Thursday, 19 September 2019

Audio: The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Girl meets Duke #3
Release date: 08-13-19
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio

Oh this one was delightful! Penelope was such a fun character. She loves  animals.  She does not move in society, she has a close knit group of friends, and she is a bit crazy (in the best way!)

Gabriel was delicious. He was all I am bad, but he was so not bad at all. And he just went along with the crazy ride that was Pen and all her animals.

There is a pet hedgehog, a goat, an otter, oh the list just goes on. And the parrot is one funny bird. They shake things up, and they make Gabriel see the real Pen. Awwww, right!

It is a really amusing. Pen does not stop for anything. And it was fun watching Gabriel fall for her.

Just pure fun!

Narration ;Mary Jane Wells
The narrator's voice for Pen made me want to be friends with her. It really is the best feeling. I liked her Gabriel too.
She did a great job with this one. I would certainly listen to her again

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society - and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing - and attractive - new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog....

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon, he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Audio: The Duchess in his bed by Lorraine Heath

Narrated by: Kate Reading
Series: Sins for All Seasons, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 08-20-19
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
Historical romance
In exchange for an honest review

For once I was not sure how this would end, I mean it is romance so I knew they would end up together but how?

Aiden is the bastard son of a nobleman who sold him to a babyfarm. Lucky for him a wonderful woman raised him and his other siblings. He now owns a gambling den, and one that caters to women. Women need to relax too and have some fun. And you know what, I liked all about Aiden, he was rather wonderful.

Selena is a widow and in dire straits. Her family is poor and she wants to give her siblings the freedom she did not have. But for that she would need to be raising a ducal heir, and she is not. Selena was played with this cool, calm voice and it fit her so well. She was the quintessential Duchess. I also liked that she had actually not had a bad marriage, no her husband had been kind, but they had been friends only. That is why her choices had me wondering, and  I did not know what route I wanted her to take.

Sparks fly, they really want each other.
We meet the other Trelowe bastards, an interesting bunch to be sure!

But she is a Duchess, he is a commoner. She needs money to back her siblings in society. So that is the drama.

I enjoyed it.

Narrator
I did have to up the speed to 2x, but that is only a good thing in my book. I liked her calm Selena voice like I mentioned before, she was marvelous. She also had nice voices for the rest too. A good reading

As owner of the Elysium Club which caters to women’s fantasies, Aiden Trewlove is accustomed to introducing adventurous ladies to sin and vice. But he is uncharacteristically intrigued by the mysterious beauty who visits his club one night, yearning to indulge in the forbidden - with him. Drawn to her indomitable spirit, he breaks his rule of never becoming personally involved with his clientele and is determined to fully awaken her desires.

A recent widow, Selena Sheffield, Duchess of Lushing, has never known passion, not until Aiden’s slow, sensual seduction leads her on a journey of discovery and incredible pleasure. But her reasons for visiting the notorious club are not all that they seem.

As Selena’s motives become complicated by love, she finds herself with a most unexpected choice: forge ahead with a secret plan that could secure her future - or follow her heart which could prove ruinous.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

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.

September 17th: How do you handle writing reviews for books that you didn’t love?

Well, yes sometimes I do forget my own advice and finish a book that I do not really like. But I would not say that it is harder to write that review than any other. Sometimes I even have more to say .

But it is hard if it is a series I like, or an author I like. Then it pains me to go negative and I try to only see the positive, which is wrong in a way cos you should have both.

SO yes it can be hard, but I push through. I mean positive ones are hard too, the ones where I go all
LOVE
OMG
LOVE
See, yeah, those are hard!

I just read Karen's TMST post and she said it SO much better. So go read that one instead ;)

Monday, 16 September 2019

Carole's Monday : The Princess Plan


The Princess Plan (A Royal Wedding, #1)
Author:  Julia London 
Title: The Princess Plan
(A Royal Wedding #1)
Genre: Historical Romance & Mystery
Pages: 208
Expected publication: November 26th 2019
Where I Got It: My shelf (Netgalley)




Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater interest in Eliza.

With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart.




Been meaning to read a book by this author and I was really needing a fun HR. 

The story follows Eliza who is merely a daughter of a judge who writes for a gossip gazette. The biggest story of the year has landed right in London. A prince from a small country has come to make a trade and find a wife that will help cement the alliance to England. Things happen and the two fall for each other. But duty is duty...right?

