The Week: 3rd – 9th August

Sunset Queanbeyan near Canberra Australia 19th July 2015 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney Clouds Sky Winter

Sunset from a few days ago.

Queanbeyan City Council Grease

Saturday night involved a trip to see Grease, theatre version. Yes, I’m well aware of the spectacularly sexist ending, but when a bunch of Ukrainian women are going to the theatre (and drinks, of course there’re drinks!) and they say: want a ticket? well, you go. 🙂

After just writing about how tired I am of single parents in my romances (and widowed heroes and heroines, too), in the fortnight since writing that post that’s all I’ve read! Actually two of the books I read this week – one sweet historical Western, and a nineteenth-century story set in New Orleans – were very good. It’s just… is there anyone left writing about characters who aren’t widowed and/or parents?

Meanwhile, in Russian-occupied Crimea, Kremlin-approved Nazi symbols are coming out, right alongside Putin’s picture *:

nazi-style propaganda in russian-occupied crimea 5th August 2015

Am I out of touch with romance readers? Or is it the publishers’ fault?

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Coming up for Lisa Kleypas

Cold-Hearted Rake (2015) by Lisa Kleypas

Theresa Romain’s Upcoming Book

Fortune Favors the Wicked by Theresa Romain

My review of The Marriage Act by Alyssa Everett

The Marriage Act by Alyssa Everett

My review of Brown-Eyed Girl (Travises #4) by Lisa Kleypas

Brown-Eyed Girl (2015) (The fourth book in the Travis series) by Lisa Kleypas

My review of A Rose for Major Flint (Brides of Waterloo #3) by Louise Allen

A Rose for Major Flint (Brides of Waterloo #3) by Louise Allen

The Marriage Act by Alyssa Everett

The Marriage Act by Alyssa Everett

London, 1821

When John, Viscount Welford, proposed to Caroline Fleetwood, the only daughter of the Bishop of Essex, he thought he knew exactly what he was getting—a lovely, innocent bride.

Five years later, he knows better. The woman who ran to another man on their wedding night—after they’d consummated the marriage—is hardly innocent. Years spent apart while John served as a diplomatic attaché have allowed them to save face in society, but all good pretenses must come to an end. When Caroline receives word that her father is dying, she begs John to accompany her on one last journey to see him.

But there’s an added problem—Caroline never told her father that her marriage to John was a farce. As they play-act for others, Caroline is delighted to find she never really knew her husband at all. But can she be the kind of wife he needs—and does she want to be?

The Marriage Act by Alyssa Everett

I’m going to do something odd here, and review a book I’ve only read part of.

This book is getting fantastic reviews, and if it sounds appealing to you, you should definitely give it a go.

However, after days of having it partially read and sitting on my Kindle, I decided I couldn’t finish.

I think it says something good about the author that she made me like the hero so much. He is so happy to become engaged to the heroine:

He let his breath out in a whoosh. ‘Oh, God.’ He laughed, the reaction a combination of exultation and surprise. ‘I mean-do forgive me. I meant no irreverence, I was simply…You’ve made me very happy, Miss Fleetwood, Caroline.’ He could use her Christian name now.

He was going to dedicate his life to making her happy.

And yet she only agreed to marry him to make another man jealous. She didn’t intend to – or want to – marry him.

The argument can be made that she was still in her teens, but I remember being that age, and even that young you don’t do things that reprehensible! And then the story picks up again years later, and she’s upset he’s not friendly to her – after she ran away to another man!

I understand this is an excellent story, and that you have to get past how awful she is at the beginning.

However, the author made me like the hero so much, I didn’t want to finish a book where such a nice, excited man could be treated so badly by his wife, and then stuck with her (as this is Georgian Britain)!

Review copy provided by NetGalley.