Saturday, 15 December 2018

Audiobook Challenge 2019

2019 Audiobook Challenge
I will have an update post for 2018 later on. Many more reads still to be had :)
But yes I am signing up for 2019! I hope to reach Marathoner again, but since I will start working in the Fall who knows. But hey, reach for the sky!
SO Marathoner it is!

Challenge Details

  • Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at anytime.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
  • Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. First update in June 30, 2019 and last update in December 15, 2019.

Levels

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

Resources

Audible.com — Check out their new Romance Package
Tantor.com — Great sales, so sign up for their newsletter
Libro.fm — Support local bookstores

Free Resources

Overdrive — through your local library
Audiobook Jukebox — audios for review
Hoopla — through your local library
Librivox — public domain works


Friday, 14 December 2018

Audio: The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl - Victoria Alexander



Series: Lady Travelers Society
By: Victoria Alexander
Narrated by: Marian Hussey
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
Release date: 20-11-2018
Publisher: Harlequin Audio

My Thoughts:
Off we go on an adventure to Egypt! And since we did spend most of the time in Egypt I was glad for it, (no long sea journey ;)

Sydney writes short stories for a paper, a heroine called Millicent who lives the life of an adventurer in Egypt. Just, it seems everyone thinks she is real! And while Sydney loves Egypt she has never been there.

Harry spent almost 20 years in Egypt and he is trying to write a novel, with facts! Not silly adventures that does not show reality. And so he sets of a sparring match with The Queen of the Desert. To show what a phony she is.

Off to Egypt she goes to prove him wrong (well even if he is right ;) and he goes with to keep check. Along with a reporter, and a few aunts. Nothing beats a trio of sweet and opinionated old ladies!

Obviously Sydney the liar and Harry who pretends to be his own nephew will fall in love. Obviously they have both lied to each other. And along the way they then find love and have an adventure or two. 

Conclusion
I enjoyed them trying to prove each other wrong. Nice banter, and awesome trio of aunts. Fun book.

Narrator Marian Hussey
She has a nice voice and does different characters well. She brought in smiles and humour.

Synopsis:
Harry Armstrong has spent years in Egypt, recovering relics and disregarding rules. Now, he’s back in England with a new title and a new purpose: penning his exploits. But his efforts are overshadowed by London’s favorite writer about Egypt - a woman they call "The Queen of the Desert", of all things. Worse, her stories - serialized in newspapers and reprinted in books - are complete rubbish. 

Miss Sidney Honeywell didn’t set out to deceive anyone. It’s not her fault readers assumed her Tales of a Lady Adventurer in Egypt were real! Admitting her inadvertent deception now would destroy her reputation and her livelihood. But when the earl of Brenton challenges her to travel to Egypt to prove her expertise, accompanied by his dashing, arrogant nephew, what choice does she have but to pack her bags?

With the matchmaking founders of the Lady Travelers Society in tow, Harry is determined to expose Sidney’s secret. But the truth might not be as great a revelation as discovering that love can strike even the most stubborn of hearts.


Thursday, 13 December 2018

Audio: Unlit - Keri Arthur


Audio cd, 11 hours and 58 minutes 
Published December 4th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published May 15th 2018)
Series: Kingdoms of Earth & Air #1
Sci-fi Fantasy/ romance
Thank you Tantor for this review copy!

My Thoughts
I have seen some call this fantasy romance, but I do not really want to call it that. She has grenades and assault riffles. Yes to sci.fi romance. I could even imagine this being a future from earth where settlers lost a lot of their history and tech in wars. Who knows! But it sure is interesting.

Neve grew up a soldier. It's a class society. We have those with magic and those without, unlit. We have those that are stained (like Neve), bearing patches of skin belonging to an enemy of a long ago war. Though she can speak with the wind, but that is something she does not tell. She would only end up being a breeder (yes this world can be pretty horrid that way.) Like all societies it has its good parts and its bad parts. Like how they are very sexually. But yes then there is the whole breeder thing. And the whole stained was killed at birth in the old days.

