Claudette in the Shadows is a romantic novella, which acts as a prequel to M.J. Hearle’s Winter’s Shadow and Winter’s Light. I found it a really interesting read and a great little taste of the world Hearle has created.
Claudette is a sixteen-year-old girl, living with her fugitive family in Amsterdam. They have been running from Victor Bonnaire and his men, the Devil’s Bane for as long as she can remember. Claudette is experiencing her first love - Simon Fontellier - and discovering the secrets her parents have kept hidden from her and her twin brother, Blake. At first, she is a little naive (which is understandable for her age) but she matures through the course of the novella, though not in the way you might expect. The dark turn of Claudette’s character arc was one of the most interesting aspects of the story.
As Claudette learns about her family and her father’s history, she is in more danger than ever. The family prepares to leave Amsterdam and settle in a new city, but Claudette rebels and goes to the Fontieller’s ball. Simon leads her into the gardens for a romantic moonlit walk and Claudette has visions of him confessing his love on bended knee, but things take a turn for the worse when some of Victor’s men arrive.
Hearle’s writing style is evocatively descriptive and easy to read. I was really intrigued by the world he has created, particularly the Krypthia and the Malfaerie. Claudette in the Shadows is a captivating paranormal novella with a gothic twist. It would suit younger readers who enjoy tales of magic and mystery, as well as historical romances.
For more info on the book as well as the author, click here.
Also - I LOVE the cover of this book! Very gothic and cool.
A copy of this book was generously provided by Momentum Books.
Close Enough to Touch is on sale for $1.99 today as the Nook Daily Find!!!!
It’s also $1.99 on Kindle! Wooooooot!!!!!
This is the first book in the Jackson series, featuring Grace, my awesomely bitchy tough-girl heroine, and Cole, the sexy Wyoming cowboy with a taste for bad girls. :-) Rawr.
I just added a new page to our tumblr - Let’s Get Critical!
As a group of - let’s face it - Romance Nerds, we love reading books and articles that critically engage with the genre we love. We’ll update the list when we read something and want to share it with our fellow romance nerds/romance scholars.
If you have any suggestions for something we should read (as in critical essay or book on romance) then let us know!
"A shudder shook him as she surrendered in his arms and he inched his throbbing shaft into her incredible warmth, uncertain how much pain he was going to cause her and desperate to lessen it. The time he had taken with her had eased his passage, and he felt her silken warmth tightly sheathing him, expanding to encase him. Twisted into knots of desire, his heart beating painfully, he eased himself into her until he finally encountered the fragile barrier."
As many of you may have heard, last Friday night, we at Orchid & Peach Cocktails gathered to host the event of the season. We threw a trivia night that put all other trivia nights to shame! It was glorious!!
But we digress, Friday was a night of fun, laughter, and penis euphemisms. The three teams that fought for the title of Grand Trivia Masters gathered at UTS to prove their mettle. Competing in four rounds, each team was challenged to answer questions based on the All About Romance Top 100 romances OF ALL TIME (with a few extras thrown in). Amongst our illustrious guests were representatives from Harlequin Australia who played under the name The Last Kiss. We also had paranormal experts from Galaxy Bookstor’s regular Thursday night book club, Misspent Youth. And finally, the night’s champions – Virgin Meatlovers with a Side of Hornypants, which consisted of librarians, PHD students, bloggers, and authors.
With a lot of social lubrication in the form of wine, the teams battled it out for book prizes and the honour of the win.
We’d like to put out a HUGE thank you to the people who supported us and came along, as well as our generous sponsors (thanks Harlequin and HarperCollins!). A special thanks to Book Thingo for letting us crash their site for promo reasons, as well as Galaxy Books who let us attack their mailing list for similar reasons, and Vertigo for the use of their fridge!
Keep an eye out for news of our next trivia event later this year!
Julia is such a lovely, funny lady. She also recognised Rudi’s famous romance shoes! The high tea was amazing - I think more romance author-reader events should involve high tea. Can that be a thing? Can we make that a thing?