Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I Reading?

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It has finally found a permanent  home at Mailbox Monday with the following new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree
Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit
Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach

I received the following in the past two weeks:

The Darkest Hour by Tony Schumacher

London, 1946. The Nazis have conquered the British, and now occupy Great Britain, using brutality and fear to control its citizens. John Henry Rossett, a decorated British war hero and former police sergeant, has been reassigned to a job he did not ask for—and cannot refuse: rounding up Jews for deportation, including men and women he’s known his whole life. But they are not the only victims, for the war took Rossett’s wife and son, and shattered his own humanity.

Then he finds Jacob, a young Jewish child, hiding in an abandoned building, who touches something in Rossett that he thought was long dead.

Determined to save the innocent boy, Rossett takes him on the run, with the Nazis in pursuit. But they are not the only hunters following his trail. The Royalist Resistance and the Communists want him, too. Each faction has its own agenda, and Rossett will soon learn that none of them can be trusted . . . and all of them are deadly. 

The Objects of Her Affection by Sonya Cobb: 
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Sophie Porter is the last person in the world you’d expect to organize an art heist—and that’s exactly why she’s so good at it.  When Sophie bought a house with her husband, a curator for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she thought it would provide security for her family. Instead, after the housing market collapse, they’re in danger of losing it all. So when she accidentally walks out of the museum’s disorganized storage area with a stunning antique, Sophie realizes she’s found a way out of their crushing debt. As she comes close to destroying the life she’s working so hard to build, Sophie knows she should abandon her part-time crime. Unfortunately, it may be too late.

The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan

It is the twilight of innocence: America 1914. As Europe goes to war, Helen, a Boston bluestocking, begins her studies at Harvard-Radcliffe. Riley, a carefree British playboy more interested in chasing women than studying, sets his sights on her. He is surprised to find his adversary in love is not Helen’s protective brother, but Riley’s own cousin, Wils Brandl. As the roar of war begins to penetrate the quiet walls of Harvard, Wils, a brooding poet and German noble, must return to Europe and face a war for which he is not prepared. Set in Boston and Flanders Fields, THE END OF INNOCENCE explores love, war, and a new social imagination.

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Hosted by Sheila @ One Person's Journey Through a World of BooksWe discuss the books that we've read and what we're planning to read for the week.

In the past 10 days, my brother was visiting us with his family. It was hectic time, what with family reunions and outings. I did not do serious reading. I read silly romances and I enjoyed those. 

I finished reading the following since the beginning of August:

146. An Insatiable Passion by Lynne Graham (Romance)
145. A Savage Betrayal by Lynne Graham (Romance)
144. The Unforgettable Husband by Michelle Reid (Romance)

143. Gold Ring of Betrayal by Michelle Reid (Romance)
142. Dark Dominion by Charlotte Lamb (Romance)
141. Expectant Bride by Lynne Graham (Romance)
140. A stormy Greek Marriage by Marriage by Lynne Graham (Romance)
139. The Mistress Wife by Lynne Graham (Romance)
138. Scoundrel's Honor by Rosemary Rogers (Romance)
137. Brazilian Fire by Karen Vander Zee (Romance)
136. A Love Untamed by Karen Vander Zee (Romance)
135. An Excellent Wife by Charlotte Lamb (Romance)
134. The Prince's Love Child by Carole Mortimer (Romance)
133. Secondhand Bride by Linda Lael Miller (Romance)
132. Shotgun Wedding by Charlotte Lamb (Romance)
131. Crescendo by Charlotte Lamb (Romance)

130. The Impossible Marriage by Lilian Peake (Romance)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Salon/The Sunday Post: After Six weeks


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I have not done a sunday post since our schools reopened after summer vacations. I read 23 novels in July and 16 till date in August. July was spent reading mostly Historical Romances and I am reading Mills & Boon/Harlequin romances in August. I needed the break from heavy reading. And Happy Endings always makes us feel good. Maybe I needed that. In 2012 and 2013, I had a massive reader's block. At leat that is not happening now and I am glad about that.

I am also not blogging much. However, I will remedy that in the next few days!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I Reading?

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It has finally found a permanent  home at Mailbox Monday with the following new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree
Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit
Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach

I did not receive ANYTHING!!

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Hosted by Sheila @ One Person's Journey Through a World of BooksWe discuss the books that we've read and what we're planning to read for the week.

I am still reading Historical Romances!! And I am not blogging much. 

I finished reading the following:

129. A Sense of Belonging by Lilian Peake (Romance)
128. Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes (Crime Fiction)
127. Stranger Passing By by Lilian Peake (Romance)
126. When Marrying a Scoundrel by Kathryn Smith (Historical Romance)
125. The Surrender of a Lady by Tiffany Clare (Historical Romance)
124. Till the End of Time by Lilian Peake (Romance)
123. Seducing the Governess by Margo Maguire (Historical Romance)
122. The Rogue Prince by Margo Maguire (Historical Romance)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I Reading?

