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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

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  1. Janine
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 13:18:11

    I’m reading three books right now (four if you count a manuscript I’m critiquing, but that’s not the same as downtime reading). My downtime reading consists of the following:

    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I’m reading this for the Big Fat Book Readalong which is hosted by Sunita’s blog, Vacuous Minx. Yes, folks, you head that right, after blogging about why I rarely read long books, I’m reading an 800 page novel. It is very good so far, a taut and suspenseful coming of age novel, but I’m only about a third of the way through it. I hasten to add DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU REQUIRE HAPPY ENDINGS. I don’t expect it to have one.

    Spy’s Honor by Amy Raby. I read Raby’s first book, Assassin’s Gambit, earlier this month and enjoyed it with some caveats (review to come next month). Now I’m reading this, her second book. So far (also about a third of the way in) it doesn’t feel as fresh as Assassin’s Gambit but it is pretty readable.

    Lastly, last night I started an ARC of Nalini Singh’s next Psy-Changeling novel, Shield of Winter. This is Vasic’s story and he’s paired with an empath called Ivy. This book won’t be out until early June and my review won’t post until then so I probably shouldn’t have started it yet but I couldn’t resist. I love the Arrows and this is another Psy/Psy romance which I’ve been waiting for. I’m not that far in but, as with all of Nalini Singh’s books, I find it hard to put down.

  2. Rosario
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 13:40:17

    @Janine: I read The Goldfinch (well, listened to David Pittu’s excellent narration) last month, just before Sunita started her Readalong and loved it. I won’t say anything about the ending, just that it wasn’t what I was expecting. We should talk when you’re done with it :)

    I’m reading 3 books as well, and the common theme seems to be extremely competent female main characters. One is a Carla Kelly, The Surgeon’s Lady. I love how her characters are always so honourable and determined to do the right thing. In fact, I’ve just finished a book by Lois McMaster Bujold (I’m finally reading through the Vorkosigan series, after years of being told to), and it strikes me that the core of Bujold’s and Kelly’s characters are quite similar, and I’d even say their writing styles are not a million miles away.

    The other two books: I’m catching up with Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series. I’m way behind and only now reading the 4th book, To Darkness and To Death. I’m about halfway through and so far it’s far from my favourite in the series. Too many of the secondary characters are acting idiotically.

    Finally, I just started listening to The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey. It’s set in the final stages of an alien invasion, when they’ve almost finished beating humanity and killing off most of it. I’m intrigued so far.

  3. Darlynne
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 14:22:37

    I finished IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi last night and, adolescent histrionics aside, liked how and where the trilogy ended. Kenji has to be one of my all-time favorite characters, which means Ms. Mafi is one of the funniest people on the planet.

    Also finished Suzanne Brockmann’s new DO OR DIE. Here, too, I loved the characters and complicated story, but I am completely over the “my-life-is-in-danger-but-OMG-s/he’s-hot-I-would-totes-do-that-person-while-the-building’s-on-fire” reactions. DO OR DIE was overflowing with characters thinking this way and I was ThisClose to giving up, something I am pained to admit. Still, vintage Brockmann.

  4. Readsalot81
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 14:31:30

    April isn’t turning out to be such a hot month review book wise for me. I’ve not read anything above a 3 or C+/B- . The new Julie Anne Long book was a disappointment. So was Mckenna’s Hard Time and Julie James’ It Happened One Wedding. The James hero really frustrated me almost to the point of DNF, but I really liked her heroine and wanted to see how it would play out. (And while he did improve as the book went along, I still thought the heroine deserved someone better)

    I’ll have to comb my major TBR pile to find something I may have bought months ago to help get over the slump.

  5. library addict
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 14:34:38

    @Janine: Ooh, yay for you! I am green with envy. I started rereading all of the books in last February. just finished Branded by Fire so about halfway through and on track to finish by June 3. My main problem is that I want to keep going! But I am forcing myself to read other books in between so I don’t finish too soon. I read them all back-to-back last year so I want to take time to savor them this go round.

