March 2015 Archive

The Unlikely Lady

22929513Pages: 352

Published: May 5th, 2015 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781250042095

From Goodreads: Miss Jane Lowndes is a confirmed bluestocking. She’s convinced that if she can wait out her parents’ demand that she marry, someday she can be a confirmed spinster and hold intellectual salons, her fondest dream. No man wants a bluestocking for a wife, after all. And that’s exactly the way Jane likes it. In fact, she’s invented a fictitious chaperone to help her achieve that purpose.

Lord Garrett Upton is a devil-may-care confirmed bachelor. He’s lived through the war, and now that he’s back in London, he intends to enjoy life to the fullest. Marriage is certainly not a part of that plan. He’s known Miss Lowndes for years, and the two of them have long engaged in a war of words. Jane’s latest scheme to pretend she has a fake chaperone is none of his business . . . until her desire to involve herself in a scandal becomes all too personal.

When Garrett and Jane mistakenly kiss at a wedding party masquerade, their well-documented dislike for each other is turned on its ear. And when a devious widow, who will stop at nothing to have Garrett, plots to keep them apart, will their desire for each other overcome their dreams of remaining unattached?

 

I got this book from the author in exchange for an early review and let me just say…. wow! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world! This book exceeded my expectations and they were already pretty high. Jane is definitely someone I would want to be or at least be best friends with. I don’t want to be a spinster, but I definitely agree with her about books being the best company. Also, can I just say that Garrett is my favorite hero of all time? He really is. I don’t want to give too much away with this review, but let me just say if you’re a die hard bookworm like I am, you’re going to adore him as well. He’s dreamy and wonderful and everything we could hope for in a guy.

I read the first two books in this series and I absolutely loved them! I loved this one even more! This one was definitely my favorite. So if you’ve read the first two, you’ll want to pick this one up in May because it’s everything you’ve loved about the first two and more. If you haven’t read any of this books, then pick one up, especially this one, because you’re in for a treat! I’ve devoured all three and they’re a wonderful and funny escape from reality. The writing is quick and clever and just so much fun. Inside this book you’ll find characters you care about and relate to and a romance that feel real and genuine. It’s so hard for me to find romances where I feel like the hero and heroine have an actual connection. I felt it in this book so much and I wish that I had more books like this one to devour. Seriously, if you’re looking for a fun escape and something great to read look no further!

Cupcakes: Historical romanceHistorical romanceHistorical romanceHistorical romanceHistorical romance

 

I’ll add a link to Amazon once the book is released!

You, In Your Green Shirt

81ri6M1yg5L._SL1500_by: Barbara Monier

Pages: 142

ASIN: B00CD9HBQM

From Goodreads: YOU, IN YOUR GREEN SHIRT, by Barbara Monier, follows a woman coming back to life after the disintegration of a twenty-plus year marriage. The book opens with Madeline Bruno and her family sitting around the dinner table as husband Dick recounts his fascination with a new female employee. Within a few quick, jabbing lines, 14-year-old son Jack accuses his father of being “involved” with her, 11-year-old daughter Kate hurls insults, and Madeline has retreated into a fantasy that her once-beloved husband has turned into a giant, scurrying cockroach.

As Madeline struggles through each incremental breakdown of her lovingly-created marriage and world, she is alarmed to find herself having vivid fantasies about her daughter’s music teacher. At first feeling that this must be an aberration and indictment of her maternal skills, she gradually allows herself to experience long-numbed feelings of desire for connection. Encounters with the musician, both real and imagined, become more and more playful, flirtatious, and sexual, such as when she attends his very formal concert and imagines hurling herself from the balcony directly into his lap below.

Ultimately Madeline realizes that this largely-fantasied “relationship” has served its purpose; it has enabled her to be ready for the real world of middle-aged, post-millennium dating and men. Neighborhood friends talk her into trying the internet dating scene, which she tackles with utter trepidation but also determination and gusto. Madeline wades through on-line dating profiles. She unravels the protocol of first encounters via e-mail and phone. She has her first “first date” in more than twenty-five years, wandering through a shopping mall with a man before dissolving into tears back in her car.

When daughter Kate notices that the neighborhood “catch” has his eye on her mother, Madeline is more than a little skeptical. But when a four-year friendship between Madeline and Bud crosses the line into romance, the results move quickly from heated passion to an aftermath of woeful regret. Back to the online dating scene, Madeline meets Robert, a long-divorced business owner with a dog Madeline ultimately feels far more affection for than his eccentric owner. Though Robert becomes somewhat of a steady beau, they both agree they should keep the door open to meeting others.

The final chapters of the book find Madeline meeting an internet date at a local coffee house, her fantasies once again taking hold of her as she envisions a new life with him, fully recovered and wholly alive. But it becomes clear that her fantasies are actually memories here. She is telling this entire story to Jim, the story of everything that led to this moment, when she would meet and fall in love with him.

 

This story was incredibly well-written and fun. I didn’t want to put it down. I love the way this author can draw you into a story. This is the second story I’ve read and reviewed from this author and I think I liked this one even more than the last one. It goes in depth to Madeline’s mental illness and I’ve always found that type of topic fascinating. This story really gives you an insight into what she’s going through and makes you feel for her. The transitions between fantasy and present were extremely well done. I found myself getting excited each time it happened because I was loving the story so much and wanted to keep reading. I would recommend this story to anyone who is looking to get sucked into and immersed in a world that is not their own. I love getting inside other people’s heads. Especially when it is realistic and really makes me feel like that person like this book did. This book should be getting more attention. If you’re looking for something new to read, pick this up! 🙂

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