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Oh No, Another Walking Tour of China
[(Butterfly Swords)] [By (author) Jeannie Lin] published on (October, 2010) - Jeannie Lin

The book starts out with a trip from the southern province to Changan. It takes the MCs to the 50% to get to Changan. Then at 60% they are on another trip, this time to Longyou. All by foot/horse/sometimes cart. A whole lot of walking and nothing else. And I don't like either MC. I'm drinking my last bottle of hard cider (I finished off the whiskey reading the historical romances over the weekend). All I have left is a bottle of grapple and lemonade.


Hubby is TDY this week and has the ration card. :(

1 Stars
Review: The Bootlegger's Daughter by Lauri Robinson
The Bootlegger's Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties) - Lauri Robinson

*sigh* I should have DNF at 30%, but I already DNF'd two other books on my COYER reading list and didn't want to start a trend.


Norma Rose Nightingale was an unlikeable heroine - cold, unforgiving, mean. She wasn't that great of a business woman, even though the reader is told over and over again how the resort turned in massive profits due to her work. She was a caricature of the "hard dame" type of woman of the Jazz Age. Although she was smart and had opinions about Prohibition failing which turned true, she was pretty dumb when it came to people. Tyler Bradshaw wasn't much better - he had a single mission that gave him all the motivation for everything he did. Both had tragic back stories that rang false (Norma Rose doesn't want to nurse anyone if they are sick because she had to take care of her dead mother and brother during the Spanish flu outbreak; Tyler had his family massacred by the mobster he is searching for at the resort).


The plotline and scenes were really disjointed; the author seemed not to understand the balance of suspense and romance. Plot threads were brought up and drop with frequency. The whole point of the plot was for Tyler to bring Ray Bodine to justice....and the reader got one paragraph about how Tyler took him done after the fact. This was the major plot line, the whole reason for Tyler to be there at the resort in the first place, and it was resolved away from the resort and with no details. The ending was very abrupt and unsatisfying.

1.5 Stars
Review: Emma and the Outlaw (Orphan Train #2) by Linda Lael Miller
Emma And The Outlaw - Linda Lael Miller

The cover attached to this review is for the original book, published in 1991. I read the 2014 reprint.


Emma Chalmers is a seven year old girl who, along with her two sisters Caroline and Lucy, are sent on the orphan train by their biological mother at the request of the mother's newest lover. Caroline is adopted first, leaving Emma and Lucy to continue on the train west. Emma is adopted by a woman who is hoping to get a free domestic servant for her household and possible sexual servant for her husband. Lucy continues on the train west. Emma is rescued at the train station by Chloe, a brother. and saloon owner who wanted a daughter and paid off the vile woman. Emma ends up in a nice home and has a good upbringing.


Chloe decides to open up a public lending library so Emma has a job after coming home from normal school (teachers' college). Even though Emma loves and defends Chloe, Emma also wants respectability. She feels her life is stained twice over with a biological mother who was weak for men and brandy and being the daughter of the local madam. Hence her courtship with Fulton Whitney, the banker; yet he leaves her cold. Emma hasn't given up on the dream of re-connecting with her sisters.


One day, a drunk decides to celebrate his birthday by bringing a stick of dynamite into another saloon and an explosion leaves many saloon patrons injured. One of those patrons is Steven Fairfax, a former Confederate soldier and an outlaw wanted in his home state of Louisiana. Chloe takes Steven into her home so that he can heal; Emma does nurse him back to health in between shifts at the library. There is a lot of lust from Steven's side already. A few days of nursing and they are having make out sessions. Steven decides to stay in Whitneyville and court Emma, Fulton be damned. Emma decides to play Steven against Fulton so she can be rid of both of them, but ends up falling for Steven.


Once the sex starts between Steven and Emma it doesn't stop. EVERY CHAPTER after Steven takes Emma's v-card in a field of daisies has at least one sex scene. Steven really likes Emma's breasts;  so much nipple sucking and licking. Seriously after a while, the sex scenes were just repetitive nonsense.


Macon, Steven's half-brother and technically the real villain (although Fulton gives that role a real shot), is searching for Steven so he can bring Steven back to New Orleans to stand trial for the murder of Dirk (Macon's bastard son) and Mary McCall (Dirk's lover who wanted Steven....it's complicated). Macon uses Emma to get to Steven; they travel back to New Orleans, more family secrets are discovered, Macon repeatedly promises that he will rape Emma over and over again after Steven is hanged for his crimes, Macon actually attempts to rape Emma while the rest of the family is at Steven's trial, Lucy (Macon's wife) mental illness....Old skool romance crazy sauce is HIGH in this book. Being a romance, the true killer is found, Steven is cleared of all charges, Emma has a baby, finds one of her sisters, and Macon takes off for Europe.


Daisy, the African-American cook and house cleaner that works in Chloe's household is the only POC character that is treated with respect. The Fairfax plantation owners treat it's household help as if blacks were still slaves. Emma is the only one to show any respect for the workers. A few black characters are physically described by their hair and size/whiteness of their teeth. The black servants of other households in New Orleans were also given a crappy hand; the one black servant to the McCall family goes home to her husband who is the epitome of black angry man and abuser. And then there is this gem, courtesy of Lucy Fairfax:


"Please tell Miss McCall that Mrs. Macon Fairfax and Mrs. Steven Fairfax have come to pay a visit," Lucy said in a business-like tone that belied her odd ways. "And kindly don't leave us standing out here in the midday sun while you dillydally."

The woman hurried away, and Lucy turned to Emma and confided "You must be firm with people of color. After being told what to do for so long, they can't always be trusted to reason for themselves." (pg. 305)


It was at that moment that the book became intimately acquainted with the wall opposite my reading chair. Reminder: this book was published in 1991.....not 1891. Memo to publishers/authors: before reprinting old romances, revise/update/edit the fuck out some shit that you got away with earlier, for modern readers are going to red flag that shit. Between the racism and the constant verbal rape threats/real sexual assaults by Macon and Fulton on Emma, I started to become sick and couldn't wait for the book to end (I was curious about the killer's identity).


Maybe it's just bad timing reading this book after the IRL events of the last couple of weeks, but the bitterness held by the Southern characters over the Civil War was the last thing that I needed. Not a book I can recommend.

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USA Today Bestselling Author casually commenting on the Tweets by one of the hate-speech rally people:
USA Today Bestselling Author casually commenting on the Tweets by one of the hate-speech rally people:

USA Today Bestselling Author casually commenting on the Tweets by one of the hate-speech rally people:

I was in the comments of one of the Boston hate-speech rally people (looking for more people to report-and-block), when I found this author.

Checked her with_replies, and she believes in "Soros-paid protestors" and "but globalism!" *headdesk*

Anyway, you may want to inform her readers, in case they didn't know that she supports the "Rogue R*ght".

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Halloween Bingo 2017 Reading List

Here is my proposed reading list for my purty, purty card.


Shout out to Murder by Death, as she gifted me Death, Doom, and Detention for the first bookish box swap last year!


Shout out to Susanna G and Themis-Athena for recommending The Devil in White City!


B1 Country House Mystery: Fatality by Firelight by Lynn Cahoon

B2 Darkest London: London Calling by Sara Sheridan

B3 Dark Woods: The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston

B4 Diverse Voices: Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu

B5 Magical Realism: Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly


I1 Aliens: Mine! by C.L. Scholey

I2 Cozy Mystery: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Doidge

I3 Vampires: The Vampire's Mail Order Bride by Kirsten Painter

I4 Ghost: Dying for the Past by TJ O'Connor

I5 Chilling Children: Death, Doom, and Detention by Darynda Jones


N1 Serial Killer: The Devil in White City by Erik Larson

N2 Amateur Sleuth: Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly

N3 Free Space: The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

N4 Witches: Easy Bake Coven by Liz Schulte

N5 Haunted Houses: All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle


G1 The Dead Will Walk: Zomburbia by Adam Gallardo

G2 Murder Most Foul: Brighton Belle by Sara Sheridan

G3 Romantic Suspense: Ready to Were by Robyn Peterman

G4 Monsters: Koishi by Annie Nicholas

G5 Terrifying Women: Death and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones


O1 Werewolves: Switching Hour by Robyn Peterman

O2 Locked Room Mystery: Secrets in Death by JD Robb

O3 Gothic: All Fall Down by Christine Pope

O4 Demons: The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

O5 Supernatural: The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston

Friday Reads - August 18, 2017
Emma And The Outlaw - Linda Lael Miller Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow [(Butterfly Swords)] [By (author) Jeannie Lin] published on (October, 2010) - Jeannie Lin The Dragon and the Pearl - Jeannie Lin The Sword Dancer - Jeannie Lin A Dance with Danger (Rebels and Lovers) - Jeannie Lin The Bootlegger's Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties) - Lauri Robinson

The calendar might say it is still summer, but the English weather is definitely mid-October like. This upcoming week is the last COYER read-a-thon for summer and Bout of Books cycle 20. So my plan this weekend is to get two print books done before putting aside the rest until the read-a-thon is over or I run out of e-books. In non-reading plans, this weekend will be back to school shopping and going through the kids closets so I can donate/hand me down clothes and know what they need. Ten days to first day of school!


Here's my list for the weekend/week ahead:

1. Emma and the Outlaw (Orphan Train #2) by Linda Lael Miller - 41% read

    I'm in a puzzle with this book; on one hand, I am not feeling the MCs and on the other hand, I am sort of interested in the plotline. The heroine is playing a dangerous game with both the hero and the villain, but she is decent otherwise. The hero is a former Confederate soldier (why am I reading this right now??), hoping for the South to rise again and who does not understand, nor respect, the heroine's boundaries (oh hi early 90s historical romance *waves hand*). I won't be reading the other two books in the series.


2. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow - 15% read

    I would have gotten this book done already if it weren't for the bitchy heroine. Again, pacing issues.


3. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin - 12% read

    I started this book in mid-July. The slowest pace of a book. Something please happen soon! This book is the first in the series, so I am forcing myself to finish it so I can understand what is going on in the later books. I could really use a dose of Li Bai Shen right about now.


4. The Bootlegger's Daughter by Lauri Robinson - 12% read

    I started this book in mid-July, after Butterfly Swords lulled me to sleep. I am not feeling either hero, the heroine, or the plot. I'll give it to 30%; if it doesn't move the plot or the characters get better, it is going into the DNF pile.


5. The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin


6. The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin


7. A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin


She's back
She's back.
Remember that revenge hit-piece an author published in Vulture? Now she's planning to write a piece about the life and death (suicide) of someone in the reading community.
The author asked people for information, but they rightfully turned her down because KR can't be trusted not to use her platform to punch down on the community's most vulnerable people.
Here are some threads:
I still have unpublished Storifys featuring KR's friendly interactions with a G*merG*ter, and the other unsavoury characters who praised her revenge hit-piece (including a screenwriter dudebro, and the comics guy who made Captain America a Nazi/Hydra). Along with MAGAs, and "western civilisation" people, and there are probably other terrible people too who praised her after I stopped collecting Tweets.
And I'm still pissed off that members of the publishing community are Liking her Tweets, thus enabling her continuing shit.
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Halloween Bingo 2017 Personalized Card


I spent the evening building my reading list. Most of the books came from my personal ebook stash, with a few library holds via OverDrive. The hardest square to find a book for was the serial killer one - the new Secrets in Death by JD Robb (comes out next month) is not a serial killer plotline - that hasn't happen in quite a few books (it is a locked room mystery plotline). One square will be filled with a graphic novel (reading Monstress Volume 1 by Marjorie M. Liu for diverse authors square).


Game starts September 1st. Go to the game discussion boards to request your personalized card! Thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting.

2 Stars
Review: Love, Special Delivery by Melinda Curtis
Love, Special Delivery (A Harmony Valley Novel) - Melinda Curtis

The first half of the book is a solid 3 stars, but it falls apart in the second half. The plot moppets (Maddie's sister and Ben's godchild) grated on my nerves and sucked a lot of enjoyment from reading Maddie and Ben's story. And this is the second book I read this week that did not resolve the paternity question that is the heart of the hero's motivation - so frustrating!


