The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) By: Julia Quinn

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) By: Julia Quinn


While you were sleeping…

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie…

I told everyone I was your wife

When Edward comes to, he’s more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he’d always assumed he’d marry his neighbor back in England.

If only it were true…

Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.


Again it’s kind of hard to get used to reading a book set during the revolutionary war from the British perspective. This one was even more difficult because the setting was America and the hero was a British soldier. I think it works for me, though, because it was a romance and Quinn wrote in little bits where she made the main characters sound like they wanted the Americans to win.

Anyway, the story was fun, liked the characters, I thought the whole concept though was dragged on too long. She kept on having opportunities to tell the truth, but didn’t, and yet we were supposed to believe that she was this good, innocent person. Eh. Still enjoyed the book and looking forward to the next.


Island of Glass (The Guardians Trilogy #3) By: Nora Roberts


Island of Glass (The Guardians Trilogy #3) By: Nora Roberts


As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there’s no one more familiar with the wild than Riley—and the wolf within her…

An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds herself on unsure footing, targeted by the dark goddess who wants more than the stars, more than the blood of the guardians. While searching through Irish history for clues that will lead them to the final star and the mysterious Island of Glass, Riley must fight her practical nature and admit her sudden attraction to Doyle is more than just a fling. For it is his strength that will sustain her and give her the power to run towards love—and save them all…


Very excited to finally read this book, I waited until after my son was born because I didn’t want to have a library book out and then be in the hospital unable to return it.

Anyway, this was a great ending to the series and I would honestly love more in this world and with these characters. Since it’s Nora Roberts I don’t see that happening since she tends to do trilogies and move on, but maybe.

Riley was cool and logical, Doyle was brooding and tragic, and together they made a good couple. Their romance wasn’t very romantic, but it worked for them, plus there was so much going on in the rest of the story that it fit better. They weren’t overlooked at all, but this was the climactic conclusion of the series.

That being said, the end battle was pretty short, but again this isn’t really a fantasy book, it’s a romantic fantasy. Whatever, I loved the series and I’m going to buy it when I can cause I foresee wanting to re-read it.


Sabrina (1995)


Sabrina (1995)


Sydney Pollack


Harrison Ford

Julia Ormond

Greg Kinnear


An ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change, still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it.


Harrison Ford plays Humphrey Bogarts character perfectly. Neither man is any good at romance and it’s actually kind of funny to watch them try.

I like this version more, I think, than the original. Mainly because she doesn’t try and kill herself over a boy. She does mope and generally act like a love sick cow, but she matures and seems to recognize that she’s being ridiculous.

I do not agree with the plot synopsis that she was an ugly duckling, cause she wasn’t. It was the 90s, that’s how teenagers dressed.

Good movie, I like the story, and I like that the side characters have a little bit more going on in this one.


Sabrina (1954)


Sabrina (1954)


Billy Wilder


Audrey Hepburn

Humphrey Bogart

William Holden


A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family’s chauffeur, but it’s his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.


I don’t remember the first time I ever watched this movie but I loved it. When I saw that Amazon had it available I had to watch. For whatever reason I don’t own this on Blu Ray or DVD, at one point I did have it on VHS.

Watching this now, older and not through the eyes of a teenager, I kind of think Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn, is an idiot. She has a huge crush on a boy and tries to kill herself because her father is sending her to Paris to go to school. Over dramatic much? It takes her years and she still doesn’t get over him, she just starts to feel like an adult, only she isn’t. Honestly it’s not until Linus, Humphrey Bogart, takes an interest in her that she actually starts to mature. Naturally, she falls in love cause that’s what she knows how to do.

Oh well. I like the movie a lot. Will watch it when I see it available and one day I’ll pick it up.


Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) By: Penny Reid


Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) By: Penny Reid


Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?


I read this sample a while ago and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately the price of the ebook was outside of my normal price range, thankfully this went on sale a few weeks ago and I was able to pick it up.

Anyway, this book is set in a part of the US that I’ve lived in, which was fun. While I haven’t lived in a town quiet that small, it seemed pretty accurate.

I liked the Winston brothers a lot, Cletus was definitely my favorite. Duane was kind of boring, even though he was supposed to be kind of a daredevil. He was honestly like a normal man from that area, in my opinion.

I was concerned about Jessica at first. Scared that she would completely give up on her dreams, but that thankfully didn’t happen.

All in all, I liked the book, however I felt like it was kind of long. It took Duane too long to get past certain things and there was a lot of introspection that I could have done without. I liked the book and really liked the brothers, but I’m not in a rush to read the next in the series.