Weekly Reading Round-Up

Apologies, all! I’m still in contest-judging mode, which means there’s little to report this week.

However, I can say that I’ve started reading Juliana Gray’s A Duke Never Yields, which comes out on February 5th, and it is absolutely worth all those starred reviews.

This is the third in the Affairs by Moonlight trilogy, but you can easily read it without having read the others first; this one in particular works very well as a stand alone, and it’s by far my favorite of the lot (which is saying a lot, since I loved the first book, A Lady Never Lies). Set in Italy in a Tuscan castle disputed by three English ladies and three English gentlemen, it’s a little bit The Enchanted April, and, in the case of this particular book, a lot Oscar Wilde. Definitely recommended!

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Christine on January 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I finished Gone Girl – not sure if I loved it or hated it. Well written but I despised the story.

    Also read Midnight in Austenland. Just ok, not nearly as good as the original.

    Looking forward to A Duke Never Yields! The first 2 in the series were fantastic.

  2. jeffrey on January 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I’m reading Pale Moon Rider by Marsha Canham. Her books have very high review marks and I can see why. She is flat out goooooood! It is a Regency romance/mystery/adventure Where a dashing rogue of a highwayman is propositioned by a former French nobelwoman to rescue her from a forced marriage and help her steal a fortune in jewelry so she can escape and secure a new life for herself and her younger brother. So far, the table is set for a rousing romance between the very unlike heroine and hero.

  3. Vanessa on January 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I had a nasty cold all week and I needed a bit of cheering up with something light to read so I sought comfort with the Road to Paradise Island by Victoria Holt.

  4. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on January 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Christine, I enjoyed Midnight in Austenland, I agree, it wasn’t the first (which I’m so happy that the movie has been bought by Sony for distribution) but I liked the darker more Agatha Christie-esque vibe.

    Finished my re-read Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (just as awesome the 2nd time), before heading onto the ARC I have of the sequel. Also reading a horrid little book for book club about the Talking Heads album Fear of Music (I’m not the only one to hate it either).

    • Christine on January 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      I couldn’t stop picturing Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Seymour as Miss Charming and Mrs. Wattlesbrook! Maybe now I’ll stop thinking of them as Stifler’s mom and Dr. Quinn.

  5. Am7 on January 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I read Andrea Penrose’s Sweet Revenge. Its a regency mystery. I loved it.
    I also read Can’t Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards. It’s a contemporary romance. I didn’t like it as much but it was still pretty good.
    Finally I finished listening to the Orchid Affair. It wasn’t my favorite but I would so read Gabrielle’s five volume autobiography.

  6. Kristen A. on January 26, 2013 at 1:25 am

    This week I read A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, and The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin.

  7. Katie R. on January 26, 2013 at 11:03 am

    This week I read THe Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly- it wasn’t at all what I was expecting! Based on the cover, the type of books Janet Evanovich usually writes, and the last book that Janet and Dorien Kelly wrote together, I was expecting something contemporary. This book was set at the turn of the century in Newport and New York, and then in London. Rich Americans with no title trying to marry their heiress daughter off to a British duke so that the family will gain the noble connections but their daughter has other plans. Like I said, it wasn’t what I expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
    I also read The Lady Most Willing- it was one of the most enjoyable romance novels I have read in a long time! If you are having a dark winter day, in need of a little happiness and a good reason to laugh, get this book!
    I just finished Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress by Elizabeth Boyle and it was very good. I think it was the best book in the Bachelor Chronicles series and a very different approach from the other books in the series- it dealt with an older heroine and hero who, after a lifetime apart, finally get their happy ending.
    These three books made for a very happy week of reading!

  8. Ashley on January 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I could NOT be more excited to say that what I read this week was an ARE of “The Ashford Affair” that I won from Goodreads! I absolutely loved it, Lauren. I posted a review on Goodreads (I think you can read it here if you want: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/514229575). It was a wonderful story, and thank you for it.

    • Lauren on January 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Ashley, thank you so much! I am so, so happy that you liked it and that it resonated for you. You’ve just made my day!

  9. Gina on January 27, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I just started A Gentleman Never Tells and I am loving it so far. Couldn’t find the first one, but I’ll get to it eventually. Hopefully before the next one comes out!

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