In this world there are bad guys roaming the wastelands, another race that eats the flesh of humans and are stronger and faster. 

I am loosing my train of thought. You know what, I really enjoyed this book. There is a mystery as a woman lost for 12 years is found in the desert. There is a conspiracy going on. There is a hunky guy she meets who needs her help. There is lots of fighting since well, baddies outside the walls! And there are such creepy bad guys with their plot. That is beyond cruel.

I am intrigued by this world, I do want more. Now it's like they do not really know more because of those long ago wars.

Book 2 is to be about someone else so yes there is an ending and I was happy with it. It worked out very well.

Conclusion:
Great new start to a series!

Narrator
It is Justine Eyre! I do like her so of course I liked everything about how she narrated this book! Perfection! She made it great

Synopsis
Winterborne has long been a city divided between those who have magic, and those who do not. Between those who are free, and those who are not… 

Though classified as having no magic, Neve March can hear the whispers of the wind and sometimes even control her. But it’s a secret she must hold close if she wishes to continue as Nightwatch—the soldiers who guard Winterborne against those who roam the wastelands and feast on human flesh. 

When Neve is sent to investigate a faint SOS signal, she not only unearths a woman close to death, but a plot involving an ancient enemy long thought dead. 

In an effort to expose those behind the plot, Neve goes undercover amongst Winterborne’s elite—a dangerous step that could expose her secret and rip away all that she holds dear. 

The trail of treachery leads her from Winterborne’s golden halls to the heart of the enemy’s hive, and it will shake her belief of not only who she is, but what she is


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Audio: Seduce me, cowboy - Maisey Yates


Audio CD, 5 h
Published November 27th 2018 by Harlequin Bestselling Author Collection (first published March 7th 2017)
Series: Copper Ridge: Desire #3
Contemporary romance
Thank you Harper for this copy!

My Thoughts
I have never tried a Yates novel, but I always wanted to. So I took my chance with this one. A sweet story, a little drama thrown in and some passion.

Pastors daughter, yes I gulped there, I am so glad she never said one preachy word. I mostly felt sorry for her. Her dad (which do seem like a good guy), sheltered her too much. She knew nothing of men and romance. She was 24 and had just moved out, and tried her first romance novel! But her innocence made perfect sense. She wanted to be the perfect daughter. The good daughter who the townsfolk never gossiped about. Virgin at 24 is easy to understand, not everyone want to loose it at once. The whole innocence thing was harder, but I got it as I said. She never read, watched, or talked about those things. I got the impression she was lonely too.

While Jonathan is the bad boy. Why? Oh I have no freaking idea! The man was a saint! His parents left and he, a teenager raised his sister who had been in an accident. He got a job, he prospered and he made his first million. Dang, that man needs a medal. But I guess on the way there there was prejudice, him being poor, him not being white. But why he was a bad boy, well that I did not get. He did have a lot of resentment towards everyone, but he had gone through so much.

They work together. They want more. She wants to explore. All very sweet, and they are great for each other. She needs to feel things, he needs to let go.

Harlequin, so it is short, which I liked.

Cute! 

Narrator.
Suzanne Elise Freeman
I liked her voice. She was great as Hayley, she really got her, and the gruff Jonathan. Ha, yes it was a good narration.

Cover
Sweet too!

Synopsis
When a rebellious rancher meets the pastor's daughter, it's a match made in...Copper Ridge! From New York Times bestselling author Maisey Yates!Sheltered from her own desires for so long, Hayley Thompson wants to experience life. A new job at Gray Bear Construction is a start. The work she can handle. It's her boss-reclusive, sexy Jonathan Bear-who's scrambling her mind and her hormones... No matter how successful he becomes, Jonathan's reputation will always precede him. And his type of woman is usually nothing like prim, innocent Hayley. Yet he can't resist unleashing the fire beneath her pent-up facade-even if seduction means losing his heart...


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

TMST


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. 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.

 December 11th: Book Disappointments of 2018

I guess all those I dnfed this Fall! But ok let me take a look and see which ones I really wanted to enjoy.

I had hopes for Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor since I really liked book 1, but it fell apart for me and was an utter disappointment.

I had read raving reviews of Keystone by Dannika Dark and was all yes! Another UF series to fall in love with and then blergh, not for me.

The City of Brass by SA Chakraborthy had me wanting to read it and then I read it and it was SO YA. And it was not even YA so what was up with that?

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence was disappointing. Book 1 rocked while this one was utterly dull.

A reaper at the gates by Sabir Tahir ended up being so bad that bye bye series!

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. What happened!!?? Nope to that.

Olympus Bound by Jordanna Max Brodsky. This series was so cool and fresh, until it wasn't.


And those DNFS are of course disappointments too, but at least with these I read them and gave 2s and 1s and swore afterwards and wished I had dnfed.


We had snow! Now it's gone


Monday, 10 December 2018

Secret Lives - Sierra Dean


ebook, 200
Published December 6th 2018 by Sierra Dean
Series: Secret McQueen #9
UF
For review

My Thoughts
I loved this series, but I also fear that I had forgotten most when I picked up this book. It had already ended with book 8, and then years later we get a surprise new book. I do not even remember which team I was on!

But, I felt the spark was missing. What I got was one liners, zings and then kept on coming. Like all the time! You are about to die a horrible death, better get that witty comment on! It was a bit too much as you can imagine.

And Secret did not feel like Secret. She was a witty monster who cared more for her friends than her husband. She only speaks with him on the phone, she comes back to NY, but visits friends first and then thinks ok maybe I can see him for a little while. Poor guy, I say he deserves better than to be the second thought of someone. When I think about it it feels like the author is building up to a divorce. He loves her, she does not care about him anymore so she gets someone else.

And he wants to turn her, which I so get! She is a hazard to herself. Sure you have learned to fight but come on, someone could snap your neck any second. Just turn wolf already.

All her old buddies come together, except her poor hubbie and there is a battle. The end.

Yes I felt the spark was missing, yes I had thoughts. It was still good and light, but it did not feel like Secret. It felt like any UF heroine doing her rounds. I miss the old Secret and the charm of everyone. Or am I just nostalgic?

But the best part as Harold. Dang, I loved Harold! I could take his witty lines. More Harold please. Harold saved this book and made it good.

Synopsis
Secret McQueen has been many things in her life: head of the Vampire Tribunal, werewolf queen twice over, bounty hunter, fighter, lover. She's been the hunter and the hunted. Hell, she even died once.

One thing she never thought she'd be, however, was a normal human. Because "normal" was never a word to apply to her.

Now, Secret's a former vampire/werewolf-hybrid living in a human's body. She continues to answer the call of the supernatural, working for an elite FBI special unit designed to help the general public accept the existence of the creatures that used to only be found in nightmares. She's happily married to the man of her dreams.

But when her old vampire mentor Sig goes missing, and her former beau Holden Chancery comes calling for help, Secret will be pulled out of her new sunny existence and sent back into the nightlife she once knew so well.

She'll find herself asking if there's any room for humanity in a world full of monsters.

And she might find there's more than a little monster left in her, still. 


Sunday, 9 December 2018

Carole's Xmas Reviews: All I want for Christmas is a cowboy - Jessica Clare

All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy
Author: Jessica Clare

Title: All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy
Genre: Romance
Pages: ebook
Published: November 6th 2018
Where I Got It: My shelf (Netgalley)

Christmas may be coming, but it's just another day at the ranch as far as Eli Pickett is concerned. Someone has to take care of the herd and that means no holiday vacation for him. But that's just the way he likes it--it’s not like he has a woman to spend time with anyways. Most women don't want the ranch life, or the surly, silent cowboy that comes with it. Fine with him. He'd rather have the quiet of a roaring fire and the company of his dogs.


