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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.


  1. Kim in Hawaii
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 15:01:04

    I just finished two contemporary romances from British authors – Jill Mansell’s A WALK IN THE PARK and Hester Browne’s THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS. Both are available on October 2. While it is easy to label them as “Brit Chick Lit”, they touched upon themes from everyday life. Both were easy and engaging reads that I did not want to put down. Recommend for those readers looking for heartwarming stories.

  2. Michelle
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 15:24:12

    I am eagerly anticipating Mercedes Lackey’s Redoubt-it is part of the Collegium Chronicles. Also looking forward to J.K Rowling’s the Casual Vacancy.

  3. Carolyn
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 15:29:06

    Just finished Hunter’s Season by Thea Harrison and enjoyed it very much. It’s one of the Elder Race novellas. Nothing much happens except two people falling love and that just hit the spot. Good reading for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

  4. Reneesance
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 15:37:46

    I just devoured Riveted, the newest Iron Seas book by Meljean Brook, they never last long enough! I’m finally going to start in on The Night Circus, which has been sitting in the TBR pile for months, eternally getting pushed down.

  5. Jennifer Estep
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 15:53:19

    I read SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo, which I enjoyed. This month, I’m looking forward to AN OUTLAW’S CHRISTMAS by Linda Lael Miller. Maybe it’s because the weather’s getting cooler, but I’m in the mood to read some holiday stories.

  6. RebeccaJ
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 16:36:11

    Must be the cooler weather, Jennifer, I’ve been reading Christmas books and watching Christmas movies this past week;) Then again, I just LOVE holiday romances!

  7. cleo
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 16:56:59

    I’ve been on a Marie Sexton glom – read all of her Coda books and enjoyed them. Just saw that Amy Lane has two stories coming out in Oct – both sequels to things I read recently, which is good timing. Dex in Blue comes out first – it’s the sequel to Chase in Shadow, which was way, way too angsty for me but I’m still going to read the next one (because apparently I’m an addict). And I’m super excited for her next knitting story – I don’t even knit, but I loved The Winter Mating Rituals of Fur Bearing Critters (or whatever) and I’m psyched for Jeremy and Aiden’s story.

  8. JenM
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 18:22:40

    Looking back over my list, my favorites this month were books with strong heroines. Jules, the heroine of Star-Crossed by Kele Moon was a former fighter, physically and mentally strong, great with a gun, and I just loved her. I also read All Summer Long, part of Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, which featured Charlie, a wonderful heroine who is a straight forward firefighter that doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone, and I just got through with On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. I thought Jocelyn was terribly damaged, but very strong. She leads Braden on quite a chase and is definitely the one in control of that relationship. My final favorite book of the month was a UF from Carina Press called Monster in My Closet by R.L. Naquin which features an empath who gets drawn into the supernatural community in her town and has to fight off a demon. There are all kinds of interesting supernatural creatures and it had a mix of lightheartedness and seriousness that appealed to me.

    Next month, top of my list is Mortal Ties, the latest World of the Lupi book by Eileen Wilks. I’m totally hooked on that series. I’m also looking forward to Mate Claimed by Jennifer Ashley and Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake (featuring a magical tattoo artist – I’m so up for that!). Oh, and I’m finally taking the Kristen Ashley plunge and trying Motorcycle Man. I could use some new book crack.

  9. pamelia
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 18:50:44

    I just recently glommed onto Jennifer Ashley’s Shifter books. They are really good!

  10. Jennifer Estep
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 19:27:52

    @RebeccaJ: Cool. Got any recommendations? I’m always looking for holiday contemporaries or westerns to read.

  11. JenniferH
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 21:25:16

    @pamelia: I have also just read Jennifer Ashley’s Shifter books – don’t know why I waiting so long to read them.

  12. Juliana Stone
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 21:34:19

    I’ve been reading a lot of the ‘new adult’ books out there. Easy was amazing, and I immediately bought and read Webber’s other books. I also really enjoyed Something Like Normal, by Trish Dollar I think? It was good and I believe I found it because it was recommended here. I read Beautiful Disaster as well, but while I can see the appeal, it didn’t work for me. I found the relationship between the main characters extremely abusive and as the mother of a teenager, that guy is my worst nightmare.

