Tuesday, 31 August 2021

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.




8/31/2021 What books are you looking forward to reading in Fall 2021? (September-November)




Oh, I have no idea! I never know when books come out, but wait, Seanan McGuire is Always in Sep!

I am sure there are other books too, but eeeek, Toby! But I am sure I have to wait a year for pb so booo












9/7/2021 Libraries... do you use yours?

9/14/2021 When does it become too late to comment on a blog post?

9/21/2021 Have you ever bought a book just because you fell in love with the cover? And did such book live up to it?

9/28/2021 Do you read 1 book at a time? or multiple? 


Monday, 30 August 2021

Movie Discussion: Kissing Booth 3

 




This month we decided to discuss 'The Kissing Booth 3' (2021).

I am in red and Carole  in blue.




Title:  The Kissing Booth 3

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Released: Aug 2021
Rating: 
TV-14
Length: 1h 52min



TRAILER:




DISCUSSION:



**BE WARNED - THERE ARE SPOILERS! WE COULDN'T HELP OURSELVES HERE hehe**


Movie 3!!! I never thought we’d get this far ;) 



KB getting a third, then damn it the princess movie can get a 4th, what was it called? I have the flu, my brain is dead



Isn’t this based off a book? So maybe they had a contract that they had to do ALL the books? Oooooo and the Xmas Prince or something another. I love those.



Yes xmas prince! Mooore. And oh, did I know, or did I forget. Checking them now. At least book 2 seem to follow the story, now what about 3. Oh book 3 hasn’t even got a blurb?!



That’s weird...maybe it hasn’t come out yet??? Now that would be strange indeed if the movie came out before the book lol. 



The only thing I find that is is the script, ok that makes sense. Anyway, least fav of the 3. The guys were so needy and aholes



Looks like book 3 was JUST released on the 26th………….huh. Weird……...and YES all the guys sucked. Even Lee,her bestie. What babies! Let the girl live her life. 



Like yes, Lee was such a baby! Omg, she is doing her best and you are all up in her face. SHEESH, spend some time with your girlfriend instead! And she was being too nice, trying to be nice to them, go where you want to go, if they are being such dicks about it then you do not need them. This one just made me sad, friends should respect each other and not be all boohoo, go to my college.



RIGHT! Like I can understand WHY Lee was worried that their friendship would fall apart. I can get WHY Noah, the BF, would wanna be selfish and have her with him. BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT they were such asshats. Isn’t there a number that Lee should be happy for her successes? Shouldn’t Noah want her to be happy and TRUST her? SIGHS. I’m so happy Lee’s GF and Elle did what they wanted in the end and went to school and everyone broke up temporarily. They were all too immature and needed to find themselves. I cheered. Is that wrong of me to cheer? LOL



I guess someone would say, but they are kids! Ehh, I did NOT get that pissy cos no one came to uni with me. Sure you can be sad, but this?! And Noah, tsk, I was mad at him in movie 2 I think, and they are not right for each other. And if I was Lee’s GF I would break up too cos obvi he never spent time with her ;)



Agreed. I have been pissed at Noah since movie 1. Sure he can be a good BF, but I feel like Elle ALWAYS has to tip-toe around his feelings. I like Chloe a lot (Noah’s gal pal), but I still wonder if he kinda like-likes her. And poor Lee’s GF….I woulda dumped Lee a long time ago even though I think Lee is super cute. Way cuter than Noah ;) OOOH and none of my friends went to the same college as me. Some went out of state or hours away. Grow up kids. 



I liked the summer house, the list, but yes it felt like there was too much unnecessary drama, and you can’t blame it on them being teens. They are just assholes. Also the ending, yeah not a fan of that. It felt like these movies were for nothing. The ending just felt sad



Shame on the parents for letting 4 teenagers (granted Noah is like 19-20 now) just stay at that house all summer….alone….2 couples….weird. When I was 20 I had to BEG to let my BF spend the night while my parents were home. Sighs. And yesssss there was a lot of unnecessary drama. The ending did feel sad. It made me wonder what the point was. :/



Ha, yes I thought about that too, it’s like no one cared! They just threw lots of parties and everyone was all lalala.

