Taming Lord Renwick by Jeanne Savery

Taming Lord Renwick by Jeanne Savery was a recent reread for me.  It is a Regency Period Romance novel published under the Zebra Regency label. Eustacia is the daughter of a Vicar who as passed away, leaving her in a precarious financial situation and in the care of her stepmother. Her stepmother, liking the finer things in life, has found the perfect husband for Eustacia, Mr. Weaver, a fat, elderly, smelly man.  As Eustacia and her step-mother are discussing (okay, the step-mother is telling Eustacia) the marriage plans, Lord Renwick and his aunt, Lady Blackburn, can’t help overhearing the stepmother’s strident tones and Eustacia’s quietly whispered “no”.  Lord Renwick, known as Jason to his friends, makes a comment to Lady Blackburn about how he likes the sound of Eustacia’s voice before he leaves for bed.  Lady Blackburn, willing to do anything for her nephew, interferes and whisks Euastacia off to stay at Tiger’s Lair, Jason’s ancestral home.

Jason having returned from India nearly a year before the incident at the Inn is nearly blind from a hunting accident where he saved the life of a prince, leaving him needing the assistance of those around him for just about everything.  Jason has retreated into his house and his shell, believing that because he can’t see he is not a full man and unable to function with others.  Jason’s only friend is the white tiger Sahib that returned with him and acts as his guide and protector.  Eustacia breezes into the Tiger’s Lair like a quiet whirlwind, upsetting the status quo and allowing Jason to realize that he is really not that limited after all.  Just when things start to heat up between Jason and Eustacia the prince arrives with his entourage to learn English ways, unfortunately the 10 year old prince is there against his will and things start to get interesting.

This is a book is a part of a series about a group of boys who grew up together but all returned from the war and India with their battle scars.  I like the book because Eustacia is the quietly determined heroine, who doesn’t believe she herself is worth much but sees the value in others, I also like how she is able to be understanding about some of the motives of the other characters.  Sahib is also a great addition to the story, how ofter do you read about a white tiger seeing eye dog?! He terrorizes the servants, make everyone to comes to visit Jason nervous and eventually saves the day, in more ways than one.  I also like that the hero has self-doubts and an impairment. (I mean really, was everyone in Regency Period England beautiful and perfect! I don’t think so!) I recommend the entire series and now need to go dig through my other books to find the rest of the books so I can reread them as well.

Rating: 2

Author: Jeanne Savery

Publisher: Zebra Regency Romance

ISBN: 0821764470

Length: 256 pages

Release date: December 1999

Format: Paperback

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Cupid in Blue by Sandra Sookoo

Cupid in Blue by Sandra Sookoo was a cute read.  When the previous Cupid doesn’t return from a trip to Florida, Aaron Berkhardt finds himself growing wings and assigned as the new Cupid by the Institute. Aaron is freaked, what does he know about love never having had a serious relationship with a woman.  In addition, he is struggling to come to terms with the wings that are suddenly growing out of his back.

Catherine is a hard-working, hard-driven New Yorker who is only in town to get her ex-roomate’s signature on a Quite Claim Deed on their apartment.  Catherine doesn’t have time for love or even believe that love is possible.

I really liked Aaron’s character, his trouble with learning to fly and destroying the house accidentally by opening his wing span made him endearing.  It was a quick read and I couldn’t put it down.  My only complaint is I felt the story could be longer and still be entertaining.

Rating: 2

Format: ebook

Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.

Length: Short

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

photo_10618_20091215I read somewhere that some books are “comfort reads”, you know, those books you reread a hundred times and end up purchasing more than once because you wear your copy out.  Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings is a “comfort read” for me.  The first time I read it was in high school, I remember purchasing it at a bookstore, at random, and devouring it within two days (no mean feat considering the size of the novel). I have destroyed two paperback copies and am now working on destroying a hardbound copy (give me time and I am sure I will end up with a copy on my ereader as well).  I reread the series at least once a year, if not more.

Publisher: It all begins with the theft of the Orb that for so long protected the West from an evil god. As long as the Orb was at Riva, the prophecy went, its people would be safe from this corrupting power. Garion, a simple farm boy, is familiar with the legend of the Orb, but skeptical in matters of magic. Until, through a twist of fate, he learns not only that the story of the Orb is true, but that he must set out on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger to help recover it. For Garion is a child of destiny, and fate itself is leading him far from his home, sweeping him irrevocably toward a distant tower—and a cataclysmic confrontation with a master of the darkest magic.

Pawn of Prophecy is the first book in the Belgariad Series, a collection of five novels.  The novel begins with a boy, Garion, living on a farm with his aunt raising him.  One night, he and his aunt are forced to leave in the middle of the night to meet up with others, chasing someone who stole something but no-one will tell Garion exactly what and who they are chasing.  Garion slowly starts to realize that his aunt and the group they have met up with are very important politic figures and that what they are chasing after will change the course of history.  There is magic but it is all carefully bound by rules, which appeals to my logic nature (how you can have something as powerful as magic without careful rules to control it?!).

David Eddings does a fabulous job of giving each of the lands in the novel their own culture and history.  The world Eddings’ created is influenced by the seven Gods that exist, with each of the different lands ruled over by a specific God and taking on the characteristics of that God.  For example, the God Nedra loves gambling and chance so his followers are always making deals with each other, their God, and their culture revolves around money.

His characters are very distinctive and very witty.  Eddings cohesion of the history of the land, its people and the impact of that history on the ongoing story is unparalleled.  It is like reading Tolkien without all the boring parts (I mean really, do we really care what EVERY tree looks like in Tolkiens’ world?!).  I highly recommend it and give it a rating for violence, not sex.

Rating: 2

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Santa in a Stetson by Janet Dailey

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Santa in a Stetson by Janet Dailey. Having read some of Janet Dailey’s previous work, and enjoyed it, I thought I would read her latest release.  I have to admit that I struggled to get through this book.  It was well written and I liked the beginning story where the characters met and fell in love but then I struggled to relate to the main character for the rest of the book.  Most of the book takes place in the desert of New Mexico and the main character, Diana, struggles to adjust to her new surroundings.  Having grown up in the Southwest Desert, I find the desert beautiful and don’t understand when others cannot see the beauty that I see.

I was able to relate to the Diana’s struggles to find purpose and happiness in a secluded ranch after living in a big city.  I do, however, have problems understanding women who don’t figure out that they are unhappy and then try to do something about it.  When Diana first started to dislike living there, I thought she should have found some kind of hobby but that is because I am a doer. In addition, I grew up around horses and cattle so I struggle to understand individuals fears of the animals.

The book was well written and the character development was great it just was not a good fit for me.  I debated about posting about the book since I didn’t love it and I decided to review it in the interest of showing that not every book is a perfect fit for every reader.

Rating 2

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