The spinster and the Earl – Book review

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Finished reading:
The Spinster and the Earl (Gentlemen of Honor: Book 1) by Beverly Adam

Expectation
I got it as a Kindle freebie while searching for some regency romance read to lighten up my reading. In the last year Lisa Kleypas and Eloisa James have become my favorite authors and I was looking for something simillar. I was lucky with Kindle freebies so far and I like trying out new authors for free. Some of the freebies I tried out this way turned into favorites!

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Summary
This was a historical romance set in Ireland. The Spinster of the story is an interesting character. The story was filed with characters and themes one would expect in a historical romance novel – sometimes I had a feeling that the author wanted to use so many cliched references in her story that her characters suffered. I had some difficulty getting into the story and the characters were a bit fluttery (they were all over the place and predictable).Maybe the story would have worked better if the characters had been better presented. The Earl of the story had a background story that was only hinted at and that’s a real shame.

“As for Beatrice, by the holy rood, the lass needed a husband! Brushing aside the fact that both his daughter and the earl were of hot, unruly dispositions, the old lord spat into his hand and held it out to seal the match.
“My lord, ’tis a match made in heaven,”James said. a faint sardonic smile lit his rugged face as he heartily spat into his own palm and slapped his future father-in-law’s hand. They shook forcefully. The couple was now as good as promised to eachother.”
The Spinster and the Earl (Gentlemen of Honor: Book 1) by Beverly Adam

I am no expert for Irish brogue and English accents but something just felt a bit off in that department.

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Conclusion
There were few “laugh out loud” moments trough the book an that is a big plus. I liked the story setting but think that the author could have done better by her characters.

“..a low rumble of manly mirth was heard warming the air.”

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Urban fantasy series I want to read

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When it comes to urban fantasy book series I tend to be a sort of a megalomaniac. I want to read so many of them that to actually do it I would need to retire at thirty and spend my time reading books for the rest of my existence!

Here are a few book series I would like to read sometime in the future:

Signs of the Zodiac book series by  Vicki Pettersson

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  This is by far the cover with most text on it I have ever seen.

  “When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally  assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert.

  This is a story with a survivor heroine and that inspires me to read it!

  I already own first two books, so that’s a plus as well!

  First book is called The Scent of Shadows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shifters book series by Rachel Vincent

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I first read a short story by Rachel Vincent in Chicks Kick Butt anthology. The story was named Hunt and i really liked   it!

  There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . . And I’m one of them. 

  This series has a bit more erotic themes in it but it is a story with a female character that chooses her own life path   and right now I am going trough a phase where I am into that.

  First book is called Stray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fever book series by Karen Marie Moning

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This is one of the books that many of my fellow readers praised. It came out while I was still in college and didn’t have as much time to read and browse the bookstores for new reading materials. As you can see I am compensating now!

  “When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers.”

  Another strong minded female lead choosing a path on her own.

  First book is called Darkfever.

 

 

 

 

 

This is it for now. I need to take baby steps if I’m ever gonna get to the reading part!

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Twenty Four

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Twenty Four

Find a shiny book – Chicks Kick Butt by Rachel Caine and various authors

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Under the right light this book is unbelievably shiny! The title is shiny, the weapon the girl is holding is shiny and the starry background is shiny as well.

I’ve read it and I liked the stories.

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Some of the stories were very good and only 3 out of 13 were giving me trouble reading trough them. This collection gave me few new authors to explore and I really liked the general girl power kick it gave me.

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Twenty Three

 Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Twenty Three

Find a book with multiple PoVs – Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire book 1 ) by George R.R.Martin

krThis is Croatian edition of Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire book 1). This book has reached a status of national pride since the TV series is being filmed in Croatia. The series has been first published in the late 1990-ties and this jacket has been added when the TV series came out. I bought first season collection and I got the first book AND a T-shirt as a present.

Here’s the T-shirt

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This is what the cover under the jacket looks likekr

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Twenty One

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Twenty One

Find the longest book you own – The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny

kr This was more difficult than I imagined it would be. I have given much thought to my many other book series while weighing which book to pick for this part. There are quite a few chubby books on my shelves – and by chubby I mean books with 1000+ pages.

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In the end I choose this one since I’ve never made a post on it before (it’s technically belongs to my boyfriend but it resides on my shelf!). This particular edition is a collection of 10 books in the Amber Chronicles series.

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I’ve never read it but heard good things about it.