What Are You Reading is a new feature we’re starting. WAYR is a weekly open thread we’ll start every Sunday. We’ll tell you what we’re reading and ask that you do the same in the comments. Throughout the week we’ll update in the comments as we go along and we urge all of you to do the same.
Holly: I’m about 140 pages into a reread of Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. LoS is arguably one of the best historical romance novels ever written. I am absolutely loving it (as I do every time I reread) but I’m also frustrated as hell because I can’t seem to find any dedicated reading time this weekend. Every time I sit down to read something comes up.
I’ve just finished reading the part where they consummate their marriage. Jessica has confessed to being in lust with Dain all along and his reaction is..priceless. While I love Dain (who doesn’t?), it’s really Jessica who steals the show here. She’s witty, kind, strong and manages Dain with aplomb. Here’s a snippet from early on in the book. Withers, the butler, has just learned that Jessica and her grandmother Genevieve have just arrived. Her brother, Bertie, has been running amuck in London and Withers is eternally grateful that Miss Jessica has shown up to take him in hand:
More important, in the practical Withers’ view, Miss Jessica had inherited her late father’s brains, physical agility, and courage. She could ride, fence, and shoot with the best of them. Actually, when it came to pistols, she was the best of the whole family, and that was saying something. During two brief marriages, her grandmother had borne four sons by her first husband, Sir Edmund Trent, and two by her second, Viscount Pembury, and daughters and sons alike had bred males in abundance. Yet not a one of those fine fellows could outshoot Miss Jessica. She could pop the cork off a wine bottle at twenty paces —and Withers himself had seen her do it.
He wouldn’t mind seeing her pop Lord Dain’s cork for him. The great brute was an abomination, a disgrace to his country, an idle reprobate with no more conscience than a dung beetle. He had lured Sir Bertram—who, lamentably, was not the cleverest of gentlemen—into his nefarious circle and down the slippery slope to ruin. Another few months of Lord Dain’s company and Sir Bertram would be bankrupt —if the endless round of de-bauchery didn’t kill him first. But there wouldn’t be another few months, Withers reflected happily as he nudged his reluc-tant master to the door. Miss Jessica would fix everything. She always did.
You might think, from the snippet, that Jessica is one of those annoying, “managing” types, but she’s very practical and down to earth. Which is good, since Lord Dain is anything but. I’ve been Tweeting about it under the hashtag #LoS if you want to follow along, though you will have to wade through some other non-related tweets to get there. (http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23LoS).
Rowena: I just started a book that I’m reading for review here on Book Binge. I read Libby Malin’s last book, Fire Me and was really looking forward to reading this one.
So far, the book is just so-so but I’m hopeful that it will get better. It’s not a bad start to a new reading week that’s for sure but I’m not as into this book as I was in the first book. I’ll keep you guys updated on whether I change my mind about this book as the week continues on.
Casee: Defeat the Darkness is a book from Morgan’s Paladin series. I haven’t read the last few, but I really liked the first three in the series. I’m only about two chapters in, but it is very promising.
So tell us, what are you reading? Are you loving it or hating it?