Seeing as it’s Saint Patrick’s Day tomorrow, I’m going to link to an earlier post about books with an Irish connection. I am also going to add that Lisa Kleypas’ newest book – Hello Stranger – has a hero with an (occasionally) Irish accent!
This article was published in The Guardian on International Women’s Day last week, and even though it rehashed some things from recent articles (1 2) on the quickly evolving romance genre, it is definitely worth a read.
I like this part:
Rich heroes are big: a quick google throws up all sorts of novels about Greek tycoons and Italian billionaires. “It’s the fantasy that you’ll walk into a room and some guy will literally treat you like a princess … It was a clear trope – and then we elected a maybe-billionaire to president. And the way he treats women made that trope suddenly incredibly problematic.”
However, this part…?? The bolded bit is ridiculous; we’ve ALWAYS known it was a problematic series. (But: bonkbuster!)
EL James’s hugely successful bonkbuster Fifty Shades of Grey came out only six years ago, but its questionable gender politics have begun to niggle at some; the recent film adaptation of the third book, Fifty Shades Freed, was criticised for being out of step with current sentiment.
There’s no cover yet, but the fifth book in Lisa Kleypas’ Ravenels series now has a blurb.
The book is about the daughter of the characters from The Devil in Winter.
Unfortunately, it isn’t due out until 2019!
Phoebe’s late husband Henry went to boarding school with West, who browbeat him and made his school years a misery. Now Henry is gone, and Phoebe is facing a new life as a widow with two very young sons. She’s about to move to the Clare estate in Sussex, but first she has to attend her brother’s wedding. And she’s dreading it—because her brother is marrying into the Ravenel family, and she’s just about to meet West, the man she’s loathed ever since childhood.
Blue skies and sunshine for Canberra in autumn.
Another week, another lot of world news on repeat (Russian assassinations, American mass shootings, more political drama). It’s a long weekend here, with summer temperatures in the thirties predicted at least until next weekend. Yesterday was spent at the lake, and at some point this weekend we’re planning to finally get to the Special Forces exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.
At some point I have to get more reading done. I’m so behind with my review books!
The Winter Olympics might be finished, but the Paralympics are still to come.
If you’re still looking for a winter sport-themed read, Treacherous Slopes by Terri Reed is about Olympic ski jumping.
It is a Love Inspired Suspense book, which means it is a shortish romantic suspense with a hint of a Christian theme.
I reviewed the book four years ago, when the last Olympics were on. The blurb is beneath the cover.
A champion ski jumper, Nick Walsh wants one thing: to win the gold for his late brother. Nick has always blamed himself for his family’s tragic loss—and so does everyone else. To complicate things, sweet and shy reporter Julie Frost insists on doing a story about him. But as Nick gets closer to achieving his dream, someone will do anything to stop him. Somehow, Nick must keep Julie from getting too close as they confront a threat that can destroy them both. Julie and Nick are on the verge of discovering the truth about his brother’s death…unless an unknown murderer finds them first.
Harlequin’s latest crazy promotional video is here!
When newborn twins are dropped on Charles Wanlass’s doorstep—along with a note begging him to protect them—he knows he needs help to give them a proper home. The only solution: entering a marriage of convenience with mail-order bride Willow Granger. But soon the handsome pastor longs for their make-believe family to become real…
Willow will do whatever it takes to keep her missing friend’s babies safe. She’s drawn to Charles’s steadfast caring and honesty, but she’s sure she doesn’t have the proper background or courage to ever be a worthy wife or mother. But as danger closes in, she and Charles will risk everything to face down their fears—and turn their temporary home into a lifetime of love.
A note about the cover: There are endless comments about how tiny this heroine compared to the hero. Not so much in this image!
This is a sweet little read, a little bit Christian, but mostly just an 1870s-set historical romance.
The book opens immediately on hero and heroine being forced to marry after they both claim ownership of abandoned newborn twins.
Now, this bit didn’t make much sense to me. They all live in close quarters, snowed in and trapped for the winter. And yet a woman we’re constantly told is tiny manages to convince everyone SHE was pregnant with twins? And nobody thought the babies might have belonged to the pregnant woman who was murdered? It made no sense to me.
There are a lot of characters, and we meet most of them right away. I assume this is a series that will be going for a while (or, at least until Harlequin discontinues the Love Inspired line at the end of this year).
This is one for fans of the Love Inspired (sweet, Christian) line.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.