    I read Double Exposure by Charmaine Ross. Lots of issues with the book, but I loved the Austalian setting and the last chapter managed to surprise me, so it ended on a good note.

    Looking forward to Shannon Stacey’s Taken with You, Nora Roberts’ Shadow Spell, Meg Benjamin’s Hungry Heart, and Jaci Burton’s Hope Ignites on Tuesday, as well as NR’s The Collector, the new Rebecca Crawley and Amanda Quick and others later in April. I have high hopes for many of the new releases.

  6. Tabs
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 14:36:50

    I just came off a great reading week. My best friend convinced me to try Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega books even though neither of us like the Mercy Thompson books much at all. Oh boy am I glad I followed that bit of advice. They’re a lot more focused and romantic and I loved heroine Anna so much.

    Needing a break from paranormal serial killers and such, I’m reading The Winning Season by Alison Packard today and really enjoying the slow burn of the relationship. I’ve already went and bought the sequel because it has both accidental pregnancy and fake marriage tropes and… those are enough reasons for me right there.

  7. library addict
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 14:52:31

    @Tabs: Did you read the first book in the series Love in the Afternoon? I didn’t like it as much as The Winning Season, but it was still an above average book.

  8. SandyH
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 15:15:20

    I found Suzanne Brockmann’s Do or Die such a slog that I think I am done. I am listening to her Breaking the Rules but just because I bought it and I feel obligated to finish. Recently read Anne Bishop’s Murder of Crows and loved it. I finally broke down and order hardback copies of that book and Written in Red. I cannot wait for the next one.. I am currently reading Dreams Made Flesh an anthology in the Black Jewels universe. I have C.S. Harris’ new novel up next. Love the St. Cyr series.

  9. Jamie Beck
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 15:20:50

    @Janine: I read Goldfinch a few months ago. WOW…the writing is amazing. I did struggle, however, with wishing I could reach through the pages and shake the protag for some of his choices. It’s such a heavy story (a real change of pace from my HEAs!).

  10. Jamie Beck
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 15:23:59

    I’ve hit a serious reading slump lately. I think I’ve overdosed on romance so now I’m too critical and everything I pick up seems like everything else I’ve already read. Maybe it’s time for some non-fiction or more literary work for a bit. Any suggestions? (My husband is reading Empty Mansions now and is totally intrigued by that bizarre story)

  11. Jennifer
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 15:56:00

    I am off on a trip this week and I am busy downloading ebooks and audiobooks so that I don’t get caught with nothing to read/listen to. I am also looking forward to a number of this weeks releases.

    I have recently read Destiny’s Surrender by Beverly Jenkins – highly recommended and the next in the series is in my TBR list.

    Also recommended are Love Hacked by Penny Reid and Apples Should be Red by Penny Watson. 2 contemporaries which are a bit quirky.

  12. Christine E
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 16:23:25

    I have found some real treasures from the DABWAHA competition! I’m currently reading Virginia Kantra’s Carolina Girl, and I just bought Geek with the Cat Tatoo (Theresa Weir) and Snowkissed (Laura Florand, whose Amour et Chocolat series I just discovered recently and love very much). Also I picked up Nalini Singh’s Heart of Obsidian at the library, which will be my first exposure to her books.

  13. Amanda
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 16:40:22

    I just finished reading the first two books In Anne Bishop’s The Others series, they were fantastic (seriously on my lifetime top ten) but now I have one heck of a book hangover. I am not sure what to read next because I think anything new would pale in comparison right now Maybe a comfort read is the way to go.

  14. library addict
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 16:42:54

    @Christine E: I dont know how you are about reading series books in order, but Heart of Obsidian was the big reveal book for one of the series’ on-going mysteries. There are payoffs (large and small) for just about every book which came before it. I absolutely loved the book, but it may not be the best place to start the series.

  15. Annamal
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 18:00:58

    Just started The Party Girl by Tamara Morgan, and quite enjoying it so far. I like unapologetic heroines and her books have them in spades.

