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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Review: Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale

Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, #4)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062088947
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Victorian
Series: The Writing Girls-1,2,3,3.5
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Romance Reading Challenge 2012, E-book Reading Challenge 2012
Buy this Book: PublisherAmazon, Indiebound, Powell's


He’s the only man she’s ever loved…

For ages it seems advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor-owner of The London Weekly from a distance. Determined to finally attract her employer’s attention, she seeks advice from her loyal readers—who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions…from lower-cut bodices (success!) and sultry gazes (disaster!) to a surprise midnight rendezvous (wicked!).

She’s the only woman he never noticed…

Derek never really took note of his shy, wallflower lady writer. But suddenly she’s exquisite…and he can’t get Annabelle out of his mind! She must be pursuing someone, but who? For some inexplicable reason, the thought of her with another man makes Knightly insanely jealous.

Will Dear Annabelle find her happy ending?

But Knightly’s scandalous periodical has been targeted for destruction by a vengeful Lord Marsden, and the beleaguered editor now faces a devastating choice: either marry Marsden’s sister to save his beloved newspaper…or follow his heart and wed his Writing Girl.

My Review:

I am rushing to write my reviews for this week in a rush because, it turns out, I am in the path of the Frankenstorm and I don't know if it's going to be a complete travesty or not. 

I know that a book has gone above and beyond "like" when I finish it in an hour. Not even an hour where I was not otherwise busy but an hour where I had other things to do. Many other things. Seducing Mr. Knightly could not be put down. 

Annabelle was a very shy and timid heroine. It took much effort to coax her out of her corner. I would usually say a character like Annabelle is weak and wimpy and would be frustrated that so much effort was being made to put baby in her corner. But somehow with Annabelle it didn't. I loved her more and more with every passing page. I became quite protective of her to the point where I wanted to do physical harm to the hero. I also didn't like that she had to change herself to get Derek to notice her. But he was such a dolt that it was probably her only option aside from a 2x4 upside the head. Derek, our hero, was very business-like and stoic. Not exactly my type of hero but close enough to be comfortable. He was very willing to do anything to get what he felt he deserved and to protect his newspaper including almost getting engaged to another woman in spite of his feelings for Annabelle. He was so ruthlessly ambitious. Throughout the whole book, I vociferated  between loving Derek for his Darcy-ness and wanting to take him out with a shovel. He brushed Annabelle aside so often. I felt like jumping into the book and telling Annabelle to move on from this dunderhead and find someone with braincells. 

I love the word "nodcock." It's the best thing I've ever heard and is now my go-to word for "you stupid stupid man." Annabelle and Derek did frustrate me. I felt for Annabelle and wanted to beat some sense into Derek. But they really worked so well together. I also loved how the chapters started with a little tidbit from the various gossip sheets. I found them almost as entertaining as the book itself. This book was filled with angsty moments but it also had a nice dose of humor which worked well to break up the drama. I don't mind drama and angst in my romances but there should be some humor to balance it out. And, perhaps, the best part of this book is I have found a new (to me) author whose writing style I adore. Maya Rodale is going on my Auto-Buy list. I highly highly recommend this book. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: When Strangers Marry and Only In Your Arms by Lisa Kleypas

When Strangers Marry (Vallerands, #1)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0060507365
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/American
Series: Vallerand-2
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Krazy Kleypas Reading Challenge, Romance Reading Challenge 2012
Buy this Book: Publisher,Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


Lysette buried her face against Max's throat. "But he's going to take me away. Don't let him, don't -- "

"You're not going anywhere," Max interrupted. "Calm yourself, Lysette. It's not good for you to become excited." His possessiveness made her strangely giddy. As far as he was concerned, she was his, and no one was going to take her away from him.

Max stared at Etienne. His voice was soft, but it contained a note that chilled Lysette's blood. "If you so much as disarrange a hair on her head, I'll tear you apart."

Lysette couldn't believe it, but she didn't care about her ruined reputation. The only thing that mattered was that she wouldn't have to marry Etienne.

My Review:

I am going to have to do this differently. These two books are essentially the same but When Strangers Marry is a reissue and revision of Only In Your Arms. The majority is the same but there were some fairly significant changes. And I have to be honest, I prefer the older version. Most don't but I really do. I read When Strangers Marry first.

