This is probably the shortest wrap-up I’ve ever written! I spent the first 2 weeks of September getting ready to spend the last 2 weeks of the month visiting Glenmore and Venice. Venice was definitely the more glamorous of the two 😉 So very little reading time but a great month.
The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken ★★★☆☆
A contemporary romance about a college guy who has started a matchmaking service for women with his friend. Business is very good until he breaks Wingman Inc.’s number one rule and falls for a client.
This was ok. Not an amazing story and I wasn’t too keen on the main male character. He was a bit too much of a fan of himself and the book as a whole was very tropey.
Ticks all the boxes for contemporary romance formula fiction so if you’re into that you will probably enjoy this.
Though it’s certainly not the best romance book I’ve read I did enjoy it enough to read the whole thing and I will most likely read the next book in the series.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman ★★★☆☆
The story of a man revising a book his father read to him as a child and that actual story. I have to admit I prefer the movie. The version of Goldman depicted in the book isn’t really a nice guy and his popping up during the story of Buttercup and Westley got annoying. I like how it’s done in the movie with the sick boy and his grandfather reading to him. That features in the book but it’s minor.
Actually, it would be better with none of that stuff and just be the adventure story of Buttercup and Westley. That story is great and a lot of fun to read.
Dragon’s Claw by Karen Chance ★★★★★
Another excellent addition to the Dorina Basarab series. Chance just keeps hitting them out of the park! Dragon’s Claw is a novella set after the fourth book in the series Shadow’s Bane with an awesome appearance by Pritkin from the Cassie books!!! I seriously got so excited when he showed up cause we got to see what he’s like after the events of Ride the Storm. We also get to see how Dory is doing with her vampire nature being a lot more dominant and more humorous scenes with Marlowe.
Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield
I stopped reading this after 107 pages (of 320). I’d expect a book to be getting into the meat of the story by then but nothing seemed to be really happening here so I dropped it out of boredom.
Synopsis: Bellman & Black is a heart-thumpingly perfect ghost story, beautifully and irresistibly written, its ratcheting tension exquisitely calibrated line by line. Its hero is William Bellman, who, as a boy of 10, killed a shiny black rook with a catapult, and who grew up to be someone, his neighbours think, who “could go to the good or the bad.” And indeed, although William Bellman’s life at first seems blessed—he has a happy marriage to a beautiful woman, becomes father to a brood of bright, strong children, and thrives in business—one by one, people around him die. And at each funeral, he is startled to see a strange man in black, smiling at him. At first, the dead are distant relatives, but eventually his own children die, and then his wife, leaving behind only one child, his favourite, Dora. Unhinged by grief, William gets drunk and stumbles to his wife’s fresh grave—and who should be there waiting, but the smiling stranger in black. The stranger has a proposition for William—a mysterious business called “Bellman & Black” . . .