Yup, what was the meaning. I guess we should believe that maybe they fall again? But I did not feel that. I wish it had ended before, no instead of romantic movies it felt a bit depressing. And like she had met  no one else? You can meet other people. That would have made me happy. She with someone deserving, and he with someone. Like oh there you are, we were happy, now we are happy again :)



I kinda wanted Elle and Chloe to end up together. Hehe. F off Noah! ;) But I think they do or will end up together based on them riding their motorcycles together. Maybe the whole point was that they needed to grow up and maybe JUST maybe be mature enough for each other and blahblah. 



Omg yes, that look when she left and what she said. They totally should be together. And yes I assumed so too, or it was a flashback, i just do not want them together anymore. Lost love can suck it, all they did was fight.



Chloe was the only logical one and had to remind Noah of stuff. SMH. I want Chloe to find love with Elle or someone. She was a doll. Lee and Noah are big babies and deserve to be alone for a hot min. I even liked Lee’s GF (what is her name? I keep forgetting). She deserved someone that wasn’t a child. Maybe I woulda felt better if we could’ve seen Noah and Lee be adult MEN...not babies. 



I can’t remember either, maybe cos she was never there, no one spent time with her. And yes I really liked Chloe in this one, though her whole arc felt weird, only there for drama, as with Elle’s old fling. They missed out when Chloe and Elle didn’t show up at the end, damn, you nailed it. 

Ugh, stupid male babies.



Yesss. Stupid male babies. Mmmm. I just felt tired at the end. I wish I could’ve liked this more, but it really bummed me out about how childish those men were and how Elle and that other GF just tried to cater to them. Glad they woke up and got all “I AM WOMAN I SHALL DO WHAT I WANT.” Maybe that is the point? You have to make yourself happy first before you can be content in a relationship? 



Make yourself happy first, and do what you want. But does it have to be so depressing.



Agreed. I was so sad for Elle. I would’ve pushed Noah off that Hollywood sign LOLLLLL. It was depressing and so SO SO SO SO drama-filled...to the point I was wondering if they even slept or would that hurt someone’s feelings “OH DARE YOU SLEEP!” 



On top of that we had to have some oh no my dad found someone else drama. Elle did not need more drama in her life, though that drama at least felt real.



OOOO. Yes. I get that drama. Those hurt feelings. Poor thing. 



I could have done without this last one. It was still fun to watch, but….sad



Agreed. They could’ve skipped over this and done a quick summary at the end of movie 2...and have them remeet 6 years later or whatever. This just seemed like an odd filler of the inevitable. Sad. But there was some fun stuff that had me dead of laughter. IE the Mario race ;) *cough* which Noah had to ruin bc jelly *cough*



Noah! Manbaby!

Ok so I looked again and this seems to have been a novella after book 2, maybe they filled it out with all this drama. Who knows. But I wish they had not



Eeee that would make sense. Sighs. Dang Netflix!!! But yaaaa - I enjoyed it overall and it was fun, but it was too extra and that’s me saying that and I’m usually about that drama and cheese life. 



I love all that cheese! Speaking of cheese, did you see what I RT you on twitter? Xmas movie?



MMmmmm I don’t remember. I’ll have to jump on twitter!! *looks* I don’t see it!



Arghhhh, ok it was Brooke Shield goes to Scotland to buy a castle? Grumpy Scot(Cary Elwes) is all no, and they fall in love! Also Princess Switch 3



Found it! I’m not good at the twittering I guess ;) Awwwww!!!!!!!! Let’s watch it! I can’t wait for NOV!



Nov planned! Now we just need September something first ;)



Hehehehe. We’ll find something. Maybe we’ll do a book? We haven’t done a book in a hot min. 



We need to find something interesting!

The end?



We shall find something interesting! Yess, the end! I gotta get back to work. SIGHS 1.5 hours left of my day. Feel better!



SO is hoving, after midnight. Gnight!



Night night!




Friday, 27 August 2021

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

 

Format: 278 pages, Paperback


Published: April 2, 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks


Historical fiction /Fiction


Own





It takes place in the early 1930s and 2011. Vivian becomes an orphan and is sent on an orphan train. Just shipped off to anyone who says yes. Horrible, as she goes from bad to worse. Before she finally finds a home.




In 2011 Molly meets Vivian. Molly is another orphan who gets community service and is sent to help Vivian sort through her attic. And soon Molly sees that they are not that different.




