Cinderella: Do you have any idea what I did to get these shoes? A wicked stepmother, two wicked stepsisters, and dear Lord I had to be friends with mice. Mice!
Lemon Drop: Pfft, dress-making mice.
Cinderella: They're still mice. The shoes are mine cupcake.
Me: Ahem, while you two are living out some weird shoe fetish - might I remind you that nobody has it worse than I do. In the middle of a reading slump, I only managed to read four books last month. Four!
Title links will take you to full reviews.
Must Like Kids by Jackie Braun - Contemporary romance, Harlequin Kiss, 2013, Grade = B-
- Liked seeing a single mother heroine in a non-traditional role, and an enjoyable hero who has more depth than first meets the eye. The story lost a little footing for me towards the end, but still an enjoyable read.
A Marriage-Minded Man by Karen Templeton - Contemporary romance, Silhouette Special Edition, 2009, Grade = B
- Reunited lovers story from the typically consistent (for me) Templeton. Heroine with trust issues reunites with the hero who broke her heart many years before. She's now a divorced single Mom with two little kidlets, and he's a local contractor who's not all that sure he's ready for an instant family.
Sins of a Ruthless Rogue by Anna Randol - Historical romance, Avon, 2013, Grade = C+
- I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, but this follow-up was a letdown. Thin romance, superficial characters, saved somewhat by an interesting locale (a large chunk of the story takes place in Russia).
A Rake To Ruin Her by Julia Justiss - Historical romance, Harlequin Historical, 2013, Grade = C-
- Liked the banter between the couple, but was pretty much bored by the rest of the story. A heroine who doesn't want to marry, so decides to ruin herself. I didn't buy into her complete lack of all things society, and her desire to hold out for a childhood BFF to return from India in case she has to marry grated on my nerves. Toss in her belief in a "curse" (women in her family tend to die in childbirth - which I know is a legitimate fear but has been so overdone in historicals that now I just roll my eyes....) and yeah, I'm out. Did like that the hero was a disgraced diplomat though.
Lemon Drop: Auntie Wendy is right Cinderella. It's silly to fight over a pair of shoes.
Cinderella: I agree. If there is one lesson you should take away from all of this? Don't wait around for a fairy godmother to give you a cool pair of shoes and bag a prince. Go to college. Conquer the world. Make your own pair of shoes.
Lemon Drop: That's a great idea. Lemon Drop's Fairy Tale Footwear. Sparkly sneakers that light up for all ages. Can those mice make shoes?
Cinderella: Oh no. You're not hiring away the mice! Now that I'm a princess, I need all the gowns I can get!
Me: Oh boy, here we go again.....