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Lord of Temptation (Lorraine Heath, Lost Lords #2)

3.5 out of 5 stars

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This love story is all about choices… and in some case, sacrifices. Though the hero and heroine are almost immediately attracted to one another (ok, he desires her immediately, she finds him both fascinating/intriguing and irritating/upsetting), they’re held apart by their vastly different expectations of what they think they want. She’s already loved and lost once (her fiance died of cholera during the war) and wants nothing more than to somehow move on, get married, and settle down. He has been at sea since he was 14 years old, and in some ways, he’s not sure he could ever be tied down to a normal, landlocked life. Their relationships definitely stems from physical attraction, eventually builds to something more, and is interesting because even as they’re not-choosing-each-other, it’s not from misunderstanding or other outside calamity. It’s more that they both seem to recognize that being together might involve sacrifices neither of them are fully prepared to make. Though it’s ultimately more his sacrifice than hers, and their relationship just wasn’t as emotionally moving as some other romances (I just found some of the behavior, especially earlier on, a little contrived), it’s a solid, definitely-above-average read, more so if you’re into the idea of ships and seafaring.

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Lord of Wicked Intentions (Lorraine Heath, Lost Lords #3)

4.5 out of 5 stars

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The premise is, perhaps, the hardest part to accept here: a born on the wrong sides of the sheets heroine, the by blow of an earl who’s led a pampered life, is sold off by her half-brother to be a mistress to the highest bidder. Our hero, who has no interest in keeping a mistress acts impulsively and claims her for his own. After some negotiating, he convinces her that being a wealthy man’s pampered mistress would be far better than taking her chances, practically penniless, on the streets. Now, once you get over the premise (as well as odd little details here and there that may pop you out of the story), it’s actually a very engaging read. Though we go delve into overly-dramatic-twists every now and again, these are characters that you like and believe: their choices are measured, thoughtful, and, even when you don’t agree with them, you understand them. At its heart, this is an engaging, fulfilling love story, great for the escapist in us.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (Book #3, Trenton Lee Stewart)

4 out of 5 stars


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Though it’s not my favorite in the series, it’s a fitting, well-written ending for the main Benedict Society trilogy. We get to see nice resolutions to all of the individual mysteries/background stories that still had any dangling bits, and we get a resolution with our main villain (Mr. Curtain) who has been with us since the beginning. The things that you’ve been wondering about (like when are these kids, who are constantly outsmarting adults, going to perhaps outsmart themselves?) get addressed, and it’s a more quickly paced book than the others. Some of it feels a little too “pat” and I’m not a huge fan of the arc Constance in particular takes… but otherwise, it’s a worthy end to the series.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society (Trenton Lee Stewart)

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Nice premise, fun characters and an interesting plot make for a wonderfully entertaining read. Though there are bits that were slow (there are 2-3 places where I really felt like the plot and pacing seemed to suddenly slow down) and also parts that were ultimately a bit predictable (though maybe less so if I weren’t an adult), it was a fun, interesting read. I think it’s great for middle-aged kids (the protagonists are in the 11-12ish range): especially ones that maybe feel a bit left out or not-completely-normal. There’s a fair bit of “let’s celebrate what makes us different” and a lot of small, fun adventures throughout. Despite the slower bits, I found it to be a quick and engrossing read overall, one that makes me interested in reading the rest of the series, and definitely one I’d recommend to elementary through maybe early middle school children.

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