WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading This Week

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading this Week

It’s another long one!

Do you remember that WWW Wednesday post where I was disppointed in most of the books I’d been reading? Well, this isn’t one of those posts!! I’ve read awesome books and you should read them too!

Plus – the Wonder Woman movie? It’s as good as you hope it is!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

The Alice Network

1947.In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth …no matter where it leads.

I’m 2 chapters in and so far it’s living up to the hype. I hope it keeps it up.

Dating You. Hating You

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.

I admit, I didn’t even read the back blurb of this book. I was ordering a book for S from Indigo and needed something more to get the free shipping, saw a new Christina Lauren book and 2 days later it’s in my house. I’ve already started The Alice Network and while I’m very excited about that, I thought a little spice would be nice between WW2 reads.

What I’ve been reading…

The Women in the Castle

Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resistor murdered in the failed July, 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.

First, Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naïve Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resistor’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war—each with their own unique share of challenges.

This was good -really good. This will be passed around. Second only to The Nightengale for WW2 novels, and I loved that book.

From history to chick lit…

Upstairs Downstairs and the Lift in Between

Computer genius Maisy Potter crosses an ocean to take her dream holiday at the English country estate-turned-resort, Drakenfall … where the winsome Mark Prebys works below stairs. With him, Maisy discovers a carefree happiness she’s never known. But will the troubles dogging her from back home, a secret whispered behind parlour curtains, and misunderstandings to beat the band extinguish the magic they think they’ve found in each other? And if not, what happens when Maisy’s enchanting holiday ends?

This was adorably sweet! I need more of Maisy and Mark, please!

I’m making a point to read more of my author ‘friends’. Love Geralyn’s writing and wait to pick up another one of her novels.

…and onto NA romance…

Buns

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

I grew up on a farm, in the country and lemme tell you, my farmers weren’t anything like these guys!!! Please, Ms. Clayton – more sexy farmers please!!

Maverick

Micah Sloane knows almost everything there is to know about Risa Clay, including the vicious betrayal she endured years ago and the distrust she’s harbored ever since. The only way for the Elite Ops agent to uncover an assassin—and banish the ghosts of his own dark past—is to use Risa as bait. But nothing has prepared him for her disarming blend of innocence and sensuality, or for his overwhelming need to protect her…

Risa has spent six years rebuilding her life. And now, to save it, she must pose as Micah’s lover and draw a killer into the open. It’s a risky plan—especially with a man as powerfully seductive as Micah. But, as their charade becomes reality, Risa realizes the greatest danger may lie in losing her heart forever…

This is my first Lora Leigh book and considering this one was the second in a series, with lots of characters from another series, I really liked it. I’ll read her again.

…with a little fantasy to finish

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Blurb – Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Sigh. This was really, really good but I’m sad it’s over. I’ll re-reading the series again – soon. One thing – this series is categorized as YA. The sex scenes are more R than YA. Okay for me, but I’m not letting my daughter or her friends read this quite yet!

What I’ll read next…

My last visit to my bookshelves both frightened and excited me – there are so many books I have to read!  I have no idea what’s next.

If you need a new book to read, check out this massive Beach Read Giveaway!

And FYI – Coming Home is part of book bundle #14!

 

Monday Musings – Excited about Romance novels?

monday-musings

Hosted by Should Be Reading

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

Today I’m musing about what I’m excited about, readingwise

I’m excited about reading romance novels!  Here’s why

So far this year romance has been my staple of reading material.

And if you’re anything like me, don’t roll your eyes.  These aren’t the bodice-ripping, brooding billionaire, Harlequin type. Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with those books.  They just aren’t for me.

For years I’ve shunned the romance genre, probably because I grew up reading books like Danielle Steele where every story seems to be based on a formula where the author slots in new character descriptions and locales and baddabing baddboo – instant novel with a HEA. Obviously the system works for Ms. Steele and others of the genre – hello best-selling author!  But for me, once my reading tastes changed, I basically abandoned the genre.

I once wrote a post comparing genres to wine and I think I pegged romance novels as the white zinfandel of books.  Some love the stuff, but it’s too sweet for me.

I’m back!

No, I’m still not going near the pink wine of my past, but I have given romance another go these days.  The genre never went out of style, but lately there’s a new tide of authors writing New Adult romance.  Names like Cora Carmack, Christina Lauren, Jamie McguireLosing It hopelessand my personal favourite, Colleen Hoover are slowly filling a shelf in my library. The books are romance, but there’s none of the sweet, sappy stuff from the past.  Oh, sure the boys will make your heart beat faster with their kisses, but there’s no stereotypes – at least that I’ve found yet.  The books are filled with strong characters, POV from the guys and twists that don’t seem contrived to solely keep the young lovers apart.  And some of the scenes are sexy! Definitely hotter than what I remember reading from my teens (which probably a good thing!!)

And these books have inspired me.  I read a lot of genres and maybe the style of an author will inspire my writing, but never the genre – until now.  I’m learning a lot about writing about love and hearts and sex from these books, and I need to thank the authors for all they’ve done for me!  I’m in the middle of writing a NA romance and when it’s finished (hopefully this year!) I’ll have to dedicate it to these ladies, and who ever else I discover writing NA romance for their inspiration!

Have you given NA romance a try yet?  What’s your favourite genre?