dangermousie: (Farscape: Zhaan/Stark from screencap by)
I spent the bulk of my free time today wallowing in Farscape fic. Soooo good. (I was rereading all of KernilCrash's stuff). Speaking of FS fanfic, does anyone have any good recs for D'Argo/Chiana stories? There are plenty of awesome John/Aeryn ones I can find, but the D/Chi ones have been eluding me and I do so ship them. Also, gen with crew having adventures would be awesome.

Speaking of reading, may I recommend Kiss Chase by Fiona Walker? It's currently my fave chick lit book ever.

KC gets set in motion when used-to-men-swooning Saskia gets horribly dumped by her gorgeous, seemingly very devoted and ideal fiance, Felix. Devastated both by the breakup and its manner, Saskia goes a little suicidal and a little nuts and guilts her frenemy, Phoebe, into being involved in an insane plan - she will tutor Phoebe how to get Felix's heart by teaching her his likes and dislikes, in order for Phoebe to dump him in a manner as horrible as Felix dumped Saskia.

The set-up is insane but I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE WAY THIS UNFOLDS! This is a not a typical 'sweet girl gets icy but nice guy'. Our protagonists, Phoebe and Felix, are both damaged, damaged, self-destructive people. In fact, I spent a decent chunk of the early part of the book loathing Felix and wondering how on earth I was ever going to find him worthy of anyone but by the end, I both loved and pitied him and was desperate for him and Phoebe to get together. One of the things I love is that this book explains but does not really excuse - both Phoebe and Felix had truly horrifying childhoods (even if his was worse) and that is why they can connect on a level they can't with other 'normal' people, but they choose to react to trauma differently. Phoebe locks it all up and wants relationships that are meaningless and won't ever last or become serious. Felix is obsessed with being loved and puts on any mask to get that result but then can't deal with the fact that the person doesn't love the real him. But I love that this is still not an excuse, but an explanation.

And, oh I love Phoebe. Sure, she's damaged and flawed (she is involved in a long-standing affair with a married man and can't keep a job and other things), but she's no clutzy, meek heroine chick lit loves so. She does not swoon in front of the hero or embarass herself or needs rescuing. In fact, my favorite scene is when she tells him off and he points out that if he's such a bastard, perhaps she should give him back his sweater (it must be noted, that due to a series of loony circs, she's only wearing panties underneath it). And she just takes off the sweater - in the middle of the street - and calmly gives it back to him. GO INSANE AWESOME GIRL!!!!! In fact, the reason Felix falls for her is not from any of the tips Saskia tries to give Phoebe. Phoebe never uses any of them, and he falls for her because she's strong and damaged and not impressed and doesn't let him get away with any bullshit. She knows he's a wreck and loves him anyway.

Anyway, it's an awesome awesome read and I recommend. The happy ending made me all sniffly, even if I sincerely hope they never have kids and also get therapy.

Oh, and Saskia is suuuuch a kdrama secondary girl.
dangermousie: (Farscape: Zhaan/Stark from screencap by)
I spent the bulk of my free time today wallowing in Farscape fic. Soooo good. (I was rereading all of KernilCrash's stuff). Speaking of FS fanfic, does anyone have any good recs for D'Argo/Chiana stories? There are plenty of awesome John/Aeryn ones I can find, but the D/Chi ones have been eluding me and I do so ship them. Also, gen with crew having adventures would be awesome.

Speaking of reading, may I recommend Kiss Chase by Fiona Walker? It's currently my fave chick lit book ever.

KC gets set in motion when used-to-men-swooning Saskia gets horribly dumped by her gorgeous, seemingly very devoted and ideal fiance, Felix. Devastated both by the breakup and its manner, Saskia goes a little suicidal and a little nuts and guilts her frenemy, Phoebe, into being involved in an insane plan - she will tutor Phoebe how to get Felix's heart by teaching her his likes and dislikes, in order for Phoebe to dump him in a manner as horrible as Felix dumped Saskia.

