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Glory in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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It‘s already the end of February and tomorrow we‘ll be discussing what we thought of Book 2 in the #InDeathLongReadalong #IDLR - how did everyone like having just two check-ins? Did it make you less motivated to keep up? We will be starting book three in March. Let me know if you want to stay with us! @LiseWorks

Librarybelle I won‘t have the book completed by tomorrow, but oh well! Yes…definitely wish to continue!! Have book 3 ready to go, as soon as I finish Glory In Death! 3h
ShananigansReads I have about an hour left and I‘ll tackle it soon. I think just would like more check-ins. Doesn‘t have to be daily, maybe weekly. 2h
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MrsV I‘m in for book 3! I agree with @ShananigansReads with maybe a weekly check in. 2h
CatLass007 I agree with @ShananigansReads @MrsV that a weekly check-in is a good idea. Once a week sounds good, but it doesn‘t have to be on a particular day and should be done at your convenience. I don‘t think we need them as reminders, I just like to touch base with everyone. I finished Glory in Death a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it more than the first. I look forward to our discussion and to Immortal in Death. 1h
TheAromaofBooks I do better with a slightly more structured schedule, so something like 1-2 chapters a day, with a check-in every week or so, would work best for me - I end up reading it at that pace anyway, though, so maybe that's why it appeals to me 😂 40m
willaful I like the weekly idea as well. I finished the book over a week ago and do I remember anything? 😂 now
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One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote | Bonnie Worth, Katherine Ross
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Hey #Pemberlittens it‘s time to pick what #JaneAdjacent (or fun nod to other famous authors or characters) book we‘ll read next! Here is the link to vote: https://forms.gle/FsZXRLjdKMvti8Wt6 All are welcome to join in!

Librarybelle Voted! 1d
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Blackink_WhitePaper Voted. 👍 1d
IndoorDame Looks like you have some really fun choices in the mix this month! But I‘m going to leave the voting to the rest of the group cause I‘m tackling a pretty intimidating chunkster next month and I don‘t know what else I‘ll have time for yet. 1d
julieclair Can I vote for all 5, please? 🤣 1d
BarkingMadRead So many fun choices! 1d
mcctrish I have Emma of 83rd street in my towering TBR so 🤞🏻🤞🏻 1d
LiseWorks I think you should reput the ones that don't win, the choice was hard lol 1d
CrowCAH Voted 🗳️ 1d
rubyslippersreads @mcctrish I picked that one too. 1d
DebinHawaii @rubyslippersreads @mcctrish Me too! Although all looked good! 1d
mcctrish @DebinHawaii if I hadn‘t already impulse bought Emma on 83rd I don‘t know how I‘d have voted for 1d
DebinHawaii @mcctrish It the one that‘s available now on my Library e-books! 😉 And it sounds cute. 1d
Gissy Voted for a book I gave on my shelf but I will read the book selected. 10h
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V Is for Voting | Kate Farrell
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It‘s time to vote for our #LittensLoveRomance March read! https://forms.gle/DCa1HMckJw7K1SLbA here is the link to vote - all are welcome to vote and join in!

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julieclair Voted! Fun theme! (edited) 1d
mcctrish These look to hot for me 🤣 1d
OriginalCyn620 YES! I love hockey romances! It was hard to choose but it doesn‘t even matter to me which one wins. 😂 1d
julesG Voted! 1d
LiseWorks Voted 1d
Pigpen_Reads Voted! 1d
PageShifter Voted! 1d
Read4life 🗳️ 1d
Kshakal Voted! 1d
Catsandbooks Voted! 🩵 1d
Gissy Voted but I‘m not a fan of this trope? Topic? (Sport-romance). 😬 1d
BethM Yaaasssssss 21h
Skygoddess1 Voted 2h
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent I had to finish the last 4 chapters - honestly the last chunk of this book sped by and it was hard to resist! I thoroughly enjoyed the ending - the villain got what was coming to him, peace was made between Vicky‘s suitors, the brothers, and the sisters, and alls well that ends well. ⬇️

StayCurious I really enjoyed this book which was liberally sprinkled with references to Jane but also acknowledged that you can‘t live your life in a story - sometimes you have to lift your head and take a peek at reality. Grumble 😄 2d
mcctrish I share your grumble 👎🏻👎🏻 reality 😣🤣 but I thoroughly enjoyed this book ❤️❤️ thank you so much for leading us 😘😘 2d
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Librarybelle This was a great choice! I plan to read the last two chapters and the author‘s note tomorrow! Thanks for leading again! 2d
CogsOfEncouragement Wow, what a villainous twist to the duel. I didn‘t see that coming.
No! I thought it a great mistake when Vicky said there was no time to wake anyone at the end of chapter 28, so not surprised something happened.
Oh, even after Silby shot Carmichael, I hadn‘t realized he had actually tried to kill Vicky with the runaway curricle. Poor Vicky! Talk about a bad date.
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CogsOfEncouragement Thea deciding to cover up the truth surprised me a bit. We live in a time where that would be extremely difficult to do. They of course did not have the means to collect evidence as we do now, so this family could more easily hide the uncomfortable details.
Very nice HEA.
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CrowCAH Same. I listened to the last four chapters today. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Thanks for leading us in our read along! And yes we can‘t live in a book, but as the characters did in the text, we can learn through fiction situations. I like how this incorporated many Austen character tropes and quotes at the beginning of the chapters from her novels. 2d
julieclair This book was a delight! Loved the ending. And… I refuse to acknowledge that I can‘t live in a book. 😉 1d
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent ch. 27-28: Oh boy, things are getting good! Vicky meets Susie and Tom‘s true feelings are revealed. Now she‘s off to stop him from potentially getting killed! Not gonna lie, I‘m off to finish this book because I can‘t help myself!

BarkingMadRead I already finished it 🙈 3d
julieclair I finished it too! 😆 3d
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DebinHawaii I am trying to be “good” but might have to finish it tonight! 🫣 3d
mcctrish I finished 🎉so exciting ❤️❤️ 3d
Librarybelle It‘s hard not to read ahead! 3d
CogsOfEncouragement Susie to the rescue! 3d
CrowCAH It was tough, but I waited to read the last four chapters. Though they‘ll all be listened to on Monday! The suspense is killing me. He must confess his true feelings for her 🥺 3d
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A Not So Meet Cute | Meghan Quinn
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#LittensLoveRomance I enjoyed the ending to this book - it was satisfying: the apology and the grand gesture and the deal with Dave. And sticking it to Angela was fun too. Overall I did enjoy this book. It was laugh out loud funny in parts and romantic. It was a fantasy and not quite realistic. I wasn‘t expecting quite the level of spice but I wasn‘t turning off my e-reader. ⬇️

StayCurious I do think sex played a big role in their attraction and relationship and maybe more conversation would have been nice for the reader. But I do want to read Kelsey‘s book and would be up for more from this author in the future. (edited) 4d
Kshakal I really enjoyed this book and will for sure be reading more by this author! Can‘t wait until next month! 4d
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julieclair I enjoyed this book, too, even though it was quite a bit spicier than I usually prefer. I was totally surprised by - and happy about - the way things ended with Dave. And the Angela scene - the best! It was fun reading this together. Thanks, as always, for the great job you do as our host! 😀 4d
Graciouswarriorprincess I enjoyed the book too. Like all, I found myself laughing and didn‘t want it to end. I do agree that it was spicy. 4d
Julsmarshall I like it too and was surprised with how satisfying the ending was even though it happened pretty quickly. I downloaded the next in the series because I want to see what happens with JP and Kelsey :) Thanks for arranging, @StayCurious ! (edited) 4d
OriginalCyn620 I enjoyed it too! I agree that the ending was satisfying and I‘m glad that things worked out with Dave the way that it did. And I‘m so glad about the clap back to Angela! Thanks for hosting, Renee! 😊 4d
Read4life Renee do we have our March read yet? Thanks for hosting 💙 2d
StayCurious @Read4life I will be posting the vote tomorrow 😊 2d
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent ch. 25-26: boy Carmichael is a chameleon and has done a good job of fooling everyone, especially Vicky‘s parents. Poor Tom. Yes, he‘s made mistakes but he is clearly more concerned about Vicky‘s well-being. How will he see her before the duel? Will she hear about it and show up to try and stop them?

