Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Bite-Sized History of France by Stéphane Henaut; Jeni Mitchell

A Bite-Sized History of France by Stephane HenautTold in very-readable chapters, this book delves into the history of France. I like the way that the history was divvied up into portions. It still took me a long time to read but was overall pretty enjoyable.

This book came out July 10
Four stars
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

Kill The Farm Boy by Delilah S. DawsonThe subtitle for this book is "Once. A pun. A time." I think that give fair warning that this book is not going to be a very traditional fairy tale nor is it going to be very serious.
When the book opens, we are treated to a glimpse of a fairy castle that is under a spell that has made everyone (except one troubadour) fall into a deep sleep. They are waiting for someone to rescue the princess. It is possible that it might be the farm boy, Worstley (his brother Bestley was killed for being too handsome). At least, the pixie, Staph, tells him that he is the Chosen One. But is he?
Filled with puns and plays on the most popular fairy tale tropes; this was an interesting story that dragged in a few places and got a little long in others but was overall a pretty enjoyable read.

Three and a half stars
This book comes out July 17
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Rose by Elle Casey

Rose by Elle CaseyRose Lancaster is running her animal clinic in Maine on a wing and a prayer. She doesn't have a lot (or any) funding and the only veterinarian who was willing to help her has just bowed out. Now her clinic has been robbed. It is NOT the time for a new romance. Too bad her fathers' lawyer, Greg Lister, is so dang cute.
Greg doesn't plan on falling in love with Rose, especially since he can't give her anything but bad news (at least he feels like it.) But their chemistry is just too strong (and her sisters are just too eager to put them together.
This book was not as disjointed as the previous book but still didn't flow smoothly. It felt like the ending didn't wrap up the loose ends (maybe there'll be a book for Smitty? But he wasn't portrayed well in this book).

Three stars
This book comes out today
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Blood on the Tracks Martin Edwards (Edited by)

Blood on the Tracks by Martin EdwardsThe collections put together by Mr. Edwards can sometimes be hit or miss for me. This one was more on the hit side. With a number of familiar names like Baroness Orczy, Lord Peter Wimsey, Doctor Thorndyke, this book hits the spot for a good collection of favorite reads.

This book came out July 3
Four stars
ARC kindly provided by Edelweiss

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah MorganSisters know how to keep a secret. Lauren and Jenna learned that when they were young. Even if htat secret still haunts them, they know not to let it out. It's 24 (ish) years later and they're now adults. Adults who are in the middle of crises. Jenna has the perfect husband, the perfect job but can't seem to get pregnant. Neither can turn to the mother, except when Lauren's husband dies and her whole world implodes. Lauren and her daughter, Mack, move back to the States to stay with her mother. But Nancy has problems, and secrets, of her own.
At the end of the book, Morgan mentions that this book is a departure for her. This is true and it is one I most heartily enjoyed. Her last two fast, fun, and fluffies were a little too shallow for me. This book was a welcome change. Did I love all the characters? No. And we didn't get to see enough of Lauren and Scott's new romance to feel like this was anew love not just echoes of their puppy love. But I really enjoyed this book.

Four stars
This book comes out July 10
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Risk of Rogues by Sabrina Jeffries

The Risk of Rogues by Sabrina JeffriesHouse parties are a familiar setting for romance readers. In this one, Lord Hartley Corry runs into the woman who has held his heart since they were young enough for their parents' opinion to make a difference. He immediately decides that he's going to corner her and make her love him again.
Lady Anne isn't going to immediately fold. She wants to know a) why Hartley didn't stick around when they were younger, b) why he never got in touch, and c) how he's going to support them now (her inheritance is not as large as it is rumored to be.)
This was an okay story. If it had been longer I wonder if Hartley's insistence on rekindling the romance wouldn't come off as slightly creepy as it did. And Anne's confrontation with his boss just came off as weird and out of place. Even with those detractions, I don't think regular readers will be disappointed.

Three stars
This novella comes out July 2
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen

Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell AllenWhen she can't find another way to get to the Caribbean, Doctor Isla Cooper bullies her way onto a private airship, one belonging to Daniel Pickett. She is an empath and and investigator so she isn't surprised that there are three shape shifters who are being smuggled out of England. What she is worried about is the government official who is on board, an Englishman who is determined that all shapeshifters should be taken off the face of the earth.
Isla needs to get to the Caribbean in order to find the witch who put a curse on her. Every night, Isla is forced into six hours of sleep from which she can not be awakened. If she doesn't figure out how to lift the curse within a year, it will become her permanent state of being.
I didn't read the first book but didn't feel like I needed to. It was a bit of a slow start, I almost decided not to finish the book. But it was worth wading through and the end wasn't so bad.

Three stars
This book comes out July 3
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley