Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Top Ten - Beach Reads

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Top Ten Books That Should Be In A Beach Bag (your perfect beach reads!)


If I were going to the beach, what books would I want in my bag to read…good question.  Here are some that have stuck, and I think that they would make great Beach Reads!  (Now I just need to get to a beach for an excuse to re-read these and try new ones!)

1 – The Villa by Nora Roberts.  I have read a lot of Nora in the past, and this one stands out in memory.  I keep dragging it around with me to re-read, but there are so many books, that I haven’t gotten around to it AGAIN!

2 – And One Last Thing by Molly Harper.  I just finished this, and think it is perfect for your Beach Bag!  What fun it was!  It even includes a hilarious skinny dip scene!

3 – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.  Recently read this one and it was such a pleasant read…perfect for the beach.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who asks!

4 – Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.  What isn’t perfect for the beach but a young girl who thinks life is a Gothic romance and also written by one of the best authors EVER!?!

5 – The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister.  This one had me laughing most of the way through.  Nothing like a little escapism into a Victorian reality show, where the main character is ‘skinny-challenged.’

6 – Wedding Date by Elizabeth Young.  SOO much better than the movie!  It was hilarious and another one of those books that I would recommend if someone was looking for a great Beach Read!

7 – The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne.  Wanna laugh?  This one is great!  Excellent Beach Bag material that will have you crying on the beach from laughter.  I could perfectly picture so many of the scenes that Melissa finds herself in.

8 – Your Big Break by Johanna Edwards.  Dani is a ghost writer and has found her niche writing break-up letters.  Very amusing!  Another worthy candidate for my Beach Bag!

9 – Insomnia by Stephen King.  Gotta throw one suspense book in the bag, and it may as well be a Stephen King novel.  Luckily, this one isn’t as creepy as many of his books can be.  I am looking forward to rereading this one day…BEFORE I get older and have trouble sleeping!

10 – Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks.  Every Beach Bag also needs one good tear-jerker…and since this deals with the ocean, it would be perfect!  Make sure you have a few sand-free hankies available near the end of this book (well, the last quarter of the book, really!)

I am going to try to do more of these...not necessarily on Tuesdays, as I want to do some of the past ones.  What a great way to make you think of the books that you have read and put them into lists!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Teaser - Wizard, Witch & 2 Grlz

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here is my Teaser:
      
      Without thinking, Veronica reached down, wrapped her fingers around a heavy white fallen branch, and swung it with all of her force against the Hag's arm.
      With a crunch and the sound of breaking glass, the Hag's arm dropped off, the pale fingers sill holding the wand.


- pg 25 of The Wizard, The Witch and Two Girls from Jersey by Lisa Papademetriou

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Weekend with Mr. Darcy

A Weekend with Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly

What a delightful and fun book this was!  It was much different than ‘Molly’s Millions’ – better written.  I really liked the way it was written, as there were three main characters and how the story would focus on one of them alternately and then when they interacted with one another.

Dr. Katherine Roberts is a professor of literature at St. Bridget’s College in Oxford and something of an Austen aficionado.   What most people don’t know about her is her passion for other types of Regency novels, especially those written by Lorna Warwick.  She is heading off to an Austen conference in Hampshire, hosted by Dame Pamela Harcourt in her person home, in hopes of forgetting about the man who lied to her.

Robyn Love is a young lady who loves anything by Jane Austen.  She has saved up and is spoiling herself to a Jane Austen weekend retreat in Hampshire.  As she’s about to walk out the door to the train, her boyfriend from secondary school shows up, ready to take her.  She wasn’t expecting this, as she has been thinking about calling it quits with Jace – a guy who would rather put his foot through the telly while her favourite Austen adaptation is playing.

Warwick Lawton has a few secrets of his own when he shows up at the Jane Austen retreat in Hampshire.  Can he keep his secrets to himself while discovering more about a person he has fallen in love with?

