Another wild and crazy week. I love seeing the romance community get riled up and come together for the common good. But, now it’s Friday and time for my reads of the week. Then you can comment on what you’ve been reading/listening to lately.
First up is The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu. Maxine Hunt is a demon hunter covered in tattoos that protect her during the day only to peel off her body and become whole at night. She is the very last of her kind carrying a curse that follows the females of her family. Grant is a former priest who’s found a way to control the demons. They work together to protect humans until the Veil weakens and allows a vile creature to escape and roam the earth.
I was first introduced to Maxine and Grant in the anthology Wild Thing, which I highly recommend. It nicely sets the scene for the upcoming books in this urban fantasy series. Marjorie’s world is cleverly well constructed and you won’t find any two dimensional characters living there. Intensive, action-filled adventure with a heroine you won’t soon forget and will have fans clamoring for more.
Then on to Three Nights of Sin by Anne Mallory. Marietta Winters is at her wits end when her brother is arrested for the brutal murder of a woman. Taking matters into her own hands, she seeks the help of Gabriel Noble who will help her only if she grants him three favors. Since she has no where else to turn, she accepts the bargain.
I went into this expecting the usual historical romance that I enjoy reading, but I got so much more. This reads more like an exciting mystery that I found myself trying to solve only to have twists and turns throw me off. Enthralling, engaging and sensual.
Finally I read A Rake’s Guide to Seduction by Caroline Linden. Anthony Hamilton will someday have a title, but his past is riddled with rumors and scandals involving gambling, widows and willing women. Celia Reece married young, but is returning home after 4 years as a disillusioned widow. They are reunited at a country house party and even though Celia remembers a kind, childhood friend in Anthony, her dark married years won’t let her contemplate any kind of future happiness while Anthony struggles with his own demons of not being worthy.
I agonized with these characters stuck in the roles they were doomed to play, but thank goodness for happily ever afters, these two deserve it. Thoughtful and moving.
In the car I listened to The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters. This classic mystery has spinster Amelia Peabody taking her inheritance and touring Egypt. Along the way she comes across Evelyn Barton-Forbes, a young woman intent on taking her own life after being ruined by her lover. Forceful Amelia insists Evelyn join her on the adventure where they meet archeologist brothers Radcliffe and Walter Emerson. Through Amelia’s journal, we experience the heat, frustration with Victorian style clothing not meant for a dig, local cuisine, curses and a walking, moaning mummy.
This highly entertaining, decriptive, well read story made my 7 hour drive bearable. Elizabeth’s decriptions of sights and smells transported me to an Egypt of old. This is book one in the series that is now on number 18. Guess that tells you how good it was.
Now Your Turn Friday. Leave a comment on what you’ve been reading lately. Readers are always looking for something good to read, so give them what they want.
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