I liked Vivian's story. It was sad and I kept hoping she would find a home. Molly was harder to like because she had edges. From being sent from family to family, just like Vivian in fact.




Interesting book and it shows friendship can grow anywhere.





Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.




Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.




The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life - answers that will ultimately free them both.




Thursday, 26 August 2021

Audio: Bombshell by Sarah MacLean

Series: A Hell's Belles Novel, 1


Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells


Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins


Release date: 08-24-21


Publisher: HarperAudio


Historical romance


To review





The narrator was great, I have listened to her before and she works so well with historical romance. Great with different voices and emotions.




But, something was not clicking with the story itself. I did not really like Sesily. She was a bit too much, and even though I was told she cared so much about everyone, well the way she acted I did not feel it. I also felt is SO weird that the ton called her Sexily, it brought me out of the time




Caleb was nice, but I felt that was all I knew, he was nice.




Sesily's gang, yes I did not understand that. I felt like I had missed like 5 previous books about how it all started and such, have I? Or? I felt thrown into something I had no idea about, and she was so callous about it all, like if I am in danger I will just kill someone..wait what?




So yes sadly I didn't really connect to anyone. The only people I felt were intriguing was a haughty Duke and a wallflower. I'd read about those two







After years of living as London’s brightest scandal, Lady Sesily Talbot has embraced the reputation and the freedom that comes with the title. No one looks twice when she lures a gentleman into the dark gardens beyond a Mayfair ballroom…and no one realizes those trysts are not what they seem. No one, that is, but Caleb Calhoun, who has spent years trying not to notice his best friend’s beautiful, brash, brilliant sister. If you ask him, he’s been a saint about it, considering the way she looks at him…and the way she talks to him…and the way she’d felt in his arms during their one ill-advised kiss.




Except someone has to keep Sesily from tumbling into trouble during her dangerous late-night escapades, and maybe close proximity is exactly what Caleb needs to get this infuriating, outrageous woman out of his system. But now Caleb is the one in trouble, because he’s fast realizing that Sesily isn’t for forgetting…she’s forever. And forever isn’t something he can risk.


Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Audio: The Scoundrel's Daughter by Anne Gracie

Book 1 in the Brides of Bellaire Gardens series


Narrated by Christine Rendel


Publication date Aug 24, 2021


Running time 14 hrs 28 min


Historical romance


To review




I liked the narrator. She got the different voices well, men and female, young and old. And we do have 4 main characters to keep track of.




Alice had a bastard of a husband, and now she is free. And now way she will marry again. Poor Alice, she never knew any kind of love or kindness for him. Then she gets blackmailed, and must help a young woman find a lord to marry.




Ok, was it good blackmail? Yes, it was. The ton is a cruel place. And it was not Alice's fault. But than damn husband of hers.




Lucy is the daughter of the man blackmailing Alice. And sure, she is cranky and mad, cos hey, marry a Lord? No, they are asshats. And together with Alice she is a great team!




Yes, we do have the men too. James is a sweetie who will make Alice see that love is amazing. And Gerald and Lucy will butt heads until they fall in love.




A sweet story, with more than one happy ending







Alice, Lady Charlton, is finally free of her dominating husband, but on the verge of her new life, she is trapped when a blackmailer threatens to publish letters that could ruin her. To protect the secrets of her past Alice must find a lord for his daughter, Lucy, to marry.




Alice reluctantly agrees to find the girl a noble husband but when Lucy arrives, she's difficult and uncooperative and has no interest in her father's scheme. A lord, she says, will only look down his nose at her—and she's having none of that!




Desperate to retrieve the letters, Alice enlists the aid of her handsome young nephew, Gerald, who in turn seeks the help of his former commanding officer, James, Lord Tarrant. James is soon beguiled by the marriage-averse widow and sets out to change her mind. And each time they meet, Gerald and Lucy strike sparks off each other.




To find happiness, Alice and Lucy will have to be brave and trust in each other and the men who are attempting to win their hearts.



Tuesday, 24 August 2021

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.




8/24/2021 Do you have any pets? Tell us about them (past or present)




This is Lucifer, he turned 8 this year. He can be an angel, and he can be a real devil. He is polydactyl, and maybe that helped him to start opening doors at 3 months.




I was worried when we moved cos he is an outdoor cat, we tried our best at having him inside, but those darn doors! But he has adapted well and he loves to talk walks in the woods with us.




