August TBR Challenge

The theme for August’s TBR Challenge is Kickin’ It Old School. Heartless by Mary Balogh fits the bill since it was originally published in 1995. Luckily though, I had a recently reprinted copy.
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Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, Duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Betrayed by his elder brother, rejected by his fiancée, banished by his father, and shunned by his mother, Luke fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society.

Ten years later, fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him. Unwilling as he is to be involved with them, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved—and the succession. He faces the prospect of marrying with the greatest reluctance—until he sees beguiling Lady Anna Marlowe across a ballroom one night.

Anna, far from being the bright-eyed innocent Luke takes her for, is no more a stranger to the shadows of a painful past than he is. But for her, marriage cannot so easily solve what is wrong in her life—not when a tormentor stalks her to the very doors of Bowden Abbey, where Luke and Anna must learn to trust in each other or risk any chance they may have for a happy future.

I don’t know how to feel about Heartless. I mean, it had a good story but Anna annoyed me. Actually, Luke did too. My biggest pet peeve in romance is communication. So much angst could be avoided if couples freaking talk to each other.

So ten years ago, Luke was engaged to Henrietta…but then Henrietta claimed to have been ravished by his older brother (the heir) and was pregnant so they had to marry. Luke challenged his brother to a duel and accidentally almost killed him. He was banished by his family and he moved to Paris where he tucked all emotion away (thus the Heartless title) and became the most fashionable gentleman in Paris. He’s called back to England when his brother passed away and his younger siblings need a male figure in their lives and the estate needs better management.

Anna has come to London to present her sister. Anna herself is 25 and believes herself to be on the shelf. Indeed, there’s something in her past that makes her getting married impossible. Or so she believes. When her and Luke meet she believes she can have a few months of happiness and whimsy before return to her sad, country life. However, Luke, who didn’t want responsibility needs a wife and he really likes Anna and believes they can make a happy life together. A life without love though since he doesn’t have a heart.

But…that’s not meant to be of course. Both Luke and Anna have secrets. Anna keeps hers because she’s afraid that Luke will reject her. Luke keeps his secrets because he’s afraid of emotion. Anna finds out some of Luke’s secrets because one of them actually lives in their home (Henrietta). But Luke starts to care deeply for Anna and his secrets drive him crazy, especially when she keeps denying anything’s wrong. Can Anna be brave enough to open up to Luke? And can Luke heal from the past and learn to love?

So I really liked the characters and how their relationships developed. Luke has a younger brother and sister who hate him. LOL When he returned to England they were expecting the version of their brother they remembered, a loving, supportive brother. And Luke is not that. For Anna, she shouldered heavy burdens for her family when her mother was sick, died and then when her father passed as well. She has a few younger siblings as well and Emily was my favourite. She’ll be the heroine of the next book in this series, Silent Melody.

The main villain, someone from Anna’s past, is creepy as hell and I struggled to figure out what his deal was. And this is where my enjoyment of the book waned. Anna had so many chances to tell Luke what was happening and she chickened out every time. When she finally decides to tell him, Luke has taken it upon himself to discover the truth and to me it was too little too late. Despite that, I did like Anna and Luke together. I liked that even though he felt betrayed at one point, he spoke to Anna about it and moved on.

I like reading old Mary Balogh titles so even though I had some issues with this one, I liked the introduction of Emily’s character and I look forward to reading Silent Melody.

Heartless gets a C from me.

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Week in Review: Aug 7 to 13

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This past week I went back to work after my vacation. It wasn’t too rough but I was glad when Friday rolled around. LOL Thursday I went to a grad for my cousin and some evening entertainment. Otherwise, the week was quiet – I walked She-ra every night, watched some tv and somehow BARELY READ ANYTHING. Ugh. Two weeks into August and I’ve only read 2 books. Horrible!

BOOKS READ
rsecRoyally Screwed by Emma Chase

I hope you all had a better reading week than I did.

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Week in Review: July 31 to Aug 6

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I’m going to be honest, this last week of my vacation was an utter disappointment. We had two things planned for the long weekend and neither panned out. But what tips me over into disappointment was that I did nothing with my time this week. I didn’t paint (except a paint nite on Monday evening) and I barely read. I just wasn’t productive. The only good thing about this week was I slept in almost every day. Fun. I love sleep.

BOOK READ

kbstdsKing of Bourbon Street by Thea De Salle

CURRENTLY READING

tiafmstTrouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

I did a lot of skim re-reading this week but only 1 book? So disappointed. How was your week?

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July Recap

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She-ra in front of my Grampa’s house

July was a good month, no complaints from me. 😛 I ended the month with a week off and I relaxed. I went to the rodeo, I saw some movies, I read some books, I even went to a Paint Nite! And Game of Thrones started. 😛

Here’s what I read in July:

1. Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
2. The Obsession by Nora Roberts (reread)
3. After All by Karina Halle
4. When It’s Real by Erin Watt
5. My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn
6. All Played Out by Cora Carmack
7. Anything but Minor by Kate Stewart
8. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer (reread)
9. Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
10. Stay by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen
11. Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon
12. Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
13. The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle

Grades:
A – 1
B – 11
C – 1

Formats:
E-Book – 12
Print – 1

Genres:
Contemporary Romance – 8
Historical Romance – 1
New Adult – 2
PNR – 1
Romantic Suspense – 1

I would have to say my favourite read of the month was Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon. It packed an emotional punch and it was hot hot hot.

