Month: October 2014

Anne Stuart: The Demon Count Novels

Available October 31: The Demon Count Novels

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Mystery, intrigue and a dark, brooding guardian … plus a second bonus novel too!

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a dark Jane-Eyre Mr. Rochester character…
  • If you love a Venetian-romance setting
  • and if you a good mystery-plot with your romance

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 Steaminess (pretty tame)

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The Demon Count: Orphaned Charlotte Morrow recklessly  races to Venice to live with her guardian, but little does she know her dreams of grandeur become more of a mystery in uncovering who her guardian really is. The first person narrative is different for a historical romance, and plays well with the sinister guardian who Charlotte is both scared and drawn to.  This is a page-turning romance with some dark mystery to boot!

The Demon Count’s Daughter: Returning to the same dark and mysterious Venice that her father came from, Luciana wants her own adventure. But she finds more than she bargains when she commits to help spying for her government.  Another page-turner from Anne Stuart, The Demon Count’s Daughter has a nice dose of mystery and intrigue.

Available on Amazon: The Demon Count Novels

Review: Scandalous Summer Nights

Available October 28: Scandalous Summer Nights

***3.5/5 stars

A desperate Lady Olivia is force to be reckoned with in Scandalous Summer Nights.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a female character with ambition
  • If you enjoy a bull-by-the-horns kinda gal

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

You’ve got to respect a woman who goes after what she wants .. but does she get it? Lady Olivia has known and loved James Averill for ten years, and she sets out to get him when she realizes her time has run out. From her drastic measures to his resolve to be honorable, Scandalous Summer Nights is a fun book for any historical romance reader.

The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd

Available October 31: The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs series, Book 2)

****4/5 stars

A stowaway Highland innocent and an outlawed pirate make this a must- read.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like an adventurous rake pirate…
  • If you love a woman who has takes initiative and likes to fight
  • and if you a good historical plot with your romance

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 3/5 Steaminess (pretty steamy)

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

I can’t remember a historical romance I didn’t like with a pirate … can you? So I knew The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd was going to be keeper. A fun plot with two passionate adventurers and a great supporting cast combine for a fabulous historical romance. You’ll get exactly what you want – some factual history tied in to the colorful, passionate love story. Paula Quinn’s a must-read for any historical romance reader – and that includes the Highland Heirs series.

Available on Amazon: The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs series, Book 2)

Review: The Accidental Countess

Available Oct. 28: The Accidental Countess

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Some almost-unbelievable twists make The Accidental Countess an amusing Regency read.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like some silliness in your plots
  • If you’re a sucker for a war hero

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

For seven years Lady Cassandra Monroe has written Captain Julian while he’s been at war – but when he returns and she has a chance to act on her feelings, something crazy happens. Some silly mishaps and other events make it even harder for these two likable characters to meet, making this an amusing read and a nice follow-up to The Unexpected Duchess – also by Valerie Bowman.

Available on Amazon:The Accidental Countess

If you like Outlander TV Series, you’ll like …

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Outlander Starz TV Series has hit midseason with flying colors.  And now we’ve got six months until the next round of Jamie-Claire amazingness vs. evil Jack Randall. Here’s the list of our top historical tv dramas to get you by for a bit longer.  If you liked Outlander, you’ll definitely like these too:

Vikings. Major bonus -You can get your husband/significant other to watch this with you – because of the mass amounts of blood and fighting. Catch up on the first two seasons before season 3 starts in early 2015. History Channel.

Vikings Season 5 starts in early 2015

Vikings Season 5 starts in early 2015

Downton Abbey: Your hubby won’t touch this with a 10-foot pole – but you can love it all the same. The amazing Edwardian English historical time is truly captured in this PBS series.  You’ll have four seasons to catch up on before the fifth season kicks off on January 4, 2015.

Downton Abbey Season 5 kicks off in early January 2015.

Downton Abbey Season 5 kicks off in early January 2015.

Tudors: Now on Netflix, you can follow the popularily written/reenacted and polarizing King Henry VIII as he navigates politics and love. Bonus: There’s four seasons to enjoy!

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North and South. A three-part series with a very Pride and Prejudice love story, North and South is a must see for any historical romance lover.  Plus its on Netflix and only requires a few evenings’ dedication.

 

A three-part series for a quick post-Outlander pick-me-up.

A three-part series for a quick post-Outlander pick-me-up.

 

The Borgias: Another good Showtime Series now on Netflix, The Borgias follows an Italian crime family in their quest for power through the Renaissance era. And you may even see a familiar face from Outlander.

Showtime's The Borgias has three seasons, including one on Netlfix now.

Showtime’s The Borgias has three seasons, including one on Netlfix now.