  16. Janine
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 18:08:42

    @Rosario: Thank you for not spoiling the ending! And yes let’s talk when I’m done. I look forward to it.

    @Darlynne: I didn’t realize that Mafi series was humorous. I may have to give them a shot now that you’ve mentioned that!

    @Readsalot81: So sorry to hear that about the new Julie Anne Long. I’ve heard Lyon and Olivia’s book is coming out after this next one, so I may read it anyway.

    @library addict: Wow, that is what, twelve books you’ll have reread by the time June rolls around? I couldn’t do that, but I envy you.

    @Jamie Beck: I loved Tartt’s writing in The Secret History so I knew to expect good writing. The Goldfinch so far is at least as good.

    @Jamie Beck: Do you ever read science fiction? If so I highly recommend Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. I don’t read SF that much and I still loved it.

    @Christine E: Glad to hear DABWAHA has steered you toward books you enjoyed, but even though I nominated Heart of Obsidian, I agree with @library addict. I wouldn’t start with Heart of Obsidian– you’ll spoil a great mystery for yourself if you do. This is a series that is best read in order and IMO none of them are bad, so if you can do so, start at the beginning with Slave to Sensation.

  17. Vi Dao
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 18:25:42

    I was lucky to receive an ARC of Emma Barry’s Special Interests. It’s a contemp set in DC. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Hero/heroine are smart, passionate. Hero does the pursuing. You actually get to see them go on dates. It’s a fun read. I hope everyone reads it.

  18. Willaful
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 19:04:31

    @Rosario: Although I love the series in general, I loathed that particular book. It felt like a kick in the teeth.

  19. Willaful
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 19:09:22

    @Jennifer: I’ve been wanting to try Jenkins again. Do you think it’s important to start with Destiny’s Embrace or could I go straight to Destiny’s Surrender?

  20. Willaful
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 19:20:40

    I’m listening to both Born Confused and The Shadowy Horses. I just finished The Bad Baron’s Daughter by Laura London for review — loved it — and am reading Lorraine Heath’s story in My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys before I start another review book, which will probably be Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry.

  21. Janine
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 19:54:10

    @Willaful: Not Jennifer but I read Destiny’s Surrender a few months back and enjoyed it even though I hadn’t read Destiny’s Embrace. Reading out of order didn’t affect the my enjoyment of the main plot but there is a subplot with a romance for the hero’s mother and that one started with Destiny’s Embrace.

  22. hapax
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 21:44:50

    This has been mostly a “catching up” month for me.

    On the minus side, finally got around to reading A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. This *ought* to have been my jam — vampires and witches and libraries and medieval manuscripts — but I found it deadly tedious. The hero was such a cartoon of Byronic perfection (imagine Roarke, but without *any* flaws) and the heroine was such a Super Speshul Snowflake Mary Sue, and their interaction consisted of long stretches of “I wuv oo” “I wuv oo MORE” and I kept screaming at the book “Shut UP about romance and go back to the LIBRARY”.

    And then I get to the slogging end and discover that the story has just started. I’ve got the second book, but I know it will just be several hundred pages of running about and getting nowhere. I think that when I am God-Empress of the Galaxy, I will ban all trilogies, with exactly one waiver issued a year, that will require a fifty page application.

    Bah.

    On the plus side, I also got around to THE MAGPIE LORD which I have been *dying* to read, but saving for a time when I knew I would need a guaranteed pick-me-up. Well, MAGPIE LORD delivered, more than a hot bath and a glass of port and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s combined: sweet and sexy and scary in the right places, with a delightful magical system that was just different enough, and my two favoritest things in books EVAH: a short grumpy kickass hero and flocks and flocks of Corvidae (crows / ravens / magpies).

    I immediately downloaded the sequel and it was BETTER. I now have new comfort re-reads!

    For April, I’m salivating for A MURDER OF CROWS (no surprise there). I want to save that for a dire place, too, but I may declare myself in Perpetual State of Emergency until I’ve read it.