I liked Lysette a lot. She didn't have any TSTL moments which I really appreciated. She was smart, capable and strong. All qualities that are necessary in a good heroine. I also loved her interactions with Max's sons even though they were very close to her age. I liked Max. I really did. But in When Strangers Marry, I couldn't help but find that there was something missing with him. He was always made to seem badder than he was. Perhaps it has to do with the rewrite but he just seems like a man hopelessly devoted to his wife. They have their ups and downs in this one but he never wavers. 

This book was a good mixture of everything I find appealing in romance. A great heroine, an arranged marriage, a damaged hero and great secondary characters. There was also a good mystery plot woven in there. It definitely not to the level of Kleypas' later romances especially in it's edited state but it's definitely a good read for a boring afternoon. It's a Kleypas romance. You really can't go wrong. 

Only in Your ArmsPublisher: Avon
ISBN: 0380761505
Pages: 426 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/American
Series:  Vallerand-2
Buy this Book: AmazonIndieboundPowell's

My Review:

This may not be the popular opinion but if you really want to get the full scope of the story, read this one and skip over When Strangers Marry. If you really want to understand Max, you really need to read this one because there were major changes made to the plot. First of all, when Lysette didn't want to consummate the marriage, Max leaves and spends the night with his mistress--and then we follow him to her.  He does not do this in When Strangers Marry and we don't know if he has a mistress or not or what he does that night. He just leaves and it is never mentioned where he went. He also goes berserk at Lysette when she mentions Max's dead wife Corrinne. There was also another major scene changed at the end of the book but I can't tell you without spoiling.

The only issue I have with this is when you whitewash a bodice ripper, you take away parts of the story that are needed for the readert to get the full scope of the story. Yes, it may be controversial to have infidelity or violence in a modern romance but these aspects were necessary for Max's character development. The whole time I was reading When Strangers Marry, I was wondering what I was missing and why Max was considered to be so bad because it just didn't fit. I think the older version was just plain better.

I highly recommend that if you are going to purchase this book, you buy Only In Your Arms. It may be more controversial but it just tells a better story.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday (October 25th)

I obviously didn't get around to blog visiting last week. I ended up with a weekend long migraine but I will this week.

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Reviews Posted This Week:

Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.

This is probably a throwback from my fan fiction days but the thing that most annoys me when I come across it is....Mary Sues (and Gary Stues). You know those over idealized heroines or heroes that can do basically anything, knows everything, is so perfect that every other character is either in awe of or in love with him/her and are obviously the author living out his/her every dream. Whenever I come across one, I am tempted to shred the book page by page. I see this mostly in paranormal romance and YA. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review: Forever My Love by Lisa Kleypas

Forever My Love (Berkley-Faulkner, #2)Publisher: Onyx
ISBN: 0451401263
Pages: 416 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series: Berkley-Faulkner-1
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Krazy Kleypas Reading Challenge, Romance Reading Challenge 2012
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's



Exquisitely beautiful Mira Germain was only eighteen when she made her bargain with the wealthy, powerful, elderly Lord Sackville. He would keep and protect her, and she would let him flaunt her as mistress to hide his shameful personal secret. Mira tried to keep her word, even when she met the handsome Alec Falkner, the Duke of Hamilton, as experienced in passion as Mira was innocent. But in his arms, desire was more powerful than any promise or pledge ... as she learned to be a woman who would dare everything for love ...

My Review:

I may be the only reader on the planet who loves Lisa Kleypas' bodice rippers as much as her more recent historicals. I actually think I may prefer them a little bit. Forever My Love was especially good.

I loved Mira from the first book. She was one of my favorite characters in Where Passion Leads and I was looking forward to her story. She was just as amazing as I expected. She is now the "mistress" of a much older man. She is strong and smart. I found it quite easy to identify with her and like her. Alec was also great. He was much more of an alpha hero than Rand from the previous book was even though his behavior was slightly better. Just slightly because he had some of the dumbish characteristics that Rand had but not in a violent way. Alec has the distinction of sleeping with other women in the book. Not exactly a black mark on his character to me but other readers may find this to be an issue. He was also a bit judgmental of Mira for having been the mistress of Lord Sackville. 

