Mala’s January 2020 Cool Reads

I started 2020 as I mean to go on—-by reading a lot! The find of the month was definitely Ann Aguirre’s Strange Love, an inventive, sweet, sexy—and side-splittingly funny at times—tale that’s equal parts Predator, The Bachelor, and The Hunger Games. This is an alien romance where the alien isn’t just some oversized humanoid with a giant blue or gold wang, and Aguirre makes it work so well! Bonus? There’s a talking dog. I don’t want to say too much more, but Snaps definitely steals the show. My other favorite of the month was Claire Kent’s Last Light, a slow-burn love story with an older hero and younger heroine set after an apocalyptic event. It was all about finding hope and connection in the grimmest of circumstances—a timely message I definitely appreciated. I also have to give a shout-out to Jackie Lau’s Man vs. Durian, which has convinced me to try durian ice cream when I’m in Toronto this week. I might chicken out, but the intent exists!

The Reading Rundown
Strange Love by Ann Aguirre (sci-fi romance)
Whiteout by Adriana Anders (romantic suspense)
The Babysitter by Jack Harbon (erotic LGBT+ romance, novella)
Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday (contemporary romance)
Last Light by Claire Kent (contemporary romance, post-apocalyptic romance)
Man vs. Durian by Jackie Lau (contemporary romance)
Flying Gold by Vanessa North (out 4/27, contemporary romance)
Nothing to Fear by Juno Rushdan (romantic suspense)
Three For All by Elia Winters (erotic LGBTQ+ romance)

Backlist adventures: The equal parts redonkulous and racy Grabbed By Vicious by Lolita Lopez; the old-school contemporary romance Paradise by Judith McNaught.

Currently reading: Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine and an ARC of Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed, which comes out on April 7.

On the wishlist/TBR:
The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
The Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

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