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Mailbox Monday April 2nd 2012

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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.
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Your host for the month of April is: … Cindy@Cindy’s Love Of Books
So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Cindy, after all, we all like to receive them!
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This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I seem to be on something of a roll with requests to review romance novels just recently and this week’s two ‘newbies’, are no exception. They constitute the first two books in a series of novellas known as ‘The Gasquet Princes’, so they ideally should be read together, so that I can get a persepective on how the story is developing over time and where it might be heading in the future.

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‘FROM NOW UNTIL FOREVER’ by SHERRY GLOAG

  For Prince Liam, families meant bad news, unwanted commitments, and the loss of his personal freedom. Love spawned white picket fences, slippers at the hearth with a wife and kids making demands, so why did those images disappear when he met Melanie Babcot?

Melanie Babcot fought hard to escape the horrors of her youth and vowed to remain single and free, so when paid to protect Prince Liam from insurgents why did her personal pledge fly out the window?

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‘HIS CHOSEN BRIDE’ by SHERRY GLOAG

 Prince Henri Gasquet is happy to let his father, the king, choose his bride for him, until he meets Monica Latimer.

Monica Latimer is not prepared to risk letting any man close enough to learn about her Gift. A gift that normally has men running for the hills when they find out about it.

What will happen when both mindsets are challenged?

 

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These romantic suspense novellas were gifted as a request for me to read and leave my comments about, by their author Sherry Gloag and as such were free of charge.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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Written by
Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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31 comments
    • Hi Cath,

      Generally speaking, I am having fun with all my requests and I have got to know some fantastic authors and fellow bloggers into the bargain.

      There are occasions when I have been taken out of my comfort zone, with an authors chosen genre, but on the whole this has turned out to be a productive experience.

      The only real downside is that my TBR pile just isn’t going anywhere fast, in fact it just keeps getting bigger!!

      Enjoy your Sunday and have a good week.

      • I think reading out of your comfort zone is a good thing and I know I don’t do it often enough – so good for you!

        TBR piles… I do *try* and the reason I do challenges is to move books. *But* I then go reading reviews of books others have found and end up increasing the pile instead of t’other way round. Talk about ridiculous.

        You have a good week too. We have family coming for Easter so the week will be busy with preps.

  • Those are new to me books and they sound interesting. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your link. Your a new to me blogger and looking forward to getting to read more of your blog. 🙂 Happy Reading!

    • Hi Cindy,

      That’s the great thing about ‘touring memes’, I get to ‘meet’ a whole new set of great people and find some interesting blogs, such as your own.

      I like the way that you mix your posts together, some really interesting tidbits of information.

      I have just started the first of my two books, a pleasing read so far.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and introduce yourself.

    • Hi Naida,

      Romance is not a genre that I could read all the time to the exclusion of everything else, as I enjoy my crime thrillers too much for that. However they do make a nice interlude between all the blood and gore of a police investigation, so I am quite happy to fit them in.

      It is always good to be contacted direct by an author with a request to read and review, as to me it would indicate that Fiction Boooks is showing up on their radar and with some positive indicators, which is always gratifying to know.

      As these two books are novellas from the same series, I shall probably try to read them both together, so that I can get some kind of ‘flow’ going on with the reviews.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

  • Hi Gautami,

    I personaly like the first title, ‘From Now Until Forever’ best of the two and from the small amount I have manged to read so far, it is quite enjoyable. It has something of a sustainable plot, with a little intrigue to boot.

    ‘His Chosen Bride’ has a slightly more predictable sound to it, but I shall probably be eating my words when I come to read it.

    Thanks for making the time to visit and have a good week.

    • Hi Laura,

      I love to read just about anything, although I am not too keen on science fiction or memoirs. I would get too bored if I concentrated on just one specific genre, so I try to ‘ring the changes’ as often as possible.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      There isn’t much out there that I wouldn’t read and enjoy, so despite the fact that they are both novellas and may be quite ‘lovey, dovey’ in content, I am sure that they will both fare well in the review stakes.

      Thanks for the visit and enjoy your week.

    • Hi Brooke,

      I have had a couple of weeks where there has been nothing but love in my mailbox …. people will start to think I have ‘gone soft’.

      I do have some non-romance reviews to sort out and get published, but I just don’t know where the time goes to!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

  • Yvonne, I can totally relate to those stacks of books always seeming to get bigger instead of smaller. I was hoping that would change as I started acquiring eBooks, but that hasn’t really been the case.

