The Week: 25th – 31st August

russia invades Ukraine 2014

Uh, world. You do realise Russia invaded Ukraine in March, right? All this week’s ridiculously belated panic would be hilarious if a few thousand Ukrainians weren’t already dead because of your inaction.

So, what did the monstrous Russians get up to this week? About the same as last week. A bit more rape, a bit more torture, a bit more murder. Around 800 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia invaded, and then there’re the civilians killed, too. Add it all up and it’s into the thousands.

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Oh, and they decided to randomly abduct this Ukrainian woman and beat her up in the street – a place I have family trapped in.

 Pamela Clare Historical Romance

Pamela Clare’s Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy is one of the best series I’ve read in… ever. With some of the oddest bodice ripper covers and deceivingly trashy blurbs you’ll find, if you haven’t heard of this author you might run away from the books. DON’T. It’s a brilliant historical fiction series taking us through colonial America from the 1730s to the 1760s, through the frontier and plantations and war.

Now, if only they didn’t force Australians to buy most of her books in paperback – it’s a real pain when I want to take her other series with me to Spain in a few days! And especially because the covers are embarrassing to be caught with!

My review of  LOVE, DESIRE AND BETRAYAL by Margaret Lynette Sharp

 LOVE, DESIRE AND BETRAYAL - Margaret Lynette Sharp

My review of  Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayres

Irresistible Force (K-9 Rescue, #1) by D.D. Ayres

My review of Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

My review of Midnight Vengeance by Lisa Marie Rice

Midnight Vengeance by Lisa Marie Rice

My review of Light Up the Night by M. L. Buchman

Light Up the Night by M. L. Buchman

My review of In Bed with a Rogue by Samantha Grace

In Bed with a Rogue (Rival Rogues #2) by Samantha Grace

LOVE, DESIRE AND BETRAYAL – Margaret Lynette Sharp

LOVE, DESIRE AND BETRAYAL - Margaret Lynette Sharp

LOVE, DESIRE AND BETRAYAL – Margaret Lynette Sharp

This is a collection of Australian novellas about young love, distances, engagements and outside temptations.

MICHAELA BETRAYED This novella, featuring an Australian protagonist, doesn’t end up where you might expect. Shorter reads with romantic themes can be hard to tackle, as there’s not a lot of time to develop a relationship. In this particular case, the focus is more on the heroine of the story and her growth as a person, which really helps.

Following a young music student who travels on scholarship to London to study, a lot of readers will find something to identify with. She is an adult on one hand, and on the other only just starting to learn what she wants out of life. Dreams, plans and relationships that seemed sensible at nineteen might not seem that way with a bit of life experience.

THE STING OF LIFE Also focusing on young love and a very early engagement, this short story touches on the strain of distance on a relationship.

I have a cousin around the age of the female character in this one, and I have to admit that the idea of marriage at that age is pretty terrifying! However, I also know people who found their other half at that age and have no regrets.

AMELIA’S CALL Another novella that doesn’t end in the place you expect it to, this one features characters who marry at the start of the story.

Nobody in this one is anywhere near perfect, and there’s a lot of selfishness going around. It serves almost as a warning that you really should know someone pretty well before rushing into marriage!

LAUREN PLAYED is a pretty good representation of how easily teenagers can convince themselves they’re in love! It takes our lead character a while to learn that no, the world actually isn’t going to end when a less than honest older man messes with you and then takes off.

 

Review copy provided by the author.