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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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My Fiona Walker books came in after all, wrong address or not

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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My Fiona Walker books came in after all, wrong address or not

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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My Fiona Walker books came in after all, wrong address or not

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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OK, now that I finished properly :)

1. My favorite secondary character is definitely Sylva, the Slovakian beauty famous for being famous. On paper she sounds horrid - barely interested in her kids, sleeping with anything on legs married or not, planning her marriages like a business campaign, living on plastic surgery. But she is freaking awesome - tough-minded and smart and very good at making the best of herself and knowing what it takes without being suckered in - that lady is making a living and supporting her huge family. Luckily, the author likes her as much as I do, and she gets a very appropriate happy ending - a tabloid-orgasm-causing marriage to an aging rock star who can keep up with her in the sack and pretty much what she likes in guys, macho and with more mileage than a tour bus. Heh.

2. Normally, a storyline which hinges in large part on "if they just talked to each other!" would drive me nuts, but for once I actually found it believable as something that was causing the major chunk of Tash and Hugo's problems. Not only is it hard to find time to talk when juggling small kids, nutty families, jobs which involve a lot of travel, crazy stalkers, love rivals and everything else, both of them have huge insecurities about losing each other due to specific, understandable things and they were pretty terrified of bringing it up in case they found out something horrid. Plus, if the both of them were any more stiff-upper-lip, they'd die from rigor mortis.

3. Self, let this be a lesson to you when flipping books - pay attention and don't do it! I remember the horror I felt when I skimmed a Dave Duncan book where it appeared the hero was blithely ignoring his devoted pregnant wife to go take up with a princess, only to realize the princess thing was a flashback before there even was a missus :P But it was as nothing to the horror I felt when I was skimming K&T and thought Hugo had sort-of raped Beccy, his sister-in-law (I am saying 'sort of' because she consented but she was drunk and kinda out of it so not sure how consenting it was). I mean! WTF! I almost gave up on the book until I realized that this was not Bertrice Small and thus it made no sense to have the heroine's OTP, who's been mooning over her in a manly fashion, to do that sort of thing. Upon reading the book, of course it was someone else. Thankfully.

4. And speaking of - all these people think that, as a best interpretation, a guy took advantage of his drunk sister-in-law and none of them think to call the cops or even call the guy to account openly or...you know...tell his wife that her husband is date-raping her family? ?????!!!!!?????!!!!! How reassuring.

5. Speaking of Beccy, she was the only character I couldn't stand (well, other than the bad guy, obviously). We cleary were supposed to pity her and feel happy when she found love etc. but by the time we got there, I just wanted to drown her in a duckpond or a nearest body of water if a duckpond was not available. Lady, you are 27 - have some plans for your life! I mean, real plans that don't involve a metric ton of self-pity and bizarrely creepy fixation of having your stepsister's life, down to stealing her husband and life. WTF? Perhaps she has a good career, people who love her, and a devoted husband because she's a really cool person who works really hard for what she has? Plus, as that book shows, Tash's life involves a lot of hard work on personal and professional front, and is not really the bed of roses. Oh, and there was the thing where she pretended to be her sis to have sexy text-messages with sexy New Zealand other guy because she felt like it, oh, and that part where before the book started she inadvertently caused Tash's miscarriage and almost killed her because she was doing psycho stuff. Ugh. But most of all, so freaking whiny!!!! I wouldn't mind if she actually had good evil plans but she's just useless. BLAH. I haven't disliked a character this much in a long time.

6. I have no idea how much this book is going to work for someone who hasn't been married with a small child and a chaotic life, but so many scenes in this book elicited "OMG, I have so been there." Well, minus the swarms of hunting dogs.

7. I have a massive girlcrush on Tash but (or because of it) I really wanted someone to take her out at about the middle of the book and be "girl, don't worry you don't look good enough after the baby and your husband will ditch you. So far, your count of people who think you are hawt include (a) famous singer (b) sexy bad boy New Zealander who nursed a crush on you for five years (c) your Olympic gold-medal-winning husband who has the ladies' pants in knots. I think you are good."

8. I am not an animal person. This book confirms it. If I had to live in a place with that many horses and dogs and be in close proximity to them, I'd eat my own head. Also, OTP, I think three is a good number for kids. You should stop before you'll be ready to field your own football team.