As mentioned, these three characters’ stories were very well woven together.  It was sort of predictable, but it still held the interest of this reader, hoping that everyone would get their happy ending.  The ending did seem a bit abrupt (a complaint I seem to have with many books – maybe it’s just me!), but did tie up loose ends rather quickly. 

Both women are wondering if Mr. Darcy can only be found in books, and if happy endings will ever happen to them.  What was nice about this story is that the male interests weren’t perfect, weren’t Mr. Darcy incarnate, but guys who were willing to accept these ladies with all of their issues regardless.

Ms. Connelly did a wonderful job with her female characters and developed their voice well.  The reader really gets a sense of who these ladies are and care for what happens to them.  The characters seem real with their thoughts and feelings and you can see yourself wondering/feeling these same things.  I have always thought of doing an Austen weekend conference/retreat and this made me want to all the more. 

I was a bit hesitant to read this after reading ‘Molly’s Millions.’  I enjoyed that story but it seemed a bit too far-fetched.  However, with ‘A Weekend with Mr. Darcy’ the characters were more believable and the situations (save a few) were fairly realistic!  It was a humorous and delightful read, perfect for anyone who loves Jane Austen and a teaser for enticing the reader to go away to Hampshire for a Jane Austen retreat.

4 Stars!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

WoW #1

Excerpt from A Weekend with Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly (pg 66-67). 


This meme is hosted by Ruthi at Ruthi Reads!  The object is simple:  share exactly 100 words from the book you are currently reading, and no spoilers!  Be sure to include your book's title, author, and page number in your post.  Head over to Ruthi's site and add your link to your book!  Happy Reading!


Honestly ... why was she looking at his bottom?  What would Jane Austen have made of such brazenness?  She’d probably have laughed her head off and then written everything down so as not to forget anything, ... the author would have eyed up enough men’s bottoms in her time....  It was absolutely wicked by great fun to imagine the young author dreaming of Ftizwilliam Darcy and Captain Wentworth and what they might look like in their breeches.  Wasn’t that a big part of why the film and television adaptations were so successful – because of the fine display of men’s bottoms?

What makes this excerpt even more funny is that I had the book sitting open and my husband grabbed it.  He tends to roll his eyes a bit when I grab anything with 'Darcy' in the title, or that isn't 'substantial.'  This time, however, he flips to the page beyond what I have read, and reads this passage aloud, followed by the comment, "Well, this won't make it to my To Read pile."  All the while I am trying not to listen, as I haven't gotten to that page yet.  He left the room, and I read the full passage (as he only mentioned 'Fitzwilliam Darcy and Captain Wentworth and what they might look like in their breeches'!)  I laughed and just had to share this!

How to be Popular

The Queen of Teen has done it once again. 

How to be Popular by Meg Cabot is a cute YA story of a young lady who was tired of being picked on all because five years prior she happened to spill a Big Gulp on the popular girl.  Every since, if anyone did anything stupid, it was known as ‘pulling a Steph Landry.’  Well, not her Junior year, Steph was going to take her life back, and be Popular!

Stephanie Landry happened to find a book that had been up in the attic from her soon-to-be step-grandmother, who was very popular in her day.  Steph figured that if it worked for Kitty, it should work for her.  And it seemed to help!  That is, until she refused to suck up to popular Lauren and told her off!

What I enjoyed about this book was the fact that Meg Cabot took the concept of popularity, had some wonderful tips (for just being a GREAT and nice person – which all kids should follow) sprinkled throughout and had her main character figure out what exactly it means to be popular.  Stephanie Landry gained confidence from the book she read and tried to apply the concepts of the book into daily life.  The book only covers one week – the first week of school, but has Steph cover much more in that one week.

Stephanie Landry was a strong character and this is definitely a book I would recommend to any young lady who feels like she is a little bit on the outside of the circle.  Meg Cabot lets her readers know that it is okay to be on the outside, as long as she is being the best person she can be!  It was fun and typical, but I enjoyed the message behind it.  ‘How to be Popular’ is one of those feel-good stories that you could definitely see being made into a teen movie with a moral.  I didn’t realize that this was written in 2006...saw it on the book shelf at the library and thought I’d give it a go... and glad that I did.

