New series I think I’m gonna be in love with!!

And the author and publisher has to thank Sherlock (BBC) for that.

You know I’ve never been one for reading mysteries that had not a drop of romance. I mean, of course I’ll still read it, because my brain (for some reason) loves them. But if they had some romance to them, I’ll probably love them better.

So, even though I’ve heard of Sherlock Holmes, I’ve never been motivated enough to pick up the books.

Robert Downey Jr. piqued my interest a bit, but…not enough.

Then came Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and I was hooked! Maybe because the series is only 3 episodes each. Maybe it’s the superb acting from all the cast. Maybe it’s because I’ve become a Sherlock/Molly shipper. Whatever it is, I now love everything Sherlock! (Well, not everything.)

Anyway, when I saw this book about a Lady Sherlock, I just have to grab it, right???? Though it’s mainly mystery, the author promises a strong romantic element. And I’ve read some Sherry Thomas’s books before, so I’m sure this will be a story worth reading!

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society.  But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.
 
When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

 

My Top Ten of 2015

If I could give it 10 stars, I would!

PLAYING WITH FIRE is the magnificent, hot hot hot follow up to Flirting with Fire. What makes it hot? Dominant hero, saucy-mouthed heroine, power games in and out of the bedroom. Combine that with witty dialogue, and you’re in for an amazing ride you don’t want to end!

This book is so so good that I wonder how the author could top this one. Still, I’m willing to see her try with Wyatt’s book, Sparking the Fire.

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BLURRED LINES is a raw, no-holds-barred portrayal of two best friends making the choice to become lovers, and it’s the best I’ve ever read!

There was no slow moment in the story; the stakes got progressively higher with each chapter, along with the tension. The pace was just right, and the writing flowed smoothly. The characters were empathetic, flawed and believable, and together, they were hot hot hot! There was no superfluous intimate scene, and I love that!

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

You know that new series that Richelle Mead was hinting at last time? Well, the news is out!

It’s a new fantasy, young adult series! And reading the blurb, it sounds like my kind of book! I like the idea of the school part. Takes me back to those boarding school stories by Enid Blyton. But still have to wait until April 2016!

Here’s where to pre-order, if anyone’s interested.

glittering court

A dazzling, romantic new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.

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Thursday Rambles: Samplers and First Chapters

I have never been so appreciative of samplers and Amazon’s “Look Inside” than when I’m considering to purchase some books. Or the library. Or a First Chapters ezine.

These four–samplers, “Look Inside”, the library, first chapter peek–allows me to…well, sample the story, the author’s writing style, etc in order to make informed judgments before parting with my hard-earned $$$. I usually read reviews before buying, but there are always contradictory voices, and until I find a reviewer whose tastes runs similar to mine, a peek into the book is always very welcome.

Like Monica Burns’ Forever Mine. I love Jude Devereaux’s Knight in Shining Armor, being one of the first romance books I’ve read. I love the way I was swept into the past, the fun times the heroine got up to living in history and amazing them with modern-day tricks. So, when I saw Forever Mine in the ezine, I dug eagerly into the first chapter, and the mystery of the paintings, the entire situation set up in the chapter, the author’s writing style drew me in, compelled in me an urge to know more about Nick and Victoria, and what would happen to them. It’s a romance, so we know they would have an HEA, but would it be in the past or the present? How would they get there? I immediately went to get a copy and I can’t wait to read it!

When I need an adventure, I go hunting for fantasy books. But I’m not well-versed in them, and I don’t like hard-core fantasies. I like fantasy books with a bit (okay, maybe more than a bit) of romance in them. So, I went to browse the reviews on Amazon, but due to the abovementioned conflicting voices, I couldn’t make up my mind. And reading the first few pages of the book via Amazon and the library helped me make up my mind about these books:

Well of Darkness by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Sadly, the reviewers were right. Prince Dagnarus (one of the main characters) is a spoiled brat, and I don’t like the way he treated his whipping boy, Gareth. At first, when Dagnarus took Gareth’s side, I thought the reviewers were mistaken and that there was something redeemable in Dagnarus. I can live with that. However, when he changed Gareth’s name to Patch, it was unacceptable. Perhaps that is something common in this world, with him being a prince moreover, but it speaks to me of a lack of respect. And I can’t continue reading a book where I despise the main character. So…No.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Robin Hobb, and despite mixed reviews on Amazon, I wanted to start this book a lot of times, but just never found the time. So, as I was craving for fantasy, I decided to try this and checked it out from the library.

Perhaps I hadn’t read enough reviews but I hadn’t read any that said this book was written in the first person perspective. I don’t dislike this POV, but it’s not my favorite, and certainly not in a fantasy book (IMHO). And coupled with the hint of bitter commentary in the character’s voice, erm…No.