Two of my very favorite authors are featured prominently in my reading life this week and it’s just about the most perfect way to spend the time surrounding Valentine’s day. First up, I’ve been working through some rereads to prepare for the Feb. 21st release of Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas. This past weekend I read Devil in Winter and I’m gearing up to read Cold Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterborne before next Tuesday. Each time I reread a Kleypas book I fall a little bit more in love with the hero and heroine so I’m prepared to completely lose my heart and sanity before I pick up Pandora and Gabriel’s book next week.
On top of the Kleypas rereads, I’m also reading Brighter Than the Sun by Maya Banks. The KGI series is no-holds-barred my favorite set of books in the entire universe. I love some books of the series more than others, but the Kelly’s have become my happy place in so very many ways. 30% of the way in, Joe’s story has surprised me in a good way and I’m itching to call in sick to work and spend a whole day with the KGI crew.
This past weekend was a lazy one for me, which equates to being able to devour a bunch of books! I read two books with a fake engagement theme. The first, A Millionaire at Midnight by Naima Simone is the fourth in her Bachelor Auction set and my new favorite of the series! A fiery heroine and a grumpy hero – always a great match. The second is From Enemies to Expecting by Kat Cantrell. That one pits a baseball team owner with a cosmetics company CEO who end up as teammates on a reality cooking show. Their chemistry results in a huge spark of interest in their respective companies, so they make a deal to ‘pretend’ to be together for the press attention – and we all know how that’s going to work out. If ever there was a case of opposites attract, it’s this one in spades. I loved it so much, it’s already in contention for a spot on my best of 2017 shelf!
While dark romances aren’t really my thing, I have a soft spot for Charlotte Stein who writes really unique story set ups and characters (and sexy sexy times). Her new release Never Better is the story of a woman who meets a man at a therapy group she’s attending after a violent home invasion. It’s a slow build, tension winding throughout the first half before the sexy times appear, but it picks up in the latter half and is definitely worth the read.
And for m/m romances, I really enjoyed Hard Wired by Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson. It’s the third in their Cyberlove series, about finding love via the internet and this time it’s two people who’ve been online friends for years but meet in person. It’s sexy (of course, it’s ‘Megtino’ as their fans delight in calling this author duo), but emotionally charged as well and delves into the sometimes lonely reality of people who live their lives online. Finally, I’m mid-way through Guarding Mr. Fine by HelenKay Dimon. Starting your story with two strangers having sex in a bar who then find out they are working together will never not work for me. Exciting, sexy and intense!
I’m in a slump folks. Boooo hisssss…..I hate slumps. Loathe them. I’ve tried reading so many books and none seem to be capturing my attention. I can’t focus and I find myself reading a few chapters and then moving on. I think part of it is just being overwhelmed with so many choices but I think a larger part is that I have some pretty epic novels and books series that are my absolute favorites. Hello Outlander and The Bronze Horseman, I’m talking about you. These are just epic, sweeping change your life novels. And unfortunately, this also means that they are a tough act to follow. I love a good romance and I devour those like candy almost daily, but I need more! I need another epic, sweeping change your DNA book or series. Is that too much to ask??? Apparently, it is. So until I find that elusive literary Chupacabra, I’m sticking with what I know and love which is romance. So in my quest to find my happy place, I started a re-reading journey. All the better to test out that new Goodreads re-reading function. I started Games of the Heart by Kristen Ashley. This is one of my favorites in The Burg series. I can’t wait to finish and see what I feel like re-reading next. In the meantime, I’m taking suggestions. Please help. My friend Hildy recommended The Hating Game by Sally Thorne as a good slump buster. So I might check that out too! But I will take any and all recommendations for some good epic novels or anything really. I need something to sink my teeth into so I’m sending out an SOS…..and now everyone is singing along with Sting in your heads….you’re welcome. 🙂
I’ve been a busy and a very happy reader over the last week! I had the absolute pleasure to read the soon to be released Chain Reaction (Feb 28) by a favorite of mine, Tara Wyatt. I swear, everything she writes, I absolutely love. Next up, I picked up The Hot One (Feb 27) by the incomparable, Lauren Blakely and I fell head over heels in love with Tyler and Delaney. Do NOT miss that one!! I then took a little detour into KUville (Kindle Unlimited) and read a short, steamy and sweet Valentine novella, My Virgin Valentine by Genevieve Matthews. It was…fine, I guess what I needed it to be… a quick dirty and fun read. Right now, I’m reading a book reviewed and recommended by Scandal at Scandalicious Book Reviews- The King of Bourbon Street by debut author, Thea De Salle. So far it’s I’m loving it and the NOLA locale.