The set-up is insane but I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE WAY THIS UNFOLDS! This is a not a typical 'sweet girl gets icy but nice guy'. Our protagonists, Phoebe and Felix, are both damaged, damaged, self-destructive people. In fact, I spent a decent chunk of the early part of the book loathing Felix and wondering how on earth I was ever going to find him worthy of anyone but by the end, I both loved and pitied him and was desperate for him and Phoebe to get together. One of the things I love is that this book explains but does not really excuse - both Phoebe and Felix had truly horrifying childhoods (even if his was worse) and that is why they can connect on a level they can't with other 'normal' people, but they choose to react to trauma differently. Phoebe locks it all up and wants relationships that are meaningless and won't ever last or become serious. Felix is obsessed with being loved and puts on any mask to get that result but then can't deal with the fact that the person doesn't love the real him. But I love that this is still not an excuse, but an explanation.

And, oh I love Phoebe. Sure, she's damaged and flawed (she is involved in a long-standing affair with a married man and can't keep a job and other things), but she's no clutzy, meek heroine chick lit loves so. She does not swoon in front of the hero or embarass herself or needs rescuing. In fact, my favorite scene is when she tells him off and he points out that if he's such a bastard, perhaps she should give him back his sweater (it must be noted, that due to a series of loony circs, she's only wearing panties underneath it). And she just takes off the sweater - in the middle of the street - and calmly gives it back to him. GO INSANE AWESOME GIRL!!!!! In fact, the reason Felix falls for her is not from any of the tips Saskia tries to give Phoebe. Phoebe never uses any of them, and he falls for her because she's strong and damaged and not impressed and doesn't let him get away with any bullshit. She knows he's a wreck and loves him anyway.

Anyway, it's an awesome awesome read and I recommend. The happy ending made me all sniffly, even if I sincerely hope they never have kids and also get therapy.

Oh, and Saskia is suuuuch a kdrama secondary girl.
dangermousie: (Farscape: Zhaan/Stark from screencap by)
I spent the bulk of my free time today wallowing in Farscape fic. Soooo good. (I was rereading all of KernilCrash's stuff). Speaking of FS fanfic, does anyone have any good recs for D'Argo/Chiana stories? There are plenty of awesome John/Aeryn ones I can find, but the D/Chi ones have been eluding me and I do so ship them. Also, gen with crew having adventures would be awesome.

Speaking of reading, may I recommend Kiss Chase by Fiona Walker? It's currently my fave chick lit book ever.

KC gets set in motion when used-to-men-swooning Saskia gets horribly dumped by her gorgeous, seemingly very devoted and ideal fiance, Felix. Devastated both by the breakup and its manner, Saskia goes a little suicidal and a little nuts and guilts her frenemy, Phoebe, into being involved in an insane plan - she will tutor Phoebe how to get Felix's heart by teaching her his likes and dislikes, in order for Phoebe to dump him in a manner as horrible as Felix dumped Saskia.

The set-up is insane but I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE WAY THIS UNFOLDS! This is a not a typical 'sweet girl gets icy but nice guy'. Our protagonists, Phoebe and Felix, are both damaged, damaged, self-destructive people. In fact, I spent a decent chunk of the early part of the book loathing Felix and wondering how on earth I was ever going to find him worthy of anyone but by the end, I both loved and pitied him and was desperate for him and Phoebe to get together. One of the things I love is that this book explains but does not really excuse - both Phoebe and Felix had truly horrifying childhoods (even if his was worse) and that is why they can connect on a level they can't with other 'normal' people, but they choose to react to trauma differently. Phoebe locks it all up and wants relationships that are meaningless and won't ever last or become serious. Felix is obsessed with being loved and puts on any mask to get that result but then can't deal with the fact that the person doesn't love the real him. But I love that this is still not an excuse, but an explanation.

