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Clean a room? Easy!

Roommaid Book Cover Roommaid
Sariah Wilson
Fiction, humour, romance
Montlake Romance
2020-10
304

From bestselling author Sariah Wilson comes a charming romance about living your life one dream at a time. Madison Huntington is determined to live her dreams. That means getting out from under her family's wealth and influence by saying no to the family business, her allowance, and her home. But on a teacher's salary, the real world comes as a rude awakening--especially when she wakes up every morning on a colleague's couch. To get a place of her own (without cockroaches, mold, or crime scene tape), Madison accepts a position as a roommaid. In exchange for free room and board, all she needs to do is keep her busy roommate's penthouse clean and his dog company. So what if she's never washed a dish in her life. She can figure this out, right? Madison is pretty confident she can fake it well enough that Tyler Roth will never know the difference. The finance whiz is rich and privileged and navigates the same social circles as her parents--but to him she's just a teacher in need of an apartment. He's everything Madison has run from, but his kindhearted nature, stomach-fluttering smile, and unexpected insecurities only make her want to get closer. And Tyler is warming to the move. Rewarding job. Perfect guy. Great future. With everything so right, what could go wrong? Madison is about to find out.

Clumsy maid [Original] : animemaids

What are you to do if you want to be a teacher – so much so that you are prepared to be cut off from your family – and nasty witch mother – and all that they represent – money and servants and…?

Of and somewhere to live that you can afford on your exceedingly small probationer salary. You start by couch surfing and when that gets old – for you and owner of the couch – you ask your realtor aunt to help. And she shows you what you can afford and you shiver in disgust – so when she offers you the opportunity to share a flat rent free in return for dog sitting and cleaning, you jump at it.

Oh you fool. If you only knew the future.

This is a lighthearted and warm story about he nasty machinations of the rich and privileged and all he politics and games they play and a naïve young woman who tries to change her life around. She finds herself in a really nice place, with a nice friend or two but her mother does everything she can to try and ruin it. And almost, but not quite, succeeds. So we end up with a good result and happiness all round – for most people anyway.

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Aliens!

Passion Awakened Book Cover Passion Awakened
The Hush Book 1)
Katherine Diane
paranormal romance, vampires
Independently published
(4 May 2020)

Kyr, leader of the Vampire Defense Agency's elite ground team, doesn't have a choice in the matter. Either he participates in this bullshit psych eval, or his team gets suspended.
But this isn't about Kyr's mental health. This is an investigation. Because the director wants to know why the Hush hasn't been joining the company singalong lately. The reason? A traitor at the VDA is betraying vampire females into the hands of a demon lord.
Yeah. Kyr doesn't trust anyone, not even--especially not--the gorgeous agent assigned to evaluate him. The only thing more difficult than dodging her questions?
Denying the intense (and inconvenient) attraction sizzling between them...

So this a vampire novel, but vampires are actually aliens. We discover that they travelled to earth – through a portal – around 2 thousand years ago from their planet, which had been made uninhabitable by the war against demons.

Now, headed up by their Queen, they were well settled but hidden in the human population. Still at war with demons however, who had followed them to earth and still popped up through portals. They also still popped up on their original planet and certain trained agents were sent there to eradicate them. Which was not a nice gig.

When a human mated with a vampire, the  vampire side sometimes didn’t come out and they remained human. However, when it did, they became vampires and needed to be carefully looked after until they were adjusted to heir new life.

So that’s the background to this story.

The actual story was a vampire romance with the usual issues for a romance – with a cliff hanger.

There were still a few typographical and grammatical errors in the ARC but not bad enough to spoil the writing.

It was a competent book but not exciting unless this genre is really your ‘thing’.

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Early in the morning I went walking….

Dawn with a Duke Book Cover Dawn with a Duke
12 Dukes of Christmas #9
Erica Ridley
Fiction
Erica Ridley
September 4, 2020
200

From a New York Times bestselling author: Secrets and scandal abound when two delightful, strong-willed opposites are snowbound together in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good romance! As the daughter of a duke, Lady Isabelle’s pristine reputation is paramount. Her high status is how she’ll attract the titled suitor her mother insists she wed. When Belle’s chaperone falls ill en route to a party, she must pose as an independent widow to avoid gossip. Why not have a wee innocent flirtation with a handsome tailor staying at the same inn? She’ll be gone in the morning… A sudden blizzard upends Calvin McAlistair’s plans when he’s snowbound at a posting-house. He has no time to play lady’s maid to the helpless beauty next door, no matter how much he enjoys unbuttoning the straitlaced widow. His future depends on impressing an important investor… who will ruin them both once they realize Calvin has spent a scandalous fortnight with Lady Isabelle! The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. Twelve delightful romances… and plenty of delicious dukes! THE 12 DUKES OF CHRISTMAS: 1. Once Upon a Duke 2. Kiss of a Duke 3. Wish Upon a Duke 4. Never Say Duke 5. Dukes, Actually 6. The Duke's Bride 7. The Duke's Embrace 8. The Duke's Desire 9. Dawn with a Duke 10. One Night with a Duke 11. Ten Days with a Duke 12. Forever Your Duke

Number 9 in the Dukes of Christmas stories / novellas.

