Books I read this week: Vol 24, June 24

Novella: Winning Lord West

Author: Anna Campbell

Series: The Dashing Widows #3

Tags: Historical romance, Regency Romance, Earl, FWB arrangement, childhood sweethearts, widow, prickly female, mysterious disease

Format: ebook

Rating: Yay!

 

A novella.

 

Aw! This one was better than Mr. Townsend. There's an adorable part where he is trying to woo her, and he keeps sending her letters addressing them "My Darling," "My Sweetheart," etc. She replies "I'm burning your letters, stop, you annoying man."

I love books with letter correspondence! (Or, epistolary novels, as my English professor would say)

If you do too, check out: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare, and Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas. DAWWWW! I love those books!


 

Novella: The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright

Author: Tessa Dare

Series: N/A

Tags: Historical romance, regency romance, Dukes!, frenemies, passionate female, previously ruined

Format: ebook

Rating: yay!

 

Another novella! This is a novellalicous week, I suppose.

 

Usually, I get a bit testy about reading a novella. There's not enough tension or buildup for my liking. But I liked this one! I didn't feel that it was rushed at all.

I think what helped is the way Dare uses time in this book. There are three or four vignettes of quick encounters between the couple, separated by years. The pacing is excellent. No awkward "Three Months Later...", no lengthy "previously on" catch-up paragraphs. It feels like a longer book because it spans over years, touching on only the meat of each encounter.

Well done, Dare!

The silliest point is a stop the wedding scene, but overall, I liked the characters. They felt full and interesting, and it was a lot of fun.


 

RR: One Dance with a Duke

Author: Tessa Dare

Series: Stud Club #1

Tags: historical romance, regency romance, Dukes!, forthright female, marriage of convenience, socially inept hero, social anxiety, horse breeder

Format: ebook

Rating: super yay!

 

This is a reread. I bought it on a Kindle sale, and was just going to skim. Woops! Read it all.

 

I love it!

 

Um, that might be all I have to say about it.

 

It's funny, because the Duke in this book is called the Duke of Midnight because every time he comes to a ball, he shows up at midnight, dances one dance, and then leaves. So it's easily confused with The Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt, which is about a pre-regency vigilante, and really nothing much to do with the Duke being ducal at midnight.

 

The heroine ruins all his plans by jumping in front of the meek, young girl he was going to dance with, and accepting the dance for herself. 

And he likes it.

 

I love forthright females.

I love when the heroine is constantly pushing the hero's well laid plans off kilter.

I love slightly socially inept, misunderstood heroes that show with action how much they love her instead of saying it.

I love wanting to shake the heroine and say "he just wants to love you!"

I just love it.

 

This book is more serious than Tessa Dare's other series: Spindle Cove and Castles Ever After. 

I love Tessa Dare. Serious or silly, I always have fun reading her stuff.


 

When Darkness Comes

Author: Alexandra Ivy

Series: Guardians of Eternity #1

Tags:  Paranormal Romance, urban fantasy, vampires, Mary Sue Gets Superpowers, witches, forced together

Format: audiobook

Rating: meh.

 

*Snort.*

 

Tell us, Ivy, what happens when Darkness comes? 

This one's ripe for a "in bed" or "that's what she said."

 

It wasn't particularly obnoxious, but it wasn't great. No, not great at all.

Pretty standard, really, for a vampire romance.

 

This boy here. He practically comes out of the womb loving her. I love when authors pretend the hero has managed to live 300 years with a perfect record as a heartless rake and then SUDDENLY falls instantly, irrevocably in love with some human chick, and goes toddling after her like a little misguided duckling.

Is love a symptom of senility in vampires? Because the way he fell in love super hard and fast makes me think he's changed fundamentally, or he falls in love every Tuesday.

 

Not a lot of conflict. I mean, if you're not interested in the getting together part and just want to get on to the warm and fuzzies, I guess I can respect that.

But that ain't me.

 

And what's with vampires being slightly demeaning? You're so stubborn, you are so strange, blah blah. Get over it. These dudes are pretty much perfect in every way. Is this part of the perfection, this benign sexism, or is it the trade off? I dunno. I don't like it.

 

There is a lot of talk of alabaster skin. There is a lot of murmuring. And weirdly prudish. These characters are getting down in public places, and yet the heroine says "heck" and "crap"? What gives?

 

OH and Mr. Vampire proposes surprise mate bonding ceremony in the middle of sex. Completely out of the blue. No introduction to mate bonding at all. No questions like, "what is it?" and "what does that mean for me?" he's just like "uh, it's kind of like marriage," and she's like "GREAT."

Nope nopeity nopey nope.

First of all, they have been in a relationship for three days now, most of it being chased by evil beings. It's not like they have had much long term relationship talking.

Second of all, in the middle of sex?

That does it.

I'm putting proposing/performing ceremony in the middle of sex on my Bad Ways to Propose to Wendy list, under flash mobs and proposing while being rolled into an ambulance.

Novella: Once Upon a Winter's Eve

Author: Tessa Dare

Series: Spindle Cove #1.5

Tags: Historical romance, regency romance, spy!, wallflower, childhood sweethearts, mistaken identity

Format: ebook

Rating: meh.

 

Meh. It was a thing.

 

Also a Christmas novella. Not my favorite.

 

Apparently I'm working on filling in Tessa Dare's I have missed as well. 

 

Pretty much it.


 

One thought on “Books I read this week: Vol 24, June 24

  1. Could we just have a rolling list of Bad Ways To Propose To Wendy? Reference to source of Bad Idea, of course.

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