I’m a BookBub junkie.Â I like scrolling through the weekly email for free and discounted ebooks.Â I don’t always get books though.Â Here’s what I’ve picked up in the last month or so and why I wanted them.
The Viscount’s Wallflower Bride by Lauren Royal
“England, 1673: Lady Violet Ashcroft grew up sheltered in the countryside, far from the dashing gentlemen of the courtâ€”and thatâ€™s how she likes it. Here on her familyâ€™s beautiful, quiet estate, she neednâ€™t fight off suitors who are only after her sizable inheritance, or play second fiddle to her prettier younger sisters. Love and marriage arenâ€™t for everyone, and sensible Violet would rather spend her days improving her mind than risking her heart. Until a rather dashing gentleman shows up next doorâ€¦
Ford Chase, Viscount Lakefield, has had it with women. Whoâ€™s got time for them, anyway, when thereâ€™s important work to be done? Fresh out of Oxford, Ford is ready to devise his first world-changing invention. All he needs is some peace and quiet on his neglected country estate, where there is no family to nag him and, most especially, no women to distract himâ€”until heâ€™s thrown into the company of the intriguing Lady Violetâ€¦”
I didn’t realize until I went to Goodreads that this is a “sweet and clean” version of a previous book. I don’t like sex scenes in books unless they somehow advance the plot. I guess these were easy to cut? I usually don’t get historical romances that I don’t see recommended on Twitter. I’ve picked up so many awful ones when deciding on my own. This may be one of those. We’ll see.
The Gin Shack on the Beach by Catherine Miller
“When octogenarian Olive Turner is persuaded by her son to move into a retirement home, she congratulates herself on finding the secret to an easy life: no washing up, cooking or cleaning. But Olive isnâ€™t one for mindless bingo with her fellow residents, and before the first day is over she’s already hatching a plan to escape back to her beloved beach hut and indulge in her secret passion for a very good gin & tonic.
Before long Oliveâ€™s secret is out and turning into something wonderful and new. Only a select few are invited, but word spreads quickly about the weekly meetings of The Gin Shack Club. Soon everybody on the beach wants to become a gin connoisseur and join Olive on her journey to never being forced to grow older than you feel.”
I love books with older protagonists. Forget YA heroines – give me the old ladies.
Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller
“After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The cityâ€™s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edgesâ€”crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called â€œthe breaksâ€ is ravaging the population.
When a strange new visitor arrivesâ€”a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her sideâ€”the city is entranced. The â€œorcamancer,â€ as sheâ€™s known, very subtly brings together four peopleâ€”each living on the peripheryâ€”to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.”
I sought this one out after hearing about it on Twitter. I was in with a lady riding an orca with a polar bear at her side.
Gods and Monsters by V.R. Christensen
“As a widower, Nathanial Durham has the monumental responsibility of finding suitable husbands for his two daughters. Flirtatious and changeable Bethany might have nearly anyone, but she seems determined to toss her suitors away almost the moment they arrive. Laynie, on the other hand, far behind her sister in looks and charm, is of especial concern to her father. And so, when Harold Vaughn returns home to inherit, it seems the problem, at least for one of his daughters, is solved. Only which daughter will it be?
Even his girls cannot quite decide, and so, to cool the rivalry, the sisters are sent to an auntâ€™s, where they are thrown into the path of other young and eligible gentlemenâ€”and a new rivalry begins.”
This description seems really boring. The BookBub one was much different, I think. Not sure about this one now.
Deep Fried and Pickled by Paisley Ray
“Book one of THE RACHAEL O’BRIEN CHRONICLES begins with Rachael enrolled at a southern college intending to earn a degree, party, and meet cute guys–hopefully acing the latter two. She has barely had time to acquaint herself to the dorm food before finding herself threatened by a jealous She-Devil, fending off the advances of a thirty-something redneck, and stumbling upon an art fraud scheme. To top things off, her parents go their separate ways: her mom to follow a psychic calling; her dad adrift in his midlife crisis.”
The title seems like it might fit for Foodies Read but the description doesn’t. Thought I’d give it a try.
“John Braxton arrives unannounced on Lizzieâ€™s doorstep. Little does she know that when she invites him for a drink on the porch, Lizzie opens the door to a secret world of Lycan, magic, spelled books, and a power hungry mastermind. Caught up in one manâ€™s search for power, Lizzie soon begins to uncover surprising secrets about her own past and powersâ€”but not before stumbling upon a library like no other. And romance with a serious but sexy Lycan? It might just happenâ€¦
Take a romp through the life of the quirky and well-meaning Lizzie as she discovers exactly what it means to live with magic.”
Werewolves and books? Could be great, could be a hot mess.
The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth by Juliet Gauvin
“Elizabeth Lara built a perfect life as San Franciscoâ€™s top divorce attorney, but when she loses her great-aunt Mags, the woman who raised her, she boards a plane and leaves it all behind.
The Irish shores welcome her as she learns a shocking truth, kept secret for thirty-five years. Devastated and now alone in the world, Beth tries to find peace in a beautiful cottage by Lough Rhiannon, but peace isnâ€™t what fate had in mind. Almost as soon as she arrives, Bethâ€™s solitary retreat into the magic wilds of Ireland is interrupted by Connor Bannon. A man with light brown hair, ice blue eyes and a secret of his own. Heâ€™s gorgeous, grieving, and completely unexpected.
With the help of Magsâ€™ letters, the colorful townspeople of Dingle, and Connor, Elizabeth might just find a way back to the girl she lost long ago and become the woman she always wanted to be.”
I like shocking secrets.
Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose
“As a writer for Chick Habit, an increasingly popular women’s website, Alex Lyons gets paid to be a bitch. She’s churning out several posts a day, and she saves her juiciest ones for blog prime time, when working women eat their sad desk salads in their offices. Alex tells herself she’s fulfilling her dream of being a professional writer; so what if it means being glued to her couch and her laptop from six a.m. to six p.m., scouring the web in search of the next big celebrity scandal? Since Chick Habit’s parent company keeps close tabs on page views, Alex knows her job is always at risk.
So when an anonymous tipster sends her the year’s most salacious storyâ€”a politico’s squeaky-clean Ivy League daughter caught in a very R-rated activityâ€”it’s a no-brainer. But is Alex really willing to ruin the girl’s life by igniting the next Internet feeding frenzy? And what she doesn’t yet realize is how this big scoop is about to send her own life spiraling out of control.”
I had this on my TBR for so long that it got purged. Then it showed up on sale so I got it.