I needed complete separation from reality, so...

...tonight I read Olivia Parker's Guarding a Notorious Lady. The title is hilarious because the lady is not exactly what I would call notorious! In any event, it was the perfect escape from reality that I needed. And check out the cover:

It is so fantastically old school that I couldn't resist. Yes, I have already discussed my love for romance novels, and when I am ready to completely veg out, nothing is better. The fact that the hero is Scottish? PERFECT. So, yes, the novel is complete fantasy, but who cares? It was a fun and quick read--and just what I wanted.

The book blurb from Amazon:

Exquisite trouble . . .

A woman of pristine breeding, Lady Rosalind Devine is also an unrepentant meddler and snoop— which is why her brother refuses to leave her to her own devices while on his wedding trip. But Rosalind will not make things easy for any unseen, unwanted “nursemaid”—and vows to use her considerable wiles to expose her mystery guardian.

Nicholas Kincaid, the Marquess of Winterbourne, agreed to secretly guard his friend’s spoiled, stubborn sister, though her infuriating penchant for mischief is causing him to question his decision. Though bound by the rules of society—and friendship— Rosalind’s spirit and sensuality have sparked a fierce desire in Nicholas to play a very different role in her life, one that entails passion, ecstasy . . . and unavoidable scandal.

I have never read a book by Olivia Parker, but I don't think this will be my last. In spite of the cover (which isn't quite a 1980s-1990s Fabio cover but still leads to the conclusion that this could be a "bodice ripper"), the book is very tame and sweet. There isn't a sex scene at all until almost the end. Of course, the hero and heroine end up together and married, but I really enjoyed their journey. I thought that Rosalind was fun and believable in many ways...and Nicholas...well, let's just say that I wouldn't mind meeting up with one like him the next time I am in Scotland. :)

I don't get a chance to read romance novels very often, especially with dissertation work and my job taking up so much reading time. When I do, however, I always hope that I made the right decision in the bookstore. Romance is such a mixed bag these days, and I am always hopeful that I am not wasting my money. I don't think I did with Parker's book. It was fun and allowed me a couple of hours of necessary escapism.

My next romance to read (whenever I actually get the time to read one again) is by Eloisa James. I have never read one of her books, but a fellow graduate student, who has met her and written scholarly articles about her work (and the romance genre, in general), recommended that I try one of her novels. So, I can't wait to read it!

And, more than anything, I am excited about the release date for Vicky Dreiling's next book, How to Ravish a Rake.

I can't believe that I have to wait until MARCH!!! UGH!!! So not fair. I don't even want pre-order it because Amazon NEVER gets it to me on the release day. So, I will be at the bookstore for my copy when it comes out.

Anyway, happy weekend!


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