Monday, April 14, 2014

May's Books!


The books that we will be reading for May are "Etiquette & Espionage" by Gail Carriger and "Written in Red" by Anne Bishop.  The next meeting will be on May 8th at 6:00 PM in the Board Room.  I am thinking about possibly having meetings during the summer, but I am unsure what will be going on with the Library's renovations.  So I will get back to members as soon as I decide what to do.  I would also love to have suggestions for books to out on the vote page for September.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vote for May's books!

It is that time again, where I ask book group members to help narrow down our book choices for May's books.  Remember that the top four in each category will be on the ballot at April's meeting.  I only changed out the two books that we are reading in April.  I welcome any suggestions of books that you would like to see up for a vote.   Here is the link to vote: http://www.bangorpubliclibrary.org/public/bgvotepage.htm

Monday, March 17, 2014

Books for April

Due to the weather there were only two people at the March meeting.  Even I couldn't make it because I had to head home to fix the furnace.  The two attendees didn't feel like they wanted the responsibility to pick for the entire group. So,  I went with the two books that got the most online votes.  So the two books are "Magic Bites" by Ilona Andrews and "Scarlet" by Marissa Meyer.

The next meeting is April 10th.  Hopefully we won't have worry about snowstorms by then.  We will have lots to talk about. (6 Books!!!)  Hope to see you then.

Monday, March 3, 2014

April's Book Vote

 I just wanted people to know that the vote page for what we read in April is up.  Remember that the top four in each category will be put on the paper ballot at March's meeting. Here is the link:
http://www.bpl.lib.me.us/public/bgvotepage.htm

Friday, February 14, 2014

March's Books

So due to the weather we did not have a meeting in February.  I don't think that I can arrange my schedule to fit one in , so we will have four books to discuss at the March 13th meeting.  I picked the March books based on what got the most vote online.  So we will read "The Iron Duke" by Meljean Brooks and "Lost Lake" by Sarah Addison Allen.

Both of these books are available for download on the Nooks!

Monday, January 27, 2014

March's vote page is up!

The vote page for what we will read in March is up and running.  The top four in each category will be put on the paper ballot at the February meeting. Here is the link: http://www.bpl.lib.me.us/public/bgvotepage.htm

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review of "A Gentleman Undone" by Cecilia Grant

I know it’s been a really long time since I have posted a review.  But after reading A Gentleman Undone by Cecilia Grant I have felt compelled to write a review.  I absolutely loved Grant’s first book A Lady Awakened, and she doesn’t disappoint in this book either.  I do have to say that this book definitely needs a flaming chili pepper rating and perhaps even a roasted chili pepper.  I don’t quite remember the love scenes being quite that explicit in her first book.  But perhaps it has to do with the fact that the female lead in this book is a courtesan, who was previously employed as a prostitute.  

The story starts in 1815, with Will Blackshear trying to get medical attention for one of his men, Talbot, who was injured at the battle of Waterloo.  While Will thought that he was doing the right thing by bring the injured man to the hospital, he may have in fact hastened the man’s death.  

Will has since sold his commission in the army is now back in London, and needs money to execute a plan.  We encounter Will at a gentleman’s club, where numerous men have brought their mistresses.  Will is intrigued by one in particular, Lydia Slaughter, and he is not sure why.  Will is even more intrigued when she is able to fleece him out of a sizable amount of money, which he needs to execute his plan.  The next time they meet, he demands that she return his money. Lydia refuses, seeing that she has a plan that needs money as well.  That same night while playing cards, Lydia arranges for Will to win back the exact amount she fleeced him out of.  It turns out that Lydia had a head for numbers and uses that to her advantage while playing cards. It dawns on Lydia, that Will and she could both win the amount of money that they need, if they work together.  This of course entails them spending a lot of time together and the attraction between them builds. 

There are many reasons why I enjoyed this book. Cecilia Grant has a really different take on the historical romance genre.  All of Grant’s female characters are incredibly intelligent, perhaps even smarter than her male leads.  Oftentimes it is the female lead that actual teaches the men a few things.  In A Lady Awakened, Martha teaches Theo about how to manage an estate. Here in A Gentleman Undone Lydia teaches Will how to count cards and cannot understand why he has difficulty with her counting system. 
Another aspect of Lydia which I liked was the fact that she was comfortable with her sexuality.  She truly enjoys having sex, and took some pride in the fact that she was good in bed.  However, I do think that because of what happened to Lydia, to land her in a brothel in the first place, that there is an aspect of punishment in the act of sex for her.

Will, in many ways is much more of a typical leading man.  He is the war hero who comes home with a promise made to a man in his last few minutes of life.  But what makes Will’s situation slightly different from the norm is that he actually feels responsible for causing Talbot’s death.  He has taken it upon himself that if he had left Talbot on the battlefield and brought the doctor’s to him he may have lived. 
So an overall great book from Cecilia Grant, I can’t wait to read her third book, A Woman Entangled, which involves another Blackshear sibling.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

February's Books

The books that were chosen for February are "Charming" by Elliott James and "Slightly Married" by Mary Balogh.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January's Meeting

The book group will be meeting, this Thursday January 16th at 6:00 in the Board Room on the first floor. We will pick the books for February and will be discussing "The Heist" and "A Gentleman Undone"  I really liked "A Gentleman Undone" but I do think that it needs a flaming chili pepper rating.

Also there is still time to vote for February's books. Here is the link:  http://www.bpl.lib.me.us/public/bgvotepage.htm

Hope to see you on Thursday!

~Sarah

Monday, December 16, 2013

Vote for February's Books

The vote page for February's books is up and running.  The top four books in each category will be voted on in person at our January 16th meeting. Here is the link: http://www.bpl.lib.me.us/public/bgvotepage.htm