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cathygeha19 hours ago
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REVIEW
Improper by Darcy Burke
The Phoenix Club #1
聽Four friends find a reason to create a club that is more elite than some of the well known and sought-after clubs in London. They choose who can join and they are NOT the people society might normally choose. In the prequel the origin of The Phoenix Club is told and in this book the first of the men will find his match. My guess is that there will be at least four books in this series BUT there could be more.
聽What I liked:
* Fiona Wingate: bright, curious, interested in maps, seeks freedom, daring, a good friend, searching for a place to belong. She is much more than she first appears to be. 聽
* Tobias Powell, fifth Earl of Overton: good friend, educated, wealthy, good listener, sense of humor, focused, has an agenda.
* That Tobias and Fiona had similar family lives that were not filled with paternal love.
* The slow growth of the relationship between Tobias and Fiona.
* Miss Prudence Lancaster: companion to Fiona 鈥 would like to know more about her and hope she has a story of her own.
* Cassandra: new friend of Fiona and sister to the owner of The Phoenix Club 鈥 wonder who she will end up with.
* Ruark Hannigan, Dougal McNair and Lucien Westbrook: there together with Tobias from the beginning of The Phoenix club 鈥 wonder who each will end up with and if each will have a book of his own.
* Evie Renshaw: another woman that deserves a HEA and story of her own鈥lso wonder about Barbara, Tobias ex-mistress.
* Constantine: brother to Lucien and Cassandra 鈥 he will have the next book in the series and I do wonder what will happen to shake up and improve his life.
* The reason that Tobias鈥檚 father was so interested in taking Fiona on as his ward.
* That both Tobias and Fiona were good people and deserving of their HEA.
* The description of the 鈥渃ourt dress鈥 and what happened when Fiona was introduced to the queen.
* Lord Gregory Blakemore: Would like to see who he ends up with and why he was called away from the assembly.
* All of it, really, except鈥
聽What I didn鈥檛 like:
* Knowing the rules and restrictions placed on women of the time were not easy to live within.
* Having to wait for more books in the series.
聽Thank you to the author for the ARC 鈥 This is my honest review.
聽4 Stars
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聽Society鈥檚 most exclusive invitation... Welcome to the Phoenix Club, where London鈥檚 most audacious, disreputable, and intriguing ladies and gentlemen find scandal, redemption, and second chances. Dissolute rogue Tobias Powell, Earl of Overton, has just inherited a sheltered, proper young ward for whom he must find a husband. And that is only the start of his problems. His father鈥檚 will demands Tobias marry within the next six weeks, or he鈥檒l lose his mother鈥檚 house, a treasure so dear that Tobias can鈥檛 consider defeat. Surely he can rehabilitate his scandalous reputation, secure a match for his ward, and find the sophisticated woman of his dreams before it鈥檚 too late. Except his ward is a hellion who cannot behave. She can, however, make him laugh. Provincial Miss Fiona Wingate is eager to swap her boring small town for an exciting London Season. Until she realizes her new guardian, a dashing earl, plans for her to wed with the utmost haste. Fiona has no interest in marriage鈥攕he鈥檚 only just been liberated from her lifelong isolation! But when she causes a near scandal and Tobias comes to the rescue, an unexpected attraction sparks between them. Except romance between a guardian and his ward would be most improper鈥
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rpghomebrewconceptsbyemma22 hours ago
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I'm a few sessions into my 2nd campaign as a DM! It's set in Eberron and will be focusing on the political situation post-war. I will be infusing real history with fantasy & steampunk in to this story and am excited to see how my players react.
So far my players have been put on the membership list for the prestigious Clifftop Adventurer's Guild and are on a mission from the mysterious Doctor Dingleberg to retrieve his stolen research.
We left off last session at the door of a disused factory in The Cogs district of Sharn. They will soon realise that this factory is now a base for 'The Black Hand Gang' who are a nationalist group. Their mission is to take back Breland from the ruling class (aka the Dragon marked Houses).
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readingbetweenthedunes22 hours ago
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The Sealwoman's Gift - lush historical fiction
The Sealwoman鈥檚 Gift 鈥 lush historical聽fiction
Title: The Sealwoman鈥檚 GiftAuthor:聽Sally MagnussonGenre: North Africa, Iceland, Historical Fiction, Literary FictionPublication Date: February 8th 2018Publisher:聽Two RoadsRating: 4.5/5 stars I expected a good story when I picked this up; what I got was a compelling historical read about a period in history I knew nothing about. In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted鈥
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erikmcmanusinc22 hours ago
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Book Spotlight: She's The One Who Gets In Fights
Book Spotlight: She's The One Who Gets In Fights @cinnabar01 @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours
Happy publication day to S.R. Cronin! Check out this brand new Historical Fantasy, She鈥檚 the One Who Gets in Fights and enter for a chance to win a $30 Amazon gift card! She鈥檚 the One Who Gets in Fights (The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters Books) Publication Date: May 14th, 2021 馃帀 Genre:聽Historical Fantasy It鈥檚 the 1200鈥檚, and the small realm of Ilari has had peace and prosperity鈥
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haroldgrossa day ago
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Beforeigners
[3 stars]
We can debate under which grouping of the speculative fiction umbrella this series belongs, but there shouldn鈥檛 be a doubt that it is solid spec fic in the best sense of the term. Beforeigners takes the time-travel premise and turns it into an entertaining social metaphor of our times. It鈥檚 all a bit offbeat, but it takes itself seriously as a police procedural, without ever getting too earnest. But what would you expect from the co-creators of Lilyhammer (Anne Bj酶rnstad and Eilif Skodvin)?