This was a hoot. I do get a little worried when the author makes up a country and tries to blend it with real life countries, but when it works it works well and this certainly did. I want to see more of this made up country. I wonder if book 2 will follow Eliza and the prince or we'll get another couple in the country. mmmm. We shall see. 

Yes, the characters. I liked them. I was not a fan of other of them at first, but around 35% I grew to like them and want them to be together even though it was impossible of course. However, it is HR and they do find each other (no spoiler there). What I liked was how possible it was at the end. It was a realistic solution that I didn't see coming. I thought it was going to be lame and unrealistic, BUT I was pleasantly surprised that they made it realistic on how they got to be together. Huzzah!

The cover is very pretty but so not accurate. SHOULDERS AND WRISTS! Queen Vicky would've fainted. Too prom-y, BUT I love the dress if you take off my historical hat and put my girl-y hat on. Cute. 

OooOOOOoo totally called who the murder was. The mystery WAS good. I did doubt my guess though here and there, but I was convinced on who it was and I was right. 

Let's see...mmmm...the beginning was a little hard to get into mainly because (like I said above) I really wasn't a fan of our H/h. They grew on me as I got to know them and then I fell for them and wanted them to succeed and get that HEA and that murderer. 

Overall, I did enjoy this quite a bit even though it took a hot minute for me to like our couple and I wish the cover was a touch more realistic. The mystery was good and I loved the ending. It was actually realistic and made sense. Duty IS duty after all. I'll stamp this with 4 stars. I must read more by this author for sure! Fun!










2019 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge
18 out of 16/25








Friday, 13 September 2019

A very Austen Valentine Anthology

Six beloved authors deliver romantic Valentine novellas set in Jane Austen's Regency world. Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite, together with Susan Kaye and Mandy Cook, share variations of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility, featuring your favorite characters in sequels, adaptations, and spinoffs of Austen's adored novels. 

Experience uplifting romance, laugh-out-loud humor, and poignant regret as these authors deftly tug on your heartstrings this Valentine's Day. 

Kindle Edition, 479 pages
Published December 29th 2018
Series: Austen Anthology #2
Jane Austen variation
Own

I Dream of You by Robin Helm
A P&P sequel
Darcy is working too much, I should have written this review when I finished this short. I guess ok?

Sir Walter Takes A Wife by Laura Hile
A Persuasion sequel and P&P variation
This was interesting, Sir Walter is courting Lady de Bourgh. LOL. Funny

My Forever Valentine by Wendi Sotis
A P&P sequel variation
A rather sweet story

Pretense and Prejudice by Barbara Cornthwaite
A P&P variation
They both think the other one is a spy, I also liked that they met during other circumstances 


My Valentine by Mandy Cook
A P&P and a S&S sequel
This one was really dull, and was about lizzy and Darcy's kid

The Lover's Ruse by Susan Kaye
Persuasion Variation
Another boring one.

Some good, some not so good. You know, like all other anthologies.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Audio: The Arrival of Someday by Jen Malone

Narrated by: Katherine Littrell
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 07-23-19
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
YA Fiction
In exchange for an honest review

It made me cry! I did not expect it, but there I was, crying. Sometimes a good cry is good, it has been a while since my last.

Amelia was born with a liver disease, but it has never really affected here. Until her last year of HS when it gets worse. She needs a liver transplant.
I liked Amelia, she tried so hard to go on with her life. To do the things she loves, painting, hanging out with her bestie. Not to be the dying girl since she felt almost like before anyway. She does not want the pitying looks.

Her best friend Syb tries to rally people to sign up for organ donation. She wants to fight!

An old friend shows up and is a light in darkness, sometimes you need that one person that does not talk about it.

No romance. Just a girl trying to come to terms with the fact that she might not get the liver that she needs to live.

And it made me cry! I had to say that again. It felt so real, she was so real, so normal.

A good book, and about a subject that I have not really read about before. And I realised that so many die every day when they do not get the transplants they need, all because people do not sign up to be donors. It does feel like a real waste.

Narration Katherine Littrell
The narration did a great job with Amelia, I really was in her head. Her other voices were great too. She made me feel. 