BarkingMadRead So much stress! He needs to see her before the duel! This is craziness! 4d
mcctrish I‘m getting first season Bridgerton vibes with the duel! That was a harsh spot to stop reading 😬😬 4d
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julieclair This has my stomach tied up in knots. 4d
LiseWorks Perhaps Tom would prefer Vicky not being there. 4d
CogsOfEncouragement When Vicky told Sheldon she would not see Tom, I had hoped he was still standing there when Thea was telling Vicky she should see him and she would change her mind and go see him. No luck. Then I had hoped Vicky would come when she heard Tom yelling for her. He was being so rude, but I thought their childhood friendship might forgive it. I forgot about her bodyguards! lol Not so fast young man! 4d
DebinHawaii This book is causing me lots of angst! It‘s hard to stop reading at the daily chapter break but I am exercising self control! 🫣 4d
CrowCAH Gah I know! Tom called for her! Why didn‘t she heed the call?! This was a tough chapter to listen to. 4d
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A Not So Meet Cute | Meghan Quinn
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#LittensLoveRomance So sorry I fell asleep early last night again! #toddlermomlife But I had to jump in and ask: how do we think Ellie found out the truth? Could it have something to do with Angela (the rich run in small circles so they could know each other). I feel for Huxley and the horrible problem he finds himself in, but I‘m also annoyed that he immediately distrusts Lottie. He should be rushing to defend her. ⬇️

StayCurious Ugh - not sure how they‘ll fix this but I sense a big fight on the horizon. And a break up and make up. Maybe a bit of groveling. We‘ll finish up tomorrow (I promise haha)! (edited) 5d
Graciouswarriorprincess I‘m thinking possibly something to with Angela. Poor Huxley. 5d
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OriginalCyn620 My first thought was that Angela was behind it! 5d
LiseWorks That baby class was so funny, and I think maybe that is what gave it away. 🤔 For someone who was expecting, they were afraid to even touch the demon baby lol. 5d
Julsmarshall Feels so close to the end but still so much to work through! 5d
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Ch.23&24: These guys! They‘re not thinking with their brains, that‘s for sure. And while I agree that Carmichael needs to be put in his place, I don‘t know that a duel with poorly aimed pistols is the way to go. Poor Vicky. Her choices aren‘t great right now.

LiseWorks While I was reading this, I was thinking about all the rules for a duel lol. Oh dear! Pride is getting in the way for Tom here 5d
CogsOfEncouragement Yes, poor Vicky. How are there no better choices than all these nincompoops? 5d
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mcctrish I just finished these 2 chapters and I want to throw this book at a brick wall!! Charles is a noose around Tom‘s neck, Carmichael needs more than a shove and both need to tell Vicky the truth, the patriarchy SUCKS 5d
BarkingMadRead Love the meme you chose 🤣 the duel does not seem like a good idea! 5d
CrowCAH I love how honest Tom was about what he could offer. Too bad his past has closed off his feelings. Duels are never a good way to resolve a conflict. Especially not when Tom apologized to Carmichael. That should have been the end of it. 4d
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent check.19-22: two proposals that weren‘t very romantic and each man is not above bashing the competition. Poor Vicky! How does she know if she‘s being manipulated or not - who is speaking the truth? Who should she trust? How can she avoid making the same mistakes her sister made with Dain? Of course we know Tom‘s motives are pure - but how could Vicky possibly know? Especially with her family cheering for Carmichael.⬇️

StayCurious She has a tough decision ahead of her. And the stakes have never been higher. 6d
mcctrish I hope she listens to Althea because Carmichael has some moves very similar to Dain 👎🏻👎🏻 6d
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LiseWorks Oh it should be Tom all the way! 6d
CrowCAH @LiseWorks I agree! Why hadn‘t it ever occurred to Vikky that Tom could be a marriageable candidate?! 6d
CrowCAH Carmichael is very similar to Dain. I believe they‘re in cahoots together. Bad begets bad! 6d
Librarybelle My thoughts exactly, @CrowCAH ! 6d
BarkingMadRead Boys are dumb 🙄 I do not like Carmichael, I wish Tom hadn‘t bungled it so badly 6d
CogsOfEncouragement I‘m rooting for Tom, but Vicky‘s parents don‘t agree this is a suitable fix to their problems. So, basically he needs to finish P&P to know he must write a letter with a proper proposal and also win over her parents by doing something concrete to save Thea. 6d
CrowCAH @CogsOfEncouragement perfect! Love the correlation of the two stories! 6d
julieclair @BarkingMadRead Yes! Tom made such a mess of that proposal. Ugh. 5d
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A Not So Meet Cute | Meghan Quinn
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.18-19: Sorry about missing yesterday. Usually I miss a post because I fall asleep as soon as my son does 😄 anyway, I will post again tonight so we don‘t fall behind but I wanted to make mention of these chapters and how happy I am that Lottie and Hux are finally talking and being honest with each other (and finally getting it on thank you very much)⬇️

StayCurious . Hux is a real sweetheart when he allows Lottie to see the real him. But how will they get out of their lies to Dave and Ellie? Someone is bound to get hurt I think. 6d
LiseWorks This is exactly what I'm thinking, are they going to come clean to Dave? 6d
Graciouswarriorprincess I‘m still wondering about how they are going to tell Dave and Ellie. 6d
julieclair I‘m afraid the Dave & Ellie aspect of this story is not going to end well. 5d
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A Not So Meet Cute | Meghan Quinn
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#LittensLoveRomance Feb20:Ch.16&17: lying in the rain sounds nice - if you live in warm California. I kept thinking - you‘re going to freeze! go inside! But I guess that‘s Canadian rain I‘m thinking of haha. This was a sweet and sexy scene and I like Huxley more and more. I love that he‘s opening up more and showing his true personality. That‘s how he‘ll win Lottie - not going all cold on her.

Read4life I agree that Huxley needs to keep opening up and sharing. It was a great scene. 1w
CogsOfEncouragement Angela is THE WORST. I was glad Lottie didn‘t get worried that Angela did somehow see Hux out with someone else. 1w
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julieclair It really was a sweet scene, and it‘s nice to see Huxley relaxing a bit and showing more of his real self. 1w
LiseWorks Oh, I was thinking the same. It's cold, you're wet. Did they hear thunder? Go inside lol 1w
Julsmarshall I loved these chapters too. Especially how they are starting to share vulnerable parts of themselves. Swoon! 7d
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Feb20: Ch.17-18: Wow Charles is such a jerk! A spoiled brat who needs to have a reality check. Now, granted, I know his childhood was hard because of their father, but spending even more on food, and treating Tom and Susie like he did - not cool. I‘m so angry on Tom‘s behalf. We‘ll see how things go but I‘d be kicking Charles to the curb.

Librarybelle Ugh…Charles! 1w
BarkingMadRead So frustrated! To be putting Tom deeper in the whole is so wrong! Poor Susie, stuck in the middle! 1w
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mcctrish Who is the food for? Is he in cahoots with Dain? Nobody says anything to anyone 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1w
DebinHawaii Charles is an asshat! 🍑🎩 1w
LiseWorks I think he is jealous cause didn't Tom get the title and inheritance even when he was kicked out? 1w
Cheshirecat913 Charles is so infuriating. Why Charles? Why not help each other. Don't go cozing up to Dain! I hope that isn't Dain's house he was going to. 1w
CogsOfEncouragement It seems the brothers need to have a gab sesh. There is a lot they need to share with each other. 1w
julieclair It‘s hard to imagine how Charles can be so selfish. 1w
CrowCAH Charles is very childish. He never grew up. I think he went to a woman‘s house. Why else get up early and look presentable than for a lady lover? And he could be lavishing her with ham gifts. 1w
julieclair @CrowCAH And we all know how very seductive ham gifts are! 😂🤣😂🤪 7d
CrowCAH @julieclair don‘t you know it! 😂 Isn‘t there that saying that the way to a (wo)man‘s heart is through the stomach?! LOL 6d
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A Not So Meet Cute | Meghan Quinn
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#LittensLoveRomance Feb19: Ch.14&15: there‘s a part of me (the romantic that has these types of fantasies) that completely gets why these two young, single, attractive people are getting it on behind closed doors. The other part of me is like: things are so complicated- why would you add sex and/or foreplay into the mix! I guess they just can‘t help themselves 😜.⬇️

StayCurious What do you think? Should they try to keep things professional or will sleeping together just open themselves to each other which may be a good thing? 1w
KristiAhlers I loved this book. I am a totaly fan of this author. She's an autobuy writer for me. 1w
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OriginalCyn620 At this point, they may as well just bang it out. After what they‘ve done so far, it‘d be stupid not to! 🤣 But yes, they really should because we know they won‘t be able to help themselves…the writing‘s on the wall. Still here for it, though! 1w
julieclair I think sleeping together will make life easier for both of them. 1w
Julsmarshall I‘m on team #bangitout too. 1w
LiseWorks I say get it out of the way, then they can see if they can get along when real life hits. 1w
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Feb.19. Ch.15&16: I‘m glad Vicky and Tom are speaking and trying to solve the mystery of who is after Vicky and why. And now we get a bit about why Althea has been acting cold to Vicky - she thought she had abandoned her! I guess Dain knew how close they were and wanted to keep them apart. So, what‘s Carmichael up to? I think there is something to do with the two estates and the land, like Tom mentioned.

