Tuesday, April 24, 2018

When Will Book 7 Be Out: After the Wedding by Courtney Milan

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When Will Book 7 Be Out: After the Wedding by Courtney Milan
After the Wedding
Courtney Milan
Genre: Adult, Historical, Romance
Publication date: April 24th, 2018

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Adrian Hunter has concealed his identity and posed as a servant to assist his powerful uncle. He’s on the verge of obtaining the information he needs when circumstances spiral out of his control. He’s caught alone with a woman he scarcely knows. When they’re discovered in this compromising circumstance, he’s forced to marry her at gunpoint. Luckily, his uncle should be able to obtain an annulment. All Adrian has to do is complete his mission…and not consummate the marriage, no matter how enticing the bride may be.

Lady Camilla Worth has never expected much out of life—not since her father was convicted of treason and she was passed from family to family. A marriage, no matter how unfortunate the circumstances under which it was contracted, should mean stability. It’s unfortunate that her groom doesn’t agree. But Camilla has made the best of worse circumstances. She is determined to make her marriage work. All she has to do is seduce her reluctant husband.
-A copy was provided by [author] for review-

It is no secret that I have been in a pretty big reading slump this month. I’ve mentioned it in a post or two and if you’re a frequent visitor, you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted a review in a while. It isn’t that a bad book or a really good one put me in a slump, it is that I haven’t really wanted to pick up a book and just keep on reading it until I finish. When After the Wedding landed in my inbox, I messaged my pal Lisa asking if she wanted to buddy-read since we had both been waiting for this book for what felt like a millenium. We got off to a rough start but soon, I literally couldn’t stop reading and maybe jumped a little past our scheduled reading.

Anyway. So. Yeah. We’ve been waiting for After the Wedding for 2.5 years and honestly, Courtney Milan fucking delivered. This is only the second book in the series, but the more I read (and re-read) the more I can see how meticulously Milan has laid out this saga and how she builds the overarching story. These books start slow, and you best believe they do, but the build up is absolutely worth it. We get introduced to different sets of characters who we slowly fall in love.

Camilla and Adrian are forced to marry at gunpoint. The situation is less than ideal and to get their annulment they need to discredit the Rector and expose the Bishop for all his wrong doings. Over the course of weeks, as they conduct a secret investigation into the wrongdoings of the Bishop, Camilla and Adrian slowly start to fall in love. Obviously. Because they are both amazing human beings.

Yet like all of Courtney’s books there is much larger things at play. Both Adrian and Camilla have strained (or non-existent in the case of Camilla) relationships with their siblings and that’s a bridge they need to mend. There is also a larger conspiracy surrounding the Worth family that doesn’t get as much attention this time around but it is very much still present within the story. Adrian and his extended fam get some page time as well and Adrian gets to come to terms with how toxic his uncle is.

The romance in this novel, like most of Milan’s, is sweet and the angst hits all the right notes. I was eating up every little scene with even the smallest amount of softness and I just really really really enjoyed watching these children’s fall in love.

The plot was just as compelling and honestly, I’ve spent a lot of time since finishing the book extensively scouring Milan’s website and the Q&A at the end of Once Upon a Marquess to figure out when I would get other stories and what would happen. Basically, reading After the Wedding not only reminded me how much of a genius Milan is but also how much fun it can be to read a truly good book that compels you. Of course, the issue also is that I am now going to have to wait till 2030 for book 7 and of course, by then, I will have passed away. But the good thing is that at least waiting for Milan’s books will keep me a reason to STAY AROUND.

So moral of the story is that if you haven’t read a single Courtney Milan, you better fix that and starting with this incredibly compelling series wouldn’t be the worst idea. Of course, you’ll also spend a couple days/weeks moping about the brilliance of Milan’s mind and your need for more so there is that…

4 Stars
4 Hot Espressos

Fresh Batch (April 22nd – 28th)

Fresh Batch (April 22nd – 28th)

Posted by on 04/21/2018 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Sky in the Deep Adrienne Young Publication date: April 24th 2018by Wednesday Books

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OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But…

5 Bookstores On My Bucket List

5 Bookstores On My Bucket List

Posted by on 04/18/2018 • 8 Comments

1. Shakespeare and Company (Paris, France)

I think this is one of those bookstores almost all bookworms have heard of and I WANT TO VISIT (and likely by nothing because I am trash.)