  23. Susan
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 22:01:40

    March has been a surprisingly good book month for me–lots of books, almost all good. And after reading the latest Mercy Thompson book, I embarked on a reread of all the Mercy and Alpha/Omega books. I’m pretty surprised at how much detail I’d forgotten.

    In April, I’m looking forward (with mixed feelings) to the final book in Lynn Flewelling’s Nightrunner series. I really love that series and will be sorry to see it end. But I have all of the books (so far) in paper, e, and audio so I can revisit them often.

  24. Darlynne
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 22:04:09

    @Janine: Janine, Mafi’s books aren’t funny at all. Kenji, however, a secondary and so important character, is hysterical.

  25. Elyssa Patrick
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 22:08:08

    I just finished reading Virginia Kantra’s three Dare Island books (Carolina Home, Carolina Girl, and Carolina Man) back to back to back. I really love this series so much and am kicking myself for not reading them sooner. I totally pre-ordered Carolina Blues, which doesn’t come out until October. I think if you like Nora Roberts’ Quinn brothers quarter, that you’ll super enjoy these books. I’m sort of in the mood now to read Kantra’s paras because I really, really, really loved her writing voice.

    I have Meredith Duran’s and Julie Anne Long’s new books on pre-order… I’m also currently rereading Nalini Singh Psy/Changeling series. Again.

  26. Diane
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 22:39:19

    I just found Penny Reid-really enjoyed her descriptions & quirky characters. I loved anne Bishop’s The Others. But now it may be a year before the next one comes out.

  27. Rosario
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 01:43:36

    @Willaful: Ugh. I’m not looking forward to the second half, then. I’ll plow through, though, since I do want to read the rest of the series. It gets good again, right? Right? :-D

    @Elyssa Patrick: I read the first one and would agree with the Nora Roberts comparison. All the family stuff is particularly good.

  28. Lisa J
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 05:46:49

    I reread the Psy/Changeling series last month after getting Slave to Sensation in audiobook. It was my first audiobook. It was good, but I prefer to read rather than listen. I definitely would not start with Heart of Obsidian.

  29. Barbara
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 06:44:46

    I found a new to me author this past month and have been devouring her books. A Song for Sophie by Moriah Densley introduced me to a family where brilliance is the norm and love and laughter abound. There is a novella with a “maybe” at the end, Mary’s Christmas Knight, and now I am reading The King of Threadneedle Street. I found the author through a blog post, and went looking for the book as it had such a good review. They are all inexpensive, but I have really enjoyed reading them and hope to see more from this author.

  30. Christine
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 07:08:52

    @Elyssa Patrick: I also just finished Dare Island 1 and 2 and loved them very much! I have the 3rd on order at the library (wish I could buy all my books, but alas that is not the case, which makes me grateful for libraries!) And Meredith Duran is wonderful, a refreshing voice for historical romance, as is Sherry Thomas.

  31. Christine
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 07:10:39

    @library addict: Thanks! I picked this one up because I saw it in hardcover on the library bestseller shelf and knew it was on the Dabwaha list, but didn’t really know anything about it. I’ll start with book 1 (I checked and my library has the whole series).

  32. Christine
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 07:13:55

    @Lisa J: Thanks for the advice. I also love listening to audiobooks -FYI, if you use the Smart Bitches code SBMAR14 you can get all romance audiobooks at Tantor for $6.99 this month. I bought a few Julie James, Jill Shalvis, Carey Heywood and Pamela Clare (spent my whole allowance :-) I have a Sony walkman mp3 player (yes, still called a walkman) which plays mp3s and the Tantor books come in a zipped mp3 format. I have an itunes account and an Audible account but those are more work for me as I have to convert them into mp3 format (I bought a program called SoundTaxi to do this).

  33. Christine
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 07:16:16

    @Janine: Thanks for the advice! I’ve put the first 3 on hold at my library (luckily they have them all) and I’ll return this one and pick it up later. I love libraries!

