Oct 1, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday #167: Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Rules for a Proper Governess
(MacKenzies & McBrides, #7)
Jennifer Ashley

Publication date:
October 7th, 2014 

To Kiss A Thief...
Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride can face the most sinister criminals in London - but the widower’s two unruly children are a different matter. 
Little Caitlin and Andrew go through a governess a week, sending the ladies fleeing in tears.

Roberta “Bertie” Frasier enters Sinclair’s life by stealing his watch - and then stealing a kiss. Intrigued by the handsome highlander, Bertie winds up saving his children from a dangerous situation and returns them to their father. 
Impressed with how they listen to her, Sinclair asks the lively beauty to be their governess, never guessing that the unconventional lady will teach him a lesson or two in love.

What are you waiting for this week?
Leave me your WoW links!

Holiday Bookish Bingo!

Once again, Great Imaginations is hosting 3 months long Bookish Bingo, but this time - it's the Holiday edition. I had lots of fun with the Summer edition, and I'm so excited about this one, the categories are amazing. I don't know if I'll manage to fill the board, but I'm looking forward to trying ;) 
For more info & to join, visit the post HERE!

The bingo categories & my progress:


My Reading List:


September is for Sequels Challenge: Wrap Up!

The September is for Sequels Challenge was hosted by Lisa @ Lisa Loves Literature.
My goals was to read & review 5 sequels, but I read 7, so yay for me ;)

And the sequels I read are:

  1. Red Blooded (Jessica McClain #4) by Amanda Carlson - my review
  2. Burning Dawn (Angels of the Dark #3) by Gena Showalter - my review
  3. Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger - my review
  4. Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer - my review
  5. The Never War (Pendragon #3) by D. J. MacHale - my review
  6. Evernight (Darkest London #5) by Kristen Callihan - my review
  7. Season for Desire (Holiday Pleasures #4) by Theresa Romain - my review

Summer Bookish Bingo: Wrap Up!

  The Summer Bookish Bingo was a 3 months long challenge hosted by  Great Imaginations.
I didn't fill the whole board, but at least I completed 2 bingos.
My board:
And the 19 books I read toward this challenge are:
  1.  A Series Finale: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost - my review
  2. Set During Summer: It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis - my review
  3. Magical Realism: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness - my review
  4. Set on a Boat: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie - my review
  5. Free: He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis - my review
  6. A Stand-alone: The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth - my review
  7. A Middle Grade Novel: Frostborn by Lou Anders - my review
  8. Set in Europe: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud - my review
  9. Featuring an Animal Companion: Rose and the Magician's Mask by Holly Webb - my review
  10. Water on Cover: Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry - my review
  11. Set on an Island: Shipwrecked with the Billionaire Rock Star by Victoria Wessex - my review
  12. Strong Sibling Relationship: Red Blooded by Amanda Carlson - my review
  13. A Thriller: The Final Murder by Anne Holt - my review
  14. Blue Cover: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger - my review
  15. A Retelling: Cress by Marissa Meyer - my review
  16. A Summer Release: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick - my review
  17. Sky on Cover: All's Fair in Love and Weddings by Christine S. Feldman - my review
  18. Starts with E: Evernight by Kristen Callihan - my review
  19. Road Trip!: Season for Desire by Theresa Romain - my review   

Sep 30, 2014

"Season for Desire" by Theresa Romain

Title: Season for Desire

Author: Theresa Romain

Series: Holiday Pleasures, #4

Publisher: Kensington Books

Imprint: Zebra

Publication date: October 7th, 2014

My rating: 5 of 5

(Book read on September 29th-30th, 2014,  from the review copy received from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.)  


Properly Wicked
Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once. 
Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts--along with kisses that require no mistletoe--and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side. . .

My Thoughts on the Book:


Season for Desire is the final book in the Holiday Pleasures series. I was sad that the series will be over, but it least the finale was absolutely amazing, and I loved seeing again the characters from the previous books, too!

Season for Desire is a historical romance novel, that was lovely, heartwarming, a little bit heartbreaking, but amazing, humorous, beautiful, entertaining & delightful - and the perfect read for the holiday season! I loved it so much! So, yes, another one for my all time favs pile!

I loved the multiple PoVs. That was unexpected, but they brought the story perfectly. And all the characters were so well-developed, and I loved getting to know them all. I think that each of them brought a charm to the story that made it what it is.

I loved the MCs as characters. Both Audrina & Giles were so interesting & witty, and nice & charming, and I loved following them on their adventure. I loved their interactions, and I loved the story of how they fell for each other. So sweet & beautiful, and romantic, and fun, and charming. For most of the book I was smiling & laughing out loud, and most definitely grinning like a loon. So, yes, this book made me happy & left me happy.

I also loved Richard - Giles' father. He's so sweet & fun, and amazing, and I loved him, and I especially loved his sense for adventure & his interactions with Estella. So amusing & fun! And Estella - at first I didn't remember who she is, because it's been so long since I read the 2nd book, but yes, I remembered later when Louisa was mentioned, and I loved seeing her happy. She was one interesting & quirky character.

I also loved most of the secondary characters, but most awesome among them was the Duke of Walpole. He had just a tiny role, but he's one amazing man, and I loved what he did for Charissa, and he could be one amazing hero, though of course since he already got his happy ending, we won't be seeing that, but still - he's amazing, and I loved seeing both him & her happy!

That being said, I also loved seeing Lord & Lady Xavier - the MCs from the 2nd book, and Julia & James - the MCs from the 1st book. I even loved the mention of the MCs from the 3rd book. So, yes, this was a delightful finale to the series, and I loved it so much!

As for the story, I won't go into details, but it was a lovely mix of banter, road trip, holiday cheer, humour, romance, treasure hunt & quest, and it was full of heart & soul!

So, if you're a fan of historical romances or just fan of stories set for the holidays, then I can't recommend enough Season for Desire!