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Book Discussion Pinned Post Week 1

Yes, I’m starting the weekly book discussions over at one! New Year upon us, new books, new discussions! First, Happy New Year!
This week I’m looking at:

Blade Rose has a great cover, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen quilted pants like that!

A kingdom in turmoil or the love of her life. Which one will she save?

Elemental mage Rielle hasn’t heard from her best friend in far too long. Yet no one at the Tower of Magic seems to care about Olivia’s silence, or the curtain of secrecy surrounding the distant capital. Before Rielle can investigate, she’s assigned a strange new mission: escort a knight named Jon across the kingdom.

When whispers reveal mercenaries have killed the king, taken the capital, and that no one is coming to help, Rielle can’t leave Olivia in peril. But as infamous mages and deadly assassins hunt Jon, she can’t leave him unprotected either–especially as she finds herself falling for his strength, his passion, and his uncompromising goodness. Her past returns to haunt her, a werewolf stalks their steps, and an ancient evil is gathering, yet the restraints forbidding their love strain and snap one by one.

Saving Olivia and the kingdom means defying orders and sacrificing her every ambition, and could mean losing the man who’s become so much more to her than a mission. Which will she choose: her best friend and the kingdom, or the love of her life?

Your turn! What will you be reading for the New Year???

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Posted: December 31, 2017


  1. I really like that cover! I’ve seen quilted pants in historical Chinese images. Don’t know if it was artist’s fancy or not. But it would make sense to me if you needed warm pants. The book sounds like it must be either 600 pages or all packed into too short a narrative. Might be worth a try though.

    I’m waiting for two books to get here from the library so I’m kind of in between books, reading a silly historical romance book in the meantime called Rogue’s Honor.

    I’ve spent most of the day getting all of the Christmas decorations down and cleaning up so that when workers arrive on Tuesday to look at our terrible floor in the bonus room, they won’t trip over our clutter. That means not a lot of time to read though the lighthearted romance is suiting well to short stints of reading.

    Comment by April — December 31, 2017 @ 12:54 pm

  2. I just finished Carolyn Hart’s Ghost at Work. The characters were fine but not particularly great. However, I did love the mystery. It was very well done. I suspected the culprit early on but Hart threw so many viable suspects at me that I quickly forgot my original guess.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — December 31, 2017 @ 2:04 pm

  3. I’ll let you know if it’s a 600 page saga (you know I hate those). I hope to start it today. I’m running a bit behind on my chores and job…

    Comment by Maria — December 31, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

  4. I’m reading Blade and Rose–about halfway in. It’s very good! It is romance (as opposed to fantasy) but it has a very good fantasy plot going on and the romance has wit, affection and tension/build up. It is longer than I typically read so it will take me longer to finish this one!

    Comment by Maria — January 1, 2018 @ 10:14 am

  5. Warning: There is some torture mentioned. It happens off screen, but it’s still obvious that it occurs.

    Comment by Maria — January 1, 2018 @ 6:58 pm

  6. I’m now reading Wildfire by Ilona Andrews; while in search of a good book to read last night, I realized I had never finished this series! And the library had it in! So that is awesome. I’m also reading Blood Engines by Tim Pratt – I tried reading one of this series a while back but I never finished it. The main is kind of a witch with a B but she isn’t too bad and the story is well written. I’m still intrigued enough to keep reading.

    Comment by April — January 3, 2018 @ 2:03 pm

  7. Blood Engines was a DNF for me. I tried it a few years back and the main was just not likeable. I think the Wildfire cover is the best of the three for that series. I like it!

    Comment by Maria — January 3, 2018 @ 2:32 pm

  8. I’m reading Mrs. Pargeter’s Principle by Simon Brett. I had read all of the originals and loved them (lots of good humor and very cozy) but he stopped writing them. This one came out in 2015 and another one in April last year. I’ll have to pick up that one, too.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — January 3, 2018 @ 3:07 pm

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