The Bog of Lost Scholars

July 8, 2009

Recent Reading: Stuff I Picked Up Via Romance Blogs

Filed under: The Castiron Reading Journal — castiron @ 8:06 pm

It’s just occurred to me that all three of these books are ones I checked out due to having read a review on a romance blog.

Ann Herendeen, Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander. A polyamorous Regency romance, involving the relationship between Phyllida, a straight woman; Andrew, a bisexual man; and Matthew, a gay man. Obviously if that description makes you go “ick!”, this book isn’t for you. But it’s a great deal of fun, with lots of humorous moments (the scenes with the founders of the Brotherhood; Andrew’s brother advising him on how to seduce a woman), a bit of adventure, and lots of happy ending. (Perhaps a little over-the-top in happy ending. Entertaining nonetheless.) And I’d love to meet George Witherspoon in person; he’s one of the sweetest characters I’ve ever run across in fiction.

Tera Lynn Childs, Oh. My. Gods. Phoebe’s life is turned upside-down when her mother remarries, they move to Greece…and Phoebe ends up at a school for descendants of the Greek gods. An enjoyable YA novel; while I was reminded of Rick Riordan’s Camp Half-Blood, it’s a very different take on the idea. Phoebe’s story is suitably wrapped up for me, but the world was intriguing enough that I’d like to read more about it; I’ll definitely check out Goddess Boot Camp (and thank you, Ms. Childs, for having that information on your website!). (I’m also curious to find out who Nicole is descended from — I’m pretty sure that information isn’t actually revealed in the first book.

Nora Roberts, Vision in White. I’d tried to read a Nora Roberts book before, but it didn’t grab me enough to finish it. This one, though, worked very well for me. The romance is nice, but what really made it for me was the four friends — their relationships, the business they built, and Mac’s work. I’ll probably check out further books in this series.

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