Published August 22nd 2012 by White Soup Press (first published August 1st 2012)
Pride and Prejudice variation
I finally Dled the kindle app on my phone, cos hell, nope I do not ever read them when I dl on my computer and then I can not find them. Though this did take me 2 months, ooops. Note to self, if you start one then do finish too.
To read it this long was not a good idea. I totally forgot how they fell in love *hangs head in shame* But hey, still fun!
They have to interact during a flood. Darcy is quite the hero, and Lizzy has to agree.
They will fall in love, have to struggle for their love. Mr Bennet is quite the d*ck. Wickham is up to his old tricks, and omg Jane has quite the love story of her own and I applauded that at the end. Well done, well done!
variations that mix things up are always fun
Trapped for three days by a flood, and trapped forever by society because of it…. The river isn't the only thing overflowing in Hunsford when a natural disaster forces Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to work together. The residents of flood-stricken Hunsford, seeking refuge in the parsonage atop the hill, are unaware they are interrupting Darcy's disastrous proposal. Even worse, the flood has washed out the only bride to Rosings Park, stranding Darcy with the woman who has just refused his offer of marriage. But it may already be too late to redeem Elizabeth’s reputation….
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June 18th: Do you think Advanced Reading Copies are worth it?
I guess yes and no. I love getting an ARC and getting to read it sooner. I am so bad at waiting. And they do create good buzz too!
But I would love to get a book just as much after it has been published and give it as much love.
Any book I choose to read is a good book (well hopefully). Ack so short again! But that is all I have to say :)
Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5 Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10 Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15 Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20 Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30 My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30-50
Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+
And here are the books I have listened to this far!
The Secret of a heart note - Stacey Lee
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
Cowboy stole my heart - Soraya M Lane
Unmask me if you can by Shana Galen
The cowboy and his baby by Jessica Clare
A night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen
The unlikely adventures of the Shergill sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal
The Summer cottage by Viola Shipman
The Austen playbook by Lucy Parker
A prince of paper by ALyssa COle
The tiger at midnight by Swati Teerdhala
Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti
Grave destiny by Kalayana Price
To wed an heiress by Karen Ranney
Storm cursed y Patricia Briggs
Londons best kept secret by Anabelle Bryant
The night visitors by Carole Goodman
The infamous Duchess by Sophie Barnes
In her sights by Katie Ruggle
COme from away by Genevieve Graham
Tides of Honor by Genevieve Graham
The beast player by Nahoko Uehashi
A memory called Empire by Arkady Martine
The ruin of kinds by Jenn Lyons
In a badger way by Shelley Laurenston
The deepest blue Sarah Beth Durst
This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan
Can't escape love by Alyssa Cole
The lieutenant's nurse by Sara Ackerman
In another time by Jillian Cantor
If you're out there by Katy Loutzenhiser
Band sinister by KJ Charles
Cursed by keri Arthur
California girls by Susan mallery
Devil's daughter by Lisa Kleypas
We set the dark in fire by Kay Tehlor Mjia
Wild country by Anne Bishop
Bad influence by Stefanie London
Lady Derring takes a lover by Julie Anne Long
The fammiliars by Stacey Halls
When you read this by Mary Adkins
Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
The curiosities by Susan Gloss
Polaris rising by Jessie Mihalik
Birthday Suit by Lauren Blakely
Storm glass by Jeff Wheeler
Rogues rush in by Tessa Dare
Governess gone rogue by Laura Lee Guhrke
The lost girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Circle of shadows by Evelyn Skye
The trouble with true love by Laura Lee Guhrke
A brother's price by Wen Spencer
Flare up by Shannon Stacey
Playing for keeps by Jill Shalvis
The unteachables by Gordon Korman
The only woman in the room by Marie Benedict
Once ghosted, twice shy by Alyssa Cole
99 percent mine by Sall Thorne
All I want for Christmas is a cowboy by Jessica Clare
Minimum wage magic by Racehl Aaron
When me meet again by Kristin harmel
Out of time by Monica McCarty
Ten kisses to scandal by Vivienne Lorrett
I will def NOT manage this many come Fall. I guess I will be glad if I manage 1 per week then
Title: Pride and Sensuality (Darcy and Elizabeth Short Stories)
Genre: Historical Romance, PP variation, & Short story
Published: March 27th 2014
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)
With his mind agreeably engaged on the pleasures that await him once he and his dearest, loveliest Elizabeth are man and wife, Darcy's patience wanes, and he begins to wonder if he will ever find time alone with his betrothed.
Elizabeth is not oblivious of the discomfort Darcy must surely suffer. Not only does she have the key to his heart; she knows how to use it.
A random find on Audible. I was feeling a short story and I think I needed a little Darcy/Elizabeth in my life.
The story follows Elizabeth and Darcy after Elizabeth said 'yes' to the propose. It is a few days before the wedding and they are in a lot of love and lust.
This was sweet and short and gave me the Elizabeth/Darcy fix I needed. They are adorable and I loved the interactions not only between them but between all the siblings. It was cute.
Now - I was a little thrown off with the title. There really was no smexy time. It was nice to just see them kissing and talking and Darcy introducing Elizabeth to new things like cocoa. There was a lot of lust, but they are creatures of their time so I can see them waiting for their marriage but doing other things instead.
Read one by the author a while back and I remember it being meh, but I like the writing style. Glad I gave this one a try! It made me more curious about the author.
I do wish it was longer. It ended at an awkward moment story-wise.
The narrator was perfect for an Austen-y story. I want to listen more by her.
In the end, I liked this. Short and sweet. I wanted more at the end there. I'll give this 3 stars. For sure worth it if you need some Austen-y type stories in your life.
Published September 4th 2017 by Five Fathoms Press
Series: The Harwood Spellbook #1
Alternative history fantasy novella
This is a novella so the end came really fast and was wrapped up in a tidy bow just like that. But eh, it works, how she came to the answer no clue.
Alternative history were there is magic and elves in England. The elves stays in their land and there is a truce, but Cassandra does come across one and it has ramifications.
Only men have magic, but Cassandra did have magic too, but not anymore, srsly, why not? What happened. Why are we not told?
Houseparty a la Austen with a mystery to solve.
It was light, delightful and fun. I will totes read more
In nineteenth-century Angland, magic is reserved for gentlemen while ladies attend to the more practical business of politics. But Cassandra Harwood has never followed the rules...
Four months ago, Cassandra Harwood was the first woman magician in Angland, and she was betrothed to the brilliant, intense love of her life.
Now Cassandra is trapped in a snowbound house party deep in the elven dales, surrounded by bickering gentleman magicians, manipulative lady politicians, her own interfering family members, and, worst of all, her infuriatingly stubborn ex-fiancé, who refuses to understand that she’s given him up for his own good.
But the greatest danger of all lies outside the manor in the falling snow, where a powerful and malevolent elf-lord lurks...and Cassandra lost all of her own magic four months ago.
To save herself, Cassandra will have to discover exactly what inner powers she still possesses – and risk everything to win a new kind of happiness.
What can I say, YA fic is just so fun in audio. Light, fun and they tend to be shorter. Perfect.
In this one we meet Mimosa, an aromateur. She spends her days mixing "potions, and taking care of flowers. And now she is even in High School.
Brief sidetrack. How on earth do they stay a float if they do not charge people?
And then her mum leaves on an assignment, and Mimosa makes a mistake fixing two people up. And meets Court, and falls in love.
But love witches can't fall in love, if will destroy their nose, and without a nose you can not work.
Also, no wonder there are not that many around, I am sure the stake took a lot.
I enjoyed it. Mimosa was nice, there was romance, drama, but all in good amounts.
The narration was well done and I easily fell into this world. She made me scent the flowers. She did well with different voices and made the story come alive
Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, 16-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking - all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn't want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman's son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn't always a choice you can make.
This was sure one strange arrangement. They share a bed, but have never met! He works nights, she works normal hours so they never meet. But they share the same flat, the same bed. A start to a new fun friendship.
Tiffie needs a place to live, and fast, so she goes for this. She has recently broken up with her boyfriend, he is already engaged to someone else and she had been living with him up until now. Yes he sounds like quite the charmer. She is colorful, fun and with a smile on her face. I liked her at once. She also starts writing notes to the flatmate she has never met.
Leon is more of an introvert. He works nights to pay for his brother's lawyer and he needs even more money.
They interact through notes. Everywhere in the house. They get to know each other. She coax him out of his shell. And other things happen.
Like his hunt for someone a patient used to know.
Her realising that she does not need her ex.
And them falling in love.
It was a sweet story with heart, but also a lot of depth. There are realisations to have and they dealt with a lot of emotional heartache.
I wonder how they did the notes in the book. Here it does work well when they just read them out loud. There are also phonecalls and they work too since they use some kind of muffler? They narrate well and the story really flows through their narration
After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art. Desperation makes her open-minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night-shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet. Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes - first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more. But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea...especially if you've never met.
Sam is a horse whisperer, and Mia has a horse that needs help. A perfect match.
Mia is a rich girl, who has made a path of her own. She is an accomplished show-jumper who tries to prove herself to others. Her weakness is her dead friend's horse, a demon that can not be tamed anymore.
Sam is the horse whisperer with scars of his own. Demons in his past and he has lost the will to love.
Mia, oh Mia. She really should have said everything at once. She put his life in danger. Idiot! I also found something that happened later on idiotic too. I wanted to slap her again. I got it at first, but then, why oh why? She does not deserve him. I am very I will slap you happy lately.
Ok so these two have their worked cut out for them. First there is the whole is she only a rich girl thing to get over. Then things heat up but they both do not want a relationship. And then there is more drama.
I must say that I was really curious about how Sam's sister ended up with his best friend. That must have been quite the story. Also Mia's brother seems up next and that looks to be promising too.
Anyway, yes Mia did have her spot of weakness, but overall it was a good book that felt fast. I liked their shared love of horses and they did seem like a great fit.
Romance, horses and drama.
It takes true grit to build a billion-dollar dynasty like the Ford family ranch. But when it comes to finding love, all it takes is one handsome cowboy to steal a woman's heart. She's riding solo. As one of the heirs to the River Ranch fortune, Mia Ford is practically Texas royalty. But that doesn't mean she's some pampered princess. She can saddle up and ride a horse as well as any man, even a hard-working cowboy like Sam Mendes. For years, she's harbored a crush on the strong, silent horseman. But how can she make a move when she's his boss? He's taking the reins. Sam Mendes is through with love - or so he thought. Still recovering from a breakup, he's doing everything in his power to resist Mia Ford. It's bad enough she's the kind of beauty who drives men wild with desire. It's even worse she's got him so worked up, aching to kiss her lips, when he's supposed to be working her ranch. Is this lovestruck cowboy willing to risk losing his job - and breaking his heart - to win the girl of his dreams?
Ok so I was crushing hard on someone in this book, haaard! Leave Marcellus behind and run away with this guy, stat! He was the perfect trickster/fool *dreamy sigh*. You hear me, Amalia! You forget that other guy this instant!
Right. So in the last book Amalia became a Falconer, which means she controls someone with magic. She does want to make it better for those with magic, so they do not have to be forced to become falcons. She did not choose to become a Falconer either, but what can you do. And Zaira is a big mouthed...*thinks about it* Oh she has grown on me, like a wart. I like her and her big mouth.
War is coming so they go to Vaskandar to try to stop it, since Amalia's mum is a big shot and Amalia's gran is a queen in a neighboring country. I must say, bravo to creating Vaskandar. I often complain of lack of worldbuilding, but I felt Vaskandar. It was such an interesting country, I wanted even more.
Prince Ruven, grrrrr, I wanted to kick him in the nuts. Hate that guy! All that is rotten in Vaskandar.
The crush I had I kept hoping that would be a good guy, I will not say any name ;)
Adventure, blood and magic. I can't wait to read more! Arghh, I need book 3!
Across the border, the Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing for war. But before an invasion can begin, they must call a rare gathering of all seventeen lords to decide a course of action. Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this Conclave might be her only chance to stifle the growing flames of war, and she is ready to make any sacrifice if it means saving Raverra from destruction.
Amalia and Zaira must go behind enemy lines, using every ounce of wit and cunning they have, to sway Vaskandar from war. Or else it will all come down to swords and fire.
Author: Jenna Ryan Title: The Channeler (Continuum Series, #1) Genre: YA, Paranormal, SciFi, Fantasy Pages: ebook Published: January 18th 2019 Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)
Caleb Swift knows he's a complicated guy. He sees the unseeable: winged beings that haunt both his dreams and his waking visions. He knows the unknowable: horrifying visions of countless unspeakable futures he feels powerless to prevent. And if that weren't bad enough, these potent revelations might be driving him insane. Who needs that kind of trouble? Not Caleb. He's doing his best to live a totally uncomplicated life, to ignore the visions of doom that hound him relentlessly. But no matter what he does, one particular vision still plagues him. The one with the girl. The girl who's in mortal danger (or will be soon). The girl only he can save. Now Caleb has a choice. To ignore his gift, to live the ordinary life he so desperately desires, even if it means letting her die... Or to act. To interfere. To become extraordinary. And let one girl's future turn his present completely upside-down.
This immediately caught my attention. The cover, the title, the story, and the character. I knew I wanted and needed to read this story right away.
The story follows young Caleb. He has visions of countless unspeakable futures and it kills him he can't change any of them. He tries to live a totally normal life, however, there is a girl who he sees in one of his visions that he can't get out of his head and knows he needs to try and save.
I gobbled this story up. I finished it in a couple of sittings. I was enthralled with Caleb and the world right away. Sure it was slow-paced at first, but we were getting introduced to Caleb and his pals. It takes time. The slowness bugged me a touch, but I think it needed it.
Caleb was a fun character even though his moodiness bugged me sometimes. I liked Darla and I really adored Gav. He was a hoot.
As much as people wish they want the power to see the future, it is not all daisies and rainbows. It honestly is a pain the romp and I felt sooooo bad for Caleb. I can't imagine that life! He was so miserable and it drained him. Poor guy.
It did drive me bananas about his enemy. We don't get much on it. Maybe in the next book we'll get to see more that enemy and more of the supernatural part of the world. There was some, but I felt we spent a lot of time in the mortal world. Buuuuut I have hope for book 2! I wanna see more of the supernatural and I want to see that enemy of Caleb's get it's butt get kicked.
OoooOOOooo that ending. It was good. Very cliffhanger-y...but it worked for this. I am invested and want to know what happened. I have hope! But we shall see.
Overall, I did enjoy this. It was a quick read and I finished it in two sittings. A couple little, minor things that bugged me, but nothing extreme or something I couldn't look past. The ending, oddly, was good. I'm not usually one for cliff-hangers of that magnitude, but it worked for the story. Are you surprised? I AM! I am excited for book 2! I'll stamp this with 4 stars.