So it turns out that our readers were 100% correct that The Suffragette Scandal is the best of the Brothers Sinister books. The final short story is also worth reading as a nice coda. Her Turner series is also pretty good– it was touch and go there for a little while with Unclaimed, but I should have trusted that Milan would turn the Prostitute With a Heart of Gold meme on its head. Unraveled is excellent (and only 99 cents!).
Only a Kiss by Mary Balough was pretty disappointing. Not up to par with the rest of the books in the survivor’s series. Lady Imogen’s character doesn’t really seem to fit the character in the earlier novels and is only superficially explored. The hero is kind of a jerk (and a pale imitation of a specific Heyer hero, though I’m not remembering which one off the top of my head). Formulaic without heart or soul. (I also tried reading 3 more of her old books but so much rapity rape and hero not taking no for an answer… at least with her more modern books she’s learned the sexiness of consent. Thank goodness modern romance novelists no longer seem to think that “no means yes over-rule me” is acceptable.)
The memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (free on kindle). I found out on a long plane flight recently that I *hadn’t* read all the sherlock holmes stories, I still had one book in the unread folder in my kindle. No idea how I missed it. Anyway, this is the book with the dog that didn’t bark. But it’s also got a nice little story about a woman who doesn’t trust her husband that has a surprisingly good moral. Go Arthur Conan Doyle!
if you read edenbrooke as a parody of regency romance, it is excellent and hilarious. If you take it seriously, it is horribly written, irritating and repetitive. (Twirling? Really?) She does name her heroine after the irritating sister from sense and sensibility.
Was also somewhat disappointed with Bet Me by Jessica Crusie. The heroine is really likable but I think forcing food on someone who doesn’t want it is almost as bad as telling someone she shouldn’t eat it. Also, no means no. I hate it when the hero is allowed to not take no for an answer. Whether it’s physical relations or donuts. That’s just not cool. Trust people to have control over their own bodies and listen to what they say about them.
Also a little disappointed in Prudence. It’s ok, but I think I won’t actually be buying a copy after I return the library book. :/ Also the first chapter of the library edition is just swimming in typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors, though that seems to be limited to just the first chapter. Very odd.
Lots of long plane flights, jet-lagged reading in bed at weird times, etc. What have I read?
#2 gave me Serpentine by Cindy Pon, which I read on the plane and now I’m waiting for the sequel. Easy to read and page-turning.
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. This is a series of high fantasy novels, each of which is well over a thousand pages. I can only get through them on kindle on long long trips. Good stuff, very evocative.
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. A podcast recommended this (and #2 got it for me as a wedding gift) and I liked it! Hot.
I think that’s all I read on the trip, besides several guidebooks. Oh, and a book of short stories that was only ok. And lots of crossword puzzles.
Other reading has included Chapelwood by Cherie Priest. Squee! Love this stuff.
I have a million books on deck, so exciting. If only I didn’t keep having to go to my job!