Cassandra Horn is trying to make it to her parents' winter cabin in Wyoming before the blizzard hits. She desperately needs a vacation from the chaos of Manhattan...and her boss’s boyfriend, who is making her life miserable. But Cass never makes it to the cabin. 


A raging snowstorm causes her car to crash, where she's found unconscious by Eli. When Cass wakes, she has no memories of who she is. Eli takes one look at Cass's big blue eyes and dark curls, and like a Christmas miracle, falls head over heels in love. But while the attraction is mutual, can she give her heart to this cowboy if she’s not sure it’s hers to give? 



Xmas and cowboys....how could I resist this one? 


Cass is escaping to her parent's winter cabin in Wyoming before the blizzard hits. She needs to escape Manhattan and her boss' boyfriend who will not stop harassing her for sex (ugh - call the police on that jerk). The snowstorm hits before she can make it and she crashes her car. Eli, our hunk of a cowboy, comes to the rescue. There is no way he can take her anywhere but the house on the ranch he works at. She awakes with barely any memories. Things happen and they fall in love. A Christmas miracle for sure. 



This was very, very sweet. Not a lot drama. Even the drama that does pop up is easily solved once Cass can get all her memories back. Poor thing. She needs to file a complaint against that ahole Ken. >_> That is for sure sexual harassment. Not okay one bit. 



It wasn't love at first sight and that made me happy. They grew to be friends and then more and it fit well. I adored Eli but he had a rough, lonely past and he needed time. And Cass has no barely any memories...sooo...



Cass was okay...she was a little annoying. She got better when she wasn't bored and got some more memories back. Empty-headed chits are usually annoying...so that was to be expected.



The ending was good and made sense especially with the uncertainty. I surprised myself for not being annoyed by Eli being so forgiving. It is a weird situation and so I would find my callous heart forgiving Cass too. It had to be done.



Overall, this was very sweet and a quick read. If you are looking for a good cowboy book with xmas as the back-drop, I recommend this. I'll give this 4 stars. 






Saturday, 8 December 2018

Saturday Night movie: Crazy Rich Asians

Director: Jon M. Chu
Writers: Peter Chiarelli (screenplay by), Adele Lim (screenplay by) Kevin Kwan (based on the novel "Crazy Rich Asians")
Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh Kevin Kwan .

The story follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick's (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he's perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.

Comedy/Romance/ 2 h


My Thoughts
I enjoyed the book, but I do remember that it was funnier than this one was. This was more drama and romance. I missed the funny stuff from the book, but then it was long ago so who knows how funny it really was.

Rachel is dating a cute guy, and she goes with him to Singapore for a wedding. Oh and the secret comes out, he is reeeeally rich. Like crazy rich.

The movie is then about how some of his family can not accept her.
She is not of money
Her mother raised her on her own
She is American. Or as they said yellow on the outside, and white on the inside.
She might love him, but what has love got to do with it.

Yes obviously some of his family are idiots. And women who wanted to catch him are catty and whisper golddigger. Ugh people!

Singapore looks great. I want to visit!

I know the Astrid story was in the books too, but I felt like it took away from this movie. I wish they had left it out.

The movie was good, but the book was better.


Friday, 7 December 2018

Giveaway: The Accidental Beauty Queen

It has been ages since I held a giveaway or anything like that. So when I got this email I decided to better myself.

GIVEAWAY

1. 1 copy of The Accidental Beauty Queen
2. Ends Dec 14th
3. Open to US only (sorry!)
4. Enter via rafflecopter, that way I at least get your info ;) 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Accidental Beauty Queen
by Teri Wilson
On Sale: December 4, 2018
Gallery Books | Trade Paperback Original
ISBN: 9781501197604 | $16.00
E-ISBN: 9781501197611 | $7.99
Audio-ISBN: 9781508283553 | $17.99
About the book:

In this charming romantic comedy perfect for fans of Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella, critically acclaimed author Teri Wilson shows us that sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone leads you to the ultimate prize. 