  13. Alyson
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 23:26:27

    @Reneesance: I just started The Night Circus on audiobook today. I’m liking it, although the narrator makes everything sound Significantly Eerie, even if isn’t.

    The sheer cleverness of the title Riveted makes me want to jump in, even though I haven’t started that series.

  14. Meri
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 00:49:32

    @Juliana Stone: I’ve been looking for more New Adult novels, too. So far I haven’t found another author as good as Webber, but did like Something Like Normal quite a bit. Based on the review here I tried On Dublin Street, which is somewhere between NA and contemp, but it was pretty awful. I’ve also checked out NA Alley to look for recs, but I’m not sure how critical they are considering some of the books that are listed there.

    I’m looking forward to Courtney Milan’s The Duchess War, which hopefully will be out in October, and the final entry in Sherry Thomas’s Fitzhugh trilogy (having three Thomas books in just a few months is quite a treat!). I recently discovered Miranda Neville, and was happy to see on the author promo thread that she has a novella coming out next month.

  15. tsukimi
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 04:33:16

    I am quite obsessed with the “Original Sinners” series by Tiffany Reisz! I loved the first book, “The Siren”: it’s both romantic and erotic, heart-wrenching but also a lot of fun.
    BDSM is one of the main themes and it’s portrayed very realistically (which is why some vanilla readers might be turned off).
    Along with a distinctive voice and top-notch writing, Reisz has the rare gift of creating three-dimensional characters (well beyond the hero/heroine dynamic), and making you care for them. My favorite is Søren, he is one of the most fascinating and mysterious characters I’ve ever encountered– and well, he’s also a little scary. I can’t wait to know more about him in the next book, “The Angel”.
    I hope readers will give a chance to this series– authors like Tiffany Reisz, Megan Hart and Cara McKenna deserve much more love. The Fifty Shades craze is one of the proofs that there is something seriously wrong with this world. LOL.

  16. Juliana Stone
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 04:38:06

    @Meri Webber has certainly set the bar and I love this ‘in between’ genre. I hope to see many more books published as I think it fills the gab between YA and adult contemporary quite nicely.

  17. Patty
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 07:53:38

    Lots of good paranormal and contemporary reads for September. Here’s what I am looking forward to in October:

    Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
    Unravel Me by Kendall Ryan
    Devoured by Emily Snow
    The next Curio novella by Cara McKenna (releases this week!)
    Down to You by M. Leighton (already released)
    Deep Desires by Charlotte Stein (Sept. 29)

  18. Estara
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 12:30:29

    Oh, ladies, such a great month is October:

    There’s the New World of the Lupi from Eileen Wilks – paranormal romance with an overarching plot (like Meljean Brook’s Guardians) concentrating on only a few couples and a firm emphasis on the importance of family – and her werewolves work just as well as Patricia Briggs’ werewolves do in their world. => Mortal Ties

    Then there’s the newest Elantra novel from Michelle Sagara (which is already selling in paper, but ebookies have to wait until October 1st) – Cast in Peril ( Kaylin ACTUALLY leaves the city for the first time in her life AND the egg finally hatches!!!)

    And my newest discovery (I just finished my copy yesterday) is a totally fun apocalyptical ya science fiction romp set in Australia with more than one romance, although the main focus is on the heroine and her love story (one very funny, sweet and awkward sex scene). There’s humour, there’s no dystopia, there’s a Three Musketeers leitmotif AND it’s self-published =>
    Andrea Höst’s And All the Stars (will be available in paperback, for Kindle and on Smashwords).

  19. Estara
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 12:34:24

    @Alyson: That should be safe to do actually, because Meljean concentrated on a totally different area of her world this time, so you don’t have to have read the first two books to be invested. All the books have one full romance and an emphasis on a different part of the worldbuilding explored in an adventurous way ^^.

  20. Emily A.
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 14:10:36

    I have a long standing hold on The Casual Vacancy at my library. I am really excited yet nervous for this book. I am devout fangirl of J. K. Rowling and yet the premise left me a little cold. Still I am hoping to be first on the library waiting list and am excited to read it as soon as possible!
    Usually I read older releases anyway so it’s rare for me to be reading a book as soon it’s released. I sometimes find it frustrating reading older books, because there are not as many opportunities for discussing older books as there for discussing new releases. As relatively young and new reader, I still have a lot of romance to read to understand the genre. Still I enjoy seeing what other people are enjoying.
    Happy reading!

