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Books Read and Listened To Part Three

Part three of my latest bumper batch of reviews...

Cat's Eye
by Margaret Atwood
Published by Virago Press
Print book
ISBN 9781853811265

Elaine Risley, a painter, returns to Toronto to find herself overwhelmed by her past. Memories of childhood - unbearable betrayals and cruelties - surface relentlessly, forcing her to confront the spectre of Cordelia, once her best friend and tormentor, who has haunted her for forty years.


Abandoned (for now) after Chapter 12, because I'm not in the mood for so much heavy introspection without anything much happening.

Best Bi Short Stories
by Sheela Lambert
Published by Circlet Press
ISBN 9781613900888

Best Bi Short Stories is the first book of its kind, a literary anthology bringing together the very finest representations of bisexuality in fiction. The bisexuality of characters, like in real people, can be invisible to readers unless explicitly brought to their attention. Invisibility leads to underrepresentation, and on bookstore shelves that has certainly been true. Best Bi Short Stories hopes to change that by presenting the very best quality, cast in a bold light. With an all-star author lineup ranging from Katherine Forrest to Jane Rule, Ann Herendeen to Jan Steckel, and curated by longtime bi activist Sheela Lambert, Best Bi Short Stories encompasses several genres. The authors are a diverse group, as well, and Lambert sought representation across age groups, cultures, ethnicities and sexualities in both the authors and stories, demonstrating the richness of bi experience. Best Bi Short Stories contains the following stories: 'Dual Citizenship' by Storm Grant 'Alone, As Always' by Jenny Corvette 'Companions' by Kate Durre 'Pennies in the Well' by Rob Barton 'The Decision' by Ammy Achenbach 'Coyote Takes a Trip' by Deborah Miranda 'The Lottery' by Florence Ivy 'Angels Dance' by James Williams 'The Idiom of Orchids' by Camille Thomas 'Mother Knows Best' by Charles Bright '"Leave a Light on for Ya"' by Gretchen Turner 'Dragon's Daughter' by Cecilia Tan 'Pride/Prejudice' by Ann Herendeen 'Challenger Deep' by Kathleen Bradean 'Mr. Greene' by Ours M. Hugh 'Art Making' by Kate Evans 'Friends and Neighbours' by Jacqueline Applebee 'Memory Lane' by Sheela Lambert 'Naked in the World' by Geer Austin 'Alex the Dragon' by Jan Steckel 'Face to Face' by J.R. Yussuf 'Xessex' by Katherine Forrest 'Inland Passage' by Jane Rule.


To be reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.

The Secret Woman
by Victoria Holt
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 9781402277573

"I shall be back," he said
"Perhaps sooner than you think."

He took my face in his hands and looked at me; I thought he was going to kiss me, but he seemed to change his mind and suddenly, he was gone and I was alone in the autumn-scented garden.

Dark Secrets. Lost Treasure. Delicious Scandal.

Anna Brett fears she's doomed to be a governess to an English family for the rest of her life. But when the dashing captain Redvers Stretton struts back into her life, she is whisked away from the bleak English countryside forever. But is that such a good thing?

While the charming blue-eyed captain makes Anna forget her troubled past, he is hiding dark secrets of his own. It's no coincidence that Stretton's ship is named The Secret Woman. During their voyage to the South Seas, with a murder dogging her steps and the mystery of a missing treasure haunting her dreams, Anna is forced to confront the clever captain-a man who may have just as many secrets as she.


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

Perfect Kind of Trouble
by Chelsea Fine
Published by Forever
ISBN 9781455583140

Sometimes when perfect falls apart, a little trouble fixes everything . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief . . . until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father's protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she's forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla's seen his type before. But Daren isn't who he seems to be . . .

Struggling to make amends for his family's mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He's beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner's princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she's just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla's dad could have left them . . . was each other.


To be reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.

The Way Things Turn Out
by MA Ford
Published by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 9781632160744

After a serious crash during testing, sports car driver Alan accompanies his injured teammate, Nathan, to the hospital, promising his boss he’ll stay until Nathan’s next of kin can be reached.

Former F1 test driver Nathan was a recent addition to the team, and he and Alan were not on the best of terms. Waiting for Nathan to regain consciousness gives Alan time to think back over the recent races and the ups and downs of their relationship.

Even when Nathan wakes up, Alan remains by his side at the hospital. Nathan is still keeping secrets and needs help more than he's willing to admit. If they can trust each other, it might open the door to an attraction both assumed was one-sided.


This is just a lovely little feel-good short story that gets bonus points from me for mentioning Castleton. Another of Ford's that I just want to keep rereading.

Pleasuring The Lady (The Pleasure Wars Book 2)
by Jess Michaels
Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN 9781619217515

Once the game begins, there is no tearing your gaze away.

Her mother's madness and her father's and brother's irresponsibility have relegated Lady Portia to the life of a wallflower. The only shining light in her life is her best friend, Ava, who is suffering a rift with her own brother.

Portia's quest to help takes her to the notorious Donville Masquerade in the hells, where behind the safety of a mask she witnesses shocking public acts of sin. And succumbs to the touch of Marquis Miles Weatherfield.

Unfortunately, they're discovered. And now, tainted by scandal, she and Miles are destined for a marriage neither of them want. But Portia makes a bargain that raises even Miles' eyebrows.

In return for saving her mother from the asylum, Portia will do anything Miles wants in bed. Shocked by his driving desire for Portia, Miles agrees. As they explore every wicked desire, every forbidden act that pleases them, they discover something that goes far deeper than flesh. But the lies that brought them together could be the very wedge that drives them apart.

Warning: This book contains wicked encounters, erotic voyeurism, lies, a brief threesome, and unexpected kindnesses.


To be reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.
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