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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Prebble
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo
Jeff Long
Progress: 11/431 pages
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Carolyn Keene
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 13 %

Cold-Hearted Rake ★★★★☆

Cold-Hearted Rake - Lisa Kleypas

I’m pleased to have found a Regency romance where the feisty female protagonist is neither TSTL nor grossly anachronistic, and her love interest isn’t grossly misogynist to start. It was a fun read, and I liked having a couple of male protagonists who really just needed some responsibilities and something constructive to do, to help them discover that they aren’t useless boozy boors after all.


I read this for 2017 Romance Bingo, for the Rogue square. The title is an apt descriptor of both the primary male protagonist and his brother,

who are both lazy, selfish, womanizers, who intend to dump an entire estate with dependent female relatives, tenants, and servants, because they can’t be bothered, but finally come around and become responsible and loving, decent men.

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Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive, with an excellent performance by Mary Jane Wells. I admit to forwarding over the explicit sexy times scenes, though, as I somehow find those a bit cringeworthy when read aloud, especially when it’s going on in my earbuds while I’m wandering the canned goods aisle at the grocery store.