Sunday, October 1, 2023

On the Shelf: September 2023

Backlists were my safe place again in September, but that doesn't mean newer titles didn't hold their own. I am always happy to read more Jeannie Lin, especially in the Lotus Palace mystery series. If you remember Pearl from previous books, she finally gets a story of her own in Love, Death, & Lanterns. And Kate Canterbary's The Worst Guy came heavily recommended from Romance Twitter and did not disappoint. I actually cried on the airplane at one point while reading it. 

I know I should probably write more pithy things, but my seasonal depression has kicked in and this as about as much effort as I can muster. So, onward to the actual titles I read this past month!

The Reading Rundown
The Worst Guy by Kate Canterbary (contemporary romance)
Ten Things I Hate About the Duke by Loretta Chase (historical romance)
Seven Sinful Nights by Nicola Davidson (dark romance, erotic historical romance)
Wild Pitch by Cat Giraldo (contemporary romance, bisexual m/f romance)
Love, Death & Lanterns by Jeannie Lin (historical romance, novella)
What We May Be by Layla Reyne (romantic suspense, m/m/f romance)

Backlist titles and rereads: Seize the Fire by Laura Kinsale was a massive angstfest that I honestly wasn't prepared for. You should always prepare for Kinsale angst. I reread Black Ice by Anne Stuart as well as Forever Your Rogue by Erin Langston, even though I read it a few months ago. I thought to fill a gap in my Maiden Lane consumption, so I got Elizabeth Hoyt's Notorious Pleasures from the library. Turns out, I have read it before...and blocked it out for good reason. lol. This sent me down a cleansing Hoyt rabbit hole with rereads of Thief of Shadows, Lord of Darkness and When a Rogue Meets His Match -- and then first reads of Once Upon a Christmas Eve and The Raven Prince.

Currently reading: Stop the presses, I am actually not in the middle of a book right now. But I'm trying to fix that error!

On the TBR/wish list
The House of Last Resort by Christopher Golden
Blood Betrayal by Ausma Zehanat Khan
There Should Have Been Eight by Nalini Singh
Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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