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Feature & Follow Friday (3): My recommendations in Historical Romance to a reluctant reader



An awesome idea to make friends in the blogosphere, Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It’s a great opportunity to find and follow new blogs. Every week, they feature bloggers on their sites and we get to learn more about them as they answer some questions. Each week also features a question that we can share our answers to.

Question of the Week: 

Pick a book in your favorite genre that you’d recommend to a reluctant reader.


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My favorite genre is Historical Romance and one of the greatest and most unique authors in this genre is Courtney Milan. I would recommend these two books of hers. These are not sappy love stories. And they’re most definitely not your run-in-the-mill of this genre. They’re unique, plot-wise and Courtney Milan’s writing is superb. You have compelling characters, an unassuming but passionate romance, and spot-on dialogue.

You can start with a novella first, if you’r really reluctant to read historical romance. It’s short of course but Courtney Novella is one of those great writers that regardless of the length of her work, be it a novella or a full-length book, the story would still be full and complete.


What about you guys? What are your recommendations this week?


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Thursday Quotables (3)



Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme hosted at Bookshelf Fantasies. You choose a quote from your latest book read for the week. It can be a quote that made smile or laugh, had you crying, or just interesting in general.

This week, I quote from Courtney Milan‘s, The Countess Conspiracy.

“I’m a daring man,” Sebastian said lightly. “An intrepid explorer. I have done many things.”

“Yes,” she responded in almost the same tone. “You braved the wasteland of Violet Waterfield, the dangerous shark-infested waters of her most treacherous coasts. And you lived to tell the tale.”

There was a hard light in her eyes as she spoke.

You’re not a wasteland, he wanted to say. She’d do anything for the people she loved—anything, except take compliments from them.

So he just shrugged. “I brought tea for the wasteland,” he informed her.

“What? Why? Are you practicing to become a footman?”

“No. I’m practicing to be a pest.”

“You don’t need any practice. You’re already an expert.”



I can’t gush enough about how awesome this book is. The Countess Conspiracy is one of my best reads of 2013. Everything was simply perfect. From that first word in that first chapter to the very last page, it was like everything was just right in the world. Courtney Milan gives us a wonderful story about two amazingly complex but completely endearing characters.

I didn’t know what to expect from this book other than that first revelation in the first chapter, which Courtney Milan had already included in a teaser at the end of The Heiress Effect. But what she gave her readers, gosh! Mind blown!

As for quotes, there were so many that I’ve highlighted all throughout the book and in the interest of not spoiling the experience for those who haven’t read the book yet, I just picked this short, sweet, and funny exchange between our two main characters.

What do you guys think about this quote?



Go grab a copy of this amazing book and treat yourself to a great reading experience!






Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Winter TBR



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list: Books On My Winter TBR, although technically we don’t have winter where I come from. 🙂


TTT Winter TBR

#10    Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – I have yet to read this highly recommended book and I can’t wait to catch up on this series.

#9       Foreplay by Sophie Jordan – I haven’t had the opportunity to read any of Sophie Jordan’s work yet and this compelling story has me in its grip. 

#8       The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen – I can’t wait to see what Jennifer Neilsen has in store for her readers as she concludes her trilogy with the release of this book. 

#7       Feel the Heat by Kate Meader – I just finished All Fired Up and enjoyed it so much that all I can say about Kate Meader’s books is: More. I Want More.

#6       Satisfaction by Sarah Mayberry – I’ve loved all the books that Sarah Mayberry has written and I can’t wait for her next book to come out in early January

#5       Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – The release date for this book never seems to come any closer. I’m excited to try out Rosamund Hodge’s writing. I hope she delivers because she has an already compelling storyline. 

#4       It Felt Like A Kiss by Sarra Manning – I haven’t read any of her  books yet but her name has been associated with a lot of starred reviews. When I read the book blurb for this one, I told myself I have got to read this one. 

#3       Crash Into You by Katie McGarry – I know. I’m already at the back of the pack. I want a hard copy of this book and it’s still not available in our local bookstores. So I’m (im)patiently waiting.

#2       The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand – I’ve fangirl-ed a lot about how I love Laura Florand’s book. I can’t wait for her next book for release.

#1        The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan – December 17, why are you so far away? Courtney Milan writes one of the best historical romance stories there ever will be. Her latest series, The Brothers Sinister, is breathtaking. 


I have one honorable mention here: Sarah MacLean‘s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished. I’m also (im)patiently waiting for my copy to arrive via Bookdepository. I have to read this before the year ends. I just have to..

There you go. What about you, guys? What are your picks for the weeks?

This Just In: Book description for The Countess Conspiracy



Courtney Milan announces that she finally has a book description for The Countess Conspiracy. Yay! I quote this from her Facebook post:


Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised—and he laughs through it all.

Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.

So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she’ll do anything to save their partnership…even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good.


Oh. My. It already sounds intriguing and exciting. My expectations are somewhere in the vicinity of the general awesomeness of Courtney Milan’s story-telling prowess. I can’t wait.


The Countess Conspiracy is due out on December 17, 2013.



Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list: Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on.

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Between the Devil and Ian Eversea

Julie Anne Long
(Pennyroyal Green #9)
March 2014



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The Chocolate Heart

Laura Florand
(Amour et Chocolat #5)
Nov. 26, 2013




The Secrets of a Scoundrel

Gaelen Foley
(The Inferno Club #7)
July 2014



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Crash into You

Katie McGarry
(Pushing the Limits #3)
Nov. 26, 2013



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Isla and the Happily Ever After

Stephanie Perkins
(Anna and the French Kiss #3)
May 2014



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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

Sarah MacLean
(Rules of Scoundrels #3)
Nov. 26, 2013




Forged by Desire

Bec McMaster
(Steampunk London #4)
September 2014



The City of Heavenly Fire

Cassandra Clare
(The Mortal Instruments #6)
May 2014



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The Countess Conspiracy

Courtney Milan
(The Brothers Sinister #3)
December 2013




Shield of Winter

Nalini Singh
(Psy-Changeling #13)
June 2014



That’s it for my list. I would love to hear what you have on yours.










“Waiting On” Wednesday: The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.



The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan (The Brothers Sinister Book 3)


Released Date: December 2013



There’s no official blurb or summary of this book yet even though the release date is but two months away. Courtney Milan says she can’t quite write a summary that isn’t laden with spoilers so I understand.


Nevertheless, let me just say that this book will be about Sebastian Malheur, the last of the trio of the Brothers Sinister. He’s an infamous rake but that isn’t the greatest (or not) of his infamy. He’s also this well-known and at times much-hated scientist who writes treatises and delivers lectures on “sexual intercourse under the guise of discussing the inheritance of traits”, by studying plants and insects. 🙂



Why am I waiting?


Because it’s Courtney Milan, that’s why.


She writes some, if not the, most unconventional historical romances I’ve read. I love her stories and I love her characters. And her prose, I just want to read it and read it. And then read it some more, never wanting it to end.


If you guys are interested, check out the rest of the books plus novellas in this series while we all wait for December to arrive.


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What about you? What are you “waiting on” this Wednesday?