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In this book, the main characters are facing obstacles in their lives when they met each other. The hero wants to repay his older sibling by being respectable in everything with his life. The heroine is a pawnshop owner that wants to make her younger sibling have a comfortable life free from their parents' reputation in their Jewish community. When the heroine saved the hero, consecutive meetings brought them closer together. Yet the couple must face all the obstacles that are in their lives before they could have a happy ending with each other.

This is my second book in the ONCE UPON THE EAST END series. This entertaining read brought the Jewish culture to the forefront in historical England. It also has an endearing romance between strong yet unique characters that deserves their happily-ever-after. There was also a good set of secondary characters surrounding the main couple, including the couple from the first book in this series. There were also times that the story needed a bit more details in certain areas of the book for better transition, but they weren't that detrimental to the reading enjoyment. Overall, a solid addition to this particular Felicia Grossman series.

** Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the review copy. All opinions and thoughts in the review are my own. **
 
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DilowRosas | 1 anden anmeldelse | Apr 9, 2024 |
Wake Me Most Wickedly by Felicia Grossman
Once Upon the East End series #2. Historical romance, own voice, Jewish. Can be read as a stand-alone. One character from the prior book is a minor secondary character in this story.
Solomon Weiss feels he owes a debt and support to his older brother Frederick. After all, Frederick was only a teen himself when he was forced to care for Solomon. Now they are both adults, Frederick is an influential man and intends to marry soon. He’s asked Solomon to be on his best behavior and focus on the bank work and perhaps do an errand or two for him. Of course Solomon will do whatever his brother asks.
One night, Solomon is cornered by a couple of rough men in an unsafe neighborhood and Hannah Moses comes to his rescue. She runs a pawnshop and deals with small, mostly legal items like button and ribbons. Sol has seen her slip a small amount of money to one man that she refused to buy anything from just so he could get a bowl of soup. Sol is charmed and attracted to Hannah and the feeling is mutual. But she’s not at all what Frederick has in mind for Solomon.

Not your average historical romance. Hannah is poor and takes jobs that may not be exactly legal. She doesn’t see herself as worthy of love and she’s past the age of impressionable. Solomon is drawn to Hannah and can’t seem to stay away. He isn’t willing to leave his yarmulke or prayers behind, nor can he leave Hannah behind even though a pawn shop isn’t considered acceptable by his brother.
Adventurous and steamy. Solomon is way nicer to his brother than he needed to be.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.
 
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Madison_Fairbanks | 1 anden anmeldelse | Apr 8, 2024 |
A second-chance romance between a twice-divorced beauty & style influencer and a former Marxist-turned-soldier-turned-spy. She's receiving death threats and he has been hired by her brother to protect her . . . AND there is a scene where he helps draw her corset laces and she keeps demanding he go harder. Scandalizing a Pinkerton with red knickers or waxing poetic about labor unions - a smart and funny read!

The Jewishness of this book makes my heart kvell!

CW's: PTSD, death of family member (flash backs), wartime flashbacks, racism (unequal rights), antisemitism (fear of), stabbing, gun shot wound, bleeding from wounds, attempted murder, explicit sex
 
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s_carr | 1 anden anmeldelse | Feb 25, 2024 |
This was a great read - Jewish rep hurrah! I love how Jay was not a typical alpha-rake. Although he had a reputation, he cared deeply about not taking advantage of people and practiced enthusiastic consent.


I already have the second in the series and I can’t wait to read it!

CW: antisemitism, folks in recovery from substances, death of family members told thru recollection
 
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s_carr | 1 anden anmeldelse | Feb 25, 2024 |
I really liked this book but I feel the ending got a bit tangled HOWEVER it did set up the next book in an interesting way
 
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s_carr | 2 andre anmeldelser | Feb 25, 2024 |
In this reverse Cinderella tale, it is the princess (in this case, wealthy heiress) who must marry to save the family’s kingdom (business) and falls for a handsome, kind and impoverished housekeeper (synagogue custodian) who loves to tell stories and makes friends with the mice. Isabelle has yet to celebrate the first yahrzeit (anniversary of death) of her beloved father, a shrewd businessman who co-owned a sureties company with the prominent Bebar family. Because there are two Bebars, and just one Lira; as a women and Jewess, with her father gone, the balance will shift decidedly against her father, and the Bebars are pressuring her to pick a brother to marry. Savvy Isabelle knows marriage to a Bebar will spell the demise of a career she likes and is good at, so even though the calendar is during the counting of the Omer, Isabella is planning a series of three balls to entertain eligible bachelors interested in winning her hand. She employs Aaron as her henchman to get the dirt on her potential suitors, falling for his sweet character, sexy good looks, and their explosive chemistry. The tension stems from the fact that their life circumstances are very different, and also, she’s technically acting as his boss.

Grossman excels at writing detail, describing setting, couture, and cuisine alongside eighteenth-century mores. The plot moves at a great pace, and this was unputdownable. Best of all, Isabelle knows what she wants and speaks her mind, including in the love scenes, a bold, twenty-three-year-old virgin with healthy drives, healthy curiosity, an awareness that Jewish husbands are obligated to provide pleasure to their partners. The actual act is left off the page, but the foreplay is stunningly hot.

Through it all, Grossman weaves in history and culture, particularly around the way Jews are portrayed and regarded. The author’s note at the back is a well-researched and engaging essay that sets in context the fairy tales she draws on. Her clear and direct explanation of the nuances of anti-Semitism in late eighteenth century Europe that should be required reading for every high school student on the planet. I learned so much, and it dovetailed beautifully with the story Grossman she told.

I received a free advance reader’s edition of #MarryMeByMidnight from #NetGalley — I also WON a copy through a Jewish Romance Giveaway.

https://hiplibrariansbookblog.com/2023/09/10/marry-me-by-midnight-by-felicia-gro...
 
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informationgoddess29 | 2 andre anmeldelser | Feb 4, 2024 |
Cinderella retellings are usually not my favorite, but damn.

After the third chapter, i started looking up Grossman's backlist (I will likely skip based on reviews, bummer), but with this novel, the author has deftly executed a fairy tale with role reversal and a cowardly, yet confident, heroine in many clever ways. Isabelle has the power, but Aaron never appears powerless--what he is is kind, sexy, and open-hearted (more than he admits, knows maybe?) He's not another commitment-phobe and incredibly easy to fall for from the opening. On top of this, this story takes place entirely within the Jewish community, and it felt very well done.

A winner. It transported me immediately, and was a delightful read (with minor issues) from start to finish. 4.5 rounded up½
 
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samnreader | 2 andre anmeldelser | Aug 13, 2023 |
This book had a way of toying with my emotions, laughing, gasping in fear, fanning from steam. It has it all!

I enjoyed the characters who all had some depth, interesting backstories, and interconnectedness. I think the best part though was the glimpse into historical time for Jews that isn't normally captured in a novel. Amalia and David come from different worlds and their Judaism was very different each one a snapshot.

Of course revisiting Ursula and Jay was so satisfying. Seeing them surrounded by family, children, grandchildren, all the promises their first novel made, delivered.
 
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yonitdm | 1 anden anmeldelse | Sep 1, 2022 |
Great fun to read, I couldn't put it down. i loved the character development.

** I've come back now months later to say I still think about this book and Urs the fab main character. Unlike other books of the genre, the characters are so fleshed out they don't fade away when the book is finished.
 
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yonitdm | 1 anden anmeldelse | Sep 1, 2022 |
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