Friday, May 27, 2016

Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Release date: April 5, 2016
Author info: Website | Twitter | Instagram
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 336
Format: Egalley
Source: Publisher provided for review through Netgalley
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You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
I keep thinking I'm totally tired of dystopians, and then I read another and I like it! With Flawed, I knew I liked Cecelia Ahern's adult novels, so I figured, why not? Flawed does fall into some of the dystopians traps we've seen over and over again, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment much.

I always love when your protagonist goes from being someone you really dislike into someone you want to see succeed. This was the case with Celestine for me. She's one dimensional, completely ascribes to her society's ideas, and only strives to be the perfect citizen. But, one action on the bus, when her morals take over her self interest, makes Celestine into someone totally different. It's like flipping a switch; she sees the wrongs of her society, how their interest in perfection has fallen prey to individual's thirst for power.

Flawed isn't terribly long, and I found I read it really quickly--in two short sittings--but I didn't feel like all that much happened. Most of the action is told in the synopsis or you can guess at it--standard dystopian stuff--but, to me, it felt like a big setup. Certainly the sequel, Perfect, can build quickly now, but I'd rather a book that stands on its own, rather than one that feels like its just setting up.

I think the biggest flaw (heh) is that Flawed manages to hit all the dystopian trends. There's a love triangle. There's a distinct bad guy who is controlling the government and attacking our protagonist. At times that government seems a little nonsensical. I wish there had been something new and exciting, but I'm still enjoying the old formula in moderation, and I'm sure others are too.


About the author:

Cecelia Ahern is the award-winning and bestselling author of many adult novels, including P.S. I Love You and Love, Rosie--both of which were major motion pictures. Flawed is her debut young adult novel. She resides in Ireland.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron {117}

Title: The Forgetting
Author: Sharon Cameron
Release date: September 13, 2016
What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.
NEED. I've read and loved all of Sharon Cameron's books, so I'm on board! I'm still moderately obsessed with Rook--and have all intentions of shoving it into people's hands again when it comes out in paperback. (I did that with the hardcover...)

 So what are you guys waiting on this week? :)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh

Release date: April 26, 2016
Author info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 384
Format: Egalley
Source: Publisher provided for review through Edelweiss
Buy the book: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
Eva Leigh’s deliciously sexy Wicked Quills of London series continues as a Lady’s secret career writing erotic fiction is jeopardized by real-life romance . . .

In society circles she’s known as the Watching Wallflower—shy, quiet, and certainly never scandalous. Yet beneath Lady Sarah Frampton’s demure façade hides the mind of The Lady of Dubious Quality, author of the most titillating erotic fiction the ton has ever seen. Sarah knows discovery would lead to her ruin, but marriage—to a vicar, no less—could help protect her from slander. An especially tempting option when the clergyman in question is the handsome, intriguing Jeremy Cleland.

Tasked with unmasking London’s most scandalous author by his powerful family, Jeremy has no idea that his beautiful, innocent bride is the very woman he seeks to destroy. His mission must remain a secret, even from the new wife who stirs his deepest longings. Yet when the truth comes to light, Sarah and Jeremy’s newfound love will be tested. Will Sarah’s secret identity tear them apart or will the temptations of his wallflower wife prove too wicked to resist?
Well, I had read and enjoyed the first book in this series, Forever Your Earl, so of course I wanted to find out who the Lady of Dubious Quality was, and of course I figured I'd like the book. I wasn't disappointed in who the Lady was, but I will admit I was disappointed in her story. I've been devouring so many historical romances--and really liking most of them--so I guess it was time I had a less than exciting experience.

How I feel it a little hard to put into words. On one hand, I think the sex scenes are a little too much? Obviously, this is romance and you're under no illusions that there aren't going to be some--but I just find them off, somehow. I don't normally glue my eyes to the book when that's happening or anything, but I skipped. A lot.

Otherwise, I felt like a lot of the book dragged. It's a lot of threat and sitting and wishing, without much happening. Normally, the middle is when the character development happens, which is always my favorite part, but I found it a little hard to card about Sarah and Jeremy and their plight.