Admittedly, there is a bit of rationalization you鈥檒l need to do in order to buy some of the premises. Specifically, whether Stone Age people could adapt and learn modern languages and social/business structures, but the show allows for a several year learning ramp after the set-up. And the big mystery, though not completely explained in this first series, is definitely more complex than it seems at the top.
The policing duo at the heart of the story is Nicolai Cleve Broch (Ragnarok) and Krista Kosonen (Blade Runner 2049). Each has their own personal tales running in parallel and with inevitable clashes into their professional lives. And neither path is entirely easy or straight-forward in its direction. But both performances are nuanced and fun to watch. Kosonen especially.
There are some other nice supporting characters, like 脕g煤sta Eva Erlendsd贸ttir鈥檚 (Justice League) and Ingunn Beate 脴yen, each of who impact Kosonen in different ways.
Ultimately, there is a lot of set up without a huge amount of resolution in the 6 episodes. However, it feels satisfying and promises a huge meal into the second series (in production now). So if you鈥檙e looking for something new and different, this may be the series for you.
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haroldgross23 hours ago
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Beforeigners
[3 stars] We can debate under which grouping of the speculative fiction umbrella this series belongs, but there shouldn鈥檛 be a doubt that it is solid spec fic in the best sense of the term. Beforeigners takes the time-travel premise and turns it into an entertaining social metaphor of our times. It鈥檚 all a bit offbeat, but it takes itself seriously as a police procedural, without ever getting too鈥
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goodbooksandgoodwine23 hours ago
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Counting On A Countess by Eva Leigh | Audiobook Review
Counting On A Countess by Eva Leigh | Audiobook聽Review
Why Did I Listen To Counting On A Countess by Eva Leigh? Counting On A Countess by Eva Leigh is the second book in the London Underground series. Honestly, I don鈥檛 remember a whole lot from book one except I think the main heroine was a sex worker? Anyways, I decided to give聽Counting On A Countess a whirl because it was on my TBR cart. Also, I obtained the audiobook version via Hoopla. And well,鈥
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tudorbloggera day ago
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'Execution' by S.J. Parris
鈥楨xecution鈥 by S.J.聽Parris
Genre: Adult Fiction 鈥 Historical Mystery Published: 2020 Format: Paperback Rating: 鈽呪槄鈽呪槄 I really enjoyed this book. I am currently working on my first non-fiction book about Elizabethan Rebellions, so this was a really interesting fictional account of the Babington plot which led to the execution of Mary Queen of Scots the following year. This is the fifth in a series of books revolving鈥
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authormariellahunta day ago
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Your Favorite Author?
It takes a while to discover which authors you might call 鈥榝avorites.鈥 I, for one, tend to bounce from book to book, rarely lingering on a single author unless they wrote classics. Charles Dickens has been a favorite author of mine from the start鈥擨 read A Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve!鈥攂ut apart from him, I have never thought, 鈥淚 need to read all the books this person wrote.鈥 There are too鈥
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rjnelloa day ago
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A Facade Of The Past
A Facade Of The聽Past
Writing historical romantic fiction is not an easy place to position yourself currently as an author. It is in many respects now a genre that is misunderstood and even dismissed as fluff. For if you say that is what you write, you are going to find most readers immediately have an 鈥渋mage鈥 in mind of a tale鈥 [War and Peace (1869). Photo by me, 2019.] [The Winds of War, by Herman Wouk (1971).鈥
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eightisgreata day ago
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How fiction written by聽an author of a past era looks:
After supper the family gathered by the fire. The father read the newspaper. The mother mended a skirt. The eldest daughter read a book. The two youngest children played a game.
How the same scene would be written by a modern for historical fiction set in the same time period looks:
After a supper of historical dishes, the historical family gathered in a historical parlor by the historical fireplace.
The father read a historical newspaper.聽鈥淚鈥檓 making a comment about a historical event that is going on during the time this story takes place.鈥
The mother mended the skirt of a historical dress. 鈥淟ook, I鈥檓 working on a dress that is relevant to this time period.鈥
The eldest daughter looked聽up from her historical book.聽鈥淟ook, I am reading a book that was published this past year.鈥
The two youngest children looked聽up from their historical game.聽鈥淟ook, we鈥檙e playing a game that exists in this time period!鈥
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archaalena day ago
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Damn, Hilary Mantel knows how to start a chapter.
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therealimallaboutbooks2 days ago
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Book Tour Featuring *TimeRipper* by D.E. McCluskey @dammagedPro @RRBookTours1 #giveaway
Book Tour Featuring *TimeRipper* by D.E. McCluskey @dammagedPro @RRBookTours1聽#giveaway
Welcome to the book tour for time-travelling, sci-fi, TimeRipper by D.E. McCluskey! Read on for more details and a chance to win an amazing giveaway鈥 A copy of the book AND a $20 or 拢20 Amazon gift card! TimeRipper Publication Date: February 25th, 2021 Genre: Time Travel/ Thriller/ Historical Fiction/ Sci-Fi Publisher: Dammaged Productions It is the year 2288, and Earth is reeling from the most鈥
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lmaverick1232 days ago
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Lucien's Cool Video Game Concept #3
Lucien鈥檚 Cool Video Game Concept聽#3
I have been seeing the reviews and early impressions for the game Hood: Outlaws & Legends, and it got me to thinking. The consensus on this seems to be pretty universal 鈥 the game is rough, but has potential. It is a novel concept. A multiplayer only game focused almost entirely on stealth. Or at least, that is the idea, but apparently it falls a little flat in execution due to late in any鈥
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