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Guest Review: The Dare and the Doctor by Kate Noble

Posted January 16, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: The Dare and the Doctor by Kate NobleReviewer: Tracy
The Dare and the Doctor by Kate Noble
Series: Winner Takes All #3
Also in this series: Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: November 22nd 2016
Format: eARC
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Series Rating: four-stars

Dr. Rhys Gray and Miss Margaret Babcock are friends—strictly friends. But over the course of the year, as they exchange dozens of letters, they share personal details that put them on the path to something more. When Dr. Gray helps Margaret realize her dearest dream and she comes to his defense in the uproar that follows, it seems that their connection cannot be denied. But will their relationship stand the scruples of society and jealous intendeds, or are they destined to be only friends, and nothing more?

Rhys is a doctor and a friend of Margaret’s father.  He came to visit and stayed at their house.  He and Margaret became friends and after he leaves to go back to Greenwich they start corresponding and build a great friendship.  When Rhys tells the London Horticultural Society about her hybrid roses and they state that they are interested in seeing them Margaret balks.  She’s not sure she can get to London and leave the home she’s known.  She finally agrees to go after hearing her mother whisper in her ear, “I dare you.”  Margaret’s mother has been dead for years but that was her favorite way of getting Margaret to do things she didn’t want to do.

After arriving in London Margaret gets talked into going to balls, etc., by her friends and hosts but she just wants to garden.  She does head to Vauxhall with Rhys but they both fear that her hosts, his friends, are trying to get them together.  They assure each other that they have no designs on each other and that they are just friends.  Margaret is happy to be friends with Rhys until she learns that he is to be married to the beautiful Miss Sylvia Morton.

Miss Morton is kind and strikes up a friendship with Margaret which includes heading to all of the events that Margaret would rather not go to.  She doesn’t want to hurt Sylvia’s feelings though so she goes.  She loves seeing Rhys at these events but unfortunately Sylvia is always there reminding her that Rhys isn’t hers.  She tells herself it doesn’t bother her but she lies.  She starts to fall for Rhys but knows she can never have him and it starts to break her heart.

This was a very sweet story of two very similar characters.  Rhys and Margaret are just such nerds and perfect for each other. 🙂 He loves hearing about her plants and she loves hearing about and seeing all of the things in his laboratory.  How either of them thought they could just be friends was beyond me.  I loved how comfortable they were with each other.  Their conversations weren’t strained for lack of anything to say and they took the other for who they truly were – not who they wanted them to be.

Rhys was really in a pickle with his mom having made an agreement with the Morton’s to have Rhys marry Sylvia.  It had been years since the agreement was made but both families were sticking to it.  Rhys truly didn’t want to marry Sylvia but he felt like he had to for the good of the family.  My heart went out to him in his predicament.  Of course Sylvia didn’t help matters because I could see how scheming she was from the beginning and didn’t like her one bit.

The book was sweet and I enjoyed it.  It was slow at times but for the most part a good, steady romance.

Rating: 3.5/3.75 out of 5


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Guest Lightning Review: Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night by Kate Noble

Posted September 22, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Lightning Review: Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night by Kate NobleReviewer: Tracy
Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night by Kate Noble
Series: Winner Takes All #2.5
Also in this series: The Dare and the Doctor
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: September 19th 2016
Format: eARC
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Series Rating: four-stars

Cecilia Goodhue is a schoolteacher with a past, living with her sister and her husband in a tiny English village. Resigned to a quiet life, Cecilia is surprised when she finds out that her young cousin has run off with a man of no means.

Cecilia had once been a teenaged girl who also fell for a young man’s charms—only to be devastated by his betrayal. Determined to not let her cousin meet the same fate, she heads off to London to but is shocked when her investigation leads her right to the front door of the very man who broke her heart: Theo Hudson.

Together, they reluctantly embark on finding her cousin and returning her to her family. During their searching in London, it soon becomes clear that they both remember their short-lived romance differently and perhaps now, years later, they have a fresh chance at love.

There’s not much to say about the premise of the story as the blurb says it so well.  This was a cute story though. There wasn’t a lot of angst, there wasn’t a lot of drama and it was a sweet reunion story.  Once Cecilia and Theo had figured out that they’d been lied to by their fathers ten years earlier about why the other wanted to marry them, all was well.

Parts of the story were pretty funny and I enjoyed laughing throughout the book.  I haven’t read books 1 & 2 in this series but I didn’t feel that I needed to in order to enjoy this novella.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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Guest Review: Let It Be Me by Kate Noble

Posted April 2, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Tracy’s review of Let It Be Me (The Blue Raven #5) by Kate Noble.

Bridget longs to meet a gentleman who doesn’t mention her beautiful sister upon shaking her hand. But since being branded a shrew after a disastrous social season, Bridget knows she’s lucky to even have a man come near her. It’s enough to make a lady flee the country…

So Bridget heads to Venice for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini, with whom she’s been corresponding. But not only is Carpenini not expecting her, he doesn’t even remember her! His friend, theater owner Oliver Merrick, does, though. And one look into her tantalizing green eyes has him cursing his impulsive letter-writing, which brought her across the continent. Yet before Merrick can apologize, Carpenini has ordered her away.

Little does either man know that they will soon be embroiled in a wager that will require the beautiful Miss Forrester’s help—or that there’ll be far more at stake in this gamble than money…

Bridget loves to play music. It’s in her head all the time and it’s really one of the most important parts of her life. Unfortunately her mother makes her attend balls and such but she hates them. Her sister was a diamond of the first water and now people look at Bridget and see, well, not a diamond. Bridget’s also a bit surly because while she loves her sister she hates being constantly compared to her! Her dance card is empty all the time and she thinks it’s a complete waste to go to balls at all.

Five years earlier Bridget’s family had housed the famous composer Vincenzo Carpenini and his companion, Oliver Merrick. During that time Carpenini heard Bridget play the pianoforte and praised her playing. When after five years she gets a letter from Mr. Merrick stating that Carpenini is returning to England from Venice and would like to take Bridget on as a student she’s ecstatic. He never shows up though so when Bridget has the chance to talk her mother into taking a trip to Italy she takes it.

Carpenini in the meantime has fallen out of favor with his benefactor and has created a competition that he will pit his best female student against his benefactor’s new “in” man’s best male student. The problem is that Carpenini has no students at all. When Oliver mentions to Carpenini that Bridget is in the city they manage to talk her into competing. The months that Bridget rehearses go by with her trying to deal with her stage fright, Carpenini’s unending criticism and the feelings that grow in her for Oliver.

There’s so much more that goes on in this story that I can’t begin to tell you all the ins and outs of it all. Despite there being many different parts to the story I thought that Noble brought them all together so nicely.

I absolutely loved the musical aspect of this book. Music obviously plays a HUGE roll in the story and I so enjoyed the way the author described the music and the way it made the different characters feel. It almost made me feel like I was there listening to the music while it played. I did grow up in a musical family but I’m the only one out of my parents and 3 siblings that doesn’t play an instrument! I don’t know how to read music but am a little familiar with the different tempo names and such that are involved. Having that knowledge was nice but I honestly think that someone who has no musical background at all could read this and get exactly what Noble is talking about.

The romance between Oliver and Bridget was so very sweet. It almost played a secondary place in the story but it was always there and present so I didn’t feel deprived at all. The long strolls and talks that Oliver took with Bridget, the times they couldn’t take those strolls, the gondolas rides, it was all just fairly magical to me.

I think the story was a lovely one and I honestly couldn’t put the book down. I definitely would recommend this to everyone, music aficionado or not. It’s a charming story and one I will be reading again in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted July 25, 2011 by Tracy in Features | 8 Comments

