- #44 for Audiobook challenge
Thursday, July 29
Audiobook Review: My Therapist, My Lover by Cris Beam
- #44 for Audiobook challenge
Tuesday, July 27
Joint Review: An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
Title: An Offer From a Gentleman
Published: July 1st 2001
Format: ebook & audio
Third Bridgerton book! What did you think?
I’m glad we read it! I enjoyed it! Not my favorite of the series so far, but I liked watching these two find loveeee.
I am a bit torn, I felt that it was 20 years old, and because of that I overlooked some of his tendencies. I do think I am happy that I did not start with these when I started reading Quinn cos as it stands now, would I have read more? Dunno
Ya - you could tell this was an older one of hers. Benedict was a jerk for a good chunk of it. WHICH men back in the day would never marry a maid...but the blackmail was uncalled for. I didn’t like that. He did redeem himself, but still...he was a jerkface.
The blackmail was creepy. Totally creepy. I forgave him cos hey olden timey romance heroes had their weird ways. These days a romance hero will totally marry a maid, seamstress or whatever. Sure he will be all, but!!! But still. Here Benedict had other things on his mind
Very creepy and rude esp after she helped heal him back to health. I would’ve liked to see them get married and see how they introduce her to society. That would add some meat to the story and help redeem him more. I think him telling people to F off and defend his woman would’ve been delightful to see. You KNOW the ton would be meaaaaaaaan to her for sure.
But now all they will see is a ward to the old Earl. Sure there will be gossip, but hey Lady Bridgerton is popular. I would rather see him tell people to f off.
Even being a ward with no real title would be beneath so many folks. They are terrible people. Could you imagine Mama Bridgerton and Benedict teaming up against those rich snobs? Man. I wish we could’ve seen that. I would’ve loved it. I also want to read a short story or something with Mama Bridgerton and the Maid War. Too much fun!!!
So true. It’s like the book was just eh, no time for that nonsense about people thinking she is not good enough. Also yes the Maid Wars would have been fun!
I do feel like there were a lot of things she could’ve added to make this even better and help redeem Benedict from being an ahole and maybe develop their love more. I bet the tv show will add a lot of extra stuff so I’m kind of excited for when they get to his story someday.
OOOO I loved the ending with a certain character (not spoiling who) came out of nowhere and helped Sophie. Didn’t see that coming!!
Yes he does have ahole written on him in my eyes, I am sure the show will change it for the better. It does sound like I didn’t like it at all, but I did! It was light and nice (if I overlook certain things, at least it wasn’t a rapey 80s book). I can take some of Benedicts ways.
I’m sure they will or make him pay for and have to earn her more. Something. BUT same. I liked it. It was nice and light and Sophie deserved a HEA poor girl. F that stepmother!! MONSTER deserved to be locked away for the abuse. And yes, this for sure was a book that was written an eon ago and tbh...if this was a real romance in that time period this is how it would’ve been. Except...they would’ve never married. She would’ve been his mistress until he married or found someone different if she got too old/boring.
But real life sucks! She would have been his mistress, had a few kids, maybe they would have been together a long time. Maybe he would have moved on. Maybe she would have been miserable cos she would never moved in his circles.
Also, her stepmother can die that stupid evil B! Ugh!!! Oh and yes that person who you talked about helped her, yes I liked that!
True! Real life sucksssss. Being a mistress is so unstable. The ton would never accept her fully. That stepmother should’ve been shipped to Antarctica. GRRRR.
Hope they have ugly clothes in the show, lol. To show how evil the stepmum and Araminta are.
I think the stepmother’s name was Araminta and the one evil daughter was Rosalyn or something (they need to be shipped away together grrr). YEASSSSSS they should have even uglier clothing than Penelope and her family LOLL.
Oh damn, I think you are right. How did I forget Rosalyn, eh, she was not as memorable as Posy. Posy was omg brain freeze…..you know the last kid of the Feathertons, omg I can’t spell or think. Watching tv, my bad.
Posy was the chubby daughter of Araminta that was treated poopy too. Kinda like Penelope. I think the two should become best friends. Which! Did you read the book or do the audio? I did the audio.
I could see the actress who played Pen, but could I think of the name? Nope. I read it. Was it good in audio?
Yessss the audio was amazing bc the Queen of Audios read it...Rosalyn Landor! She was flawless and perfect as per normal.
Ohh, I like Rosalyn Landor! Maybe that would have been better.
She always makes it a hair better even if it is meh. ^_^
A good narrator is gold :D So, a good book, but it has aged. Or we do not forgive things as easily?
Depends on how you look at it and feel. I enjoyed it even though it made me growl at the hero and he had to earn her love FOR sure. And yes, the narrator is gold. I totally recommend the audio but I am biased because I love this narrator. She is a queen!
He did cut it a bit late though...But he did care.
