Double Trouble

Hello Little Ducks,

So I have a backed up log of books and thought I would throw two reviews at you at once!

Especially considering I read these last year. Whoops.

Here’s “Moonlight Masquerade” by Jude Deveraux (from last summer.) and “A Place Called Here” by Cecelia Ahern.

Moonlight Masquerade–Jude Deveraux 

In the summer I like to partake in at least one Jude Deveraux novel as I’m partial to not listening to a hardcore storyline while also wanting to read about people falling in love.

This one was a bit weird. But only because I felt like that story was a little forced and campy.

Don’t get me wrong, I still loved it.
It got a little old school corny though because the characters met under duress, then she was working for him and he was hiding his identity, and then a series of other randomness and finally a sexy picnic in costume.

It was just odd balls all around.

Funny and worth it if you are looking for that sort of thing and enjoy when things always end well in a book.

(#10 A Book Set Somewhere You’ve Always Wanted to Visit. Don’t judge me. Edilean is set in Virginia and all the men are rich, hot, smart, cowboys, or handymen. Who the hell wouldn’t want to go?)

A Place Called Here–Cecelia Ahern 

Set in Ireland, written by an author who isn’t afraid of the fantastical, and an interesting plot made for an excellent read!

I’ve had this on my shelf for awhile and was glad that I was led to reading with the BringingUpBurns book challenge. I had started this book awhile ago and then (ironically) lost it.
Under my bed.

You don’t get the irony because you haven’t read it, but let me explain.

This book is about where all the things that go missing are. It’s about where your bobbypins, socks, books, and sometimes: people, are.

It was a lovely read as always as a woman who has become obsessed with finding out where all the missing things are (since she was a girl and a childhood enemy went missing) and finally finds out.

Wonderful book.

(#11 A Book I Started But Never Finished)

Constant vigilance!

Carolina Isle–Jude Deveraux

After some in depth reading of a YA series, I need some serious adult time.

I was a moron to pick this book of all the Jude Deverauxs on my shelf.

The book itself sounds like it’s going to be fun, two cousins meet, they realize they look practically identical and decide to switch places in life since one is an overworked lady with a tyrant for a boss and the other is an underworked over life-styled princess with an overbearing mother.

What’s weird was that the promised switcheroo was bland and didn’t play out in even a quarter of the book.

This book would’ve been better if she ditched the romance and just made it into a murder mystery because it was creepier than a bunch of her others and probably would’ve played out better to an audience. (Not her general one since she writes romances.)

Anyway, not my favourite, probably the worst of her books that I’ve read, but hey, everyone writes terrible books every once in awhile, even the greats.

I’m looking at you Stephen King.

…I don’t know why I just called him out. Mea culpa. Mea culpa.


Wild Orchid–Jude Deveraux

I feel like at this point I should just copy and paste my conversations on these books with my friend because even after reading the back jacket of this book (and actually reading it months ago) I still don’t remember what it’s about and I think that our texts would better provide me with information on if I was enjoying it or not when I read it.

Run on sentence much?

So. This writer guys wife dies, he then seeks to hire an assistant. After going through several dimwitted assistants he meets Jackie Maxwell who is a sass attack of a woman.

OH YES! I remember now. She has vapid friends who are annoying and she tries to stop her prettily crying friend with a story and this guy hears her and tries to get her to work for him and she keeps turning him down and then eventually takes the job after running away from her wedding and they go to North Carolina and she helps him write a book while researching whether or not some story this lady heard somewhere was true about somebody falling in love with the devil himself and she discovers her roots and all this hoopla. It was a good book! I liked it!

Supernatural elements, funny dialogue, and (as always) great love stories.

Add it to your romance shelf because even if you are like me and don’t remember it later, at the time, it’s a really sweet story for the week.


Moonlight in the Morning–Jude Deveraux

Sometimes you need a little love in your life. And since I’m single, that line of duty falls to Jude Deveraux.

She’s quite obviously my go-to romance writer.

I just realized I’ve been reading her books for four years. That’s insane… but I guess I’ve been reading Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling since I was a wee little lassie.

I don’t know where that Scottish came from, it has nothing to do with any of these. Well, except maybe the ancestors of Moonlight in the Morning.

This is placed in one of my favourite literary towns: Edilean. An artist and a doctor are falling in love but the thing keeping them from truly falling is that Jecca has to return to the “real” world at some point in the city where she has a job and a “life”.

Like all Judes books, I loved this one. Easy to read and exactly what I needed after reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Constant vigilance.

The Velvet Promise–Jude Deveraux

What is up with the Jude Deveraux’s that I’ve come across lately? This is not on my list of favourites, which is disappointing because I love the Montgomery clan. I love that they are all big buff men with dark hair and always get surprised when a girl stands up to them for the first time. I love the contrasting personalities and the women they fall for.

            SO why didn’t I love this one?

Rape. That’s why I didn’t love it. Yes, during that time it happened a lot, even if they were married and it was the ladies “duty” to have sex with her husband whenever he wanted it. But come on, it’s still rape when she says “No”. No means no you 17th century prick!

       This guy was like the anti-hero and I just didn’t feel the love like I normally do. You know when you are reading and the characters are fighting because they don’t know they love each other yet?

     I just felt like these characters hated each other and didn’t love or understand each other at all. They didn’t click for me. Or were too dumb and let everyone influence everything that happened to them and it made me angry that they couldn’t trust each other. Then bam! Like ten pages from the end it’s all like ‘I love him! I love her!” and then it’s over. For most of the book they were fighting and barely tolerated each other!

            Gavin was in “love” with another woman and then had to marry Judith. The woman he loved (which I think was called Alice) was a manipulative bitch and I don’t believe that anyone could be so infatuated with someone and not see that. Unless of course they were just CHOOSING not to see it and that makes them a whole other level of ridiculous.

            Not my favourite book, not my favourite characters, and I barely got to see any love the couple had for each other and that’s not what I want in a romance novel. Thank God she has a million others to choose from!

Return to Summerhouse–Jude Deveraux

The second in this “series”, I say it like that because it’s not the same characters it’s just the same place they go to, forced by a therapist who thinks it’s exactly what these ladies need.

            Again, it’s three women that visit the summerhouse and meet a mysterious Madame Zoya and her sister Primrose.

            The difference is (which I really liked about this one opposed to the first one) that all three women can go back to a place in time with each other. All three at once! That was a nice little twist. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, but they get to go back in time to 18th century England where they get to help alter one of their ancestries in order for their life to be back on track.

            This one was interesting because I like reading how people lived back in the day. The weird things they thought were okay (like locking someone up in a room if they were sick. Hello, it’s called fresh air.) and what they wore and what kinds of different jobs there were.

            Plus this one was funny, definitely a good summer book/plane/train/automobile/travel book. As most of hers are.

Heartwishes–Jude Deveraux

This was one of my favourites of Judes. I love when nerdy people get together with super hunky guys. It’s my favourite thing ever.

‘Heartwishes’ is about an old family, one of our favourites that we rarely see get the main screen, but is almost always related to someone in the background, that needs some things organized pertaining to their family history. Like 800 boxes of things; Old documents and the like. The person will be hired to work for a few years to get it all together and luckily for Gemma Ranford, she has a dissertation that needs to be written and thinks this would be the perfect opportunity to research.

There’s a family mystery that goes with the Fraziers, the legend goes that the women of the Frazier family get their ‘Heartwishes’ from a family jewel (that has gone missing) and anything they want so deep in their hearts happens.

Oh and the hunky lover boy in this is named Colin. And there’s an international jewel thief on the loose.

And it’s just amazing and I love it.