Maddie is an okay heroine, although her constant smiling drove me up the wall. She has the stereotypical tragic back story, a little OTT for my taste. Her mother abandoned her and her younger sister to their grandparents, her grandmother died of cancer, her grandfather died from complications due to mismanaged diabetes and dementia, her sister is a cancer survivor, and since she had to take care of her younger sister after all that death, she never went to college and instead became a postal worker. She was given the promotion of postmaster in Harmony Valley, her grandfather's old post office that hasn't been open in more than a decade. The younger sister is a piece of work, closing in on 18 going on 8.


Ben's story isn't puppies and rainbows either. He left a fire station in Oakland, CA to move with his dying dad and mother to Harmony Valley so that his dad can finish out the 10 months left for a full retirement and benefits. Dad is the new fire chief, Ben is regulated to firefighter and to cover for dad's less than awesome health in front of the council and mayor. Oh and he is the guardian of a bratty seven year old after the brat's mother (and Ben's colleague) died in the line of firefighting duty. He is searching for said brat's father (named John Smith on the birth certificate) but there might be a chance the brat's his daughter. His mother "naps" a lot and the brat leaves the house to explore the town and find critters of the animal variety to bring home. Ben just wants to find the brat's dad, get his own dad safely to retirement, then leave this crap town for good and become a fire investigator.


Needless to say, I didn't warm to anybody in this book and I actively hated the sister and godchild/possible daughter by the end. Maddie and Ben love being in denial about their lives and constant crappy decision making. The arsonist villain got off with a slap on the wrist (excuse me "psychological evaluation") due to his advanced age. I have no interest in continuing reading this series.

MR & OB are at it again..........



We're shaking up the game this year!


Stay tuned!

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Dear Harlequin (TRIGGER WARNING: Grooming of Teen Girls, Sexual Abuse)

What. The. Fuck. Are. You. Doing.


Carina Press (ebook first imprint at Harlequin) has just subbed for a book from the mostly self-pub author K. Webster. Recently, one of Webster's book (The Wild) came into the romance genre Twitter conversation  for "pseudo-incest" between the "heroine" and "hero". The "heroine" is 16 at the start of the romance/fucking and the "hero" is her adoptive father (hence the "pseudo" part of the incest). Don't even get me started on that bullshit "trigger warning" the author put in at the end of the blurb.


I think the talk surrounding this book is what led to Carina Press's freelance editors giving her a contract. So what could the upcoming book be about, you may ask? The Brat and the Bully has a hero who is a coach at a high school waiting breathlessly for one of his athletes to turn 18 so he can fuck her. Again, don't even get me started on that bullshit "trigger warning" at the end of the blurb. Oh and that blurb so happens to NOT be found anywhere on the Harlequin book page.


Look, I am not here to kink-shame. But when do we as a romance community draw the big red line on these "taboo" or "darker romances"? I say we draw the line at the grooming of and sexual abuse of teenage girls. And no, I don't have to prove my "fearlessness" by reading about the abuse of teen girls at the hands of the men who should be protecting them from such abuse. I'm a OIF vet, I have seen some dark shit - I read romance to help balance the memories in my head from that time.


Fuck Carina Press and their incessant need to be "edgy" and get on that hot "dark/taboo" romance train (thanks again 50 Shades!).


0 Stars
Review: A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine

DNF at 35%



1. The heroine is doing a half-ass job of disguising herself as a man. No voice alteration, no alterations in movement, just clothes and a prosthetic penis that is way too big for her body or to be believable. The hero knew from the jump she wasn't a man because of the bulge.


2. The hero is a creep; he went into a secret room so he could watch the heroine take a bath in her dressing room.


3. Hero is Over The Top Rake - everything is sex with him and its at the point I think he has a sex addiction.


4. Heroine is hoping that indulging in his sex addiction, the hero would be heading back to Greece (his original destination, before the accident in Paris); the reason she took the job was that this was her free trip to Greece, where she could go to surgeon's school. Since the duke decided to return to England instead, she is hoping that a parade of women would improve his mood enough to head back to Greece so he can indulge more kinky stuff. Hero really likes his orgies. Heroine does not care about hero's health, she just wants a free ride and wages to pay for school.