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time.

She drags Charlotte to the pageant as a good luck charm, but the winning plan quickly goes awry when Ginny has a terrible, face-altering allergic reaction the night before the pageant, and Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven’t successfully pulled off in decades.

Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte is mortified at every unstable step in her sky-high stilettos. But as she discovers there’s more to her fellow contestants than just wanting a sparkly crown, Charlotte realizes she has a whole new motivation for winning.

Purchase Link



About the author:

Teri Wilson is the author/creator of the Hallmark Channel Original Movies Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Marrying Mr. Darcy, and The Art of Us, as well as a fourth Hallmark movie currently in development. Teri is a double finalist in the prestigious 2018 RWA RITA awards for her novels The Princess Problem and Royally Wed. Teri also writes an offbeat fashion column for the royal blog What Would Kate Do and is a frequent guest contributor for its sister site, Meghan’s Mirror. She’s been a contributor for both HelloGiggles and Teen Vogue, covering books, pop culture, beauty, and everything royal. In 2017, she served as a national judge for the Miss United States pageant in Orlando, Florida, and has since judged in the Miss America system. She has a major weakness for cute animals, pretty dresses, Audrey Hepburn films, and good books. Visit her at TeriWilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonAuthr.


Thursday, 6 December 2018

Audio: A nice day for a cowboy wedding - Nicole Helm

Audio CD, 9 h
Published November 27th 2018 by Tantor Audio
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Series: A Mile High Romance #4
Contemporary romance
Thank you Tantor for this review copy

My Thoughts.
This was a sweet cowboy romance. I kept waiting for some silly drama, and it did not arrive. Instead they faced their problems and talked. Well, there was some drama, but hey, who doesn't get mad now and again. 

Cora is a single mom with a 12 year old son. She is trying to make it as a wedding planner. She is kind, fun, but with issues from her abusive past.

Shane has his own demons. He took on the responsible for his family at 12. He felt he needed to do more. He was wonderful. So sweet, good and great. A cowboy dream.

The drama then. His mom is getting married to a younger guy and the kids feel he is not after love, only money. And Cora has to deal with it all as she is planning the wedding.

They get to know each other, they fall in love. The kid finds something to love too. It's a nice family, I'd love to see them all find love too.

Sweet. Cowboys and romance, what more do you need.

Narrator
He did a good job, I have not read many, ok none contemporary romance with a guy narrating solely and I liked it. He had a nice range and I  felt he did justice to all.

As the oldest of three brothers, Shane Tyler takes his responsibility to the family ranch seriously-and it's clear to him that the younger man who wants to marry his widowed mother is only looking for a meal ticket. He's determined to stop the nuptials whatever it takes, but the shy wedding planner his mom hired is harder to intimidate than he expected. When Cora Preston worked up the nerve to leave her abusive ex and move with her young son to Gracely, it was a huge step. Accepting the position as wedding planner at brand-new Mile High Weddings took even more courage. But Cora's biggest challenge is turning out to be the bride's handsome-and stubborn-oldest son, Shane, and the way the strong-willed cowboy makes her feel. Can the heat crackling between them warm two hearts suspicious of love? 


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Audio: A Duke Changes everything - Christy Carlyle

Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 11-27-18
Series: The Duke's Den
Publisher: HarperAudio

My Thoughts:
Poor Nick. He really hated his dad and the place he grew up. It was pretty obvious then when his dad was dead, and his brother was a wastrel that tadaa, Nick becomes Duke and hates it.
And I did like Nick. He did everything he could to make it on his own, with no help, not that he would have gotten it from a dad who hated him. I totally understood why he hated the place where he grew up, it is told early on.

Then there is Mina, whose father died and she took on the job as steward since the previous Duke did not care. And she loves her job, the castle and the people in it. She was tough and sweet. Hardworking and smart. But then comes a Duke who changes everything.

