A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

Reading, February 2017

on February 28, 2017

So we have BINGO again! But it’s now being released towards the end of the month, which is going to make it a lot harder to squeeze books into categories. Challenge…accepted!



The bingo card of someone who has not yet quite figured out how to do this on the computer. As you can see, sort of, I got two lines this month and read 20 books. I’m partially through about 20 more.

Recurring themes of the month: heroines who need to be carried by their heroes. Caregiver heroines at a loose end when their ailing family member dies. Heroes who do yoga. Heroines with men who want them completely passive during sex. Historical heroines who have had a lover. Valentine’s Day (sheer coincidence.) Couples with large age differences. Heroines who reject arranged marriages. First loves crushed into hate on 21st birthdays. (Yes, that specifically similar.) Characters who caused a lot of trouble as child witnesses. Really evil brothers.

Sweet Nectar of GloryKeepsake by Sarina Bowen. (New Adult. Farm setting. Virgin hero. Heroine with PTSD.) Although this exact phrase isn’t used, “glorious” is, and in the context of the hero’s sweet nectar. *snort*

Possibly the best book in possibly Bowen’s best series. Really lovely, tender hero. Very tortured heroine who is helped but not saved by him. Emotional sex scenes. I was tempted to do the whole card on this book because he is a kind pure loving beta adonis who has, as his friend puts it, gone 23 years without girl trouble.

Tomato Sauce: The Older Man by Laurey Bright. (Category.  Much older hero. Single father.)

” ‘It’s all right,’ she said. ‘It’s not blood, it’s tomato sauce.’ “

Scratching: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh. (Paranormal romance. Anthology of Psy-Changeling world novellas.) When you have cat and wolf shifters, there’s bound to be scratching.

Black: The Black Angel by Barbara Samuel. (Historical romance. Set in England and Ireland.) The titular hero is “Black Irish,” but the story is also notable as an  older historical romance with several black characters (half-siblings of the heroine.)

I Wrote a Letter to My Mother: A Stormy Spanish Summer by Penny Jordan. (Harlequin Presents. Judgey hero.) I learned this song from my great-uncle, who sang it “to my father” and if it was good enough for him, it’s good enough for me. The letter the heroine wrote to the father she never met is intercepted by the hero.

BetaHow Not to Let Go by by Emily Foster. (New Adult. Second half of a duo. Tortured hero.) Charles is probably the ultimate romance beta, because he believes –and acts on —  pussy ideals like “enthusiastic consent” and “responsibility” and “balance of power.” What a wuss!

Uncup Me: Rocky Road by Anne Stuart. (Category romance. Grumpy cop hero, busybody heroine.) Drugged, unconscious hero cups the heroine and she can’t get him to uncup her.

Suck It: Own It By Joss Whedon and Christos Gage. (Graphic novel.)The conclusion of “Season ten” of Buffy. No one can say suck it like she can.

Happy Dance: The Doctor’s Diamond Proposal by Annie Claydon. (Category, medical romance. Disabled heroine.) The heroine is Cinderella at a ball.

Kind: Don’t Ask Me Now by Emma Darcy. (Harlequin Presents. Love triangle.) Will our heroine pick her kind friend or the passionate lover from her past?

Beauty: Valor’s Reward by Jean Ewing. (Traditional Regency.) Beauty can be a mixed blessing, especially when your father is a compulsive gambler…

Bad Hair Day: Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries. (Historical romance. Set in Wales. Lovers are separated by a Big Mis. Secondary romance.)

The title says it all. 😉

The most interesting thing about this book was wondering about how it was updated from the original (published under the name Deborah Martin.) My guesses are that the hero was not celibate while they were separated, and that he was significantly rapey-er.

23: Payment in Love by Penny Jordan. (Harlequin Presents. Foster sister/brother.) Heroine is 23.

That Would Be Grand: The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot. (Epistolary novel. Reunited lovers.) There’s a pretty grand mansion, but I’m going with this box because even though there’s swearing and mentions of sex, all Cabot’s books have a sort of “gosh, that’d be swell!” old movie feel to them.

Octopus: “Chocolate Kisses” by Judith Arnold in the My Valentine’s Day, 1993 anthology. (Categoiry romance. Novellas.) This hero has at least 8 hands… he is all over the heroine while she’s trying to work! Enjoyable collection of quick romantic reads.

Self: No Greater Pleasure by Megan Hart. (Gaslight fantasy. Second in a same-world series.) The heroine belongs to a religious order which teaches,”selfish is the heart that thinks first of itself.” She feels somewhat differently by the end.

New to You: Playing with Fire by Victoria Thompson. My TBR challenge read.

No Lycra: Bootie and the Beast by Falguni Kothari. (Contemporary romance. Set in Texas. Hero and heroine from India.) Diya is both health and fashion conscious and her hero is very much a no-lycra kind of guy.

7 responses to “Reading, February 2017

  1. Kaetrin says:

    what does “the hero cups the heroine and she can’t get him to uncup her” mean? (In my defense, it’s been a long day and I’m sleepy!)

    Also, what’s a “pussy ideal”?

    On a more serious note, I haven’t read Bittersweet yet – can I read Keepsake first? (I started Bittersweet but stalled on it a while back because of wrong reading mood.)

  2. willaful says:

    He puts his hand on her breast, and she isn’t strong enough to push him off. (He’s taken sleeping pills.)

    That should have been ideals. Pussy is used as a denigrating term for men who aren’t “manly” enough — it was sarcasm.

    The characters from Bittersweet show up in Keepsake but I don’t think you miss anything by reading them out of order, other than that they’re happy. 🙂

    • Kaetrin says:

      LOL I was wondering where he cupped her!

      The Beta book sounds good – but I have to read both of them?

      Thx for the advice re Keepsake. 🙂

      • willaful says:

        I think you’d get more out of it if you read them in order, because there are recurring themes. I liked the first one better, if that’s any encouragement.

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  4. So who did Emma Darcy’s heroine choose? And I am so glad you are playing again! Yay!

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