Ezza’s Right Kind of Rogue… A Review

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Title: The Right Kind of Rogue

Author: Valerie Bowman

Published: 31 October 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads summary

Can two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part? 

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

Review

This book has made me relieved that I can occasionally dislike a historical romance (HR) even by an author whom I liked their previous work. It has made me see that the reviewer in me is still intact.

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From that, you and I obviously know that I dislike parts of this book that did not allow me to give the rating any higher than a 3. Usually, for HR I adore the main characters; Their strengths, their weaknesses, their quirks, but in this book both characters fell flat for me. The only characters that I felt were worth mentioning and had any complexity was the side character, Lady Lucy.

I also found the romance between Hart Highgate and Meg Timmons highly unlikely and at worst, ludicrous. Does the author genuinely expect me to believe that Hart who has known Meg for years and never bats an eyelash for her and never made any time to get to know her on a deeper level suddenly falls so deep in love all because she had a make over? I feel affronted that the author takes this reader as a fool. I don’t know about you but I feel that if a man you have known for YEARS only truly notices you AFTER you have a make over and ONLY THEN shows any form of romantic feelings, those feelings are questionable at best because it makes me wonder do you like me for my personality or just my looks?

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See it this way, Hart has known Meg for years but only as an acquaintance. He never seeks her out for advice nor friendship. She is negligible in his life and you expect me to believe that he suddenly falls in love with her all because she now looks like a bombshell? A tad bit convenient isn’t it?

If he had known her for years and they are close, best friends close and yet he never sees her as more than a friend and suddenly she changes her looks and he realizes that she is in fact a woman and not one of his ‘bros’ that I can accept.

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Another aspect I cannot ignore was how idiotic Hart was. He point blank refused to listen to Meg and is flummoxed that he doesn’t understand the situation only to realize Meg was innocent in Lucy’s machinations. Honestly, you would have found this out far earlier had you listened to her.

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The plot for this book was weak for me. At first, it was great. Meg finding out Hart is planning to marry decides to pursue her plans to make him fall in love or at least notice her with renewed vigor but towards the end I felt the plot and its plot twists were lost in translation thus not being relayed effectively. The plot reveal whereby the real reasons why the two families hate each other was actually a good plot point had the other aspects of the plot did not muddle it. Like I said lost in translation. If the whole drama between Hart-Meg-Lucy was not so childish the plot reveal would have had the impact it sought out to do.

Overall, the book was not as enjoyable as I had hoped it would be but it will not deter me from reading more works by Valerie Bowman.

And my right kind of rogue is a man who isn’t so caught up with his own woes that he doesn’t see what is smack-dab right in-front-under-his-nose! If he is going through depression or any type of legit mental illness then fine that is a different matter but if the man is so up his own arse well I see that we have to part ways my friend as you and I are not compatible.

*The book was provided by the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

 

The (not so) secret life of a book blogger tag

With all bookish tags I was not tagged by anyone (yet again) but I thought this was a fun lil’ tag so here we gooooo…. by the way I read this post on Confessions of a Readaholic so defo check them out.

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How long have you been a blogger?

For this blog I think its been over a year now. This is my second blog actually. I bailed on my first one because I had absolutely ZERO followers and if you think my reviews/rants on this blog is long, you have yet to read my reviews on my old blog. FOUR POSTS LONG just on ONE historical romance book. Just one book. Let’s just say I was insane.

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At what point do you think you will stop?

Probably never. I like ranting about books WAYYYY too much which is why I prefer my blog over my booktube channel. I can edit and post immediately.

What is the best part?

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I don’t have to worry about censoring myself or worrying about whether the post is too long or what not. I also can read about any books I want be it erotica, historical romance, classics, or thrillers there is no judgement and the ultimate best part is when another reader also read the same book and they comment on my post and we discuss about it. BEST FEELING EVER!

What is the worst part?

When I slack off posting and postpone my reviews up to the point I cannot even remember why I liked/disliked a book other than that not so much. I’m pretty laid back with this blog. If it doesn’t get the feedback I wanted it to then its no biggie.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

Within 5 minutes because I mostly use pictures I get from either Goodreads or the publishers themselves if I am invited for a book blog tour and lots and lots of MEMES and GIFSSSSS!!!!

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I think once I have more free time I would probably make my own pictures which would take longer but so far I’m content.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

If I just finished reading a book and I immediately feel like writing it, I can finish the post within half an hour to an hour.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I like it actually. Book bloggers I follow are really cool and nice people whom I’d love to meet in real life and so far I haven’t had any negative encounters with any book bloggers so pretty happy with the community.

What do you think one should do to have a successful/blog?

I think my thoughts on this one would be that the blogger definitely should do it because they want to out of the sheer pleasure of posting something regardless of whether the post will/will not have an audience. Once you do something because you genuinely want to it will in turn become a passion project which will snowball into posting consistently, having new content you want to discuss about and etc. Also, when you blog about something because you want to it will also make you want to improve yourself which will obviously reflect in your blog posts. Weird how one small thing can affect so many other things eh?

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Ezza’s Last Weekend… A review

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Title: The Last Weekend

Author: Laura DiSilverio

Published: 8 September 2017

Publisher: Midnight Ink

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

 

Goodreads summary

Every year for a decade, five college friends spent a weekend together at the atmospheric Chateau du Cygne Noir. Then, tragedy struck.

Ten years later, Laurel Muir returns to the castle for the first time since the accident, hoping to reconnect with her friends and lay the past to rest. When a murderer strikes, it rips open old wounds and forces the women to admit there’s a killer in their midst. The remaining friends make a pact to unearth the truth, but suspicion, doubt, and old secrets threaten to tear them apart. Unsure who to trust, Laurel puts herself in harm’s way, risking it all for friendship and long-delayed justice.

Review

I was getting a tad bit tired of reading historical romance as it lead me to truly believe that I will soon be swept off my feet by a 6’2 half naked gorgeous species of man with baby blue eyes and golden brown curly hair which in my sad depressing reality WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

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Yes… Yes I am yours Tom ❤ !!!!!!!

So, I went on my way and read ‘The Last Weekend’ by Laura DiSilverio annnndddd I was left feeling disappointed, unsatisfied and confused.

Why you might ask? Let me explain away…

The first obstacle that stood in my way to fully enjoying the book was the fake friendship all of the women (Laurel, Dawn, Geneva and Ellie) had with Eva. At first, when the friendship started out it was honest enough but as time went on it is very obvious that the bond of friendship had slowly deteriorated away. This deterioration was mainly caused by Eva being a class A bitch whereby she poisoned, manipulated and sabotaged her own best friends whereby each action done upon them made Eva have some sort of power over them. This is like Littlefinger and Varys level of manipulation.

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Eva manipulating her friends is one thing but the fact that these ‘friends’ knew how she really was and still remained friends was the true obstacle that made me stop in my tracks. I am a person who values my friendships hence why I don’t have an assortment of friends so for me when somebody betrays me they are completely cut off from my life and essentially to me you do not exist in my realm of existence thus I truly cannot comprehend why these smart women allowed themselves to still be friends with a viper of a woman that is Eva.

There was no redeeming quality for Eva that made me try to understand why the women are still friends with her. This is not Game of Thrones nobody will get their head chopped off if they break off their friendships so why indeed are they still friends?

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Had the situation of each woman been like Laurels situation where she was essentially blackmailed to be still be friends then I can somewhat empathize and understand but for the others I see no reason why after what Eva did to them individually that they still continue with this charade.

Another obstacle that was stacked against me was the unfortunate circumstance that was the formatting of my ebook in my Kindle. The formatting confused me somewhat as I can never tell which POV am I reading which also lends to the fact that I felt that all the POV’s are so similar I can never differentiate them and thus this point leads the way to the last obstacle that made it very hard to truly enjoy this book which was the writing.

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The writing wasn’t at all bad by all means but neither did it make me interested in the plot nor the characters. The writing and writing style fell flat for me and the only reason why I finished the book was because as a plot driven reader I wanted to know what happened.

At the end of the day when I finished the book I was left unsatisfied as I truly could care less about the characters and in my mind somebody should have shoved Eva off a building years ago and maybe throw a brick on her head after that for good measure.

*The book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review

 

Crazy Little Thing Called (more like psychopathic to me) Love… A review

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Title: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Author: Charlotte Butterfield

Published: 7 September 2017

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 2/5

 

 

Goodreads summary

A wonderfully warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny romantic comedy for fans of Just Haven’t Met You Yet and Mhairi McFarlane.

When Leila finds herself on the painful end of yet another disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s and trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. And so – to the amusement of her friends and family – Leila takes a more drastic approach to dealing with heartbreak: she swears off sex for an entire year.

Luckily, she has plenty to keep her mind off men. Between starting a business with ice queen Lucy, straightening out her sister Tasha’s tangled love life, and running a blog read by thousands of single ladies, Leila is soon snowed under. But she can’t help finding a little time for irresistible architect Nick – Lucy’s funny and infuriatingly sexy brother.

After an unplanned encounter under the mistletoe, the Man Ban looks like it might be skidding to a halt. Has Leila found love when she least expected it?

Review

Okay… I chose this book because I went into it thinking it will be ala a romcom book. I mean how can I not think that was the case when on its Netgalley title page the description was and I quote;

“A wonderfully warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny romantic comedy for fans of Just Haven’t Met You Yet and Mhairi Mc Farlane”

I did not read no “warm hearted and LOL funny romantic comedy” Ma’am. All I read and received from this book was stress pure unadulterated stress!

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My biggest sore spot was all the GOD DAMNED LIES! I do not like liars. If you did it for a very good reason for example you were blackmailed, you are a super spy, the lies is important to achieve the end goal and it is just IMPERATIVE THAT YOU LIE then fine. Fine, I can understand that but if you lie so people or more like your followers don’t need to know that you are not on a man ban anymore and there was no reason to lie in the first place that I absolutely cannot condone.

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In my perspective, Leila didn’t need nor have a reason to lie or cover up the truth. So what during a man ban you found a guy who you liked and clicked with. She is in her thirties if I am not mistaken and she can’t even own up that she fell in love with a man that she didn’t plan on falling in love with. Yeah, okay, maybe her lying was integral to the whole plot but seriously nobody is going to judge you man. Nobody plans to fall in love.

This leads me to the overall plot of the book which I felt were haywire at best. The first half of the book even while I did not agree with Leila lying through her teeth for her stupid man ban I still loosely enjoyed the book. It still gave a romcom feel but the last half of the book was a WTF did I just read AT BEST.

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Should I spoil the book? Oh, fuck it you guys know I spoil books anyway for ya’ll. So, if you plan to read the book and do not want to be spoiled DO NOT READ THE SEGMENT BELOW. I REPEAT DO NOT READ!

Okay, out of fucking nowhere Lucy (Leila’s sister-in-law and wife to Marcus, Leila’s brother) plans to have an affair with Alex (Leila’s brother-in-law and husband to Leila’s sister Tasha) because she wants a baby SOOOOO BADDDD and I am here like what in the name of Sweet Baby Jesus IS GOING ON? I am desperate for a male companion but you don’t see me kidnapping the male species do you? Like, how do you even get to that end point of where you want a baby so much you are willing to commit adultery????!! AND WITH YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW AT THAT? What happend to just talking it out with your husband? Mind you these two just got married for 9 – 10 months essentially less than a year.

Which brings me to the whole dysfunctional relationship that is present in this book. Can’t anybody just talk it out with their spouses and significant other? Everybody is just assuming what the other is thinking. That is never good in a relationship. If my friends ordered small sized pizza because they ASSUMED that it was what I wanted I will hit them on the head with a frying pan because that is just BS.

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Okay, rants aside. Not all of the book is bad. There were some comedic parts that did make me laugh and I can empathize with Tasha’s dysfunctional marriage where she knows her husband is cheating and she is numb to it; I see this happening in real life but as for the other I truly cannot empathize nor understand especially when the solution to the problem is just for both parties to talk it out and if the other person cannot accept it then they are not worth your time nor affections.

If the book was marketed properly to me where they didn’t market it as a romcom, I would have definitely enjoyed this book more and the intricacies that come with relationships especially relationships that are bound by marriage and family but because I was duped into believing this book was a fun romcom when in my mind it definitely wasn’t was a huge obstacle that my mind just could not wrap around especially what with all the lies and the out of nowhere change of tone in the last half of the book.

Mind you I wanted to give up reading this book when I hit 21% in my Kindle when I realized that Leila was defo lying about her man ban. Truly, I wanted to give up but I also wanted to know how the plot pans out so I persevered and I regret it because the plot just left me dissatisfied, upset and confused.