2. The Ripped Bodice (Los Angeles, United States)

A bookstore exclusively for romance novels? YES PLEASE. THIS GIRL NEEDS IT.

3. Boekhandel Dominicanen (Maastricht, Netherlands)

The bookstore is apparently located in a 700 year old church so you get old world charm will browsing through all the books your heart could desire.

4. Foyles Bookshop (London, United Kingdom)

ITS SO BIG AND one of the most iconic London bookstores so obviously I am going to want to stop by someday.

5. Livraria Lello e Irmao (Porto, Portugal)

Last but not least, THIS MAJESTIC BOOKSTORE. It is almost two centuries…

Fresh Batch (April 15th – 21st)

Fresh Batch (April 15th – 21st)

Posted by on 04/14/2018 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Suitors and Sabotage Cindy Anstey Publication date: April 17th 2018by Swoon Reads

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Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.

Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his…

7 Books I’d Rescue If My House Was Burning Down

7 Books I’d Rescue If My House Was Burning Down

Posted by on 04/13/2018 • 7 Comments

UMMMMMM. So if you know me, you know I collect Melina Marchetta books but I don’t want this entire post to be about me saving my Marchetta books so I promise I’ll stick with just two. Also, S/O to Nick for helping me brainstorm this post.

1. My signed copy of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Ummm, I’d never let this baby cherish in a fire. Gene Luen Yang has been a fav for over a decade and I was ecstatic when I finally got to meet him. I might have freaked him out a little.

2. My tattered copy of Esperanza Rising by Pam Ryan Muñoz

I usually like to claim this book as the first one I ever bought and there is a fun story behind…

The Summer of Jordi Perez and Rashika’s Favorite Burger Place

The Summer of Jordi Perez and Rashika’s Favorite Burger Place

Posted by on 04/10/2018 • 3 Comments

The Summer of Jordi Perez was everything you can ask from for a summer-y read. Romance, friendship, identity and just a little bit of food-fun, Jordi Perez was truly a package. Also Jordi Perez is the name of the love interest and she was delightful as well.

I always complain about this because I am a whiny baby but it is SO HARD to express feelings in a review for a book you really really enjoyed and Jordi Perez is SUCH A FUN READ. I’ve had a really rough month and a half and have read almost no books this month but Jordi Perez cheered me up when I needed it.

Summer is not going how Abby Ives had thought it would. It’s the summer before senior year and all…

Diverse Books Out March 2018

Diverse Books Out March 2018

Posted by on 04/09/2018 • 4 Comments

March has been a not-so-great month for me so I delayed doing this post by a week (usually done on first Sunday of new month) but I DIDN’T FORGET. So, welcome to the March 2018 roundup of diverse releases. As previously mentioned, these roundups focus on YA and MG books because that’s what is easiest to keep track of for me. If I miss a book, or include one that shouldn’t be on here, let me know!!!

                

Any of these on your TBR? What are you most looking forward to diving into??

Fresh Batch (April 8th – 14th)

Fresh Batch (April 8th – 14th)

Posted by on 04/07/2018 • 2 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Devils Unto Dust Emma Berquist Publication date: April 10th 2018by Greenwillow Books

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Ten years ago, a horrifying disease began spreading across the West Texas desert. Infected people—shakes—attacked the living and created havoc and destruction. No one has ever survived the infection. Daisy Wilcox, known as Willie, has been protecting her siblings within the relatively safe walls of Glory, Texas. When Willie’s good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most dangerous shake-hunters in town, she finds herself on the hook for his debt. With two hunters, including the gruff and handsome Ben, to accompany her, she sets out across the…