Librarybelle Carmichael is being very suspicious 1w
BarkingMadRead Carmichael has definitely been acting a bot off, and now it all makes sense. I‘m definitely #Teamtom on this theory! 1w
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mcctrish Whatever Carmicheal helped Vicky‘s dad with land wise is going to = mucho dollaros so he and Dain want Oakridge ( or whatever it is called) through Althea or Vicky and they want to buy as much land of Tom‘s as they can. Not sure they care about buildings at all, might just level it all and leave the girls with nothing and control it all 1w
CogsOfEncouragement Always glad to see at least some clear communication between fictional characters. 1w
julieclair I think Tom has it all figured out. Now he just has to prove it. Hopefully Vicky will help him. 1w
CrowCAH Something is afoot. But what? I‘m with the group about the land holding the key to the mystery. 1w
DebinHawaii Yep, gotta be the land & either the water rights or there is something else there that‘s valuable. 1w
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A Not So Meet Cute | Meghan Quinn
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#LittensloveRomance Feb 18: Ch.12-13: Omg - that Lamaze class was so funny and uncomfortable - and Lottie and Hux teasing each other in the car was laugh out loud funny. When these two finally smarten up and get together for real it‘s going to be fantastic! Asking those get to know you questions was a step in the right direction for sure.

Read4life I was laughing so hard during the class that my husband stopped what he was doing to ask me about it. 🤣🤣 1w
julieclair That class was truly LOL for real! So cringeworthy! 1w
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OriginalCyn620 Okay, for real I want to know if this pregnancy class was something the author dreamed up or if she did research and this is an actual thing. WTF! I laughed reading it because I was hoping it was made up! It was bizarre but funny. And I‘m sorry, but I‘ve had 2 kids and couldn‘t tell you one detail about either conception, so I guess this class would be a moot point for me. And what even was the point of that? I got lost in the ridiculousness. (edited) 1w
OriginalCyn620 But I did love the get-to- know you questions! I really hope this is the start of both Huxley (especially him) and Lottie being more open with each other. 1w
Pigpen_Reads I laughed way too much at that scene! I'm curious as well. Is this an actual thing? 😂 1w
LiseWorks That class can not be real! And now I am starting to really like Huxley. The question sessions are a good get to know you time. 1w
Graciouswarriorprincess That class was hilarious! I can‘t even imagine ! Huxley is starting to open up which I love seeing this side of him. 1w
CogsOfEncouragement Take THAT Angela! The way she described herself as a gorgeous goddess at the gala and Hux not remembering her one iota. The best. 1w
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Feb 18: Ch.13-14: can I just say, Vicki is awesome and so capable! I‘d want her on my side in a fight - and what a terrifying experience. But were they after Althea or Vicky? My guess is it has something to do with Vicky‘s attack from before. Now, one other thing: what are Carmichael and Dain up to? They are obviously in cahoots with Carmichael the brains of the operation. Tom needs to tell Vicky what he heard ASAP.

BarkingMadRead I am stressed 🤣 1w
LiseWorks Oh I so agree! Tom needs to let the sisters know something is up. 1w
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mcctrish Holy Smokes!!! Daddy can‘t die yet! Vicky is fierce AF! @BarkingMadRead Tom needs to get over to their house posthaste and they all need a murder board to map out their intel ( best way to cement the budding romance between Tom and Vicky is bonding over the ‘murder board‘ where they solve all the mysterious events but hopefully no murders occur) 1w
julieclair It would seem to me that Dain has a good reason for wanting Daddy to die. 1w
CogsOfEncouragement I didn‘t expect Carmichael and Dain to be in cahoots, and I doubly didn‘t expect their carriage to be attacked. What next!?! Vicky is a survivor. I like her more than I did in the first few chapters. 1w
CrowCAH Carmichael and Dain are up to something. Seems like Carmichael has set his cap on Vikky. Poor father beat senseless. Good thing Vikky was there to take control of the situation. Hard to tell which sister was really supposed to be kidnapped. Althea for Dain. Or Vikky for Carmichael. I keep expecting Tom to come to the rescue again! 1w
mcctrish @julieclair Dain and Carmichael both me thinks 1w
julieclair @mcctrish Yeah, you‘re right. They both do. I agree with what youthinks. 😉 1w
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Feb.17: Ch.11-12: It suck‘s being broke but imagine being an Earl and being broke. How embarrassing! Dain is such an opportunistic bastard. I hope Charles doesn‘t do something stupid. Agh! The suspense!

mcctrish I feel so bad for him and his horse 💔Charles continues to be a douche. Dain is the anti-Christ 😈 this is going to get so complicated before it gets happy #whatischarleslookingfor? 2w
DebinHawaii I was all worried that Carmichael would buy his horse I didn‘t even think about Dain.😳Charles is definitely going to do something stupid. 😡 2w
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BarkingMadRead I agree with everyone. Charles is up to no good, although maybe he thinks it‘s what‘s best? I‘d like to think so. Dain? 👿 2w
julieclair There is no question that Charles will do something stupid. 😬 2w
CrowCAH Nooo, Dain bought the horses!!! Just awful! Then he wants the estate?! How dare he! Brother Charles is up to no good, checking the ledgers. What does he hope to find, the lost money?! 1w
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#LittensLoveRomance Feb.17: Ch.10-11: well…that discussion certainly escalated. I think these two are incredibly attracted to each other but I think Huxley is starting to feel more emotionally than he bargained for. He definitely could have handled the boardroom fiasco a bit better. But then again…she hasn‘t been at her best either. Learn from this! Be better!

OriginalCyn620 Indeed that conversation escalated quickly! 🤣 But I really don‘t blame Lottie for the boardroom thing…she was totally caught off guard! If anything, her sister and Huxley are more to blame since neither one told her about the meeting. And during the quickly escalating conversation Huxley could‘ve told her WHY the phone call was so important. I think Lottie would‘ve understood. Huxley needs to be more forthcoming with her! 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess @OriginalCyn620 I totally agree. Huxley needs to open up more. Poor Lottie! 2w
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LiseWorks I actually agreed with the advice Kelsey gave Lottie before the meeting. Yes, Kelsey should have told her who the meeting was with. Yes, she should have informed herself about the business before the meeting. But I really think what she did was so unprofessional. After all, it was her sister who was having the meeting. She should have kept to herself even if she did see Huxley. 2w
Julsmarshall I feel like nearly everyone could have done better in these chapters. But Hux better get his act together or I‘m going to have a hard time getting over his extreme butthead behavior. 2w
julieclair Hux, Kelsey and Lottie were all partially at fault for the boardroom fiasco. But they put all the blame on Lottie. Not really fair. 2w
Pigpen_Reads The second-hand embarrassment I felt during the boardroom scene 🤦🏽‍♀️ They should have told Lottie. 2w
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#LittensLoveRomance Feb16: Ch.8-9: I get the whole enemies to lovers thing is being played out here, but man, Huxley is a jerk! I‘m really looking forward to his glow up. Poor Lottie - although she gives as good as she gets, that‘s for sure. Interested to see where things go and want to see them treat each other nicer.

OriginalCyn620 Enemies-to-lovers is my favorite romance trope so I am here for this! I do love their back and forth banter. They are both head-strong people, but in different ways. I can already see how they‘d complement each other. To me, this is just pure fun! 😄 I absolutely cannot wait until the inevitable happens! 2w
julieclair I love Lottie‘s feistiness! But I agree, I wish they would treat each other with more respect. 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess I‘m looking forward to them getting together but love how feisty Lottie is. She is full of fire!🔥 2w
LiseWorks I can see here why Huxley is successful in business. He is very precise and business oriented. I think Lottie will make him more human and family oriented. 2w
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Feb.16: Ch.9-10: Doesn‘t Tom realize that the way out of his financial troubles is to marry an heiress? That‘s what poor gentleman did quite often. I think he‘d be more likely to find a rich girl in search of a title than he is to find backers for this hotel scheme. And Charles is sooo irritating. I‘d wallop him for spending that money. If Tom has to sell his horse I‘m going to be sad.⬇️

StayCurious Also, Carmichael is horrible - Vicky better watch out. But she isn‘t having much luck with her other suitors - yikes! Especially the spitter😅 2w
Librarybelle Those day outings were horrible! 2w
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mcctrish I am so over Charles, he sucks!!!! Vicky‘s list of suitors is so discouraging 🐛👀🐛 Tom is like a breath of fresh air after the eyebrows, spitting and #deathtrapcurricle #howlongwillittakefortomandvicky #teamticky 2w
LiseWorks Tom seemed should work, but finding backers will be very hard. Charles, OMG What a dick. I was ewe over the spitting guy. 2w
julieclair Those “dates” were so awful… but very funny! Charles is the worst. No, Carmichael is the worst. Tom + Vicky can‘t happen fast enough! 2w
CogsOfEncouragement I hope that somehow Vicky‘s family buys Horatio. I was a little surprised Tom told Vicky about Carmichael. Not because Tom shouldn‘t- I just anticipated the author having Vicky blind to his violence for longer. lol Glad we don‘t have to endure that. 2w
willaful Sorry, I'm dropping out. I'm really stressed and the book just isn't holding my interest. Enjoy the rest of the read! 2w
CrowCAH Yes, as a horse lover my heart ached at him having to sell his horse. I really hope it doesn‘t come to that! I enjoyed the “dating” scenes and how she tried to politely show them out at the end of each. 2w
DebinHawaii Sheldon the butler escorting the bad dates out makes me laugh! 🤣🤣🤣 I am hoping Carmichael doesn‘t end up buying Horatio! 🫣 2w
julieclair @DebinHawaii Oh my…. What a horrendous thought… 2w
Cheshirecat913 I was enjoying the butler Sheldon, the one good part of the dates. 😆 Charles is rather a useless man, except relating some gossip. 🙄 Carmichael is scary 😨. 2w
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Calling all sleuthing enthusiasts! @CatLass007 and I are starting a new reading group for fans of Sherlock Holmes retellings and historical mysteries called: #BakerStreetIrregulars - Each month we will read a different Holmes retelling or a historical mystery, because there are some fantastic ones out there! There will be a discussion at the end of each month so read at your own pace. ⬇️