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Me whenever I remember why I didn’t like this book

*The book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review

**Seriously, seriously read the synopsis tell me if it’s not misleading… I thought it was going to be a fun light read not about crazy dysfunctional people who cannot use their brains to save their relationship.

Anything But Books Tag

Helloooo! I am actually not too sure if I had done this tag before but if I did what is the harm in doing it again.

I shall thank nobody for tagging me because *sobs* no one did.

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  • Name a cartoon that you love

I love Princess and The Frog and also Mulan because I love hard working bad ass women who don’t necessarily use only their beauty to get what they want. I used to like The Little Mermaid but as I got older I seriously cannot relate. The Amazing World of Gumball is just a legit funny stupid cartoon that makes me laugh.

  • What is your favorite song right now.

I am really into Kim Petras – I don’t want it at all and also Boys by Charli XCX. I feel like the song Boys seriously describe me as a person. I’m just generally a boy crazy person.

  • What could you do for hours that isn’t reading

Aside from sleeping. I could crochet and simultaneously watch Youtube unsolved for hours or anything on Youtube that involves mysteries or murder.

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Team #shaniac

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  • What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by

I am not too sure really. I am an open book so I don’t have many things that I do that I don’t tell somebody.

  • What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing you want to learn about

Calligraphy. I want to learn more about calligraphy. I want to write BS letters to people using beautiful handwriting.

  • What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I can kill centipedes, cockroaches, scorpions and occasionally snakes when they invade my house. Does that count?

  • Name something you made last year and show us if you can

I made AMIGURUMI!!!!!!!

 

  • What is your most recent personal project?

Crocheting as much amigurumis as I can to sell em and also having a dash of calligraphy on the side for my calling/business cards

  • Tell us something you think about often?

The meaning of our existence and life on this planet. Why is there so much hate in the world when we are just specks when put into perspective of how huge the galaxy is and occasionally also why do serial killers kill and how do they avoid getting caught? Like the Zodiac killer and such.

  • Give us something that is your favorite, but make it oddly specific

I love the smell of freshly cut grass and the smell of rain and also I remember people by their teeth. So when I recognize someone it’s more of “I’ve seen your teeth somewhere.. but where?” type situation.

  • Say the first thing that pops into your head?

WHICH GAME OF THRONES THEORY IS COMING TRUE???? Is it the one where Bran is the Night King and the three eyed Raven? Is it that the Night King will have a Night Queen??? Dany becoming the mad Queen??? Jon Snow is the Azor Ahai??? WILL JON SNOW BEND THE KNEEE???? WILL THERE BE A WHITE WALKER DRAGON THING?????!!!!

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And that is it for this book tag. Hope you enjoyed the post and pray that I binge watch GoT before the last episode of season 7 comes out.

The Duke & Ezza (A review)

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Title: The Duke

Author: Kerrigan Byrne

Published: 7 February 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads review

He is noble, notorious, and takes no prisoners…

Strong as a Viking. Handsome as Adonis. Rich as Midas. Collin “Cole” Talmage, Duke of Trewyth, is the stuff that legends are made of. He’s the English Empire’s golden son–until fate has its way with him. Cole’s family is killed and his closest comrade betrays him on the battlefield, leaving him gravely injured. But Cole is not one to dwell on misfortune. He is a man of duty, honor–and desire. And now he’s ready for the fight of his lifetime…

Imogen Pritchard is a beautiful lass who works in a hospital by day and as a serving maid at night. Years ago, when she was young and penniless, she ended up spending a scandalous night with Cole, whose tormented soul was matched only by his earth-shattering passion. Imogen entered a marriage of convenience―one that left her a wealthy widow―but she never forgot Cole. Now that her long-lost lover has turned up in her hospital, injured and with no memory of her, Imogen is torn: Is it a blessing or a curse that their past remains a secret to Cole, even as his new passion for her leaves him wanting to protect and possess her…at all costs, in The Duke, the next Victorian Rebels novel by Kerrigan Byrne.

Review

As per the usual route, I liked this book, when will I ever not like historical romance and come on when I do dislike it then its pretty bad until you should steer clear from that book because let’s be honest I give a HUGE loophole with this specific genre that I am sure I am reading it with beer goggles.

Going into the review, I have to say I liked how Imogen had a past. It wasn’t a shady past but it was shady enough that should she be exposed her reputation would be ruined and she would lose everything she worked hard for.

I really liked the dynamic between the main leads. Their dynamic before he went off for some war mission and after he came back from being rescued. It was nice to see how before he went off to his mission he was the stereotypical male lead; charming, dashingly handsome, awesome in bed and a very considerate lover whereas when he came back he just wasn’t the same man and I loved how Imogen knows how he changed that he isn’t the same man he used to be and she was realistic about it. I mean, yeah she cared about him but she was also knew that if it didn’t happen then she will move on and live her life like what she has been doing all this time he wasn’t by her side.

I can’t really put into words why I liked that it was years before they actually met again and started a relationship but maybe one of the reasons is the one I just listed above where Imogen knew him before and after what happened to him and she chooses whether she wants to go down this path with a difficult man.

Now, I read on Goodreads that some readers didn’t like Cole because he was such a brute, inconsiderate, mean, petty, cruel etc but I liked him actually because the man was tortured. He was a prisoner of war and as far as I know prisoners of war don’t exactly get 5 star treatments in their cells especially if they also happen to be government spies. Cole was tortured for months and all he had to live for was the image/fantasy of Imogen and he was so desperate to go back home that when he was rescued; his rescuers couldn’t break the chain on one of his hands he decided to just fuck it and cut his own wrists. THE MAN CUT HIS OWN HAND OFF ALA 127 HOURS!!!!

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If after going through all that the readers expect him to STILL BE CIVIL AND CHARMING all I can say is ARE YOU FUCKING INSANE?????

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Obviously the man will suffer from PTSD. Heck, I almost chopped off my own finger with a machete 11 years ago and I’M STILL TRAUMATIZED let alone being tortured. I wished the author described in more details Cole’s PTSD but I guess how she described it in the book was okay to get by.

It was also pretty cool how the author inserted Cole’s situation of having no left (was it left?) hand and him having trouble with his prosthetic hand and all so it shows some form of realism there.

One thing I did not like about the plot was the antagonist. The antagonist was like a jack-in-a-box, they just popped outta nowhere and yeah I guess their reasons for being the antagonist was kind off credible, it would have been better had there been a backstory for their pain so the readers can truly empathize and relate to them because I for one was very confused by the appearance of said antagonist.

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Overall, the book was a great read but I still prefer The Scot Beds His Wife because in this book it had some comedic aspects and the heroine is just bad ass. I mean Imogen is bad ass in her own way but I prefer my heroines to be gun-sword-dagger-dragonstone-wielding women.

Also, the part where Imogen kind of got hurt that Cole didn’t remember her when he first woke up and threw a teacup at her I was a bit miffed I mean I don’t even remember my nap if I wake up from a too long nap so give him some slack, the man just woke up from a coma.

*Book was provided by publishers in exchange for an honest review.

**I am not fan of the guys body on the cover. Too buff for my taste but whatever.

WWW Wednesdays

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words and you just answer three simple questions and BA-DA-BOOM! You are done.

So the three WWW’s are:

  • What are you currently reading
  • What did you recently finish
  • What do you think you’ll read next

Currently reading:

No books man… currently reading nothing… I have been busy doing my crochet and attempting to sell my amigurumi combined with making my DIY calling cards and watching Game of Thrones (I am just in season 1 and it’s killing me to watch it because I like Ned so much not because he was such a good character but because he was such a good and decent man; he was a good father and surrogate father, good husband, good friend, honest, fair, kind AND HE DIED BECAUSE HE WAS A DECENT MAN WHY WHY WHY??? GOD DAMN YOU SNAKE CERSEI AND PYSCHO JOFFREY!)

Recently finished:

Sweet Lord above when I received an email saying that I was approved for Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt, I legit shot out of bed at 5 am, downloaded it and finished it in the same day and holy fuzzballs THE BOOK BLEW MY MIND AWAY! BLEW IT AWAY!!! I almost cried because I didn’t want the series to end and also because I didn’t read the others but hell, will I buy it soon!!! I had waited months to read this book and more because I had to wait to be approved and when I did I was all ‘STOP READING ALL OTHER BOOKS! STOP! STOP! STOP!’. I was reading The Last Weeekend by Laura Disilverio at the time by the way.

The Last Weekend was okay for me. Really could not understand the plot but will discuss more in my review.

Also, finished The Duke and The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne and I highly enjoyed both of em although I enjoyed The Scot Beds His Wife more because it had more funny moments.

The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman was a huge disappointment for me. Rated it a 3 but I will explain in my review whenever it is posted as to why it was a huge disappointment yet I still rated it pretty high.

Jesus, I didn’t realize I had read a lot of historical romance this month. Should spice things up with a dash of thriller or something.

Reading next:

I am just putting this here because it’s customary but we all know I have no list of what to read next. I just go with the flow and the flowing is steering me to more historical romance but we shall see won’t we.

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Frankenstein crochet pattern

Okay today I will do something different. Something other than talk about books. Today, I will write down my pattern for my Frankenstein crochet pattern. The pattern is really easy and anybody can follow and do it.

So, let’s get started!

Abbreviations:

  • MC – Magic circle
  • SC – Single crochet
  • Inc – Increase
  • Dec – Decrease
  • FO – Fasten off
  • BLO – Back Loop Only

Supplies:

  • Dark green yarn
  • Light green yarn
  • Black yarn
  • Red yarn
  • 2.5 mm crochet hook
  • 8 mm safety eyes
  • keychain (optional)

Now, the pattern starts from bottom up so we are going to start off by doing the legs.

Leg (make 2)

*Use the dark green yarn but this is optional

Round 1: MC (6 stitches)

Round 2: SC, Inc (repeat 3 times)

Round 3 – 5: SC all round

* For the first leg you’d want to fasten it off but for the second leg DO NOT FASTEN IT OFF

Round 6: Create a foundation chain (4 – 5 stitches, depending on how wide you want the leg gap to be) and SC to the other leg

Round 7 – 8: SC all around then FO and change color to light green yarn.

Round 9: SC all around.

Round 10: SC 7, Inc (do note that if the stitches don’t correlate exactly it’s completely fine)

Round 11 – 21: SC and FO.

Round 22: Change to black yarn and SC. It’s here where you want to choose which stitch you want to make the Frankenstein hair.

  • Choose any stitch and insert your hook two stitches BELOW the chosen stitch and SC like normal. Try to make your SC as loose as possible so it won’t pull the other stitches
  • Making the hair you can just choose any stitch at random. Make it closer together or farther apart, it really is up to you.

Round 23: SC

Round 22: SC 7, Dec

Round 23: SC 6, Dec

Round 24 – 25: SC

Round 26: SC, BLO

Round 27: SC

Round 28: Here you want to SC both open flaps together and FO.

  • Essentially what you want to do is insert your hook in the stitches in both the front and back flaps and SC together till the end

 

Hands (Make 2)

Round 1: MC (6 stitches)

Round 2: Inc, SC (3x)

Round 3: Inc, SC 2

Round 3: Dec, SC 2

Round 3: Dec, SC 1

Round 4: Dec all around.

Assembly

  • Attach the eyes between rounds 12 – 13 with 7 stitches in between.
  • Sew on the hands/limbs at between round 12 – 13
  • Sew on additional scars on the Frankensteins body however you like

Now, making this it doesn’t matter if the stitch count is out the window because Frank is made to look a bit wonky don’t he?

I truly apologize if my pattern is hard to understand, it’s my first one but don’t be shy to comment or ask questions.

Okay, just so we are clear you can use this pattern to make or sell or whatever. It’d be nice if you acknowledge or tag me if you actually make it but either way I’m cool it’s a really simple pattern no need for no formatlities. 😀

Ezza vs Stacy Reid: How to Marry a Marquess (A Review)

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Welcome one, welcome all! Today is our very first match between Ezza and Stacy Reid, author of Wedded by Scandal series. Who will win this match? Nobody knows but judging from Ezza’s terrible track record for historical romance we all can guess who will be victorious.

Stacy starts off strong making Ezza wary as she starts off the plot of the book right off the bat with some sexy times between Richard Maitland, our male lead character and some random married woman. Before Ezza can strategize her next move, Stacy goes in and throws a punch, as she reveals that Richard has had his heart broken and in the worst possible way when Lady Aurelia the woman he loved rejected him for somebody with more wealth AND terminated her pregnancy; heartbroken the poor man went off to war.

Barely finished with chapter one and already Stacy has thrown some serious punches. I am not completely sure Ezza can survive this match in one piece to be honest. Let us all pray for her soul.

Ezza though groggy sees an opportunity to strike and goes for a kidney punch when she realizes that Stacy has completely glossed over how Richard found his daughter, Emily. She felt that Stacy missed an opportunity to allow the readers to empathize more with Richard by allowing them to follow his journey in finding Emily; the anguish, the happiness, the personal cost he underwent when he was cut off by his father and deciding he will be his own man.

Unfortunately for Ezza, Stacy recovered quickly and is now striking her with multiple quick jabs by making Richard and Evie (our main female lead) be friends for more than 6 years so you definitely know that their feelings for each other is the real deal (damn the poor girl loving the man for 6 years before she went and actually tried to get him, I can completely relate) then showing that Stacy isn’t afraid of including what seems to be almost a taboo subject in historical romance; she shows that her characters do fart, vomit and have stretch marks which I the narrator must applaud.

Stacy with renewed vigor goes in for the kill and unleashes a flurry of jabs before finishing off her opponent with an uppercut for the knockout when  Richard’s confession of what he truly thought of Evie was revealed causing Evie to realize that Richard did not hold her the same esteem as she did him hurting her beyond reason; this caused Evie to feel as if their friendship was based on lies instead of mutual respect.

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And that ladies and gentleman is the end of our little literary battle between Ezza and Stacy Reid whereby Stacy is the ultimate victor of which let’s be honest she never stood a chance anyway, that poor sucker.

Before we leave the match as it is I would like to thank our sponsors, Netgalley, for kindly providing the book to be reviewed.

*Now now don’t worry there was a happy ending so chill*


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Title: How To Marry a Marquess

Author: Stacy Reid

Published: 14 August 2017

Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Lady Evie Chesterfield is a darling of the ton who refuses to become engaged. She’s been desperately in love with her brother’s friend, Richard Maitland, Marquess of Westfall, since forever. But the dark, dangerous marquess only sees her as a friend and refuses to marry any woman. When circumstances change and Evie has no choice but to take a husband, she decides to convince London’s most notorious gentleman to marry her by seducing the scoundrel.

Richard Maitland decided long ago that he wanted nothing to do with love. So when the gorgeous, off-limits Evie asks him for lessons in seduction, Richard knows he’s playing with fire. Despite Richard’s determination to protect her from his dastardly reputation, he is tested at every turn by his need for the infuriating, but enticing, Lady Evie. Before too long he is faced with making an impossible choice…

Review: Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright

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Title: Lies Jane Austen Told Me

Author: Julie Wright

Published: 7 November 2017

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads summary

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 realizes 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.

Realizing 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.

Review

Requested this book from Netgalley because I was in a Jane Austen funk, after listening to the audiobook of Pride and Prejudice on Spotify.

This book was so-so for me. Didn’t dislike it enough for me to rate it lower than a 3 but didn’t like it enough either that it deserved more than a 3. It was a meh book for me.

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I didn’t root for any characters in the book and neither did I have any favorites. I felt that all the characters had flaws that just ANNOYED me and made me truly unable to relate to any of them.

  • Lucas has this weird overkill brotherly love syndrome.
  • Emma with her inability to get her head out of her ass and the fact she experienced instalove with Lucas. She was supposed (note: SUPPOSED) to be smart but I did not see it through the entirety of this book.
  • Blake… I don’t even know what is his deal… is he the bad guy? the good guy? what is he? confused?

My biggest problem aside from the characters was the pacing of the plot. Emma just *technically* broke up with Blake and then she and Lucas had to work together (Blake and Lucas are brothers BTW) and then BAM! She started having feelings for Lucas. I felt it was a bit too fast for her to be falling for Lucas and it made me question the romance unless it was a rebound relationship then okay point taken. Had there been more time for them to get to know each other and whatnot I would have rated the book higher because the plot was pretty decent because really all this happened in just a few months, barely three months if I’m not mistaken so it make you as reader wonder is she falling for Lucas because its genuine or because its just a rebound?

Not all is bad with this book because towards the end I really liked how the author incorporated the values that Jane Austen wrote in all her books, that it is okay to be different or to be the same as everybody else. It is okay to be single like how Jane herself never married, that it is okay to dream of Prince Charming. Just be you whatever form that may be. I really liked that.

*The book was given by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review