9. Rory's proposal to Faith near the end was the most romantic thing evah. I want this made into a movie just for this.
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OK, now that I finished properly :)

1. My favorite secondary character is definitely Sylva, the Slovakian beauty famous for being famous. On paper she sounds horrid - barely interested in her kids, sleeping with anything on legs married or not, planning her marriages like a business campaign, living on plastic surgery. But she is freaking awesome - tough-minded and smart and very good at making the best of herself and knowing what it takes without being suckered in - that lady is making a living and supporting her huge family. Luckily, the author likes her as much as I do, and she gets a very appropriate happy ending - a tabloid-orgasm-causing marriage to an aging rock star who can keep up with her in the sack and pretty much what she likes in guys, macho and with more mileage than a tour bus. Heh.

2. Normally, a storyline which hinges in large part on "if they just talked to each other!" would drive me nuts, but for once I actually found it believable as something that was causing the major chunk of Tash and Hugo's problems. Not only is it hard to find time to talk when juggling small kids, nutty families, jobs which involve a lot of travel, crazy stalkers, love rivals and everything else, both of them have huge insecurities about losing each other due to specific, understandable things and they were pretty terrified of bringing it up in case they found out something horrid. Plus, if the both of them were any more stiff-upper-lip, they'd die from rigor mortis.

3. Self, let this be a lesson to you when flipping books - pay attention and don't do it! I remember the horror I felt when I skimmed a Dave Duncan book where it appeared the hero was blithely ignoring his devoted pregnant wife to go take up with a princess, only to realize the princess thing was a flashback before there even was a missus :P But it was as nothing to the horror I felt when I was skimming K&T and thought Hugo had sort-of raped Beccy, his sister-in-law (I am saying 'sort of' because she consented but she was drunk and kinda out of it so not sure how consenting it was). I mean! WTF! I almost gave up on the book until I realized that this was not Bertrice Small and thus it made no sense to have the heroine's OTP, who's been mooning over her in a manly fashion, to do that sort of thing. Upon reading the book, of course it was someone else. Thankfully.

4. And speaking of - all these people think that, as a best interpretation, a guy took advantage of his drunk sister-in-law and none of them think to call the cops or even call the guy to account openly or...you know...tell his wife that her husband is date-raping her family? ?????!!!!!?????!!!!! How reassuring.

5. Speaking of Beccy, she was the only character I couldn't stand (well, other than the bad guy, obviously). We cleary were supposed to pity her and feel happy when she found love etc. but by the time we got there, I just wanted to drown her in a duckpond or a nearest body of water if a duckpond was not available. Lady, you are 27 - have some plans for your life! I mean, real plans that don't involve a metric ton of self-pity and bizarrely creepy fixation of having your stepsister's life, down to stealing her husband and life. WTF? Perhaps she has a good career, people who love her, and a devoted husband because she's a really cool person who works really hard for what she has? Plus, as that book shows, Tash's life involves a lot of hard work on personal and professional front, and is not really the bed of roses. Oh, and there was the thing where she pretended to be her sis to have sexy text-messages with sexy New Zealand other guy because she felt like it, oh, and that part where before the book started she inadvertently caused Tash's miscarriage and almost killed her because she was doing psycho stuff. Ugh. But most of all, so freaking whiny!!!! I wouldn't mind if she actually had good evil plans but she's just useless. BLAH. I haven't disliked a character this much in a long time.

6. I have no idea how much this book is going to work for someone who hasn't been married with a small child and a chaotic life, but so many scenes in this book elicited "OMG, I have so been there." Well, minus the swarms of hunting dogs.

7. I have a massive girlcrush on Tash but (or because of it) I really wanted someone to take her out at about the middle of the book and be "girl, don't worry you don't look good enough after the baby and your husband will ditch you. So far, your count of people who think you are hawt include (a) famous singer (b) sexy bad boy New Zealander who nursed a crush on you for five years (c) your Olympic gold-medal-winning husband who has the ladies' pants in knots. I think you are good."

8. I am not an animal person. This book confirms it. If I had to live in a place with that many horses and dogs and be in close proximity to them, I'd eat my own head. Also, OTP, I think three is a good number for kids. You should stop before you'll be ready to field your own football team.

