Thursday, February 2, 2023

On the Shelf: January 2023

Lots and lots of books got me through a very rocky January. Mostly historical romance, because I didn't really feel like being in the present. I still don't, which is why I'm not doing a little intro write-up. You're just getting the lists. That's all I can manage right now.

The Reading Rundown

Chick Magnet by Emma Barry (contemporary romance)
Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen (historical romance)
Night of the Scoundrel by Kelly Bowen (historical romance, novella)
Diamond Ring by KD Casey (out 4/11, contemporary m/m romance, LGBTQ+ romance)
Scoundrel of My Heart by Lorraine Heath (historical romance)
Jana Goes Wild by Farah Heron (out 5/2, contemporary romance)
We Lie Here by Rachel Howzell Hall (thriller, suspense)
Not the Duke's Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical romance)
When a Rogue Meets His Match by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical romance)
Two Rakes for Mrs. Sparkwell by Eva Leigh (historical romance, m/f/m romance)
Scent of a Garden by Namrata Patel (out 6/13, mainstream fiction, women's fiction)
The Lady Tempts an Heir by Harper St. George (historical romance)
Not So Perfect Strangers by L.S. Stratton (out 3/28, thriller, suspense)

Backlists and Rereads: After I got Lorraine Heath's She Tempts the Duke and Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman from the library, I had to flow into a reread of Waking Up With the Duke. As one does. Then, Kennedy Ryan recced The Idea of You by Robinne Lee on Twitter, so I gave it a try. It's, rather infamously, Harry Styles and One Direction fan fiction with the serial numbers filed off. And I really enjoyed it! There was a problematic age gap and all this soapy drama and no HEA, and I just kept turning those pages. (I have no room to judge. I wrote NSYNC and Backstreet boys fic back in the day.)

On the TBR/ wish list
All Hallows by Christopher Golden
The Duchess Effect by Tracey Livesay
A Sinister Revenge by Deanna Raybourn

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