StayCurious We start with the tagged book in March and are accepting nominations for our April historical mystery - which we will then vote on. All are welcome to join us as we go on some fantastic mysterious adventures. For those of you reading all the Holmes stories with @Cuilin and @dabbe with #NoPlaceLikeHolmes this might be a fun tie in. 2w
dabbe Count me in! 🤩 2w
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Read4life I‘m in! Love this! 💙 2w
DGRachel This sounds fantastic! 2w
LiseWorks I want in, I love James Patterson 2w
MrsV I‘m in! 2w
julieclair This sounds like fun! I may not be able to join in every month, but please put me on the tag list and I‘ll join when I can. 😀 2w
CrystalE02 I'm in!!! 2w
BarkingMadRead Ohhhhhhh this sounds like fun! 2w
PageShifter I want to be on the list 👾 2w
TheAromaofBooks Oh I hadn't heard about this one but it sounds like great fun. Count me in!! 2w
quietjenn Fun! 2w
mcctrish I‘m going to try for this 2w
CatLass007 @dabbe Welcome! 1w
CatLass007 @Read4life Terrific! 1w
CatLass007 @DGRachel I hope so! 1w
CatLass007 @LiseWorks You‘re in! 1w
CatLass007 @MrsV Excellent! 1w
CatLass007 @julieclair Join in when you‘re able. Welcome! 1w
CatLass007 @BarkingMadRead It‘s going to be great fun! 1w
CatLass007 @PageShifter Great! (Is that something from Space Invaders?) 1w
CatLass007 @TheAromaofBooks The book was just released in January. We thought we‘d start off with something fun. Glad to have you! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 - Yes, I'm hoping my library hold comes in time!! 1w
CatLass007 @TheAromaofBooks I hope so too. 1w
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A Not So Meet Cute | Meghan Quinn
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#LittensLoveRomance Feb 15: Ch.6-7: Yeesh - what happened to Prince Charming? Where‘d he go? Poor Lottie! I mean, true she‘s a handful, but at least try to be nice to the woman who is saving your ass. Their fighting is funny though. I always worry during big lies like this. When is the truth going to come out? Because it always does…

LiseWorks Love those cats. Oh, I think the fighting and him being mean is because he is so focused on getting that deal that he sees all the potential of it going wrong. He is nervous and takes it out on her. 2w
OriginalCyn620 First, the meme is hilarious! 🤣🤣🤣 (edited) 2w
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OriginalCyn620 Second, I‘m totally #TeamLottie here. Just because they agreed to a “business transaction” doesn‘t mean Huxley can bark out orders as he sees fit. Lottie is still a human being, and as she is helping to save his reputation and possibly secure a very lucrative business deal, he could most definitely be decent to her. But I know they have to have this push and pull for the sake of the plot, and admittedly, I am here for it! 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess Those cats are hilarious! And I agree, be a decent human being! I am loving the snarkyness though…it‘s so funny! 2w
peanutnine Yeah not on board with this side of Huxley. From his POV chapter it seems like he's afraid to show how much he actually appreciates Lottie but he needs to get over himself 2w
julieclair I‘m glad Lottie is giving him grief for the way he is being so rude to her. She may be under contract, but she‘s still willing to stand up for herself. She knows her own worth. 2w
TheAromaofBooks I feel like Huxley made a big character switch in this chapter. What does he gain by being rude instead of pleasant? I'm totally here for Lottie's relationship with her sister though 😂 2w
Julsmarshall Loving Lottie, Hux definitely too much of a jerk for me right now. I‘m hoping we see a softer side soon! I so enjoyed the banter of the first few chapters. 2w
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Glory in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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#InDeathLongReadalong #IDLR Feb 15 Check-in: I won‘t put up a chapter summary but will point those who are interested to the In Death Wiki Fandom page (google that) - it has a ton of great info and a chapter play by play for each book. I thought in this check in we can discuss what we‘re liking, disliking, and who we think is a prime suspect. If you‘ve finished the book please no spoilers!

StayCurious Just like in book one, Eve is thrust into strange (to her) family dynamics. Family is always complicated but in this case I think Cicely was the matriarch and pillar of strength that held the rest together 2w
StayCurious I thought her struggle with Roarke and her fear of commitment was so heart wrenching to read. I felt for both of them! But also - girl - take the diamond!! 2w
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Librarybelle Thanks for these posts! I‘m behind on reading, but will be done by the end of February! 2w
willaful I guess I'm back in the swim of things because I'm enjoying this more than the first one. Eve finally breaking is painful, but also so important. 2w
ShananigansReads @StayCurious 🤣🤣🤣 at “take the diamond!!” (edited) 2w
ShananigansReads I like the dynamic between Eve and Roark much more this time. It felt forced in book 1. I‘m thrown for a loop at who the killer is. But I‘m rarely successful at sussing them out. 2w
LiseWorks The fact that Eve wore the diamond next time she sees Roarke tells me that a. She took the diamond b. She was touched by the jester. 2w
MrsV I understand Roarke has his fingers in a lot of pies so to speak, but if he is going to have to be “eliminated” as a suspect every time that‘s going to annoying. 2w
CatLass007 @ShananigansReads I agree about the dynamic between Roarke and Eve. It is more believable in this book than in the first one. The dive in head first relationship in the first book was my least favorite part of the story. Eve‘s history of sexual abuse as a child, the abuse she says she doesn‘t remember because it‘s not important, makes me question how Roarke‘s forcefulness in pursuing a sexual relationship with Eve (cont)⬇️ 2w
CatLass007 didn‘t seem to be a problem for her. She became angry at his arrogance, but not at the near assault in the first book. In the current book there‘s more tenderness. 2w
CatLass007 I love that Galahad‘s supremacy over the humans is acknowledged.😹😻 2w
willaful @CatLass007 I think she never feels truly helpless with him. It would be very different if she did. His threat is to her armor, not her person. 2w
StayCurious @willaful well said. His threat is to her heart. 2w
CatLass007 @willaful I hadn‘t thought of that, but I believe you‘re right. Many of us have an additional sense (intuition?) that allows us to perceive another person‘s intentions. 2w
TheAromaofBooks I'm enjoying this one a lot more than the first book. I'm inclined to suspect Cecily's son, who seems sketch - maybe poor Yvonne is a red herring, murdered to draw suspicion away from Cecily's close family? 2w
willaful @CatLass007 She's also a very tough person. 😁 2w
CatLass007 @willaful Sometimes we only think people are tough. People who stuff their emotions, people who deny their feelings and deny that their trauma didn‘t happen, sometimes break instead of bend. I have a dear friend who has Masters degrees in Medical Surgical Nursing and in Counseling who could tell you some horror stories about people she helped. 2w
willaful @CatLass007 I meant that she's a trained cop, used to being threatened with harm. 2w
CatLass007 @willaful I will kinda agree with that, but not completely. 2w
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Glory in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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#InDeathLongReadalong #IDLR Feb 15 Check-in: I hope those of you who have been reading our second book are enjoying the story so far! It‘s a great mystery that starts with the death of a prosecuting attorney that Eve knew and respected. Eve dives head first into the case but, as usual, things are not all sunshine and roses in her personal life. She and Roarke, her billionaire lover, are struggling, and it weighs heavily. ⬇️ see post two

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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Feb 15: Ch7-8: Why would Mr.Carmichael take Vicky on an outing (read date) and then cut it off so abruptly? Poor planning or is he upset she‘s not more open with him? And is he annoyed she‘s seeing Silby? Btw - a gentleman should not talk smack about his rivals and he did so about Tom and Silby both. Also, who is Susie? Did I miss her mentioned before? And how poor is Tom‘s family - they can‘t properly heat the house🙁

mcctrish Who is Susie is right? What was Tom‘s dad doing in the house that Tom hates it ? Is Susie an illegitimate sister? Charles is a useless twat. Mr Carmichael is playing a long con imo!!! I gasped out loud at the man at the end of chapter the eighth #themaninblackisstalkingVicky this is awesome (edited) 2w
LiseWorks Victoria is on a real hunt for a husband as she is dating everybody. When I was reading this, I was reminded of the dating where you sit and talk to a suiter for about 5 minutes, and then a bell rings, and you move to the next. Lol I felt the same about Suezie it's like she appeared from nowhere 2w
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willaful I think Susie must be an illegitimate sister, or somehow else involved in whatever nefarious use Tom's father was making of the house.