Happy almost end of July!!
What’s up in Tracyland?
I continue to have bizarre reading weeks as I continue to get up early. My daughter’s summer school ended last week but since I originally thought it ran until the 29th of July that’s how I planned my schedule at work. There’s only 1 week left – woohoo! I hate getting up early but I love, love, love getting off early from work. But then I hate having to go to bed earlier in order to get enough sleep to wake up early again. It’s a vicious cycle! lol
So this past Saturday I drove down and saw Holly for a girls day. We talked about family, and friends, and kids, and rhino and panther dicks (which you can read about in Holly’s post here) and laughed and ate and just had so much fun. I ended up coming home with a large stack of books to review for The Book Binge – bigger than the original pile she had to mail me. lol
Holly also showed me the wonderful app that Goodreads now has and it’s awesome! I was using the mobile site on my phone and it was kind of a pain, I must say. For those of us who still read print books it’s got a barcode scanner and you can direct the scans to exactly which shelf you want to put the books on. The rest of the app is incredibly easy to use as well and I entered all of the books that I got from Holly all in the space of 5 minutes (I had to enter some by hand since they were ARC’s). If you use Goodreads a lot, as I do, and you have an app capable phone I suggest you get this one – it’s the perfect price: free!
Update on my oldest: She’s doing great. We had a follow up with our regular doctor. He had her give blood again to check her levels, scheduled her for an ultrasound to check things out a little more closely and then set up an appointment for us with a Gynecologist so that we can talk about the cause of the cyst and how to avoid them in the future, etc. She’s back to her normal self and doing well which is a huge relief.
It’s going to be a hard week this week. My boss, the one I’ve worked for for the past 10 years, is retiring. This is her last full work week and then her last service (she’s a priest) will be on Sunday. I has a great big sad. I know that things will be ok after she leaves but I love her so much. I’m pretty sure 75% of my love for my job is her. She’s been a wonderful boss and a great friend and I will miss her something fierce.*sniff*
I was thinking this past week that I need to take a vacation and do nothing but read. I could head to my bosses cabin near Lake Arrowhead and have peace and solitude and read my ass off. Doesn’t that sound good? Of course I think I might have to make it a 3 week vacation: 1 week to read just from my m/f TBR – 1 week to read all of my Book Binge review books and write reviews – 1 week to read nothing but m/m. Heaven. It sounds like sheer effin heaven.
Oh, and I’m over at DIK today and for the next couple of days.
Enough about me…how are you? What did you do this past week or weekend that was fun and exciting? Anything.
I started the week with my TBR Challenge Read which was My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger. This was an wonderful book and I loved it. You can see my review here if you’re interested. 5 out of 5
Next was a novella for The Book Binge called Surrounded by Woods by Mandy Harbin. It was the story of mountain lion shifters who live to eat and mate. They stay away from society because if they are around an unattached female they’ll go feral, mate with the woman against her will (can you say rape?) and that has deadly consequences for both parties involved. Mikaela heads to Woods estate to help with some legal issues and she’s safe because they think she’s engaged…which she’s not any longer. Mikaela and one of the four sons, Josh, hit it off in a big way but what happens when they find out she’s not really engaged? A cute story in some aspects, and a bit ridiculous in others. 2.5 out of 5
Next was Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer. This is book 2 in the Nightshade series and it starts off where book 1 left off. Calla is now with the Searchers but she doesn’t know who to trust and what’s happening back in her pack. She wants to get her pack and make sure they’re safe…along with Ren. Shay isn’t too thrilled that Calla is still thinking about Ren but he deals with it. Things don’t go as planned with the rescue mission and Calla finds out she has a traitor in her pack. Another good story – I’ll be posting my review this week for this book.
I started The Summer of You by Kate Noble but halfway through I put the book down. I was a little bored and though I normally like sweet, somewhat non-angsty romances this was a little too slow for me. I may go back and finish it some other time as I started and stopped Compromised as well – went back later and loved it. DNF (for now)
England’s Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch was my next read and it was so good! As much as I loved the story and the romance it was really Bit that made this book for me. He was just so emotionally scarred and I wanted to hug him for most of the book. The story was about Lucinda who has decided to teach her “lessons” to the fourth son of a duke but feels quite guilty about it since she’s really vying for marriage. The man, Geoffrey is courting Lucinda’s father, a general, as much as he’s courting Lucinda. Bit overhears about the lessons and offers to “help” Lucinda with them. Lucinda and Bit get closer and spend more time together and though they each say they’re only friends love grows between them. 4.5 out of 5
When I head to Holly’s I always get an audio book to listen to. This time I got Irresistible by Susan Mallery. I listened to about 4 of the cd’s before I got home and then read the last part of it via ebook. I liked the book but had an issue with the reader. I didn’t like her voice all that much and she made everyone but the hero and heroine have what sounded like southern accents. I could hear the where the lines were supposed to be humorous but frankly she didn’t have much inflection in her voice and it was all lost in the translation. She also made the heroes voice sound like he had no personality at all. I think she was going for stoic but didn’t quite manage that.
Also – a note to audio book readers: drink water. I really have no desire to hear the pastiness when you get dry mouth. Ewwww. lol
The story itself was about an ex-marine who moves into an apartment and becomes emotionally involved, against his will, with his neighbor and her daughter. It was a cute book. 3.5 out of 5
Last on the list was a soon to be re-issued book called The Husband She Couldn’t Remember by Maggie Shayne. The book is about a woman who has been thought dead for 2 years by her husband and his family who shows up not knowing who she is. I’m posting my review of this later this week. 🙂
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:

Happy Reading!

