The Week: 3rd – 9th July

Crazy cockatoos hanging out here on Friday afternoon. They’re so smug – even when destroying everything in sight! Their feathers look so nice. 🙂

I read a couple of good books this week, but one doesn’t have a release date for months, so I don’t think there’s much point reviewing it yet!

Over-Reading a Genre?

JRR Tolkien family settle $80m merchandise row

My review of Afraid to Lose Her by Syndi Powell

My review of The Engagement Charade (Smoky Mountain Matches #11) by Karen Kirst

My review of Convenient Proposal To The Lady (Hadley’s Hellions #3) by Julia Justiss

Happy Belated Birthday, Canada!

Afraid to Lose Her by Syndi Powell

Afraid to Lose Her by Syndi Powell

They’re in this fight together

Border patrol agent Desmond Jackson would gladly take a bullet for his partner. Instead, it’s Detroit border patrol agent Sherri Lopez who ends up wounded in a drug raid…then blindsided by a shocking diagnosis.

The woman Dez secretly loves is a warrior now in a fight for her life. Strong and independent, Sherri won’t let anything defeat her–or let herself rely on Dez. Doesn’t she realise how good they are together? All Dez knows is he can’t lose her…or the friendship that’s slowly evolving into something even more precious.

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That’s an unusually clunky blurb for usually professional Harlequin!

Afraid to Lose Her by Syndi Powell

Firstly: this is a book about cancer. It’s not about some random secondary character having cancer; it’s about the heroine having full-on, life-threatening breast cancer.

Secondly: it’s written very well, and the author knows her facts as she’s writing from experience.

However, this is not your stereotypical Harlequin romance, and it might not be what everyone is looking for when they pick up a romance.

Personally, I prefer my stories more serious, and I appreciated this book. The Heartwarming line is “sweet” (no sex, and no mention of premarital sex). It also puts out longer books, which means there’s more room for plot. I also appreciated the diverse characters.

There is more to this book than the cancer storyline, though it does dominate (of course). Yet again, this line proves it is one of the publisher’s best.

If you are okay with the themes, I would confidently recommend this one. If you don’t want to read something so serious, perhaps not.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

The Week: 22nd – 28th May

Saturday afternoon at the lake in Canberra.

Midday in Autumn Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 22nd May 2017 Sunny Day Blue Sky Garden Autumn Leaves Autumn Colours Nature IMG_1767

Midday in Autumn Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 22nd May 2017 Sunny Day Blue Sky Garden Autumn Leaves Autumn Colours Nature IMG_1770

Monday in Canberra

Here is our neighbour’s eighteen-year-old cat, who is TOTALLY blind, almost totally deaf, and yet still climbs all the way up (a fence, and then two flights of stairs) to our back deck on a daily basis, just in case I have some chicken for her.

The Monte Carlo (Monaco) Formula One Grand Prix – the most prestigious event in the whole world of motorsport – is on this weekend. It’s the ten-year anniversary since I first attended that race. I remember it was supposed to be raining all day, but instead it was sunny and hot, and I got a terrible sunburn to match the red dress I had on!

Above is a (rather blurry) picture I took of one of the TV cameras. I’m better with heights more than anyone I know, but I’m pretty sure that would terrify me!

If you watch the race, imagine where your footage is coming from – it’s THAT!

What a bad week for the world. The terror attack in Manchester. Nicky Hayden died, and then Roger Moore died… Russia’s war in Ukraine has escalated again this week – worse than it’s been for six months. And because Trump is such a Putin supporter, Russia is now emboldened to kill so many more… The mass murder of Christians in Egypt. The Islamic extremists in the Philippines. Gorgeous Sri Lanka’s most recent natural disaster (because my family was based in India, I used to travel through there about four times a year). 😦 😦 😦 😦

Also this week: “artist” Jeff Koons has blatantly stolen a Ukrainian artwork, and now his plagiarised sculpture is on display in Rockefeller Center in New York:

My review of The Most Dangerous Duke in London (Decadent Dukes Society #1) by Madeline Hunter

And: Bonus content from Madeline Hunter

Books for the Weekend

Cover Love

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Books with McDonald’s!

Books for the Weekend

It’s already Saturday here in Australia. Below is my weekend “homework” – my review book reads for the weekend!

Border patrol agent Desmond Jackson would gladly take a bullet for his partner. Instead, it’s Detroit border patrol agent Sherri Lopez who ends up wounded in a drug raid…then blindsided by a shocking diagnosis.

The woman Dez secretly loves is a warrior now in a fight for her life. Strong and independent, Sherri won’t let anything defeat her–or let herself rely on Dez. Doesn’t she realise how good they are together? All Dez knows is he can’t lose her…or the friendship that’s slowly evolving into something even more precious.

(Chose this ARC because Venice is on the cover, and I was just there for a month.)

Rosa Rothwell knows her pregnancy is scandalous. She will do anything to protect her baby, even staging a daring escape from her family’s Italian home. Rosa has no idea what the future holds–until a handsome but infuriating stranger offers his help.

Convinced his family is cursed, Lord Hunter believes he’s far better off alone. But the pregnant debutante’s sweet nature touches him deeply. Can he confront his demons at last, and give them both a new future…as husband and wife?

(Is it just me, or does this book have an overly long blurb?!)

Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realises that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn’t until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas’s biological niece.

Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.

Realising that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it’s time for him to love her back.