  34. cleo
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 09:03:00

    @Elyssa Patrick – I enjoyed Kantra’s Children of the Seas PNR series (at least the first trilogy – I kind of lost steam after that). I haven’t read her contemps yet, so I don’t know how similar the voice is, but I do rec the PNRs.

    I’m looking forward to Tough Love, the next book in Heidi Cullinan’s Special Delivery series – or at least I’m feeling cautious optimism. The blurb mentions heavy kinks that I don’t normally read about, and I didn’t love Double Blind, but I’m basically an addict at this point, so of course I’ll read it.

  35. Sirius
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 09:43:37

    @hapax: YAY, so glad you liked Magpies.

  36. Lada
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 11:01:58

    March has been disappointing after a great early start to 2014. I thought Patricia Brigg’s Night Broken would be my slump buster found it lazy, from the plotting to the writing. I think you could skip the book and miss nothing in Mercy-verse.

    I’ve been trying to get through Lois McMaster’s Bujold’s Shard’s of Honor which was recommended as a good starting point for her Vorskogian series which so many readers here seem to love but it’s very dated and I’m not finding the world-building imaginative or immersive. Is there a way to skip ahead in the series without missing too much in terms of character/plot development? Might be that Sci-Fi just isn’t my cuppa.

    Did enjoy Penny Watson’s Apples Should Be Red which is unfortunately a short read but it was quirky and funny. Think I may finally take the plunge with Goldfinch for something different.

  37. Willaful
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 12:00:04

    @Rosario: I enjoyed all the others. This one might not even hit you the same way, but to me it was expressing one of the ugliest world views I’ve ever read.

  38. Elgee
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 12:10:56

    I’ve been enjoying the new serial Radiance that Grace Draven is posting on her website. She’s updating with new chapters each Monday, and she’s just posted chapter 5. I enjoy Draven’s writing style, and I loved her Master of Crows and Entreat Me. Radiance is shaping up to be just as enjoyable.

  39. MaryK
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 12:48:30

    @Elgee: I got sucked into the Grace Draven serial as well. It’s really good but reminds me why I don’t like serials. The waiting! Ugh!

  40. Rosario
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 13:49:04

    @Lada: Shards of Honor and Barrayar are sort of prequels. Many people start with the 1st Miles book, The Warrior’s Apprentice (Miles is Cordelia and Aral’s son). Bujold has said she tries to write every book so that it stands alone, so you could conceivably start anywhere, but I am reading them in order and enjoying seeing Miles’ personality develop.

  41. msilk
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 15:17:57

    I started Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series. It was a very very frustrating read that I was continuously having to put the book down and walk away. I liked the world and the characters that Bishop wrote, but I felt that 90% of the book was TELL TELL TELL. Finally in the last few chapters I was able to witness the characters in action that I actually started the second book…35% in and I DNF it for the exact same issue. Stop telling me how great, evil, scary, brilliant, innocent, ect. said people are and just tell the damn story and I will decide on their character myself, Thank You very much!

    The Nekkid Truth by Nicole Camden was next and I picked it up here reading one of the daily deal posts. I don’t know why I did as I loathe novella’s and don’t care for contemporaries. I think it was a freebie that day and so I didn’t really read the the rec or blurb just grabbed it while it was free. I loved it. LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. I’m actually going to pick up another Camden book and see if it was a fluke.

    Last month I was also recommended The Sharing Knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold. The first book is called Beguilement and I flew through it in two nights (I have two young children and can only read in the evenings once they are sleeping so time is very limited). I have he second book already waiting for me, I can’t wait for this evening! There are 4 books in this series and I plan to read all them then on to another series that was recommend last month.

