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Hi everyone! I used to be a former Goodreads lover. Who has decided to move to BookLikes due to the recent changes to the GR site: that is, the decision of the management to delete reviews that talk about bad author behaviour.

 

It is important that we know of bad author behaviour and actions. We buy their books. I want to know whether Author A has decided to harass Reviewer A or encouraged fans to stalk Reviewer B.

I want to know this, the same way I wanted to know that a well known sporting good company had been using child labour in the production of some of its products. The same way the WHOLE WORLD wanted to know. 

It is irrelevant that the author writes well, or that the said sporting good company produces good quality sporting goods. Our ethics and morals MATTER!

 

 

Now to discuss my reading habits:

 

I am very picky when it comes to books. I am a feminist and I think that shows in my reading list. 

 

There are many things that bug me to death. But I'll always make an exception if the boy-girl standard is reversed. Dear world, that is MY double standard. I respect and champion authors who have the guts to do something different.

Firstly, I hate infidelity in novels. 

 

Secondly, I hate it when the heroine is a virgin and the guy is an expert and skilled lover. I hate it when the heroine, for fated reasons, saves herself for someone who has been sowing his oats. It's not only overdone, old-fashioned and pathetic, but it also grosses me out like he is violating something so sacrosanct.

 

Thirdly, I might enjoy the occasional alpha-hero tendencies, but my true love lies with beta-heroes. Guys who are loving and sweet. Who don't feel the need to push around their women to make themselves feel more manly.

Feminista's bookshelf: read

Death, and the Girl He Loves
4 of 5 stars
tagged: ya-and-new-adult and urban-fantasy
The Loneliest Alpha
4 of 5 stars
tagged: paranormal-romance
Hard to Handle
2 of 5 stars
Rating: 2 out of 5. Sadie Howard is a serial dater who never goes out with a guy on more than one date, but then sometimes she breaks her rules... Aiden Downey found out that his mother was dying and even though he was in a relationship...
tagged: contemporary-romance and arc
Mine to Hold
3 of 5 stars
Rating: 3 out of 5. Claire Kramer from Mine to Keep has been a victim of an obsessed lover in the past. It is also a past that she can’t seem to get away from. Noah York, from the previous books, is Trace’s friend. He was a part of those...
tagged: arc and romantic-suspense
Finding Never
4 of 5 stars
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
tagged: ya-and-new-adult
Keeping Never
4 of 5 stars
tagged: ya-and-new-adult
Hurt
4 of 5 stars
tagged: ya-and-new-adult
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
3 of 5 stars
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
tagged: paranormal-romance
Alpha Instinct
3 of 5 stars
Rating: 3 out of 5. I have been wanting to read this book for ages. But I had the wrong idea in mind. I thought it was an Urban Fantasy novel. Probably because of the cover of a female. But it is a paranormal romance. As far as parano...
tagged: paranormal-romance
Never Love a Cowboy
3 of 5 stars
tagged: historical-romance

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What the Duke Desires

What the Duke Desires (The Duke's Men) - Sabrina Jeffries Rating: 3 out of 5.The daughter of an English lord who promised her mother, his French mistress, marriage, Lisette has grown up wary of men. Correctly so, as her social standing in life affords no marriage propositions, but promises of a different kind. The Duke of Lyons is borne of a family of mad men. Fear of putting a wife through the nightmare his mother had to go through, Maximilian does not want to marry, but his duty to bring about an heir means that sooner or later, he has to marry.The search for Max’s presumed dead older brother brings to two together, to uncover the truth. But their journey also brings emotions of another kind that threatens to tie them together for life.This novel was of an average read. The plot and writing was good. However, there were some inconsistencies that detracted from my enjoyment. For example, when Lisette and Max finally sleep together, and Max offers marriage, Lisette gets offended when Max correctly says that without his offer of marriage she might be bringing in illegitimate (a word I am not fond of, but that was commonplace in those days) child in the world. Lisette angrily says that if she finds herself in that position, of course she would marry him. But how was she to know that Max would offer her marriage, when even before their sleeping together, Max was refusing to marry her. So what would she have done, if she was left with a child with no marriage prospects. I guess people could say that she knew in her heart that Max with do the right thing, but such certainties, especially with her history of a father who kept giving her mother hope of marriage but never followed through, would make such a notion unfathomable. So I didn’t understand her need to get all righteous when she has no real means of making things right. I mean she can barely force a duke to marry her, if he doesn’t want to. I also disliked how Max, subconsciously kept on testing her. For example in the scene above, Max thinks that he half expected her to accept the offer of marriage, something which other women in her place would do. I also hated what a hypocrite Max was. There is a part at the end where he calls her mother a whore. Yes he was angry, but that doesn’t excuse him. He can’t even properly apologise for it until way later. But meanwhile, when some other man calls her mother a whore, he gets all righteous and uses his power as a duke over him. Was I supposed to be impressed by this contradiction? Because I most certainly was not. And finally, Lisette melted even before Max apologised. He calls her dearling and she melts faster than ice-cream on a hot day. I am not a big fan of malleable women, no matter how authors painted them otherwise. If they are strong in one aspect of their life, it should reasonably translate to their personality and character as well. ARC Courtesy of Edelweiss and Pocket Books