Is anyone else really really really sad that superhero movies have delayed their release dates until after this pandemic situation calms down more? Because I’m over here going absolutely crazy waiting for a new superhero movie to obsess over. So, when I received an email from Amazon Kindle Unlimited about Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for Ultra Human Protection, I jumped on it.
My love of paranormal mysteries started with a discussion with my mom. We were talking about books we enjoy and I mentioned that, while I love fluffy romance novels that stop my brooding over things going on in my life, I often need a challenge for my brain. I had previously been solving my need for challenge with thrillers by authors like Mary Higgins Clark, but they tended to make me more broody. That was when Mom handed me my first paranormal mystery romance - a book by Heather Graham, who I did an author spotlight on in 2018.
I picked up Of Moths and Butterflies for the low low price of Free on Amazon Kindle. From the description, I knew the book was set in Victorian England and it was about an entomologist/lepidopterist (Archer Hamilton) who falls in love with his uncle’s servant (Gina Shaw, aka Imogen Everard), a girl running from a scheming family, a scandalous past, and a fortune she sees as more of a curse than a blessing. Their marriage was arranged without her knowledge. The final paragraph of the blurb was: “Mr. Hamilton is about to make the acquisition of a lifetime. But will the price be worth it? Can a woman captured and acquired learn to love the man who has bought her?”
It’s easy for me to identify the type of book I feel like reading on any given day based on how I react to the blurbs of items on my to-read list. After finishing Melinda Gates’s The Moment of Lift, which I recently reviewed, I thought I might be interested in another non-fiction book. That idea belly-flopped quite magnificently when I couldn’t even bring myself to pick a title, let alone read a blurb. SO, I decided a fluffy romance was probably what my brain needed following the weighty material I had just finished. Unfortunately, I fell down a rabbit-hole of entirely uninteresting sounding contemporary romances on my to-read list before I landed on What Would a Duke Do? by Collette Cameron.
If you read our “Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2019” post, you might remember that I was excited about the prospect of reading Melinda Gates’s book. Despite the fact that it’s not my usual type of book, I was interested in reading it because of the blurb and because it was written about some of the work supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - specifically about the work they do to support women. The title of the book refers to Gates’s primary point: “If you want to lift society up, invest in women.”
I broke down and got a promotional Kindle Unlimited membership, just to try it out. The cool thing about it is that I can read a whole series on Kindle Unlimited without paying for it (with the exception of my monthly membership fee, of course), which means I have been reading a lot more romance series than I used to do. The first romance series I stumbled upon on Kindle Unlimited was The Somerton Scandals series by Ava Devlin.
Those of you who have read my reviews in the past know that I get most of my reading material from emails. I subscribe to several authors’ email newsletters and I get a couple of email lists of books I might be interested in reading. This book came to me - no surprise here - in an email from one of the authors I follow.
I came across this Cinderella retelling as an ad on BookBub, one of the lists I get emailed to me periodically. I clicked on it because I wanted a closer look at the cover art. I bought it because of the description. I read the whole series, because I had to find out what happens next. To explain The Memory Thief, I have to set the stage a bit...
If you know me - or if you’ve read any of my reviews in the past - you read the content notes for this post and thought, “Bethany read this? That doesn’t sound like her style…” You would be correct. The blurb for this book did NOT prepare me for the amount of trauma the characters experience, which is a large part of why I have chosen to review it.
After the last book that I read - a contemporary military romantic suspense - I wanted a change of pace. I still wanted to read a romance novel; my boyfriend and I have an anniversary approaching and romance is in the air. So, I chose a period romance set in England and the Scottish Highlands.