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Week in Review: July 24 to 30

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The past week was great! I am currently on vacation so I slept in, read, watched some tv and did a whole lot of nothing! It was exactly what I needed. I went to see Spiderman: Homecoming and I enjoyed it. I didn’t read as much as I would have liked but I did some re-reading/skimming of some favourites so I shouldn’t discount that. And last but not least, I went to my cousin’s wedding yesterday. I’m an introvert and I hate social events -like weddings lol- so I didn’t plan on sticking around but I knew my mom really wanted to mingle so I toughed it out for her. But it made for a late night since it was out in the country and it was a two hour ride home. But I slept in this morning so all is well that ends well. I’m still on vacation this coming week so I plan to PAINT and there may be a small road trip planned for later in the week.

BOOKS READ

hrwHaven by Rebekah Weatherspoon

htwyarHate to Want You by Alisha Rai

CURRENTLY READING

kbstdsThe King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle

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review at Weendizzle

wirewLook at that, two reviews in one day!

As is our monthly custom, Wena and I have buddy reviewed a book together. This month is Erin Watt’s When It’s Real.

Our review can be found HERE.

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July TBR Challenge

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Whoops! I forgot to post my July TBR challenge review on the 19th. But I remembered this morning so even though I’m a week late, I’m getting it done. Yay me.

aohnsThe theme for July was series catch up so I chose Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh. It was where I left off with the Psy/Changeling series. I didn’t read it as soon as it came out because I have a weird quirk with series – I typically don’t read the books as they come out and sometimes I like to re-read a series before reading the next one. Which is what happened with AoH – I had started re-reading the whole series but got stuck at Branded by Fire, which is book 6. AoH is book #15. So I made a deal with myself and only re-read Shards of Hope and Shield of Winter to catch myself up.

I enjoyed Allegiance of Honor but it was a slow read. There were characters from 14 books getting page time – it was a lot. And even though each little view into those characters’ lives pushed the plot forward a little bit, I still caught myself wondering what the plot was. But this is definitely a must read for the series. And I did enjoy seeing everyone and catching up (its why I’m re-reading the series after all, I do love these characters). And we finally figured out what Mercy had. LOL I liked the resolution to that little mystery. And Allegiance of Honor was a great springboard for the next story arc.

I know this ‘review’ is super vague but I don’t want to spoil anything. It’s Nalini Singh so you know it’s good. But it was just a bit slow for my taste. Now I can’t wait to get on with the next book, Silver Silence! And get back to my re-read. LOL B

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Week in Review: July 17 to 23

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This tortoise is totally telling us that WINTER HAS COME.

So yeah, I’m excited that Game of Thrones has come back. LOL Sunday night my brother and I watched GoT. I got my mom hooked on this show over the spring but she was out of town so we watched it without her. Meaning, since she’s back, that we can rewatch episode 1 tonight before watching episode 2. Such a nerd.
My week was ok. I was sick on Monday, so I took the day off work. Work was fine. I am officially on two weeks vacation right now so I was busy all week getting stuff ready for me to be off. And yesterday I took my Grandpa to the rodeo. The above picture is from the petting zoo. I love turtles and tortoises so I had to use that pic. LOL And today I watched some weiner dog races. Hahah! It was so funny and cute.

How was your week?

BOOKS READ
tosghThese Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

gabiprGrin and Beard It by Penny Reid

seksbStay by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

CURRENTLY READING
hrwHaven by Rebekah Weatherspoon

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Week in Review: July 10 to 16

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The past week was a good one. No drama with my house guest and the weather was nice so I got to take my love on a few walks this week. However, the little stinker has taken to trying to eat things on our walk. Like things I can’t identify. And  yesterday she licked something and she kept coughing afterwards. So I need to keep her on a shorter leash on our walks. Plus she tries to rub herself on dead things (even bugs, so gross). LOL Special dog. Reading wise, no complaints! Three books! We’re only halfway through July but I’ll be on track to read more than 9 books this month. Yay.

BOOKS READ

mbfemqMy Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn

  • This author’s writing style is just not for me. I liked the characters and the story but there was just too much internal dialog and navel gazing. I may try out another book by this author though.

apoccAll Played Out by Cora Carmack

  • Every month Wena and I read a book and buddy review it over on her blog. (See below for June’s book.) So looking ahead to July, a certain author said she’d be releasing book 4 in this series on the 18th. Wena and I chose that book for our July read. WELL I never even read book 3! LOL So I read it in preparation of book 4 and I really enjoyed it. But I’ll have to wait a while for book 4 since the release date got pushed back again.

abmksAnything but Minor by Kate Stewart

  • I saw positive buzz for this book last year so I thought I’d finally take the plunge. I’m glad I did. I liked the characters and the writing, for the most part. I really liked Alice’s nerdy character but some of her quirks were just a wee (ha!) bit off putting. LOL I will definitely check out the next book in the series.

REVIEW POSTED
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Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren at Weendizzle

I finished Anything but Minor this morning and haven’t picked up a new book to read. Any recs?

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Week in Review: July 3 to 9

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Yay me! I’m getting a WiR post up on a Sunday! I’m drafting this post while still in bed. I’m sore as heck. My parents and I did some major yard work yesterday and my back, shoulders and thighs are killing me. But it feels good to have done a job well done. It was a good cap off for my good week. 😛 I had Monday off for Canada Day and I did nothing that day. It was wonderful. Tuesday I went to see Transformers. I know it got bad reviews but it was better than the last one. It had some real funny moments but there was too much going on plot wise. The rest of my week was quiet and I read! And Amazing Race Canada started up on Wednesday. I love that show. And no, I don’t watch the American version. LOL

How was your week?

BOOKS READ

tonrThe Obsession by Nora Roberts

aakhAfter All by Karina Halle

wirewWhen It’s Real by Erin Watt

I finished When It’s Real before I fell asleep last night and I haven’t picked up anything new to read yet. Any recs?

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