This is not my favorite Lisa Kleypas novel but it was definitely a good read. I loved both Mira and Alec. They had great chemistry even if at some points it wasn't the most smooth of sailing. I enjoyed the plot progression. Nothing was over dramatic as you sometimes see with earlier romances. I did get a bit frustrated when the heroine from the previous book, Rosalie, blew through this one and kind of took it over. I wanted to tell her to go away. It wasn't necessary and, even though I cared about her while reading Where Passion Leads, my focus was on Mira and Alec and I wanted to tell Rosalie to take a hike. I do like seeing previous characters in series but not so much. 

Just a note, I would not recommend reading this without having read Were Passion Leads first. I tried and I was lost until I read the previous book. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie by Samantha Grace

Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie (Beau Monde, #3)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402258372
Pages: 416 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series:  Beau Monde-1,2
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Romance Reading Challenge 2012
Buy this Book: PublisherAmazon, Indiebound, Powell's


A Scoundrel Drives a Hard Bargain...

Spirited and determined to protect her young brother at any cost, Lisette Lavigne is desperate to flee New Orleans. There’s only one ship sailing to England, though, and the rakish Captain Daniel Hillary will only allow Lisette’s family aboard for a very steep price...

But a Lady Always Gets the Upper Hand...

Daniel prides himself on running a tight ship, and he knows a lady will be nothing but trouble on a long voyage. Yet he can’t help but break his own ironclad rules when Lisette persuades him that being gentlemanly just this once is his wisest course of action.

My Review:

This is one of those series where I loved the first book but was a little let down my the second. It's usually a coin toss as to whether the next book will rebound the series for me and this one did. Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie was close to perfect. 

Lisette was almost the perfect heroine. She was sweet, brave, and smart. All good things. She was also very protective of her family and did not compromise on that at all. I do wish her secret had been a little more "big." It all seemed quite harmless and was brushed under the rug very quickly. I also really liked Daniel. I have a thing for pirate/sea captain/navyman heroes. I think it's because of my long ago crush on Jack Sparrow--shameful. He also made quite the impression on me from the previous books and I was looking forward to finding out just how bad of a rake he was. Turns out, not that bad. He was more broken from his past and he didn't think he could fall in love as a result. It actually kind of disappointed me. I am a big fan of rakes that actually act the part. But he was such a well-drawn character that I couldn't help but love him.

Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel still remains my favorite book in this series but this one comes a close second. I tend to love any romance that takes place aboard a ship. There is just something about an enclosed space without a means of escape that just works in a romance. The chemistry between Lisette and Daniel was great. Lisette was almost skittish when it came to Daniel and Daniel was very cautious with her and there was also the issue of his past. There was a nice push and pull with them that worked very well. I did notice that there were times when I felt my interest waning a bit. That is my only minor quibble and I always managed to find my way back into the story. Overall, this was a really enjoyable read. Perhaps not my favorite in the series but pretty darn close. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday (October 19th)

Thanks so much for visiting! If you decide to follow (please do!) follow via my FeedCat RSS.

I will also be following and commenting on as many blogs as I can this weekend. I decided that this will be a lazy weekend of nothing but reading and blog surfing.

Reviews Posted This Week:

Q: When you step out of your USUAL genre what do you like to read? Best books in that genre?

I don't really step away from my usual genre very often, I have to admit. Historical romance and romance in general are my go-to's. But when I do it's either to a paranormal romance series or a classic. The paranormal romance series sucks me into a world completely new to me and the classics give me the comfort of the familiar. It really depends on what I am looking for. 

My Favorite Paranormal Romance Series (I am always looking for recs):

Darkfever (Fever, #1)Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)A Certain Wolfish Charm (Westfield Wolves, #1)The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark, #1)

My Favorite Classics: 

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)Little WomenPride and PrejudiceWives and Daughters (TV tie-in)Tess of the d'UrbervillesCan You Forgive Her?MiddlemarchVanity Fair: A Novel Without A HeroLady Chatterley's LoverClarissa, or the History of a Young Lady

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: Samantha Kane, author of The Devil's Thief

The Devil's Thief (The Saint’s Devils, #1)

