Random Friday: I’m All For Epilogues

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There has been a debate lately on if epilogues are needed or not and who is a fan or not of them in romances. Where am I in this debate? If the title didn’t give it away then I will say it again I’m all for them and love them. There are a few reasons I love them in romances and I will talk about them all.

1. Some books don’t need them

This is true. Every once in a while there is a romance that the ending covers everything and doesn’t leave you wanting to know a tiny bit more. But most of the time the book ends without a wedding and/or without you know the reactions of some characters to something. The epilogue can jump ahead and let you know if they had kids, how someone was punished for a crime, and if they are getting along with someone again. All things that if the book continued so you could get to that point it would be much longer and you probably wouldn’t care about the details.

2. It can lead you into the next book

There is almost always a secondary character in the book that gets your interest and you want to know more about. Many times the epilogue will have what character will be in the next book. The whole epilogue may only hint at it and it depends on how much the books connect, but you will most likely get a hint of the next book.

3. How the books in the series connect

You might be wondering how or if the books in the series connect and the epilogue can help with that. You might be introduced to a new character that knows the characters from the book you just finished. Or it can tell you if the next one picks up from where this one left. Sometimes the stories actually go on at the same time and intertwine and the epilogue will show it.

Just embrace the epilogue!

I know many others love them like me for the closure they provide and I know many think they don’t add anything or they can make you want to buy the next (which is one of the points).

Are there any reasons you love that I missed or anything you have to say about them? Leave a comment below and I will reply.

Repost Review: A Dangerous Invitation (The Rookery Rogues #1) by Erica Monroe

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 A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe ( also a part of It Started With A Kiss Regency Box Set

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

Buy Links

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Blurb

Torn from her life of privilege by her father’s death, Kate Morgan relies on her knowledge of fine things as a fence for stolen goods in one of London’s dark and depraved rookeries. The last man she ever expects, or wants, to see again is Daniel O’Reilly, the man who promised to love, honor and protect her, but who instead fled amidst accusations of murder.

One drunken night cost Daniel O’Reilly the woman he loved and the life he’d worked so hard to create. If he ever wants to reclaim that life—and Kate—he’ll not only have to prove he’s innocent of murder, but convince the pistol-wielding beauty to forgive his many sins.

With a killer on the loose, time is running out for them…

My Review

I have read this book twice now because it is different from most historical romances. There are no balls and fancy estates in this book it gives you an insight into the life of living in the rookeries and slums of London and that’s what makes it a fantastic read. I loved that this book also involved real history with the murders and showed the horrible things that went on.

Kate is not your typical heroine, but also is at the same time. She is smart and strong and doesn’t take anything off of anyone, but she is also broken because of everything that has happened to her. She doesn’t want to rely on anyone again and thrives on being in control of her life now. At first, you may not like her, but you have to get to know her and you will slowly understand her and feel for her.

Danial is a different man than he was before, but he is still changing and finding his way. He was making a better life for himself when he was accused of murder and fled thinking that would protect Kate. When he came back he tried to pick up where they left off in a way and he ran hot and cold at times, but he also could see past everything that happened to Kate without judgment.

I knew there was something about Owen, but couldn’t put my finger on it until it was revealed. I never knew what was going to happen next and I want to know more about the gentleman thief so much.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*

My Dream Author And Reader Conference

dream-blogI was asked  what authors I would love to have at my dream author and reader conference so I started thinking about it and this is what I came up with.

I would love to have these authors at mine (listed in no particular order):

Ava Stone. All her books are amazing, but her books that involve hauntings give me the chills and I love it. I look forward to anything spooky from her even if it keeps me up at night.

Darcy Burke. Her books always leave me wanting more and I can never put them down no matter the series. She has a series about treasure hunting that talks about King Arthur that I love (and more people should read) and can’t wait for the next one.

Christi Caldwell. Her heroes are not your typical heroes. They need to be loved and saved in some way which is a refreshing change at times. Her heroines are different too because they are perfect like the heroes, but with imperfections too.

Lily Graison. Her books are the reason I started reading romance in the first place. The cowboys in her books all have something that I love. There aren’t many westerns that I love as much as hers.

Erica Monroe. She writes the best historical romances that have suspense, but most of all they are feminist historical romances. That was what drew me to her books and her characters always surprise me in some way.

Renee Bernard. She has a trilogy that has a heroine that can defiantly take care of things. I was glued to it when I read it and loved it even though it was a bit darker than most.

