Rain and illness have contributed to quite a bit of reading. This is not necessarily the order in which they were read, rather the order and collection they were in as I put them in my book journal.
Doughnut by Tom Holt. I have been reading Tom holt since high school, he is kind of like a mash up of Doug Adams and terry pratchett. Writes in the fantasy space but waaaay more British than pratchett. This book was weird. Lots of physics concepts, alternate realities, bending causality. Engrossing, but strange. And the ending ( as with most of his books) is not completely conclusive.
the princess bride By William Goldman. The book that the movie is based on. A reread of an old favourite. The book is structured as him abridging a pre-existing book- the princess bride, so lots of asides. Just fun.
the belly of the wolf By R. A. MacAvoy. This is the third book in the lens of the world series. It’s fantasy I guess. Another reread. The protagonist is an aging scientist/philosopher/writer who must stop a potential civil war in his country. This is complicated due to his potential to be crowned as king and the fact that he wrote about the philosophy that the rebellious side believe in. These are interesting books on what it means to be human.
love a little sideways by Shannon Stacey. This is one of Kowalski series, and is the story of Liz Kowalski. I like this series, they are are happy contemporary romances in a small town, and have realistic people. But this book ( and several of the others ) can be tough- a lot of her heroines are my age of older and they easily fall pregnant/consider it, and there are babies in this book. The issue of kids is a bigger issue in this one because the hero and his first wife divorced ( a few books back) because she never wanted kids, and lied about it. Fun read, but some issues.
Christmas kismet Jemma grey. Novella. My notes say jilted woman accidentally spends winter weekend in remote cabin with widower, romance ensues. Widower has two daughters conveniently not present. Meh
A gentleman and a scoundrel by Norma Darcy. Dreadful. Regency romance that borrows plot lines from all over the place and smushes them together. Young woman is supposed to marry a duke, because her older sister, who was originally to do so married someone else. She isn’t sure she wants to. Duke is secretly in love with her. Random plots all over the place. She toys with finding him a new bride. Matchmaking for her other sister and a friend of the duke. Falls in love with a callow young neighbor. Dire
the diakos baby scandal Natalie rivers. A harlequin presents novel. Secret baby, rich Greek businessman, secret family problems.
The greek’s forced brideMichelle Reid. Another harlequin presents. Repressed young woman walks in on her fiancé and sister getting it on. She flees and ends up marrying her fiances stepbrother. Drama
taken with you Shannon stacey. Another Kowalski book, but not actually about any of the kowalskis. Town librarian, not a wilderness girl, get a lost on a single woman’s weekend and is rescued by a holidaying ranger, who turns up in town as the new ranger in the area and her neighbor. Fun, interesting take on contrasting people and how it works. Only baby is her friend’s and not a major plot point.
smitten Janet evanovich. Prior to the Stephanie Plum novels she wrote romances. A tad slapstick, divorced mom begs for job from local construction company, boss falls for her, hijacks ensue. There’s a flasher, a crazy old lady and a hungry puppy
moosed up tiffinie helmer. Yes, that is how her name is spelled. A nurse, recently arrived in a remote Alaskan township falls for the local ranger ( ok, perhaps ranger in both this and the Kowalski book is not quite the right name- the parks and wildlife enforcer). He’s hot and he talks to animals. Kind of madcap, kind of thriller ( she gets held up by poachers) not great.
The Nekkid Truth
. Nicole Camden. Erotica. Photographer with face amnesia ( she cannot remember faces) works with police at crime scenes, in love with with one of the detectives, involved in a case. Pretty good
So I have read a bit in the last couple of weeks. Escapism reading