The Week: 17th – 23rd August

End of Winter in Tuggeranong Canberra Australia 14th August 2015 Sonya Heaney Garden Eucalyptus Gum Tree Nature

Spring is in the air here. I put the heater on, immediately get hot, and then realise winter is pretty much done. The air is full of the smells of wattle and blossoms, and it’s warmer here now (twenty degrees – or sixty-eight Fahrenheit) than some countries I’ve visited in summer!

Pro-Ukrainian Anti-Russian invasion protest Canberra Australia 5th March 2014 2

Happy Ukrainian Flag Day! (This actually is our picture from a protest in Canberra last year, but you get the idea!) Screw Putin.

Wattle Garden Winter Tugggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 14th August 2015 Nature 2

In the garden in Canberra at the moment.

Flower Garden Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Winter Spring Red 22nd August 2015

This week began with my aunt’s birthday. When we were at the pub we received an offer on my late-grandmother’s house, which we accepted. The end of an era…

Our internet died this week, and getting by without it for a little while was bizarre! Also not good when I had a half-finished blog post that was due to go up because I’d stupidly scheduled it instead of saving it as a draft!

And Ashley Madison, the “dating” website that proudly encourages married people to have affairs, got hacked. Some 37 million people’s identities could be revealed, including multiple Australian politicians (I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked!).

20thAugust2015The Russian terrorist who publicly claimed bragged he shot down MH17 before being silenced by Putin, on Thursday once again called for Russia to totally destroy Ukraine. Does anybody care Donald Trump sure doesn'2

Yes, I know he looks like Hitler. This is the Russian military leader who claimed responsibility for shooting down MH17, up to no good again this week. The “New Russia” flag in the background looks a hell of a lot like the Confederate flag, does it not?

Running out of ideas for reprehensible romance heroes?

#Russian terrorists in #Ukraine. 5th April 2015.

Wallpaper Romance

When Calls the Heart Season Two.

Cover Love

A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House #1) by Kristi Ann Hunter

My review of Collateral Damage (Bagram Special Ops #5) by Kaylea Cross

Collateral Damage by Kaylea Cross

My review of Wagon Train Sweetheart (Journey West #2) by Lacy Williams

Wagon Train Sweetheart (Journey West #2) by Lacy Williams

My review of Protecting the Colton Bride (The Coltons of Oklahoma) by Elle James

Protecting the Colton Bride (The Coltons of Oklahoma) by Elle James

Protecting the Colton Bride (The Coltons of Oklahoma) by Elle James

Protecting the Colton Bride (The Coltons of Oklahoma) by Elle James

A cowboy’s marriage of convenience may lead to a deadly honeymoon in the latest from New York Times bestselling author Elle James  

With his ranch in financial trouble, cowboy Daniel Colton makes the perfect proposal to Megan Talbot—a marriage of convenience to save his business and ensure she receives her inheritance. But spending night after night with the strawberry blonde beauty tests all boundaries of Daniel’s self-control. And when a killer targets his new bride, vying for her estate, it sets off all of his protective instincts. Daniel refuses to trade his honeymoon for a funeral. Now it’s a race against the clock to track down the culprit and protect the wife who’s starting to be so much more to him than just a business partner.

Protecting the Colton Bride (The Coltons of Oklahoma) by Elle James

This is part of a series, but apart from some mentions of other characters at the beginning and end of the book, it works pretty solidly as a standalone.

I’ve seen Protecting the Colton Bride described as an old school category romance, and that’s pretty much the case. I did struggle with the plotting, which alternated between repeated attempts to kill the heroine, followed by hero and heroine both laughing and joking and having sex (some of the terminology in those bedroom scenes was a little clunky) and acting like nothing was wrong!

This is a fast read, and an easy read. I think the blurb implies neither lead character is romantically interested in the other when they have their quickie marriage, but in fact they’re just about in love with each other from the outset. I liked that both of them were sensible people and good, nice people. I like reading about decent characters!

I do think the suspense was a little disconnected from the romance, and I must say I’ve never read so much about horse semen in my life(!), but if you want a few hours’ entertainment, you could do worse.

Review copy provided by NetGalley.