  42. Divya
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 17:17:22

    I finally got on the Jill Myles bandwagon and I’m really enjoying her books! Thankfully she has a backlist in which I can work my way through. I also really enjoyed Penny Reid’s LOVE HACKED and completely adored it; Ms. Reid just makes me laugh every other sentence and I’m a fan of the camaraderie of the knitting group. I bought THE NEKKID TRUTH when it was a freebie, but unfortunately didn’t like it as much as other commentators seem to have. Oh well. You win some, you lose some. None of my favorite authors have any books coming out in April, so I guess next month would be a good month to try out new authors. :)

  43. jane
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 19:24:35

    @hapax

    I think you if didn’t like Discovery of Witches, you will dislike the second book. I am not a paranormal romance reader and I loved Discovery of Witches, couldn’t wait for the second book, and was soundly disappointed. If you thought the first one slogged, the second one was even worse. Very uneven characterization and she took a turn to way-too-detailed historical fiction. Very uneven.

  44. Willaful
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 20:32:04

    @jane: Same here. I listened to the audiobooks, and the second was beyond tedious.

  45. Christine
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 21:01:36

    @Divya: I really enjoyed Penny Reid’s knitting in the city series as well, and am happy to hear there will be 4 more stories! Since you liked her, you might also like Kate Meader and her Hot in the Kitchen series – Feel the Heat (1), All fired up (2) and Hot and Bothered (3). They are about an Italian Family that own a restaurant, The Deluca’s, and they are very entertaining, funny and sexy. They can be read standalone but they do take place one after the other if you prefer reading in order. And if you have yet to discover Laura Florand I highly recommend her – she has the Amour et Chocolat series of 6 books (again standalone but with linked characters) starting with The Chocolate Thief (it’s been recently on sale at Kobo). Happy Reading!

  46. sitka spruce
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 01:15:35

    Ahh April! The only book I really am looking forward to is the conculsion to Rachel Bach’s Paradox Series, Heaven’s Queen. This is by far my favourite series this year. Very strong protangonist, strong world building and lots of twisty plotting. Sci fi, romance, secret military organizations, powered armour and invisible monsters! LOVE these books, and if you are not digging Bujold (whom I adore) then I very much recommend trying Bach. The first book is Fortune’s Pawn.

    March was a pretty good month; I liked Briggs’ latest (after being concerned that it was full of evil ex-wife tropes, it wasn’t as bad as I had feared. Not as stale as some of the previous ones in the series), Kim Harrison’s Undead Pool was okay and I did enjoy Anne Bishop’s Murder of Crows. Currently waiting for Duran’s latest (tonight will be a late one for me).

  47. JPK
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 08:18:12

    Question! Any recommendations where a book or, even better, a series *features* both straight and LGBTQ (pretty much anything non-standard-het) couples? I have read Amy Lane’s Starved Rock series, Lyn Gala’s books Turbulence & Drift, and Suzanne Brockmann’s Trouble Shooters series. I’ve also started J.R. Ward’s BDB series. I enjoy a variety of genres and I’m mostly looking for something new to read that explores, at least to some extent, the variety of possible romantic pairings in the same fictional “world.” I’m a little tired of reading about worlds that ignore or brush over one side or the other. :) Thanks!

  48. Janine
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 09:38:42

    @JPK: You might enjoy Suleikha Snyder’s Bollywood Confidential series. I’ve only read the first so far but I’ve been wanting to read more. It wasn’t perfect but it was worth reading.

  49. cleo
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 10:01:40

    @JPK: I’d like more of that too. Have you read Brigid Kemmerer’s Elemental Series? It’s YA paranormal – about four brothers with special powers, and one of them comes out as gay a few books into the series. The series is uneven – I really liked the 1st and 4th books, not so much the 2nd and 3rd (which doesn’t have an hea).

    Cathy Pegau has an SFR series with both m/f and f/f couples – I started the first one (Caught in Amber) and DNFd it, so I can’t really recommend the series, but other readers who I respect liked it.

    And in Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series, there’s a gay character who supposedly will get his own story someday, but right now all of the romances are m/f.

  50. JPK
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 10:50:14

    @Janine: Thank you! I just bought the first book in Snyder’s series and look forward to trying it out. I like that the series offers variety in not only sexuality, but culture as well. Very cool premise.

