With apologies to Messrs. Conrad and Kurtz, this is the book for all of us who find it harder to read Heart of Darkness than Herodotus. Based on a real attack in London’s Greenwich Park in 1894, the novel follows Mr. Verloc and a group of anarchist terrorists as they plan a dynamite outrage in newly-industrialized 1886 London. The Secret Agent also details Verloc’s domestic life, complete with a younger wife, a mentally disabled brother-in-law, and a mother-in-law who wields guilt to greater effect than the terrorists’ explosives. Conrad’s Dickensian bent toward caricature lends this early narrative of modern terrorism, beloved by the Unabomber, some much-needed (though still undeniably dark) levity.
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We're back again and can't wait for you to take a peek at what we have been reading this past month. Lots of different genres were explored so take a look and we hope you find something great to read on these hot summer nights.
More than a Stranger by Erin Knightly
I thought this book would be really good. It dragged for me. You don’t even get a kiss until halfway through the book. If you want any bedroom action in a book, don’t pick up this one. Only the last 50 pages are worth reading.
Distracting the Duchess by Emily Bryan
The heroine is an artist who mistakes him for her next nude model. He’s a spy trying to uncover secrets her father left behind. But he does what she wants in order to keep his cover. He’s also being told to marry her sister. She finally gets outraged at his shenanigans. She gets involved in trying to find the secret key to her father's past. I like that the heroine wasn’t ditzy, but still strong within her era’s limitations.
Coveted by Shawntelle Madison
Three words; OCD hoarder werewolf, need I say more? Loved the heroine: an outcast werewolf who cannot stand dirt (hard to do when you’re wolfy). She also seeks out Christmas ornaments like her life depends on it. As a werewolf, she can’t defend herself and is kicked out of the pack because of her illness. A really good first novel with lots of elements of comedy. Pick it up and read.
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Well here we are. Finally writing something about the much-discussed book of the year. If stringing together of words to form sentences that don't make you cringe is something that you value in your reading material then this book is not for you. It's not even about the subject or the plot, it's the inner dialogue of the main character that will cause the reader more pain than Mr. Grey is able to dish out. Three out of three readers agree: this is a badly written book which you should not bother reading. If you are interested in the genre there are better writers out there than this.
Coming up Roses by Catherine Anderson
Heroine had an abusive husband. He dies, and she buries him under the rose bushes. The hunky neighbor’s dog ends up digging up the rose bushes! They meet, and sparks fly. However, he ends up rescuing the heroine's daughter from a well full of snakes. He gets bitten, and she takes care of him while he recovers. Lots of plot twists. Reads fast, and has funny moments.
We had some really good books this month so take a look below and we're sure you will find something to your liking.
A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare
I have tried Tessa before and found her writing unable to keep my attention, but after getting this title at the RT convention in Chicago I decided to give her another try. I have to say that I am glad I did and am actually eagerly awaiting her next book. I really enjoyed the character development and the story. The characters are total opposites and the author does a great jobwith their bantering. The prim and proper heroine is a lady of good breeding but loves science and geology. When she makes a huge historical discovery she asks the hero to run off with her to present her findings and the adventure begins. This one is not to be missed.
God Save the Queen by Kate Locke
This is the first in the series. One of those “What if” stories set in an alternate future, King George was a vampire and so was all of the ton. It's now 2012 and vampire Queen Victoria is still alive and the reigning monarch. The class system is going strong and not everyone has supernatural abilities. Those who are half bloods are there to protect the monarchy and the lowly humans are not happy with the system. It was a really fun read and I want to read more from this universe. Plays on all the British class ideas (royal inbreeding anyone?) Shapeshifters too! Werewolves from Scotland. Goblins are what happen when vamps and weres mate (age old question answered!)
Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper
Sooooo...I started out really enjoying this series but I really think it should have ended after the third book. This fourth book has cemented the series into the "cozy vampire" category for me. (It kinda hurts me to even know such a category exists). Don't expect these vampires to actually seek revenge on a human who is trying to kill them. Cuz ya know that's not nice. The only reason to even read the book is to see the main characters get married and to introduce readers to a new character who is the lead of the next book. If you enjoy vampires who let their food walk out on them when they are lying poisoned and dying on the floor go ahead and read the next book. I however expect my long lived vampires to value their lives above their manners and snack on the unsuspecting human instead of letting them leave with promises to return with bottles of blood. Oh well.
Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal by Grace Burrowes
The latest in Grace's Regency series is a delight. Scandals and secrets abound as Lady Maggie attempts to hire an investigator to find something she has lost. If this item is found in the wrong hands it will spell disaster for her and her family. Benjamin is a Lord that has always found what the wealthy members of the ton pay him for and he keeps their secrets well. When Lady Maggie hires him to find her missing item the closer he gets to her secrets the harder he falls for her. Bravo Ms. Burrowes!
Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward
The 10th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series was much better than the 9th, (it was a flop). The story was a little slow in the middle with character detail but don't let that stop you from finishing it. The rest of the book is well worth it and you really connect with the characters by the end. Don't worry if you start the book not liking Tohr (male lead) by the end of the book you will want to read his story again.
She Tempts the Duke by Lorraine Heath
This tale tells the story of a girl who risks everything to help the hero and his brothers escape a vengeful family member. When he finally returns to seek revenge he keeps his distance in order to smother any feelings that he has for her. Obviously it doesn't work very well. The story wasn't groundbreaking but a decent read.
My Lord Scandal by Emma Wildes
A historical title and you don't really get the plot until the end of the book. That detail has our reader frantically trying to finish the story so the author has done well. A hint of Romeo and Juliet as the two main characters are from families that have long standing feuds but are being pushed together by an outside force that is trying to reveal old family secrets...but for what purpose?
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