  21. MaryK
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 16:08:23

    I read Kerry Greenwood’s Earthly Delights this weekend and loved it. It’s actually a Mystery with romantic elements. What I really liked about it was the narrative voice. I have a terrible habit of skipping ahead to see what happens but with this book I wasn’t even tempted because I was enjoying the narrative so much. I need more books like this!

  22. MaryK
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 16:32:49

    BTW, Earthly Delights is currently free on Kindle.

  23. Susan
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 20:57:38

    I’ve been starting and abandoning books a lot lately. I hate that. Then, this weekend when I really needed to be doing housecleaning, I read 7 trad Regencies back to back. I think I’m going to need to hide the Kindle for the next month so I can make it through my real life to-do list. But, I’ll definitely need to allow myself a treat: Sherry Thomas’s Tempting the Bride comes out on Oct. 2.

  24. Laura hunsaker
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 21:02:46

    I think Jennifer Ashley/Allyson James has Nightwalker coming out this week and I’m so excited for that one!

  25. Nikki
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 21:21:28

    @Estara: It seems all of those eagerly anticipating Cast in Peril had our emotions toyed with. I have learned to just order the ebook and print copies of her books. I should not have been upset but felt so let down when I got back from Singapore on Tuesday and my copy was not waiting for me. But I forgave Amazon when it came on Wednesday. It was really good, I look forward to discussing it. But I find it deeply painful that we have to wait until next year to get the rest of the story.

    I am looking forward to Mortal Ties as well!

  26. Estara
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 12:03:29

    @Nikki: Wohoo, that sounds promising indeed, Nikki ^^.
    In the last two decades or so I’ve finally learned to just be grateful that some authors consistently deliver what I really enjoy – so my patience has increased (as long as it is fed at all – I mean P.C. Hodgell had about 15 years, I believe, between her second and third book and I’m still glad she found her mojo again) with those authors.
    And there’s the pleasure of rereading in preparation for a new volume. This year we had three new MSW books (Skirmish, Silence and now Cast in Peril), so no complaints from my side.
    And then there’s the chance of discovering NEW favourite authors in the time between – like I did Andrea K. Höst this year ^^.

  27. Shel
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 17:54:13

    @Laura hunsaker: Ooh, thanks for the heads up, purchased. I had no idea Nightwalker would be self published, guess it explains the delay. It’s a very reasonable price.

  28. Nikki
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 21:28:12

    @Estara: I am happy she came out with three books. I did not read Silence but there is on one hand my avoidance of YA, then on the other hand, i can save it for a day of desperation. So it is there on my wish list but unpurchased. Thankfully Battle comes within 3 months so that is one level of torment done. But really, let me know how you feel about patience once you finish the book. I have suspicions on where Cast in Sorrow will go once we get it next year but I will make no assumptions until then.

    I suspect I was lucky with Hodgell, I discovered her with the Meisha Merlin reprints then Baen picked her up as well. I am waiting for the next book, I won’t even try to say patiently.

  29. Estara
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 16:09:59

    @Nikki: I discovered Hodgell via that lovely UK collection cover of Chronicles of the Kencyrath (first two novels), which has been my name for the series ever since. Then I had a few years of trying to find Hypatia Press versions and not having any luck, heh. I bought the Meisha Merlin books, too and now the BAEN’s – I especially like her ebook edition of the older ones, because the stained glass covers are her own creations (she’s a skilled stained glass artist as well).

    Let you know about Patience? You mean Cast in Peril? I will ^^ – I’ll link to my GoodReads review. Next week should be here now.

  30. MaryK
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 11:22:46

    For Ilona Andrews fans, they’re doing a free fiction serial on their website.

  31. Estara
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 06:57:07

    @Nikki: As I had hoped I absolutely adore Cast In Peril. One thing I would love to see as a snippet or its own short story: the evening when Kaylin, Teela, Tain and Bellusdeo go out on the town ^^. Here’s my spoilery GR review:

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