Monday, November 13, 2017

"Only Enchanting" by Mary Balogh



ONLY ENCHANTING BY MARY BALOGH

SERIES: The Survivors' Club #4
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancĂ©e’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager that they revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of the nearest young woman. Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage. When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former lover, she's determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love...

MY REVIEW

I can't believe it's been three years since the last time I read one of The Survivors' Club series books, but Mary Balogh manages to transport her readers in the lives of these broken heroes like we actually never left, so my interest was immediately piqued once more.

It's easy to follow Flavian's story and feel for him and his situation. The tragic event that changed him—and the course of his life—together with all he had to endure certainly make one sympathise with him, and also hope he gets some sort of 'revenge'... I honestly didn't see his proposal like a forced one, nor made to avenge his former lover, but I did find it happening too quickly and I think that is the reason why it was a bit hard to connect with the heroine of the story. Also, the chemistry between the couple is there and yet, I couldn't feel completely invested by Flavian and Agnes' passion. There was just something that made me stop reading from time to time—unusual for me with Balogh's books—but the last few chapters got me going, and I appreciated Agnes showing some character in the end.

Although this was my least favourite instalment—so far—in this lovely series, I'm glad I read it because I genuinely want to know how each of the Survivors' Club members find their happiness. If you pick the first book up, you'll probably want just the same.

RATING: 3/5

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#58)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: CLOAKED IN SHADOW by Ben Alderson
Expected publication: December 18th, 2017 by Oftomes Publishing

Romance. Magic. Lies.

For fans of elves, shapeshifters and elemental control.

Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: feeding his family and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.

Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn't know what he is.

Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war looming on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent power to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.


What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Most Spooktacular Day of the Year!


No regular review today, but a giveaway that is going to last all week!
And that's how I TRICK my readers *mwahaha*

Since this day should be TREATing you all great—especially since you are such outstanding supporters of my blog—I thought I'd give you the spooktacular chance to win something terrifying particular, something that should be on display on every book lover's bookshelves . . . A Penguin Classic! To be more precise, a horror classic (from three of my personal favourites) coming in a beautiful collectable edition, bound in high quality, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design <3

Ready to see if the odds are in your favour? ;)
  1. The giveaway is International.
  2. I'll draft one winner at the end of it.
  3. No giveaway only accounts are allowed to participate (note that I do check).
  4. The prize is one of the three hardback Clothbound Classics listed below.

        

To enter, use the widget at the end of this post, in a week's time I'll draft the winner. Just know that after you have been contacted, you have 48 hours to reply with the the book you prefer among the three titles I picked, which I'll purchase for you through Book Depository.

Good luck everyone, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#57)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: ROOMIES by Christina Lauren
Expected publication: December 5th, 2017 by Gallery Books

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?


What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, October 20, 2017

"The Baron Next Door" by Erin Knightley



THE BARON NEXT DOOR BY ERIN KNIGHTLEY

SERIES: Prelude to a Kiss #1
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
After a season spent at the mercy of the whispering Ton, Bath's first music festival offers Charity the perfect escape: freedom to play the pianoforte to her heart's content. That is, until their insufferably rude, though undeniably handsome, neighbour tells her to keep the 'infernal racket' to a minimum. Hugh Danby, Baron Cadgwith, is in Bath to heal hidden wounds, both mental and physical. He may think he's finally put an end to the noise next door, but he has no idea what he's begun. The more he discovers about Charity, the more he finds her bothersome, vexing and... inexplicably enchanting. Before long, Hugh suspects that even if his body heals, it's his heart that might end up broke.

MY REVIEW

While many readers are losing themselves into horrors and such this spooky month, I found myself wanting to visit another time, meet an unusual couple, and read a different kind of Regency Romance. And wasn’t Erin Knightley just the right author to pick for this?

The romance in here has a different pace than the one we are used to in historical romance reads—at least it is so from the ones I've immersed myself into so far—and that’s not bad at all. The hero went through a lot and he’s in need of healing in more ways than people can imagine. Of course, how can they when he keeps everyone at a distance? Or so he tries, sometimes duty calls and a Baron is 'forced' to make an appearance for the sake of his title. But what when he’s home and he must have others to keep it quiet? His neighbour won’t stop practising her pianoforte skills, she needs music as much as he needs silence, and here’s the challenge: how to make her stop? And how to make him understand how important this is to her? So, from a polite—and yet rude—first encounter to banters, interesting balcony meetings, and truths gradually revealed, Hugh Danby and Charity Effington definitely keep you entertained.

With an original story and all strong characters with quite the attitude, “The Baron Next Door” offers a very nice escape (to Bath!). Even though I missed that little something that makes me completely love a book, I truly enjoyed the read, and when I put it back on my shelf, I still had a smile on my face.

RATING: 3.5/5

Monday, October 16, 2017

And the Best Book Blog Award of 2017 goes to . . .


You, guys, I have no words . . . Over the weekend I discovered I got rewarded with quite the amazing achievement and I didn't even know I had been nominated, so imagine my surprise when I saw Darkest Sins on the list of the winners. Being selected among THOUSANDS of fantastic book blogs out there is flattering, placing #29 is remarkable. THANK YOU, The Writer Awards! And thank you all, authors, publishers, fellow bloggers and readers, your support makes me beyond happy and keeps me going. <3

Below you can see/read the short review the professional team at The Writer Awards left for my blog, they didn't just make this the Best Book Blog of 2017, but they possibly made my year!

 

And of course, my congratulations to the other 32 bloggers who got this beautiful recognition!
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