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It has finally found a permanent  home at Mailbox Monday with the following new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree
Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit
Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach

I received the following two e-novels, thanks to the authors/publicists:

 New Orleans Requiem by D.J. Donaldson

A GAME OF MURDER — It's an unusual case for New Orleans medical examiner Andy Broussard and psychologist Kit Franklyn. The victim is found stabbed, one eyelid removed and four board-game tiles with the letters KOJE on his chest. — The second victim is also stabbed, discovered this time with only three letters. Broussard has no doubt as to the killers' intent, but the clues left behind in each case are purposely incongruous.

Broussard and Franklyn are certain of one thing: the killer has an uncanny knowledge of forensics. Also the murders are being brilliantly staged to lead the medical examiner to a disturbing conclusion -- the next two victims are to be Kit and himself.

Stranger at Sunset by Eden Baylee

Vacation can be a killer. 

Dr. Kate Hampton, a respected psychiatrist, gathers with a group of strangers at her favorite travel spot, Sunset Villa in Jamaica. Included in the mix are friends of the owners, a businessman with dubious credentials, and a couple who won the trip from a TV game show. 

It is January 2013, following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The luxury resort is struggling, not from the storm, but due to a scathing review from caustic travel writer, Matthew Kane. The owners have invited him back with hopes he will pen a more favorable review to restore their reputation. 

Even though she is haunted by her own demons, Kate feels compelled to help. She sets out to discover the motivation behind Kane’s vitriol. Used to getting what he wants, has the reviewer met his match in Kate? Or has she met hers? 

Stranger at Sunset is a slow-burning mystery/thriller as seen through the eyes of different narrators, each with their own murky sense of justice. As Kate's own psychological past begins to unravel, a mysterious stranger at Sunset may be the only one who can save her.


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Hosted by Sheila @ One Person's Journey Through a World of BooksWe discuss the books that we've read and what we're planning to read for the week.

I am still reading Historical Romances!! And I am not blogging much. 

I finished reading the following:

121. Taken by the Laird by Margo Maguire (Historical Romance)
120. Beauty and the Duke by Melody Thomas (Historical Romance)
119. Carmichael's Return by Lilian Peake
118. Wild and Wicked in Scotland by Melody Thomas (Historical Romance)
117. Angel In My Bed by Melody Thomas (Historical Romance)

I posted a review of:


  • I Adored a Lord by Katharine Ashe

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Tuesday Intro/Teaser: I Adored a Lord by Katharine Ashe

    Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a book they are reading or thinking about reading soon.


    The moonlight was a winter moon’s, aloof and chill, and her breaths clouded upon the air. But wrapped in her heavy cloak, she barely felt the cold.

    “On nights like this, Beast and I used to wander the park at Shelton Grange searching for hare. We could see everything as though it were day. Sometimes better."
    “But no longer?”
    “He left me. I suppose somewhere up there”—she gestured to the heavens—“is a snowy park in which he hunts for hare in the moonlight.”



    I Adored a Lord by Katharine Ashe


    Ravenna Caulfield is fond of animals. She loves to treat their ailments. She has no time for high society. But her employers take her to a castle where a French prince is looking for a bride. Ravenna has no interest but indulges her employers who love her like their ward.

    Now Vitor is present in the castle to babysit his half-brother, the prince. He has been a monk once upon a time. He meets Ravenna in the stable first. She mistakes him for a stable hand but he is a rich man.

    A murder is committed, Ravenna is the first one to learn about it. She along with Vitor set about finding out the murderer. A lot of secrets are unravelled. Viror and Ravenna have a good chemistry between them.

    This novel works great as a romantic suspense, historical though. I liked the mindset of both Vitor and the ever practical Ravenna. It is yet to be published. I got an e-galley free!

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Monday: Mailbox/What Am I Reading?

    Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It has finally found a permanent  home at Mailbox Monday with the following new administrators:

    Leslie of Under My Apple Tree
    Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit
    Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach

    I received the following novels, thanks to the authors/publicists:


    I also received two e-books:

    An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
    Clam Wake by Mary Daheim

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    Hosted by Sheila @ One Person's Journey Through a World of BooksWe discuss the books that we've read and what we're planning to read for the week.

    I have been not keeping well. I did not post anything on my blog. I am only reading Historical Romances. That means I don't have to think after finishing such novels. 

    I finished reading the following:

    116. Summer Moon by Jill Marie Landis. 
    115. The Seduction of His Wife by Tiffany Clare
    114. Bride for a Night by Rosemary Rogers
    113. Protector by Diana Palmer
    112. Captured by a Rogue Lord by Katharine Ashe
    111. Caprice by Laura Parker

    I am in the midst of reading:

    Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    Monday: Mailbox/What Am I Reading?

    Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It has finally found a permanent  home at Mailbox Monday with the following new administrators:

    Leslie of Under My Apple Tree
    Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit
    Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach

    I did not receive anything in my mailbox this past week. But I did download a few free e books to read on my tab. Mystery/Suspense.

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    Hosted by Sheila @ One Person's Journey Through a World of BooksWe discuss the books that we've read and what we're planning to read for the week.

    Our schools reopened after summer vacations. I was busy and I also fell under the weather. I read for comfort only...

     I finished reading the following (3):

    110. Sunset by Sandra Brown (Historical Romance)
    109. The King Of Threadneedle Street by Moriah Densley (Historical Romance)
    108. Lady Danger by Glynnis Campbell (Historical Romance)

    I posted reviews of the following:

    The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton (Crime Fiction)
    The Dead Don't Dance by John Enright (Crime Fiction)
    Secret Nights by Anita Mills (Historical Romance)
    Mine, All Mine by Ella J. Quince (Historical Romance)


    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Friday 56: Secret Nights by Anita Mills

    With an effort, Patrick walked back to the hired coach and thrust the puppy inside. Then, catching the door frame, he pulled himself up after. "You, my miserable little whelp, are a sad case indeed," he told the cowering creature. "But I think I know someone who will doubtless welcome you."

    Posted foThe Friday 56, which is hosted by Freda's Voice

    This novel is set in decadent Regency England. Elise Rand is the only child of a very wealthy merchant, Bart Rand. Patrick Hamilton is a rich and ambitious merchant. When Bart Rand is accused of murdering a prostitute, Elise goes to Patrick to defend her father. Patrick refuses to do that but agrees on one condition that she will give herself to him. Elise agrees to it.

    However, there is more to it. Elise is a reformist. She is not above helping poor girls who have been forced to sell their bodies. She goes out of her way to get medical help for them. She is not from the nobility but she can stand on her own. She believes her father to be innocent although he refuses to reveal the truth. Patrick is not convinced of Bart's innocence. Yet he agrees to fight the case. 

    In the midst of the case, we find out that many other prostitutes too have been murdered. Now who is the culprit? The novel keeps the suspense alive till the end. This novel is more like victorian suspense then a romance and that suits me fine!

    Book Beginnings: The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton

    Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.

    Her name had been out of the headlines so long that he was sure no one was searching for her when he fit the key into the lock for the last time. The door swung wide on its hinges, but he felt no need to secure it behind him. The steps groaned beneath his weight as he descended into the basement and ordered her to stand and face the wall.

    Title: The Edge of Normal
    Author: Carla Norton
    ISBN: 9781250031044
    Publisher: Minotaur Books/2013
    Pages: 308

    Reeve LeClaire seems like any other young women, leading a normal life. But she is a survivor. She had been captured by a abusive kidnapper when she was 12 years old and was only found because of a freak car accident. Even after her escape six years ago, she is still undergoing therapy. Her psychiatrist asks for her help with another young girl who has been rescued from an similar experience as Reeve. 

    Initially Reeve is reluctant but she travels to help the other girl Tilly. They bond instantly but Tilly has something to hide even now. When Tilly's kidnapper is found dead, it scares the girl even more. Reeve takes it upon herself to find out the truth. The real kidnapper too seems to know all the moves of the authorities and Reeves and always is a way ahead. 

    The novel has a good pace. We get to read the minds of the kidnapped and the kidnapper by the alternate perspectives of the both. Reeve overcomes her own misgivings and is hellbent on helping Tilly to get over her fears. The novel kept me on the edge and I was with Reeve, Tilly and another little girl who was rescued in the midst of all this. 

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Crime Fiction Pick of the Month---June 2014

    Crime Fiction Pick of the Month 2014
    The Crime Fiction Pick of the Month meme is hosted at Mysteries in Paradise. Bloggers link to a summary post for the month, and identify a crime fiction best read of the month. I know I am doing this late but better late than never!

    I read 14 novels in June. Out of which, four are Crime Fiction. 

    I read Literary Fiction, Historical Romances, Poetry etc.

    The following six are Crime Fiction novels

    The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton (Crime Fiction)
    The Dead Don't Dance by John Enright (Crime Fiction)
    Jaspar's War by Cym Lowell (Crime Fiction)
    Ill-Gotten Gains by Ilsa Evans (Suspense)


    I pick The Dead Don't Dance by John Enright as the Crime Fiction Pick for June 2014


    In the world of To'aga, tradition co-exists with tribal followings. The world of the past present comes together. And there seem to be more ghosts than people. Enright, with his lyrical writing, has made the Samoan landscape and wildlife alive for us. Some of the characters are very interesting as is Apelu. 

    It might seem slow but after a while I couldn't get enough of it. I got into the spirit of the place. This is one the best novels I have read so far. I am going to check out more of John Enright's Jungle Beat mysteries



    Click on the title for my full review.....