2014 Historical Romance Reading Challenge: Count me in!

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I accept!

 

The 2014 Historical Romance Reading Challenge is hosted at Hurding Cats & Burning Soup. The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

 

The goal is to read at least 12 Historical Romance! 
  • Level 1–12 historical romance
  • Level 2–18 historical romances
  • Level 3–24 historical romance
  • Level 4–30+ historical romances

You can change your level anytime. Choosing one is just a starting point.

 

What counts!
  • Every historical romance you read and review in 2014
  • Any time period prior to 1920 qualifies.
  • They can be historical paranormal, historical erotica, m/m, f/f, etc.
  • All historical romances over 100 pages in length–audio, ebook, print
  • Re-reads, cross overs from other challenges

 

I think I’ll be going for Level 4 — 30+ historical romances. This is my first reading challenge and I’m super excited. I love me my historical romances. This genre and mystery/thriller are the first genres I ever enjoyed reading since my adolescent reading life. So bring it on!

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list: 2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read.

 

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#10    (No cover and title yet) Night Prince #3 by Jeaniene Frost – I want to know how Vlad will get his HEA. The second book ended in a pretty good place and I can’t wait to read the home stretch.

#9       Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long – I will always want more Pennyroyal Green books from Julie Anne Long until we get to the book about Lyon and Olivia.

#8       The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen – I can’t wait to discover what kind of man and leader Jaron will becoming and what kind of journey he takes to get to that point.

#7       Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – More Stephanie Perkins, please. I adored Lola and the Boy Next Door and I can’t wait to read the next book.

#6       Landline by Rainbow Rowell – Rainbow Rowell should release a book every week. Just saying. 

#5       City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – This is the ending to a series that I just know would be grand and magnificent. After five books, I’m ready but at the same time I’m not ready for this series to end.

#4       Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster – I loved My Lady Quicksilver and after finding out who the next book will be featuring, I’m soooo excited. 

#3       The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand – Everybody should read Laura Florand. Seriously. 🙂 And I can’t believe she will release a new book in January just after she released The Chocolate Heart last month. Yay for more books.

#2       (No title and cover yet) Rules of Scoundres #4 – Chase’s book by Sarah MacLean – Even though I haven’t read No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive), I just know this is one of those books that I’ll be eagerly anticipating for next year.

#1        Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh – OMG. I need more Psy-Changeling books. I know that the series will be winding up soon, this being the second to the last, I think. But Nalini Singh’s prose is really special. And when I’m not reading her book, I’m constantly missing her writing. 

Time really passes so slow when you’re waiting for something so good. I can’t wait to have these books in my hands. 2014 will rock! I just know it.

What are your picks for the weeks?

It’s Monday: What are you reading? (4)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. It’s a great opportunity for bloggers to post what books they plan to read for the week. Here are some of the books that made it to my TBR list this week.

 

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All Fired Up by Kate Meader

Kiss Me on This Cold December Night by Charlotte Phillips

Along Came Trouble by Erin Kern

 

I received eARCs of these books and I can’t wait to read them all. I’ve started with All Fired Up. The story is intriguing and I got hooked right away.

 

What about you? It’s Monday! What are you reading?

 

 

 

Review: The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore

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Title: The Rogue’s Proposal

Author: Jennifer Haymore

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Release Date: 19 November 2013

Source: eARC via NetGalley

 

From Goodreads:

Lord Lukas Hawkins, the rakish second son of the House of Trent, has never found a wager he couldn’t win or a woman he couldn’t seduce—until his search for his missing mother leads him to a mysterious encounter with a beautiful stranger.

Luke’s mother has been missing for months, and while his honorable older brother Simon, Duke of Trent, leads the official investigation from London, Luke sets out on a somewhat seedier path. Sources have told him his mother was last seen with a scoundrel named Roger Morton, but their association isn’t clear. Was she kidnapped or did she go willingly?

While searching for Morton, Luke meets Emma Anderson, a secretive beauty with her own reasons for hunting Morton. At first Luke laughs at the idea of allowing a woman to join him in his search, but soon Emma’s insights into Morton—like the woman herself—prove impossible to resist.

 

Luke and Emma are brought together by devastating circumstances that each are facing on their own. Luke is on his quest to find his mother while Emma is trying to restore her father’s fortune and health and both of them need to find one person that can give them the answers they seek. And so begins a journey that took them to places both familiar and new and to heightened desires and awakened feelings.

 

In the beginning, I liked them enough but I had a hard time connecting with them. Although I wanted to know how they will go about their quest I wasn’t as invested in them as I would have liked to be. I was wondering why I felt this way about them when slowly but surely, they began to share more of themselves with the readers. And so as I got to know them better, the more I grew invested in what will eventually happen to them. And even I was surprised by the depth of my sympathy with them, especially Luke.

 

Birth secrets and cruel parents are almost de rigueur in the makings of a wounded hero of the story and from the start I have accepted that this was going to play a part in Luke’s story. But I had somehow taken this for granted and didn’t realize until the second half of the book the extent of what Luke had suffered through when he was but a child. And for the first time, I began to truly understand why he was the way he was.

 

Emma was a revelation to me, especially in the latter part of the book. She didn’t stand out as much in the earlier parts but what endeared her to me, without a doubt, was when she defended Luke most bravely and emotionally to his siblings. I mean that scene alone was, for me, worth reading the whole book for. It had me crying because of the powerful emotion that that scene evoked not just for the readers but for Emma’s characterization as well. Simply put, it was grand and beautiful.

 

The story was wrapped up well and the HEA of our hero and heroine was sweetly done. I appreciated the fact that amid all the mystery and the action that their journey brought them, at the center of it all is still their story together: how they shared themselves with each other, not just physically but emotionally and how they healed each other in many ways through acceptance and love.

 

I haven’t read Book 1 of this series so I don’t really know anything about Trent or the rest of the Hawkins family but I can’t wait to read more about them now. The eARC I received contained a teaser chapter for Jennifer Haymore’s next book and it features Sam, Luke’s older brother. And I can’t wait.

 

Ratings: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

 

About the author:

JenniferHaymoreJennifer Haymore grew up in California and on the Big Island of Hawaii. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Education from UCLA. Before she became a full-time writer she held various jobs from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to playing bit roles in soap operas.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.

Learn more about Jennifer Haymore via her Website, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter accounts.