Monday, 16 April 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? This book blog meme has had a few hosts in its past but is now in the capable hands of Kathryn at The Book Date. It's a place where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It's a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and to put new titles on your reading list.

Life right now!

The snow is melting and it's starting to feel slightly like Spring! Crocuses are already in flower even though 90% of the garden is still covered in snow. The daffodils are beginning to grow too. On that positive note, everyone in this household including me needs to get fit and well again. Over Easter, we all had flu and no sooner had we begun to recover, we got colds. We're all fed up! We thought after having a relatively sickness free Winter, we could forget about seasonal illnesses. The unseasonably cold weather snap in March brought unwelcome coughs and fevers. Life can only improve from now onwards can't it?

What am I currently reading?

Broken Promise, Sons of Broad #3 by Tara Thomas

In the sultry streets of Charleston, one family, ruled by its powerful, take-no-prisoners sons, has risen to the top. But a merciless enemy is out to destroy them…and everyone they hold close…


Charleston Police Officer Alyssa Adams made a promise years ago to protect innocent women from harm. Now, she won’t rest until she can reunite every lost daughter with her family. Bring closure to every grieving husband. And, most of all, find out what happened the night her own sister disappeared, more than ten years ago…

As the eldest of the Benedict brothers, Kipling will stop at nothing to protect his family from a threat that aims to destroy them once and for all. But when a long-lost sibling is kidnapped by a powerful adversary, Alyssa is the only one he can turn to to get her back.

As Alyssa and Kipling band together to find their lost siblings, a powerful attraction builds between them that they can’t ignore. As the truth comes to light, will one broken promise tear them apart?

Thoughts so far...

This is the third and final book in the series and the one where the villain is discovered. Not surprisingly, I moved this book up to the top of my reading list as soon as I downloaded it. I've managed to get to 22% on my Kindle and loving it so far. The protagonists are familiar and already known to me as they were secondary characters in earlier instalments. Therefore I'm enjoying getting reconnected to the whole cast again as they work towards solving the crimes. Before beginning this book, I've always had a pretty clear view on who I think the bad guy this case, discovering the identity of The Gentleman. However, I'm beginning to rethink my choice and I can't wait to plough through the remaining pages to find the answer. 

Book(s) I've read this past week?

Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian
The one you love…
Robert Selby is determined to see his sister make an advantageous match. But he has two problems: the Selbys have no connections or money and Robert is really a housemaid named Charity Church. She’s enjoyed every minute of her masquerade over the past six years, but she knows her pretense is nearing an end. Charity needs to see her beloved friend married well and then Robert Selby will disappear…forever.
May not be who you think…
Alistair, Marquess of Pembroke, has spent years repairing the estate ruined by his wastrel father, and nothing is more important than protecting his fortune and name. He shouldn’t be so beguiled by the charming young man who shows up on his doorstep asking for favors. And he certainly shouldn’t be thinking of all the disreputable things he’d like to do to the impertinent scamp.
But is who you need…
When Charity’s true nature is revealed, Alistair knows he can’t marry a scandalous woman in breeches, and Charity isn’t about to lace herself into a corset and play a respectable miss. Can these stubborn souls learn to sacrifice what they’ve always wanted for a love that is more than they could have imagined?

My Oxford Year by Julie Whelan
American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was thirteen: Study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is, until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.
When Ella discovers that her English literature course will be taught by none other than that same local, Jamie Davenport, she thinks for the first time that Oxford might not be all she’s envisioned. But a late-night drink reveals a connection she wasn’t anticipating finding and what begins as a casual fling soon develops into something much more when Ella learns Jamie has a life-changing secret. As the end of her year in Oxford rapidly approaches, Ella must decide if the dreams she’s always wanted are the same ones she’s now yearning for.

What are you reading?


  1. The crocus are always the first sign of spring around here, too. My Oxford year is one I may also read. maybe in summer when my TBR pile thins out a little.

    1. Although the paperback for My Oxford Year is published due for publication next week. The e-book version isn't released until August. It's definitely worth a read and is one of my favourite reads so far in 2018.

  2. While I am curious about the identity of The Gentleman, I found the writing and characterization in this series so "clunky" that I decided not to download this one. I'm glad you are enjoying it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. I understand what you mean about the writing style but it doesn't bother me, so I'm able read the book without it spoiling my enjoyment. Thanks for stopping by...I've been to you too :-)

  3. All your books look very inviting but mostly I love the idea of the Tara Thomas books, can fully see why you would want to get straight on to the third one.

    1. I was able to read all the previous books back to back, so I was anxious to get to this one as soon as possible. I should finish it tonight and my hunch was wrong LOL!

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    1. I highly recommend My Oxford second favourite book for 2018. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I hope you're feeling better. Your books look good. Have a great week!

    1. I'm definitely coughing better, thank-you. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I like both the Thomas and Whelan Books. Both not available on Netgalley. Sad

    1. They're on Edelweiss+. I'm finally warming to the site since they upgraded but I still have to make sure I read the galleys before they expire! Oh the stress..! Thanks for stopping by.