Fanciful Reader

a book blog about romance and more. . .

Month: February, 2011

TBR Challenge 2011: The Ice Princess

The Ice Princess (Princes Trilogy, #4)The Ice Princess by Elizabeth Hoyt

Once again, I chose a novella for the TBR Challenge Read. It turned out to be a very satisfying read. The Ice Princess is a little bit longer than other novellas I’ve read recently (about 1300 “locations” vs 900 for Harlequin Historical Undone books) and I think that made all the difference.

Coral Smythe, the heroine, is a madam who first appeared in the book The Raven Prince. Elizabeth Hoyt received many requests to write a story about Coral, which resulted in The Ice Princess.

The brothel where Coral works, Aphrodite’s Grotto, is owned by a cruel man named Jimmy Hyde. He offers Coral’s services for one week to the winner of a card game. Fortunately for Coral, the game is won by an honorable man–Captain Isaac Wargate, a handsome widower who doesn’t even wish to be in a brothel.

The inevitable happens–Isaac goes to Coral’s room to collect his prize. They slowly fall in love and must face challenges to finally be together.

This month’s TBR Challenge them was “ugly ducklings.” I couldn’t find anything in my collection with exactly that theme. There is one instance in The Ice Princess that touches on this theme but I won’t reveal it because it’s sort of a suspenseful moment in the story.

All in all, I enjoyed the story, and look forward to more books by Elizabeth Hoyt (Wicked Intentions and Notorious Pleasures are in my TBR pile).

In my mailbox 2/21/11: Presidents’ Day Edition

I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon and I’m going to attempt to get back on by doing some easy meme posts. So here are the books I acquired this week:

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel (ARC courtesy of a contest that was linked through the Shelf Awareness newsletter).

A question for anyone who’s read this book–do you think The Land of Painted Caves is a good standalone book or should I try to read the rest of the books in this series first? It’s only thousands of pages, I’ve got time, right?

The Emerald Atlas
by John Stephens (again, an ARC from the publisher via Shelf Awareness)

House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home
by Mark Richard

The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig (which I finished in just a few days)

The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig

I also got a few titles through Kindle’s lending program and e-ARCs from Netgalley. I’m going on vacation at the end of this week and I feel confident that I won’t run out of reading material, even if I get stranded on a desert island (that miraculously has an outlet to charge my Kindle).

Thanks for visiting!