It’s Monday, Monday! And I hope the start of the week is treating you well!
For me, this week started with a bang because droughtlander is finally over! Huzzah! Starz released the first episode of season 3, The Battle Joined, early On Demand so, needless to say, I was pleased.
The episode was brilliant. It dealt with Claire and Frank (I cringe a little when I say/type/read/think about his name/him) settling into their new life in Boston and with each other as well as Jamie and the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden.
While I was ecstatic about Outlander coming back on, I was a bit hesitant about watching the Culloden scenes—not because the scenes were bloody but because the Battle of Culloden was an event that changed the fabric of Scotland. In less than an hour, the Battle of Culloden left nearly 3,000 Jacobites dead on the battlefield and ended the Highlander way of life so I was pleased to see that Outlander brought forth the weight and the grittiness of the battle rather than romanticize it. And Sam Heughan did such an amazing job of bringing forth the emotion of the battle.
In other news, I finally found a home for the hermit crabs. They were cute but creeped me out so I can’t say I was sad to bid them adieu. The fish is now residing on my desk and seems to happy now that he’s recovered from his journey in the post.
On the bookfront, I managed to get through a few audiobooks last week while I finished up some home projects. I’ve also stacked my TBR next pile with a few Christmas/Winter books. I purchased an e-book, 99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter, after reading the fantastic review by Kim @ The Caffeinate Book Reviewer.
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How to Marry a Cowboy: All Lily and Gabby want for their eighth birthday is a mom. Mason Harper had always side stepped the issue, but what was he supposed to say the day he found a woman wearing a tattered bridal gown and just waking up on his front porch swing? He offers Annie Rose the job of watching his wild girls for a month while he finds a new nanny, and she takes it with intentions of laying low for a month to hide from her abusive ex-boyfriend. But in such close quarters, their growing attraction is impossible to deny...
Reckless in Texas: Outside the rodeo ring, Violet Jacobs a single mom and the lone voice pushing for her family’s rodeo production company to modernize and gun for the big time circuits. When she takes a business matter into her own hands by hiring on hotshot rodeo bullfighter Joe Cassidy, she expected to start a ruckus inside the family...but never expected her heart to end up on the line.
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An exciting prequel novella to New York Timesand USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker's thrilling new Deep Six series
Harper Searcy didn't want to fall for a soldier, but she couldn't forget her hot Navy SEAL friend or their one night stand. When the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan where she works comes under attack by terrorists, there is only one man she knows who would move heaven and earth to rescue her: Michael "Mad Dog" Wainwright.