Booking It: December Reads

Got a lot of reading done this month, making up for lost time, and thus I ended 2012 on a very productive note! Novellas, folks. It’s all about the novellas. If you can write a tight, compelling tale that holds my attention, I will tear through it with gusto!

Blessed Isle, by Alex Beecroft (historical romance, epistolary, e-novella)
Breath on Embers, by Anne Calhoun (contemporary erotic romance, e-novella)
The Winter Wife, by Anna Campbell (historical romance, e-novella)
Tarnished, St. Croix Chronicles #1, by Karina Cooper (steampunk)
Gilded, St. Croix Chronicles #2, by Karina Cooper (steampunk)
The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright, by Tessa Dare (historical romance, e-novella)
Your Wicked Heart, by Meredith Duran (historical romance, e-novella)
Room at the Inn, by Ruthie Knox (contemporary romance, e-novella)
The Duchess War, by Courtney Milan (historical romance, e-book)

I also finally read Dirty,by Megan Hart. It’s dark and heartbreaking, but an ultimately poignant tale of finding love when you don’t believe you should. No wonder everyone’s been reccing it all these years.

Last, but not least, I reread One Summer, by Karen Robards for the first time since high school. (As a teen, my major takeaway was: “OMG! Robards’ books are so smutty!” As an adult, I still think the love scenes are pretty racy!) I think I’ve always used Johnny Harris as the yardstick with which I measure brooding, contemporary heroes. Foul-mouthed ex-con who rocks a tight t-shirt, rides a motorcycle and quotes poetry? Have mercy.

Happy New Year. I can’t wait to see what captures me in 2013!

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