Tag Archives: f/m

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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Cold-Hearted Rake, by Lisa Kleypas

16 Mar
Cover for Cold-Hearted Rake; background shows part of a medieval-ish stone house and some gardens, in a blueish tint. Foreground shows a white redheaded woman wearing a pink gown, with the back mostly open and no underpinnings, looking at the reader over her soulder

I am trying to keep up with Wendy the SuperLibrarian’s TBR Challenge and struggling some to find novels that fit the themes; not because I don’t have entire cordilleras of TBR tittles, but because I have done nothing but over-commit this year. So when I realized how little time I had to get the reading done and the review written, I went off what I remembered of the “look inside” sample, wherein the male protagonist appears to be a callous and resentful ass.

Spoiler: turns out that neither of the main characters are all that grumpy by nature; rather, they’re reacting to pretty shitty circumstances. BUT I DON’T CARE, IT FITS THE THEME.

(Also, there are letters)

::ahem::

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