As always in this series a very sweet story with a soupcon of feminine issues in the 19th century. Here we are thinking about the fact that women, especially in higher levels of society, were items for sale or barter. They were to do as they were told in all aspects of their life and their husbands, fathers, brothers or other male relatives were their owners. And mothers and older women reinforced this attitude as they had succumbed to it. Women of the higher ranks must never go anywhere without a female companion not be seen alone with a male. And of course the garments that they wore were not designed to be easily put on and off without help. It wasn’t until 1848 that corsets were made with front lacing so that a person could take them off herself. And whilst coats (pelisse)  might have front frogging fasteners, most upper-class dresses were fastened at the back so as not to spoil the line/effect.

Ready to wear clothing of any style and quality were not available, most people mad either own or employed someone to make them for them.

This story looks at how the first manufactured garments began in the nineteenth century and how ready to wear clothes could be made and sold. In fact ready to wear clothing has a much older history than this -The Short History Garment Industry from Bellatory says that ancient Babylonia shipped and distributed some ready-to-wear garments as early as 1400 BCE (BC). In Ancient Rome, garments were produced in workshops of up to 100 workers to outfit the military. But even in the 19th century, whilst ready to wear was still developing, most garments relied on hand stitching and it wasn’t until the late 1800s that factories were supplying large quantities of clothing.

THE 12 DUKES OF CHRISTMAS:

1. Once Upon a Duke

2. Kiss of a Duke

3. Wish Upon a Duke

4. Never Say Duke

5. Dukes, Actually

6. The Duke’s Bride

7. The Duke’s Embrace

8. The Duke’s Desire

9. Dawn with a Duke

10. One Night with a Duke

11. Ten Days with a Duke

12. Forever Your Duke

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Random Babies

Random Acts of Baby Book Cover Random Acts of Baby
Surprise Baby, Romantic Comedy
Prosaic
(6 Aug. 2020)

You know those television stories about the woman who goes to the emergency room thinking she has a bad case of indigestion or kidney stones or a burst appendix and she comes home with a bouncing baby boy?Stupid woman, right? Who the hell doesn’t know she’s pregnant for nine and a half months? I used to think those mamas were one block short of a level trailer.Used to.Random Acts of Baby is the 11th book in Julia Kent's New York Times bestselling series as Darla, Trevor, and Joe go on a long, crazy journey involving a baby, living two lives, and learning who you can count on most when you need a helping hand.

This book disappointed. I thought it was not as funny as the last one apart from one scene which had me in stitches – crying tears of laughter – see Trevor in the cupboard with the chicken, eggs and a shoe.

For me, the story was not as well-crafted with few new characters, new life events and mayhem. And I was disappointed to find out who had the baby!

Sorry Julia. This one failed for me.

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Rhode Island and weddings

Matchmaker and the Marine Book Cover Matchmaker and the Marine
Second Chance Small-Town Romance
Lucinda Race
Women's Fiction, Romance,
MC Two Press
May 7, 2020

Melinda prides herself on her matchmaking ability as evident by the number of couples getting hitched in the town of Chester. She wants everyone to find the kind of love she shared with her late husband. Melinda is satisfied to remain the mysterious widowed matchmaker. Facing her future alone is less painful than risking her heart again. Adam is a retired Marine. He longs to have a partner but carries the physical and emotional scars from his last tour of duty. He protects his heart as fiercely as he protects his scars. Until a chance meeting with the highly successful matchmaker, Melinda changes his ideas about his future. Taking a leap of faith Adam signs up for her matchmaking services. In turn Melinda hires Adam as a carpenter to fulfill her wish to have a pergola in her back yard. As the structure is constructed piece by piece their friendship grows. Will Adam and Melinda's relationship develop into something deeper or will the scars from their past keep them from finding love?

Well we all know the ending when we read one of these stories, but the art of the story-teller is how we get there.

This is a sweet cozy romance set in a gorgeous coastline, with a wedding in a dream house – a real dream house – Rosecliff, Newport, Rhode Island – see photo below.

See www.newportmansions.org/weddings

Add in a cute kitten for him, was wounds, PTSD and you have the prototypical wounded soldier, and then a widow and so the story continues/

There is one redeeming feature from the sugar overload, and that is we get an element of therapy for emotional wounds.

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