Mala’s May and June 2020 Temperate Reads

May was not a great month—for multiple reasons. So it’s not surprising that I didn’t get much reading done. I DNFed several books, too. :/ I’ve combined posts with June for the sake of efficiency—-and so I’d have more than four books listed. June, fortunately, was WAY more productive. I read so many brilliant advanced copies and new releases. It was wonderful after the heavy prior month. From Alyssa Cole’s chilling and timely thriller When No One is Watching to Olivia Waite’s slow-burn historical romance about two women in their 40s to Farrah Rochon, Olivia Dade and Alexis Hall’s perfect contemporary romances…there was just so much goodness to be had! Throw in the first of KJ Charles’ new series and the last of Joanna Shupe’s Uptown Girls books and I was one incredibly satisfied reader.

The Reading Rundown
Slippery Creatures by KJ Charles (LGBTQ+ historical mystery)
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole (out 9/1, thriller/suspense)
40-Love by Olivia Dade (contemporary romance)
The Roommate by Rosie Danan (out 9/15, contemporary romance)
André by Jayce Ellis (out 7/13, contemporary LGBTQ+ romance)
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (out 7/7, contemporary LGBTQ+ romance)
Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas (historical romance)
Pregnant by the Playboy by Jackie Lau (contemporary romance)
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (contemporary romance)
The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe (historical romance)
She Wears the Mask by Shelly Stratton (out 8/11, women’s fiction)
The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite (out 7/28, historical LGBT+ romance)

Backlist adventures: I reread most of A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant and all of Meredith Duran’s Written on Your Skin.

On the TBR/wish list:
The Damned by Renée Ahdieh
Well Played by Jen DeLuca
Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

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