Fanciful Reader

a book blog about romance and more. . .

Month: March, 2011

Thursday Tea: 3/24/11

Today’s is Thursday Tea hosted by the Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together?

The book: I’m reading The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, the fourth book in the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig. I find the hero of the historical part of the book, Lord Vaughn, very intriguing. He’s the kind of character who you think is a villain, but actually has a heart of gold–well maybe not gold. We’ll see how the story progresses. I can’t wait to read about the developing romance between Colin and Eloise. I like the series, and so far I’m much more interested in the contemporary plot line than the historical one.

The tea:
Plain old Lipton teabags.

Do they go together?: No , not at all. Lord Vaughn has very refined tastes and would no doubt choose something like a Darjeeling. There’s certainly a lot of tea drinking in the series, as it’s set in England (past and present).

What about you? What tea (or other beverage) are you drinking today, and what are you reading? Do they go together?

Waiting on Wednesday 3/23: Eleven Scandals…by Sarah Maclean

It’s Wednesday again, and I’m trying to start posting again on a regular basis. I had a wonderful trip with my family to the Mexican Riviera in late February-early March and I’m still in that vacation mode.

Anyhow, here’s one of the many books I’m looking forward to reading soon.


Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah Maclean

She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips . . . and precisely the kind of woman The Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety. She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.

I think I’ve even had dreams about this book, that’s how much I want to read it. In the meantime I might even reread Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. It’s one of the books that sets the bar high for light, sexy historical romance.

Until next time!

Hannah