18 July 2012

Weekly Reads

Trashy romance novel. An on-going love affair with a series about a bunch of witches.

It's been a week (or two) of good reading.

Her Russian Billionaire by Theodora Taylor
Let's be honest, with a cover like that, how could one not want to read this one?!

I think I finished this one in a day. Not a terribly interesting read. Tedious at times, and for a romance novel it was pretty 'eh'. I get the trend right now is for the male characters to be strong, brooding, alpha males but it's getting a little old. And the dynamics between the female lead and her family----talk about dysfunctional. Must so many books have a storyline about the heroine having a terrible relationship with their parents?

I really love this series. 

Like the other books in this series, Debora Geary does a fantastic job of putting together a story that really draws you in--this whole series revolves around a cast of characters I'd love to call friends.

Each of the books focuses on one character and this book focuses on Marcus, the resident grump of the "witch community". I spent most of the time, reading his story in tears--both happy and sad. I think of all the books in the series, this was my favorite as it seemed to be the most honest and one I could (on a very personal level) relate to. 

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin
Oh Fifty.....

This title showed up in the "recommendations" section of Goodreads and based on some of the reviews, I just had to check it out.

This book doesn't just poke fun at the Fifty Shades series by E.L. James, but also the world of sparkly vampires. There were many times I found myself laughing out loud during this read. Merkin does a brilliant job of capturing the absurdity of the story of Ana (Bella) and Christian  (Edward) in her telling of Anna and Earl: the Room of Doom, the fact that Anna made it through four years of college without a laptop (or computer) and email address, Earl's stalking tendencies.

This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who had read Fifty Shades and found it to be even the slightest bit over-the-top and ridiculous. 


  1. Fifty shades of earl gray sounds hilarious, I need to look into that one!

    1. It was definitely laugh-out-loud funny. You'll have to let me know what you think if you read it.

  2. I had no idea such a parody existed, I will definitely check out Fifty Shades of Earl Grey! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Apparently there are a number of parodies for Fifty Shades. I may need to check out a few others.

  3. Fifty Shades of Earl Grey - TOO FUNNY!



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