I have had many cats, Ture and Bamse were the first ones when I was little. Ture was the kindest cat in the world, I used to have him as a pony for my barbie dolls. Poor cat.



Rammi was my second cat, so sweet.  When I had pneumonia she refused to leave my side for weeks. I still miss her.




This is Rhodri, I was quite the cat stealer in my days and I lured him away from my grandparents and he moved in with us, together with his brother Verdi. Aww, just looking at this photo makes me sad, it was like a week before he passed away. I had moved away by then, and was not there.




This is the last cat my parents had, Morrigan. Obvi I named her ;) I was home for the summer and found that a cat had a kitten near my parents. First it was under a rock, then we lured her out to a little old bike shed.



Into the story comes Torah, I only found this photo :/ He came to my parents around the time we got rhodri and Verdi, but he tended to go back to my grandparents (they had a farm). He was so sweet and looked like my first cat, Ture. He stayed with the momma and kitten. Like they were a family! Then it got colder and we took the kitten inside. The mother refused to come, but it's like she knew. Torah and baby Morrigan used to sleep together on the sofa.



But no the cats from my past are all gone. I still miss them.



We did have rabbits too, Maximus! And this white devil that we got from my grandparents so our rabbit could have company. That rabbit lived for AGES (and she was already really old when we got her), Maximus did not, he was dwarf rabbit. 


And no other pets




8/31/2021 What books are you looking forward to reading in Fall 2021? (September-November)


Monday, 23 August 2021

Carole's Monday: Project Duchess




Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Title: Project Duchess
(Duke Dynasty #1)
Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery
Format: ebook
Published: June 25th 2019
Where I Got It: My shelf - Amazon

Summary: 
A series of stepfathers and a difficult childhood have left Fletcher “Grey” Pryde, 5th Duke of Greycourt, with a guarded heart, enviable wealth, and the undeserved reputation of a rogue. Grey’s focus on expanding his dukedom allows him little time to find a wife. But when his mother is widowed yet again and he meets the charmingly unconventional woman managing his stepfather’s funeral, he’s shocked to discover how much they have in common. Still, Grey isn’t interested in love, no matter how pretty, or delightfully outspoken, the lady . . .
 
Beatrice Wolfe gave up on romance long ago, and the arrogant Duke of Greycourt with his rakish reputation isn’t exactly changing her mind. Then Grey agrees to assist his grief-stricken mother with her latest “project”: schooling spirited, unfashionable Beatrice for her debut. Now that Beatrice is seeing through Grey’s charms to his wounded heart, she’s having trouble keeping him at arm’s length. But once Grey starts digging into her family’s secrets, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her family . . . or with the man whose lessons capture her heart . . .   

Review:
This cover caught my eye and I had a few bucks left on my gift card from Xmas so I decided to grab this and a couple of other cheap ones on Amazon. Plus B had read this last year and I was curious about this myself. 

After a series of stepfathers and a tough childhood, Grey is guarded. Sure he has enviable wealth since he became a Duke....but he has gained an undeserved reputation of a rogue. He decides to focus on expanding his dukedom and business ventures so he has little time to find a wife, but when his mother becomes widowed again, he meets a charmingly unconventional woman managing his stepfather's funeral. He's shocked to discover how well they get along, but he wants to keep his heart guarded. Beatrice Wolfe gave up on the idea of romance long ago, but she knows she may have to make a match. Grey agrees to assist his grief-stricken mother with her latest "project" to school Beatrice before her debut. Both have secrets and a terrible childhood and guarded hearts. 

I loved, loved, loveeeeeeeeeeed the sound of this! Grey is a guarded man and Beatrice is guarded too, but she knows she has to make a match but she will need to be trained for her debut. Duh they fall for each other, but how fun!

Except........I struggled quite a bit with this at the beginning. Not sure why. I enjoyed the banter between these two.....but it took too long for anything to happen. There is some lust. Some secrets. Some mistrust. Some mystery. It all sounded fun, but I was bored. Simply and utterly bored the first half of this. Why? I'm not sure 

Things DID get better for me after the first half. The last half had me glued. I was curious how they were going to get past their childhood traumas (especially poor Beatrice *shudders*). Lots of feelings to get through and Grey was an arse hat for a hot min there at the end. I was annoyed that Beatrice seemed to forgive him SO easily, but I can see his point...kinda.

