Because of my youngest kiddle being sick last week and of course being at my parents’ house all weekend I didn’t get all that much reading done and NO m/m. That’s just wrong. lol!
I started off the week with A Rainbow for Christmas by Mary Montague Sikes. This is a western historical about a woman and her niece who are heading to Denver to start a new life. Meg has been promised in marriage to a man she’s never met but she HAS to marry him so that she can save her family’s farm. She meets the wagon master, Cade, and falls in love with him. She scared and confused and doesn’t know what to do. This was a very sweet novella. There were some parts that I loved and other parts where I wondered why there were in the book at all as they seemed like filler. It wasn’t too terribly deep but a nice way to pass some time. 3 out of 5 (Read for Book Binge)
Next was a historical called When She Was Wicked by Anne Barton. This story was about a seamstress who is trying to feed her mother and sister and pay for doctor bills and medicine for her mother. She resorts to extortion but a man she picks, a duke, decides that he’s going to catch the thief who is trying to take advantage of him and his sisters. Instead of jail the duke hires her to make new wardrobes for his sisters. The pair fall in love but their stations prevent them from being together…or do they? This was a nice historical but nothing that rocked my world. I didn’t understand the duke’s motivations for letting Anabelle into his home and family life and there were some other issues I had with the story. 3 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)
Next up was Kiss Me by Codi Gary, Cheryl Harper & Jaclyn Hatcher. This is an anthology that’s being released on Feb. 5th for Valentine’s Day. It’s got 3 V-Day novella’s in it and their cute. I’ll post my review for this later this week.
Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt was another wonderful book in the Maiden Lane series. Godric St. John got married 2 years earlier to a woman he didn’t know because he was bribed by her brother to do so. The woman, Megs, was pregnant by another man. She’s been living in the country the entire time and they don’t know each other at all. Megs, however, has decided that she needs a baby (having lost the first) and heads to London to seduce her husband. Both Godric and Megs have issues with betraying their dead loves and this doesn’t make things easy between them…and then there’re the issues with the Ghost of St. Giles. This was the kind of book where you’re completely engrossed and then it’s over and you’re saying – hey! I want more! lol It had a slightly different feel to it than previous books in this series but still really great. (releases Feb. 26) 4.5 out of 5
Last for the week was Angels’ Dance by Nalini Singh. This story is a prequel novella as it takes place 400 years before the current books started. This is Jessamy’s story and if you’ve been reading the Guild Hunter stories you’ll know that she’s the teacher from the Refuge. She also has a damaged wing that can never be repaired so she can never fly. She meets Galen who is joining Raphael’s court to become his weapons master. The pair fall in love but Jessamy’s not sure if she can trust herself to give her heart to a man when she knows she can’t leave the Refuge. I just adored this story. I loved Galen. I loved Jessamy. I really loved their story and the way Singh wrote it. This was so very good, and definitely worth reading. 5 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex