Superquick post

July has been a bit crazy involved for me. Lots of family stuff and study stuff has kept me occupied and away from the interwebs. I have been able to occasionally mini-blog over on Twitter but even my engagement there is minimal.

I always knew that there would come a time in my thesis that I would go on hiatus with my blog. I feel that time is coming nearer but I don’t want to stop altogether. I have decided that I need to curb my propensity for 2K+ posts and just bring over to my blog some of my meanderings from both Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads (but rarely ever Facebook). I will also continue with my Bingo cards. Even though there are only a handful of people playing, I love creating the cards (so much fun!) and I adore that handful of people. They all blow me away. I always thought I was a big reader but they are all such avid readers I remain in awe of all of them.

So here goes with a super quick review:

Required to Wear the Tycoon's RingRequired to Wear the Tycoon’s Ring

Maggie Cox

Seth Broden needs this last deal to achieve the success he’s always desired—but to close it, he must make the one acquisition he’s never wanted: a wife! A chance meeting with pretty but penniless Imogen Hayes gives Seth the chance to propose a mutually beneficial arrangement… 

Jilted bride Imogen vowed to save herself for her wedding night—but she never expected to be walking down the aisle to Seth! With the brooding tycoon waiting for her at the altar, will Imogen succumb to his charm and be his wife in more than name only?

I read this completely based on the cover art. What a beautiful cover! I just love looking at it. The book was OK. There was lost love luggage for both the hero and the heroine and the story plodded along. I neither felt it annoyed me but it was certainly not a page turner.  But then, the hero Seth needed to wine and dine penniless Imogen!Cinderella at a posh restaurant. So Seth says “A dress! I’ll buy you one!” and when Imogen offers to tell him her size he refuses for her to tell him because he is WonderMAN! and so he  whipped out his mild superpower of knowing what dress size Imogen!Cinderella wears so he could fill her wardrobe with super expensive designer clothes. Of course,  I know that this is not uncommon in romance gazillionaire fiction to have this special skill. But then I reached an impasse… Seth!Prince Charming asked her for her shoe size and I just had to DNF this book.

I’m sorry but if a hero is to possess super sizing powers it cannot amount to half-magic.

 

I borrowed a copy of this book from a public library in New South Wales.

 

 

ShallowreaderBingo! July

The July card is here!

My Bingo game has been going for 6 months and I want to add a new category. I have been giving a shout out to the fastest bingo caller. Several people who would like to play have said that the game is too fast/too many boxes for them so I’m going to now give a second prize!

A shout out to the best match up between a bingo square and your chosen material. It doesn’t matter if you have read 25 items or only 1 item, I will choose my favourite entry depending on how amusing I find it. It is a very objective measure, scientifically proven.

Meanwhile, as her prize for winning, two of the boxes have been contributed to July by BookThingo who won last month’s game. Can anyone guess which ones are hers?

Remember that any reading goes – novels, letters, lyrics, news, captions, blogs – the lot!

Join in and play!

Row 1: XXL; It’s Complicated; July; Insta-WHAT!; Quaint Row 2: Tyranny of Distance; Ghost Town; Lick; Pyrrhic Victory; Fifty-Fifty Row 3: Crushed it!; They; True Love’s Kiss; And the Fandom Rejoiced; Ice Castles Row 4: Pulling out!; Wicked; Summer Lovin’; π (maths notation pi); Happy Dance Row 5: Betty; Going Solo; Delicate; Sausage Sizzle; 18

 

Lynne Graham and the disappearing case of an As-If-O-Metre

I love a good As-If novel. For the most part, this is one of the most excellent aspects of reading category romance fiction. Plot lines are so absurd that they test a reader’s suspension of disbelief. Done badly, the reader rejects the story with disdain. But when As-If is done well, despite all the impossible, ridiculous plot bunnies you become lost in the emotional wellbeing of the two characters that you are reading about. So to test my As-If-O-Metre, I read Lynne Graham’s 99th novel The Sicilian’s Stolen Son.

Lynne Graham's The Sicilian's Stolen SonThe only link Jemima Barber has to her troubled late twin sister is her nephew. So when the boy’s father storms into their lives to reclaim the child that was stolen from him, Jemima lets the forbidding Sicilian believe she is her smooth seductress of a sister. Though his son’s mother might be gentler than Luciano Vitale remembers, he’s resolved to make her pay in the most pleasurable way imaginable. But when he discovers she’s a virgin, her secret is out! Now Luciano has a new proposal: Jemima can atone for her sister’s sins–by becoming his wife!

 

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Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm and my TBR: Favourite Trope

It is time for SuperWendy’s TBR challenge again and this month the theme is Your Favourite Trope. Let it be known that there are lots and lots of spoilery spoilers ahead so look away if you one day plan to read Flowers from the Storm.  You have been duly warned….

Flowers from the Storm by Laura KinsaleFlowers from the Storm

by Laura Kinsale

narrated by the sublime Nicholas Boulton.

He’s a duke. He’s a mathematical genius. He can’t talk and he’s locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she’s swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

 

I really love Secret Baby Tropes and though I would not list it as Numero Uno trope (which is Friends to Lovers) it is however the trope for which I have read a TBR book for this month.

I’m reallllly late to the Flowers from the Storm party. I have known about this novel since forever – how could I not with Kat Mayo as one of my borrowers. But I dragged my feet. I have read Kinsale’s The Prince of Midnight and (shameless name dropping here) had a rather interesting twittversation with Kinsale about its ending back in the early twitter days of yore.   Continue reading

Sara Craven oddity

Occasionally, I will read a book that perplexes me. This time it is Sara Craven’s Seduction Never Lies because I am here to tell you that titles do lie because there was nary a hint of seduction in this weird-ass, out of place in Craven’s oeuvre, veddy-veddy English book. But first, to the blurb!


Sara Craven's Seduction Never Lies

Seduction Never Lies

by Sara Craven

Red-faced, red-handed!

Octavia Denison has always known exactly what she wants – that is, until she’s caught in a compromising position by brooding former rock star Jago Marsh. Tavi is mortified, and judging by the gleam in his golden eyes, he’s seen everything – and liked it!

Used to getting what he wants, millionaire Jago is determined to uncover the identity of the mysterious, flame-haired temptress that trespassed on his property…and to satisfy the craving she’s awakened in him. But seducing Tavi proves harder than expected, especially when she’s set on putting as much distance between them as possible! It’s time to up the ante….

So Octavia/Tavy/Tavi (blurb copywriter mistake!) our virginal heroine rides a bicycle around her village, helps out her widowed vicar/reverend/clergy/priest dad (sorry – as I am not CofE I am not sure what the correct term is), she’s a dogsbody at the local school run by Mrs Wilding, a mean-spirited head teacher and Tavy is going out with her son, Patrick Wilding but it is a big hush-hush secret because Patrick is too scared to tell mummy he is dating her. Continue reading