Book Review: Prime Minister

prime-ministerPrime Minister, by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller, is a contemporary erotic romance.

Some readers complained that they got bored midway through, and it’s true that the pacing isn’t super tight–however, I was riveted by the characters! Ellie and Gavin had me cheering for them from the very beginning! Especially fun was the first third or so, when they were figuring each other out. Obviously the prime minister couldn’t come right out and tell her he was kinky.

There’s a LOT of sex in this one and it’s at turns hot and funny. It broke some of my preconceived notions about kink, and I always love a book that challenges my beliefs about sex and sexuality.

Gavin’s best friend makes for excellent sequel bait, so I’ll be reading the next book in the series, Doctor Bad Boy, soon!

Books for Pride and Prejudice Lovers

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Yes, I realize that so much has been said about Pride and Prejudice (in fact, I wrote about it just last week over at the Pocket Romance blog), it’s hardly a revelation that yet another person loves it. So rather than tell you how delicious Mr. Darcy is or how I revel in every interaction between him and Lizzie, I’ll instead point you to a few books that take their inspiration from P&P.

Elizabeth Aston’s Mr. Darcy’s Daughters (first in a series that I loved so much! Although my suspension of disbelief was tested by the idea that Elizabeth had five daughters when she came from a family of five daughters. I mean, what are the chances?)

P.D. James, Death Comes to Pemberley (popularized on the BBC, which has been on my Netflix queue for ages)

Linda Berdoll, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife (honestly I felt it was too slow. It keeps the Austen feel, and I think I expected more contemporary language. But I might go back to it someday because I’ve heard good things!)

Seth Graham-Smith and Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (I admit, I was skeptical. It was…interesting, I’ll say that much. Probably not something I’d read again, and I’m too much of a chicken to watch the film)

Stacy King, Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice (I didn’t read this one–my daughter stole it from me before I got the chance, and then it had to go back to the library. But the artwork and adaptation looked really good!)

There’s a list on Goodreads of over 300 Pride and Prejudice adaptations, sequels, and variations, so if you’re hungry for more, have at it!

Book Review: A Promise of Fire

promise-of-fire-coverBrilliant book! I loved the characters, and I loved the world–a place where Greek gods are very present.

The heroine sometimes used words or phrases that felt too contemporary for a fantasy world, with some silly idiom replacements “the olive doesn’t fall far from the tree” and “don’t beat around the harpy’s nest” (not exact quotes) which took me out of the story, but compared to how much I liked everything else, that’s such a minor thing.

The voice also had a YA feel to me, which is great because I love YA.

The romance was slow-burn at first, and it was scintillating. Usually I write insta-love, but I’m definitely seeing the appeal of the slow burn! Some of the scenes where Cat makes herself invisible for bathing, but she’s totally naked right there next to him–WHEW!

I also liked how lighthearted the book was. Yes, people died, and there’s some gore and violence, but the tone isn’t dark or gory at all.

This was fast-moving adventure, not a slow-paced epic fantasy, and really it’s the characters I fell in love with, and the characters I want to see more of.

Three Recent Loves

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These books! Okay, let’s do this.

Truth or Beard, by Penny Reid. This was funny! It contained Reid’s usual humor and sense of fun geekery. Seriously, can’t recommend her enough to people.

A Lady Awakened, by Celia Grant. Both of these characters developed so well and thoroughly throughout the story, it was super satisfying to experience. I was also dreadfully curious as to how everything would work out, so if you like not being able to guess an ending, this is a good choice.

Adulthood is a Myth, by Sarah Andersen. Simply hilarious. Maybe took me twenty minutes to read, but I plan on going back through over and over again. As with Allie Brosch’s illustrations, Andersen’s are deceptively simple, yet she conveys so much with just the placement of the pupils within the eyeballs. I’m in awe of this kind of craft.