Saturday, April 28, 2018
Bride Quartet - Book 1
I almost forgot to write this up!
So, a Nora romance does what a Nora romance does for me. Makes me smile, makes me chuckle, makes me tear up and makes me sigh a little, a happy sigh, at the end. La Nora is a comfort read for me.
And Vision in White doesn't lack in that category.
It's not the best Nora I've read, nor is it the worst. 4 gals run a wedding business. One stop shopping for the big day. Now this is really all lost on me because I think the money spent on these spectacles would be far better spent on a vacation or a house or a car or... well, you get my drift.
Anyway, book one is about the photographer, Mackensie and Carter, the high school English teacher. I have to say, for the first few chapters I wondered if we were going to find out that Carter was on the spectrum, but no, he was just being an iffily written safe, stable and a little befuddled guy. I liked him a lot in the second half of the book.
Anyway, sweet romance, fun dialogue and far too much details about wedding planning. *LOL* I have the other three in the Kobo for the next time I need a comfort read.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Novels of the Tufa #2
I really enjoy Alex Bledsoe's voice. His writing is easy yet rich and full. Perfect for the subject matter of North America's fairy population. It's not an urban fantasy, it's more a contemporary, rural fantasy, I think. Set in the Appalachian mountains and peopled with a whole bunch of unique characters, it's the place where Rob Quillan, a musician haunted by tragedy, comes in search of a song to heal him.
Now there may be other books out there about the other-worldly creatures in this part of North America, but I can't really recall any. As it is Bledsoe walks the perfect line of keeping the story sounding ... um, not of the city .... yet not sounding like the Clampetts. His characters are characters, not caricatures and some you love, some you hate and some you just... know. It's a homey book, but with an edge. :)
And the fairy-folk themselves. They're not the grand lord and lady types, not the ethereal little nymphs, not the austere folk we see portrayed so often. They're good, they're bad, they're dark, they're light and they're not quite like anything I've read about before.
I think if you're a fan of Charles de Lint, you'll enjoy this series.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
London Celebrities - Book 2
I loved it. Pure and simple. I loved it like I loved the first book in the series. It's fun and it's sexy and it's honestly a joy to read, just in the way it's crafted.
Back when I was a tween, hell, I guess I'd have been about 10 or 11 (1966/1967 to put it in time frame), I started reading the Penny Parrish books by Janet Lambert. Sweet, teenage type romances that followed Army kid Penny through her teenage to her adult years. And Penny became a famous Broadway actress who ended up marrying her director and it was MARVELOUS! Then, a few years later, I read one of my first Harlequin Romances - Kay Thorpe's Curtain Call (1971) and absolutely loved it. So much that other than my Janet Dailey collection, it's the only Harlequin of hundreds that I've read that I have left on my bookshelves. Lucy Parker's books bring me back to that time and remind me of the dreams I had as a girl, to be a stage actress (didn't happen *LOL*, but I still love the dream). I feel the same way reading Lucy's books as I did back then and I like the feeling - it's a good one.
The characters are terrific and never perfect, even the secondary or thirderary. *LOL* I know, I made up that word, it should be tertiary, I think. Anyway, Lucy's characters, while they are bigger than life, which, of course, they are or who'd want to read about them, they are also relatable with flaws and not so nice traits at times. I especially liked the way Margo, the hero's ex, was portrayed. Her emotions and motivations when dealing with Lily and Luc are real and understandable. She's not a martyr, nor is she a bitch. I liked that!
Another important thing that I loved was that the author navigated the pitfalls of the power imbalance between the big director and the young actress very well. It never felt icky or anywhere near #metoo-ish. Luc was always respectful and mindful of the power imbalances as was Lily and they spoke about them. So, kudos to Lucy! That could have gone very wrong.
One thing that Lucy weaves throughout her stories is a sense of fun and witty humour. I love it! I've even laughed out loud while reading. Which brings me back to the girl I once was. Back in the day, my best friend, Cat, and I used to devour romances - Harlequins, Heyers, Silhouettes... we'd sit and read, different books, and read out delightful passages to each other and then... we'd trade books! Had we had Lucy Parker's books back in the day, there would be a ton of passages read out loud and then, I'm pretty sure we'd make sure we each had our own copies. :)
Oh, read these books! Sexy and fun and I just love them!
Sunday, April 8, 2018
The Arcadia Project - Book 1
I picked up this book after reading this review by KJ Charles (one of my fave authors). I don't read everything that KJ recs, because some of it isn't my cup of tea, but many of the books she recommends I eventually pick up and try out. I've not been disappointed yet!
So I found this book, the first in the The Arcadia Project series, fascinating for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the main character who narrates the story, Millie, is one of the most intriguing main characters I've read in a long while. I can't say it better than KJ does in her review (so if you didn't read it, go and click the link and READ IT!). What I can say, is that I grew to really LIKE her by the end of the book and can't wait to see what she gets up to in the next book.
Secondly, I liked the way the two worlds/realities were treated. Sure, we didn't see anything of the fairy realm itself, just some of the creatures and beings that inhabit it and cross over into our world. I have to hope that we see more of it and learn more of it in the next book.
So, even though I'm not a huge fan of urban fantasy/paranormal, I really did enjoy this one and will be adding the second novel to my list.