begins to ask all the questions Claire doesn’t want to answer. As Holt draws Claire out from under and into the fabric of small-town life, can Claire put the past behind her and embrace the unexpected gifts of the season―including the new and lasting love?


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