9. Rory's proposal to Faith near the end was the most romantic thing evah. I want this made into a movie just for this.
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OK, now that I finished properly :)

1. My favorite secondary character is definitely Sylva, the Slovakian beauty famous for being famous. On paper she sounds horrid - barely interested in her kids, sleeping with anything on legs married or not, planning her marriages like a business campaign, living on plastic surgery. But she is freaking awesome - tough-minded and smart and very good at making the best of herself and knowing what it takes without being suckered in - that lady is making a living and supporting her huge family. Luckily, the author likes her as much as I do, and she gets a very appropriate happy ending - a tabloid-orgasm-causing marriage to an aging rock star who can keep up with her in the sack and pretty much what she likes in guys, macho and with more mileage than a tour bus. Heh.

2. Normally, a storyline which hinges in large part on "if they just talked to each other!" would drive me nuts, but for once I actually found it believable as something that was causing the major chunk of Tash and Hugo's problems. Not only is it hard to find time to talk when juggling small kids, nutty families, jobs which involve a lot of travel, crazy stalkers, love rivals and everything else, both of them have huge insecurities about losing each other due to specific, understandable things and they were pretty terrified of bringing it up in case they found out something horrid. Plus, if the both of them were any more stiff-upper-lip, they'd die from rigor mortis.

3. Self, let this be a lesson to you when flipping books - pay attention and don't do it! I remember the horror I felt when I skimmed a Dave Duncan book where it appeared the hero was blithely ignoring his devoted pregnant wife to go take up with a princess, only to realize the princess thing was a flashback before there even was a missus :P But it was as nothing to the horror I felt when I was skimming K&T and thought Hugo had sort-of raped Beccy, his sister-in-law (I am saying 'sort of' because she consented but she was drunk and kinda out of it so not sure how consenting it was). I mean! WTF! I almost gave up on the book until I realized that this was not Bertrice Small and thus it made no sense to have the heroine's OTP, who's been mooning over her in a manly fashion, to do that sort of thing. Upon reading the book, of course it was someone else. Thankfully.

4. And speaking of - all these people think that, as a best interpretation, a guy took advantage of his drunk sister-in-law and none of them think to call the cops or even call the guy to account openly or...you know...tell his wife that her husband is date-raping her family? ?????!!!!!?????!!!!! How reassuring.

5. Speaking of Beccy, she was the only character I couldn't stand (well, other than the bad guy, obviously). We cleary were supposed to pity her and feel happy when she found love etc. but by the time we got there, I just wanted to drown her in a duckpond or a nearest body of water if a duckpond was not available. Lady, you are 27 - have some plans for your life! I mean, real plans that don't involve a metric ton of self-pity and bizarrely creepy fixation of having your stepsister's life, down to stealing her husband and life. WTF? Perhaps she has a good career, people who love her, and a devoted husband because she's a really cool person who works really hard for what she has? Plus, as that book shows, Tash's life involves a lot of hard work on personal and professional front, and is not really the bed of roses. Oh, and there was the thing where she pretended to be her sis to have sexy text-messages with sexy New Zealand other guy because she felt like it, oh, and that part where before the book started she inadvertently caused Tash's miscarriage and almost killed her because she was doing psycho stuff. Ugh. But most of all, so freaking whiny!!!! I wouldn't mind if she actually had good evil plans but she's just useless. BLAH. I haven't disliked a character this much in a long time.

6. I have no idea how much this book is going to work for someone who hasn't been married with a small child and a chaotic life, but so many scenes in this book elicited "OMG, I have so been there." Well, minus the swarms of hunting dogs.

7. I have a massive girlcrush on Tash but (or because of it) I really wanted someone to take her out at about the middle of the book and be "girl, don't worry you don't look good enough after the baby and your husband will ditch you. So far, your count of people who think you are hawt include (a) famous singer (b) sexy bad boy New Zealander who nursed a crush on you for five years (c) your Olympic gold-medal-winning husband who has the ladies' pants in knots. I think you are good."

8. I am not an animal person. This book confirms it. If I had to live in a place with that many horses and dogs and be in close proximity to them, I'd eat my own head. Also, OTP, I think three is a good number for kids. You should stop before you'll be ready to field your own football team.

9. Rory's proposal to Faith near the end was the most romantic thing evah. I want this made into a movie just for this.
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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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