Honestly, I there's not anything wrong with Temptations of a Wallflower and that most of my problems are largely personal, but it's not a historical romance that's going to stick out for me and I'll certainly remember a lot of other books way before it.


About the author:

EVA LEIGH is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the ‘80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stacking the Shelves {148}


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to share the books we've bought, been gifted, or received for review!

Well hey! I'm baaaaaack! I guess I haven't really been gone, per se, since there have been blog tour posts, but I haven't been doing my regular schedule. I keep saying I'll be back to regular, but hopefully this time it's real! I have a good supply of posts scheduled already, so there won't be that pressure, and I can keep up with being ahead and with commenting. We'll see! :)


Fair warning: There's a lot! It's been over a month since my last STS, and I have a problem.

For review:


Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick
A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker
Smoke by Dan Vyleta
Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle
Nemesis by Anna Banks (not pictured)



Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker


The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee


Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge


Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

Purchased:


The Earl Takes All by Lorraine Heath
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
And can I just say a ton of Julia Quinn books? I got the rest of the Bridgerton books, plus the first one or two of a couple of her other series. I got a couple more than are here, actually, but I've read them and passed them on already... I love her. Maybe too much. I've already pushed her books on my store manager and a couple of customers.

Gifted:


My ACOMAF pre-order tote! I looove it. :D
US and UK versions of Flawed by Cecelia Ahern, plus some swag (not pictured)

Thanks so much to Bloomsbury for the tote and Molly at Macmillan for the books!

Books I read this week (since last post, at least!):
The Debutante Is Mine by Vivienne Lorrett
An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
When the Duke Was Won by Lorraine Heath
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh
To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn
The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine
When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
Nemesis by Anna Banks

I'm currently reading:
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

So that's been my week (month?)! Are y'all exhausted? I am! I told you it would be a lot, and it was more than I expected! I've got a lot of reading to do. :)

On another note, those pictures look so good on my phone and then I move them over to my computer and they look...not so good. For once I had good lighting, only to have grainy pictures anyway. Sigh. I guess I need to start using my real camera again, huh? 

Have a lovely Sunday and a fabulous week!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Blog Tour: The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine {Review + Playlist + Giveaway}


Release date: May 10, 2016
Author info: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352
Format: Egalley
Source: Publisher provided for review through Edelweiss
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Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee. 

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job. 

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love. 
With The Season of You and Me being my third experience with Robin Constantine, it now comes as no surprise how delightful I find her books. Cass and Bryan are another pair of endearing, fly-off-the-page characters whose faces you simply want to smash together, and The Season of You and Me is the perfect book to kick-start you into summer.

We're all familiar with the trope of a girl heading into summer with the intentions of escaping a boy, only to find a love where she never expected. What makes The Season of You and Me more than its trope are the characters, both the main and the secondary.

Cassidy is frustrating at times, because she really is running away and can't seem to put aside a guy who treated her badly, but she's just genuinely a nice person. And we see that in how she deals with her family--her little brother in particular--the people she meets at Camp Manatee, and also especially in her relationship with Bryan. It's kind of hard to dislike someone who's just nice, right?

Bryan is different in that he's clearly a good person, but he's got a lot of pain, and a good deal of anger. He's had time to adjust, but the kind of change he's experienced can't be adjusted to quickly, and he's got some ways to go. He feels worth so much less than he used to be, and he comes to realize that not being able-bodied doesn't diminish anything about him--aside from the literal use of his less.

With the secondary, we've got a whole cast of friends who jockey for time, with Tori and Wade taking the biggest roles, and Cassidy's litter brother, Hunter, being adorable.

It's through these relationships (Bryan's with all of his friends, but Wade especially, and his kids at camp; Cassidy's with pretty much everyone) that we really get to know Bryan and Cass, and see just why they work. And this is why The Season of You and Me stands out. Certainly, you're treated to a comfortable summer romance, but there's no shortage of characters to love, either!

About the author:

Robin Constantine is the author of The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction. A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Robin likes to spend her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene. She loves swoony books, flip-flops, dark chocolate and the full moon.








