The four-day weekend devoted to the consumption of chocolate eggs and delicious bread products (and the resurrection of JC, if you celebrate that) is upon us. Happy Easter to you all, my lovely readers!
Not only does today signal the beginning of Chocolate Overload 2014, it also brings us the Great Freeway Exodus. Anyone who has travelled on a freeway out of Melbourne at the start of a long weekend will know what I mean.
The hubby, Miss Ruby and I are making the epic trek to Ballarat tonight – on a regular day, an hour and 20 minutes from my part of Melbourne. However, it could be Good Friday by the time we get there. Bring it on, Melbourne traffic!!
Thankfully I have my Kindle full to the brim and ready to go!
What will I be reading this weekend?
The book currently garnering my attention is the wonderfully funny and whimsical The Summer of Shambles by Ebony McKenna. This is the first in her Ondine YA series, and just between us, I cannot wait to get to books 2 and 3.
15-year-old Ondine is struggling to fit in at Psychic Summercamp and doubts she possesses any of her family’s magical abilities. She resolves to leave, determined to follow her own path and be a normal teenager. Whatever normal is in a place like Brugel.
On the way home Ondine is shocked when her pet ferret Shambles starts talking – in a cheeky Scottish accent no less! He is in fact a young man trapped in a witch’s curse. When he briefly transforms into his human self, Ondine is smitten. If only she can break the spell for good, Shambles can be handsomely human on a full-time basis.
During the summer, these two misfits uncover a plot to assassinate a member of the royal family and discover a secret treasure that has remained hidden for decades. This attracts the attention of the arrogant Lord Vincent, and Ondine can’t help being drawn in by his bad-boy charm.
With so many demands on Ondine’s attentions – and affections – normal has never seemed so far away.
I’ve also got a few others on my weekend To-Read list:
Catch of the Day by Carla Caruso – I really enjoyed Carla’s Destiny release from 2013, Second Chance. She has such a lovely, fun voice, and the premise of Catch of the Day sounds wonderful and right up my alley.
After a regrettable incident at the office Christmas party, up-and-coming fashion editor, Winnie Cherry, is banished to coastal South Australia to set up a beach lifestyle magazine – 300km from nowhere.
Her friends joke that she’ll marry a rich cray fisherman and stay there for good, but Winnie has other ideas. Determined to get back to Sydney within two months, she gets to work and starts counting down the days. Until she meets handsome freelance photographer Alex Bass, and sparks begin to fly.
As Winnie is increasingly drawn into the close-knit local community, she starts to question whether city life is really what she wants. That is, until Alex drops a bombshell that casts dark storm clouds over all her coastal dreams . . .
Plain Jayne by Laura Drewry – Friends to lovers? That be mah catnip! I love that it appears to be an unexpected romance from both sides – the romances where it hits both of them like a brick in the face are just awesome.
Worn out from the long drive back home, Jayne Morgan can only smirk at the irony: Of course the first person she sees from her old life is Nick Scott. Once best friends, they lost touch when Jayne left town at eighteen, but nothing could keep them apart forever. Jayne has returned to take over her grandmother’s bookstore, determined to put all her bittersweet memories and secret disappointments strictly in the past—until, that is, Nick insists she bunk at his place.
Nick never did care what people thought about having a girl for a best friend—or the “scandal” she caused by showing up to his wife’s funeral four years earlier—so he’s got no problem with the gossips now. Jayne was always the one person he could count on in his life. Now Nick is starting to realize that he never wants her to leave again . . . and that being “just friends” isn’t going to be enough anymore.
Tap Out by Michele Mannon – I love sports romance – give me football, hockey or baseball-playing heroes and I’m on it like white on rice. This one is just that little bit different for me. Its hero is an MMA fighter (something I don’t often watch), so I am really looking forward to reading a different sports hero.
Late-night shock jock Sophie Morelle has been fired, dumped by her network after an embarrassing incident cost them big bucks. But she knows just how to get back on her feet—by filming a raw, gritty documentary about MMA fighters, starring the hottest welterweight around. The only problem? He’s the one responsible for ruining her life.
MMA-champion-turned-model Caden Kelly is hell-bent on reestablishing himself as the best fighter in the country. He’d been on a roll, too, until that loudmouth reporter hit him in the head with a camera on national TV. The headaches he’s suffered since are nothing compared to the one he gets when she shows up, seeking an exclusive. That Sophie’s gorgeous is undeniable…but she’s also the most infuriating woman he’s ever met.
Stepping into the ring with Caden Kelly is not for the faint of heart, but Sophie’s never been the delicate type. This champion may have finally met his match—both in and out of the bedroom.
So, that’s at least what I have planned. Depending on the sleeping habits of one Miss Ruby, there may be more. I’m going to take my freshly purchased copy of Anne Gracie’s The Perfect Waltz just in case I get the time.
What are you reading this holiday weekend? I’m always keen to find out what you all are reading – I’m a demon for a good recommendation – so just leave a comment at the end of the post, or on Twitter or Facebook.
I hope you all have a fabulous Easter long weekend!
PS.. if you are travelling like me, please stay safe and remember: