It's August! I've read a few and want to read a few others, so I'll be giving a few super short reviews below and then the usual list of upcoming releases. It's a big one.
Let me know what you're excited to read this month and again, if you want to join a readers-only community on Discord, I can get you an invite!
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Books I've Read Early:
Disclosure: I received copies of these books from the publisher for review.
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, by Sangu Mandanna - This is a delightful found family paranormal in which an adult South Asian British witch is hired to teach three young BIPOC witches how to control their powers. It's like Sound of Music/Mary Poppins and manages to be whimsical and full of heart without coming off as twee. Thanks to Aarya Marsden for the rec!
A Dreadful Splendor, by B.R. Myers - A Victorian gothic historical with a subtle romance and a spritualist heroine. Loved it!
Bend Toward the Sun, by Jen Devon - An absolutely gorgeous, somewhat angsty contemporary romance full of longing. A traumatized male ob/gyn and a female botanist. Beautiful prose. Another Aarya rec.
A Taste of Gold and Iron, by Alexandra Rowland - One of the best romantic fantasy novels I've read. A nuanced, powerful depiction of panic disorder and anxiety, plus great character work and a romance to savor. There's a hairwashing scene that I promise will make you sigh. I'm told this is not a great pitch, but Tasha Suri endorsed this book so don't just take my word for it.
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy, by Megan Bannen - This was fantastic. It's weird and fresh and the kind of fantasy romance that's not quite contemporary but manages humor and romance and... it's just so so good. There's a You've Got Mail element and an undertaker heroine and just please read it. Another Aarya rec because that's apparently all I'm reading these days.
Also out this month (beware, not all are romance!):
All titles in red are links to Amazon. Check out the full list here.
August 2 - Ben and Beatriz, by Katalina Gamarra
August 2 - Husband Material, by Alexis Hall
August 2 - The Hookup Plan, by Farrah Rochon
August 2 - Thank You for Listening, by Julia Whelan
August 2 - Mademoiselle Revolution, by Zoe Sivak
August 2 - Long Past Summer, by Noué Kirwan
August 2 - Bloody Fool for Love (A Spike Prequel), by William Ritter
August 2 - Just Another Love Song, by Kerry Winfrey
August 9 - Mr. Perfect on Paper, by Jean Meltzer
August 9 - Bend Toward the Sun, by Jen Devon
August 9 - Made for Me, by Lily X
August 9 - Storm Echo, by Nalini Singh
August 9 - Mad About You, by Mhairi McFarlane
August 9 - The Monsters We Defy, by Leslye Penelope
August 9 - Ruthless, by Gena Showalter
August 9 - Luck and Last Resorts, by Sarah Grunder Ruiz
August 9 - Game: Between the Suits Vol. 1, by Mai Nishikata (Manga)
August 9 - Blood Like Fate, by Liselle Sambury
August 16 - The Inconvenient Heiress, by Jane Walsh
August 16 - The Oleander Sword, by Tasha Suri
August 16 - Longshadow, by Olivia Atwater
August 16 - Dance with the Devil, by Kit Rocha
August 16 - The Feeling of Falling in Love, by Mason Deaver
August 23 - A Dreadful Splendor, by B.R. Myers
August 23 - The Scoundrel Falls Hard, by Sophie Jordan
August 23 - The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy, by Megan Bannen
August 23 - The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, by Sangu Mandanna
August 23 - The Hellion and the Hero, by Emily Sullivan
August 23 - To Catch a Raven, by Beverly Jenkins
August 23 - Ruby Fever, by Ilona Andrews
August 23 - Lightlark, by Alex Aster
August 23 - The Spirit of Second Chances, by Synithia Williams
August 23 - An Unexpected Harvest, by Erin Kinsella
August 23 - Heartbreaker, by Sarah MacLean
August 23 - Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution, by R. F. Kuang
August 23 - Love on the Brain, by Ali Hazelwood
August 27 - Moon Blooded Breeding Clinic, by C.M. Nascosta
August 30 - In the Event of Love, by Courtney Kae
August 30 - Pack of Lies, by Charlie Adhara
August 30 - Carrie Soto is Back, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
August 30 - The Final Gambit, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
August 30 - Belladonna, by Adalyn Grace
August 30 - The Dragon's Promise, by Elizabeth Lim
August 30 - The Liar's Crown, by Abigail Owen
August 30 - Three Kisses, One Midnight, by Roshani Chokshi, Evelyn Skye, and Sandhya Menon
August 30 - A Taste of Gold and Iron, by Alexandra Rowland
Reminder: all of these books are collected in a list over at Amazon for your convenience.
What August books are you looking forward to reading?
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