And, oh I love Phoebe. Sure, she's damaged and flawed (she is involved in a long-standing affair with a married man and can't keep a job and other things), but she's no clutzy, meek heroine chick lit loves so. She does not swoon in front of the hero or embarass herself or needs rescuing. In fact, my favorite scene is when she tells him off and he points out that if he's such a bastard, perhaps she should give him back his sweater (it must be noted, that due to a series of loony circs, she's only wearing panties underneath it). And she just takes off the sweater - in the middle of the street - and calmly gives it back to him. GO INSANE AWESOME GIRL!!!!! In fact, the reason Felix falls for her is not from any of the tips Saskia tries to give Phoebe. Phoebe never uses any of them, and he falls for her because she's strong and damaged and not impressed and doesn't let him get away with any bullshit. She knows he's a wreck and loves him anyway.

Anyway, it's an awesome awesome read and I recommend. The happy ending made me all sniffly, even if I sincerely hope they never have kids and also get therapy.

Oh, and Saskia is suuuuch a kdrama secondary girl.

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Nov. 28th, 2011 07:21 pm
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1. Argh!!!! My big order from Amazon, full of Brit chick lit I was craving, was sent to the wrong address (my fault) and now I have to reorder and argghghghghghghghhgghhgh I want it now! I was never good at patience. I reordered from Alibris and now it will get here by Dec 14 but I want those books now! Especially Tash/Hugo ones. Boooo.

2. I went to see Immortals today and loved it. I can see why it had lousy reviews - it's a very idiosyncratic movie and the story is barebones, but I thought it was amazing - visually like nothing I've ever seen - like feverish paintings come to life - like those vivid nightmarish dreams you have that you half-remember when you wake up. Plus, huge bonus to anything that mentions Titanomachia. And somehow the vibe did remind me of the myths, or at least of the way they made me feel when I first discovered them when I was eight. Plus, I've never seen Henry Cavill in anything but that man is ridiculously gorgeous and masculine at the same time. Mmmmm.

3. I am behind on my dramas. I am just not in the mood somehow. No idea why. But have an Ouran cap dump.



From the last half and rather Haruhi/Tamaki-centric )

4. In news of American TV shows (where I am also behind), I've pretty much given up pretending I care for anything but Bridget/Andrew in Ringer. But they are so adorable together! Sure, there is the whole 'she is impersonating her sociopath twin sister who is his wife' complication, but whatever :)



5. To console self for book-shipping fiasco mentioned in (1), I went on kindle and got a Jilly Cooper book to fill my trashy British books quota. I only had two criteria: (1) it had to be on kindle and (2) not involve horses as K&T got me all horsed-out. So I got Rivals, which is set in a fictional English county and revolves around a fight for a television station license (not sure how it works in the UK but I don't particularly mind). The station is run by a horrible backstabbing guy named Tony something, and he finally pisses off enough people that they take him on and try to take the license away from him. It's full of amoral but hilarious people who gladly sleep around and backstab and is v.v.v.v. entertaining. I pretty much adore every character (as long as I don't ever have to meet them) but my favorites, in no particular order are:

* Taggy - the only really sane person in this whole thing (at least so far, I am a quarter in). She's 19, the daughter of a famous television interviewer (who is the one spearheading the takeover). She's dyslexic, has plans for a career as a chef, and as a result of growing up with brilliant but volatile father and self-absorbed, domestically-useless mother, she's pretty much the caretaker. I think she should get whatever she wants, which seems to be a chef career.

* Declan - Taggy's Dad. He's pretty awesome but his taste in women - yikes. Maud, his wife, is pretty much the most spoiled and useless thing ever, even if hilariously entertaining as a character.

* Rupert Campbell-Black - He's in his late 30s (I think), is a cabinet minister and is an unrepentant playboy. He gets involved in the takeover with Declan. I really shouldn't like him because he's got the morals of a cat and pretty much does anything in skirts, but in addition to being hot, he is ridiculously hilarious and entertaining. I mean, I cannot not love him after exchanges like this (Valerie is the resident social climber):

'Sharon's only allowed to watch [TV] occasionally at weekends,' said Valerie smugly. 'When I was young, my sister and I made our own amusements.'
'So did I,' agreed Rupert, 'until Nanny told me it would make me go blind.'


Ahahahahaahaaa.

