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Books Read and Listened To Part One

A bumper batch again!

The Outcast Prince (Court of Annwyn, #1)
by Shona Husk
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 9781402280160

Caspian Mort can feel the history in anything he touches, a gift he inherited from his father, the Crown Prince of Annwyn. Devastated over his ex-wife's infidelity, Caspian has withdrawn from human contact except when working as an antiques dealer.

While assessing the contents of the historic Callaway House he encounters the beautiful Lydia Callaway and senses that her home is haunted by a banished fairy. But what does the dangerous exile want? Unbeknownst to Lydia, she's the owner of the last remaining portal to Annwyn—a mirror hidden somewhere in the house. To keep Lydia safe, Caspian will have to divulge the secrets of his heritage, and risk losing his heart again.


Reviewed on The Good the Bad and the Unread

The Road to Her
by K.E. Payne
Published by Bold Strokes Books
ISBN 9781602828872

Sparks fly when twenty-year-old Holly Croft, star of the UK soap Portobello Road, meets Elise Manford, the actress who’s going to play her on-screen love interest in the soap’s first ever lesbian storyline.

Enigmatic Elise’s super-confident attitude and unwelcome advice drives Holly to distraction at first, but as fans go wild over the storyline, and the pair start to spend more and more time together, Holly begins to see another side to her costar. Liking what she sees, Holly slowly finds herself falling in love, but can she ignore her growing attraction to Elise when the lines between fact and fiction begin to blur?


Reviewed on The Good the Bad and the Unread

The Black Arrow
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
Print book
ISBN 9781860460517

Originally serialized in a periodical of boys’ adventure fiction, The Black Arrow is a swashbuckling portrait of a young man’s journey to discover the heroism within himself. Young Dick Shelton, caught in the midst of England’s War of the Roses, finds his loyalties torn between the guardian who will ultimately betray him and the leader of a secret fellowship, The Black Arrow. As Shelton is drawn deeper into this conspiracy, he must distinguish friend from foe and confront war, shipwreck, revenge, murder, and forbidden love, as England’s crown threatens to topple around him.


I picked this one up as part of my Richard III reading, and kept on with the book in spite of various annoyances to see how he was betrayed (answer: reasonably neutrally compared to some books). On the other hand, I really didn't get on with the faux archaic language, which even the author admitted was overdone, and the story did read overall very much as one that might have worked better as a serial than as a novel.

The Major and the Pickpocket
by Lucy Ashford
Published by Mills & Boon
Audio book
ISBN 9780263875744

‘Trying to escape, were you?’ Tassie bit her lip. Why hadn’t he turned her over to the constables? She certainly wasn’t going to try to run past him, even if he did have a limp. She was tall, but this man towered over her – six foot of hardened muscle, shoulders forbiddingly broad beneath his riding coat, strong booted legs set firmly apart. Major Marcus Forrester. All ready for action. And Tassie couldn’t help but remember his kiss...

I grabbed this one from the library as I was in need of something to listen to on a series of long journeys, and it got off to a great start with a cross-dressing heroine who might be more than she seems. Tassie was found wandering as a child, by a group of kind-hearted ne'er-do-wells, who have brought her up as one of the gang and taught her to excel at cards. However, Tassie is now growing into a very attractive young woman, and is causing tension amongst the younger men of the gang.
Marcus has returned injured from the wars in the Americas to find that his beloved godfather has been entrapped into gambling away his home (Marcus' inheritance) and has only months in which to somehow buy or win everything back. Having run into Tassie in several unlikely situations, Marcus decides that she is the ideal person to entrap the man who now holds the rights over the estate, and win it back. Tassie goes along with the plan, and the pair also fall in love and try to entangle who Tassie really is. Fun, but ultimately forgettable.

How to Lose a Bride in One Night (Forgotten Princesses #3)
by Sophie Jordan
Published by Avon
ISBN 9780062033017

It was the wedding of the season. When a handsome, charming duke proposes, heiress Annalise Hadley believes all of her fairytale dreams are about to come true. But on their wedding night, the once-perfect duke smothers her with a pillow and throws her over the side of their honeymoon barge. Apparently, the duke had no intention of marrying an unappealing bastard like her. Annalise survives but her heart isn't so lucky. Fished out of the river by a reclusive earl, Annalise is nursed back to health by a man with his own demons.and a penchant for taking his shirt off in front of her. Alone with him in his remote lodge, she keeps her identity a secret, waiting for the day that she's strong enough to visit the duke and take her revenge. But a lot can happen in the days and nights alone with a beautiful man. Is Annalise ready to seize the passion between her and the handsome earl? Or will her distrust of men keep her from claiming the love that blooms between them?


Reviewed on The Good the Bad and the Unread

Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #1)
by Rhys Bowen
Published by Berkley
ISBN 9781436229128

INTRODUCING 'A FEISTY NEW HEROINE' (JACQUELINE WINSPEAR) who's thirty-fourth in line for the throne – and flat broke. From the Agatha Award-winning author of the Molly Murphy and Constable Evan Evans mysteries! Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. She's bolted Scotland, her greedy brother, and her fish-faced betrothed for London. The place where she'll experience freedom, learn life lessons aplenty, do a bit of spying for HRH – oh, and find a dead Frenchman in her tub. Now her new job is to clear her long family name.


Reviewed on The Good the Bad and the Unread
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