This week at Smexy…
B+ review – Spellbinder by Thea Harrison (paranormal/tori)
B+ review – Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai (contemporary/mandi)
B+ review – The Red Lily by Juliette Cross (paranormal/sheena)
B review – Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy/may)
B review – Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon (contemporary/helyce)
B review – Welcome Home, Katie Gallagher by Seana Kelly (contemporary/mandi)
B review – Faking It by Christine d’Abo (m/m/tracey)
B- review – Blackthorne’s Bride by Joan Johnson (historical/tori)
C review – Cross Check by Kelly Jamieson (contemporary/kini)
C review – Stud by Jamie K. Schmidt (contemporary/sheena)
C review – Fast Forward by Xio Axelrod (m/m/ tracey)
D review – The Other Five Percent by Quinn Anderson (m/m/tracey)
D review – The Bucket List by Emily Ruben (contemporary/helyce)
News from Mandi: The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell started super cute with clever banter and an excellent sister relationship. The hero pining after the heroine made me smile as well. But, the heroine has a fiance (not the hero) who refuses to break the engagement and this lasted most of the book and I got tired of it after a while. Otherwise this was a nice read. Review coming.
Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne – I’m currently reading this one. Her voice is lovely as usual. The heroine is a retired spy (but are they ever retired?) and the hero needs her to find a missing child. The heroine just kneed a bad guy in the balls, all while wearing a ball gown and did it quietly enough where the crowd mostly didn’t notice. I love her. Review next week.
News from Kini:
I saw Sarah MacLean tweet about epistolary novels on Twitter and mentioned Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. I had been interested in this when it first came out so I picked it up. It was lighter on epistolary than I wanted, but a fairly solid friends to lovers read. It was appropriately angsty.
I’m still on the waitlist for Kate Daniels #1. So in the meantime I started listening to The Spire by Kate Canterbary. I’ve read the first three in this series and this audiobook is giving me all the feels. Erin Walsh is a prickly and emotional heroine and I LOVE HER. I’m almost 70% through and I love her story. I highly recommend this series. There are heavy topics, but I think they are handled very well. I can’t wait to catch up on the rest.
I am also reading Second Chance Season by Liora Blake. So far this is a super cute read. She’s a city girl, he’s a country redneck. It’s been a fun read so far.
I’m making a commitment in August to not purchase any new books in attempt to chip away at my overflowing TBR. Wish me luck!