Yes. He for sure was not the best of the brothers so far. I think the show will make him more favorable...hopefully.
In the show I liked him best with Eloise. Other times, eh, did not really care.
He is adorable with his siblings, especially with Eloise.
Huh, I was looking at the books I have read, and I could not find Eloise’s book, I am sure I have read it!
I believe it’s book 5.
I also seem to have disliked Gregory’s book but couldn’t find the review, just a rating, omg, whyyy
Maybe a future book ;) Revisiting it to see whyyy you did. I’ve only read the first, second, and this one. I do plan on reading all of them.
Phew, found the review on my blog! Must post it on GR
Yess you must!
Friday, July 23
Audiobook Review: Once a Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney
- #42 for Audiobook challenge
Wednesday, July 21
Audiobook Review: Alien Knight Blind Date Disaster by Becca Brayden
- #41 for Audiobook challenge
Tuesday, July 20
Tell Me Something Tuesday: Newly Discovered Authors
Monday, July 19
Blodeuedd's Monday Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Format: 245 pages, Hardcover
Published: September 15, 2020 by Bloomsbury
Fantasy Fiction Mystery Magical Realism
Ok so this was weird. I hardly know what to say cos if I say anything that might be a spoiler.
Right, so this man lives in a weird house. The house has oceans and tides. Hallways filled with statues. No one living there except a man he calls The Other. And some skeletons. Such a weird place. No recollection why he is there, and if there exists anything else but this house.
Was it great? Nah. But I really wanted to know why this man was living in this house, that is not a house but a strange world at the same time. Hall after hall, you can walk for days.
And we do get an explanation, grateful for that. I can not say anything more.
And about the characters. Well, we know nothing about The Other. He is just there. Piranesi, as the Other calls the man, well we know nothing about him either. He is resourceful, he keeps a journal. He loves this house and likes to explore.
I did like it, because something kept me reading
Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.
There is one other person in the house—a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.
Friday, July 16
Audiobook Review: The Perfect Play by G.S. Carr
- #40 for Audiobook challenge
Thursday, July 15
Book Review: Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh
Monday, July 12
Blodeuedd's Monday Review: The Highlander's Destiny by Mary Wine
Narrated by: Timothy Campbell
Series: Highland Rogues, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
Release date: 07-20-21
Publisher: Tantor Audio
I do wish at that one book would have a woman come in to a new keep and everyone would be all; Nice to meet you! Oh we like you, let's be friends! But alas no, everyone be bitches.
Cora has an intended she has never met. But she is fierce, strong, and sure she would like to meet him, but she also wants more.
Faolan is a bastard, and well that blurb is weird. The whole keep is close to the coast and that tower is used for protection. A lot of people gets sent there. But many are asshats since he is the son of the previous ruler, and his half brother rules now.
Faolan and Cora meets during a storm. Why she isn't just sent back the next day, dunno. But instead she meet everyone at the castle. Ugh everyone is calculating, or mean. There is always a bitchy woman too. But things does progress quickly. Things go down and since we all know they will fall in love they will. A rocky road, but she wont let anyone hold her down, not the Church (booo you guys), or someone else.
I do like these books. Some hardships and love conquers all, and then everyone thinks they are awesome.
I also like that there are always new characters that intrigue me. I want Rolf to find someone, and Cormac. I need those books
I also think the narrator is great. I have listened to lots of highland romances with him now and I think he is great at accents and different voices. He fits well
Faolan McKay was the spawn of recklessness. A child conceived by moonlight outside the bonds of wedlock. His mother was banished to the rocky shores of the Highlands where she committed an even greater sin than seducing the laird’s son—she survived. And raised her son to be everything everyone whispered about him. To be feared was better than any position or sword.
Cora Mackenzie has been promised since she was five. But her intended has never even penned her a single note. Cora takes to the moors, finding satisfaction in building strength and pitting herself against the elements. She discovers a thirst for succeeding where everyone says a girl shouldn't.
Faolan wasn't one for tales by the firelight, but seeing the woman perched on the rocks of his island made him stop and stare. Battered by the wind and rain, she cared nothing for her hair or dress. Instead, she stood in the face of the elements, celebrating her survival. Aye, a mythical creature, one he should ignore but just can't seem to. Fate has locked them together, leaving him battling to resist the pull of his guest.
Whether or not she wants to know the man who saved her isn't up to her. A storm forces them to shelter together or die if they attempt to leave. She might not survive the encounter, but it's hardly the first time life has offered Cora no choice but to face what is placed before her.
Sunday, July 11
Book Review: Burning Ground by DA Galloway
Saturday, July 10
2-in-1 Short Audio Review: The Raven & The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
- #40 & 41 for Audiobook challenge
Friday, July 9
Audiobook Review: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
- #39 for Audiobook challenge