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About Julia

Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.

I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.

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Currently reading

Wanton Christmas Wishes
Eliza Lloyd, Samantha Kane, Kate Pearce, Monica Burns, Madelynne Ellis, Jess Michaels
The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm, Matthew R. Price, Noel Daniel
Progress: 21 %
I Love it When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech
Ralph Keyes
Progress: 28/271 pages
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Christopher Moore
Progress: 42/420 pages

Just Finished Reactions & Progress Post: The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James

The Duke Is Mine - Eloisa James

I liked it but the ending was just so random. Almost anti-climactic. Nowhere NEAR the awesomeness that was When Beauty Tamed the Beast.

So lets look at the good things! They have names! Olivia! Quin! Georgie! The Dowager Duchess! I could continue. The point is the characters were awesome. Strong! Fun! Dimensional! Especially Quin and Olivia. 

I was laughing out loud quite a bit at the puns, limericks and double entendres in this book (of course I do love wordplay). 

I want to say something about Rupert but I am having trouble finding what. He is not all there mentally and expresses his emotions openly much to the display of the ton (we are told this early on). There is an early scene that I thought worked okay that some people may not like

where Olivia and Rupert try to have sex. I dont think that it was disgusting, but I could see how someone may take it that way. I thought it was funnily written and sweet how it ended. I hurt for them both in that scene)

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But I think Olivia and Rupert have a relationship that is respectful (though it may not start out that way) and do not think the book should be disregarded because of it. Just my opinion and it may not be yours so take that in to concideration when deciding if you want to read this book.

So overall, I would recommend it but maybe not to new James readers. If you are that, check out When Beauty Tamed the Beast

It's fun and I think it is suppose to be. The ending seems a little, out of place and there are places I think the story could have gone that could have been really interesting

especially having to do with the two sisters, one duke conundrum..and Olivia's guilt with falling for her future brother-in-law. I felt that story was convenient and could have be pushed more.. to something really unique and interesting

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Regardless though, I would still recommend it, especially if you are a James fan already.

Also I didn't notice the Justin Bieber reference until I read the authors notes. I am glad I didn't...


Originally posted on GR in Jan 2012


Progress Post

01/03/2012 page 54   14.0% "Holy crap that "intimate scene" had me rolling with laughs"
01/03/2012 page 86   22.0% "Okay. Its official. I love this heroine. She has such ... for lack of a better term... balls!"