Author Archives: Krissy

When Beauty Tamed The Beast

When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2)When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So far this is my favorite of my recently purchased books. I love Linnet and Piers – the barbs, the intelligence, and how they grow to care about each other. I love that Piers was inspired by House from the tv show and I really enjoyed how she translated him to the time period. I loved the character of Linnet and the misunderstanding that set up the entire book made me laugh. The book made me laugh and made me almost cry and I will most definitely be reading it again.

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The Duke is Mine

The Duke Is Mine (Happily Ever Afters, #3)The Duke Is Mine by Eloisa James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this book was very amusing at times and was also sad in places. Olivia and her sister Georgiana spent their entire lives being trained to be duchesses due to a betrothal arranged before any of the three were born. Olivia, who is 7 minutes older than her twin, is the affianced, and while her intended Rupert is away at war (but safely out of action) she and her sister attend a party to hopefully find Georgie a husband. Throw in scientists, hijinks, a crazy mom, hormones, a daring rescue and true love and you have an excellent fast paced story with an almost completely happy ending. This is part of James’ Fairy Tale series and is based loosely on The Princess and the Pea (though the prospective mother in law runs tests that do not involve a pea). While I like the previous book When Beauty Tamed the Beast better, I really did enjoy this book and most certainly will be reading it again.

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Review: Oath of Swords

knock, knock… Hello?  Anyone remember me? You know, the other friend who reads too much? Yeah, me!  I’ve been busy with health issues and, of course, reading too much.  Now to actually post about one of those books I read. 😉

Oath of Swords is the first book in one of my favorite series by David Weber.  It is a available free for download for any e-reader and your computer from the Baen Free Library.  I have to say I love that Baen Free Library and the fact that Baen is DRM free. I would give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

I love the characters of Bahzell Bahnackson and Brandark Brandarkson and the situations they get into throughout the book.  Don’t be confused by the fact that Weber is most famous for his military science fiction – this is a fantasy genre book with sword fighting, wizards, and damsels in distress!  The banter between the two main characters makes laugh out loud even today, though I’ve probably read the book a dozen times.  The biggest female character, Lady Zarantha, in the book is a damsel in distress, but she is a strong woman in charge, not some weak ninny.  She pulls out a weapon several times though out her area of the book and is more than willing to do whatever needs done despite the Lady in front of her name.  This is adventure, fantasy, and not a romance.  There is no sappy love story moving the plot along.  The book resolves all the main issues that come up, but does leave some background issues out there so you know there is more time come.

Oath of Swords made me laugh as well as being a fun and easy read.  The characters (the ones we interact with more than a few time) are well written and develop through out the story.

History and Football

Several weeks ago I bought Dan Rooney: My 75 Years With The Pittsburgh Steelers and The NFL and read it. I’m a Steelers fan and have been for years. I wanted to know more about the organization and the family who’s led it from almost the beginning, as I found out. I never realized that Dan Rooney’s father was one of those who began the league way back when. I found a great majority of the book fascinating. Dan Rooney is a remarkable man and his life has been amazing. I loved reading about how the commissioners of the league had been chosen and the ways each of them affected the ways it grew.

The book was easy to read, though I will admit that I didn’t always understand all the football terminology. However, this did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. The tone was conversational and it was easy to read. I loved hearing about the interactions between the different people involved. Dan Rooney is a fine man and has lived a life that many would dream of. The book ends not long after the hiring of Mike Tomlin as the head coach of the Steelers. I learned a lot of interesting things about the past of the Steelers franchise, like the fact that they once had cheerleaders and that Art Rooney (the first one) was more of a baseball man than a football man for all that he worked to keep the Steelers in the city.

If you would like to know more about how the NFL as we know it today came to be – the different struggles and triumphs – I would definitely recommend this book. Even if you are not a fan of the Steelers, Rooney and the writers do an excellent job of showing how football in the United States evolved without a huge Steelers bias. There is a lot more information on the Steelers since Rooney does love football, the team and the city of Pittsburgh but there is a great deal on the history of the NFL.