I Read Romance and I Am Proud Of It…

fabric book coverI have posted before on my feelings on reading romance and the comments that have come because of it but it was brought to my mind once again this week with this great article on NPR Don’t Hide Your Harlequins: In Defense of Romance by Bobbi Dumas. I am an English Major, with an emphasis on literature and I had more than one professor refer to romance novels as “brain candy” or “fluff”, not worth a literary minds time. I disagreed with these professors but am ashamed to admit that I said nothing while in those classes. My mother supported my reading decisions (she was a romance reader herself and she introduced me to some amazing authors including Georgette Heyer, Betty Neels and Jane Austen) but my mother also had fabric reading covers that she would put over most of the books she was reading. I had friends in high school make fun of my reading choices, even going so far as to read sections out loud to each other and laugh over them (I have to admit this really hurt my feelings but again I didn’t say anything).

wild about youBut things are different now, no longer do I have my “public” books that were placed on the bookshelves out in the living room while I kept a different collection on the bookshelves in my bedroom. I am an educated woman (not only do I have my BA in English, I recently obtained a JD) who doesn’t want to read the boring drivel of a quote unquote “good” book. I don’t want to read about horrible tragedies and the things people have to suffer through, there is already so much sadness in the world I don’t need to read about it in my down time too. This doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the occasional non-fiction or that I think that everything should be all puppies, kittens and double rainbows but I do want the characters in the novels I read to have HEA (happily ever afters). I want the characters to laugh, joke, overcome obstacles and at the end of the day be better happier people for having gone through what they have gone through. I am not ashamed of this (although I have been in the past).

So I say read on lovers of romance! Be proud and don’t let anyone make you feel less for the reading choices that you make.

Five Golden Rings: A Christmas Collection by Sophie Barnes, Karen Erickson, Rena Gregory, Sandra Jones and Vivienne Lorret Review

three wise menFive Golden Rings: A Christmas Collection by Sophie Barnes, Karen Erickson, Rena Gregory, Sandra Jones and Vivienne Lorret is a collection of Christmas novellas.

Mistletoe Magic by Sophie Barnes–Leonora Compton has been invited into the mysterious golden circle, tasked with helping a wallflower find a match but Connor Talbot, Earl of Redfirn keeps foiling her carefully laid plans. As plans are crossed, desires change and Leonora starts to wonder if maybe she has finally met her match…

His Perfect Gift by Karen Erickson–Lady Eleanor Fitzsimmons turned down Ashton three years ago under pressure from her father to make a better match. Now Ashton is back and he has unexpectedly inherited the title of Duke from his brother, but does Ashton want marriage or revenge for being turned down?

War of the Magi by Rena Gregory–Ginny Overton is disappointed when Phin Baldwin wins the town’s three wise men figure said to grant wishes, when Phin states he doesn’t believe in their magic Ginny decides to take matter in her own hands to teach Phin, and eventually the town, about the magic of Christmas and the love it can bring.

Her Christmas Knight by Sandra Jones–Lady Nia is shocked when Sir Caerwyn saves her life, last time she saw him she had made a stupid choice that chased him and his love away. Can Nia get back the love she once had and can Caerwyn trust her?

Tempting Mr. Weatherstone by Vivienne Lorret-Penelope Rutledge feels like her life has become one endless rut so when she decides it is time to get out of that rut it is up to her best friend Ethan Weatherstone to protect her from herself, but as things start to change Ethan begins to wonder if by keeping things the same he might be losing something much more precious.

Five Golden Rings  is another cute Christmas anthology, like most anthologies, I liked some of the stories and some of them I didn’t really care for. Mistletoe Magic  reminded me of Emma by Jane Austen with matches planned and love interrupting. War of the Magi was cute with Ginny trying to teach Phin the magic of Christmas, although the story felt like it could have been wrapped up a little more quickly than it was. I loved Her Christmas Knight, Nia had made a mistake in the past that had cost her her love and now she had a chance to get him back, set in medieval times with Caerwyn returning from the Crusades a different man then the boy who left Nia to go to war. At $.99 this collection is a steal and well worth the money for the enjoyment of Christmas stories shared in Five Golden Rings. 