4 Stars!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Teaser Tuesday - Popular

It's that time of the week already... time for our teasers...

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Here's mine!  Looking forward to reading yours, too.


Operation Smile:
The power of the smile is amazing and cannot be overemphasized.  A single, dazzling smile in the direction of your crush can do more than anything else to get his attention.

-How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot (pg 137)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Henry Tilney's Diary

Henry Tilney's Diary by Amanda Grange


Being an alternate look at Northanger Abbey, and supposedly being a ‘diary,’ I found myself rather disappointed by this story.  It was some time ago that I had read Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange, but I had fond recollections of it, as it helped to kick off my love for Austen-esque novels.  Henry Tilney’s Diary was nothing more than seeing the other side of Northanger Abbey  with a little back story – which did not explain much about how Henry Tilney was, nor why his father was as cranky as he was.

This new story by Amanda Grange is supposed to be laid out as a diary, but is nothing more than a story that is separated by dates, not chapters.  In a diary, one does not recount conversation word for word, nor does it contain no less than eighteen pages (YES, I counted) of segments from A Sicilian Romance by Anne Radcliffe.  Yes, I understand that it helped the reader get an idea in their head as to what a Gothic novel was like, but this reader found it as a means of ‘padding’ the story.  It needed much more than this.

Having recently read Northanger Abbey, I was excited when I heard about this story.  I enjoyed Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen in the humour and the drama that surrounded Catherine’s life and her flights of fancy from reading too many Gothic novels.  However, the story of Henry Tilney was rather flat.  I would have liked to have seen more ‘diary’ type entries, then maybe followed by story to fill in.  I would have loved to have seen more about Henry’s character.  His character was no more well-drawn than in Northanger Abbey.  It also would have been nice to learn more about General Tilney’s character...why was he so adamant about his children marrying for money and title?  Why did Henry love Gothic novels so much and also enjoyed shopping with his sister?  Why did Henry have such a better relationship with Eleanor than with his brother, Frederick?  This novel was rather short, and could have taken time to delve into these answers even more... really fleshed out the characters, especially that of Henry, since it was his diary.

What I did enjoy about Ms. Grange’s new story is that story of Eleanor Tilney.  The one problem I had with her part, though, was that she sounded the same at age 13 as she did at age 19.  However, that aspect aside, it was nice to see her love story with Mr. Thomas Morris.  It was nice to see a bit of his character, and it was easy to see why Eleanor fell for him.  I even appreciated the ‘gothic’ way he inherited his title and money.

I understand that many Austen-esque authors are taking works of Jane Austen’s and creating new stories.  I applaud anyone trying to stay in her voice.  However, to have half of your novel taken directly from Jane’s doesn’t really show any talent.  It is nice to read a novel based on our beloved Authoress’ works with a few well-known lines thrown in; but to read something that is merely a re-working of the story was not enjoyable by any stretch.  There was such potential and hope for this story.  On the back of the dust jacket, one of the four quotes was, “Amanda Grange has hit upon a winning formula” – Maybe Ms. Grange should create a new formula and try her hand at truly fleshing out the story and characters, showing us MORE of her heroes and less of Miss Austen’s original work. 

I have to say that I felt a bit cheated by this story.  I enjoyed Northanger Abbey twice as much as this ‘diary.’  At least Northanger Abbey was humorous and had me laughing quite frequently at Catherine’s antics.  Henry Tilney won this young girl’s heart with his love of novels and his kindness; show more of that aspect, more of what made him who he is, and more of HOW he fell in love with Catherine, instead of a few times of taunting her about her love of the Gothic.

