WWW Wednesday #3

The WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking On a World of Words. It’s a meme created with the intention of connecting book bloggers through their reading of the week.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

My focus and attention are a little scattered. There’s been a lot going on in the world, needless to say. Closer to home, our seventeen-year-old poodle, Toodles, has been a bit more fragile recently.

We’ve been visiting the vet and taking good care of her, but she is requiring more of our attention and tender care.

It’s tough, but puppy love makes it worth it.

So, I’ve been a little distracted as of lately, and my reading rate has taken a hit. I just haven’t had the focus to hunker down and drift into the reading zone. Until …

I discovered this.

Hooo boy.

Priest by Sierra Simone

Yesterday, my reading group was chatting about the really raunchy books. I had this book flagged after hearing bout it on an episode of Fated Mates, and then it got brought up again in my group. I was nosy and discovered my library had it, so I checked it out …

And I lost a couple of hours this morning.

Worth it!

No question that this is an erotic novel with a highly taboo premise. Know yourself and your reading preferences. I’m still fairly new to reading erotica so I’m still on the edges looking for authors I enjoy and if this is a genre that works for me.

It’s working for me!

Sierra Simone not only delivers a very raunchy read, but a fantastically crafted novel. I admire the care and depth of the characters placed in this taboo premise and the writing is absolutely stellar.

I couldn’t be happier!

This was a pure impulse stumble upon but I’m so thrilled to be here. What a fantastic introduction to a new to me author!

I’m definitely back on a reading kick now.

A Heart of Blood and Ashes

by Milla Vane

I’ve been taking my time with this book and I’m at that point where I’m loving it so much that I’m afraid to continue reading for fear it’s going to be ruined. That seems so silly to admit, but I just want things to turn out right for the characters in this harsh, dark, world. I’m so scared for my fantasy road trip friends!

I came to this book because I heard about some of the crazy, wild things that happen. Beyond some of the wild attention grabbing moments, there’s so much heart and depth to this book. This is really the high fantasy romance novel I’ve been waiting for my whole life.

Hopefully, now that Sierra Simone has me reading again, I’ll flow right back into this book.

Magnate by Joanna Shupe

It’s the second book in the #FallforJoannaShupe read-a-long on Bookstagram. Excited to get to it, but it might end up a weekend read. We’ll see.

The way this week is going, I’m not reading as fast, and that’s okay.

What did you recently finish reading?

Tycoon by Joanna Shupe

This was my very first Joanna Shupe and it made a great first impression, especially for a novella. This is a historical series that takes place in The Gilded Age, which is a breath of fresh air. I really loved Clara. She was a fast-talking character whose smart mouth would get her out of trouble just as quick as it’d get her into trouble. She reminded me of Dolly Levi from the musical Hello, Dolly!

I really enjoyed the close proximity of this book. It all takes place on a train traveling from New York to St. Louis. So the characters are squished together, trying to problem solve, and highly inclined to smooch.

It’s just the best.

Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels

by Gwen Hayes

A life-changing fantastic craft book. The single-best purchase I’ve made as a romance writer. A full review of this book will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

If you’re writing romance, this book should be in your back pocket.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert

After I fell in love with Talia Hibbert’s contemporary novels this summer, I immediately went to investigate her back list and found this gem. For 2020 she gave the novel a face lift with a great new cover!

Really excited to see how Talia Hibbert’s steam works in a paranormal romance!

Famine by Laura Thalassa

It’s here! I became obsessed with The Four Horsemen Series earlier this year and have been eagerly awaiting the third book in the series. Laura knows how to write intense novels, and I’m excited to see how Famine compares to his brothers and to meet our new leading lady.

So that’s that. A big list amid a bit of a slump. But books are good, patient friends. They don’t mind if we need a bit of a break, and will be there and ready for us when we most need them.

Happy Wednesday and happy reading, friends! Take care of yourselves.

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