Hard-charging and irrepressible 18-year-old Amelia Linehan could see a roller-derby opponent a mile away - and that’s while crouched down, bent over skates, and zooming around a track at the speed of light.

What she couldn’t see coming, however, was the flare-up of the rare liver disorder with which she was born. But now, it’s the only thing she - and everyone around her - can think about.   

With no guarantee of a viable organ transplant, everything Amelia’s been sure of - like college plans or the possibility of one day falling in love - has become a huge question mark, threatening to drag her down into a sea of what-ifs she’s desperate to avoid. 

Then a friend from the past shows up. With Will, it’s easy to forget about what’s lurking between the lightness of their time together. She feels alive when all signs point elsewhere.

But with the odds decidedly not in her favor, Amelia knows this feeling can’t last forever. After all, what can?

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Audio. Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan

Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Raphael Corkhill
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 08-20-19
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Fantasy
In exchange for an honest review

I would not say it felt like the previous series. That one was about exploring, and it had this other feel to it. This one is even more scholarly as most of it takes place when Audrey is translating clay tablets.

Audrey is Lady Trent's granddaughter (read the books to find out who Trent is.) She wants to prove her worth as her grand parents are famous, her parents are famous and she has not had her turn yet. So she spends month translating.

Helping her she has Kudshayn, a well I will just say dragonman so you get the point. Their benefactor is an Earl who she does not really know what his endgame is.

There is more but that just comes into spoiler territory.

I liked Audrey. I did want more dragons, and got none, so that is sad. In a way not a lot happens either, it really is hard to explain this one. But it is a fascinating world she has created.

Narrator
She did a good job. I liked her epic clay tablet voice. You have to read it to get that ;)  
The book is a lot more than just a story. There are letters, articles and more. In comes this other narrator for that.
It worked in audio too with all these different formats 

As the renowned granddaughter of Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent, of the riveting and daring Draconic adventure memoirs), Audrey Camherst has always known she, too, would want to make her scholarly mark upon a chosen field of study. 

When Lord Gleinheigh recruits Audrey to decipher a series of ancient tablets holding the secrets of the ancient Draconean civilization, she has no idea that her research will plunge her into an intricate conspiracy, one meant to incite rebellion and invoke war. Alongside dearest childhood friend and fellow archeologist Kudshayn, must find proof of the conspiracy before it’s too late.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

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.

September 10th: Are there authors/books that everyone seems to love but you don’t?

This is hard to say, because many authors that many loves I have not tried, because I think they might not be the best fit for me.

I am drawing a complete blank here!

Oh oh, Sarah Maas. Sorry, not sorry!

And again, YA fantasy, scifi, paranormal. The only YA that works is lit fic.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Carole's Monday: You Me and Other Stuff by LM Barrett


You, Me and Other Stuff
Author: L.M. Barrett

Title: You, Me and Other Stuff
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: ebook
Expected to be Published: September 28th 2019
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given it to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)




A witty, coming-of-age, romantic comedy about friendship, unrequited love and betrayal.


Declan's a tad annoyed; not only has the love of his life run off with 'Superman' but she's also unwittingly caused his current hostage status.



Find out what Sarah did to cause this unusual situation.


Can Declan overcome his hatred for Sarah and can Sarah overcome her doubts to end up with the right man?



I could not resist picking this up and reading it! I enjoyed a previous book by this author and this just sounded so good. 



The story follows Declan and Sarah. They have been friends for years and have been in love but didn't really know it. Years pass and now Declan is held hostage and it is Sarah's fault. Will they get it figured out and finally end up together? 



Oooooo Declan and Sarah. I wanted to shake them and kick them. You love each other! But they don't realize it and make stupid, stupid decisions that end up blowing up in each others' faces. Especially Sarah's. Girl! NO!



I did really enjoy this even though the two drove me bananas. There was some humor and sadness. It was a nice balance of those things. Wonderful writing! Hooks you in from page one.  



The format of telling the story was fun and I didn't expect it. It worked well for these characters to tell others about their sides of their story. They needed to talk it out with others I think in order to get some perspective. 



My only issue was the bits with Lisa near the end there. I didn't hate her but I sure didn't like her. I also feel like her part made the story go a bit longer then I wanted. I could be biased because I just wanted the two knuckleheads to FINALLY get it and be together, but yea...not a fan of Lisa and her part. 



