June has been a much better reading month than May, thank goodness. Work slowed down (for the most part) and I was able to spend some quality time with my books. I didn’t have enough “loved it” books to suit my taste, but I found some pretty good ones in there.
Nearly A Lady by Alissa Johnson: I reviewed this book in early June and absolutely fell in love with it. The complete focus on the burgeoning romance and the strong friendship that built between the hero and heroine absolutely thrilled me. I loved that the author avoided the obvious openings for Big Misunderstandings between them. This book was a strong A+ for me.
“Did you expect me to believe that?” he asked in a dangerously soft voice.
“I don’t know what you mean.”
“Oh, you do.” He took a step toward her. “You most certainly do.”
She began to back up without thinking, and he moved forward in return. Slowly, steadily he stalked her across the room.
“Do you think me a jester, Winnefred?”
“A fool to poke fun at because I’ve made you laugh a time or two?”
“Harmless then, because I kissed you in the moonlight and let you go?”
“Is it the limp? The cane?” In a move so fast it took her breath away, he swept forward and pinned her to the wall. “Did you think I couldn’t catch you?”
If you want a sneak peek, check out my Tempting Teaser for it.
Frostbound by Sharon Ashwood: I really enjoyed my first taste of this author. The world was really interesting and I loved that the author delved into the societal expectations of the hellhound hero. The characters frequently surprised me with their realistic reactions to events, and the sexual tension between the hero and heroine was great. I was also impressed with the way the author added nuance to a character that was assumed to be a straight “bad” guy. This book checked in at a strong B for me.
“It means we share something deep. It means I’ll always find you, no matter where you go. I’ll walk at your side. I’ll sleep beside you and watch over you. I’ll walk the passages between life and death to come back to you.”
If you want a sneak peek, check out the Tempting Teaser for it.
Eye of Heaven by Marjorie M. Liu: The review for this isn’t up yet, but it’ll be posted soon if you want to keep an eye out for it. I gave this one a B and really enjoyed dipping my toe back into the Dirk and Steele world. The story looks like your standard PNR, but once again Liu manages to morph it into something unique to the genre. I loved that the “good guys” (like certain relatives) didn’t always do good things, and that some of the “bad guys” weren’t quite as black and white as I first assumed. I loved Blue and Iris together and thought the intensity that the author managed to pack into the brief period we saw Artur was fabulous.
Blue woke the next morning with a crick in his neck and a boot in his crotch. He was not sure which was worse, although he thought the very large half-naked man staring down at him with a cleaver in his hand might trump them both.
“Hello,” Blue said.
“Guten Morgen,” said the man, with a smile that was almost as violently cheerful as the giant yellow happy face tattooed on his massive chest. “I think you are very wunderschön, but if you hurt my friends, I will cut you. Okay?”
“Okay,” Blue said, hoping to God that was the right answer.
Nightfall by Ellen Connor: I read this book on June 14th and was definitely impressed. This world was so fresh and different that it blew me away. Watching the characters worry and adapt to the rules of the new world felt just like watching my favorite zombie movie. I loved seeing each character’s individual reaction to the new world and enjoyed watching them grow into stronger people. The hero and heroine had a lot of intensity between them and the sexual tension popped. I gave Nightfall a C+ and can’t wait to get my hands on the second book.
“If survival means kissing somebody who smells like you, I want no part of it.”