I AM curious about this mystery. There seems to be more at play here, so I am curious about book 2. Someday...maybe...if I can find a free copy ;) 

Overall, the first half had me yawning from boredom, but the second half was fantastic! I couldn't put it down. These two really needed each other and I cheered when they finally got together. The banter was fun, but my goodness did I want to quit at the beginning. I'm glad I stuck it out though. In the end, I'll give this 3 stars. 






Friday, 20 August 2021

Wilde like me by Louise Pentland


Series: Robin Wilde (#1)


385 pages, Hardcover


Published: June 28, 2017 by Bonnier Zaffre


Chic lit


Library





Kind of chic.lit-ish. I enjoyed that. It was so easy and light to read (with some depth too), and at the end I was satisfied. I did later see that there are 2 more books, but I am happy here. If the library had more I would totally read more though.




Robin is a single mum. She feels she has no time at all. Hey, I hear you Robin. She thinks all the yummy mummies at school are more put together than her.




So we see her with her kid. At school trying to navigate all those moms. Trying to get more work (freelance). And getting out there again and meeting someone.




Light, easy, some romance (but this is not a romance), and starting to enjoy life again





Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make up artist's assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back.




But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things just feel ... grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew. Online dating is totally despair-inducing, and she worries every day about raising her little girl with self-confidence, courage and joy.




What Robin longs for is someone (over the age of six) to share with - someone who's always on her team. After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it's time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life.




Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin's way ... Perhaps a man, perhaps the chance of a lifetime ...




What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?


Thursday, 19 August 2021

One of us is next by Karen M.McManus


Series: One of Us Is Lying (#2)


375 pages, Paperback


Published: January 7, 2020 by Penguin


YA Fiction mystery


Library






I did not feel this one was as strong as the first. I felt too adult this time around. Like omg, last time someone killed himself and then framed people for his murder. So when it starts again 1 year later then maybe talk to the cops, or teachers, or parents. Instead some are all fun! And some are all, not playing! Well, someone dies and I blame everyone in this HS. Stupid kids.




Ok, so missed the character change even though their name is on top. The characters were not as strong as in book 1. Maeve who went all detective should have been as cool.

How did this person find all secrets in the end?




Eh, not much to say, I know I am all negative, but it was still good, fast and easy. Just, stupid teens. Everyone deserve to be in jail





It is a year after the action of One of Us Is Lying, and someone has started playing a game of Truth or Dare.




But this is no ordinary Truth or Dare. This game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even deadly.




The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it's too late . . .


Wednesday, 18 August 2021

The Zig Zag girl by Elly Griffiths

 


Series: Stephens & Mephisto (#1)


Format: 328 pages, Hardcover


Published: November 6, 2014 by Quercus


Mystery Historical


Library






It was good, but hey no Ruth Galloway series! I do love that series. But this one was different, it takes place in 1950. The detective is a man, and I do like her female Povs, but nothing of that here. So yes, different.




Edgar is a detective who was part of a special unit during the war. And now that come back to haunt him.




Magic, people dying, trying to figure who and why. Seems to be a lot more books in the series too, and being a romantic I hope Edgar finds someone ;)




It was good, but Ruth wins heads down, and her Kaur series is better too. But I need to read everything I can find







Brighton, 1950.


When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl.




The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar’s. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men.




Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers and dancing girls. Changing times mean that variety is not what it once was, yet Max is reluctant to leave this world to help Edgar investigate. But when the dead girl turns out to be known to him, Max changes his mind.




Another death, another magic trick: Edgar and Max become convinced that the answer to the murders lies in their army days. When Edgar receives a letter warning of another ‘trick’, the Wolf Trap, he knows that they are all in danger…




Tuesday, 17 August 2021

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.





8/17/2021 Do you ever buy physical copies of your NetGalley/Edelweiss approvals?





First, how does one even get approved for Edelweiss?! And they are SO confusing.




Haha, Netgalley, When they stopped approving us overseas I stopped requesting. I am sure one can get something, but I wanted the good ones!




And to the point, obvi if it is an amazing book. Cos else I would be broke.





