{Bookish Updates} Sunday Post #1

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


I have decided to start doing Sunday Post to keep myself updated about bookish news from the blogosphere. It's always exciting to find out about new books and authors! You probably could see that I have been inactive for the past few months. That's because I'm busy with renovations for my new home as it has to be ready for my wedding in June. Plus, I've been kept really very busy with my teaching job and I hardly have much time to rest well. Here's what I have for the past week.

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{Bookish Review} Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Devil In Spring
By: Lisa Kleypas
Published by:  Avon on February 21st 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Bought

An eccentric wallflower…

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy-and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven...

My craving for historical romance read led me to pick up this pretty book from the random trip to the bookstore. The cover caught my attention easily with its magical feel. The next thing that captured my attention was that the female character actually has a board game business!

I'm really glad I picked this book because it has proven to me to be funny, unconventional and totally sweet. The manner in which Pandora and Gabriel met is so unforgettable and well... hilarious and unexpected.

I love Pandora's carefree attitude. She's just too adorable and trusting. It's never dull reading about her. Gabriel, on the other hand, is a sweet and protective family guy who shares a close bond with his family. I love the way the two of them interact with each other.

It was fun reading this book and I don't mind re-reading it again after a while. This book is recommended for those who enjoys a light historical romance read. The fact that this is book 3 of the series doesn't hinder the reading process.

{Bookish Review} It Started With A Kiss by Ella Quinn

It Started With A Kiss (The Worthingtons #3)
By: Ella Quinn
Published by: Zebra Shout on March 28th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Review copy from publisher

What is a young Worthington woman to do when the man of her dreams is not who she thinks he is?

This season, all eyes are on the Earl of Worthington’s spirited, beautiful sister, Lady Louisa Vivers. Many gentlemen are vying for her attention in and around the ton. Yet, Louisa longs for someone who can take her beyond the ballroom—a man who is worldly, adventurous, and passionate. She won’t settle for just any suitor. She wants her true soul mate—and she’ll know him when she sees him.

Is Gideon, the Duke of Rothwell, him? The moment he and Louisa meet, they share a powerful attraction. Rides at sunrise and waltzes at dusk follow. Finally, Gideon can no longer resist the urge to embrace her, and Louisa is sure he will ask for her hand. But Gideon believes he is in no position to marry. The Rothwell estate has gone bankrupt, a scandal simmers in its wake, and he has nothing left to offer. Now, he must decide if he will let pride stand in the way of true love—or if he will risk everything, and let the lady decide for herself…
Nothing beats reading a historical romance about a strong-willed lady who knows what she wants and very determined to marry for love. A chance encounter was all it takes to build the sizzling attraction between Louisa and Gideon. Imagine the surprise when they both realised how small their world was and how it brought them together again. Although the attraction was there, there was nothing Gideon could do until he sorted out the mess his father had left behind. Then comes the danger... the misunderstanding... and... more.

I really enjoy reading about Louisa and the funny little adventures and 'conspiracy' that she has. It is very obvious that both Louisa and Gideon were destined for each other from the start but there were many obstacles in their way but it concluded nicely.

The pacing of the story was good and engaging. Quinn has a good cast of supporting characters who helped to bring the story to live. Although this is the third book in the story, I have no problem reading it as a standalone. I'd definitely recommend this light read to anyone who fancies a lovely historical romance read.

{Bookish Finds} The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband
Series: Rokesbys #2
By: Julia Quinn
Published on: May 30th 2017 by Avon
Genres: Historical Romance

While you were sleeping...

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie...

I told everyone I was your wife

When Edward comes to, he's more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he'd always assumed he'd marry his neighbor back in England.

If only it were true...

Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

I was browsing through upcoming titles on Book Depository and happen to chance upon this book. I remember reading lots of Julia Quinn books a few years ago as she is one of the historical authors whom I adore very much. I'm so excited about this one and wonder how will the characters develop. What do you think about this book?

Feature and Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read

This week's prompt:

What was the first book that moved you? Scared you, made you cry, disturbed your view of the world?