 

The Paradise: A great historical drama set in Britian, The Paradise is the story of a country girl who comes to the city and works at the first department store for an ambitious, brooding employer. The first season is on Netflix now, and Season 2 just finished on PBS. Here’s the trailer:

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Audio book review: Shotgun Lovesongs

Available now: Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel

****4/5 stars

An truly original, poetic book, Shotgun Lovesongs is delivered perfectly in this audio book – just make sure you’re not in a hurry.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like literature and original, unique writing
  • If you like poetic, thoughtful writing and descriptions

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 2/5 for plot
  • 5/5 for voice-audio
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess (pretty tame)

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Shotgun Lovesongs was emotional, reflective and an original work of art – and perfect for an audio book.  Written in first person with changing narrators for chapters, the readers were expertly selected and delivered the story superbly.  The writing is poetic at times and no-nonsense at times. If you’re looking for an action-packed plot, this may not be the pick … but for something new, original and reflective – this is perfect.

Here’s an excerpt to enjoy from one of the four narrators:

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Bridget Jones is back: Mad About the Boy review

Available Now:  Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

***3/5 stars

While it’s a been a few years with some bittersweet changes, the the characteristic craziness and humour of the iconic Bridget Jones is still there.

Recommended readers:

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Due to some spoiler alert circumstances, Bridget is back on the market– only this time with social media.  Will he call will he call?  becomes will he text will he text? Or god forbid, twitter.  It’s Bridget Jones for the 2000s, but it’s still funny and charming…. and a little bittersweet.

The Healer: Book Review

Available now:  The Healer

***3/5 starsThe-healer-book

A troubled laird and an outcast healer … can they find love? For the under $5 price, this book is a steal.

Recommended readers:

  • Anyone looking for a good read that’s easy on the wallet
  • If you like great characters and a historical English-Scottish border setting

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Lynelle Fenwick is the daughter of an English Lord and an outcast. William Kirkpatrick is a new Scottish Laird with a haunting past and memories.  The Healer builds from the secrets of the two characters’ past, and develops nicely into a touching, good story. And for less than $5, this is worth every penny.

Available on Amazon (for less than $5!):The Healer

The 13th Gift: A True Story Review

Available Oct. 28: The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle

****3.5/5 stars

A touching true story of a grieving family and how they come together, The 13th Gift is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a good Christmas story
  • If your holiday spirit needs a boost
  • If you are grieving a lost one and looking for some hope

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Joanne Huist Smith, the author and first-person narrator of The 13th Gift, is hanging by a thread and trying to keep herself and her three kids together after the death of her husband just months before Christmas. With so many family traditions during the holidays that centered around her departed husband, Joanne and her daughter and two sons are each dealing with the tragedy in different, heartbreaking ways – and a special random act of kindness starts to bring them together. A touching story and incredible journey, Mrs. Smith’s recounting is real and offers anyone grieving during the holidays some hope.

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Midseries Review: Outlander on Starz

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Outlander fans voted this their favorite scene from Season 1 so far.

Well, Outlander fans, we’re hooked.  It’s been nearly a month now and we’re  still not accustomed to the absence of our weekly outlander fix. To say nothing of poor Jamie Fraser, cursed to crouch in that window with a rather heavy firearm braced on his own arm until… what’s that you said? April?! WHYYYYYYYYYY??????

At least longstanding Outlander fans and general book-over-the-movie types can comfort ourselves with reading ahead to find out what happens next, if we didn’t know already… or can we? While everyone seems to have nothing but good things to say about the series (BooksforHer included), and the they seem to be staying very true to the plot and even the dialogue of the book, there have been some rather notable departures here and there.

(SPOLIER ALERT: If you haven’t read the books or seen the series or both, don’t read on. You’ve been warned.)

The Scottish bar brawl over breakfast is fought by everybody over Claire’s honor instead of as a one-man-show for Jamie’s. Now that was just plain good fun. Good call.

The ring is all wrong and will likely have some other significance. (Kudos for sending the fellas to get it though- I have to say, I love those two.)

Dougal propositions Claire… on her wedding night. Really? Why? Because one time-transcendent love triangle is not enough? We all know that Dougal is one complicated dude, but REALLY.

Time traveling through the stones is more than a mysterious folk tale, it’s apparently common knowledge shared by Mrs. Graham with Frank. Hokey.

Frank is everywhere. While of course he is a constant “presence” in the story, I always thought of him as rather less than literally “present.” This is probably due as much to the standing of the fabulous Tobias Menzies (of Game of Thrones fame) as it is to the reality that you can really only do so much with voiceover, but there’s a whole lotta Frank going on.

….and on that note….

Frank and Claire seem to be able to HEAR each other through the stones. Hokier. While having them arrive in the same place at the same moment on the space-time continuum is just good tv, I have to admit the whole hearing each other across time thing puzzled me. Who exactly are we playing as true love here?

But am I on the edge of my seat, impatiently awaiting April? Absolutely. And it’s more than I literally watch all period drama. They are doing a great job with the much-beloved Outlander.  It’s great fun to see it come to life on the screen.

 

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