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Gender Archaeology
Marie Louise Stig Sorensen, Marie Louise Stig Srensen, Marie Louise Stig Sa Rensen
This haunted isle: The ghosts and legends of Britain's historic buildings
Peter Underwood

The Siren

The Siren - Tiffany Reisz It was good, but be warned. Don't approach this thinking it's a super sexed-up romance. It's emotional, sure, but not in a good way.
I feel kind of queasy now that I've finished it.

Deathless

Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente YOU CAN'T LEAVE ME LIKE THAT WHAT THE HELL HAPPENS NEXT

On a Highland Shore

On a Highland Shore - Kathleen Givens I couldn't get past the one-dimensional characters.

Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt - Stephanie  Thornton Makes an incredibly awesome woman come alive.
Thornton immersed me in ancient Egypt, so much so that I was sad when it was finished.

Midwinterblood

Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick Violent and haunting and beautiful.
Perfection.

Mine Till Midnight

Mine Till Midnight - Lisa Kleypas Favorite passage:

"Finally getting control of herself, Amelia cleared her aching throat. She lifted her head from Cam's shoulder and blinked.
'Better?' he asked, holding the handkerchief up to her nose.
Amelia nodded and blew obediently. 'I'm sorry,' she said in a muffled voice. 'I shouldn't have turned into a watering pot. I'm finished now.'
Cam seemed to look right inside her. His voice was very soft. 'You don't have to be sorry. You don't have to be finished, either.'
She realized that no matter what she did or said, no matter how long she wanted to cry, he would accept it. And he would comfort her. That made her eyes water again." p. 290

Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin My inner monologue while reading "Rosemary's Baby": Don't drink that, Rosemary. Don't wear that, Rosemary. Don't go there, Rosemary. Don't listen to them, Rosemary. Don't. Don't. Don't Don't. Don't. Don't. Don't. Don't. AAAAAAARRRRRGGHHHHHHHHH

Three Weeks With Lady X

Three Weeks With Lady X - Eloisa James I don't know. This one just didn't do it for me, but a mediocre Eloisa James is still going to be a pretty good romance. And it was.
It just didn't have the wow factor that her others have had for me. The hero and heroine didn't grab me, especially the hero. In fact, towards the end he was teetering really close to asshole territory.

Charming

Charming - Elliott James I guess I just have a really hard time with male POV's. It's not that it was bad, it's just that I couldn't get into it.

I Remember You

I Remember You - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir Scary!

Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley - Katherine Reay The heroine just really got on my case.

Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge Exquisite and dark. The protagonists are refreshingly honest and very messed up. Even after reading most of the pages two times, I want to go back and read it again to get the most out of it that I can.

Up From the Grave

Up From the Grave - Jeaniene Frost I love you, Cat & Bones.
*Waving from the shoreline and sobbing*

Her Dark Curiosity

Her Dark Curiosity - Megan Shepherd Didn't have the same oomph as the first one. I'm guessing it was meant as more of a set-up to the last book, which I'm SUPER PUMPED about, as it's based on Frankenstein.
I really wish Edward/Beast Edward would get his happy ending, but I sort of majorly doubt it.
Of course he's my favorite.
Of course he is.
SPOILER ALERT!

Romancing the Duke

Romancing the Duke - Tessa Dare I'm just going to be honest, I don't think this was quite up to par with Dare's "Spindle Cove" series. However, even when she's not at her best, Dare's writing is some of the best in the genre. There's lots of cute in here, but there's also some gut-wrenching intimacy that reminded why I enjoy this genre.
Some additional completion would have been appreciated, especially the ***SPOILER identity or explanation of the skeleton in the wall and the identity of the person(s) stealing Ransom's money ***ENDSPOILER but for now I guess I'm okay with leaving it as it is.
Also, you've probably already read about this but I'd be remiss in not mentioning that this book has genuinely funny scenes including LARPers, Star Wars references, and very tiny, ladylike sneezes.

How To Distract a Duchess

How To Distract a Duchess - Mia Marlowe It started out really well-a duchess paints nude males, and really doesn't give a shit what people think. Spy shows up to her house, is mistaken for a model, and goes along with it. Turns out the duchess also has a male alter ego enabling her to become a bazillionaire. It's promising.
From about 20% onward, I lost interest. I think it just couldn't keep up with the momentum it had in the beginning.