This week at Smexy…
A review – Most of All You by Mia Sheridan (contemporary/mandi)
B+ review – Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical/mandi)
B+ review – Joint Review-Act Your Age by Eve Dangerfield (contemporary/tori & mandi)
B review – Once A Charmer by Sharla Lovelace (contemporary/tori)
C review – Play Dates by Maggie Wells (contemporary/kini)
C review – The Scott Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Bryne (historical/sheena)
News from Tori: I haven’t read a lot this week. I’ve been busy and it left me with very little reading time. I just finished Can’t Let Go by Gena Showalter and had some issues, to say the least. Review to come.
His Mistress with Two Secrets by Dani Collins is an amusing and steamy billionaire secret baby romance. I loved the heroine. She was surprisingly modern and snarky. Definitely not what I’m used to in this particular Harlequin line. I also read Collins’ The Sheik’s Secret Seduction which was more in line with this imprint’s goals and offered the usual fare.
Up this weekend is Hard Breaker by Christine Warren. Gargoyles FTW!!
News from Kini: I read Most of All You: A Love Story by Mia Sheridan because of so many great reviews, including Mandi’s. I liked and was invested in the main love story. Two broken people falling in love. There was a sub-plot that I didn’t enjoy. There was also a description of a character having “slanted eye” that I found incredibly troubling.
I listened to Lady Bridget’s Diary and Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale. Both are historical romance takes on modern stories. Both had some charming moments. I enjoyed Amelia and Alistair better than Darcy and Bridget. Lighted hearted historicals with a modern-ish feel.
I started At the Heart of It by Tawna Fenske, it has started off well. Hopefully, it stays good. Review sometime in the near future.
After that, I plan to read His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras. I love seeing Latinx representation in romance. I have high hopes for this book.
News from Mandi: His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington – A M/M contemporary, marriage of convenience?? Ummmm..YES. I really enjoyed both characters – they are both very likable. But – I think more pages could have really gone into their back stories more. I felt like there was not enough depth. But at the same time, I enjoyed the story. Review coming
Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates – My comfort author- yes, the same formula may be used in this series, but I know what I’m going to get and she delivers it well. This has a very grumpy hero and a second chance at love with the heroine. Plus – they open a wine and cheese shop together – so get your snacks and drink ready! Review coming
Up next is Follow by Tessa Bailey – out 10/30, it’s her first self-pub. Pre-order links to come.