#SixForSunday // March #1

Six For Sunday – March – Around the world in 80 books

Six for Sunday (#SixForSunday) is a weekly meme hosted by Steph over at A Little But a Lot. The prompts for each week are up well in advance and they are a great way to share your love of all things book.

Today’s theme is “Books set in the country you live

I live in England, whilst the vast majority of the books I read are set in the USA or Australia. However there are some books that I’ve read that are set here, so I can definitely join in this week.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

YA/Middle Grade Fantasy

I loved the books and I loved the films.

Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood

Fantasy Gaslamp Romance

Set in Edwardian London, this has Sherlock Holmes as you’ve never seen him before – under the influence of a curse that makes him want to do very bad things. Very bad things indeed and specifically to Wilhelmina Moriarty. This is a steamy read with elements of power exchange, lots of references to other stories and a dollop of humour.

What if the storybook hero becomes the villain?
She is my arch enemy’s niece.
I am an arrogant, controlling bastard, an excellent detective, and women are turning up dead and bound, with strange marks on their bodies.
This is the least appropriate time for me to fall in lust with the enemy.
Obsession is the sign of a man who is losing control.
Be punctual for this appointment, Miss Moriarty.
I have things I need to do. Filthy, perverted things.

The Body Painter by Pepper Winters

NA Romantic Suspense

This one was a total miss for me. Despite some amazingly poetic and lyrical writing, the story line was overly repetitive with very little movement in the plot. It didn’t help that the English education system was totally misrepresented, instead being presented as identical to that of the US. I don’t see the point in setting a book in a specific country but then writing as though it were set elsewhere.

“Must be slim, able to stand for long periods of time, and be impervious to the cold.” The headline caught my attention.
“Hours are negotiable, pay is minimal, clothing absolutely forbidden.” The second line piqued my curiosity.
“Able to hold your bladder and tongue, refrain from opinions or suggestions, and be the perfect living canvas.” The third made me scowl.
“Other attributes required: non-ticklish, contortionist, and obedient. Must also enjoy being studied while naked in a crowd.” The fourth made me shudder.
“Call or email ‘YOUR SKIN, HIS CANVAS’ if interested in applying.” The final made my heart race. I should’ve kept scrolling past the advertisement. I should’ve applied for the boring receptionist job at minimum wage. I should’ve clicked on any other job where I got to keep my clothes on.
But I didn’t. I applied. My interview is tomorrow…

Flawed by Felicity Brandon

Dark Romantic Suspense

This is the first book in a trilogy, with a prologue that warns were the story will eventually end. However how the protagonists reach that point was a journey very much work taking.

One powerful serial killer. One visceral connection.
One deadly secret that should have stayed buried.
Men like Ethan Reilly should never fall in love. Dark, enigmatic and dangerous, Ethan is the perfect predator until he meets Lily Simpson, a woman passionate enough to placate him and strong enough to surrender to him.
For a while Lily’s love is enough.
But the darkness inside Ethan is too powerful to contain, and soon it spills into their burgeoning love affair. As he wrestles with his demons, Ethan must come to terms with who he really is, but if he does, what happens to Lily? Can any love be strong enough to survive a past as terrible as Ethan’s? And what kind of future can they forge from the ashes of his awful admission?

Charmed by April Wilson and Laura Riley

Contemporary Romance

I’m slightly biased about how good this book is because I had the privilege to beta read some of it. I do think the writing is superb and I adored the characters in this. In fact I’m still hoping for a follow up book for Connor and Kennedy.

It was just supposed to be a one-year internship in London. I wasn’t supposed to meet Prince Charming.  I wasn’t supposed to fall in love.  And I certainly wasn’t supposed to get my heart broken.

Women fall at my feet. They find me—and my bank account—irresistible. It’s not until I meet a shy American wallflower with an uncanny knack for numbers that I fall, too. I want this girl. I’d lay the world at her feet—if only she’d let me.
When one of my past mistakes returns with a vengeance, I risk losing the one person who means the world to me.

Beautiful Tears by C.P. Mandara

Contemporary Erotic Romance

This one actually has a chapter or two set only a few miles from my doorstep. That isn’t what makes it one of my favourite reads. That would be because I love Christina Mandara’s writing style, her humour, her strong heroines and her ability to craft a story that captures my heart.

Five years ago I told a lie that would land Brandt Browning – local hero and heir to the Mentley Mill fortune – in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. I ruined his life with three small words. “He did it.” I didn’t even have to be there to testify in court. It was too easy.
But that was five years ago. And now Brandt has been released.
He’s coming for me.
This time I’m not waiting around. I’m going to run so far away that no one will ever find me. The trouble is, you can’t hide from money. Eventually Brandt will catch up with me, and when he does, he’ll want payment in blood.
I’m not strong enough to resist the pull between us. If that man gets his hands on me he’ll realise I’m still half in love with him – and that can only end in disaster.

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