Last week was a bit of a mess and, for a plethora of obvious reasons. Out of the four books I wanted to read, I read through one and a half and then got hijacked into a surprisingly delightful mood read that truly brightened my weekend.
If there’s one thing 2020 taught me, it’s flexibility. So, while fully embracing the spirit of flexibility, let’s talk about the books that are calling to me this week.
Winter of the Wallflower
Last week we read The Gilded Web by Mary Balogh. It was fun in that way that homework could be fun at times, I suppose.
Mostly, I knew it wasn’t a great fit for my reading tastes. The lively conversation was wonderful and it was an interesting book to read with some truly vivid scene work in between a lot of dense description.
Ultimately, the “heroine finds fulfillment in the need to be needed” theme had me eye rolling. Hard. It didn’t leave a great lasting impression. In hindsight I’m a little bummed I spent so much time on it, rather than being flexible enough move on to books I would have enjoyed more.
Speaking of books I enjoy more!
This week for Winter of the Wallflower we’re reading Dangerous by Amanda Quick. From the first page it’s off and running!
We have a feisty ghost hunting heroine and a notorious earl named Sebastian. Can’t ask for better than that! Written in 1993, this romance has much more of a modern energy to it and I’m excited to spend more time with these fun characters this week.
New Book Addiction & ARCs
I’ve had a series come along and snap up all of my attention.
I picked up American Queen by Sierra Simone late Sunday night and I finished it in a huge binge.
No one writes like Sierra Simone. No one.
I am undone.
Now my heart, and obsession, belongs to the New Camelot series and Sierra is a queen of erotica and dark romance.
This book is the gorgeously escapist read I needed right now. Also, it’s available on Kindle Unlimited!
I’ve been having fun as a NetGalley newbie. I grabbed this book from the Read Now section last week because the cute cover grabbed my attention. It’s a Women’s Fiction, novel but it seemed quirky and fun so I decided to check it out.
I picked this up Sunday morning and my day was hijacked in the best way. This uniquely unlikable heroine wormed her way into my heart and gave me an unexpected dose of inspiration for the year. I’ll have a full review posted early this week. Special thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this Advanced Reader Copy.
But if there’s one book I’m the most excited to read this week, it’s this one! Just take a look at this tagline:
Gladiator meets Fight Club in the Scottish Highlands in a new series from USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Le Veque.
I was thrilled to be offered this ARC from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca and NetGalley.
What Are You Reading This Week?
So now that you’ve seen my list, let me know what you’re reading this week! I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Have a happy Monday, friends!