Monthly Archives: February 2017


February Updates

Posted 28 February, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 4 Comments

Goodness, it’s already the end of February and two months into 2017? Seems like yesterday I was just getting ready to celebrate another blogoversary! Anyway, I hope everyone had a lovely February; mine was fairly busy, a shock considering I was thinking it was going to be a quiet one, but anyhow, here’s what has been going on at my blog in the meantime:

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Vivienne Lorret’s When a Marquess Loves a Woman (review), J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun (review), and Elena Ferrante’s Troubling Love (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. One ARC was reviewed this month: Colleen Oakley’s Close Enough to Touch (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused on Amanda Grange and her Jane Austen hero books (seemed like the perfect time of year to be showcasing her books, especially now that I have read all six Jane Austen hero novels) 🙂 You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  4. And finally, I celebrated my tenth blogoversary earlier this month (see post). I can’t believe it’s been ten years since I first started steadily book blogging. Thanks again to everyone who commented and celebrated with me, and congratulations again to Wattle in winning my wee book giveaway! I hope you enjoy the title you selected 🙂

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And that’s about it from me and the blog for the month of February! How was your February? Wishing you all a wonderful March & that you’re having a great week 🙂

Review: Only Beloved

Posted 27 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Only Beloved (The Survivors’ Club #7)
By: Mary Balogh
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

For the first time since the death of his wife, the Duke of Stanbrook is considering remarrying and finally embracing happiness for himself. With that thought comes the treasured image of a woman he met briefly a year ago and never saw again.

Dora Debbins relinquished all hope to marry when a family scandal left her in charge of her younger sister. Earning a modest living as a music teacher, she’s left with only an unfulfilled dream. Then one afternoon, an unexpected visitor makes it come true.

For both George and Dora that brief first encounter was as fleeting as it was unforgettable. Now is the time for a second chance. And while even true love comes with a risk, who are two dreamers to argue with destiny?

I first read a book from The Survivors’ Club, Only Enchanting (review), last year and liked it enough. I wasn’t in any particular rush to pick up the rest of the series but I was keen to pick up this book when I found out that it would feature Agnes’ sister, Dora, and the Duke of Stanbrook. I thought they had a lovely moment together in Only Enchanting and that they would make a good couple. So yay that that wish came true 😛

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Review: Stranglehold

Posted 24 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Stranglehold (Detective Greene #4)
By: Robert Rotenberg
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

It’s just after Labour Day and the city is kicking back into gear. All eyes are on the hotly contested election for Toronto’s next mayor and crime is the big issue. Greene is no stranger to the worst of what the city has to offer, but even he is unprepared for what happens next when he stumbles upon a horrific homicide.

In one nightmare moment his world is flipped upside down. Soon he is pitted against his young protégé, Daniel Kennicott, who arrests him for first-degree murder.

Tied down on house arrest as he awaits his trial, Greene has to find a way to not only clear his name but to face some very hard truths: that he didn’t really know the people he believed in most; that there are unseen forces at work prepared to see him take the fall; and most of all, that he should never underestimate the price people will pay for love.

Okay, ideally I would’ve read Stray Bullets, the third book in the Detective Greene series, but as I don’t have a copy of it on hand and I had picked up this book first, well now, here we are 😛 I’ve enjoyed the first two books in the series (see author tag) so naturally I was looking forward to reading this one. This book in particular came out at a very interesting time as it was during the time the Rob Ford scandal emerged in the news.

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Review: Career of Evil

Posted 23 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3)
By: Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

And here we are, the third Cormoran Strike novel and the next mystery on Cormoran and Robin’s plate. This one strikes a little closer home to both characters this time as opposed to them being drawn into the literary or modelling worlds like the previous novels had done, so it should be interesting.

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Review: The Silkworm

Posted 22 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2)
By: Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .

At long last I am reading the second Cormoran Strike novel 🙂 I read The Cuckoo’s Calling (review) last year and greatly enjoyed it. I waited however until I got my hands on Career of Evil before I started reading this book (as I wanted to just dive into the third book after the second).

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