The one I remember vividly because it made me tear up. Katie McGarry is a great author!

{Bookish Review} Safe & Sound by Alli Hope

Safe & Sound
By: Alli Hope
Published by: Elephantine Publishing on February 22nd 2017
Genres: YA Romance/Thriller (Mature Content)
Source: Review copy

16 year-old, Hailey Perish, knows her life can’t get much worse. Since her dad split a few years ago, Hailey’s mother has spiraled hard and fast, careening toward rock bottom and threatening to take her daughter down with her. Hailey now marks time by evictions, her mother’s poker games, and Saturday School where she voluntarily shows up for weekend detentions to secure her one promised meal of the week. She has no room for relationships, especially with someone like her childhood love and junior class golden boy, Carson Hart. Hailey trusted him once and Carson failed her. She’s determined not to let herself be hurt again.

When Hailey’s mom does the unthinkable and bets her own daughter in a high stakes poker game, Mitch, the loan shark, is all too eager and determined to collect on his debt. To him, Hailey is nothing but property. His property. And he’ll do anything to recover it. On the run from a fate that promises a much worse life than she already knows, there’s only one person in the world Hailey can call for help.

Will Carson be there for her in her darkest hour and deliver her from harm’s way safe and sound? Or will he abandon Hailey—just like he’s always done—just like they all do?

Alli Hope’s debut novel delivers an unforgettable story about love & surviving in the dark places. Safe & Sound contains mature situations and content.
I receive a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Hailey's life went downhill when her father left their family 6 years ago and matters got worse with her mother's drug and gambling addiction. One day, her mother did the unthinkable and Hailey had no choice but to run and she desperately needed help.

Safe & Sound is an enjoyable book which I finished reading within 2 days. Although there are dark themes like rape and drugs in this book which would made me cringe whenever I read those scenes, there are also some lessons for the readers as well.

This book is all about betrayal and how to go about dealing with betrayal, especially the more serious ones. Below is a list of what I've gathered from the book:

  • Do not gamble. You'll end up losing everything you have.
  • Say no to drugs. You'll get addicted and do stupid things.
  • Help your loved ones if they have the 2 problems mentioned above by seeking professional help. Don't wait until it is too late.
  • Check the background of the professionals before you engage them.
As this book contains some mature theme, I would recommend to only those who aree 18 and above, or those mature enough to handle reading them.

{Bookish Review} From London With Love by Diana Quincy

From London With Love
By: Diana Quincy
Published by: Loveswept on February 7th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance (Mature)
Source: Review copy

Emilia St. George is moments away from marrying the admired grandson of a duke when the man who once jilted her decides to kidnap her at the altar. It’s the second time in five years Hamilton Sparrow has ruined her wedding day, and Emilia isn’t about to forgive him. The mere sight of her ex-fiancĂ© revives painful memories—and, most regrettably, aching desires that refuse to be ignored.
Scanning the guests at Emilia’s wedding, Sparrow spots a familiar face: an assassin he recognizes from his days as a spy in France. Whisking Emilia away, he’s pleasantly surprised by her newly formed curves. Could this be the same flame-haired slip of a girl once promised to Sparrow? And does the fop she still insists on marrying realize what a prize she is? True, Sparrow left Emilia at the altar. But he’s afraid that the only way to right that particular wrong is to risk the one thing he’s always guarded: his heart.

I received a review copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It has been a while since I last read a historical romance and the first sentence of the summary captured my attention immediately. It made me want to just find out more.

From London With Love does not disappoint. I'm utterly captured by the characters and the story. The book started with Emilia being kidnapped by Sparrow, the man who broke their engagement five years ago. The thing that I like about reading this book is that I get to guess who the culprit was as the story progresses. I must say that even though it is quite obvious, the process is still enjoyable. It's also fun to read about both Emilia and Sparrow, how they deny their attraction only to come together again in the end.

Although this is book 3 of the series, I have absolutely no issues with reading this as a standalone. I actually finished this book in two sittings but procrastination got the better of me and I only managed to write the review now. Would I recommend this book? Definitely with those who wants to have an enjoyable and light reading.