Tag: Books: Romance


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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Review: Edmund Bertram’s Diary

Posted 20 September, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Edmund Bertram’s Diary
By: Amanda Grange
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

At ten years of age, Fanny Price came to live with Edmund Bertram and his family at Mansfield Park. Far from the brat Edmund expected, Fanny became his closest confidante and dearest friend.

But when the fashionable Crawford siblings–Henry and Mary–come to town, they captivate the Bertram family. Henry embarks on a scandalous flirtation with Edmund’s sister, who is already betrothed to another, while Edmund is enchanted by Mary’s beauty and wit. But when it appears that Mary is not all she seems to be, Edmund will turn to the one woman who has always been at his side to find the happiness he deserves–Fanny.

And at last I got my hands on Edmund Bertram’s Diary. Strangely enough this book is not available as an eBook and for whatever reason the paperback is a little more on the pricey side, but for the sake of completing my collection, I picked it up. Besides, having come to love Mansfield Park (commentary) with every re-read, it seemed high-time to finally read the story from Edmund’s perspective 😉

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Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Posted 6 September, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

It’s Not Me, It’s You
By: Mhairi McFarlane
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Delia Moss isn’t quite sure where she went wrong.

When she proposed and discovered her boyfriend was sleeping with someone else – she thought it was her fault.

When she realised life would never be the same again – she thought it was her fault.

And when he wanted her back life nothing had changed – Delia started to wonder if perhaps she was not to blame…

From Newcastle to London and back again, with dodgy jobs, eccentric bosses and annoyingly handsome journalists thrown in, Delia must find out where her old self went – and if she can ever get her back.

I couldn’t resist, after reading You Had Me At Hello (review), I just had to read this book 😀 I had been seeing the book around in the last few months prior to picking it up that I just had to check out what it was all about.

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Review: You Had Me at Hello

Posted 5 September, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

You Had Me At Hello
By: Mhairi McFarlane
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

What happens when the one that got away comes back?

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart.

It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

From the moment they met they’d been a gang of two; partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on. Ben is married. Rachel is definitely not. In fact, the men in her life make her want to take holy orders…

Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

This was a whim purchase I made over the summer, haha. I’ve seen Mhairi McFarlane’s It’s Not Me, It’s You floating around during my many wanderings on GoodReads and book purchasing websites that I decided to pick it up. I also picked up this book because the premise sounded interesting (sucker for those second chances kind of stories 😉 ).

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