Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll

Books Read and Listened To

Before I have to take at least one of these back to the library...

Risk It
by Natasha Moore
Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN 978-1-60928-689-7

On the outside, Amy has the American dream. Two busy kids, a job she loves, a big house thanks to her husband’s climb up the corporate ladder. What she hasn’t had in a long time…is sex. Sure, she’s too exhausted at night to think about it, but maybe Will’s long hours at work aren’t the real reason he rarely touches her anymore.

Feeling her marriage teetering on the edge, she rents the voyeur room at Paolo’s Playhouse. Maybe bringing back the memory of the one wicked thing they used to do together will relight the sparks.

Will loves his wife, but she’s never been one to take chances—except for the time before kids, when they’d camp out in a club’s back booth, getting all worked up watching the dirty dancers. Their careers have seriously cut into their “us” time, and if she’s booked them a sexual playroom, it sounds like she’s serious about solving the problem.

When Will shows up way, way late, Amy wonders why she bothered, and if her plan to relight the flame has only made it painfully clear that it’s too late to try.


I'm rather fond of the Paulo's Playhouse set up, but this one wasn't as much fun as the previous one in the series, possibly because the established couple in it were a little too angsty for my taste. What I did like, however, was spotting the points at which this story linked to the previous story (both were set up as taking place on the same evening).

Permanently Legless
by J. L. Merrow
Published by Amber Quill Press, LLC
ISBN 978-1-61124-239-3

The Taliban may have taken both of Chris's legs, but he came back from Afghanistan with his sense of humour and his lust for life firmly intact. The one thing that can shake his confidence, however, is meeting Josh, the one-night-stand from before his tour of duty he hasn't been able to forget.

It turns out Josh hasn't forgotten Chris, either. But with Chris such a changed man, can they still have a future?


This was utterly lovely, with lots of humour as per the blurb. The interactions and conversations were utterly charming, and I'm desperate to see more of the characters' stories.

A Brief History of the English Civil Wars
by John Miller
Published by Robinson Publishing
Print book
ISBN 9781845296834

'The English Civil War' is one of the most hotly contested areas of English History and John Miller is one of the experts on the period. Amid dramatic accounts of the key battles and confrontations, Miller explores what triggered the initial conflict between crown and parliament and how this was played out in England, Scotland and Ireland in the lead-up to war. As the war developed, personalities and innovations on the battlefield became increasingly important, culminating in the rise of Oliver Cromwell and the radical New Model Army. The wars changed the political, social, religious and intellectual landscape of the country for ever. Using a lifetime's knowledge and study on the period, John Miller brings this extraordinary turning point in British history to life.


There was a lot of useful information in this book, although I found the style very hard going. In my opinion it could have done with some heavy editing to the structure of many sentences.

Wicked Captain, Wayward Wife
by Sarah Mallory
Published by Mills & Boon
Print book
ISBN 9780263875799

The Captain’s defiant bride! When young widow Evelina Wylder comes face to face with her dashing captain husband – very much alive – she’s shocked, overjoyed…and furious! So, whatever his explanation for his outrageous deception, she’ll keep Nick firmly out of their marriage bed. Eve’s sheltered innocence bewitched Nick, but it’s her fiery anger that captures this adventurer’s soul! Now the daring war hero faces his biggest challenge yet – proving to Eve that his first duty is to love and cherish her, for always!


The blurb is a little misleading, since a lot happens in the book before the events it describes, but there are all kinds of fun goings on to make up for that. In fact the other plots swamp the romance at times. Some of the plots stretched belief a little too far, but an engaging romp anyway.

The Westminster Poisoner
by Susanna Gregory
Published by Sphere
Audio book
ISBN 9780751537581

Christopher Vine, a Treasury clerk working in solitary piety in the Painted Chamber of the Palace of Westminster, is not alone. A killer waits in the draughty hall to ensure Vine will not live to see in the New Year. And Vine is not the only government official to die that season. The Lord Chancellor fears his enemies will skew any investigation to cause him maximum damage, so he decides to commission his own inquiries into the murders and, with his suspicions centred on Greene, another clerk, he instructs Thomas Chaloner to prove that Greene is the killer. Chaloner can prove otherwise, but unravelling the reasons behind his employer's suspicions is as complex as discovering the motives for the killings. His search for the real murderer plunges him into a stinking seam of corruption that leads towards the Royal apartments and to people determined to make Christmas 1663 Chaloner's last...

I'm managing to listen to this series completely out of order, which is unusual for me. Another fun romp, only let down by a couple of anachronistic words and phrases. This book as the fourth in the series, and I'm now determined to go back and start listening to the first before trying to track the rest down in the correct order.
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