Teaser Tuesday–A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang

I just started A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang, and so far I am enjoying it.  I haven’t figured out Brystion yet – is he really as big a jerk as he occasionally comes across?  Talk about harsh!

Brystion snorted. “You did a shit job on Abby’s as well.  Whatever talent you once had is gone. Have some dignity and get on with your life.”

The artist’s mouth flattened into a sour line.

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Teaser Tuesday–Trouble in a Pinstripe Suit by Kelly Hunter

Work has been stressful lately, so I have turned to my favorite comfort reads; Harlequin series romances.  Like tasty bonbons, I can’t get enough of them when real life gets to be overwhelming.

"I  have a ballroom?”  She jumped up from the table.  “I have a chandelier the size of a helicopter?”

“You’re not heading for the Scotch again, are you?” he asked warily.

“Certainly not.” She loved this place.  “I’m heading for the ballroom.”

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Teaser Tuesday–Above World and The Song of Achilles

Jenn Reese’s Above World is a compelling Middle Grade read.  I like both protagonists, and I am worried about their continued health and  safety.  In order to save their people, they are willing to take dangerous risks even the adults of their city refused to undertake.  So far, they are not having an easy time, either!

Aluna scowled at the mention of etiquette, but didn’t fuss.  She’d put up with far more than social humiliation in order to train with the hunters back home.  Warrior training!  Suddenly, being a prisoner didn’t seem like such a bad fate after all.

 

I love Greek mythology, so I had an attack of giddy anticipation when I saw that Madeline Miller wrote a book about Achilles and Patroclus.  I love these characters, and could hardly wait to dive into the book.  I only just started it, but I am already hooked.  (The picture is from the UK cover – I like that one better than the US version)

I waited for him to make a joke out of it, some witty jape about my disgrace.  He did not.  Perhaps, I thought, he is too stupid to.

He rolled onto his side to face me.  A stray lock of gold fell half into his eyes; he blew it away.  “My name is Achilles.”

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Teaser Tuesday–Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe and My Favorite Mistake

 

I am enjoying Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell, even though I am not convinced by the major conflict between the protagonist and her BFF.  Despite this, the writing style is fun and fresh, and I like Chloe’s breezy personality. 

He didn’t look up, but a wave of red crept along the part of his neck not covered by his scarf. “I’m starting the essay on excise taxes that’s due in seven minutes.”

A page of bright white sat on his desktop. Seriously, he was on the first paragraph of a three-page essay. “Wow, Dunc, you could use some serious time management lessons.”

 

Last year, I enjoyed The A Circuit by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka, so I am excited to see if I enjoy the follow up as much.  I just started this one, so I haven’t formed any opinions of it as of yet.

This was usually about the point when people started to zone out and look bored, no matter how polite they were trying to be. And that was okay. Sure, Tommi was pretty much obsessed with riding and showing. That didn’t mean she couldn’t talk about anything else.

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Teaser Tuesday–Princess of the Wild Swans and Deadly

 

Diane Zahler’s reimagined fairy tales are quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  Princess of the Wild Swans is another fun book that kept me entertained over the weekend.  I am looking forward to more of her books!

 

I rose abruptly, rocking the table.  As I stood, my goblet crashed to the floor, shattering into a hundred tiny pieces. At the sound, the door to the hall flew open.  Mistress Tuileach stood there, and I ran to her.

Help me! I thought in desperation.

 

I just picked up Deadly by Julie Chibbaro.  I love the premise; it takes place in New York in 1906 during the devastating outbreak of typhoid fever. 

 

Every September, the shivers come over me, thoughts of my brother’s terrifying death, and the questions – why did his short life end? Why do people have to die?

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Teaser Tuesday–Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Last week it was all about Mr. Kennedy. This week, it’s all about Born Wicked, the first book in Jessica Spotswood’s Cahill Witch Chronicles. This book, with its reimagined New England, is freaking fantastic.  I couldn’t put it down! 

But Maura stares at me in the mirror, like she knows what I’m thinking. “We’re witches, Cate. We were born that way.  Magic isn’t shameful, no matter what the Brothers would have us believe. It’s a gift. I wish you would accept that.”

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Teaser Tuesday–An Affair with Mr. Kennedy by Jillian Stone

The weekend was all about Mr. Kennedy. What a luscious hunk of man he is.  I love this book, and hated every interruption I suffered while trying to savor this read.  The chemistry between Zak and Cassie was electric, and I could readily believe that he had the power to sweep this intelligent and stubborn woman right off of her feet.

She tucked her arm in his.  He took a long appreciative glance at the lovely woman by his side.  Indeed, she was stunning.  This was the second time in so many days that he wondered what she might look like in nothing at all. “You are entirely too distracting.”

“What was that, Zak?”

He exhaled.  “I’m having wicked thoughts about you.”

And then there is this passage, that surely sent Cassie’s heart galloping out of control.

He turned her in small circles and no longer waltzed at a respectable distance.  Candlelight from the ballroom chandeliers whirled around his face.  Blue eyes deepened to violet as his gaze fell to her mouth.

Cassie tilted up her head and parted her lips.

After rising her ire, Cassie tries to give Zak the cold shoulder.  It doesn’t work very well.  Zak is too blazing hot for a setdown.

“Good night, Cassie.”

“Good night, Mr. Kennedy.”

He reached out and stopped the door from closing. “That is twice now you’ve called me Mr. Kennedy.” Pressing closer, his words fell against plump lips that parted ever so slightly.  “I don’t like it anymore.”

Swoon!

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Teaser Tuesday–Winterling and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

I just finished Winterling by Sarah Prineas.  What a good book! This is MG fantasy at its best, with a very relatable protagonist, a great big evil to defeat, and a wonderful supporting cast of characters.  Heroine Fer really sealed the deal, though.  She is a caring, brave girl who refuses to let her fears stop her from doing what her heart compels her to.

“Ah.” The Lady fell silent. When she spoke the edge had left her voice. She almost sounded sad.  “Our oaths and our rules bind us together, Gwynnefar. When an oath is broken there is a price. And it is always more than the oath breaker can pay.”

 

While browsing the comments at Dear Author, I discovered The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley. The hero has Asperger’s, which immediately caught my interest.  I purchased it for my Kindle, and so far, I am finding it a hard to put down read.  Ian is proving to be a very unique character, to say the least.

 

Beth blinked. “I beg your pardon?”

“I said, you could marry me. I don’t give a damn about your fortune.”

“My lord, why on earth should you ask me to marry you?”

“Because you have beautiful eyes.”

“How do you know?" You’ve not once looked at them.”

“I know.”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

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