Tag Archives: 2010s

Out of Nowhere, by Felicia Davin

22 Jun
Cover or Out of Nowhere; the background is a photograph of space, showing a star breaking the horizon of a planet, with space matter around. The foreground is the silhouette of a man composed of starlit sky.

The second book in the Nowhere trilogy, Out of Nowhere ratchets up the tension from Edge of Nowhere. I confess, I stalled somewhere around the halfway mark, not opening the book again for weeks. Eventually, trusting the author to fulfill the promise of a happy ending that’s the immutable part of genre romance got me over the emotional block.

Reader, beware: some sex on the page between two adult men, swearing, trauma from childhood and from recent forced experimentation, including starvation, and a bit of violence. The author has a very comprehensive list of warning and tags here, below the blurb.

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Someone to Wed, by Mary Balogh

20 Jun
A dark haired white woman dressed in early 1800s white gown, her back about three-quarters towards the viewer. The backgrounds is a path through some fairly spaced-out trees, with sunlight coming through the branches, and almost 'haloing' her head.

Back in 2018, I glommed the first three novels in this series. Now that I seem cursed to re-reading more than reading new stuff (often because the writing voice is comforting, or because, even with the HEA promise of genre romance, I don’t have the emotional spoons to brave the relationship journey with an author I don’t yet know), I re-read them, and, I hope, finally learned my lesson: I cannot enjoy Ms Balogh’s newer work.

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Someone to Hold, by Mary Balogh

17 Jun
A young white woman with dark hair worn in a loose chignon high up on the back f her head, wearing a white dress, not quite empire waist,  with three-quarter sleeves. The background is clearly the city of Bath, with one of the most famous bridges, viewed from the countryside.

This novel, set just a few months after the end of Someone to Love, tells the story of the second daughter of the late Earl of Riverdale. I first read the first three books in what is now ::checks:: a nine book series just over four years ago, while struggling with the neverending reading slump from hell. As I’m still struggling with that, because ::gestures widely at the world::, I’ve re-read them recently. And, as I need blog fodder, here’s my review.

Content note: I curse a fair bit, because the whole “blood is thicker than water” schtick so many genre romance authors cleave to gets on my ultimate nerve. (see footnote 1)

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Marrying Winterborne, by Lisa Kleypas

30 May
Blonde white woman wearing a wedding dress with the veil flipped over to the back of her head, holding the skirt up a bit as she starts walking towards a petal-strewn stone bridge in the background, while looking towards the camera over her shoulder; her expression showing trepidation and anticipation in equal measure

A coupe of months ago, I finally read Cold-Hearted Rake, the first title in the Ravenels series of historical romances set in the mid- to late 1870s, and enjoyed it enough to dive into the rest of the series, which I pretty much devoured.

As I’m still struggling to read new-to-me stories, I dived into the series again, and well, here we are.

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