Because I am a bad person, I peeked at the end and apparently Rupert and Taggy become a couple? (!!!!!!) I am madly curious as to how that would happen as where I am at, she cannot stand the sight of him and he's chasing everything that moves (though thinks she's pretty). Hmmmm. Ever since I read These Old Shades as a teenager, I've been a sucker for 'super-slutty older man falls madly for younger woman who he doesn't think he can have' trope so...anticipating this.

6. From now through New Year's, posting is probably spotty because of a lot of family events and travel. Sorry :)

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Nov. 28th, 2011 07:21 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
1. Argh!!!! My big order from Amazon, full of Brit chick lit I was craving, was sent to the wrong address (my fault) and now I have to reorder and argghghghghghghghhgghhgh I want it now! I was never good at patience. I reordered from Alibris and now it will get here by Dec 14 but I want those books now! Especially Tash/Hugo ones. Boooo.

2. I went to see Immortals today and loved it. I can see why it had lousy reviews - it's a very idiosyncratic movie and the story is barebones, but I thought it was amazing - visually like nothing I've ever seen - like feverish paintings come to life - like those vivid nightmarish dreams you have that you half-remember when you wake up. Plus, huge bonus to anything that mentions Titanomachia. And somehow the vibe did remind me of the myths, or at least of the way they made me feel when I first discovered them when I was eight. Plus, I've never seen Henry Cavill in anything but that man is ridiculously gorgeous and masculine at the same time. Mmmmm.

3. I am behind on my dramas. I am just not in the mood somehow. No idea why. But have an Ouran cap dump.



From the last half and rather Haruhi/Tamaki-centric )

4. In news of American TV shows (where I am also behind), I've pretty much given up pretending I care for anything but Bridget/Andrew in Ringer. But they are so adorable together! Sure, there is the whole 'she is impersonating her sociopath twin sister who is his wife' complication, but whatever :)



5. To console self for book-shipping fiasco mentioned in (1), I went on kindle and got a Jilly Cooper book to fill my trashy British books quota. I only had two criteria: (1) it had to be on kindle and (2) not involve horses as K&T got me all horsed-out. So I got Rivals, which is set in a fictional English county and revolves around a fight for a television station license (not sure how it works in the UK but I don't particularly mind). The station is run by a horrible backstabbing guy named Tony something, and he finally pisses off enough people that they take him on and try to take the license away from him. It's full of amoral but hilarious people who gladly sleep around and backstab and is v.v.v.v. entertaining. I pretty much adore every character (as long as I don't ever have to meet them) but my favorites, in no particular order are:

* Taggy - the only really sane person in this whole thing (at least so far, I am a quarter in). She's 19, the daughter of a famous television interviewer (who is the one spearheading the takeover). She's dyslexic, has plans for a career as a chef, and as a result of growing up with brilliant but volatile father and self-absorbed, domestically-useless mother, she's pretty much the caretaker. I think she should get whatever she wants, which seems to be a chef career.

* Declan - Taggy's Dad. He's pretty awesome but his taste in women - yikes. Maud, his wife, is pretty much the most spoiled and useless thing ever, even if hilariously entertaining as a character.

* Rupert Campbell-Black - He's in his late 30s (I think), is a cabinet minister and is an unrepentant playboy. He gets involved in the takeover with Declan. I really shouldn't like him because he's got the morals of a cat and pretty much does anything in skirts, but in addition to being hot, he is ridiculously hilarious and entertaining. I mean, I cannot not love him after exchanges like this (Valerie is the resident social climber):

'Sharon's only allowed to watch [TV] occasionally at weekends,' said Valerie smugly. 'When I was young, my sister and I made our own amusements.'
'So did I,' agreed Rupert, 'until Nanny told me it would make me go blind.'


Ahahahahaahaaa.

Because I am a bad person, I peeked at the end and apparently Rupert and Taggy become a couple? (!!!!!!) I am madly curious as to how that would happen as where I am at, she cannot stand the sight of him and he's chasing everything that moves (though thinks she's pretty). Hmmmm. Ever since I read These Old Shades as a teenager, I've been a sucker for 'super-slutty older man falls madly for younger woman who he doesn't think he can have' trope so...anticipating this.

