The Week: 16th – 22nd June

 Canberra Australia Lake Burley Griffin 21st June 2014 Sonya Heaney Michael Heaney

Picture taken by my brother on a bike ride around Canberra yesterday morning.

What a week. Things just get worse and worse in relation to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Catholic church in Sydney was trashed by Russians on Friday night. Russians are writing burn in hell on the walls? It’s not Ukrainians who will be burning in hell when this is over, Putin.

This isn’t just an Eastern European situation; Vladimir Putin’s propaganda is spreading far and wide. I don’t know whether I’m more angry or sad. What happened to Russia?

 Look what Russians did to the Ukrainian church in Sydney, Australia. 20-21june2014

Russian propaganda spray-painted on the outside of the Ukrainian church.

I read heaps this week, including some novellas. I tried to force myself to read things I wasn’t necessarily in the mood for – I need some more variety in my reading! So I read contemporary stories, urban fantasy, historical fiction…

My review of Written in my Heart by Caroline Linden

Regency

My review of Million-Dollar Maverick by Christine Rimmer

Million-Dollar Maverick by Christine Rimmer

My review of One Night with a Cowboy by Elizabeth Otto

One Night with a Cowboy by Elizabeth Otto

My review of Night of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

Night of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

My review of Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews

Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews

Night of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

 

Night of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

Love blesses those who open their eyes

An arranged marriage is daunting, but not as daunting as seducing a spouse whose passions you do not understand.

​Derek Charles Holbrook, Viscount Banfield, knew his fate since he was seventeen when his father announced his union to the beautiful but mysterious American girl by the name of Miss Grey. To protect the troubled estate, Derek submits to his father’s wishes, not realising he’s about to entangle himself in a hell of a lot more than marriage.

​Miss Clementine Henrietta Grey may be worth millions, but not a single coin has ever bought her a smidge of happiness. When she marries the charasmatic and dashing Viscount Banfield, whose only strife in life appears to be the uneven seams in his coat, she finds that siring the heir he wants requires far more than her heart is prepared to give.

Unable to seduce his overly-serious and reluctant wife, Derek realises his dreams of creating a loving family has turned into a nightmare. But with the unexpected assistance of a retired courtesan and her outrageous school, Derek and Clementine discover that passion is a language spoken not just from the body, but from the mind, heart and soul.

Night of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

I can’t say I’m a fan of this cover, but I guess it is appropriate for the book!

Sometimes I get a few pages into a book and decide I don’t like it and don’t want to finish it. I put it aside for a while, only to pick it up later on and enjoy it.

This is precisely what happened to me with Night of Pleasure. I actually don’t think it was the book’s fault, but the fact I was just coming off a reading binge of historical romances and I was too burnt out to be enthusiastic about another one.

The book actually does open strongly, though some of the dialogue seems a bit too modern, and I’m pretty sure at one point the boys were quoting 20th century Benny Goodman song lyrics. Once I got over my little issue at the start I was able to forgive some of the anachronistic dialogue and behaviours because this author writes in such an engaging way. I’ve never read anything by her before, and wasn’t bothered that this is the fourth book in the series.

This book has a hero I LOVED. I think he was a good person, and it’s nice that it was the man who was certain of wanting his marriage, and the man who was the one truly in love.

The heroine was a little more frustrating, but I warmed to her eventually.

The story took a few outlandish turns towards the end, and this whole theme of lessons for – ahem – that is definitely not my favourite, but there was a lot of good to go with the not so good.

I’m glad to have found another historical romance author whose writing I enjoy quite a bit.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.