Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll

Books Read and Listened To

And on we go, trying to stay on top of these this time

In the Mood
by Lynne Connolly
Published by Ellora's Cave
ISBN 9781419939761

The sound of a saxophone drifting from a Chicago blues club sends Matt inside, hoping to sign the player for his recording studio. Instead he finds V. Passion drives them from that moment on, and Matt can’t get enough of her sweet body and generous spirit. But as a former drug addict who spectacularly crashed out of the rock band Murder City Ravens, he has a lot to prove.

V thinks she’s happy with her lot until she receives an offer to join one of the most innovative and exciting bands in the world. Joining Murder City Ravens could sever her from Matt forever. How can she join the band when she’s spending her nights with the man who nearly destroyed it?

Matt and V have decisions to make that might give each their life’s dream, but could split them apart. Which is more important—personal fulfillment or love? Is it possible to have both?


Okay, I fully admit to being a Hanoi Rocks and Dogs D'Amour fan (amongst others) so any story in which a rock band incorporates sax is bound to appeal to me. This, though, was splendid for many other reasons. A band that's like family, and a vast multi-cultural family in which no one cares who's related by birth, by adoption or by some other means, are joined by one couple's love of making and producing music. Plus some hard-hitting, heavy issues get dealt with very expertly. I'm looking forward to the resy of this series.

Lady Susan
by Jane Austen
Published by Dover Publications Inc.
Audio book
ISBN 9780486444079

Beautiful, flirtatious, and recently widowed, Lady Susan Vernon seeks an advantageous second marriage for herself, while attempting to push her daughter into a dismal match. A magnificently crafted novel of Regency manners and mores that will delight Austen enthusiasts with its wit and elegant expression.

A Jane Austen story I had previously been unaware of. Lots of fun, in spite of some of the incongruous accents reading on the library's version.

Married to a Stranger
by Louise Allen
Published by Mills & Boon
Print book
ISBN 9780263888041

A SHOCK PROPOSAL Sophia Langley's life is in turmoil. When she learns of her estranged fiance's death in a shipwreck, the last thing she expects is for his twin brother, Callum Chatterton, to make a shock proposal! Her inner romantic objects to a marriage of convenience -- and brooding Cal makes it very clear that's all it can be. Yet to save her family Sophia accepts with trepidation -- and a highly inconvenient trembling of desire for her reluctant husband!


Third in the series that I started reading in the middle. This had a lot of elements to recommend it, but was let down by the circumstances of the misunderstandings between the various characters. I'd have prefered more emphasis on the hero and heroine's interests in art.

Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress
by Louise Allen
Published by Mills & Boon
Audio book
ISBN 9780263875874

From servants' quarters to master's bedroom! Meg eloped to escape her reverend father's iron rule. Now widowed, she's desperate to return to her sisters. When Major Brandon is left unconscious on the Bordeaux docks, Meg grabs her chance -- posing as his wife, she boards a ship to England.Meg might have saved his life, but does she have to be so bossy--or downright irresistible? Years of killing weighing heavily on his soul, Ross has nothing to offer as a husband, but he can make Meg his housekeeper -- with access to the master's bedroom!

This was a lot of fun, though I'm not sure how much was intentional, and how much was due to the reader's style. She read the heroine very well, but the hero less so. I did like the heroine learning housekeeping from a book, though, and shall try to pick up the other two books in the series.
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