6. From now through New Year's, posting is probably spotty because of a lot of family events and travel. Sorry :)

Everything

Nov. 28th, 2011 07:21 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
1. Argh!!!! My big order from Amazon, full of Brit chick lit I was craving, was sent to the wrong address (my fault) and now I have to reorder and argghghghghghghghhgghhgh I want it now! I was never good at patience. I reordered from Alibris and now it will get here by Dec 14 but I want those books now! Especially Tash/Hugo ones. Boooo.

2. I went to see Immortals today and loved it. I can see why it had lousy reviews - it's a very idiosyncratic movie and the story is barebones, but I thought it was amazing - visually like nothing I've ever seen - like feverish paintings come to life - like those vivid nightmarish dreams you have that you half-remember when you wake up. Plus, huge bonus to anything that mentions Titanomachia. And somehow the vibe did remind me of the myths, or at least of the way they made me feel when I first discovered them when I was eight. Plus, I've never seen Henry Cavill in anything but that man is ridiculously gorgeous and masculine at the same time. Mmmmm.

3. I am behind on my dramas. I am just not in the mood somehow. No idea why. But have an Ouran cap dump.



From the last half and rather Haruhi/Tamaki-centric )

4. In news of American TV shows (where I am also behind), I've pretty much given up pretending I care for anything but Bridget/Andrew in Ringer. But they are so adorable together! Sure, there is the whole 'she is impersonating her sociopath twin sister who is his wife' complication, but whatever :)



5. To console self for book-shipping fiasco mentioned in (1), I went on kindle and got a Jilly Cooper book to fill my trashy British books quota. I only had two criteria: (1) it had to be on kindle and (2) not involve horses as K&T got me all horsed-out. So I got Rivals, which is set in a fictional English county and revolves around a fight for a television station license (not sure how it works in the UK but I don't particularly mind). The station is run by a horrible backstabbing guy named Tony something, and he finally pisses off enough people that they take him on and try to take the license away from him. It's full of amoral but hilarious people who gladly sleep around and backstab and is v.v.v.v. entertaining. I pretty much adore every character (as long as I don't ever have to meet them) but my favorites, in no particular order are:

* Taggy - the only really sane person in this whole thing (at least so far, I am a quarter in). She's 19, the daughter of a famous television interviewer (who is the one spearheading the takeover). She's dyslexic, has plans for a career as a chef, and as a result of growing up with brilliant but volatile father and self-absorbed, domestically-useless mother, she's pretty much the caretaker. I think she should get whatever she wants, which seems to be a chef career.

* Declan - Taggy's Dad. He's pretty awesome but his taste in women - yikes. Maud, his wife, is pretty much the most spoiled and useless thing ever, even if hilariously entertaining as a character.

* Rupert Campbell-Black - He's in his late 30s (I think), is a cabinet minister and is an unrepentant playboy. He gets involved in the takeover with Declan. I really shouldn't like him because he's got the morals of a cat and pretty much does anything in skirts, but in addition to being hot, he is ridiculously hilarious and entertaining. I mean, I cannot not love him after exchanges like this (Valerie is the resident social climber):

'Sharon's only allowed to watch [TV] occasionally at weekends,' said Valerie smugly. 'When I was young, my sister and I made our own amusements.'
'So did I,' agreed Rupert, 'until Nanny told me it would make me go blind.'


Ahahahahaahaaa.

Because I am a bad person, I peeked at the end and apparently Rupert and Taggy become a couple? (!!!!!!) I am madly curious as to how that would happen as where I am at, she cannot stand the sight of him and he's chasing everything that moves (though thinks she's pretty). Hmmmm. Ever since I read These Old Shades as a teenager, I've been a sucker for 'super-slutty older man falls madly for younger woman who he doesn't think he can have' trope so...anticipating this.

6. From now through New Year's, posting is probably spotty because of a lot of family events and travel. Sorry :)
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I've put them in order from least liked to most, but I liked all of them.

Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham - a year in the life of Holly, a receptionist at a financial firm told entirely through what is in her inbox. It's about as fluffy and inconsequential as a cream puff but very fun. She makes friends, enemies and finds true love - not at all with someone she expected. There is a sequel I plan to get to.

