Disclaimer: An advanced reviewer’s copy of this novel was given to Rika’s Musings by the publisher in return for an honest review.
The Virgin of Clan Sinclair is the second Karen Ranney book I have read recently, the first was The Witch of Clan Sinclair (book two in this series, while this is book three.) Both books were BIG hits with me and I am fast becoming a Karen Ranney addict.
The Virgin of Clan Sinclair was a nice conclusion to a heartwarming series:
Ellice Traylor has a secret. Beneath her innocent exterior beats an incredibly passionate and imaginative heart. She has been pouring all of her frustrated virginal fantasies into a scandalous manuscript. But when her plans for her future are about to be derailed by her mother’s matrimonial designs, she takes matters into her own hands.
Ross Forster, the Earl of Gladsden, has spent his life creating order out of chaos. He expects discipline and calm from those around him. What he does not expect is a beautiful, thoroughly maddening stowaway in his carriage.
But when Ross discovers Ellice’s secret book, he finds he can’t stop thinking about what other fantasies the disarming virgin can dream up. He has the chance to learn when a compromising position forces them to wed. But can the uptight Earl survive a life with his surprising new wife? And how will the hero of Ellice’s fantasies compare to the husband of her reality?
As I was reading this novel, I kept thinking that Ms. Ranney must have written this one about me. Ellice is such a relatable character – with an occasionally overbearing mother (ehem…), wild imagination, sometimes horny (ehem again), and a bit of an introvert unless she’s with friends. This was a pretty close description of me, lol! And her relatability was one of the reasons this book was such a winner with me. Plus all her overly dramatic internal monologue had me laughing out loud!
“Was she taken ill?” he’d say.
“Suddenly,” the doctor said. “She called for you but you weren’t there.” The man turned and looked at Ross, eyes narrowed, mouth firmed. “Where were you, sir, that you denied your wife comfort in her hour of need?”
“With another woman, of course. Her breasts are larger and her hips wider. She didn’t refuse me.”
Did I mention that Ellice is a writer? Her imagination is very creative and comes up with the most unlikely of scenarios. As for the book that Ellice writes, The Lustful Adventures of Lady Pamela, well that’s where the fun starts.
The hero, Ross, thinks he resembles the Donald – Ellice’s fictional creation from The Lustful Adventures of Lady Pamela – too much and that others will pick up on it which can prove embarrassing for his election campaign…maybe even detrimental. Of course, he’s secretly intrigued by the novel and gets hot every time he reads it, but pretends to be a stickler in front of Ellice.
Ross was an interesting character in his own way. He wasn’t a tortured hero per say, but was getting there – he had the betrayal of his first wife, Cassandra, and his father to overcome. Luckily, however, he didn’t spend too much time moping around and I liked that he didn’t refuse to acknowledge that he loved her when asked by his mother. I was expecting a denial, but he was honest with himself and Ellice.
Honesty was a common characteristic that I enjoyed between both Logan – the hero from The Witch of Clan Sinclair – Ross, and it’s a refreshing change from the usual self-denial cliche, and I hope that the rest of Karen Ranney novels have similarly – though not 100% the same – honest heroes because, yes, I will DEFINITELY be reading more of Ms. Ranney’s books.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Virgin of Clan Sinclair and highly recommend this book to all my fellow historical romance lovers! Four out of five for this one!
(aka Book Reviewer)
“We should call him the amazing Spider-Man!” – Max Dhillon, Electro (Jamie Foxx)
What can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? It’s AMAZING! Electrifying! Action-packed, hilarious, and heartbreaking!
I had to brace myself to watch this movie, because I knew what was going to happen going in, but I hoped against hope that it wouldn’t.
But, of course, it did.
If you’re a Spider-Man fan, or even if you’re relatively new to the series, you’ll probably have heard the rumours about a certain death in the film. Fans of the comics knew it was coming, so it’s not really a spoiler, but I was hoping that they’d stretch out this death scene until the next film.
But before I get into who I’m taking about, let me say that I’m not trying to spoil the film for anyone, but it’s relatively hard to write a review about the impact this film made – and Spider-Man’s future – without getting into the details.
So, last chance, IF YOU ARE WARY OF SPOILERS TURN BACK NOW!!!
No? Well, then…
Emma Stone‘s Gwen Stacy in part made the film what it is, so her death leaves a heavy impact on both the action on screen and the audience. Gwen is an inspiring character because she’s not only fundamental to the defeat of Electro but, as Harry Osborn (Dane Dehaan) puts it, she’s Spider-Man’s (Andrew Garfield) ” hope.” So when Gwen dies, in a terrifying clock-tower scene, there is literally a gasp in the audience. When the audience hears her skull crack on the pavement, it becomes the sound that defines the next scenes of the film for Spider-Man. Peter Parker puts down his costume and does no more than visit Gwen’s grave for an entire year, and though this is fast-forwarded for the purposes for the film, the time elapsed and Peter’s obsession is made clear. Peter lives in a vacuum of grief until it is Gwen’s herself that gives him hope again – in the form of her recorded high school valedictorian speech, which is ironically the same speech in which she foreshadows her own death. Spider-Man eventually regains his hope in time to presumably defeat the Rhino.
Which brings me to the villains of this film. Each of them, Electro, Green Goblin, and Rhino are given a back story, so they are all complex characters that the audience can sympathize with to some degree in the beginning – with the exception of Aleksei Sytsevich (the Rhino’s alter-ego played by Paul Giamatti), who was already an established criminal in the beginning of the film. Both the Dehaan’s and Foxx’s performances were inspired, though I think Foxx deserves bonus points for his portrayal of the nerdy electrical engineer turned supervillain!
And, of course, Foxx was literally electric in his EPIC fight sequences against Spider-Man!
Finally, of course, there is also the reference to the Sinister Six in the final leg of the film and the introduction of Felicia Hardy, Black Cat, portrayed by Felicity Jones, so we know that the upcoming Spider-Man films (2016 and 2018) already has a line-up of great villains!
Overall, I would say that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a nonstop thrill ride – no seriously three separate villains – and I can’t wait to see what the franchise has in store for us next!
WARNING: This post contains possible spoilers for BBC season 3 of Sherlock. (Pesky things aren’t they, these spoilers?)
For those of you, who watch and love the BBC series, Sherlock, will know how unbelievably excited I am that we’re finally getting some trailers/spoilers for the upcoming season.
For those of you, who have no idea what BBC Sherlock even is, I have one word: CUMBERBATCH!
But, seriously, this show is an EPIC must-watch…I resisted watching it as well, but about 10 minutes into the first episode, I was a goner. I kept watching to see what would happen and how Sherlock would possibly solve this mystery – and yeah, my MIND WAS BLOWN!
This was pretty much my expression and those people in the background are my confused family members…
That was also my expression when I saw the new BBC Sherlock season 3 teaser trailer:
You’d have to, of course, have seen the last episode of season 2 to understand why this short, seeming inconspicuous trailer was actually…not.
But it was still short…
So I naturally had to hunt down more Sherlock spoilers and opened myself up to what Google had to offer and found out that, contrary to what I originally believed, Andrew Scott would NOT be returning as Moriarty in season 3:
So who’s going to be Sherlock’s new nemesis?
Well, it’s going to be Charles Augustus Magnussen, the King of Blackmailers, played by Lars Mikkelsen.
Finally, we know that the first episode of season 3, “The Empty Hearse,” will focus on the impact of events from season 2’s conclusion on Watson.
Got spoilers? I’d love to hear them – no, really, gimme!
(aka The Spoiler)