Saturday, April 1, 2023

On the Shelf: March 2023

It's April already? HOW? So that I guess that means I have to do an accounting of my March reads! 

I did a light bit of genre wandering this past month, from contemporary horror to historical horror to erotic romance to emotional support historicals. (What? You don't have an emotional support subgenre?) And there's a special kind of joy in finding a debut author who just knocks your socks off. Like when I read Diana Biller's The Widow of Rose House—which, yes, I mention as often as I possibly can. I got a similar feeling after tearing through Erin Langston's Forever Your Rogue. A lovely and sexy historical romance about a young widow desperate to retain custody of her children and the titular rogue who must fake being her fianc√© to help make that happen. It's a heartfelt journey in which Cora opens up and Nate grows up. And of course they fall in love. There's so much care given to the complexities of parent-child relationships and what it means to take responsibility for the people you care about. I'm pretty sure I cried, like, three different times. So I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for whatever Langston puts out next!

The Reading Rundown
Possession by A. Anders (erotic romance, BDSM romance)
Glory and the Master of Shadows by Grace Callaway (historical romance)
A Day Until Forever by Erin Langston (historical romance, novella)
Forever Your Rogue by Erin Langston (historical romance)
Seducing My Guardian by Katee Robert (erotic romance, BDSM romance)
Malice House by Megan Shepherd (horror)
The Duke Gets Even by Joanna Shupe (historical romance)

Backlist titles and Rereads: Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is undoubtedly one of the most bonkers romances I have come across in a long time. "Modern" arranged marriage! Secret Romanovs! Psychic bonds with tigers! I can't even begin to describe the wtfery. I also finished the massive doorstop that was The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. There were more pagers than there were vampires, which was sort of a letdown for a book so invested in the history of Dracula. As a palate cleanser, I zipped through a much shorter paranormal romance, Shadowbound by Bec McMaster.

Currently reading: Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas. I thought I read all her Bow Street Runner books years ago, but I have no memory whatsoever of Ross and Sophia's book.

On the TBR/wish list
The Counterfeit Scoundrel by Lorraine Heath
the Notorious Lord Knightly by Lorraine Heath
A House With Good Bones by T. Kingfisher
The Duchess Effect by Tracey Livesay
A Sinister Revenge by Deanna Raybourn
The Duchess Takes a Husband by Harper St. George

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