Fanciful Reader

a book blog about romance and more. . .

Month: January, 2011

In My Mailbox: 1/22/11

I almost wrote 2010 in the post title, and I keep writing 2010 on checks and documents–anyone else?

Anyhow, here’s the lineup of new books I got this past week:

Front Page Affair by Mira Lyn Kelly–a contest win from Beverley Kendall, author of romance novels and the excellent e-zine/blog The Season.

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

Among Others by Jo Walton

La Bonne by Michelle de Lully

The Orchid Affair
by Lauren Willig–meanwhile, I haven’t read the first book yet in the Pink Carnation series.

The Iron Witch
by Karen Mahoney

I’m looking forward to reading all of these books soon.

What about you? What are you most looking forward to reading this week?

TBR Challenge 2011: Temptation is the Night

Temptation is the NightTemptation is the Night by Marguerite Kaye

TBR Challenge 2011—Theme: Series Romance

It’s time for the first post of the 2011 TBR Challenge hosted by Wendy at Misadventures of Super Librarian.
I choose a book from the Harlequin Historical Undone line. I sort of cheated by picking such a short book for the first TBR 2011 challenge post. But since I’m still trying to finish Guns, Germs and Steel for my book club I haven’t had a lot of reading time lately.

Setting: England, 1924
It had been love at first sight when Jack Damarell, the Eighth Earl of Crieff, and American artist Lindsey van der Maier met on the steamer to England. Their marriage had been filled with white-hot passion—until Jack’s dark memories of the trenches drove them apart.
Now Lindsey has returned, and Jack has resolved to exorcise her from his heart with one final night of lovemaking to prove that reality couldn’t possibly live up to his memories. But can Jack hold onto his conviction when their sensual encounter exceeds his imagination?

When I first started reading this, I was a little disappointed that the story didn’t take place on board a ship. Can you think of a more romantic setting than a steamship? Also it seems like a transatlantic voyage would be the perfect length of time for the action of a novella to play out. All in all, the chemistry was very good between Lindsey and Jack, though I was confused about their motives at times. The writing style was at times a bit like many people’s negative stereotypes of romance novels. Think old-school Mills and Boon with a lot of sentence fragments. I thought this story suffered the most from filling in a lot of backstory about Lindsey and Jack’s failed marriage. I thought that the ending was perfect and sweet! It would have worked much better as a full-length novel, though.

I loved the 1924 setting and I wish there were more romance novels set in this time period. I’ve followed some discussions like the one on the AAR blog about the lack of post WWI romances. How about you? Which less-common settings would you most like to see?

In My Mailbox this week (1/10/11)

It was a slow week for acquiring books until today when I bought these titles at the thrift/outlet store (where I often find great deals including ARCs) close to my office:

Shield’s Lady by Jayne Ann Krentz
Matched by Allie Condie
A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware
The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde

Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern was the only ebook I bought this week.

I’m looking forward to reading all of these books soon. That is, after I finish my book club selection, Guns, Germs and Steel.

Hope everyone is having a great week!