2.5 Stars

Friday, May 20, 2011

And One Last Thing

And One Last Thing by Molly Harper

Lacey Terwillinger found out the hard way that her husband was cheating on her with his new secretary...by receiving a bouquet that was intended for ‘Bumblebee’ from ‘The Stinger,’ all because the florist was a little drunk.  After finding all of the things she saw as important in her house (not much), and having packed those up, she sat down to write her husband’s monthly business letter.  One shouldn’t mix anger and business together, as it could lead to a libel lawsuit.  This hilarious book was insightful into the character of Lacey, who thought she was the perfect wife.

Taking the advice of both her attorney and her mother, Lacey went to cool off in the family’s lakeside cabin.  I found myself asking some of the same questions that Lacey did of herself (but luckily I didn’t ask them because I found my husband cheating).  What does she really like?  Who ARE her friends?  What kind of person is she?  What kind of people would she want to be friends with? But how exactly did a grown woman ask someone to be her friend?  Was there an exchange of woven bracelets involved?  I really appreciated how Ms Harper went into Lacey’s character and had her do some soul-searching.  You get a sense of who Lacey is, and it was refreshing to read a book with a well-drawn heroine.  It was also nice to see Lacey discover WHO she is and blossom.

There were many hilarious scenes in the book, that were sprinkled in between poignant moments of the main character discovering herself.  I don’t want to spoil the book, but late-night swimming was involved in one of my favourite parts. 

Staying next door to Lacey’s cabin was ‘Wolverine’ – a guy who doesn’t want to be bothered by another psycho divorcee.  ‘Lefty’ Monroe helps Lacey discover more about herself, especially with her writing, as he is a famous author and gives her many tips and encouragement.  Lacey’s writing helps to empower her, as evidenced by her scathing newsletter about her adulterous husband.  Lacey needs to decide what type of writing to do, though, which type will help her to grow more.  She had to fight the urge to truly speak her mind and be ‘adult’ about what she says, trying to change herself. I wasnt’ a bad wife. I had a bad husband....Whatever happened to sisterhood?  Why can’t we just be honest and support each other? (pg 287)

I had only a few problems with the book.  I think that there was almost too much with Monroe and not enough of the lawsuits, but it all gets wrapped up nice and neat in the end.  I also thought that Lacey would do/say more about the pity she feels for the homewrecker, BeeBee (read the book, then you would understand why I made this statement).  I have not had a chance to read anything else by Molly Harper, but I will keep my eye out for her now.  I thought that the characters were whole – you really got a sense of who they were, and they were all different.  (I think that Emmett, her brother, is my favourite.)  I loved the humor and the pace of the story as well.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes their heroines who discover themselves, and also enjoys a good laugh.

4 Stars!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

TT-And One Last Thing

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here is my Teaser:

As I stared into the depths of her eyes, I saw the smallest flicker of fear.  Shame or embarrassment would have disappointed me.  But fear I could work with.

- And One Last Thing by Molly Harper

Even though I just started reading this book...it is rather amusing!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Wickham's Story

“Wickedness is always wickedness, but folly is not always folly.
It depends upon the character of those who handle it.”
—JANE AUSTEN, English novelist

October 28, 18--
Well, this is a change.  I have received a letter from Denny.  It seems that he is with his regiment in a small town called Meryton, in Hertfordshire.  He has implored me to visit him, as there are a number of pretty girls in the area; and a few seemingly well-off families that attend local society events.  How could country lasses be more diverting than what London has to offer?

A shout and the jangling of harnesses brought Wickham’s head up from his journal writing and he put down his quill and let his eyes drift to the scene outside his window.  It seemed as if the steady flow of humanity outside his rented room was never varied.  The constant noise, as the window had to remain open despite the smell and sounds, was going to undo him.  He thought back to his earlier days as a young boy running alongside the Master of Pemberley.  Those were the days, idyllic and full of envy.  Yes, envy.  Why should he have to go back to his small cramped house with his father who was constantly preoccupied, and his mother who could never seem to stop ordering everyone about - to include her own son?  Fitz had the pleasure to return home to a cool house where he wanted for nothing. 

