January left me wanting, with five of my six completions eliciting lukewarm appraisals. They weren’t bad reads but they weren’t anything to write home about, you know? Surprisingly, February answered the call. (*High five, February.*) The answer might’ve been a bit…dirtier than my usual reads but, hey, I’m cool with it.
1/2 stars — Per usual, I’m a sucker for anything river-related. This one wasn’t my “normal” kind of read, with the contemporary blending and the…harsh reality of things. I have mixed feelings on dual storylines or multiple points of view but I loved the contrast of the two main characters. It left me morbidly curious about the topic/the history (Georgia Tann, the “baby thief”) but not sure I’ll dig more into it or not. Solid read and got me out of my comfort zone, I suppose.
stars — Sad to see Audrey Rose and Thomas’s story come to a close but was super satisfied. There was a bit more personal drama in the final installment than the previous, versus medical/thriller drama. And, yes, it tied up a little too neatly. But still…I just adore these two characters and all the trials they’ve faced. Definitely would love to re-read the series again and see what morsels I missed the first round, especially concerning the Ripper.
1/2 stars — So, DAYUM. First off, I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into here. I actually ended up loving the hell out of ALL these characters and their screwed up personalities, even when they were being whiny brats. There were a few moments when I caught myself thinking: “Okay, we get it. You’re turned on. Blah, blah, blah. Please continue.” I don’t know if there is such a thing as “too much” in erotica but at times…I wanted to know more about what ELSE was going on other than in their pants. (I know. How boring am I?) There were forced parts (IMO) but they were minor.
But the rest of the time, I loved the depth of each character’s sensuality and the VERY OPEN sexuality that everyone boasted. I didn’t have a CLUE what I signed up for here but it was a perfect “snow day” distraction. I’ve read raunchier. The cool thing is, I LOVED the author’s voice. She wrote with all these Gothic undertones and kept it just enough lush to stay away from being TOO creepy.
stars — Note: I haven’t read the two previous Charlotte Street books and still thoroughly enjoyed this one, in case you’re on the fence about entering the series at an odd spot.
What a delightful, addictive one-sitter. I mean: Hellllllo forbidden flame and witty debate and holy chemistry. I appreciated the content warnings/trigger warnings but none of the material made me feel that uncomfortable. And the hot bits? HOT.
RE: Henry (male MC, evangelical reformer) – Once I had Sam Heughan in my head, there was no going back. Every time someone described his build and his “looks”- that’s all I could imagine. And imagining Sam ain’t ever a bad thing, youknowhatimsaying? He was a well developed character and, once he softened, I was hooked.
RE: Alice (female MC, apprentice to a whipping governess) – What a woman. She was the kind of MC I love to read about in romance: not winny-headed or flighty. She appreciated Henry’s good looks openly, craved intelligent banter, could stand on her own…I just really liked her.
This is my first Peckham but I’m thinking it won’t be my last.
Looking ahead into March, I promised myself to keep things simple (along the same route I have been) and not put too much pressure on myself. I’ve got three books out currently via the library and, my only TRUE goal, is to get those three finished before March comes to a close. All three are YA fantasy and that’s my bread and butter = I can’t wait.
I sort of dropped the ball in February, blogging-wise but I can’t help but feel a tad unapologetic. I started a new job that’s breathed new life back into me and I’ve spent more time on things that matter to me: family, the dogs, church, penning a first draft, and photographing (not necessarily in that order). Blogging matters, too, however and I’m excited to figure it back into the equation of things. Once the dust settles, there will be more time for book reviews and fiction writing. (*Fingers crossed.*)
P.S. – Brown Dog (the inspiration behind Brown Dog Book Review) celebrated a birthday on 2/28/2020 and turned the big FIVE YEARS OLD! This sweet boy has been through a lot with me and I cannot even express how much I love his wiggly booty. He’s the best companion and an awesome “big brother” to my other lab. What would we do without our fur-babies?