The book is about him wanting to get rid of the place and she trying to make him see the beauty. And obviously these two falling in love too. Then there is the usual you are a Duke, I am a nobody! Some wicked neighbors, and some idiots from his life in London. There are always people who tries to take you down.

Conclusion:
I enjoyed this tale. I do love a Duke!

Narrator
I really liked her voice for him, it was well done. All other voices worked great too. She had a tone and followed along for the ride.

Synopsis
Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen's club in England. But when Nick's cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he's built in London. But there's one obstacle-the exquisite Thomasina Thorne.

When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thorne's life, she's flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but he's also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change his mind-as long as she doesn't get too close to him.

With each day Nick spends with Mina, his resolve weakens as their colliding wills lead to explosive desire. Could she be the one woman who can help him finally bury the ghosts of his past?


Tuesday, 4 December 2018

TMST


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. 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.

December 4th: What series that you tried this year will you continue?

Omg, this question is hard! Why, well I have read a LOT of books. Thank you Goodreads! Without you I would be lost.

Ok this is gonna takes ages, no pics!

War of the Rose Throne by Peter MacLean


The ages of Darkness by Stephen Aryan

The Legends of the first Empire by Micheal J Sullivan

Swords and Fire by Melissa Caruso

Sorcery and Society by Molly Harper

The wounded kingdom by Rj Barker

Helga Finnsdottir by Snorri Kristjansson

The legend of all wolves by Maria Vale
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There were more that I would be interested in but these are the top ones .D I must continue these! With the Vale one I have already read book 2. And with a few others I will be getting book 2s for xmas ;)


We finally got some "snow"


Monday, 3 December 2018

Audio: I married the Duke - Katherine Ashe



Book 1 in the Prince Catchers series
Narrated by Rachael Beresford
Publication date Nov 13, 2018
Running time 12 hrs
Historical romance
Thank you Tantor for this review copy!

My Thoughts
I only wish he had not kept thinking of her as a servant in his head, like thinking it a lot. I did want to, omg  you all, wait for it, hit him over the head! You so did not see that coming ;) He was all, she was born to be a duchess. How could she have been born a servant?
Are you serious dude? You just complained about your evil guardian! Obviously not all noblemen are noble and not all commoners common.

When I am done with that.
Arabella was told that one of them would marry a prince. The silly girl was convinced it would be her, and that if she only found a prince it would be that prince. Oh you made me lol. But I am seriously wondering about that prince that there is to come now!
Anyway, she was a governess, great at her job. She did not back down. She was smart. And she really wanted to find a prince.

Then she meets a dashing captain that will bring her to said prince (to care for his sister). Luc had a troubled past. Evil guardian (ugh, what an evil sob.) He is in line to a dukedom, and is a Comte in France. But Arabella does not know, also, he is not a prince so who cares! Other than thinking of her as the servant I did like him.

Ok so this whole prince thing does have a point. A fortune teller told her and her sisters that one would marry a prince and then they would learn who their father is. Which is not told her then since she did not marry a prince. And I am so curious about it! There are no clues!

A sea journey. Romance on a beach. Evil men lusting for blood. Seeeecrets! Falling for a captain who is a nobody. And more suspense to come. She did keep up the pace.

Conclusion:
I enjoyed it. And I want those secrets
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Narrator
I liked her voices. But the audio was lower than usual in this one, and I also had to speed it up more than normal. You know i like my narrators to talk fast, that is normal speed (to me)

Synopsis
Arabella Caulfield, one of three orphaned sisters, has clung to an ancient gypsy prophecy as the only way to save her family from endless heartbreak. Now she has twelve days to reach a remote French castle and fulfill her destiny: to marry a prince.

Along the way, Arabella meets Lucien Westfall, decorated naval captain and the new Duke of Lycombe. She thought he was a pirate. He thought she was a governess. Two wrongs have never made such a scandalously perfect right.


