Tag: Books: Romance


Review: Pistols for Two

Posted 7 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Pistols for Two
By: Georgette Heyer
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

In eleven charming short stories, the Queen of Regency romance presents an exquisite romp through affairs of honor and affairs of the heart. Featuring rakes and rascals, orphans and heirs, beauties and their beaus, the legendary Georgette Heyer’s signature wit and inimitable style bring the Regency world dazzlingly alive.

I had been eyeing this short story collection by Georgette Heyer for ages but for whatever reason just did not get around to picking it up until recently. Anyway, this is very exciting, and you guys know that I’m a big fan of her books (see author tag) and as I was in something of a reading slump some time ago, short stories felt like a good way to pick me up a bit.

Pistols for Two was an eclectic mix of short stories featuring Heyer’s signature storytelling and the kinds of romantic tropes you’d see in historical romances: second chances at love, two people who hate each other but then fall for each other, love stories involving two people you wouldn’t imagine falling for each other in the first place, family members getting in the way of romances, young loves trying to run off to Greta Greene and their family members run in pursuit of them, etc. It’s all in good fun, really, but I think my favourite story has to be the title story, “Pistols for Two”; it stood out in my mind the most from all of the stories featured because it was more about the friendship between two gentlemen that becomes strained as they both become love rivals for this one rather popular woman who’s returned to their community. It was interesting and quite thrilling in that you don’t know how things were going to turn out.

The short stories may seem a little abrupt in their endings, but otherwise they felt pretty fleshed out, both in the character and presenting the situations that they are in when the story starts. I suppose if you’ve never read any of her books and want a bit of a taste in how Georgette Heyer writes, it’s not a bad place to start.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: This Earl is on Fire

Posted 6 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

This Earl is on Fire (Season’s Originals #2)
By: Vivienne Lorret
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

The sheltered daughter of a country baron, Miss Adeline Pimm comes to London looking for adventure… and finds it in the form of a bloody, unconscious man slumped in the doorway of her family’s rented townhouse. Though his identity is a mystery, Adeline is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, injured man and vows to nurse him back to health.

Liam Cavanaugh, the scandalous Earl of Wolford, is startled when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, wrapped in bandages that hinder his eyesight, with no memory of why he was beaten half to death. Although he can’t see the witty young woman who tends to his wounds, her alluring voice—and a single stolen kiss from her soft lips—helps soothe his pain. But when he is fully healed, Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings.

Liam will do whatever it takes to see Adeline again, even if it means giving up his rakish ways. But his disreputable past is not so easily forgotten and his secrets are far more dangerous than he—or Adeline—ever imagined.

Whoo-hoo, second book in the Season’s Originals trilogy! I’ve enjoyed Vivienne Lorret’s books to date (see author tag) and more or less enjoyed the first book in this series (review) so I was curious to see how this second book fared. The Earl of Wolford, if I recall, did make an appearance in the first book but my memory’s a little hazy there–too many characters from a myriad of series to keep track of!–but nonetheless the premise sounded interesting.

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Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton

Posted 2 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1)
By: Julia Quinn
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places…

This is not one of those times.

Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband… someday.

Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should…

Or not.

There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he’s arrogant, annoying, and she’s absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can’t stand the sight of him, either.

But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor…

Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can’t abide is the one person they can’t live without…

Yay, a new book from Julia Quinn! And something to read in the meantime to stave off the wait for the new editions of the final 4 Bridgerton novels (ugh, to buy them as physical copies to go with the first four, or to buy them as eBooks because I have no more shelf space? That is the question) 🙂

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Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

Posted 24 October, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet #4)
By: Julia Quinn
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can’t be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family’s infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She’s the type of girl you don’t notice until the second—or third—look, but there’s something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she’s the one.

Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can’t quite believe it’s all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can’t help thinking that he’s hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.

Okay, I think I mentioned in my review for The Sum of All Kisses (review) that I wasn’t planning on picking up the final installment for the Smythe-Smith quartet because of the mixed/negative reviews I’ve come across. Well, curiosity got the better of me, plus I got this book for a bargain price, so here we are 😛 I really can’t say no to a Julia Quinn novel, can I?

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Review: Me Before You

Posted 13 October, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

Me Before You
By: Jojo Moyes
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback; my purchase

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

Guys, I finally did it! After years of seeing this book everywhere–reviewed my book bloggers, cropping up on GoodReads and elsewhere on the Internet, seeing the billboards in the subway–I’m finally reading this book. It took the upcoming movie adaptation starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin to prompt me to pick up this book to read 😛 Contains spoilers ahead!

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