Fanciful Reader

a book blog about romance and more. . .

Month: December, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Sweet Enemy

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I chose Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow. Expected publication date: February 7, 2012, from NAL Signet Eclipse .

Geoffrey Wentworth, a war hero and rising political star, never wanted to be the Earl, but when his brother dies, he knows his duty—take up the responsibility for his family’s estates. His mother’s definition of duty differs from his, however, and can be summed up in one word—heirs. When Geoffrey rushes home to answer her urgent summons, he finds himself host to a house full of women, all vying to become the next Countess of Stratford. But his love is Parliament, where he wields his influence and reputation to better the lives of ex-soldiers, until a tempting houseguest and a secret from his past threaten his freedom…and his heart.

Liliana Claremont, a brilliant chemist, doesn’t want to be any man’s wife, much less a Countess. If she had tuppence for every time she’d been told her place was filling the nursery, not experimenting in the laboratory, she could buy the Tower Bridge. However, when she receives a coveted invitation to the Earl’s house party, she trades in her beakers for ball gowns and gladly takes on the guise of husband hunter—for the chance to uncover what the Earl had to do with the murder of her father.

Liliana believes the best way to get the answers she needs is to keep her enemy close, though romance is not part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can’t control…

What about you? What’s your Waiting on Wednesday pick?

TBR Challenge 2011: Kiss an Angel

The suggested theme for this month’s TBR Challenge was Christmas/Holiday themed-romances. Even though I have several dozen of these in my TBR pile, I chose a book that I happened to finish last week, that was nevertheless languishing in my TBR pile for quite a while.

First, here’s the synopsis from the publisher:

Pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Arranged marriages don’t happen in the modern world, so how did the irrepressible Daisy find herself in this fix?

Alex Markov, as humorless as he is deadly handsome, has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little feather-head with champagne tastes. He drags Daisy from her uptown life to a broken down traveling circus and sets out to tame her to his ways.

But this man without a soul has met his match in a woman who’s nothing but heart. Before long, passion will send them flying sky high without a safety net… risking it all in search of a love that will last forever.

The romance between Daisy and Alex was really sweet and had enough angst to make the HEA that much better. The above blurb characterizes Daisy as a spoiled brat, but I found that she showed her toughness from the first day she was thrown into the marriage with Alex and adapted very quickly to her new circumstances—living in a messy trailer and traveling with the circus. What was remarkable about Daisy’s character development was the way she bonded with the menagerie animals, and how she was willing to perform such hard physical labor in order to improve their living conditions.

There was nothing I disliked about the hero, Alex. I can only tell you I’ve lived in Russia and they seem to have a shortage of alpha males. The women, on the other hand, are Amazons—shrewd, smart, strong, and beautiful—probably to make up for the deficiencies in the male population. So most Russian heroes in romance seem a little far-fetched to me.

Can you believe this is the first book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips I’ve ever read? Even though if pressed to rate Kiss an Angel, I’d only give it about 3 stars out of five, I’ll definitely read more of her books.

Waiting on Wednesday: Beswitched

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I chose Beswitched by Kate Saunders. Expected publication: December 13th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.

A magic spell has spun Flora into the past. She’s mysteriously swapped lives with a schoolgirl in 1935! No iPod? No cell phone? No hair products? How will she survive?
Now Flora’s a new girl at St. Winifred’s, where she has to speak French at breakfast, wear hideous baggy bloomers, and sleep in a freezing dormitory.
But lots of adventures in the past are amazing even if they are not forever. How will she find her way back to the 21st century?

This title has a lot of elements that I typically like–1930s setting with a time travel theme, for instance.

What about you? What’s your Waiting on Wednesday pick?