The Diabolical Baron is a double romance! Jason Kincaid needs to get married and produce an heir. He really has no interest in it, but then he makes a bet with a friend. He must get a randomly chosen girl to marry him within six months. Caroline’s name is the one chosen, but she also has no interest in marrying. But familial duty comes first, and she finds herself engaged to Jason, whose presence she finds quite overwhelming. However, while visiting his home with her aunt, Caroline and Jason find themselves falling in love. Just not with each other.
Even though it’s been quite a while since I read the first book, I do think I enjoyed this sequel even more! If You Give a Rake a Ruby follows another one of the Three Diamonds: Fallon the Marchioness of Mystery. Fallon comes home one night to find a strange man in her bed! Of course, since she parades as a courtesan she assumes that he wants sex from her. Well, Warrick is actually there for information. He knows Fallon’s real name and her history. Which he intends to make public knowledge unless she helps him with his mission.
I decided to pick up The Whole30 after really enjoying some of the recipes in The Whole30 Cookbook. I wasn’t actually following the program though. I was doing a similar, but less restrictive, 28 Day Reset and needed more meal ideas. The two programs are very similar. I was curious as to what the differences were other than the length and some of the off-limits foods. While I don’t plan on adapting the Whole30 program anytime soon, I did learn a lot about the effects certain food groups have on the body and my (admittedly unhealthy) relationship with food in general.
Girl Mans Up was super good! It’s all about Pen, her identity, her relationships, and what loyalty and respect actually mean. Pen has a very open and honest narrative. She tells us exactly who she is, who she isn’t, and how that makes her feel. At first she comes across as a tomboy, since she hangs out with all boys, wears baggy clothes, and eventually cuts her hair short. However, it’s more than that. She knows that she’s not transgender, but she also doesn’t feel comfortable being put firmly into the girl box. Pen just wants to be Pen, but everyone else seems to think she’s too much of one thing, or not enough of something else.
When I picked up Willful Machines, I was expecting it to be like a YA version of the movie Transcendence. Other than having consciousness uploaded to the internet and trying to take over the country, it’s nothing like that. It’s freaking adorable! Lee is the president’s son, but he tries to stay under the radar, especially after his suicide attempt made it into all of the tabloids. Then he meets Nico, and he starts coming out of his shell a bit. But then Charlotte, the first sentient robot (who uploaded herself to the internet), says she’s going to attack in three days, and Lee might be her target.
Much like the previous three books, Romancing Mister Bridgerton is super adorable! Colin has been off traveling through Greece, but now he’s back home much to Penelope Featherington’s delight. She’s been in love with him for the past decade, but is resigned to being a spinster and simply his little sister’s best friend. But then things change. Colin and Penelope keep running into each other, and he finally starts seeing her as his own friend, and then something more.
At the Edge of the Universe was so weird. I knew it was going to be weird, and it was, and that is great! Ozzie is the only person who remembers his boyfriend, Tommy. One day Tommy was there, and the next he simply wasn’t. Even photographs and Ozzie’s journal entries are missing Tommy. Ozzie is determined to find him, even though no one believes that Tommy ever existed. On top of that, the universe is shrinking at an alarming rate. Will the world exist long enough for Ozzie to find him?