Delilah Marvelle. Her books are ones that I can’t put down. Her characters don’t hide behind an innocent persona when it comes to what they want and sex. They let loose from the restraints of what everyone thinks they should be like.

Diana Gabaldon. Her books aren’t always considered romance, but I love the history and realness that she has in her books too.

My list could go on and on forever and of course, I would love if all the characters I love could jump from the pages and join us.

You can learn more about organizing a conference at  https://www.eventbrite.com/l/conferences/

Happy Halloween! Fur Babies Photo Shoot Outtakes

Halloween is my favorite holiday so of course, I need to make costumes for my fur babies. I pet my sewing skills to the test this time by actually sewing a full costume for Abigail. I had to have a nod to historical romance by making her a little saloon/dance hall girl outfit. I hand sew everything so it took about a week for me to sew it, but it was fun and kept my hands busy. I went easy with Claire’s fairy costume since this is her first Halloween and I wanted to be able to use it again and we didn’t know how well she would take to being dressed up. She didn’t mind being dressed up at all, but holding still for photos was a challenge for her even with treats and knowing to say please by sitting (she has been taught to sit).

I call these photos the herding of flying squirrels because if one held still the other didn’t even though Abigail is the best at being a model she got annoyed with Claire jumping over her and not having as much space as we usually have to sit due to a different backdrop.

Photos are courtesy of Colt S. Photography and the full shoot will be on his blog Monday morning! There is a bonus shot of the back of Abigail’s costume.

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Random Facts About Me

I thought it would be fun to do a random facts about me list. So I asked my brother to list some random things about me and soon I will do the same for him.

  1. I’m a night owl. This is very true. I am the last to go to sleep and the last to get up. I have always been a night owl and spend most of the time reading.
  2. I write my name on lots of things. My dad made the mistake of saying “I don’t see your name on it” one time when I was little and now I write my name of almost everything. Usually, it’s the last piece of cake or something food related, but I do write my name on notebooks and other things.
  3. I love to crochet for others. I crochet dog clothes, gifts, bags and other things. I hardly ever make something for myself.
  4. I can not see in the dark at all. My eyes don’t adjust to the darkness like everyone else. I can barely make out anything in the dark and it’s almost pitch black for me.
  5. I have green eyes. I am the only one in my family to have green eyes. They used to look more hazel like my dad and brother, but are now a forest green color.
  6. I love to make things. I keep random boxes and other things because I could need them if I randomly decide to make something. I will see something and decide I can make it.
  7. I love old movies and music more than modern. I love music from the 50’s and up to the 90’s mainly country music, but also some old bebop like music. When it come to movies I love Cary Grant, John Wayne (and many others) and most movies from their time.

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    And a random photo of my Abigail

A busy week of reading!

I have been reading like crazy this week and will be next week because so many books I’ve been waiting for released. Tomorrow I will have a review for Vexed (The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, #1) by Erica Ridley, Ava Stone, and Elizabeth Essex. I have been looking forward to this book for awhile and I am loving it. I’ve read the first two stories and have already gotten the chills and can’t wait to see what the last one has in store.

After I read this I will be reading Bedeviled (The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor Book 2) and Mystified (The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor Book 3) along with the next story in A Very Wicked Christmas and then I will be reading  The Ice Duchess: Scandalous Regency Widows, Book 2 by Amy Rose Bennett and its review will be up on Friday!

So many book and only so much time to read!

 

What’s Coming Up In My Reading

31423878I am getting ready to start reading A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology by Heather BoydNicola DavidsonDonna CummingsBarbara MonajemWendy Vella, and Beverley Oakley. Releasing October 18!

Since there are six stories in this anthology I will be posting a review for each one as I read them on Review Wednesday and then I might do a review for the whole thing once finished. I’ve read books by Heather Boyd, Wendy Vella, and Donna Cummings before, but not Nicola Davidson, Beverley Oakley, and Barbara Monajem so I am looking forward to reading some new to me authors.

All of the stories sound amazing and very interesting. I can’t wait to see what they all have in store for me and hope you all enjoy reading the reviews.

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Totally Bored of the Typical Historical Romance? Try These Books!

Are you bored with the typical historical romances that have balls, castles, and dukes? If the answer is yes then read on to see some of my favorites that I think are outside of the typical historical realm of romances books. These are books and series that I fell in love with because they were different from the other books I love and I wish there were more like them.

