The Real Duchesses of London: Linnette the Lionness by Lavinia Kent Review

Linnette, the Dowager Duchess of Doveshire, has been running the estate of the Doveshire’s since the death of her husband four years ago but now the new duke has returned and London society has started to talk. Linnette the Lioness by Lavinia Kent picks up where Kathryn the Kitten (you can read my review here) ends, with Kathryn and Linnette not speaking to each other because of a caricature that was drawn showing Linnette with Kathryn’s husband. With Kat not speaking to her Linnette is at a loss over who to trust now that the new Duke of Doveshires has returned from Canada, not only has he returned to take over the running of the estate but Linnette is having trouble ignoring her feelings for the man she once thought she would run off and marry before he abandoned her to join the military.

I have to admit I didn’t like Linnette the Lioness as much as I enjoyed Kathryn the Kitten. Linnette didn’t feel like it had as much story line as Kat did, more snapshots of sex scenes and less about the characters’ interactions and the plots of the story. Also, Linnette and James got a little rougher with each other than I really enjoy reading about, I understand that Kent was trying to show the passion that exists between the characters but I just didn’t enjoy reading it as much. Linnette is a shorter novella, about 144 pages of regular book length so it was a quick read. I didn’t dislike the story I just didn’t love it. However, I am excited for Annabelle’s story based upon the caricature that was released at the end of the Linnette.

The Real Duchesses of London

Kathryn the Kitten

Linnette the Lioness

Annabelle the American (August 2011)

Elizabeth the Enchantress (Sept. 2011)


Title: The Real Duchesses of London: Linnette the Lioness

Author: Lavinia Kent

Format:  eBook

ISBN: 978-0062115706

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Release Date: August 9, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way

A Passion for Prying by Nancy Mangano Review

Private Investigator, Natalie North, trails cheating partners for a living, but she’s always wanted something a little less marriage ending, and a little more exciting. She finds out about a murder-suicide that happens at a diner and she starts doing some investigating on her own, her own life becomes endangered.

A Passion for Prying by Nancy Mangano has so many little stories as well as the story of Natalie’s life. She has many friends and family members that also have things going on for them that all intertwine with her life. I liked all the little side stories that go along with her detective work.

Natalie is strong, independent and a good detective. She is in a relationship with Darren McAllister. They have been dating for quite some time, but she still has feelings for Jett Jasso, an actor that Natalie went to school with. Natalie has to choose between Jett and Darren. Will she pick the one that is perfect for her or the one that’s a hot actor?

Darren McAllister is a up and coming Prosecuting attorney. Darren is madly in love with Natalie, but is afraid she hasn’t given all of her heart to him. He hates Jett Jasso and wishes he would just disappear. Darren is really working hard on making it to become a Judge someday and would really like Natalie to be by his side. Does he finally win her heart or is he destined to be alone?

Cindy Hutchins is best friend to Natalie. She is trying to make it rich without doing a lot of work to get it. She finds herself trying to get women to buy her weight loss pill. Cindy pushes Natalie to help her market this pill, but finds herself in a world of heat for fraud.

Norton North was a cop and a good one at that. Norton’s career came to an end unexpectedly when he suffers a heart attach while on duty. He survived, and started I Pry, Inc trying to catch cheating spouses in the act. Unfortunately, this line of work makes one worry about their own relationships and he ends up driving his wife crazy with accusations of infidelity. After 24 years of marriage, she files for divorce and ends their marriage. Norton keeps showing up at her door trying to get her back. Will he get her back or drive her further away?

Nancy Mangano did a great job of intertwining this stories with Natalie’s quest for truth. I enjoyed reading A Passion for Prying and felt it was a pretty easy read. I liked how you get the whole story about what is going on and that it isn’t too hard to follow. With as many stories as she has going on at once, it could be easy to lose the reader, but it was well thought out and easy to keep straight. I would recommend A Passion for Prying to anyone. There is a little swearing but nothing too bad.

You can read an excerpt here.



Title: A Passion for Prying

Author: Nancy Mangano

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 330

ISBN: 978-1-4520-5652-4

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Release Date: September 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee


**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Jane Eyre Books-To-Movie Intro, One More Time…

I totally failed on the Books-to-Movie challenges this summer, for some reason I have had a hard time getting them done, which is not to say that I haven’t seen movies (LOVED Captain America) or read books (averaging about 10 a week) but I have not done a decent job with the challenges. I am excited that this version of Jane Eyre is being released on DVD on August 16th so what better way to get back on track then with finishing this book and movie, just a couple of months late.  So here is the intro one more time…

I know that previously we have done Jane Eyre as a books-to-movie challenge but with the new version released in theaters (I know that it is limited release, my sisters in a small town in Utah are very upset that they have to wait until the DVD release to see it) that not everyone will be able to read and watch but I really want to talk about it so that is the challenge for May.

You can read the original Jane Eyre intro here when we discussed the 2006 BBC mini-series version. and the report of the film version can be found here. The version we will be discussing this  month is the 2011 version starring Mia Wasikowska as Jane, Michael Fassbender as Rochester and Dame Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax.

Some things to keep in mind while reading and watching: Do you think the length of the film was enough to even attempt a story filled with this much depth? What did you think of the actors/actresses portrayal of the characters? How do you feel about the changes they made to the story in the film version?

So pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn, and let the fun begin!

I also thought I would share this music video, the music by My Chemical Romance surprisingly fits with the gothic nature of this story.