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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Blog Tour: Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh {Excerpt + Giveaway}


Release date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 384
Eva Leigh’s deliciously sexy Wicked Quills of London series continues as a Lady’s secret career writing erotic fiction is jeopardized by real-life romance . . .

In society circles she’s known as the Watching Wallflower—shy, quiet, and certainly never scandalous. Yet beneath Lady Sarah Frampton’s demure façade hides the mind of The Lady of Dubious Quality, author of the most titillating erotic fiction the ton has ever seen. Sarah knows discovery would lead to her ruin, but marriage—to a vicar, no less—could help protect her from slander. An especially tempting option when the clergyman in question is the handsome, intriguing Jeremy Cleland.

Tasked with unmasking London’s most scandalous author by his powerful family, Jeremy has no idea that his beautiful, innocent bride is the very woman he seeks to destroy. His mission must remain a secret, even from the new wife who stirs his deepest longings. Yet when the truth comes to light, Sarah and Jeremy’s newfound love will be tested. Will Sarah’s secret identity tear them apart or will the temptations of his wallflower wife prove too wicked to resist?




Now it was her turn to laugh. “I’m hardly enviable, Mr. Cleland.”
His expression shifted to thoughtfulness. “I wonder why you might say that.”
“I have…everything a woman could want,” she acknowledged, matching her stride to his.
“Such as?”
“Wealth, position. If there’s a material thing that I desire, I simply have to ask, and it’s mine.” She shook her head. “And I’m grateful for these things. I truly am. And yet…”
“And yet…?” he prompted gently.
“It comes at a high price,” she admitted.
“What is that price?”
She considered this. Never before had she spoken so openly to anyone. Not her friends, or her family. But here, now, to be with this man, and to consider the foundations of her life, was both odd and deeply right. At last, she said, “Freedom.”
He contemplated her perceptively. “Must be very restricting,” he murmured. “The responsibilities of your position in society. Not to mention the fact that you’re a woman.” He blushed a little at that word.
It was a charming—but also gently erotic—blush. Her own cheeks warmed.
He continued, “You haven’t the liberty that a man in your place might have.”
“Indeed, no.” She gave a small, strained laugh. “You must think me dreadful to take issue with my admittedly fortunate circumstance.”
He fell briefly silent. “I know a little about having one’s role be predetermined.” They stopped walking, and she gazed up at him. Cool sunlight carved hollows in his cheeks and gilded his eyelashes. “Being a vicar means I must be a model to everyone in my parish. I have to be more pious, more humble, more self-sacrificing. I have to be better at everything while also being deferential. I certainly cannot admit to being an ordinary human man.”
Their gazes held at that word, man. Awareness of him sizzled. His height, his physicality. That suppressed desire. Her own body warmed in response.
She tiled her head to one side, imagining what it must be like to live such a restrained life. “Sounds exhausting.”
“Not unlike being a duke’s daughter, I imagine.” He smiled at her, and that lush warmth continued to gathered through her.
“I never would have thought I’d have much in common with a vicar,” she said with a laugh.
“Nor I with you,” he answered, his smile softening. “But here we are, in this garden.”
“So we are.” Strange how the world worked, that she discovered a man such as him on a day that had started out so perfectly ordinary. It was almost…miraculous. Did miracles happen? She went to church as a matter of form, not faith, though the ritual gave her comfort. Still, it was a revelation to learn that men of God were mortal just like anyone else, with the same needs and frustrations anybody might experience.