A loud knock at the front door snapped Wickham from his reverie.  He was not expecting anyone and therefore allowed Mrs. Younge to answer it, as it must be a caller for her.  However, elevated voices caught his attention.  George stood up, grabbing his coat while making sure that he was no longer in view of the window.

The Other Side of the Story

The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes

This was a fun, escapist book that I quite enjoyed reading; but was glad when I had finished it.  It had the right pacing, which kept me reading, and I felt that ending was well wrapped up.

The story follows three ladies who all have connections with one another in either a direct or indirect way.  I enjoyed how the author broke the book up into each lady’s story separately; two were told in the first person and the third in third person.  That did help with the transition, in case I missed at the beginning of the chapter that there was a character switch.  As seen from the description of the story, Gemma has been forced to live with her mom as she falls apart due to her father leaving her mother after 35 years.  I enjoyed her snippets of working with difficult people at the party planning business.  We have JoJo who was a literary agent and her connections with her authors as well as a certain senior partner at the firm she worked.  Then there is Lily who wrote a book and stole Gemma’s boyfriend and her guilt.

I did get tired of some of the whinging that went on, and felt lucky to have lived in England for a bit to catch some of the references that were made.  It also gave me a brief insight into the world of publishing, but I don’t know how much of it is true...as to figures and ‘product placement’ in stories.  I had entertained the idea of writing myself, but after this, made me rethink!

3 Stars

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

TT-Other Side of the Story

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here is my Teaser:

But he wasn't a comb-over lech, he was In The Zone - you know, the right age and nice looking.  The novelty of it nearly made her laugh out loud; she was being picked up...In an Irish nightclub!

pg 343 of The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes

Friday, May 6, 2011

No Longer Unfortunate - Chapter 1

Chapter 1

"Bellisima - beautiful Mali," stated Gram every time I walked in the door with my family on visits, long ago.  Bellisima, how can that term be used for me?  My grandmother, Gram, always said something like this when I walked in the door of her old bungalow home.  You would think that she was Italian... she looked Italian; black hair, fairly slender, but she had a very fair complexion. 

Personally, I think that I should have been called "weird."  Being fifteen years old, I guess I was at that awkward stage in my development.  I wasn’t tall yet (my mom always said I would be 5'7" – almost there), but, thankfully, I wasn’t short either.  I've been told that I look just like my mother did at this age and that I will only grow prettier like she did.  I had no idea what I will look like when I am older, as my mom passed away a few months ago.  I guess that's why I feel "weird" about my looks... sorrow can do that to a girl. 

But now, every day when I walked in the door at Gram's house, I heard, "How was your day, Bella?"  Usually, I’d shrug my shoulders and head off to my room.  A typical day would be to stop in the kitchen to say hi to my grandmother and grab a piece of fruit.  Today, however, I just went straight up to my room.  I didn’t feel like sharing about my day just yet.

         I was asked to join the Cheer Squad today.  Jessica, the head cheerleader, was the one to ask me.  We had gymnastics team try-outs today.  Not only did I get a spot on the gymnastics team, I was personally asked by the head cheerleader to become a Cheer Zombie.  Don’t get me wrong.  It would be so cool to be a popular kid for once.  I have always been on the outside of The Circle, even in grade school.  I’ve always been a little bit too quirky for most people.

      

A Poisoned Season

Written by Tasha Alexander
This was a well-written story about Lady Emily Ashton set in Victorian England and the supposed heir to the French throne...not that the throne was available to this proclaimant.  As all mysteries start, there was a murder and the wrong person was arrested.  After an accusation of adultery by the murder victim’s widow, Lady Ashton turns the tables on the grieving widow and offers to help solve the murder.  While the murder has taken place, there have been several thefts of items that once belonged to Marie Antoinette.  Is the thief and the murderer one in the same?  How are they tied together?  Who keeps stealing into Lady Ashton’s bedroom while she is asleep and leaving her love notes in Greek?