Besides that, I really enjoyed this story. I wanted to shake our main characters, but shake them with love. And I didn't really care about the Lisa bits. I'll give this 4 stars. Really good and a fun story. Humor and sadness all mixed in. 











Friday, 6 September 2019

Early Review: The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
Series: Forgotten Empires #1
Fantasy
In exchange for an honest review

My Thoughts
An evil emperor has taken power and by doing that he took control of the world, one slaughter at a time. He might actually be my favorite character, cos he was so evil. And then this thing he says he will do at the end, dang, that is a well written baddie. I loved to hate him. And the thing is, we never even meet him! All we get are letters.

Ok so I spent the first paragraph talking about the man who will get killed in whatever book finishes this. Ha, funny.

Anyway, Lia, queen of Calanthe is trying her best to keep the evil emperor away from their shores. they rolled over and played nice and was spared the massacre. I did like that she played a part all day. There was so much more to her. But the thing that came out at the end was the part that interested me the most, intriguing.

Con, oh I do not know, I think he was an ass. I get that you have been a slave, but still, I kind of want to kick you in the nuts for the things you thought. Maybe he will grow on me.

I enjoyed it, even if I had some Con issues, and the fact that I remember the baddie that we did not evn meet the most. I hope he has a gruesome death

The end, well all is well for now. But tomorrow everyone might die

As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…

A PRINCE AMONG MEN

Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls? 


Thursday, 5 September 2019

Audio Review: Brazen and the Beast by Sarah McLean

Audiobook, Unabridged 11 h 25 min
Published July 30th 2019 by HarperAudio
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards #2
Historical romance
In exchange for an honest review

My Thoughts
Oh the horror, she is 29! Not even a spinster anymore, just forgotten. But Hattie did not care, she wanted to live her own life and make her own rules. You go Hattie!

Hattie wants to rid herself of her virginity and the road she aims to take, well her rules. She also wants to take over her dad's business as her brother does not know a ship from a rowing boat.

Beast is a crime lord in Covent Garden, he and his brother and sister rule that place, but they are "nice" criminals, so they have some rules. He is also the bastard son of this evil Duke that pitted his kids against each other. And now I have to talk about his evil brother the Duke, that guy is getting his own book, but that guy is so evil? Not sure there, but then we do not get all the details.

Hattie and the Beast meets. He thinks she is plotting with his evil brother and wants to take her down. She is upset cos he is ruining her plans. At times I felt all omg Hattie, take care of yourself! But then I quickly realised that she could. She is his equal.

I enjoyed this book and these two main characters. They had such great chemistry. I also liked the side characters like her bestie Nora.

Fun times

Narrator
Justine Eyre! I just can't grown tired of her historical romance narrations, I truly enjoy her voices 

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune, and to live her own life. But first, she intends to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. Everything is going perfectly…until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin the Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.

The Bastard’s Proposal

When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers she’s headed for a night of pleasure . . . on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.

An Unexpected Passion

Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure. She won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power . . . and neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything . . . including their hearts. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Death takes a Holiday at Pemberley by Kelly Miller with a Giveaway

Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published June 14th 2019 by Meryton Press
Pride and Prejudice variation
In exchange for an honest review

My thoughts:
Death takes a holiday at Pemberley, well that had me a bit scared. Don't you dare touch Darcy!

Death in the shape of Graham comes calling when Darcy almost dies. Graham wants to see why Darcy is so happy and decides to stay for a week.

What we have is a happy Lizzy and Darcy. But a Darcy who is fearful since death is near.

We also meet other characters that are dear to us, and not so dear. Lady Catherine is still angry and wants to cause mayhem, ugh, I despise her.

Other characters have their own troubles, one person made me disappointed, one made me happy.

I can't really say a lot other than yes Death is visiting. I also appreciated that the author never really spelled it out what he was and where he came from, the more religious side of it all if you catch my drift.

I always like my PP stories, because they can always take another turn, and this one was different for sure. You never know what will happen. They are always amusing.

GIVEAWAY
I have a giveaway for you all! I know, it has been ages.

Anyone can enter. Enter via Rafflecopter

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What will the master of Pemberley do when confronted with the mercurial whims of an all-powerful angel?