@mctrish A long con sounds about right.

I'm finding the story a bit scattered. It just keep hopping around.
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BarkingMadRead I think Susie was conceived in that house, and #themaninblack at the end was Vicky‘s attacker. Carmichael gives me the ick, something is off with him. And did he lie about his mom? Aren‘t Tom and Charles going to watch him fight? 2w
CrowCAH Carmichael is no better than Dain. He‘s trouble with a capital T. It had to have been tough to ascertain a person‘s true personality when chaperoned and in public. 2w
StayCurious @BarkingMadRead oh you‘re so right! I forgot about the fight 2w
CogsOfEncouragement I‘m guessing Vicky‘s parents would have a much different opinion of Carmichael if they knew of his boxing match over an inconsequential matter. Carmichael trying to come off as an adoring son when he is off to a bout is repulsive. Vicky‘s parents sending her out to catch a husband while keeping all these family secrets seems an utterly impossible task on top of the fact she prefers to not marry in the first place. 2w
CogsOfEncouragement And someone get poor Susie a robe and slippers. 2w
Cheshirecat913 @CogsOfEncouragement 😆 Yes, please! I was cold for her. Carmichael is definitely sus (as much daughter always says). Always questioning..first Tom, now Vicky. 2w
CogsOfEncouragement @Cheshirecat913 So true, he asks pointed (rude) questions and provides vague info and outright lies on his end. And him throwing shade at other men is such a Wickham move. 2w
julieclair Ohhh… Carmichael‘s fight… it hadn‘t dawned on me that it was to take place at the same time he was supposed to be shopping with his mother. So he lied to Vicky. Way too slick for my taste. (edited) 2w
TheAromaofBooks The “she's a member of the family now“ line makes me think Susie must be illegitimate. I'm enjoying this story, but also just want to be told what the heck is going on with Tom and his family instead of all these aggravating hints lol 2w
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A Not So Meet Cute | Meghan Quinn
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#LittensLoveRomance Happy Valentine‘s Day!! Feb 14: ch.4: I mean - good for Lottie for saying no but honestly I would have said YES! Ok, maybe not. I‘m not a great liar. But Huxley was almost convincing enough that I wanted to give it a try. Also, I‘m sad there are no Chipotle‘s in my city. It sounds yummy. ⬇️

StayCurious Ch.5: oh Huxley is baaad. The lengths he will go to…but hey, if someone showed up and offered to pay my student loans, I‘d be doing a happy dance. Lottie better watch out - this will be harder than either of them are thinking right now. 2w
LiseWorks I would have said yes as well. Wasn't she looking for a rich boyfriend? 2w
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Graciouswarriorprincess @StayCurious I am there with you on paying off the student loans! Huxley is bada** but he knows that he screwed up and what is at stake for him and his family business. 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess I actually had to go get Chipotle today after reading about it in these chapters. 🤭 2w
peanutnine @Graciouswarriorprincess lol same. Also because everyone at work got it yesterday and didn't ask if I wanted any. Rude. 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess @peanutnine That was rude, sorry! 😞 2w
OriginalCyn620 Yeah, I get where Lottie is coming from, but also, I don‘t know if I could‘ve said no to Huxley. And totally agree that this is/will get more complicated than either of them bargained for! But that just means it‘s more fun for us 🤣 2w
julieclair @OriginalCyn620 Agreed! Complicated is fun! 2w
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Feb.14: Ch.5: boy, working the crowd mired in social niceties would have been a difficult task. I‘m sad that Vicky doesn‘t have any friends at the ball. I suppose because she was -and is - a tomboy. That‘s why the loss of Tom was felt so keenly. He was her main friend. Poor thing. What on earth happened with Tom? I‘m dying to know! ⬇️

StayCurious Ch.6: is Carmichael jealous of Tom‘s relationship with Vicky? It would appear so. I love the way insults were delivered so smoothly back then. Ooh - a cutting remark…shots fired! 2w
mcctrish I think Carmichael is jealous. Does Tom think Vicky didn‘t write him? He keeps making cracks ( in his head ) about her being a child or childish but her taking on chores around the estate and reading about animal husbandry seems mature to me - she doesn‘t have a brother and her dad has stuff to do 2w
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willaful I was glad to see confirmation that Dain is indeed an evil #%$%&%$! Though I still think Thea is hiding something. 2w
BarkingMadRead Carmichael is definitely jealous, and he put Tom right in his place 🤣 2w
Cheshirecat913 Yeah, Carmichael is jealous, feeling out the competition. 😄. Also, is Tom's estate is trouble, is that why he needs to get this hotel thing going or is it just something he wants to do? 2w
CogsOfEncouragement Well, that was awkward. 2w
CrowCAH Yup, Carmichael definitely jealous. It must be tough to make acquaintances or friends in such a setting. 2w
julieclair Carmichael is jealous for sure. And I feel for Tom having to navigate this tough elitist crowd. Vicky too, having to find a husband… ugh. 2w
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Feb 13: Ch.3: wow, women really had little power back then! Poor Vicky is being told she must marry, and in a hurry, to I protect her father‘s estate. One thing I‘ll say is I never heard of a woman inheriting the title so I wonder if that would have actually happened or if the author is taking poetic licence.⬇️

StayCurious I will also paint myself in a bad light: I hope Althea does feel at least a bit guilty for the problems that now face Vicky. But that‘s a terrible thing to say, I know. ⬇️ 2w
StayCurious Ch.4: Vicky attends a ball with her mother and starts the business of securing a husband. Easier said than done- but she was making good progress with
Mr.Carmichael until they were interrupted by Dain, the villain himself.
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mcctrish Thank goodness the next door neighbour arrived 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 and I do agree that while Althea‘s life is awful it shouldn‘t mean Vicky‘s goes down the toilet too ( but I get the urgency at not letting Dain get his pugilist hands on it ) (edited) 2w
IndoorDame It‘s sad that her parents are clearly about as progressive as it gets for this time and social class, and this is still the only option they come up with 2w
DebinHawaii @StayCurious I don‘t have great vibes from Althea so far, so I share your sentiments. I feel bad for Vicky. 2w
BarkingMadRead Ughhhhh Dain! I, too, am a horrible human that hopes Althea feels a little guilty 🤣 2w
LiseWorks I think, though, because of her abuse, she is in a terrible position, first because she is back in her father's household, and she probably thinks she failed with her marriage. I think she had great courage to leave. A lot of women stay. She may even be terrified that Dain will come and fetch her. Women were considered property in those days, and they really had no say. It's the same for Victoria, her father says, find a husband, so she has to. 2w
Librarybelle I am unhappy for Vicky‘s sake…different time, different place, but it still is a horrid situation. I can only begin to imagine the scandal that Althea will face. What she did is pretty uncommon at this time, and society will fault her more for not “standing by her man” than doing what she did, running for her life. It is rather unfair that Vicky has to pay a price in this. An uncomfortable truth. 2w
CogsOfEncouragement I have had questions about why uncertain female characters were able to be wealthy, independent of a man. Maybe this is accurate: https://www.quora.com/In-Pride-and-Prejudice-why-is-Lady-Catherine-de-Bourgh-abl... 2w
CogsOfEncouragement I have to ask you though @StayCurious and @BarkingMadRead you want Thea to feel guilty? Or do you want her to be able to feel empathy for what her sister must now do, even while dealing with her own current despair? It seems to me the only person guilty is Dain - who certainly feels nothing of the sort. 2w
willaful I think there's something Althea isn't telling us. I hope she's not lying about everything, because that would really stink, in both the Doylist and Watsonian senses.

