Book Review – ‘Lord of Secrets’ by Erica Ridley

Title: Lord of Secrets
Author: Erica Ridley
Genre:  Historical Romance
Date of Publication: 15th June, 2018
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

ffcaaf1d-188e-42de-a65e-a2697b908e4e.jpgSome secrets should never be unveiled…

Heath Grenville is the problem-solver for London’s elite. Unmask the devious cretin skewering the ton with audacious caricatures? With pleasure. His success should keep the powerful happy. But when his work leads him to a young lady outside his class, surely he won’t do anything so scandalous as to fall in love

By day, Miss Eleanora Winfield is a proper, unremarkable paid companion. By night, Nora’s skillful hands sketch the infamous penny caricatures rocking high society. Nora desperately needs the money…and her anonymity. But how can she keep them both, when she’s fallen for the one man whose livelihood and reputation requires him to expose her?

The reviews on Goodreads are very positive, so this is a case of ‘it’s not the book, it’s me’. Although I liked Nora and Heath, I didn’t engage emotionally with their developing romance and the supporting cast of characters were fine, but nothing to write home about.

I will note that this story has a couple that take the time to get to know each other personally instead of falling in insta-lust, which is something I really have to commend the author for because I always want more of that! The couple’s devotion to their respective family members was lovely and I enjoyed Heath’s interactions with his sisters and Nora’s with Lady Roundtree, but it’s not a great sign that I felt more interest in the family dynamics than I did in their romance.  There wasn’t much chemistry between them at the start, and while I liked them as friends, I didn’t feel it was believable that they felt this consuming passion for each other that would explain why they HAD to torment themselves with visions of the future they supposedly couldn’t have.

The main problem was that the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of their wildly varying social classes with Nora being a commoner and Heath being a titled lord expected to marry well kept being repeated ad nauseum. I started bookmarking every time the whole ‘I want him/her, but we’re not meant to beee‘ refrain came up, but then stopped because it was in EVERY. SINGLE. CHAPTER. We get it! This isn’t difficult to grasp! There was a marked lack of angst or dramatic tension, so it was as though the author had to keep falling back on this one obstacle to keep the story going and it had me gritting my teeth just wishing the characters would forget each other and move on already.

If you’re in the mood for a low-stakes fluffy romance, this will suit you well. Again, I seem to be the lone critical voice as the majority of reviews are filled with glowing praise, so this is a book that seems to work for most readers. Alas, it just wasn’t for me!

Personal Rating: 3 out of 5 kitties approve this book.


Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a digital copy free from WebMotion via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Litjoy Crate – May YA book box review: ‘Dark Kingdom’

LitJoy Crate is a book subscription box service that offers a quarterly Middle Grade box aimed at ages 8-13 and a monthly Young Adult box for ages 14 and older. This is a review for the April YA box, which includes one new release book and 2-3 themed bookish goodies.


LitJoy Crate

Cost: $29.99 USD
Shipping Costs: $8.99 within the US, $14.99 to Canada and $24.99 internationally
Payment Method: Credit Card
Mailed Out: 20th of each month

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ARC Review – ‘Giving Up The Boss’ by Victoria Davies

Title: Giving Up The Boss
Author: Victoria Davies
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: 9th July, 2018
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)


Executive assistant Lori has finally said those three little words to her boss, Jackson Sinclair, that have haunted her for months–– Goodbye, I quit.  Yep. That happened. Then she sort of ran over him. It was an accident. No. Really. It was. Now he can’t remember anything––and it’s up to her to keep his billion-dollar corporation running until he gets his memory back.

Billionaire Jackson Sinclair wakes up in a hospital to a life he can’t remember. The only person who feels familiar is Lori. The more he learns about his past, though, the more it disturbs him. He was kind of cold, and he can’t imagine why the lovely Lori put up with him. And she is lovely, as in, he can’t stop thinking about her. But he has a company to save, and there’s no time for that sort thing. Especially when it seems like his assistant is hiding something from him.

As his condition shows no signs of healing, Lori can’t help wonder what’s best, telling the truth about his accident and losing the man of her dreams or keeping quiet and living the best lie of her life.

I read the author’s previous book ‘Right Billionaire, Wrong Wedding‘ in one sitting overnight and had to request ‘Giving Up The Boss‘ when I saw it on Netgalley in the hopes that lightning would strike twice – and indeed it did! I blame Victoria Davies for making me stay up two nights in a row to finish her books, but I can’t complain, it was a wonderful way to spend a rainy gloomy weekend!


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ARC Review – ‘Kiss of the Spindle’ by Nancy Campbell Allen

Title: Kiss of the Spindle
Author: Nancy Campbell Allen
Genre:  Steampunk, Fantasy, Romance
Date of Publication: 3rd July, 2018
Page Count: 360 pages (paperback)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)


A steampunk Sleeping Beauty story from the author of Beauty and the Clockwork Beast.

Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed. Literally. Each night, at the stroke of midnight she falls into a death-like sleep from which she cannot be awakened for six hours. To make it worse, the curse has an expiration date—after a year, it becomes permanent. And the year is almost up.

In a desperate attempt to find Malette—the witch who cursed her—Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett’s private airship bound for the Caribbean, only to discover she’s traveling with three illegal shapeshifters and the despicable Nigel Crowe, a government official determined to hunt down and exterminate every shapeshifter in England. Isla and Daniel must work together to keep the identities of the shapeshifters hidden while coming to terms with their own hidden secrets, and their blossoming attraction to each other.

Filled with suspense, intrigue, and plenty of romance, Kiss of the Spindle is steampunk Sleeping Beauty story. It is a race against the clock as Isla and Daniel try to hunt down the elusive Malette before Isla’s death-like sleep becomes permanent.

I haven’t read the first book in this series and that in no way affected my enjoyment of Kiss of the Spindle. It features the brother of the protagonist from Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, but I found it easy enough to pick this up without the benefit of prior introduction. However now that I’ve read and adored this book so much, I’m definitely going to have to pick the other one up! ❤

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