8/24/2021 Do you have any pets? Tell us about them (past or present)


8/31/2021 What books are you looking forward to reading in Fall 2021? (September-November)


Monday, 16 August 2021

Carole's Monday. A Scot Mess




Author: Caroline Lee 
Title: A Scot Mess
(The Hots for Scots #1)
Genre: Historical Romance, Novella
Format: ebook
Published: April 9th 2020
Where I Got It: My shelf - Amazon

Summary: 
Laird Oliphant's sons have to get married. Without an heir, he's gathered his sons—his six illegitimate sons, all born in the same year—and declared whoever presents him with a grandson first will become the next Highland laird.

Reactions are...mixed.

But to Finn Oliphant, this is exactly the news he's been waiting for. He's already chosen his wifely candidate: his love, the vivacious and intelligent Fiona MacIan. And since she loves him in return, this whole "marriage ultimatum" thing should be easy-peasy. He'll invite her to the Oliphant keep to sign all the betrothal contracts, and Bam! Done! They can get on with the babies!

Except...

It's not that Fiona is getting cold feet, exactly. She's fairly certain she loves Finn. Mostly. Well, verra likely, at least. But she's never been the most self-confident of women, especially compared to her sister. Her identical twin sister, whom Finn mistakes for her upon arrival, which is super-awkward all around.

The idea of marrying Finn makes her warm and giddy—hopefully that's just lust, not the ague—but how can she be certain he wants her? It's hard enough to be certain of anything on Oliphant land, what with mad Aunt Agatha spreading rumors, five potential brothers-in-law offering terrible advice, and a mysterious ghostly drummer keeping them awake at all hours.

And mayhap Finn should've mentioned his identical twin brother, too? That would have saved everyone a lot of headache...and heartbreak.

Finn and Fiona have plenty to learn about themselves and one another before they can be certain this marriage is a good idea. But unfortunately, they're running out of time

Review:
Seen this for really cheap so I picked it up and I've enjoyed a different series (so far) by this author. Plus....Highlanders and whatnot ;)

Laird Oliphant's sons have to get married. Without an heir, he's gathered his only sons—his six illegitimate sons, all born in the same year—and declared whoever presents him with a grandson first will become the next Highland laird. The reactions are mixed. Finn is excited. He has the perfect candidate for a bride but he accidently mistakes her for her identical twin and maybe should've mentioned he too has a twin brother. Lots of confusion, headache, and potential heartbreak. 

This did get a few chuckles out of me. Esp the scenes with Finn and his brothers. They were a hoot. I was also hoping for errors and twin mistakes though. 

I wish there had more....conflict? It felt very...short? Yes, yes, I know this is a novella, but I felt like this was a rough outline. I think there was a potential but it needed more. Not a crazy amount more...just a hair more. 

Honestly, I feel like Finn needed to fight more for her. Fiona, also, needed to make him earn her more. It was all insta-love but I didn't buy it. A hair too short for me to really connect with these two. I seen the lust, but I didn't buy the love between them.

Overall, I did enjoy this. It was quick and it had me chuckle a few times. I do wish it had more. Maybe some more scenes between them. I didn't buy their love. Lust...yes....love? Nope. It needed more, but it was still entertaining overall. I wouldn't mind reading book 2, but only if I find it at the library or free. But yes, I'll give this 2. I wanted more overall.










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Friday, 13 August 2021

Audio: Devil in disguise by Lisa Kleypas

Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells


Series: The Ravenels, Book 7


Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins


Release date: 07-27-21


Publisher: HarperAudio


Historical romance


To review





I have been listening through all the Wallflower books, and now we have a Wallflowers meet the Ravenel book ( I still need to read all those Ravenel ones, not finished yet.)




Merrit is a young widow, taking care of her husband's shipping business. Her father is the Earl of Westcliff, and aye, it was just yesterday she was born, I do remember so clearly.




Keir is a whisky brewer, very gruff and so Scottish. I liked him at once. They have business together and meet. Sparks fly.




It is lust at once. But she is trying to be respectable so she can do her own thing, and he is not worthy a high born lady. I get it, lust, and it leads to love. Sure it was fast, but it worked.




Then there is the mystery aspect. Is someone trying to kill him?! And why?! Intrigues.




I enjoyed it.




Great narrator. I certainly enjoyed her Scottish brogue. She was great with different characters and made the book great.





Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible. From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed. So far, neither of those is going well.




Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals his secret connection to one of England’s most powerful families. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt.




Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves... even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.


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