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by the past, present, and future tenses of the verb…have read…are reading…will be reading soon, I hope! At least, that’s how they break down for me.

Well, I finally got some knitting done, and I finally got a chance to finish listening to Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie, narrated by Cris Dukehart. The second book was quite a different story from the first one, but just as good! It was Tori’s first real “job” with her three favorite mages and it got pretty dangerous, but I’m still calling it a cozy series! I’ll get it reviewed as soon as I have a chance. Between migraines!

I started listening to Tangled in Time by Barbara Longley and that’s really good. For some reason, I was thinking it was a simple romance, but it’s a paranormal romance, so that’s a big plus! The narrator is interesting with her British/Irish accent doing a girl from Tennessee for the heroine of the story, but she’s handling it well. I’m about halfway through it.

I read Eboney by R. Kitt and really loved it. If it hadn’t had a cliff-hanger ending, I would have given it a 5-star rating. The plot is complex and the characters are interesting. The world created by this very gifted author is believable and the magic is appropriate for the characters. I would try to outline the story for you, but it has so many twists that you just might as well read the review I posted last Friday on it if you haven’t already.

I also read Highland Jewel by May McGoldrick. It was pretty good, too. It’s a historical romance about a young woman, Maisie, who gets caught up in writing and making speeches about universal suffrage in England and Ireland. She and her friend, Fiona, get in trouble and her friend gets caught and put in prison. Her friend’s brother, former LT Niall Campbell, helps Maisie get away and steals her heart, of course. While Niall is trying to locate and get Fiona released, Maisie and her family are caught up in more violence and are forced to run for their lives. Maisie and Niall next meet in a castle in Ireland where she is with the proclaimed ‘son of Ireland’ and his new wife, her sister. But Niall has come with a questionable purpose, possibly to kill this promising future leader of Ireland, and only Maisie knows it and can stop him.

I tucked in another book I haven’t mentioned before, Husband Material by Emily Belden. This one was rather sweet and funny. Poor Charlotte is only 29 years old, but she’s a widow. This makes for some rather strange and uncomfortable conversation with people, so she keeps it a secret. In fact, no one but her family and former friends know. And since she’s moved to a new place and no longer sees any of those people, it’s not really an issue. Except a package has arrived in the mail addressed to her old name and she opens it without thinking about what it could be. I won’t say any more than that. To say more would be a big spoiler of the first secret and would really ruin a big surprise. I’ll just say that you have to have a sense of humor about these things and this will be a really good book.

I attempted reading When Death is Calling by Henry Taba but had to stop. I got 50% of the way through it and still, it didn’t make any sense to me, so I DNFd it. I hate to do that to a book that has a review requested, but it was too fractured for me to find a sense of organization to the story and follow any sort of storyline. If there’s no storyline at 50%, I’m sorry, but I give up. Perhaps another, more hardcore science fiction-fantasy reader than I could make sense of it.

I am currently reading Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle. Ms. Belle is the author of the month for one of my book club Facebook groups and this is her latest book, which we are reading. After reading the synopsis of it, I was quite eager to read it.

For this next week, I’m looking at A Season of Surprises at the Villa des Violettes by Patricia Sands, A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan, and Hound on the Sound by Jessa Archer. And maybe I’ll get to one of the books that have been sitting waaaaaay back in my Kindle or nook app so long that I don’t even remember it.

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