1. Welcome to Books Like Breathing! Please tell us a little bit about The Devil's Thief.

The Devil's Thief is the first book in a new Regency historical romance series called The Saint's Devils. The series is about a group of rakes who've been friends since their school days. Their unofficial leader is Sir Hilary St. John, a brilliant, hedonistic Sherlock Holmes-like character. The Devil's Thief is about Alasdair Sharp, a well to-do gentleman whose famous family heirloom The Stewart Pearl is stolen by Miss Julianna Harte, a quiet lady who needs the money from the pearl to save the foundling home she sponsors. When Alasdair catches Julianna stealing the pearl she lies about her identity and he thinks she's an experienced thief, a product of the underworld. So he offers her a bargain--one night in his bed for the pearl. He nevers means to keep the bargain, however. He plans to pay her off with something else in the morning and make her his mistress. But when morning comes Julianna has disappeared with his pearl and Alasdair has to enlist the aid of his friends to find her and his family heirloom.

 2. Who would you cast as Juliana and Alasdair? And why?

I'd cast Mila Kunis as Julianna. I actually think the model on the cover looks a little like her. But she plays spunky, funny girls well. Alasdair I see as Jesse Spencer, the Australian actor who used to be on House and is on Chicago Fire now. The same sort of almost boyish, blonde good looks with an underlying intensity.

3. If you had to recommend a romance novel to a non-romance reader, what would it be?

It depends on what sort of books they usually read. I'd recommend different romances to mystery readers than I would to fantasy readers. I'm always hesitant to recommend specific books rather than authors in general. So I would probably recommend authors Nalini Singh, Suzanne Brockman, and Mary Balogh, and let them choose a book from those authors that appeals to them.

4. Can you give us a hint about your next book?

I can give you a title! The very next book I have coming out is Love and War: The Beginning, a very short Brothers in Arms story. It's a prequel to the first book in the series, The Courage to Love. I originally wrote the story as a free gift to my newsletter subscribers, but I know that not all readers want to subscribe, so I'm making it available to them. I have another Brothers in Arms novella coming out before the end of the year, a Prologue to Love Betrayed, which is Daniel's story. The full length novel Love Betrayed will be released next year. And in July, 2013 Tempting a Devil, the second book in The Saint's Devils series, will be released.

5.Lightning Round:

Favorite Book: Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh
Favorite TV Show: The Voice
Word I wish would disappear from the English language: Totes as shorthand for totally. Makes me crazy.
Favorite Word: Calliope. It just sounds so pretty and is fun to say.
Favorite Movie: Die Hard.
Place I would most like to visit: The Great Wall of China.
If a genie granted me three wishes, I would wish for: Health and happiness and long life for my kids, an end to poverty, and a cure for cancer.

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Review: Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker

Rev It Up (Black Knights, Inc., #3)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402267185
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Military
Series:  Black Knights, Inc-1, 2
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Romance Reading Challenge 2012
Buy this Book: PublisherAmazon, Indiebound, Powell's


He Never Misses A Target

Jake "the Snake" Sommers earned his SEAL code name by striking quickly and quietly-and with lethal force. That's also how he broke Michelle Carter's heart. It was the only way to keep her safe-from himself. Four long years later, Jake is determined to get a second chance. But to steal back into Michelle's loving arms, Jake is going to have to prove he can take things slow. Real slow...

She Aims To Make Him Beg

Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for being so cliché as to "love her and leave her." But when her brother, head of the Black Knights elite ops agency, ticks off the wrong mobster, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in Jake's hands. No matter what they call him, this man is far from cold-blooded. And once he's wrapped around her heat, he'll never let her go...

My Review:

This series is a bit iffy for me. I didn't like the first book very much, LOVED the second and this one is a bit "Meh." It was good but it's definitely not going on my favorites list.

Every reader has their achilles heel. Mine happens to be shrill heroines. Michelle wasn't an overly bad case of shrill heroine-ness but she was definitely getting there. She was either yelling or crying--there was no middle ground with her. She was always in some form of hysterics and, while I may sympathize with her, I just can't handle the constant emotional outbursts of rage or sadness. I, quite honestly, did not have any clue what to do with her. It's odd because I thought I was going to really like her based on In Rides Trouble. Jake was a completely different story for me. I loved him in spite of his surferness. He was the perfect hero. He was kind, reliable and protective. 

