Reminder/ Caveat/ Disclaimer: This is my (hopefully) monthly list of books I’ve read and enjoyed. These are not reviews, I do not include books I didn’t enjoy because life is too short to speak badly of books!
Another interesting mix of stories this month,but these are all by authors I am a major fangirl for. Shall we get started??
Wife for the Weekend by Ophelia London
If you know me on social media or have followed this blog, you'll recognize the name Ophelia London. The first time I met her in person at a DARA meeting, I kind of (yes, I did) freaked out on her, and gushed about her (then) latest release, Definitely, Maybe In Love (If you love Pride & Prejudice, and you want a modern retelling, check it out). We've become good friends since, and I'm still a fangirl of her personally and of her books. In fact, I was lucky enough to get an early ARC of this book because that dear sweet girl asked me to write a blurb for her. See it there? In tiny letters on the top of the cover? That's how I feel about this funny, sweet book about how two opposites can attract.
Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole
I think I've only met Alyssa Cole once in person, at last year's RWA, but it feels like I've *known* her for longer, in that way that you do when you tweet and podcast with someone. When we met, she gave me the biggest, warmest hug and well, I'm just a huge fan. We guested on the same episode of First Draught last year and we shared that we both (coincidentally?) had books where someone gets killed in the first scene; this was the book she was discussing. Yes, it's a romance, lol. It's a short novella set during the American Revolution and if you're obsessed with Hamilton, like I am (Hey Universe, still waiting on those tickets, thx) you will love this story.
Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
And I am officially obsessed with this author and series now. My darling friend Erika had been telling me to get on this for a long, long time and I finally did and OMG.
I'm trying to savor the Lady Julia Grey series and not rip through them like I am known to do. If you like modern women in historical times, mystery and dark, forbidding heroes, you will love this book. And Ms. Raybourn seems like a peach so I'm fangirling hard for her, as well.
The Bourbon Kings by JR Ward
Someone who doesn't need another fangirl is J.R. Ward. The woman is worshipped by millions for her Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I've read them all. Here's the deal about the BDB; they're badass, supernatural vampires who live like Jay Z and look like, I don't know, hot wrestlers. Then J.R. Ward starts this series, about a Kentucky bourbon dynasty and I was like...
But somehow a privileged Southern family is just as insane as rap-star vampires. This book is a total throwback to 1980's Jackie Collins/ Dynasty/ soap opera gloriousness. It's ludicrous and no one is a nice person and you see the plot twists from a mile away and you just want to gobble it up like a one pound bag of peanut M&Ms. My advice? Wait for this summer, when the sequel comes out and you'll have two cracktastic sagas to enjoy by the pool
So what else is new?
We're headed to the mountains for Spring Break so I'm going to fill up my Kindle with something amazing to read in the lodge while everyone else skis... Any suggestions?