Monday, April 1, 2024

On the Shelf: March 2024

I feel vaguely guilty for only reading two new releases in March but I'm still glad that I stopped pressuring myself to keep up with what's coming out now. Because going back to older books, to titles I've read before, is just as valuable and valid. When it comes to books, familiarity doesn't breed contempt. It breeds comfort. So I was comforted by a whole lot of Lorraine Heath, Grace Callaway, and Kit Rocha. 😂

The newer titles I picked up were both strong enough to woo me away from the glomming, so I think that speaks well of both! Hannah Murray's is a sexy and charming high-heat polyamorous romance, and I appreciated how the characters talked through the challenges involved. (Amidst the enthusiastic bedsport.) And Deanna Raybourn's ninth outing with Veronica Speedwell and Stoker has the duo in fine form, re-committed after some rockiness in prior books. I love that Deanna makes sure to tell us they bang a lot. Tastefully and off-page but frequently. Oh, and the crime-solving is great, too. lol. Our intrepid investigators are finally letting other people help them!

The Reading Rundown
Sharing Shane by Hannah Murray (contemporary romance, queer polyam romance)
A Grave Robbery by Deanna Raybourn (historical mystery)

Backlist titles & rereads:
 I knocked out three more new-to-me Grace Callaway historicals, The Return of the Duke, Her Protector's Pleasure and The Gentleman Who Loved Me. Then I moved over to Lorraine Heath with When the Duke Was Wicked, Falling Into Bed With a DukeThe Viscount and the Vixen and When the Marquess Falls, as well as rereads of The Last Wicked Scoundrel and The Earl Takes All. Somewhere in there, I also finished a nostalgia tour of Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again and went back through Hate F*@k and Wicked Sin by Ainsley Booth and The View Was Exhausting by Onjuli Datta and Mikaella Clements. As the month came to a close, I returned to familiar and much-loved territory with all nine main titles from the Beyond Series by Kit Rocha. My brain melted after that. I don't necessarily recommend compulsively reading that many books in a row in less than a week. lol. 

Currently reading: The Curious Secrets of Yesterday by Namrata Patel.

On the TBR/wish list
'Til Heist Do Us Part by Sara Desai
Blood Betrayal by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Pardon My Frenchie by Farrah Rochon
A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams


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