It is a very rare occasion when I can say that I liked a book even though I disliked one of the main characters. Usually that is a connection that I need to have. This is one of those rare occasions. I loved the action and mystery of the plot. I though Jake and Michelle worked well together in spite of my near dislike of Michelle. I did, however, notice that there was an abundance of crying in this book. Almost everyone shed tears at the drop of a hat. It kind of reminded me of the vomit escapades of the first book. It was much less disgusting though but it did get a little bit annoying. Stop crying! 

Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the next book, Thrill Ride, because it is about my absolute favorite couple, Vanessa and Rock.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review: Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes

Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (The Duke's Daughters, #3)(Windham, #6)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402268637
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series: Windham-1,2,3,4,5
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Romance Reading Challenge 2012
Buy this Book: PublisherAmazon, Indiebound, Powell's


'Tis the Season for Scandal...

Years ago Lady Louisa Windham acted rashly on a dare from her brother, and that indiscretion is about to come to light. She knows her reputation will never survive exposure. Just as she's nearly overwhelmed by her dilemma, Sir Joseph Carrington offers himself to her as a solution...

But Sir Joseph has secrets as well, and as he and Louisa become entangled with each other, their deceptions begin to close in on them both...

My Review:

Grace Burrowes is quickly joining my list of favorite romance authors. She never fails in writing an amazing romance. Never. Seriously, if she writes a novel that I don't love to bits and little pieces, I will be shocked. This one was no different. I loved it. 

Louisa reminded me of my favorite heroine in the series, Sophie. She had that same spirit about her. She did not have one obnoxious or Mary Sueish moment. That is a rarity. She had an independent spirit about her that I really liked. She was not willing to bow to other's expectations. Also, she's a math wiz--completely foreign to me but I do love a brainy heroine who doesn't feel bad about being smart. Joseph was a treasure of hero. At first, I wondered if I was going to like such an unassuming hero because I am used to (and prefer) the louder style of rakes and rogues. But I pretty much immediately fell in love with him because he is just that much of a good guy. He's genuinely a good guy--kind, generous, and completely accepting of Louisa. I wish I could find more heroes like him. 

I loved just about everything about this book. Usually, I come away with some sort of criticism but I couldn't find anything that I would change. Joseph and Louisa were a refreshing couple. They had such a sweet and normal relationship. There was no overblown drama between them and that, somehow, made it all the better. The lack of angst was surprisingly perfect. I tend to like my drama in romance novels so it's actually kind of surprising that I liked the lack of it so much. I also absolutely loved Joseph's daughters. I would have no problem at all reading a book about them terrorizing Louisa's brothers. The small glimpse of that in this one was worth the price of admission. 

Needless to say, I am waiting on pins and needles for the next book which looks to be equally amazing.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Dewey 24 Hour Readathon: Final Post

I ended up finishing 4 books while I should have been attempting sleep. Insomnia turns out to be a good thing. I finally fell asleep around 7am. That was one of my more brilliant ideas considering I have a busy day today.

Hours read-23 1/2; Pages read-5248
Books Read-The Lady Chosen, A Gentleman's Honor, A Lady of His Own, A Fine Passion, To Distraction, Beyond Seduction, The Edge of Desire, Mastered By Love, Devil's Bride, A Rake's Vow, Scandal's Bride, A Rogue's Proposal
Currently Reading:
A Secret Love (Cynster, #5)

Which hour was most daunting for you? Probably Hour 19. Because it was 3am and that's usually my bedtime.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Any romance. Or a long series. But never anything too deep or brainy. I suggest Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series. It's light and quick and I didn't even notice the time going by.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope. This year was great.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I really liked all of the challenges.
How many books did you read? 12
What were the names of the books you read? The Lady Chosen, A Gentleman's Honor, A Lady of His Own, A Fine Passion, To Distraction, Beyond Seduction, The Edge of Desire, Mastered By Love, Devil's Bride, A Rake's Vow, Scandal's Bride, A Rogue's Proposal
Which book did you enjoy most? All of the Cynsters. I did not realize that that series would be so good.
Which did you enjoy least? Probably A Gentleman's Honor. I just didn't like the heroine.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I am very likely to participate next year as a reader. It's the best reading day ever.