Fitzwilliam Darcy’s well-ordered life is about to become a chaotic nightmare. A man of fortune, property, and social prominence, he has everything he could desire. Blissfully married to his wife, Elizabeth, they have a two-year-old son. With so much to live for, Darcy is shaken by a near-fatal riding accident. After a miraculous escape, he is visited by an otherworldly being: an angel of death named Graham. Threatening dire consequences, Graham compels Darcy to guide him on a sojourn in the world of mortals.

Darcy immediately questions the angel’s motives when he demands to be a guest at Pemberley. Can he trust Graham’s assurance that no harm will come to his wife and child? And why does Graham insist on spending time with Elizabeth? How can Darcy possibly protect his family from an angel with power over life and death?

In this romantic fantasy, the beloved couple from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice must contend with both human and unearthly challenges. Are the fates against them? Or will their extraordinary love conquer all? 

Author Bio:
Kelly Miller discovered her appreciation for Jane Austen late in life, and her love of writing even later. The 1995 miniseries of Pride and Prejudice made her take notice and want to read the actual book. Many years later, she discovered the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction. After reading a slew of wildly inventive stories featuring Jane Austen’s most beloved characters, she was inspired to write one of her own. Now, writing is a favorite pastime. When not pondering a plot point or a turn of phrase, she spends her free time playing the piano, singing, and walking.
Kelly Miller resides in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter, and their many pets.


Author Website:

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Best of August





Happy September! 


Here are our favorites for August. 


Best Movie of the Month:

My  pick..........Long Shot (2019)

Image result for the long shot

"Best movie def goes to Long shot. It was funny" 


Next is Carole's pick.........Murder Mystery (2019)

Murder Mystery Poster

"Had a couple this month, but I'll pick this one. SOOOO funny and I loved the mystery."

Best Book of the Month:

First is Carole's pick..........Beneath the Crimson Cloak by Jill Ramsower

Beneath the Crimson Cloak (The Fae Games, #4.5)


"No amazing ones. But I did have this short story. It deserves the win this month. SO good."

Now, my pick............Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)

"Best book this month. All hands down Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop."

Best Cover of the Month:

My pick is to the left and Carole's to the right

Say No to the Duke (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, #4) Beneath the Crimson Cloak (The Fae Games, #4.5)





Monday, 2 September 2019

Carole's Monday: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)
Author: Paullina Simons
Narrator: James Langton
Title: The Bronze Horseman
(The Bronze Horseman #1)
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: Audiobook
Published: July 17th 2000
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)


The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.


Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander's impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.



I picked this up because it sounded like a good tragic romance and it fits one of the reading challenges. 



The story follows Tatiana and Alexander in Soviet Russia. Tatiana meets Alexander who is a young officer in the Red Army. They are drawn together, but he is dating Dasha who is Tatiana's sister and he has secrets. War is coming and things are changing. 



I knew this was going to be long. Heck 20 something hours of audio and like 900 pages. I was prepared for that but I wasn't prepared for how long everything took. Yes, I loved following the two fall in love slowly...but it took forever. Everything took forever. It dragged on and on but I was invested in the characters and dealt with it. But oh.my.god stop describing ice cream. I wish I had read this instead of listening so I could skim some parts easier. 


Poor Tatiana. Everyone sucks. Her parents are jerks and dumb. Her sister is rude. Her friend was a jerk. Alexander loves her and all, but he is dumb too. Gah, I wanted to shake Alexander. WHY ARE YOU SO DUMB????? He obviously loves Tatiana but he keeps on dating Dasha....okay. Idiot boy. *grumbles* I just want Tatiana to be happy darnit!


This was really sad in a lot of spots even though Alexander is a dummy, he really loves her and it melted my cold heart. Oooo that ending. My poor heart! I know there are two more books, but still. 


Oooo I love the narrator. He did well here like normal. But even he couldn't fix how slow this was. Sad. 


Now....do I want to read/listen to the next one? I don't know. Maybe someday. 


In the end, I kept going because I was invested in the characters and I wanted to know what was going to happen. My only and biggest issue was not because it was long, but because it dragged on and took forever for things to happen. AND there are two more books after this. I'm undecided. We shall see. I'm going to stamp this with 2 stars. Just too slow for me. 





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