5. Hero's man servants are pissed that the hero hasn't been up to his usual orgies and they haven't gotten any of his sloppy seconds or willing traveling maids of hero's visitors. The man servants (Harris and Sacks) are just gross, especially in their conversations with the heroine (who they think is a like-minded male).


6. All the female characters in this book are only mentioned in their purpose of satisfying the hero. There is the stereotype of Parisian and Spanish women being slutty and objectifying on a absurd level. The only woman character to come out as anything but a fuck toy is (OF COURSE) the English heroine.


7. It is set in Georgian England, but you wouldn't know that because there are NO period details whatsoever. I guess that would take away from the SEX! SEX! SEX! details.


Give this a hard pass.

3 Stars
Review: The Baby Barter by Patty Smith Hall
The Baby Barter (Love Inspired Historical) - Patty Smith Hall

I read one other book by this author and that was a DNF. I picked up this book during Harlequin's October sale, so that was prior to the DNF. I struggled at times to get through this book, but it was a decent inspirational romance.


Sheriff Mack Worthington is trying to handle the changing times in his small town of Marietta, Georgia while also trying to adopt a baby girl named Sarah. Sarah was born with a mouth deformity (read to me like it was a cleft palate). The changing nature of his small town was due to the war ending (sending GIs home) and the bomber plant cutting jobs (mostly women employees). The judge for the adoption is not looking favorably on Mack's lack of marriage prospects. Lucky for Mack, his high school friend/crush has come home from the war along with the GIs.


Thea was an Army nurse during the European campaign and is home only to help out her dysfunctional family. Thea left Marietta eight years ago (for nursing school, then the Army) and her presence has the whole town buzzing. Thea's goal is to find her recently deceased sister's baby and raise it as her own. Her high school friend/crush just so happens to be trying to adopt the baby.


There was a lot to like about this story. Mack and Thea had a history that was based on friendship and honesty. Thea was a capable nurse and had a wonderful bed side manner. Ms. Aurora Adair is an angel and the confident both Thea and Mack needed individually. She was my favorite character in the book. The pacing was slow in the first half of the book, but picked up when Thea agreed to a marriage of convenience to Mack.


There were some lackluster parts to the story. For one, all the answers to the question of Sarah's birth parents can be found in Ms. Williams' letter that neither Mack or Thea ever opened or read. That was the major plotline behind the stalled adoption and it was never resolved. Mack's cousins and his lawyer were cloying and annoying, especially Beau (Mack's conversations with Beau is what I struggled with). For a book that took place mere weeks after the end of WWII, there was hardly any world building or period details. The religious tone and actions/words from the characters felt very performative and shoe-horned in and not natural to the story or the characters.


I am glad I kept reading this book, but I don't think I want to read anything more from this author. I just wasn't "Wow"ed by the writing.

Friday Reads - August 11, 2017
Christian Seaton Duke of Danger - Carole Mortimer Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow The Baby Barter (Love Inspired Historical) - Patty Smith Hall A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine

Haven't done a Friday Reads post in a while. Today is the last day of my library's summer reading program; Tuesday is the awards party.


The only plans I have this weekend aside from reading is going to a Food Truck Rally and Party on base tonight (food, bouncy castles, DJ, and mom not having to cook!) and working on finalizing some PTO stuff. Our first event is on the 17th and then it is a whirlwind until winter break.


Here is what I want to get done this weekend and next week:

1. Christian Seaton: Duke of Danger (Dangerous Dukes #6) by Carole Mortimer - at 20% read, the heroine is a little too innocent and naïve for my taste. And there is a lot of party in his pants feelings from the hero. Down boy, you got a spy job to take care of.


2. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow  - 10% read; the heroine is a little too bitchy towards the hero for no good reason but the plot centers on finding a religious cult using arson to terrorize a small Pennsylvania town and I am here for it.


3. The Baby Barter by Patty Smith Hall - only at 10%, but so far so good.


4. A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine - heroine dresses like a man so she can pursue her work as a doctor; hero needs medical care after a carriage accident...but his eyes are working just fine.


4.5 Stars
Review: Mission of Hope by Allie Pleiter
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter

Allie Pleiter wrote another wonderful, engaging historical romance that was also a page turner. Ms. Pleiter takes readers to some of the hardest times in American history and delivers inspiring, loving stories - she has such a gift.