    Enjoy your new books and have a good week.

    • Hi Diane,

      The problem seems to have become worse, not better, now that I have acquired my kindle.

      Some authors will send their review copies as kindle gifts, but many use other ways, which only means that the TBR pile continues to multiply and spread!!

      Mother-in-law has a shared kindle account, so everything she orders also goes into my archive as well, so even my kindle has its own humongous TBR list now!

      These two new additions were a PDF download to be read on computer and as they are only short novellas, shouldn’t take too long to finish.

      Thanks for your comments, they are always appreciated and I hope that your week is a good one.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I tend to agree with your sentiments. If a romance is of full length novel proportions, then it needs to have quite a good plot with measure of intrigue to it, to work for me. However, as these two books are novellas, I can cope with a story which is more romance than plot driven and read them for what they are.

      The books each seem to centre on one of the Gasquet Princes, and as there are four brothers mentioned at the start of the first book, I am assuming that there may be a couple more novellas to come in the series.

      I am thinking that maybe Sherry might have been better off writing one decent length novel, with the four brothers each having a ‘part’ to themselves. However, as I have only just started the first story, there may be a very good reason as to why that scenario may not have worked …

      Thanks for the visit and great comments, always good to hear from you.

  • I’m not much of a thriller fan but I’ve enjoyed reading more mysteries this year. When done well I’ve found that some romance novels can be a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy your reading this week, Yvonne.

    • Hi Mary,

      I love thrillers and crime fiction, although I have recently been introduced to the genre of ‘cozy’ mysteries, so I am getting to know more about the books and authors.

      I generally prefer romance novels which have quite a strong plot, with all the elements of suspense and intrigue, however as these two books are novellas, getting a little bored with a straightforward romance, won’t be a problem and may be quite fun.

    • Hi Irene,

      I have never actually made the decisive move to join a bookclub, I suppose one of the reasons being the one you highlight … everyone having to read the same book at the same time at more or less the same pace, and the book presumably being chosen by concensus.

      I like to be able to read as the mood takes me, or as my reviewing schedule dictates … I guess that makes me plain selfish, which I suppose I am, when it comes to my reading!

      Thanks for stopping by today, it is good to ‘meet’ someone new and I hope that you have a good week.

    • Hi Mystica,

      I am sure that I shall enjoy them, especially as we have Easter Weekend coming up, when I might be able to find a bit of quality time to sit and read. We are also forecast some much colder and possibly rainy weather, which is much needed after the scorching temperatures we have enjoyed over the last couple of weeks, so that will be another excuse for curling up with a good book.

      Thanks for the visit and have a good week.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I think I have enough books in my TBR mountain and on my kindle archive pages, to last me a lifetime, however a good old fashioned ‘cheesy’ romance read, sounds about right just now. The books will be a little difficult to curl up with, as they were provided by the author Sherry as PDF downloads, however a comfy chair with a foot rest will do just as well …. I’m all set to lose myself in the life of the ‘Gasquet Princes’.

      Thanks for the visit and enjoy your week.

  • Most romance novels are new to me as I rarely read the genre. Once in a while I will if it’s part of another genre that I enjoy… a time-travel romance would get my attention.

    • Hi Leslie,

      I have to say, that I feel the same way about science fiction books, I jusy wouldn’t know one from the other and it would have to be a very special recommendation to stir me to attempt to read one.

      Mind you, I used to feel the same way about fantasy books, however just lately I have been enticed into trying a couple and I have actually quite enjoyed them.

      I couldn’t read romance all of the time, however it does make for a lighter interlude sometimes and if I am reading one objectively, with the sole purpose of giving a fair review for the author, then I am much more focused about it.

      Thanks for the great comments, I always love hearing someone else’s point of view about a post. Have a good week.

    • Hi Vicki,

      I am still only mid-way through the first book, but so far so good in the enjoyment stakes.

      Both of the covers are quite alluring, aren’t they? Given that both of these books were released through Astraea Press, I am wondering if the girls there had something to do with the cover art, as they do manage to produce some fantastic covers for many of their authors. Although I would never buy a book solely because of the cover, having an image that is going to resonate with the reader, as well as being relevant to the story, is so important.

      Thanks for your comments, great to hear from you again.

      Have a very Happy Easter.

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