This book has made me a liar. It turns out that I’m not as tired of gaming hells as I thought. Nor am I that tired of aristocrats who can’t believe in love because of past abuse. Christy Carlyle made me a liar. And I actually really enjoyed A Duke Changes Everything, so I’m cool with being a liar today.
Welcome to a list of my favorite words: lovely, charming, cozy, warm, gentle, kind.
One day, I will understand why Zen Cho’s fantasy world works for me. There is a reason that this might be the first fantasy novel I’ve reviewed. Fantasy and I are those friends who only get along under very specific conditions, but we don’t know what those are and get annoyed if you ask us why. We roll our eyes at each other unless we’re talking about Zen Cho.
I feel oddly spoiled that I have had a really good streak with books so far this year. And Tempest just continued the pattern with its beautifully strong and complicated main characters and heartfelt love story. And now, I'm suffering from a good book hangover and off to read a mystery just so that I don’t lose that good romance buzz.
This book ruined me. Even if the title was not The Earl I Ruined, I would have written that sentence, but now it’s there for posterity as some sort of dad joke. The truth is that this book hit the right chord and I couldn’t stop reading it. I whined about how I had to go to work when all I wanted to do was call in sick and finish this gorgeous story. Also, this book has one of my favorite complicated heroines too.
Possibly my favorite trope or character in historical romance is the science-y bluestocking. I will read all of these books because they totally play into my science vanity, not that any hot lords or ladies have sought me out for discussing groundwater flow or vapor intrusion models in public. This is not to say that I love every science-y heroine book, but I will read all of them. Before you think “she hated this one too?” I need you to know that I really enjoyed Lady Claire Is All That.
Appetites & Vices appeared on my phone when I needed it most. It’s hard to explain why exactly because we all want a good book, but I needed something unexpected, I think. And the romance between the difficult Ursula and the complicated Jay fit that mood almost exactly.
This was part of my endeavor to try a lot of different historical romances by folks I’ve never read before, and The Dissolute Duke was a miss.