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Author: Courtney Milan
Narrator: Xe Sands & Sean Crisden
Title: Trade Me
(Cyclone #1)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: Audiobook
Published: January 19th 2015 
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)

Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Technology. But when he makes an off-hand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life.


To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.



But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart...but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.


I've enjoyed other books by this author so this was a no-brainer. Plus I would love the concept of this story. 



Tina is striving to get her degree and find a good job so she can take care of her parents and sister. Blake is trying to get a degree too so he has something of his own. He is a billionaire who is going to be inheriting his father's company some day. Things happen and Tina opens his eyes and inspire him to offer her a trade. Tina gets his income, house, car, and part of his duties. Blake will get a job like Tina's, her hours, budget, and her obligations. Things happen and they fall for each other, but they are both broken and terrified. 



The author really knows how to write a people story. They talk, they share, they grow, they feel, and they love. It is really sweet, but it wasn't all rainbows and kittens. I think what I really loved was that these two characters are sooo flawed even pretty boy billionaire. Even their families are flawed which added to the story as well. 



I really liked Blake. I didn't think I was going to, but he was much more complex than I was expecting. His big "problem" really made me like him more. It was sad, but it really made him more human. 



Now, I did feel for Tina. She has the poor girl and poor family thing going on. She is pretty much the adult for her family. She also had a crappy ex who made her doubt herself. However, I did get really annoyed with her. Her constant "not safe" mentality killed me. Love is always risky and he OBVIOUSLY loves you and he has money. And you love him! Sighs. C'mon woman!



The ending was too easy. SMH. Hopefully, it really isn't AS easy as the author is making us think. There are other books in the series...soooo who knows? But some of the issues seemed to be too quickly resolved. Mmm



Now, I really liked the narrators. They had one for Tina and one for Blake. They both did a good job with their characters. The accent they gave Tina's parents seemed a little off though. 



Overall, I did like this story. The next book isn't about Tina and Blake, but I am curious about it. I think Tina and Blake come back in book 3? I do want to check out book 2 though. Some issues I had, but I liked this overall. I'll stamp this with 3 stars. 






One line done for Billionaire!



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Paperback, 600 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Head of Zeus (first published January 9th 2018)
Series: The Shadow Campaigns #5
Fantasy
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My Thoughts:
Even if I have enjoyed this series, I do feel like it could have been a trilogy, or 4 book series. Some things could have been taken out in earlier books to wrap it up faster. 

Cos in this one something goes wrong yet again! I mean rotten luck right!?

The former commander of the forces had turned sides and calls himself Emperor and that means civil war. Of course he has been eaten by a demon so not really his fault.

Marcus has to keep the army in order to fight his old friend. I do like Marcus, he has always been my fav.

Queen Raes has her hands filled with trying to keep her broke country in order. Raes is, well I never truly warmed up to her cos the whole demon thing was strange.

And then the last POV, Winter who has pretended to be a man all this time and has now risen to general. You go girl! And she leads a female battalion so she has changed the army landscape too.

This is military fantasy, there are battles, there are more battles, there is talking about battles. There are a few other things too but yes this is war. I like that. No idea why, I just do.

Conclusion;
I need to read more by Wexler, he has a new series coming out and I hope I will enjoy that one too. 

Cover
nice

Plot
The Beast, the ancient demon imprisoned beneath the fortress-city of Elysium for a thousand years, has been loosed on the world. It absorbs mind after mind, spreading like a plague through the north. The fell army it has raised threatens the heart of Vordan, and it is under the command of the Beast’s greatest prize: legendary general Janus bet Vhalnich.

As Queen Raesinia Orboan and soldiers Marcus D’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass grapple with the aftermath of a hard-fought military campaign, they soon discover a betrayal they never could have foreseen. The news arrives like a thunderbolt: Janus has declared himself the rightful Emperor of Vordan. Chaos grips the city as officers and regiments are forced to declare for queen or emperor.

Raesinia must struggle to keep her country under control and risks becoming everything she fought against. Marcus must take the field against his old commander, a man who has seemed an unbeatable strategist. And as Winter recovers from her injuries and mourns her losses, she knows the demon she carries inside her might be the only thing standing between the Beast and the destruction of everything in its path....
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Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Daw Books (first published September 5th 2017)
Series: October Daye #11
UF
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My Thoughts:
I loved this book. She was back on her A game! I kind of feel I should give it a 5. Right! I mean I could not put it down. I made time for me to read it when I should have done other things cos I HAD TO FINISH! SO I am gonna be freaking nice, 5!

Gosh I love this series. Toby rocks!
F her mum!

She is sent on a quest with an enemy (whom I grew to understand.) And well I just could not put the book down. It was so exciting.

And I do want an end now, no more books. I love this series but I am always afraid it will start to stagnate. And I really want to see if they can bring Faery back and what happens if the big guys come back.

Great installment in this series!

Synopsis:
Things are slow, and October "Toby" Daye couldn't be happier about that. The elf-shot cure has been approved, Arden Windermere is settling into her position as Queen in the Mists, and Toby doesn't have anything demanding her attention except for wedding planning and spending time with her family.

Maybe she should have realized that it was too good to last.

When Toby's mother, Amandine, appears on her doorstep with a demand for help, refusing her seems like the right thing to do...until Amandine starts taking hostages, and everything changes. Now Toby doesn't have a choice about whether or not she does as her mother asks. Not with Jazz and Tybalt's lives hanging in the balance. But who could possibly help her find a pureblood she's never met, one who's been missing for over a hundred years?

Enter Simon Torquill, elf-shot enemy turned awakened, uneasy ally. Together, the two of them must try to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the Mists: what happened to Amandine's oldest daughter, August, who disappeared in 1906.

This is one missing person case Toby can't afford to get wrong. (less)

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Audio CD, 10 h
Published January 29th 2019 by HarperCollins
Series: Dear Lady Truelove #3
Historical romance
Thank you Harper for this audio!

My Thoughts:
Another Justine Eyre narration. Ok so I do adore her narrations, and I know I have listen to her a lot lately, but it is really by accident! But ok if I do see her name it does sway me towards the book, so maybe I choose books without knowing it.

Also look at that cover, short hair! They really got it right, I am impressed. Yes, our plucky heroine cuts her hair, pretends to be a man and becomes a tutor to two wild boys. I would have run screaming, but she sticks it out.

Our handsome hero has his hands full and he works WAY too much. I mean man please take it easy. You are going to an early grave. His life is all about his work as an MP.

For some reason she looks 10 years younger as a man, weird.
He does not really see her a lot so that works with him not noticing what she really is, and when he does get a clue he starts to notice more. 

There is a secret in her past that will come back to haunt her and I wanted to slap someone over it.

Fun, a bit of teaching and some passion.

Narration
Yes Justine Eyre is really good. I so enjoy when she does historical romance. She gets everything just as I want it

Cover
Like I said, look short hair! Just as in the book

BLurb
Dear Lady Truelove . . .

My twin brother and I need a new mother, though Papa insists he'll never marry again. Must be nice, brainy, and fond of cats . . .

Lady Truelove may be London's most famous advice columnist, but James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, knows his wild young sons need a tutor, not a new mother. They need a man tough enough to make his hellions tow the line, and James is determined to find one.

Miss Amanda Leighton, former schoolteacher and governess, knows she has all the qualifications to be a tutor. And while female tutors are unheard of, Amanda isn't about to lose the chance at her dream job because of pesky details like that. If Lord Kenyon insists on hiring a man, then she has only one option . . .

Jamie isn't sure what to make of his new employee, until he realizes the shocking truth-beneath the ill-fitting suits, his boys' tutor is a woman. An unconventional, outspoken, thoroughly intriguing woman. Despite Amanda's deception, he can't dismiss her when his boys are learning so much. Yet Jamie, too, is learning surprising lessons-about desire, seduction, and passionate second chances . . . 
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Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

February 12th: What are some of your favorite recent romantic reads?

That is hard to say, there are plenty (like a lot!) I have enjoyed recently. But if I were to try to pick the most awesome romantic ones. I have to go back a bit then. Let us start from October

 I could not put it down!!

 They talked, they freaking talked to each other! Nothing is more romantic


The feeeeeels!!!!!!

Those are the 3 that truly stood out lately and that I would recommend to everyone!

ALL audio. Obviously! ;)


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Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire, Candace Thaxton
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 01-29-19
Language: English
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Thank you Harper for this copy!
Historical fiction

My Thoughts
This one has 3 POVS and takes place in 1944 and 1946.

In 1944 Eleanor Trigg gets permission to starts a women's division for "spies" to be sent to France. Women can blend in more than men can at that time, but even though she wants this she also wants to make sure the women can take care of themselves.

Marie is one of the women that gets sent to France. She is unlikely to make it and we follow her to a dangerous time. Oh Marie, some of the decisions she made. 

In 1946 Clare finds 12 photographs and tries to find out what happened to those women.

It's not the first book I read about female radio operators, messengers and saboteurs in France. And Germany's Nacht und Nebel program. So I knew it would be sad. But there is always hope and I kept that hope until the end.

Considering Clare's pov was only 2 years later that felt weird. Sure things were fresh in everyone's mind, but, oh I do not know. Maybe cos the author wanted to mention other things still going on then. I also felt that Clare should have made another decision at the end, no spoilers ;)

The France bits were obviously exciting. The training they had to have to make it. I still remember this other book were a woman looks the wrong before crossing the street and gets taken by the Germans that way. I could sure not have done it.

Conclusion:
A good book that reminds us that men were not the only ones fighting in the WWII

NarratioN
Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire, Candace Thaxton
I liked that there were 3 different narrators. That did make it see the povs clearer. They all did well and had different voices that fitted their characters

Blurb
1946, Manhattan

Grace Healey is rebuilding her life after losing her husband during the war. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.

Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.

Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war, and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances 
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Author: Maximilian Hawker
Title: Breaking The Foals
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: ebook
Published:  March 2018
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)




The Troy of myth was a real city. This is its story…



Hektor’s life of privilege is forever changed when a man, allegedly possessed by the sun god, inspires revolution among the oppressed townspeople of Wilusa – the historical Troy of myth.




For Hektor, son of Bronze Age Wilusa’s despotic ruler, social equality contradicts every principle he has been indoctrinated into believing. But his principles and obsession with duty is alienating him from his young son, Hapi, with whom he has a fractured relationship. 




When the ‘possessed’ man saves Hapi’s life, Hektor is compelled to question the foundations upon which his father has constructed his life as he rebuilds his relationship with his child through the breaking of a foal. Wilusa collapses into political violence as the commoners rise up, and Hektor must decide whether to defend the people, but lose his identity, or remain loyal to an irrational, dangerous father.



I was drawn in the cover and title. When I read the summary, I was extremely intrigued to read this. 




The story follows Hektor who has lived a life of privilege in the city of Troy. His father is an irrational and dangerous man who has made life for the common folk really hard. Things happen and Hektor must decide what side he is on. All the while he is trying to do right by his son Hapi. 




This was a really interesting tale for sure. It was a people story but mixed with the intrigue and violence of the time. I really liked the blend. It was so interesting to see the fabled Hektor in this light. Very different then from the Hektor we all know from the epic poem. I liked him there (ya...I was the one rooting for Troy ;D) and I liked him here too. This version was a more realistic version. 




There were some parts I scratched my head at like some word choices, but they didn't bug me overmuch. It's hard to be 100% accurate for historical books (trust me...I know - been there) especially when it comes to some slang words that are sooooo commonplace now. 




Also, I really wished this had been longer. I felt there was so much more that could've been added! I would've liked to see more in the epilogue. Maybe there be another book? I want to see what happens next!




That ending. Sighs. So sad! Can't say much without spoilers, but oooo the feels. 




I did love the added bits with the son and the horse. It oddly worked so well and I'm sure there is some symbolism there if one is to really think about it. 




Overall, I did like this book. It was interesting and the ending did get me there. I do wish this had been longer. I feel like there is so much more story to tell! Also, a few little hiccups along the way, but all-in-all a good read especially if you're looking for something different. I'll stamp this with 3 stars. 








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Paperback, 681 pages
Published June 28th 1993 by Harper Collins (first published October 1st 1982)
Series: The Riftwar Saga #1-2, 
Fantasy
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My Thoughts
Awww good times. I have no idea why but I felt this urge to re-read so I did. It is my 9th time.

Now, very long after I read it for the first time I do see its faults. The whole quest. Two boys becoming powerful. But the simplicity and wonderful world makes it a book that can be re-read time after time.

I love Pug! His story is the best.

I do like the Ashen Shugar flashbacks, those always intrigued me.

Such a fun book! I even have favorite passages. Like when Pug tells he is a magician and stuff happens.

And then there is this. Oh stuff happens there. Haha

"That you have lived as you have lived for centuries is not license for this cruelty. All here are now judged, and all are found wanting."

A wonderful book that can be re-read time after time.

Cover
This cover never made any sense to be honest

Story
At Crydee, a frontier outpost in the tranquil Kingdom of the Isles, an orphan boy, Pug, is apprenticed to a master magician—and the destinies of two worlds are changed forever.

Suddenly the peace of the Kingdom is destroyed as mysterious alien invaders swarm the land. Pug is swept up into the conflict but for him and his warrior friend, Tomas, an odyssey into the unknown has only just begun.

Tomas will inherit a legacy of savage power from an ancient civilization. Pug’s destiny is to lead him through a rift in the fabric of space and time to the mastery of the unimaginable powers of a strange new magic.
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Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 01-22-19
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
YA Fantasy

My Thoughts
I am thinking magical ninja warriors at the moment, just that will suffice. In this world those with magic (ok this country, which is rather unfair to be honest, why just this country!?) are sent to become Taiga warriors. Trained to be the best warriors and to hone their skills, to protect country and Empress.

It is very YA. It was a fun ride, yes there are things that bothered me, but sometimes the read can still be enjoyable for the moment.

Like how the Evil Person was way too powerful. Why even have armies? That person could have the world at his/hers feet without an army. Then you are too powerful.

And how a love triangle came in at the last 30 minutes. That was very weird and I guess that will play out a role in the next book. But at the same time, why call it love triangle. These kids do not love, they are playing with lust. So eh, it works.

And how no one listened to one another. I mean if I was in charge I would put the obvious two and two together. But eh, it works, even old people can act like teens I guess.

I liked the concept of the world.
I liked the magic even if I wanted to know more how it worked, oh and the evil magic was waaaaay cooler (but yes too powerful.)

I liked the evil quest, in a adult fantasy that would have been very epic and bloody. Yes what, I missed the bloody parts. But now someone says, there was blood, ha,  no I mean gore. Byt ahem, yes this is still YA so it is obvi better like this. I would say the evil quest is the one that intrigues me the most, I kind of want evil baddie to win so I can see how it plays out. Omg I think I am rooting for evil baddie *shocked* Yup I am rooting for the evil person! How on earth did this happen?

Ok so I guess it takes writing a review 2 days later to realise that you want the bad person to win. Who would have guessed. But the quest is just so interesting! 

I am rambling. Right, Sora who should focus on her studies and stop being a fool, and Daemon her partner in magic and fighting. They are the ones that are gonna end up rescuing the world. Again, when I learned Daemon's history, well he became the more interesting story for sure.

There are more to come, but I happy to leave them like this cos then the evil person has the upper hand at the moment. Mowuahahaha, I will end it here then. No need to read more.

Conclusion
A fun little fantasy that you can enjoy for a moment. Just do not look to deep

Narration
I think this might have been my first by Eileen Stevens. But I enjoyed her narration and she made the book, as often is the case for me when it comes to YA. Her voice worked great for these younglings and she did male and female voices well.

Blurb
Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas--marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group--but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it's been difficult to make their mark.

So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora's life forever--and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she's ever loved.

Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them--and the entire kingdom--apart forever. 
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By: Laura Lee Guhrke
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Series: Dear Lady Truelove, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 01-29-19
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio 

My Thoughts:
Clara's sister owns a newspaper and now when Irene is on her honeymoon it is Clara that has to care for the paper. And write a advice column! Not the easiest thing for shy wallflower. Poor Clara, Irene was meant to be back and writing the column by now.

Yes Clara. A bit of a wallflower who may start stammering when a handsome men approaches. But sweet, smart and utterly useless at giving other advice.

Rex, a rogue that is not really a rogue. Against marriage cos of his parents. Cut of by his dad and living on his aunt's allowance. But it all hasa  reason and I felt that yes maybe he was actually too kind. Sometimes people needs to learn a lesson. Handsome as the devil too.

A bloody nose brings them together. He hates newsrags. She thinks he can shove his advice up his *beeP* And oh you two! Working close together and pretending things always lead to love! Will these rakes never learn! ;)

Conclusion:
Stolen kisses. Banter and falling in love. There is never any real drama. The drama is more how these two are so different and must learn that love will always win.

Fun times!

Narrator
Well, yes, Justine Eyre again. I do enjoy her voice when it comes to historical romance. She does the men and women so well in them. She brings me to that era.

Story
Dear Lady Truelove,

I am a girl of noble family, but I am painfully shy, especially in my encounters with those of the opposite sex . . . 

For Clara Deverill, standing in for the real Lady Truelove means dispensing advice on problems she herself has never managed to overcome. There’s nothing for it but to retreat to a tearoom and hope inspiration strikes between scones. It doesn’t—until Clara overhears a rake waxing eloquent on the art of “honorable” jilting. The cad may look like an Adonis, but he’s about to find himself on the wrong side of Lady Truelove.

Rex Galbraith is an heir with no plans to produce a spare. He flirts with the minimum number of eligible young ladies to humor his matchmaking aunt, but Clara is the first to ever catch his roving eye. When he realizes that Clara—as Lady Truelove—has used his advice as newspaper fodder, he’s infuriated. But when he’s forced into a secret alliance with her, he realizes he’s got a much bigger problem—because Clara is upending everything Rex thought he knew about women—and about himself. . . .
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