All right. Let’s just get this out the way: I’m not going to be completing my Cannonball this year. I’ve got a few reviews still up my sleeve, but mid 40s is as good as I’m going to get. But in any year, that’s okay, and in this year ESPECIALLY it is okay. I went from a 2 1/2 hours in the car each workday to, well, zero, which cut into my audiobook time. Plus ya know, the crippling pandemic and whatnot put a severe damper on the ability to read and focus. (I say this in order to convince myself, and hopefully to support others in the same boat).
So, with that disclaimer out the way, on to my review! Something new that 2020 brought to me is romance novels. I had never in my life read one and was looking for something fun and different and a good friend of mine loves them so I sought her counsel and started with some Lisa Klepyas. This is the third I have read in this series (I even read them out of order! Another first for me!) but I know it won’t be my last romance novel.
I definitely am a historical romance gal and enjoy it, as long as the female characters are a bit ahead of their time, i.e., willful and strong and pushing back against expected norms. For this reason it took me a bit to warm up to this book, as Cassandra is moreso the marrying kind, in need of protecting, but despite that I still enjoyed it. Tom Severin was of course NOT the marrying kind, the gruff so-and-so who did not know how to express the full range of human emotion, or even, a few of them, until Cassandra who went from object of his desire to his other half. It was charming to see his rough edges smoothed over, and they complemented each other well. Overall, it was fun and I’m now interested to go back in and finish the rest of the series, may be a fun way to kick off 2021.