image001 (2)Rating: Star 4copy

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Title: Five Golden Rings

Author: Sophie Barnes, Karen Erickson, Rena Gregory, Sandra Jones and Vivienne Lorret

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 480

ISBN: 978-0062265005

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Release Date: December 11, 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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

The Forgotten by David Baldacci Review

Florida beach townSpecial agent John Puller is one of the best the Army CID has.  In The Forgotten  by David Baldacci, Agent Puller is called into action again after receiving a rather cryptic letter from his Aunt.  Agent Puller heads to Florida to look into the problem only to find that his Aunt has been killed before he can get there. Now this case is personal, and the police don’t seem to think it is anything but accidental. What Puller uncovers is a much more sinister plot that could cost him and those around him their lives!

The Forgotten was fantastic! I have read or listened to many other books written by David Baldacci. I have yet to be disappointed. My biggest problem (and it really isn’t a problem at all) is this is the first book with this main character that I have read, and numerous times in The Forgotten a mission to West Virginia and the circumstances surrounding that investigation were mentioned. I unfortunately have no idea what actually happened in that book, but it wasn’t really pertinent to this book, hence not really a problem.  The Forgotten really kept me guessing almost all the way through as to what was going to happen next, and who was behind what. One twist was so well hidden I didn’t even suspect it until it reared up and practically slapped me. After getting far enough in the book I realize that I should have made the connection like Agent Puller, but David Baldacci did such a fantastic job with the subtle things that nothing was suspected until the very end. It was a masterpiece of twists and turns with a whole bunch of suspense thrown in.  I really had a hard time putting the book down and the only reason I did was because I needed to study for finals.

If you can’t tell by now I really enjoyed this book. I have also listened to the Camel Club series also written by David Baldacci, and was thoroughly impressed. I really can’t recommend a book by David Baldacci enough. This one had some mild language and a non-descriptive sex scene in it. I would recommend The Forgotten to almost any avid reader from the teens and up in age. Pick any book by David Baldacci and you won’t be disappointed.

You can read an excerpt here.

John Puller Reading Order:

Zero Day

The Forgotten

The forgottenRating: Star 4copy

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Title: The Forgotten

Author: David Baldacci

Format: Paperback, Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 424

ISBN: 978-0446573054

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Release Date: November 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Zorn

 

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

Special Prices on eBooks…

elusive brideThere are some AMAZING deals in ebooks going on right now and I decided I need to share with all of you. Christmas shopping always ends up being expensive for me, I have tendency to get myself gifts at the same time but with these deals I don’t feel guilty at all. Just remember that these deals won’t last forever so get them while they are still available. Let me know if I need to add any other deals to this list. Happy Reading!

Historicals

Captain Jack’s Woman by Stephanie Laurens $.99 Amazon  BarnsandNoble

A Fine Passion by Stephanie Laurens $.99  Amazon  BarnsandNoble

A Lady of His Own by Stephanie Laurens $.99  Amazon  BarnsandNoble

Scandal’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens $.99  Amazon  BarnsandNoble

A Rake’s Vow by Stephanie Laurens $.99  Amazon  BarnsandNoble

A Gentleman’s Honor  by Stephanie Laurens $.99  Amazon  BarnsandNoble

The Elusive Bride by Stephanie Laurens $.99  Amazon  BarnesandNoble

Contemporary

Love in the Afternoon by Alison Packard $1.99  Amazon   BarnesandNoble

To Have and To Kill by Mary Jane Clark $.99 Amazon   BarnesandNoble

Paranormal

Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep $2.99  Amazon  BarnesandNoble 

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr $1.99  Amazon   BarnesandNoble 

Graveminder by Melissa Marr $1.99 Amazon   BarnesandNoble

666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce $1.99 Amazon   BarnesandNoble

Young Adult

DodgerDodger by Terry Pratchett $2.99 Amazon  BarnesandNoble

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones $1.99 Amazon   BarnesandNoble

How Beauty Met the Beast by Jax Garren $1.99 Amazon  BarnesandNoble

Beastly by Alex Flynn $1.99 Amazon   BarnesandNoble 

Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley $1.99 Amazon   BarnesandNoble

David by Mary Hoffman $1.99 Amazon    BarnesandNoble

Time of the Witches by Anna Myers $1.99 Amazon   BarnesandNoble