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Guest Review: The Summer of You by Kate Noble

Posted April 12, 2010 by Ames in Reviews | 4 Comments

Publisher: Berkley, Penguin

Ame’s review of The Summer of You by Kate Noble.

Lady Jane Cummings is certain that her summer is ruined when she is forced to reside at isolated Merrymere Lake with her reckless brother and ailing father. Her fast-paced London society is replaced with a small town grapevine. But one bit of gossip catches Jane’s attention- rumors that the lake’s brooding new resident is also an elusive highwayman.

Jane must face the much discussed mysterioso after he saves her brother from a pub brawl. She immediately recognizes him from London: Byrne Worth, war hero and apparent hermit-whom she finds strangely charming. The two build a fast friendship, and soon nothing can keep this Lady away from Merrymere’s most wanted. Convinced of his innocence, Jane is determined to clear Byrne’s name-and maybe have a little fun this summer after all…

Ok, I have a tough time reviewing books I love, so bear with me…

Lady Jane of Society Fame. In her comeout year, Lady Jane was the center of it all, she lived for the social whirl of the ton. But then her mother died and she had to go into mourning for a year. During that time, her father began to lose his memory and her older brother ran off, leaving her responsible for everything in his absence. But now that her brother is back and she has re-entered society, Jane finds that something is missing, she no longer craves society the way she used to.

That doesn’t mean she’s happy to go to the Cottage, her family’s summer home, a whole month early! Her brother doesn’t want their father’s condition known about among their peers and so drags his recalcitrant sister and their father to the country. He hadn’t meant to go along, but Jane “talks” him into joining them. If she must suffer, so will he!

Once at the Cottage, in the small village of Reston, Jane remembers the good times of her youth and she’s actually glad they’ve returned. The fresh air is doing well for her father but her brother still troubles her. He refuses to step up to the plate and face his responsibilities.

But Jane finds a port in the storm of her life – Mr. Byrne Worth. Byrne is in Reston because he inherited the Widow Lowe’s house near Jane’s home. And the isolated location is perfect for his needs – to heal from his war wounds. The villagers refer to him as a hermit and want nothing to do with his surly attitude. They even believe him to be the highwayman that has been plaguing their town since winter!

But in Byrne Jane finds a dear friend. Here is someone who is no longer who they used to be as well. And eventually their friendship turns to something more. But Jane tries desperately to keep the two parts of her life separate – her joy with Byrne and the responsibilities of her family.

There is so much more to this story that I’m leaving out, but I think I’ll leave it up to you readers to discover this wonderful world that Kate Noble has created. This is my first time reading her work and I’m hooked. I’m so glad I have her first two books in my tbr pile. I know I’m going to be reading them very soon.

First of all, the writing. Kate’s terribly talented. She writes with a sly humor that I love but there’s more to it than that. The emotional spell her writing wove totally had me in it’s grasp right until the last page, when I found myself almost crying! With happiness of course. I didn’t realize how caught up I was until I closed the book on the last page.

And then her characters! So rich! Jane and Byrne really complement each other. And the secondary characters are just as drawn out and vivid as Jane and Byrne. I found myself laughing over the antics of Jane and a few of her guests when it came to planning a ball.

But the central story, what a whopper. I had marked off a passage that really touched me. It just made my heart go pitter patter.

“You are not a lost cause! And you’re not a…a project to me!”
“Then what am I, Jane? If I’m not a lost cause or a project, you don’t pity me, and won’t hate me, then what else is there?”
He held her gaze then, saw the rise and fall of her chest as her breath came hard and heavy. He felt every nerve in his body come alive, every sensation pool at the base of his spine, as he repeated…
“What else is there?”
He saw it then, in her eyes. The awareness of what he was asking. The answer.
“Jane,” he said again, “what else is there?”
The moment fell between them. And then…
And then nothing was between them.

Every interaction between Jane and Byrne is humorous, touching, and satisfying. Their relationship starts off a bit bristly, since Byrne is seen as a hermit, but he begins to crave her company. And the rest, as they say, is history.

4.5 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley Sensation. You can buy it here.

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