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A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem (A Lady’s Guide #1)

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem (A Lady’s Guide #1)

By:

Manda Collins

Blurb:

An intrepid female reporter matches wits with a serious, sexy detective in award-winning author Manda Collins’ fun and flirty historical rom-com!

England, 1865 : As one of England’s most notorious newspaper columnists, Lady Katherine Bascomb believes knowledge is power. And she’s determined to inform and educate the ladies of London on the nefarious-and deadly-criminals who are preying on the fairer sex. When her reporting leads to the arrest of a notorious killer, however, Katherine flees to a country house party to escape her newfound notoriety-only to witness a murder on her very first night. And when the lead detective accuses Katherine of inflaming-rather than informing-the public with her column, she vows to prove him wrong.

Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham’s refusal to compromise his investigations nearly cost him his own career, and he blames Katherine. To avoid bad publicity, his superiors are pressuring him to solve cases quickly rather than correctly. When he discovers she’s the key witness in a new crime, he’s determined to prevent the beautiful widow from once again wreaking havoc on his case. Yet as Katherine proves surprisingly insightful and Andrew impresses Katherine with his lethal competency, both are forced to admit the fire between them is more flirtatious than furious. But to explore the passion between them, they’ll need to catch a killer.

Review:

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is the book I meant to check out months ago when I got the wrong book. Finally, I managed to get the right one, and I couldn’t finish it. I read over 40%, so I feel comfortable leaving a review, but I’m not going to rate it or count it toward my yearly total.

I often take a few chapters to get into a book, unless the book is just that good. I’ll read some pages, then set it down, do something else, and return to it. The problem I had with A Lady’s Guide was that I kept putting it down. There was nothing wrong with the book. It was well written, and the premise was interesting. I didn’t even hate any of the characters. I just could not get into it.

I believe the issue was pacing. The blurb makes it sound like a mystery romance fusion with a regency era setting. The first half of the book was almost completely devoid of romance. It was also pretty light on mystery. We knew there was a killer and that the wrong person had been charged with the crimes, but it wasn’t until over a third of the way through that there was any movement on that front either. Honestly, the story moved too slow for me and couldn’t hold my attention.

A Lady’s Formula for Love (The Secret Scientists of London #1)

A Lady’s Formula for Love (The Secret Scientists of London #1)

By:

Elizabeth Everett

Blurb:

Lady Violet Hughes is keeping secrets. First, she founded a clandestine sanctuary for England’s most brilliant female scientists. Second, she is using her genius on a confidential mission for the Crown. But the biggest secret of all? Her feelings for protection officer Arthur Kneland.

Solitary and reserved, Arthur learned the hard way to put duty first. But the more time he spends in the company of Violet and the eccentric club members, the more his best intentions go up in flames. Literally.

When a shadowy threat infiltrates Violet’s laboratories, endangering her life and her work, scientist and bodyguard will find all their theories put to the test—and learn that the most important discoveries are those of the heart.

Review:

Alright, so, I’ve read a few books where women are scientists in London in the 1800s. So I have expectations at this point. Sadly, A Lady’s Formula for Love did not meet those. I don’t know if Everett intentionally put in a red herring for a future romantic pairing or if that’s just what happened. Either way, I didn’t like the outcome. Actually, I didn’t like that character at all. Phoebe was mean and so sure of herself that even when I was supposed to feel sympathy for her, I couldn’t. Yet, in any other series, I would expect her to have her own story, but after that ending, she better not.

Ugh, I was ready to give the book a three-star, but the more I think about it, the more I realize I can’t go above a two. Not just because of the Phoebe character, but because of the main characters. I liked certain things about them, but I didn’t like how it was written. Not the characters themselves. They were fine, but the actual writing. I didn’t enjoy it, and I can’t put my finger on why. It didn’t feel natural. I don’t care to think about it long enough to figure out anything further than that.

Kind of bummed cause I like that storyline, but I won’t be reading more of the series.

2/5

Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) By: Penny Reid

Neanderthal Seeks Human

Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) By: Penny Reid

Plot:

This is a full-length, 110k word novel and is the first book in the Knitting in the City series. There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit. After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can’t refuse.

Review:

Janie is a bit weird, but Quinn is a bit secretive, so a match made in heaven. In the book Janie thinks she’s the Neanderthal, she seems to think that she’s not attractive, even though she’s gorgeous, and he’s evidently physically perfect. She has a hard time believing someone like him would be into her.

I’m not overly fond of characters that are supposed to be beautiful, but don’t know it. I’ve yet to meet anyone that is beautiful and doesn’t know it. Most people know their level of attractiveness.

Quinn is clearly the Neanderthal by most people’s definition. He’s a bit overbearing, always ordering for Janie at restaurants, putting security on her without her permission, and making her use a cell phone. Janie just takes it and fights the most against a cell phone. Normally her submissiveness would bother me, but it didn’t in this book because it didn’t come off as submissive. It was more she was lost in her thoughts and let him do that because she didn’t care.

There were so many hints that Quinn was more than what Janie thought he was, but she just never connected the dots. I didn’t have any problem forgiving him for not forcing the issue because it was so clear. I’m not a fan of that in most books, but again there were just so many hints it was crazy she didn’t figure it out on her own.

I liked the book, even though it had things I don’t normally enjoy. The way it was written avoided what I dislike most out of those situations. Definitely going to read more.

4/5

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet #4) By: Julia Quinn

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet #4) By: Julia Quinn

Plot:

Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can’t be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family’s infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She’s the type of girl you don’t notice until the second—or third—look, but there’s something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she’s the one. Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can’t quite believe it’s all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can’t help thinking that he’s hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.

Review:

Sir Richard and his sisters drove me a little crazy. I loved Iris, for the most part, she should have slapped some bitches, though.

Sir Richard figured out some completely ludircrous plan to save his sisters reputation and poor Iris was pulled in against her will. Thankfully they fell in love with each other and she was able to forgive him for being an idiot.

Seriously between Iris’s sister Daisy, and Sir Richards sisters, hardly a page went by where I didn’t want to beat someone to death. For the most part I liked the story a lot, but I just can’t overlook my desire to murder when I rate this title. Iris was the best part of the book and I feel slightly sad for her being saddled with such infuriating people.

3/5