And I'm furious at their parents. They made an enormous mistake letting Althea marry a man she barely knew, so they want to fix it by doing the same to Vicky. Worse even, since it was Althea's own choice.
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CrowCAH It‘s interesting that the daughters could inherit. I really don‘t like Dain. 2w
BarkingMadRead @CogsOfEncouragement I want her to feel something. Anything. None of this is her fault. But it‘s also not Vicky‘s fault, and what they‘re asking goes against her very nature. 2w
julieclair I feel so sorry for Vicky, and it makes me so sad to think that this is probably a pretty accurate portrayal of the powerlessness of women at that time. 2w
mcctrish @CrowCAH don‘t they inherit through their husbands ? Or since Thea has one now they have to 2w
CrowCAH @mcctrish traditionally I thought it was through the male line. That‘s why it was so important to beget male heirs. Or a house/land would be entailed to another male relation. Perhaps there was a way to state that a legitimate daughter could inherit. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
CogsOfEncouragement @willaful @BarkingMadRead I think Vicky doesn‘t know as much as her parents, so we don‘t know either. (Her parents didn‘t pass on ALL the horrible details.) I‘m reading this as Vicky being confused by Thea being so quiet. Maybe the author is trying to show the shame that Thea is feeling? 2w
Cheshirecat913 It's such a terrible situation all around! I did get the same vibes about Althea though, just the way she said, "You said you would help." Like, yes, Althea's situation is terrible, and I want her to escape, but it almost felt like she would drag down Vicky to do it. But Althea is in a bad place, traumatized and desperate, so it could just be coming out wrong. 2w
StayCurious @CogsOfEncouragement I think I wanted her to feel a bit bad for the situation Vicky now finds herself in - I didn‘t like her line “you said you would help”…but I also feel really bad for her so I‘m torn! (edited) 2w
CogsOfEncouragement @StayCurious True. That is an immense ask. 2w
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A Not So Meet Cute | Meghan Quinn
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#LittensLoveRomance Feb 13: Ch.2: Oh, this poor delusional girl-out trolling the streets for a rich husband?The back & forth between her & her sister is funny though! And that she is using an old water bottle as a prop.
Ch.3: well that certainly is a funny first meeting! I‘m glad they‘re both honest abt what they‘re looking for from the get go. He needs a fake fiancée and she needs a rich bf. Nothing complicated about that! Ha, We‘ll see.

peanutnine These two are both disasters omg 😅 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess I never laughed so hard in these two chapters! I loved when she told her sister that she wouldn‘t get murdered at Chipotle because guac was extra! 😂🤣 2w
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LiseWorks I loved the sisters together and yes I giggled alot, and my husband kept looking at me lol 2w
OriginalCyn620 I too am loving the sister relationship! Their banter was great and I felt the love between them. And I agree that at least Lottie and Huxley were honest with each other, even though they just met. It‘s kinda nice that the plot isn‘t starting off with lies. 2w
Read4life Both sets of sibling relationships are interesting. I laugh when the sisters converse. A strong start to this one. 2w
julieclair I love the sister relationship! And I laughed at Lottie and Huxley‘s ridiculous not so meet cute. I‘m liking Huxley a bit better than I did yesterday. And I love Lottie! Such a fun book so far! (edited) 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess This is a fun book and I love the sister banter! 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess But also the mom says she and hubby are going to dance around naked! 😂😅🤣 2w
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Feb 12: Ch.1: what an interesting way to start our story! We meet Vicky who does not spend her days indoors in the parlour, but rather works hard to help her father run their estate. Then, just as she sees a man from her past who broke all ties with her inexplicably, she is attacked by a masked villain! And the chase is on! But it ends with Vicky‘s pride - as well as her backside - getting injured. ⬇️

StayCurious There‘s an allusion as to why Tom broke ties with Vicky 5 years ago. I‘m curious as to what happened and why his father sent him to the continent. ⬇️ 2w
StayCurious Ch.2: Vicki‘s sister has escaped her abusive husband - in a time when you could be essentially trapped in an unhappy marriage, she was brave to leave. But will she be forced to return to him? Vicki‘s morning adventures take a backseat to her sister‘s suffering. 2w
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Librarybelle The action starts right away…I was not expecting that! 2w
peanutnine I like how this has jumped to the plot right away. I'm not fond of Vicky just yet, she's so childish. I wasn't expecting her character to be so young. Hopefully we see her grow 2w
CogsOfEncouragement What a start. I‘m very interested in Tom‘s secrets. I‘m concerned for the wellbeing of Thea and Vicky‘s father as he confronts Dain. Also quite concerned for all of them since Vicky was attacked on their property. Well, I‘m invested in the story! 2w
LiseWorks Vicki is only 17, I don't find her immature at all, Tom is 19, so young to be a Lord of an estate. I can't wait to see how this works out. 2w
willaful Very interested to discover Tom's backstory.

I'm curious why Vicki's father needs her help -- they seem to be well off? Or maybe it's all a front.

What do you think of Vicki's conclusions about what Elizabeth Bennett would say? I'm not convinced.
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CrowCAH Why would the masked man hit her over the head? He had gone undetected while she repaired the stone fence. I feel for her sister. She was very brave. Hopefully she doesn‘t have to go back to the abuse. 2w
BarkingMadRead What a crazy start! I am dying to know Tom‘s story and I‘m worried that Thea will have to go back home! 2w
julieclair Whew! We‘re off and running! So many different plot lines in just the first two chapters. I‘m intrigued! 2w
Cheshirecat913 Wow, I was not expecting the 'off and running' start! I like it though, throw us right into. 2w
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#LittensLoveRomance Feb 12: Prologue: Well, that certainly sucked! Can you say worst boss…nay…worst person ever? Poor Lottie! What is she going to do now?
Ch.1: there‘s a line in Friends where Pheobe says “see, this is why you don‘t lie!” And this…this right here…is why 😄 time to get a really good actress I suppose. They are in LA after all. And he has the money to hire someone. Unless something better comes along…and I have a feeling it will.

peanutnine I was expecting the lie about the fiancee, but he made her pregnant too?? That is so much harder to fake! And honestly if I were Dave, I'd think that was a bit too much of a coincidence 🤔 2w
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OriginalCyn620 Yeah, the boss/friend seems like a real twatwaffle. She blatantly lied to Lottie and knew she was going to fire her from the beginning. And I agree with @peanutnine…that is way too coincidental to be believable! But that whole scene was funny. Huxley just stood there digging himself into a deeper hole! I can‘t wait for the not so meet cute! 2w
julieclair Hhmmmm…. Not a fan of Huxley, even less of a fan of that ridiculous boss… but I like Lottie, and I also like Dave and his pregnant fiancée. Maybe Huxley and the ridiculous boss could have their own not so meet cute, and Lottie could have a real meet cute with some nice guy? ?? 2w
Skygoddess1 Talk about an opening that hooks its claws into you. Poor Lottie, but given the kind of “friend” Angela is, Lottie is definitely better off without her. As for Huxley, man on man I cannot wait to see how things go for him and his “pregnant fiancée” all so he can land a deal, lol. 2w
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Hey #Pemberlittens just a reminder that we are starting our February #JaneAdjacent #Buddyread tomorrow. All are welcome to join!

Librarybelle Looking forward to it! 2w
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DebinHawaii I‘m excited! 💕 2w
mcctrish I‘ve got my book and I‘m ready to go 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
BarkingMadRead Woohoo I‘m ready to go! 2w
CrowCAH I downloaded the audiobook. I‘m all set to start tomorrow!!! 2w
julieclair Looking forward to it! 2w
Cheshirecat913 Yay, my book came in last week. 2w
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A Not So Meet Cute | Meghan Quinn
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Just a reminder that our February #LittensLoveRomance #buddyread starts tomorrow with the prologue and chapter 1. Then we will read 2 chapters a day until done. All are welcome to join us!

OriginalCyn620 Can‘t wait! 😛 2w
julieclair Yay! 2w
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Julsmarshall Can‘t wait to start! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
Skygoddess1 Forgot to throw my hat in the ring on this one, but will also be reading along 2w
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Glory in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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#InDeathLongReadalong #IDLR We‘ll be reading and discussing book 2 in the series this month and rather than posting every day, we‘ll try a discussion twice during the month: Feb 15th after 10 chapters and Feb 29th after the rest. I found these trigger warnings on StoryGraph. If you can‘t make out this image, you can check them on their site. Pretty much the same as bk 1. Please let me know if you want to be taken off our main tag list. @LiseWorks

CatLass007 Goodness, Renee! How many buddy reads are you hosting or co-hosting? I don‘t know how you do it, Wonder Woman!! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Thank you, Renee!! Looking forward to it!! 4w
willaful @CatLass007 I know! 📣 4w
Librarybelle Sounds good to me! Thank you!!! 4w
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Naked in Death | J D Robb
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#IDLR #InDeathLongReadalong Ch.20: What a fight and what a way to end the book! Eve and Roarke have started something and we‘ll see where it goes in future books. As for the Deblass case - it was a tough one that opened up wounds old and new. Eve took it to heart and saw it through. We‘ll see that she takes each case to heart because that‘s just who she is. Who will she meet along the way? Stay tuned! ⬇️

StayCurious Overall I enjoyed this first intro to Eve and Roarke and the New York of the future. It‘s dark, gritty, and can be hard to handle, but it can also be funny and full of heart. Join us when we read the second book in the series in February. We‘re thinking of doing just a weekly check in so people can read more at their own pace. Let us know what you prefer. 1mo
Librarybelle I‘m good with whatever everyone wishes to do! 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks I'll probably read the next book a chapter a day just because that fits well with the other reading I'm doing, but I'm fine with however often checking in works for you. I'm looking forward to seeing how things develop in book 2!! 1mo
CatLass007 I generally read an entire book at once. I find it difficult to focus when I‘m reading several books at the same time at a chapter a day. I know you host several different buddy reads @StayCurious and I‘m so impressed that you do so much for each book. If you want to do daily check-ins or weekly check-ins, you should do what feels comfortable for you. I‘m on #TeamRenee! 1mo
willaful Weekly check in. ✓

I didn't love this as much as the first time round, probably because I've read a lot more and am more sensitive to certain things. But I still love Eve's character and I especially love when she has a moment of vulnerability and lets things spill, as she does at the end here. We'll get to my very favorite moment in Ceremony in Death. 😍

I'm currently reading a Murderbot book and it and Eve have a lot in common!
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ShananigansReads I really enjoyed this book. I‘m fine with whichever way we do the check-ins. 1mo
LiseWorks I loved when Eve told Roarke he was pretty. Thanks to my coHost @StayCurious #TeamRenee. We will see you in Feb with the second in this series. 1mo
MrsV I really enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I‘m good with whatever schedule works best. 1mo
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The Neighbor Favor | Kristina Forest
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#LittensLoveRomance Review: overall a good love story with likeable characters that grow a lot in the span of the story. I don‘t know that I‘m interested in Violet enough to continue with the series though. I didn‘t really care for her character in this book. But I liked Lily and am glad she got her HEA.

