Week in Review – 3/22/14

Week In Review Books

Welcome to a new Week in Review. Each week, we’ll let you know what we’ve been reading lately, whether it’s super steamy Romance, our latest Young Adult obsession, or anything in between. We’ll tell you what we love and what falls short for us, too. Here’s what we’ve been reading this week:

Betsy: Hiya. Long time, no hear, eh? I have actually been doing quite a bit of reading and most of it I can talk about. 🙂 I picked up an ARC on a whim, Five Weeks in December by Blue Kincaid. The blurb sounded promising: broken dom and a professional fixer-upper sub. I am no expert in BDSM so I can’t tell you if it is in any way accurate. I will tell you it was hotter than hell and had a pretty decent romance. It also sets up other books very well with a cast of excellent secondary characters. There was a sizzling threesome as well. So for a whim, this was a win.

Because I can’t stop re-reading things despite the eleventy billion books on my Kindle, I had a hankering to re-read the Fever Series by Karen Moning. All I need to say is Jericho Barrons. The epitome of a steamy alpha male. Hot, irritating, controlling, confusing and underneath the edgy very caring (though please don’t tell him this, bad things would ensue). Plus in this paranormal world, populated by all manner of creatures, I still.have.no.idea.what.he.is. Really wish Moning would write a JZB book or several.

The past couple of weeks I have been reading a bunch of historical fiction/romances. City of the Sun by Juliana Maio was the first one I read. This one is set in Egypt in early 1941. Lots of suspense, mistaken identities, spies and war-time action. Also contained a decent romance between a Jewish refugee and an American reporter who is also working for the precursor of the CIA. Enjoyable read with a satisfying if somewhat quick resolution.

Another interesting one that was suffused with myth and legend and set in the 16th century Scottish Highlands was Child of Awe by Kathryn Lynn Davis. It’s sort of old school historical fiction with a very understated romance between the second son of an earl and an heiress to a large estate who also happens to be gifted with second sight which she feels is more of a curse than a gift. It was an interesting story peopled with many historical figures and stories from local legends fleshed out to fit the story. I liked it even though it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.

But, I am saving the best new read for last. I haven’t finished it yet, but I know I’ve found a new historical fiction writer to read. The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister Series) by Courtney Milan. A few weeks ago a friend told me about this freebie novella that she loved and thought it would be right up my alley. So I picked up The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister Series) and I freaking loved it. Went back and bought two more books. The writing is excellent. Setting, backdrop, language all period appropriate, but the steam and the romance is off the charts. The characters are well drawn, often flawed but eminently redeemable. If you love historical fiction/romance with a healthy hint of heat (LOL alliteration) give this writer a try.

Sandi: Hey! Good to see you! 🙂 So you’re reading from the Brothers Sinister series? Excellent. I read A Kiss for Midwinter and very much enjoyed it.

I’ve been reading, too. I’m just so behind on reviews! So sorry! This past week, I read The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian, which I think might have been trying to be a dystopian New Adult story, but it didn’t really work for me. The NA part, yes, due to the language, circumstances, and sex. But it wasn’t dystopian so much as it was a weird, weird justice system that didn’t seem to have influence over the rest of society, giving it an isolated status. It made little sense to me, but I’ll have more of that in my review. On a lighter side, I read Rainwater Kisses by Krista Lakes. This was a very quick, very fluffy romance involving a billionaire and a “regular woman from Iowa”. You can see my review on Goodreads.

I am currently reading something I haven’t read since the ‘80’s, I don’t think. V.C. Andrews’ book, Flowers in the Attic. Blame the Lifetime Channel. Gothic tale, indeed.

Kassiah:OMG Sandi! Flowers in the Attic?!? I read those forever ago–with my grandmother. Not sure what she was thinking there lol I didn’t even realize it was a movie. And Betsy, I keep meaning to read the Fever Series. If I’m not mistaken, I think I promised author Elisabeth Grace that I would read over Christmas. Oopsie!

I’m still insane and don’t even know what I’ve been reading lately. I finished Her Best Laid Plans by Cara McKenna and damn. Dirty talking Irishman? Yes, please. Right now, I’m working on The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone, which I like, but this guy is no Cain Black (so far, anyway). In YA world, I’m reading Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson and I like it a lot. I’m glad to see that ya’ll have been reading so much, and I can’t wait to read your reviews!

Oh, and I also went to see Divergent! ♥♥♥ Did ya’ll see it yet?

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xo-The Steam Team

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