  1. The Rookery Rogues Series by Erica Monroe

The Rookery Rogues: Volume 1 (The Rookery Rogues Book #1-3)This series is a historical romantic suspense. The reason I love it is because there is a mystery to in each one and they connect throughout the series in a couple of ways. They also involve some bits of a real crime that happened during the time period. Another reason is because there are no balls, castles or dukes. It is set in the rookeries of London and shows the other side of London where people struggled to survive and no one involved is a part of high society. These romances feel more like real life than a fairy tale.

2. The Secrets and Scandals Series by Darcy Burke

Her Wicked Ways (Secrets & Scandals #1)Now this series does include some characters with titles, but the stories to me are not the typical ballroom romances. In Her Wicked Ways, the heroine is banished from London for her behavior and the hero is like Robin Hood stealing from the rich to take care of children. In His Wicked Heart, you get to see more about the fashion and fight clubs. The heroine is an orphaned seamstress that the hero thinks is a prostitute when they first meet. In To Seduce A Scoundrel, there is a bit of a mystery surrounding the hero and the reason he is known as a scoundrel. The heroine is all about protecting everyone’s reputation. You are also introduced to one of my all time favorite characters that adds another mystery to the series. In To Love A Theif, The hero is a former constable turned viscount and the heroine is set on getting back some stolen family heirlooms at any cost. There some twists in this story. In Never Love a Scoundrel, there are many twists and turns to the story. The heroine’s aunt keeps her under her thumb and tries to use her to take down the hero’s family. The hero’s life was turned upside down when his half-brother showed up years ago and now he is back again. In Scoundrel Ever After, The hero is trying to leave his criminal past behind him and become a gentleman only to be framed for murder. The heroine is a wallflower looking for adventure by running away with a wanted man.

3. The Black Rose Trilogy  by Renee Bernard

Black Rose Trilogy Box Set (Black Rose Trilogy, #1-3)This trilogy is on the gothic side and deals with revenge from star to finish. This is all about female justice. The heroine is taken from an orphanage to be used in a plot of revenge that has been in the works for years. Nine years later she has changed her name and became an independent woman with a mission to help other women with revenge. You will go through many emotions with this trilogy as you get to know the heroine and hero along with everyone else involved.

4. The Lady Unmasked by Ava Stone

The Lady Unmasked (Regency Seasons, #7)Is part of the Regency Season Series that I haven’t finished yet. It is a Halloween story that surrounds a haunted castle and a very interesting, but fun family. There is an ancient spirit that is released in the castle that is inspired by a Greek spirit. I have read a few books in this series and they are all worth reading. The Halloween stories are a must.

 

5. Regency Treasure Hunters Series by Darcy Burke

The de Valery Code (Regency Treasure Hunters, #1)The title of this series was what first caught my attention and it means what it says. I absolutely love this series because it involves treasure hunting and some medieval tales. I hope to see more of this series because It is unique.

 

A Busy Week: Adopting A New Kitty!

This week has been busy with preparing to bring home our new kitty. It has been over nine years since we have had a kitten in the house, but since we have a dog we decided that a kitten was best to adopt. Because a kitten can get used to a dog quicker and our dog would do better with a kitten than a full grown cat.

We went last Saturday to our local animal shelter to look at kittens and after about thirty minutes we had picked one, but we couldn’t bring her home yet. She needed to be spayed first and the soonest appointment at the clinic was Tuesday with a Wednesday pickup so that gave us time to go buy all new kitty stuff and kitten-proof the house. Which is what we spent the next few days doing by moving plants, cleaning, and looking for hazards. We also got Abigail ready for the new kitty by putting out everything and buying her a new food dish. Wednesday morning came and it was time to pick her up at 7:30am and when she got home she was ready to get out and do her thing. Abigail just wants to baby her and they will get along fine as soon as they get completely use to each other. No one is afraid of the other and it’s just learning each other.

So without further ado, I would like to introduce little miss Clarie. Claire is a fourteen-week-old tortie with sass. She has only been home for two days and knows how to get her way. She is fearless and when she sets her mind on something she figures out how to get it even if it means getting a human to do something. Playing with toys, trying to scare Abigail, and climbing as high as possible are her favorite activities.

She does not hold still for long so here are a few photos. If you follow me on Instagram @sassybooklover there are a few videos of her.

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