OriginalCyn620 I didn‘t know this was a series! But I feel the same way - I really enjoyed this book and the characters but I don‘t care enough about Violet to read her story. 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence This was fun! I didn‘t have enough discipline to stick to the pace of the group and instead I finished it early on. But I loved reading everyone‘s comments. I don‘t think I‘ll carry on with the series. 1mo
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BethM Overall this was light and fun, but a bit formulaic for me and I ended up skimming in favor of other reads. 1mo
peanutnine I really enjoyed this read! I definitely would have devoured it in a day or two if I had read it on my own. I think I'll pick up the next book when it comes out later this year. Honestly the fact that Violet was kind of unlikeable makes me more intrigued for her story, just to see her character growth 1mo
mhillis I enjoyed reading this book! Thanks for bringing us along on the reading journey!! 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I enjoyed reading along and this cute book! Thank you! 1mo
julieclair I enjoyed this book. Light and fun, but with character growth, too. I‘m undecided about reading the next book. I wasn‘t overly fond of Violet,but as @peanutnine says, it might be interesting to see her growth. 1mo
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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Ch.22: looks like our suspicions were correct- Moriarty has been identified. How interesting! And the revelation about Mrs Watson and Ashbourne‘s friendship- that, I didn‘t see coming. A good way to end the book and start the series. I‘m definitely hooked on these characters. Overall I found some parts were a bit confusing but I was definitely intrigued, I appreciated the historic setting and I couldn‘t stop reading!

mcctrish It was an excellent choice. I really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for herding us along 1mo
Librarybelle Thank you for hosting this one! 1mo
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LiseWorks I enjoyed this, and yes it was confusing at some parts, but it came together in the end . Can't wait for our next read. Thanks for hosting. 1mo
CatLass007 It‘s been in my Audible library for some time. I‘m glad to finally have an “excuse” to read it. It‘s been free on Audible for a while and so is the second one in the series, A Conspiracy in Belgravia. I‘ve enjoyed reading with all of you. Is this the final chapter, @StayCurious? I don‘t want to spoil anything by asking a question about what people think of a certain conversation. 1mo
IndoorDame Thanks for hosting! This was a fun one! (I was also occasionally confused, but I assumed it was cause I had to switch over to audio and couldn‘t easily flip back to check details and character names 🤷🏻‍♀️) 1mo
willaful I'm pleased to finally know what the idea behind the series is. Everything kinda smushed together to become the Holmes the world knows.

I didn't love it like I expect to love Sherry Thomas but I think I want to continue with the next book.
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StayCurious @CatLass007 yes we‘ve finished 1mo
CatLass007 @StayCurious Thank you. I had the impression that Treadles was very unsettled by his conversation with his wife and her desire to run her father‘s business but she wasn‘t allowed to do anything at all by her brother. He seemed a little less secure about his relationship with his wife after their conversation. And maybe he is a little afraid that Charlotte, whether his wife ever meets her or not, is going to be a “bad” influence on his wife. 1mo
StayCurious @CatLass007 I agree completely 1mo
peanutnine Thanks for introducing me to this series! Definitely one I'll continue on my own, I loved these characters! 1mo
vonnie862 Thanks for hosting! I always enjoy being introduced to new authors. 1mo
SarahBookInterrupted @StayCurious thank you so much! 1mo
julieclair As usual, you did a great job hosting. 👏 Thank you! I thought this started the series off nicely. 1mo
Gissy Late in the party but I really enjoyed the story and I will continue with the series. 4w
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Naked in Death | J D Robb
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#IDLR #InDeathLongReadalong Ch.18-19: Eve learns of the horrible things that happened in the Deblass family, things that mirror what happened to Eve in some ways. The senator‘s daughter reveals what went on behind closed doors to both her and Sharon. It‘s enough to allow Eve to arrest the hypocritical old man. Afterwards, Eve reveals a bit about her past to Roarke and is able to lean on him for a bit. ⬇️

StayCurious Later, after a rough interrogation stirs up the senators health problems, he‘s released and given a reprieve for a few days. Beyond pissed, Eve goes to Roarkes but instead finds the sour old butler, who basically calls her a mongrel. Annoyed, and even a bit hurt, Eve takes the cat and storms home. And Rockman, the old man‘s assistant, is waiting for Eve at her apartment, ready to add her to the list of victims. Final chapter tomorrow! 1mo
CatLass007 Thanks for adding me to the tag list! I just started Naked in Death today and I‘m finding it very compelling. 1mo
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MrsV I always thought that assistant was going to be involved somehow, but WOW! 1mo
Librarybelle I almost read the last chapter today! So good. I am so glad I am finally reading this series! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks That butler! What is his problem!? 1mo
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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Ch.21: So Mr.Sackville had dark secrets, and his death really was connected to the two society ladies. Everything has been laid bare and will soon be made public. Looks like Charlotte will no longer be the main source of gossip in upper London society. I feel bad for Lord Sheridan - now he‘ll have to be alone with what happened within his family.

CatLass007 I love the cat picture! I have enjoyed this buddy read. 1mo
IndoorDame I have mixed feelings about this chapter. (Besides the obvious) Why do Charlotte and Treadles not think blackmailing people to commit suicide is a form of murder that should be punished? 1mo
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willaful I feel bad about Treadles. I hope his injured feelings about his wife aren't going to cause trouble between them. 1mo
willaful Also, kind of gross that two of my buddy reads this month were about incestuous pedophiles! 🤢 1mo
willaful @IndoorDame It's a classic upper-class English approach... another form of giving the person a pistol and leaving them to “do the right thing.“ I don't feel too torn up about it, honestly.

If Mrs Marbleton is indeed going to be Moriarty, I think she'll be a more interesting and sympathetic one. Not that I know a lot about the original character.
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StayCurious @willaful I know - a strange coincidence I wasn‘t expecting 1mo
vonnie862 Yeah, I was not expecting this twist. 1mo
julieclair I have to admit I was a bit surprised at this revelation. It seemed jarring in a book that was a bit lighthearted in tone. 1mo
mcctrish I wasn‘t expecting the relevation at all 🤯 and Treadles is going to have to earn his way back into my good graces. He‘s now met Charlotte and realizes she is an unusual woman, maybe he should give his head a shake 1mo
LiseWorks I was not expecting the pedophile angle at all. 1mo
willaful @mctrish I think it'll come out in the wash eventually but I fear Treadles may be quite a jerk until he wises up. :-( 1mo
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The Neighbor Favor | Kristina Forest
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#LittensLoveRomance ch.26&27: Good for Nick (coming out so to speak to his public) and good for Lily (standing up to her boss and her family finally)! These two have definitely changed and grown throughout this book. I loved their declarations - very sweet. We‘ll finish up tomorrow!

tpixie I feel for sponge bob! 1mo
Roary47 Yay! 1mo
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LiseWorks Yes it's about time for Lily, living with overbearing relatives is hard, they mean well but .... 1mo
Read4life They‘ve both grown so much. 1mo
willaful I really like romance that has growth arcs for the characters. 1mo
peanutnine @willaful same! This one was really well done 1mo
mhillis Things coming together for both of them! 1mo
julieclair @willaful @peanutnine So do I, especially when they are characters I have been rooting for since page 1. 1mo
Skygoddess1 Lily telling off her boss is probably my favorite scene in this whole book. 1mo
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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Ch.20: while things are still clear as mud, at least we finally see a connection between the Marbletons and Mr.Sackville‘s death. Now we know why the author branched off. I still don‘t know the full extent of what happened but I‘m definitely intrigued. Now, if Treadles has figured out that Charlotte is Sherlock, will he still work with her?