Farm Fatale by Wendy Holden. So funny and sweet and darling. Rosie, an illustrator who hates living in London and dreams of living in the country, finally talks her grumpy journalist boyfriend Mark into moving there. Life there proves a lot more complicated than expected, with a glorious eccentric cast of characters - a nosy postman who missed his tabloid calling, an elderly couple growing onions competitively, a farmer obsessed about his calling, a burned out rock star, a former Bond girl, a social climber D-lister and her lecherous banker husband etc etc etc. It really is darling. A bit romance-light (though of course the heroine finds true love) but very very darling.

Kiss and Tell by Fiona Walker. All about a bunch of very posh British people who raise and ride horses in competition. Now, I have little interest in horses, and I've probably never been within a touching distance of an upperclass Brit, but this book was ridiculously fun (it made me go and order a bunch of other Walker books), in part because it is so far removed from my life, and in part because I really did like the characters, especially the heroine, Tash, who's smart, competent, and pragmatic. As K&T opens, Tash and her husband Hugo, are basically the golden couple of horse-riding circuit - good-looking, winning competitions, seemingly devoted to each other, kids. But cracks are about to form - when drunk, Hugo arrogantly makes a bet with his closest competitor, a New Zealander named Lough, that if Lough can seduce Tash, she is all his. When he sobers up, he's horrified, but things have been set in motion. Ah, the drama!!!! There are two parallel interconnecting stories, actually - the other involving a talented but drunk and feckless rider named Rory who is throwing his life and talent away but his groom Faith has other ideas. Anyway, I had a blast - I like stories about people who are already together who have to deal with stuff ordinary and not to make their relationship work, plus there are multiple satisfying ships (nobody goes home alone) and it's about a world that is as alien to me as the moon. Also plus, as I said, I really liked every character with the possible exception of Beccy, Tash's stepsister (lady, it is way tacky to plan to steal your stepsis' husband as she is delivering his second child. WTF! Thankfully it goes nowhere, not just because of no cheating, but because the guy in question is so very proper, he'd probably not just be appalled at the scandal hooking up with wife's sis would create, but he also views her as an utter hippie and thus about the least attractive thing ever. LOL). Partway through, I realized that I am sort of in the middle of the story and, sure enough, this is book three of a Tash-centric trilogy. I really must seek the other two out, they've got to be fun. For one, the story as to how Tash ended up with Hugo and not the hilarious, alcoholic, sexy superstar who is now married to her BFF is something I need to find out.
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I've put them in order from least liked to most, but I liked all of them.

Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham - a year in the life of Holly, a receptionist at a financial firm told entirely through what is in her inbox. It's about as fluffy and inconsequential as a cream puff but very fun. She makes friends, enemies and finds true love - not at all with someone she expected. There is a sequel I plan to get to.

Farm Fatale by Wendy Holden. So funny and sweet and darling. Rosie, an illustrator who hates living in London and dreams of living in the country, finally talks her grumpy journalist boyfriend Mark into moving there. Life there proves a lot more complicated than expected, with a glorious eccentric cast of characters - a nosy postman who missed his tabloid calling, an elderly couple growing onions competitively, a farmer obsessed about his calling, a burned out rock star, a former Bond girl, a social climber D-lister and her lecherous banker husband etc etc etc. It really is darling. A bit romance-light (though of course the heroine finds true love) but very very darling.

