On the blog today, I've got two book reviews for you. I find I'm picking up the pace with my reading but I wonder if my sleep schedule is being sacrificed. We start school next week. I hope I can keep up the pace, just because it's been so good to read novels again. Through this Goodreads 100 book challenge, I've been able to rediscover my love of reading. No matter whether I meet the goal or not, I call that a win.
Now on to the reviews and my photo challenge progress...
Book Review: Mistaken Identity by Mindy Burbidge Strunk
Mistaken Identity by Mindy Burbidge Strunk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An excellent read! The author maintained the proper protocols of the time in both manner and speech, while managing to write an entertaining Regency tale. I don't think I've read a book set in the Regency era that played out in just this way and I commend the author for work well done.
I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil the story for others. But I also want to say enough to encourage others who enjoy the genre to give it a try. I think lovers of historical romance would truly not want to miss reading this one.
The plot kept me wondering what would happen next. The hero and heroine were intriguing and kept me invested in their story.
I say again, if you enjoy Regency romances, don't pass this one by.
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Book Review: Touched by Danger by Wendy Vella
Touched by Danger by Wendy Vella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Once in a while I'll pick up a romance novel with a happy surprise or two hidden between the pages. 'Touched by Danger' was one of those books.
Before I get to the stuff I enjoyed, I want to say there were a couple of spots the wording seemed odd, like the word choice was possibly right but just sounded off somehow. That was my only problem with this book, though, and could just be a personal preference thing. For those who love a good romance, this shouldn't keep you from reading because I still enjoyed the book.
The banter between the siblings is dynamite! I absolutely love the dialogue between them. The plot underlying the romance is intriguing and kept me wondering what was going to happen and when the villain would show up. I have to say, I did not expect what happened to happen. Well done on that, Wendy Vella!
As for the characters, they were pleasantly varied and well-fleshed-out. Each one could be told from the next. Where the siblings are concerned, it was a little more difficult, but that's to be expected from people who are influencing each other daily. Again...spot on...
For those who are concerned with the graphic nature of a romance novel, there is some in this book but it's far less a percentage than the rest of the living these characters are doing. That makes it a win in my book. I find it more believable when I read a romance novel that's written this way.
If you love romance, adventure, historical romance, and a hint of mystery, you'll probably enjoy this book.
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#TalesofAmbiaPhotoChallenge & #MidnightsCurse Photo Challenge Giveaway Progress
These are bookish photos were created to participate in a couple of book giveaways on Instagram. I can't wait to see if one of them catches the authors' attention. So far, I think my photo for the first day was the best. I like day 8, too, though it wasn't as clear a photo. Also, all these books are ones I own and enjoy. You can consider I'm recommending these to you to read. I'll do my best to warn you of any triggers or graphic content.
I think the only one I've shared so far with graphic content and dealing with abuse is "Born of Legend" by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It's a very good book, but if abuse is a trigger for you, and/or you don't want to support authors who write graphic scenes, then I'd skip this one. I skip over the sex scenes when I read, but if that bothers you enough, then you'll want to avoid the book. I totally understand and respect that.
Thanks for reading my thoughts on these books today. I hope you'll find one that piques your interest. If you do read something based on my recommendation, I'd love to hear what you thought about it. You can always share in the comments, or drop me an email through my contact form.
Until next time...
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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