She ought to have imagined as such. She often imbued people in her mind with hidden motivations and secrets. He was no exception.
“And does your…wife…feel as you do?” She inwardly grimaced at her lack of tact, but she needed to know whether or not he had someone with whom he could confide. It seemed a shame, a right shame, that he should be alone in this world.
“No wife, I’m afraid,” he said with a self-deprecating grin.
A strange relief shot through her. She reasoned that it must be because it wouldn’t do to flirt with a married man. “Stick around the London Season long enough,” she replied. “An earl’s son, with a living? You’ll make someone a fine catch.”
“I’m just a humble country vicar,” he answered. “Hardly the stuff of a doting mama’s dream for her daughter.”
“You might be surprised.” Without a doubt, she and Mr. Cleland could never be a match. Even if she wanted to marry, he stood too far beneath her to warrant any possibility of courtship. Duke’s daughters and vicars—though they might be sons of earls—made for an improbable, mismatched pairing.
A vicar could never be married to a woman who wrote anonymous erotic novels, either. The very idea was ruinous.
But damn and all the other curse words she wasn’t allowed to use—she liked Mr. Cleland. The way his mind worked, how he spoke to her like a person of equal intelligence, the sensual quality within him. It wasn’t all her writer’s fancy. Something burned in him and it lured her closer, closer, drawn toward the mysteries of this man. Even Lady Josephina wouldn’t find someone half as interesting in her adventures.
And…he was exceptionally attractive. In a way she’d never experienced with another man before. She’d met handsome gentlemen in the past, but Mr. Cleland lit a spark within her, low and hot.
A shame, really, that Sarah couldn’t have been someone else. Because, if she had…she might give him serious consideration.
But that was never to be. She was who she was, and he was who he was, and they would have to be friends—nothing more.
So absorbed was she in this thought, that she didn’t hear footsteps approaching until they were almost upon her. Turning, she saw her mother coming down the path, wearing a pinched expression.
“There you are,” Lady Wakefield said impatiently. She nodded at Mr. Cleland, barely acknowledging him. Sarah felt a small stab of shame at her mother’s rudeness. But a vicar didn’t warrant much attention. “This sun has given me a headache. It’s time to go.”
“Yes, Mama.” Before the words had left her mouth, her mother had spun on her heel and strode off back toward the main house.
Sarah offered Mr. Cleland a remorseful smile. “I’m so sorry.”
“Nothing to apologize for,” he said easily, and it was clear he meant it. He bowed. “It was a genuine pleasure to meet you, Lady Sarah.”
“I feel the same way.” They smiled at each other. For a long time, neither, it seemed, willing to move away.
“Now, Sarah,” her mother called out.
Sarah sighed. Her gaze drifted back to the hedge maze. Could she drop her fan? As they both bent to retrieve it, she might whisper to him an invitation to meet her there in a few moments. And then… She could taste those gently curved lips of his. Oh, she’d experienced a few chaste kisses before, but never anything she truly desired. But she wanted to kiss Mr. Cleland. She craved feeling his mouth against hers, and seeing if her imagination was correct about him.
He, too, looked at the maze. Was he thinking the same thoughts? Did he want to savor her? A delectable thought, one that made her feel both languid and powerfully alive all at once.
Their gazes met. He turned gorgeously pink.
He was thinking of kissing her!



