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?