Sunday, 2 December 2018

Carole's Sunday Review: Someone to trust - Mary Balogh

Someone to Trust (Westcott, #5)
Author: Mary Balogh

Title: Someone to Trust (Westcott #5)
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: ebook
Published: November 27th 2018
Where I Got It: My shelf (Netgalley)

After her husband's passing, Elizabeth Overfield decides that she must enter into another suitable marriage. That, however, is the last thing on her mind when she meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, at the Westcott Christmas house party. She simply enjoys his company as they listen to carolers on Christmas Eve, walk home from church together on Christmas morning, and engage in a spirited snowball fight in the afternoon. Both are surprised when their sled topples them into a snowbank and they end up sharing an unexpected kiss. They know there is no question of any relationship between them, for she is nine years older than he.


They return to London the following Season, both committed to finding other, more suitable matches. Still they agree to share one waltz at each ball they attend. This innocuous agreement proves to be one that will topple their worlds, as each dance steadily ensnares them in a romance that forces the two to question what they are willing to sacrifice for love. . . . 



Whoops. This is the 5th book in the series. But alas, HR books usually work out fine reading out of order. I feel this did decently well. I missed some references and everyone was new to me so I missed out on the fun reunions. Oh well. Overall it did fine as a standalone. 


The story follows Elizabeth who is a widow and old (*cough* 30s *coughs*). She is looking for a new, kind husband. Colin is the young 20-year-old who needs a bride. The two meet at a Christmas deal and they accidentally kiss. What makes it worse is that they get along quite well, but egags Elizabeth is 9 years older than him so they deem it is not a good idea. They return to London and make a deal to help each other find suitable matches. They decide to share one waltz at each ball so they can still talk. Things happen and they fall in love.



Poor Elizabeth. She really isn't that old, but back then she was ancient and widowed. Two strikes in the ton's eyes. Damn the ton. Colin's father just died and he has now received the title so he needs a suitable wife who can stand his mom. Ugh his mom made me want to scream. Get over yourself woman!!!!



Not a bunch of drama in this. Lots of talking and everyday drama like Colin's crazy mom. The biggest drama (next to mama dearest) was the age gap. Sighs. Age is a number people. 



This was quick and easy. I enjoyed reading this all cuddled up while it snows. A nice historical romance. It was light compared to others. Just normal dramas that you know this couple will get over. 



I breezed through this and I liked the ending. Overall very sweet and a good Xmas book even though Xmas time was only half of the story. I like Elizabeth and I liked Colin. I'll give this 4 stars. 








Saturday, 1 December 2018

Best of November





Happy December!! Here are our Best of's for NOVEMBER!



First, favorite movies:

First, my favorite.....Crazy Rich Asians (2018)


"It was a good movie, not amazing, but certainly best this month."

Now, my pick......Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody Poster

"Didn't watch too many movies this month BUT this would outshine all of them. I absolutely adored this movie. I even went and seen it twice at the theater. For sure watch this!"


Next, Book favorites:

First, my pick.............The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister, #4)

"Had a couple really good ones this month, but I would have to say this is the best one. The narrator, as per normal, was awesome. I adored the hero and heroine. So good!"


Now, Blodeuedd's pick.....Toxic by Lydia Kang


"It was one of those months. Not a single amazing book, mostly good solid reads. Which makes it hard to pick, but I say this one cos Vikas Adam!"


Lastly, best covers:
Carole's first and my second






About the Authors
Carole and Blodeuedd have been blogging a long while now. The last couple of years the epic duo have been discussing books, watching movies, and even wetting the pen and sharing their stories with the worldwide web. They both love cats, chocolate, and a good story.




Edit. Lifewise it turned into a pretty crappy month. SO was on a worktrip, it was a hell of a storm. The ferry spent 9 h at sea and did not even make it to its destination. And now to the worst part. A lorry to got free and fell down....on our car. You can imagine that there is not a lot left after that
But, the ferry at least made it back! So thank you for that.



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