Right now at Unabashedly Bookish, I’m asking BN.com readers, bloggers and mods how to balance our innate necessity to read, with the real-life responsibilities that tug us away from our beloved novels. Like, you know, when the damn  kids our children are on winter break and expect to be fed.  Every day. And more than once daily.

I’ve found the best way to work in reading time is to ignore everyone else’s needs, let my husband take care of them, and to read everything in sight.  Which gives me the neat-o opportunity to dish on a book in a series I’ve been meaning to chat w/you about, because I just read a new installment in a couple fave existing series.

Elizabeth Boyle’s “Little Red Dress” was one of my most memorable reads of 2009.  So I’m psyched that her new “How I Met My Countess” not only is as much an I-Spy-a-special-operative-for-the-Crown treat, but also one that continues her delightful Bachelor Chronicles series. Plus, it’s got that entirely delicious romance-novel device, the “flashback” section, that tells the backstory of the hero and heroine as young/er lovers.

Lucy Ellyson and Justin Grey (such a perfect spy-guy name), the Earl of Clifton, met when she helped her spymaster father train him to be a covert operative. Socially, then geographically worlds apart for years, Lucy gives up hope that Justin will return for her as promised.  Once Justin tracks down the widowed countess Lucy, he wonders whether he can keep her out of the trouble among the ton, to keep their past from causing her harm --  and to allow Lucy to save him from himself.

Friday, I’ll tell you about another new book from an existing series I've been diggin' on.  See you in the new year!

What have you been reading over the holidays?  What are your favorite series and “I Spy” romances?

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-30-2009 11:11 PM

I've read the Black Dress but not the Red Dress. TBR pile, goes without saying.


I'm on my second Tara Janzen this week. I only discovered her this year and I'm catching up with her back list while I wait for her new book to come out. I think I've only got one left after this one -- Crazy Kisses. I'm reading them out of order, which I kind of enjoy. It's like putting together pieces of a puzzle, remembering how everyone fits together. Love this series! I'm also reading a bunch of mysteries, too.

by amyskf on ‎12-30-2009 11:58 PM

Just found a new series by Sharon Ashwood -- The Dark Forgotten, oh man. Read the second first ( I know, I HATE doing that -- but it worked -- it only made me want to read the first) Can't wait for the rest.


"My Lord and Spymaster" is still my number one fave spy romance.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎12-31-2009 09:08 AM

Happy New Year!!!! Yay, it has to be better than 09 (I hope).

I've been burning through my tbr pile this last week, still working (next week is my vacation- yay). 

My fav series is The Outlander Series by Ms. Gabaldon and probably, at the moment anyway, I have two favorite I spy books 1) Suzanne Brockmann and 2) Roxanne St. Claire.

Right now I'm catching up on Deborah Cooke's DragonFire series.

Stay safe, be happy and raise a little he-l in 2010!!!


by Author Eva_Gale on ‎12-31-2009 10:43 AM

Spy books? I love Ann Stuart's Ice series, Joanna Bourne, more that I can't remember right now! And I'm thrilled to see more historical spies that I haven't read yet. I predict my TBR is going ot be growing.  



by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-31-2009 09:52 PM

I love the spies - Anne Stuart, Joanna Bourne, Suzanne Brockmann, Roxanne St. Clair, Tara Janzen and one no one has mentioned  -- Maureen Tan. Her "Jane" books (A.K.A. Jane, and Run Jane Run) are fabulous!


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