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About the author:

EVA LEIGH is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the ‘80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Blog Tour: The Debutante is Mine by Vivienne Lorret {Review + Excerpt + Giveaway}


Release date: April 12, 2016
Author info: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Pages: 288
Format: Egalley
Source: Publisher provided for review through Edelweiss
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USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret launches a new historical romance series featuring the Season’s Original—a coveted title awarded by the ton’s elite to one lucky debutante...

From the Season Standard: ”A true Season’s Original embodies the class, grace, and style of the ton. Such an honor ensures the recipient their pick of eligible suitors…“

Lilah’s Appleton’s prospects are looking dim. With one last chance to find a titled husband before she’s forced to wed her wretched cousin, she must make this Season count. Plain, forgettable Lilah must become the Season’s Original. Desperate, she seeks help from the devilishly charming, untitled, and thoroughly unsuitable Jack Marlowe. All she must do now is resist the tempting rogue…

Bastard son and self-made man, Jack Marlowe loathes the aristocracy. When he meets Lilah, he expects her to be like all the other greedy husband-hunters. But she’s far more dangerous. Her alluring smiles and sharp tongue intrigue him. Before he knows it, he agrees to help her find a husband, revealing tricks to ensnare any man. The only problem is, his plan works too well—on him. 

When Lilah becomes the belle of the ball, Jack realizes he may lose her forever-unless he can take a chance on love and claim his debutante...
Vivienne Lorret is a new author to me, but I can assure you she'll be on my radar for good after having such fun reading The Debutante Is Mine! Watching Lilah grow in confidence and character--and falling in love, of course--was nothing short of delightful.

Lilah Appleton is unspectacular. With a mother who only tears her down and an imposing father's will only giving her three Seasons to find a titled husband--or she'll be forced to marry her disgusting cousin--Lilah is running low on time and confidence. A plan to become the Season's Original brings Lilah into unknown territory, but at the same time, she's drawn to Jack Marlowe--wholly unsuitable, wholly attractive.

From the first page, I liked Lilah a lot. At first, she's far from confident, but she's still true to herself. So when the plan to become the Original comes into play, it's worrying that Lilah will be forced to change to find a husband. But she doesn't! Lilah manages to come out of her shell, but she's only becoming a better version of herself. It's clear her friends and family love her because of who she is, and only want to help her--not make her into someone she's not. Far and away, this what what I loved most. Lilah finds she can make a splash in society--and not some falsified version of herself.

Of course, there can't be a great romance without a hero! Jack Marlowe was not the kind of character I expected. He's disillusioned with the aristocracy, and almost seems the surly rake, but he proves very quickly that he's deeply loyal and completely willing to give up anything for the people he cares about. He realizes that falling in love is inconvenient and not what he expected to do, but he never resists it. He always wants Lilah, and never does a thing to hurt her. Needless to say, swoon!

If I had any complaints, it's that things wrap up a little too quickly and neatly. Of course, they're going to have a happy ending, but Jack seems to manage to get over his problems without much difficulty. No brooding, not even a kind of freakout? Obviously, I don't mind my happy ending, but I thought maybe a little more of a struggle for him would've been appropriate.

The Debutante Is Mine is, clearly, a lot of fun. I flew through it and have to get my hands on more from Vivienne Lorret--especially the continuation of this series!


About the author:

USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, and the Season’s Original Series. 


“Since I cannot move forward, the gentlemanly thing for you to do is to step back.”

“Why can’t you move forward?” His breath skimmed across her nape, teasing the tendrils that must have come loose earlier, when their carriage had hit the rut.

She shivered, closing her eyes. “I know very well that you do not care about my answer. All you are doing is delaying the removal of your hand from my . . .”

She’d said the word a moment ago. So why couldn’t she say it now? Likely, because that part of her body had suddenly become the center of her world. It was now a place of intimacy and forbidden touches.

“Waist?” he supplied, moving his fingertips in such a way that it made her stomach quiver—not on the surface but someplace deeper inside.

“Person,” she corrected, yet noticed her thready word lacked censure. She tried again. “You really should not be touching me here.”

“If I were assisting you into a barouche, I would have both my hands on your . . . person.”

Both of his hands on her? She tried not to imagine it. When she felt an enthralling warmth spread through her, she knew she’d failed. “No. I mean here, in the ballroom. If anyone should see, the result would be catastrophic for both of us.”

Her reputation would be ruined. He would be expected to marry her. They both knew, however, that he would not. His conduct indicated that he cared little for the principles of society. He didn’t even like her. And more important, she reminded herself, she despised him.

“Indeed. The rules that govern your actions must be obeyed.” With those hard-edged words, he dropped his hand and stepped back.

Lilah immediately missed his warmth and hated herself for it. She turned to face him, a reprimand at the ready. “If we didn’t have rules, then society would be full of men like you who enjoy taking liberties.”

He lifted his tawny brows. “You don’t think society would be full of women taking liberties?”

She blinked, caught off guard by the question and by the very idea. Women taking liberties?

Spinning a web to decide her fate . . .

It was an unexpectedly intriguing proposition for a woman in her circumstances. Now, however, was not the time to ponder it. “I will not imagine such a thing. After all, if I were to have placed my hand on your person, then you would have removed it. Men do not wait upon politeness.”

“I wouldn’t have removed your hand . . . from anywhere on my person.” He grinned, making her regret the example she’d used. Then he spread his arms out in invitation. “Please tell me you require proof.”





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