Dewey 24 Hour Readathon: Hours 18-20

I think it's time for this girl to go to bed. Or at least, pretend to. That's why flashlights and reading lamps were invented. I will probably finish off two or more books before I finally doze off. 

Hours read-18 1/2; Pages read-4010
Books Read-The Lady Chosen, A Gentleman's Honor, A Lady of His Own, A Fine Passion, To Distraction, Beyond Seduction, The Edge of Desire, Mastered By Love, Devil's Bride
Currently Reading: Just Started:

A Rake's Vow (Cynster, #2)

Dewey 24 Hour Readathon: Hours 13-17

I am sad to say that I am almost done with the Bastion Club books. I will be moving on the the Cynster series which I have been looking forward to big time. 

Hours read-16 1/2; Pages read-3160
Books Read-The Lady Chosen, A Gentleman's Honor, A Lady of His Own, A Fine Passion, To Distraction, Beyond Seduction, The Edge of Desire
Currently Reading: On page 300
Mastered By Love (Bastion Club, #8)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dewey 24 Hour Readthon: Hours 9-12

Mid-Event Survey
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? Nope. I'm doing great. Eyes aren't tired at all and I'm wide awake.
2) What have you finished reading? 6 books so far. The Lady Chosen, A Gentleman's Honor, A Lady of His Own, A Fine Passion, To Distraction, Beyond Seduction
3) What is your favorite read so far? Probably The Lady Chosen because I really liked Tristan.
4) What about your favorite snacks? My homemade pumpkin spice latte. Also, my Tiger Eye Tea. It tastes like a Caramel Macchiato. 
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I am sad to say that I haven't been visiting many blogs. I've gotten sucked into a series and I am barely making it out long enough to post updates. 

Mini challenges-Oldies But GoodiesReadathon SnacksTurn the PageDay Break
Hours read-11 1/2; Pages read-2727
Books Read-The Lady Chosen, A Gentleman's Honor, A Lady of His Own, A Fine Passion, To Distraction, Beyond Seduction
Currently Reading: On page 93

The Edge of Desire (Bastion Club, #7)

Dewey 24 Hour Readthon: Hour 8

Mini challenges-Oldies But GoodiesReadathon SnacksTurn the PageDay Break
Hours read-7 1/2; Pages read-448
Currently Reading: On page 95

A Fine Passion (Bastion Club, #4)

Dewey 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 7

Mini challenges-Oldies But GoodiesReadathon SnacksTurn the Page
Hours read-6 1/2
Currently Reading: On page 241

A Lady of His Own (Bastion Club, #3)

Dewey 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 6

Mini challenges-Oldies But GoodiesReadathon SnacksTurn the Page
Hours read-5 1/2
Currently Reading: Just started

A Lady of His Own (Bastion Club, #3)

Dewey 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 5

I am now sitting in my comfy orange chair drinking a homemade pumpkin spice latte (I have a recipe if you so desire). I am still reading the Bastion Club series. May become one of my favorites. 

Status-Still drinking coffee. 
Mini challenges-Oldies But GoodiesReadathon Snacks, Turn the Page
Hours read-4 1/2
Currently Reading: on page 255

A Gentleman's Honor (Bastion Club, #2)

Turning To Page mini-challenge-

"If only you knew the latest offering at the Opera House, you'd run screaming into the night!"

Dewey 24 Hour Readathon: Hours 2-4

This morning has been crazy. I woke up at 8am and decided in my brilliant mind that it would be a terrific idea to go get groceries before embarking on the readathon. I did not know that lines in grocery stores were longer in the morning on the weekends. Keep in mind, I live in an "aging" community.

Status-Still drinking coffee. 
Mini challenges-Oldies But Goodies, Readathon Snacks
Hours read-3 1/2
Currently Reading: on page 25

A Gentleman's Honor (Bastion Club, #2)

Readathon Snacks- When I am readathoning, I don't really snack much. I am not normally a snacker either. I survive on big meals--It's an Italian thing. I am, however, drinking tea like crazy. I am drinking Chestnut Tea right now but I have Caramel, Tiger Eye, Coconut, Amaretto, Thai Chai, Oriental Spice and Chamomile  for later.


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