Monday, September 26
Sorry, but the image containing the Monday's Muse has been removed from this blog so as not to violate any copyright issues. Thanks for your understanding!
Sunday was a day of rest and relaxation for me. And I needed it BADLY. I needed some me time, where I didn't have to think of anyone else's needs but my own. I spent that time reading Courtney Milan's Unclaimed. All I can say is AMAZING, and Beautiful! I've enjoyed all of Courtney's books, but this one...was so much more than I expected. I still can't wait to read Smite Turner's story, and I adored Ash, but Mark is something special. Which is why I picked this week's Muse. To me this week's Muse embodies many of Mark's characteristics, handsome, charming, with a devilish grin...hard to believe he's the embodiment of chastity isn't it? But don't let his virtue fool you, he is all Man and he has good reasons for believing in what he does. In one scene of Unclaimed the heroine describes her view of Mark's masculine beauty:
"Men sometimes talked as if curves were something that only a woman possessed. But his body was a construction of subtler curves: the gentle swell of his forearm, racing down to the blunt tips of his fingers. The ripple of his abdomen. The arc where his torso met pelvis. His body seemed the pinnacle of masculine artistry."
All I can say is, Amen to that! Which is why this week's Muse is dedicated to Courtney Milan, her hero Mark Turner, and his story in Unclaimed. Love. Love, love love.
Many of my favorite books this year have been historical romances, and Unclaimed will be making it's way into my Favorite's list for 2011. It may take me a few days to start reading again after this book because any book I read after it will unfortunately not compare well and I hate to do that to a book. Courtney Milan has become my 21st century equivalent to Jane Austen...meaning that I think her books are smart, witty, ensconced in characters that are captivating, with stories that have that same poignancy and timelessness that Jane Austen is adored for. Some may say that there is very little new in Historical Romance, obviously they've not been reading Ms. Milan's work because her voice is unlike any other that I've been reading. Needless to say I think the Turners would make a most excellent Masterpiece Theater series (in case anyone reading this has influence in that direction). Love.
On a more personal note, I hope things this week will return more to normal on the blog so that I can try and fulfill the commitments that I've made. If you are an author that has submitted a book for review, please know that I haven't forgotten. If you've sent me an email and I haven't responded yet, please know that I will.
This week at Seductive Musings:
- Monday: an interview with Historical Romance author Carrie Lofty about the first book in her new Christie family series, Flawless.
- Tuesday: Romance Author Ashley March will be my guest to share a bit about her new historical romance, Romancing the Countess.
- Wednesday-Friday: Reviews, review, reviews, reviews :)
- Tempting Trailer: this week it is for Madeline Hunter's Dangerous in Diamonds. I've not read this series, or for that matter I don't know that I've read this author...but after watching this video...oh yeah, I definitely want to check this book out (regardless of the average reviews):
Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of the authors will new releases this week, especially Musings authors Maya Banks, Courtney Milan, Victorica Dahl, Carrie Lofty, Chloe Harris, Shannon McKenna, Grace Burrowes, Eileen Dreyer & Mari Carr!
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