Kiss and Tell by Fiona Walker. All about a bunch of very posh British people who raise and ride horses in competition. Now, I have little interest in horses, and I've probably never been within a touching distance of an upperclass Brit, but this book was ridiculously fun (it made me go and order a bunch of other Walker books), in part because it is so far removed from my life, and in part because I really did like the characters, especially the heroine, Tash, who's smart, competent, and pragmatic. As K&T opens, Tash and her husband Hugo, are basically the golden couple of horse-riding circuit - good-looking, winning competitions, seemingly devoted to each other, kids. But cracks are about to form - when drunk, Hugo arrogantly makes a bet with his closest competitor, a New Zealander named Lough, that if Lough can seduce Tash, she is all his. When he sobers up, he's horrified, but things have been set in motion. Ah, the drama!!!! There are two parallel interconnecting stories, actually - the other involving a talented but drunk and feckless rider named Rory who is throwing his life and talent away but his groom Faith has other ideas. Anyway, I had a blast - I like stories about people who are already together who have to deal with stuff ordinary and not to make their relationship work, plus there are multiple satisfying ships (nobody goes home alone) and it's about a world that is as alien to me as the moon. Also plus, as I said, I really liked every character with the possible exception of Beccy, Tash's stepsister (lady, it is way tacky to plan to steal your stepsis' husband as she is delivering his second child. WTF! Thankfully it goes nowhere, not just because of no cheating, but because the guy in question is so very proper, he'd probably not just be appalled at the scandal hooking up with wife's sis would create, but he also views her as an utter hippie and thus about the least attractive thing ever. LOL). Partway through, I realized that I am sort of in the middle of the story and, sure enough, this is book three of a Tash-centric trilogy. I really must seek the other two out, they've got to be fun. For one, the story as to how Tash ended up with Hugo and not the hilarious, alcoholic, sexy superstar who is now married to her BFF is something I need to find out.
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I've put them in order from least liked to most, but I liked all of them.

Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham - a year in the life of Holly, a receptionist at a financial firm told entirely through what is in her inbox. It's about as fluffy and inconsequential as a cream puff but very fun. She makes friends, enemies and finds true love - not at all with someone she expected. There is a sequel I plan to get to.

Farm Fatale by Wendy Holden. So funny and sweet and darling. Rosie, an illustrator who hates living in London and dreams of living in the country, finally talks her grumpy journalist boyfriend Mark into moving there. Life there proves a lot more complicated than expected, with a glorious eccentric cast of characters - a nosy postman who missed his tabloid calling, an elderly couple growing onions competitively, a farmer obsessed about his calling, a burned out rock star, a former Bond girl, a social climber D-lister and her lecherous banker husband etc etc etc. It really is darling. A bit romance-light (though of course the heroine finds true love) but very very darling.

Kiss and Tell by Fiona Walker. All about a bunch of very posh British people who raise and ride horses in competition. Now, I have little interest in horses, and I've probably never been within a touching distance of an upperclass Brit, but this book was ridiculously fun (it made me go and order a bunch of other Walker books), in part because it is so far removed from my life, and in part because I really did like the characters, especially the heroine, Tash, who's smart, competent, and pragmatic. As K&T opens, Tash and her husband Hugo, are basically the golden couple of horse-riding circuit - good-looking, winning competitions, seemingly devoted to each other, kids. But cracks are about to form - when drunk, Hugo arrogantly makes a bet with his closest competitor, a New Zealander named Lough, that if Lough can seduce Tash, she is all his. When he sobers up, he's horrified, but things have been set in motion. Ah, the drama!!!! There are two parallel interconnecting stories, actually - the other involving a talented but drunk and feckless rider named Rory who is throwing his life and talent away but his groom Faith has other ideas. Anyway, I had a blast - I like stories about people who are already together who have to deal with stuff ordinary and not to make their relationship work, plus there are multiple satisfying ships (nobody goes home alone) and it's about a world that is as alien to me as the moon. Also plus, as I said, I really liked every character with the possible exception of Beccy, Tash's stepsister (lady, it is way tacky to plan to steal your stepsis' husband as she is delivering his second child. WTF! Thankfully it goes nowhere, not just because of no cheating, but because the guy in question is so very proper, he'd probably not just be appalled at the scandal hooking up with wife's sis would create, but he also views her as an utter hippie and thus about the least attractive thing ever. LOL). Partway through, I realized that I am sort of in the middle of the story and, sure enough, this is book three of a Tash-centric trilogy. I really must seek the other two out, they've got to be fun. For one, the story as to how Tash ended up with Hugo and not the hilarious, alcoholic, sexy superstar who is now married to her BFF is something I need to find out.

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