LiseWorks I have a feeling that Treadles has an idea that maybe she is Sherlock. The conversations he has with his wife about her makes me think he figured it out. 1mo
CatLass007 I enjoy the exchanges between Treadles and his wife. The author has created several interesting characters who I‘ve enjoyed getting to know. 1mo
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Roary47 I‘m glad I‘m not the only one that is confused. So much was going on. 😰 1mo
mcctrish @Roary47 sometimes I feel like I must have skimmed something cuz I am all 😵‍💫 @CatLass007 me too! I‘m going to be reading this series for sure 1mo
CatLass007 Maybe the author wants her readers to be as confused about this book as so many are by Arthur Conan Doyle‘s A Study in Scarlet. 1mo
julieclair @CatLass007 Ooohhh…. Good point! If so, she is succeeding. I am in the Confused Club with @Roary47 and @mcctrish 🤪 1mo
julieclair I do think Treadles is suspicious that she‘s a woman. And after his wife‘s heartfelt comments, I feel he will be totally fine with working with a woman. 1mo
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The Neighbor Favor | Kristina Forest
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.22-25:Sorry for the late post! So…Nick has made some progress in these chapters. At first, when his parents resurfaced, I was sure he was going to back-pedal and ruin things with Lily - and he almost proved me right. But I think he‘s on track now. And - thank the lord - he started writing! Deadlines always stress me out haha, especially because he was given a huge advance.

LiseWorks Yea me too! I know his situation with his dad was making him not have any way to know how to continue the story. 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I‘m so glad that he back track and that he and Lily are ok! 1mo
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Roary47 I almost thought he was going to ruin it with Lily too. Whew… they are so awesome together. 🥰 1mo
julieclair Yes! We are nearing the end of the book and things are starting to come together. 😃 1mo
Read4life I thought he was going to implode their relationship. Glad they‘re on track. 1mo
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Naked in Death | J D Robb
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#InDeathLongReadalong #IDLR Ch.17: things are happening rapidly now. Chief Simpson is going down (although he doesn‘t look good for the murders); Eve finds Sharon‘s diaries with the help of Charles Monroe, and an anonymous call from a terrified woman brings her to the Deblass home. Dark family secrets are coming to light - ugly secrets that hit too close to home for Eve. Will she be able to hold it together and do what needs to be done?

ShananigansReads Eve‘s memories resurfacing is breaking my heart. 1mo
CatLass007 @StayCurious Please make sure to add me to your tag list. I‘m jumping in to this readalong. 1mo
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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent Ch.19: more questions! I‘m so eager to see where this will lead. First, with who the Marbletons are - are they journalists seeking a story, or a band of con artists - or have we met Moriarty? What is their interest with Charlotte Holmes? And second, where on earth did Lady Shrewsbury go that night? Also, did I read it right that Ash sometimes works as a spy for his brother?

mcctrish I liked Lord Ingram hanging out with Charlotte ( he actually felt like a different person in this chapter) and Mrs Watson getting a chance to question Mr Shrewsbury. I do not understand Ingram‘s misgivings of Mrs Watson but hopefully he‘s off his let‘s send Charlotte to the Americas to run a boarding school train 1mo
julieclair I, too, am intrigued by where Lady Shrewsbury might have gone that evening. I don‘t even have any theories! 🤔 1mo
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Naked in Death | J D Robb
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#InDeathLongReadalong #IDLR Ch.16: Eve discovers another few layers to Roarke - he loves reading, and he‘s also a tech geek - and seriously good at it. Together they hack into the chief‘s files and find some discrepancies that they pass on to the reporter, Nadine. Eve feels bad about crossing the line, but she‘s also grateful that she had Roarke to turn to in order to get things done. Also, we catch a glimpse of Eve‘s past when she has a nightmare

StayCurious She‘s starting to remember things and that scares her. How will Roarke react to this side of her? 1mo
MrsV If her father is still alive, Roarke will make sure he isn‘t for long. 1mo
ShananigansReads @MrsV agree! He‘s so protective of her. 1mo
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The Neighbor Favor | Kristina Forest
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#LittensLoveRomance Lily and Nick are very sweet together and he‘s more open with her than he is with everyone (except Marcus). But he‘s still worried about his dad showing up. Who is the unknown caller? His mom, maybe? Now that he‘s with Lily, I‘m sure he‘s going to want to spend all his time with her. I sure hope he remembers to write his book! ⬇️

StayCurious I‘m glad that violet acknowledged that Lily won the bet. Although I have a funny feeling the wedding won‘t happen as planned. 1mo
LiseWorks Yeah I've been wondering about that unknown caller too 1mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess I‘m glad too that Violet said that Lily won! Maybe now her family won‘t be on her case. I wonder if it‘s Nick‘s dad or mom calling him. 1mo
willaful @StayCurious Right there with you! And I'm fine with that. 😁

@Graciouswarriorprincess I'm guessing his dad, though it'd be interesting if he got to confront his mom over her abandoning him, too.
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Graciouswarriorprincess @willaful I hope it‘s not his dad! 1mo
mhillis My thoughts exactly!! When is he going to write The book?? 1mo
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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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#Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent I‘m finding myself a bit more interested in the investigative work by Treadles than in the sudden side plot with Charlotte and Mrs.Marbleton. Unless Marbleton has something to do with the man following Charlotte. If she doesn‘t end up having anything to do with our main case then I will feel as though the author veered a bit off course. ⬇️

StayCurious That being said, how interesting what we are learning about the servants at Sackville‘s house! Treadles is like a dog with a bone - I love it. 1mo
LiseWorks I love his way of investigating too 1mo
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CatLass007 Treadles is an excellent detective on his own but with the assistance of Charlotte he becomes a superior one. 1mo
willaful I feel like the plotting of the book is kind of loosey-goosey overall. Perhaps that's in tribute to the source material? 1mo
peanutnine I love seeing Treadles at work! Also I have a hunch that Marbleton may be Moriarty? Setting up for the later books in the series possibly 1mo
vonnie862 I too find Treadles' investigation more interesting than Charlotte's. 1mo
julieclair Perfectly said, @CatLass007 ! 1mo
CatLass007 Thanks, @julieclair! I‘ve finished this already so I really have to be careful about what I say. (edited) 1mo
mcctrish @willaful I feel this too and I wasn‘t sure if it was the reading it a chapter at a time or the plotting and @peanutnine I think that Marbleton/Moriarty is brilliant @StayCurious could you add me to tagging please 🙏🏻 I‘ve become obsessed and don‘t want to miss a post 1mo
willaful @peanutnine Oooo! I bet you're right! 1mo
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#Pemberlittens our February #JaneAdjacent book has been selected! Let me know if you want to read along with me and be tagged in my daily posts starting Feb 12. All are welcome to join! Also let me know if you want to be removed from my main tag list.

willaful I'm in. 1mo
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CogsOfEncouragement Looks fun. Please count me in. 1mo
MrsV Count me in! 1mo
LiseWorks Yes please 1mo
Librarybelle Hooray! I‘m in…I‘ve been meaning to read this for years!! 1mo
BarkingMadRead Tag me please!! 1mo
peanutnine Sounds fun! Please tag me for this one ☺️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads Please tag me. And for anyone with access to Hoopla, this is available as both ebook and audiobook. 1mo
kspenmoll Count me in too please! 1mo
CrowCAH Yes, please, tag me; I‘ll plan on reading along! 1mo
IndoorDame Please tag me for this one! 1mo
quietjenn It sounds fun! If I can get a copy, I'll read along! 1mo
julieclair I‘m in! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm in for this one, too!! 1mo
Larkken I‘m in 😊 1mo
DebinHawaii Please tag me—I‘m excited! I really enjoyed her My Fair Lady retelling (tagged) so I‘ve been meaning to read this one & this will be my push to finally do it! 🤗 (edited) 1mo
Cheshirecat913 I am in! 1mo
rubyslippersreads @DebinHawaii I love My Fair Lady! I‘ll have to add that one to my TBR. 1mo
mcctrish My library has it ( although their effing catalogue is not working AGAIN) and I‘m in 1mo
DebinHawaii @rubyslippersreads It‘s been a while since I read it but I enjoyed it between the MFL & foodie moments! 1mo
maraguitarra Count me in! 1mo
PageShifter Please tag me! 1mo
KristiAhlers Can't wait 1mo
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A Not So Meet Cute | Meghan Quinn
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#LittensLoveRomance With nearly 50% of a great voter turn out, we‘ve made our February selection! This one is on Kindle Unlimited (at least here in Canada) so check there if you have KU. We‘ll be starting this one mid February and all are welcome to join. Let me know if you want to be tagged in my daily posts or if you want to be removed from the main tag list.

willaful Not available for me so I'll sit this one out. 1mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess Please include me, thanks! 😊 1mo
Catsandbooks I'm gonna pass on this one. 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Yay! I‘m in! 1mo
peanutnine Tag me please! ☺️ 1mo
BethM Crud I‘m going to have to pass- not a library, Libby, or Scribd. 1mo
Julsmarshall I‘ve been wanting to read this one so I‘m in! 1mo
julieclair I‘m in! Thanks for the tip about Kindle Unlimited. 1mo
Read4life I‘m in! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm in!! 1mo
CatLass007 The description compares this to Pretty Woman, parts of which I enjoy, but really is an awful movie that glorifies prostitution. I understand that no literal prostitution is involved in this book, but it seems that women are still reduced to prostituting themselves way too often in this world. 1mo
PageShifter Please tag me 1mo
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