The book begins 3 months after the April 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire that destroyed the growing port city. Nora is the daughter of the post master; her well to do family lost their home in the disaster as well as Nora's cousin Annette. Nora and her parents are living in her grieving aunt and uncle's house in a different part of the city. I had no sympathy for any of Nora's family; snobbish, weak assholes all of them. But Nora (and to a smaller extent, the memory of Annette) was already becoming a modern, independent woman. Living in the aftermath of the disaster only sped up the maturing process.


Quinn found a locket in the rubble of the city and fixed it up with the intention of finding the owner of the locket and giving it back. The locket held a picture of Nora and Annette, so Quinn identified Nora via her picture; it was Nora's gift to Annette for her cousin's birthday and the last remaining piece of Annette. The cute meet was what sucked me in the story, and I rooted for Quinn and Nora from that moment. Their love story is one of overcoming class differences and keeping the faith that in the worst of times, one needs hope and joy wherever they can find it. Quinn and Nora do so much good work for the people of the "unofficial" camp (aka the shanty town that sheltered the poor people of the city) and through their good work grew a strong bond and eventually love.


Reverend Baurs was a delight to read and his manipulations (all for the glory of God and to help the disaster's poor refugees) made him seem more like an impish angel than a stuffed shirt. Baurs had skills no ordinary pastor should have, but those skills came in handy when disaster strikes. I don't think Major Simon was a true villain, but I also wouldn't want to read about him as a hero in another book - he is too untrustworthy after reading this book.


Overall, an exciting and great romance. 

4 Stars
Review: Her Holiday Family by Winnie Griggs
Her Holiday Family (Texas Grooms (Love Inspired Historical)) - Winnie Griggs

This was a much better installment of the Texas Grooms series than the previous holiday one I read last month. It was more balanced between sweetness and seriousness and was overall more realistic.


Mrs. Eileen Pierce is a young widow and person non grata in Turnabout, Texas. She had a pampered but very lonely childhood, followed by a marriage where she was seen as a good hostess and a pretty thing to look at and dress up/show off.  Her short marriage to her husband ended when he embezzled money from the bank to pay bills that came about from his luxury lifestyle and he committed suicide when people started looking into the bank's affairs. She had to sell most of the marriage's possessions to pay back the money her husband stole, but her fall from the town's graces is more to having a husband die via suicide than the downturn in financial affairs. Dovie returns, as she is now living back in Eileen's house as a boarder (she was living with Eve and Chase in the last book I read). Dovie is more like Eileen's confident and mentor. Eileen's one friend in town is Dovie's foster daughter Ivy. Eileen's world is very small.


Enter Simon Tucker, bachelor and carpenter who is escorting a family friend and her ten foster children to their new home in Hatchetville. They stopped in Turnabout because the family friend/foster mother had a stroke on the train and that was the first stop. While the doctor in Turnabout sees to Ms. Fredrick, Simon is in need of shelter and food for himself and his ten charges. At a church meeting, social pressures force Eileen to open her home to the temporary visitors to Turnabout. Ms. Fredrick passes away and Simon has to make some tough decisions now that he is the sole guardian of the group. Simon had a rough childhood, but has made the most of his opportunities since reaching his majority and decides to treat all people with true respect and dignity, no matter what the locals have to say about anyone.


Eileen and Simon were so well matched and fun to get to know as a couple. There was a strong chemistry between the two that when they finally kissed, it was worth it. Eileen grew a lot during the course of the book, gaining confidence in her abilities beside being pretty. And thankfully Simon was not the picture-perfect hero; he had his flaws just as Eileen did.  Dovie did her part time and again to help them along on their journey (much as she did in the last book), but without needing to lecture Eileen or Simon on how they are treating each other. Ten kids in a romance is a lot, and not all of them got screen time, but none were annoying or cloying sweet.


Just an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.



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Progress: 60%
The Sword Dancer - Jeannie Lin
The Dragon and the Pearl - Jeannie Lin
A Dance with Danger (Rebels and Lovers) - Jeannie Lin
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