The pace of the novel was well-kept and the characters were varied, as the author did a nice job of having a voice for each one that was different from the others.  At some points, though, it seemed that there were too many characters to keep track of – luckily the author had the forethought to have a list of characters posted in the front of the book, to which I often referred.  Because of this, however, you don’t get to see everyone’s story at the same time, or to have those stories completely fleshed out.  The book is written in Emily’s voice so you see the story only from her point of view.

I would have liked to feel a little more tension between Emily and Colin Hargreaves, her romantic interest.  This is one point that the author did not accomplish completely.  I have read some novels where a simple touch of the fingers left the reader weak with the tenderness, but not in The Poisoned Season.  I was left wondering why Colin keeps loving Emily as the connection doesn’t seem that strong between them.

I would also have liked to have seen more or learned more about the thief.  I think that the author could have had more development there and more of a confrontation between Colin and the thief.  The thief was constantly leaving love notes for Emily, but the feelings should have been more pronounced.  Emily seemed rather annoyed that the thief’s identity wasn’t known, but had no reaction to this man who kept stealing into her room while she slept, or following her silently and leaving items when she turned her back.  Wouldn’t this give a person more pause?  Wouldn’t her romantic interest want to find this person and punch his lights out for taking such liberties?

I had picked this book up quite some time ago at Target, and THEN checked out some reviews.  I guess I hit on a few bad reviews, because I had put off reading this fun mystery.  Having dragged it across The Pond with an imminent move back, I am going through books that I was unsure off... do I want to keep it (and take it BACK to the States) or donate it.  When I had purchased it, I had no idea it was the second in a series.  I was able to read it on its own, but I think that I would like to read the first one before moving on to others to help fill in a few gaps.  I am glad that I did read it, and cannot wait to find more books by Ms. Alexander.  I really had no idea who the culprit was.  If I have read more mysteries, and know the rhythm, I may have been able to puzzle it out.  Personally, though, I was just enjoying the ride!

4 Stars

How to Make a Journal of Your Life

Quotes from this little book by d.price

"I have seldom gone on a tramp without seeing things hat made the heart ache with their beauty or pathos, and other things that set the mind a-tingle with intellectual curiosity.  I do not refer to great episodes, but to the little things, unexpected visions of life!  Some were unforgettable in themselves and seemed to need no other tablets than those of memory, and yet it was a great addition to inner content and happiness to describe them in my day-book of travels." (pg 5)
                                              --Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

"It is in description that the keeper of a diary becomes artist.  All description is art, and in describing an event, an action or a being, you enter into the joy of art.  You are more than the mere secretary of life, patiently taking down dictation; you become its singer, the expresser of its glory.  With a verbal description goes also sketching, the thumbnail sketch, the vague impression.  There is no reason for being afraid of bad drawing in one's own personal travel diary.  The main thing is that it be yours and have some relationship to the eyes and the thing seen." (pg 12)
                                              --Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

"Believe in yourself.  Believe in your capacity.  Believe in your goodness.  Seek adventure.  Climb high mountains.  Run wild rivers.  Live daily with this spirit.  Take care.  Follow your dreams, but watch your step.  Have fun, sing, dance, laugh, and spread joy wherever you journey." (pg 65)
                                             --Royal Robbins

"Be strong and do not betray your soul.  Carry your light to illuminate your destiny.  Rejoice, for you are part of the Great Mystery." (pg 34)
                                            --old Indian saying

TT-A Poisoned Season

Here is my Belated Teaser Tuesday... What a neat idea!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here is my Teaser:

"From experience I'm keenly aware of the ruinous effect dancing with you in private has on my self-control."

"Lovely though it is to contemplate you losing your self-control, I shan't tempt you further, though I reserve the right to do so in the future...."


page 133 of A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander

These few lines, in the middle of the book, have made up my mind to read more in this series.  Luckily, there are three more books after this one!
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