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Books Read and Listened To Part 2

Second half of the latest batch...

Fiancé by Friday (Weekday Brides Book 3)
by Catherine Bybee
Published by Montlake Romance
eBook
ASIN B00A3ZA4TO

http://www.apub.com/book-detail?asin=B00A3ZA4TO

Blurb:
From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee comes the newest installment in her popular Weekday Brides series.

Gwen Harrison:
The beautiful, high-born daughter of an English duke came to America to take over her sister-in-law’s matchmaking business. But just because she’s the boss doesn’t mean she can’t fantasize about making her own perfect match with bodyguard Neil MacBain. Will the enigmatic man who haunts her dreams cost her more than she bargained for?

Neil MacBain:
The retired Marine can’t deny the effect blue-blooded Gwen has on his troubled soul or his battle-hardened body. But as a client, Gwen is off-limits—until a threat from Neil’s past returns…and Gwen is caught in the crossfire. Now to keep her safe he will risk it all: his career, his life…and his heart.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/900010785

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


Single by Saturday (Weekday Brides Book 4)
by Catherine Bybee
Published by Montlake Romance
eBook

ASIN B00DO0OPTK

http://www.apub.com/book-detail?asin=B00DO0OPTK

Blurb:
She enjoyed her fake marriage... until she fell in love with her brother-in-law.

Catherine Bybee serves up excitement and dizzying romance in Single by Saturday, the sequel to Fiancé by Friday and the latest entry in her bestselling Weekday Brides series.

Karen Jones: The petite blonde married a Hollywood star, yet she’s the one who spends every day playing a part: the part of a happy wife. A year ago, she agreed to wed a famous actor to diffuse rumors about his personal life. Now, her divorce sits just around the corner, along with a five million dollar payout. However, as she prepares to exit her fake marriage gracefully, her drop-dead-gorgeous brother-in-law walks through the door... and into her heart.

Zach Gardner: Dark-haired, blue-eyed hunk Zach crashes Michael and Karen’s fancy one-year anniversary party, determined to meet the wife his brother hid from their family. But sparks fly the moment he and Karen see each other. When the famous couple decides to visit the whole Gardner clan, Karen must keep Michael’s secret under wraps in front of his questioning relatives…including Zach, the man who could be the real love of her life.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/900013455

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


March, women, march
by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
Published by
Print book
ISBN 9780233003733

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/March-Women-March-Lucinda-Dickens-Hawksley/9780233003733

Blurb:
Explores the women's movement in Britain, from the passing of the Marriage and Divorce Act in 1857 to women attaining the vote in 1928. Published to commemorate the centenary of the death of the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who threw herself under King George V's horse during the Derby and thus sustained fatal injuries, this fascinating book uses anecdotes and accounts by both famous and hitherto lesser known suffragettes and suffragists to explore how the voice of women came to be heard throughout the land in the pursuit of equal votes for females. Using diary extracts and letters, the main protagonists of the women's movement are brought back to life as Lucinda Dickens Hawksley explores how they were portrayed in literature and art as well as the media reports of the day.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/896870769

I ordered this one from the library after hearing the author speak at Havant Lit Fest. A splendid delve into a whole host of histories, although the earlier parts of the book seemed to cover a wider range of women from all backgrounds than the last few chapters. Highly recommended anyway.


Screwing the System (Screwing the System Book 1)
by Josephine Myles
Published by Samhain Publishing
Print book
ISBN 9781619216808

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/screwing-system-p-73271.html

Blurb:
He’s nobody’s bitch. Until he gets a ride on the bitch seat.

Forced to apply for a job he doesn’t want, Cosmo Rawlins has only one aim in mind: fail the interview and get back to making music. Except his attempt to shock the older, sharp-suited Alasdair Grant doesn’t have the desired effect.

Instead of getting thrown out of the office by flaunting an interest in BDSM, Cosmo finds himself on his knees, apologizing to the sexy, good-looking Top.

Alasdair has more important things on his mind than training a novice sub, especially a rebellious bad boy like Cosmo. But there’s something beneath the younger man’s defiant attitude that’s too intriguing to ignore.

As Alasdair takes Cosmo in hand—and for a wild ride on his Harley—he becomes obsessed with bending the young rocker to his will, both in and out of bed. Until he goes one demand too far, and Cosmo is gone in a cloud of dust. Forcing Alasdair to admit that earning Cosmo’s loyalty—and love—will involve the toughest challenge he’s ever faced.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/898760392

A smashing story about the suburban BDSM scene without all the OTT extras and private clubs that a lot of authors seem compelled to throw in. And there's the usual diverse cast of supporting characters from across the British class system too. I'd have liked the resolution to have unfolded over another chapter or so, but otherwise this was lovely.


Murder must advertise
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Published by Hodder Paperback
Audio book
ISBN 9780450002427

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Murder-Must-Advertise-Dorothy-L-Sayers/9780450002427

Blurb:
Victor Dean fell to his death on the stairs of Pym's Advertising Agency, but no one seems to be sorry. Until an inquisitive new copywriter joins the firm and asks some awkward questions...Disguised as his disreputable cousin Death Bredon, Lord Peter Wimsey takes a job - one that soon draws him into a vicious network of blackmailers and drug pedlars. Five people will die before Wimsey unravels a sinister and deadly plot.

Possibly my favourite Wimsey out of those without Harriet. Of course the novel was rather lacking Bunter for much of the story, but the advertising slogans were delightful, and so much of the parts about life in an agency rang true with me. I even liked Ric Jerrom's narration for this one.
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