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"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."— Jane Austen

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Bookish Things I'd Like To Own


Hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

~Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I'd Like To Own~

I am obsessed with hunting down literary-themed things so this list was a lot of fun to make.  Warning: Lots of Etsy finds today!
Marauders Map, Infinity Scarf, Harry Potter Scarf, Geek Scarf, ROOBY LANE
1. Marauder's Map Infinity Scarf (from Etsy)
I love scarves and this one is quirky, but very wearable.

Jane Austen Persuasion Anne and Frederick Wentworth Stud Post Earrings
2. Persuasion Stud Earrings (from Etsy)
I am obsessed with earrings and would love a pair of these that represent my favorite Jane Austen book!


3. Library iPhone Case (from Amazon)
I actually ordered this today, but I still don't own it so I think it counts for the list.


Cat Books Necklace Orange Tabby Bookish Kitty
4. Cat Sleeping on Books Necklace (from Etsy)
It combines two of my favorite things: a cute kitty and books.

Shhh...I Have a Book Hangover - Quote Necklace - Book Lover Quote Jewelry
5. Book Hangover Necklace (from Etsy)
Funny and true at the same time.  I think this necklace would be an interesting conversation starter.

Bibliochaise
6. Bookshelf Chair (from Nobody&Co.)
I don't have the money for it, but I love the idea.

"Big Books" Tote
7. "Big Books" Tote (from Stuffosaurus)
I am always on the hunt for cute totes and this sounds perfect for me.


Snoopy Reading Pendant
8. Reader Snoopy Pendant (from Etsy)
I love the Peanuts gang and don't think I'll be able to resist this for long.


"The Book Was Better" Tank
9. Book Tank Top (from Skreened)
We've all said it and I think it would be a great addition to my wardrobe.

"I Still Believe" Necklace
10. Fairy Tales Dewey Necklace (from Etsy)
I love this for two reasons: the fairy tale aspect and the Dewey Decimal part since I'm a librarian.

Monday, April 14, 2014

REVIEW: "Never Entice an Earl" by Lily Dalton


Never Entice an Earl (One Scandalous Season, #2)
Never Entice an Earl by Lily Dalton
(One Scandalous Season #2)

Goodreads -- Amazon
Author Website

For Ages 18+
Historical Romance

Forever -- April 29, 2014
Ebook, 384 pages
Received from Netgalley

THEMES
Beta Hero

SUMMARY
A Deception Most Reckless...
Lady Daphne Bevington would do anything for her maid Kate-including masquerading as Kate and sneaking around the wrong side of London to settle the poor girl's debt. Yet her innocent ruse takes a scandalous turn when "Kate" runs into a handsome gentleman on a secret quest of his own. A moment of passion could cost Daphne her reputation, but how can she ignore the stranger's searing kiss?

An Arrangement Most Wicked...
Lord Cormack Northmore is determined to find the immoral peer who ruined his sister. So when he learns that the irresistible woman he knows as "Kate" is the Season's most sought-after debutante, Cormack plans to use her connections to help him set a trap. Now, the closer Cormack gets to uncovering the villain who haunts the ton's ballrooms, the more he realizes that the lovely lady is in danger herself. Will he abandon his quest for revenge-or risk losing his one chance at love?


FIRST LINE
"At the first glimpse of stonework through the trees, Cormack Northmore exhaled at least half of the breath he'd been holding."

MY THOUGHTS
I adored Lily Dalton's debut historical, Never Desire a Duke, last year and was excited to read more of her work.  I found Never Entice an Earl to be a lighthearted, easy read though it wasn't without its flaws.  The characters are likable and intelligent and the romance is very sweet. 

The main story line of this book involves Cormack who returns from India to discover that his sister is dying after giving birth to an illegitimate son.  Cormack feels tons of guilt for not being there for his sister and is determined to seek revenge on the baby's aristocratic father.  This starts him on a journey of ferreting out the truth about a secret society of peers who thrive on drinking, gambling, and unwilling women.  During one of his investigations, he meets a pretty housemaid named Kate who appears to be in some type of trouble.  Things get even more complicated when it is revealed that "Kate" is actually Lady Daphne Bevington.

I really liked both Cormack and Daphne.  I'm not always a fan of vengeful heroes, but I could understand where Cormack was coming from and I thought it was nice to see him take an intelligent approach to his revenge.  He really endeared himself to me when he became so protective of Kate/Daphne and actually thought about her feelings while pursuing the revenge.  His character was also interesting because his family suffered from financial issues until he traveled to India so he does not take his current status for granted.

Daphne took a bit of time for me to get used to her.  I was a little annoyed by her recklessness regarding her masquerade as her maid, but the author did a good job of slowly revealing key points of her personality.  Like Cormack, Daphne is dealing with guilt over something that was really not in her control and it has taken over her entire viewpoint on life.  Because of a long ago event, she is determined to make everyone else around her happy in penance for her perceived failings.  This made her much more endearing to me and I loved that she got to find someone (in Cormack) who showed her that she did deserve to be happy.     

The romance between Daphne and Cormack was very sweet even if it did start off with deception which is not always my favorite theme.  They both are dealing with guilt issues and I think it helped them understand one another.  It was just nice to read about two likable people finding someone special amidst a ton of external drama.

Besides the romance, the plot of Never Entice an Earl focused on Cormack's pursuit of his sister's attacker.  I was invested in this storyline until the later part of the book when I felt like things got a bit out of hand.  The ending (while it satisfied all the plot threads) seemed very rushed and a little too Deux Ex Machina for my taste.

Though I did have some issues with the pacing and the conclusion of the revenge plot, I still enjoyed this book.  The character development was easily my favorite part and I think that is something that Lily Dalton really excels at in her stories.  The third book in this series is going to involve Daphne's sister, Clarissa, and I can't wait to read it. 

I received a free copy of this book from Forever Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 STARS

STEAM LEVEL
Flush -- Detailed descriptions of lovemaking though nothing overly graphic.


FAVORITE QUOTES
"I would marry you now, in this moment, if I could.  My darling, I don't believe we shall ever see such a day like this again, ever in our lives.  I felt nothing but despair this morning, but now I am the happiest woman alive."

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. Never Desire a Duke
2. Never Entice an Earl
3. Never Seduce a Scoundrel (Coming 2015)

CHALLENGES READ FOR

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY-Historical Romance Edition (22)

Happy Thursday, everyone! This is a new feature hosted by Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.  Since Tin and Mary C. are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, they've decided to focus on this beloved genre.

Here are the rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 2008.


THIS WEEK I AM FEATURING...

As You Desire (Braxton, #1) 

As You Desire by Connie Brockway
Originally Published: January 1997

Kidnapped, drugged, and about to be sold to the highest bidder, Desdemona Carlisle is having a hell of a time maintaining her English pride. Then she sees the man in black, galloping through the Egyptian desert on a pure white steed. Desdemona could not have conjured a more dashing savior in her wildest fantasies. But an unlikelier hero would be impossible to find: Harry Braxton is a rogue, a scoundrel, and a born opportunist—who has already broken Desdemona’s heart once before.

As brilliant as she is beautiful, Desdemona still hasn’t learned how to stay out of trouble—which suits Harry just fine. Running from a painful past, and rumored to be involved in nefarious endeavors, Harry will never be a proper match for Desdemona. But when she catches the eye of his cousin, the irritatingly honorable Lord Blake Ravenscroft, Harry vows to claim his one true desire, once and for all.


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This book has my all-time favorite romance trope: the hero's unrequited love for the heroine.  Harry's reasons for not pursuing Desdemona are completely understandable and it is joy to see him through his inhibitions out the window.  Desdemona (Dizzy) is a language prodigy who is oblivious to Harry's true feelings and desires a grand romance similar to the ones she loves to read.  The whole book is a blast to read with its sweet love story and vivacious characters.  Plus the whole thing takes place in late 19th century Egypt!!