Sunday, December 3, 2023

On the Shelf: November 2023

Going into December, I have approximately 164 books under my reading belt. Can I make it to 200 by the 31st? Probably not. lol. Also, I continue to struggle with the moral quandary of whether rereading your own books should count in a tally. What I haven't struggled with, obviously, is tearing through some really fun titles. 

Sara Desai's To Have and to Heist—which has a follow-up, 'Til Heist Do Us Part, coming out next year—is exactly what you want if you love Ocean's Eleven or Leverage but with a ragtag eclectic cast full of amateurs. I could not stop cackling with laughter. Speaking of eclectic casts, We'll Never Have Paris teases high heat and hijinks (mostly in an elevator!) and Adriana Anders delivers as usual. I automatically trust her to marry lots of steam with a heartfelt romance. And I'm not entirely sure that I'll continue with Zoey Draven's winged space vampire monsterfucking books but the second offering in this particular series, Craving in His Blood, definitely kept me turning pages. If you need an escape from reality, Draven offers quite a trip.

The Reading Rundown
We'll Never Have Paris by Adriana Anders (contemporary romance)
Bad Desire by Kali Decker (erotic romance, my own book)
Nepo Baby by Kali Decker (erotic romance, my own book)
To Have and to Heist by Sara Desai (contemporary romance, romantic comedy)
Craving in His Blood by Zoey Draven (sci-fi romance, paranormal romance)
In Want of a Viscount by Lorraine Heath (out 2/20/24, historical romance)
Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas (historical romance)
Some Winter's Evening by Erin Langston (historical romance)
The Wolf and the Wildflower by Stacy Reid (historical romance)
Consort of Fire by Kit Rocha (fantasy romance, romantasy)

Backlist titles & rereads: I finally got around to the romance classic that is Julie Garwood's The Prize. Then I went back to Maiden Lane again with Elizabeth Hoyt's Duke of Sin and Duke of DesireNight Magic, from Karen Robards backlist, may have just eclipsed the bonkersness of her serial killer ghost quartet but I'm still on the fence about that. And then I came back to some newer authors with All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordan and Theirs For the Night by Katee Robert.

Currently reading: Burn it Down by Maureen Ryan and Charlotte Illes is Not a Detective by Katie Siegel.

On the TBR/wish list
Isabel and the Rogue by Liana de la Rosa
The House of Last Resort by Christopher Golden
Blood Betrayal by Ausma Zehanat Khan

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