  51. JPK
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:04:24

    @cleo: And thank you, as well! I’ll give Kemmerer’s series a shot (though I appreciate the head’s up about books 2 & 3). I have Deep Deception by Pegau (somehow I ended up with Book 2 without Book 1, maybe I’ll just try it out without having read the first in the series) and The Iron Duke by Brooks in my TBR folder. I’m definitely more interested in the Brooks series now. :)

    Btw, if anyone’s reading this line of discussion, looking for additional recs, I just remembered that Kirsten Saell’s books (as far as I know, all of her books that are sold on Amazon are set in the same world) has one set that features a m/f/f menage, as well. Crossing Swords is Book 1, where readers get Gil & Lianon’s story; Book 2 is Bound by Steel, where Kaela is introduced into their relationship. As far as I can remember, they were entertaining and enjoyable reads.

  52. JPK
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:09:54

    Oh! And Kirsten Saell’s book The Chancellor’s Bride features a m/m/f plot. Man, it’s all coming back to me…. I wish Saell had written more. To date, as far as I know, she only has four books out.

  53. Divya
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 16:09:26

    @Christine

    I am a huge fan of Ms. Florand, but have not read the delucca books. Thanks for the rec!

  54. cleo
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 16:35:14

    @JPK – Jane reviewed Kemmerer’s second book (Spark? I can’t remember the title). It has an hea but the ending kind of bothered me – I think we talked about it in the comments of Jane’s review. And the 3rd book (Spirit) has a Nicholas Sparks ending that would have devastated me if I hadn’t read the books out of order. (Sometimes my bad habit of skipping around in a series pays off :)

  55. Statch
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 16:52:19

    I picked up Allison Parr’s Running Back because something about the blurb intrigued me and it was free on Amazon, and I ended up loving it. It reminded me of how I reacted to Kat Latham’s debut book; Parr has a similarly fresh, funny voice. Some of the lines made me laugh out loud, and I thought the ending was very romantic. Both main characters and the supporting characters felt fleshed out and real, and I liked them. Probably don’t want to think too much about how realistic the premise was, but I’m bigger on characterization than on plot so I can overlook that if I believe in the characters. I’ve bought the first one and the preordered the next one.

    Got my Amazon credit for the publisher lawsuit so I’m off to buy Darlene Marshall’s new book. I can’t resist a title like “The Pirate and the Secret Baby.”

  56. Christine
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 10:43:58

    @Statch: Thanks for that tip! I loved Kat Latham’s Knowing the Score and I’m looking forward to her new release in April. Now I’ve picked up Allison Parr’s book too, still free, thanks!

  57. Christine
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 11:17:52

    @Divya: Oh I think you’ll like Kate Meader’s books, since you like Penny’s . Enjoy!

  58. jane
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 20:38:16

    I just read through Florand’s books last weekend and really enjoyed them. Sometimes her female characters got on my nerves and were kind of annoying and whiny, but the overall story, writing, and male characters were excellent.

    I’m looking forward to the new Eloisa James book and am hoping the new Eversea book isn’t too bad. Some of that series were hit and miss but I’ll read until its done. LOVE Julie James -minus her first book- so disappointed to hear her latest might not be up to her standard.

  59. leslie
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 11:15:15

    @Janine: You dog! I’m so jealous…..I am in high anticipation waiting for Vasic’s tale. I really like the psy/psy pairings!

    @Readsalot81: Is the Julie James even out yet?

    @hapax: I really loved A Discovery of Witches, though I agree Diana was a little too Mary Sue at times. As far as Matthew…..completely disagree…..I like him immensely.
    The second book is a slog…..I was bored out of my mind.
    @SandyH: Oh man I hated Do or Die…..I kept hoping someone would shoot Phoebe and then Ian could find someone else in book two of the series. Awful book…..hated the blatant objectification of the women, especially by Martell and the homophobic mob boss was just way too over the top.

  60. Pamk
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 01:52:09

    I just found that Lisa Renee Jones has a new vampire book out. It is called Purple Magic and also I need to get the Rebecca’s Lost Journals.

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