Thursday, January 28, 2010
Don't Miss These!
January has been a great month for reading romance. I know that many of you have read and enjoyed many of the same books I have.
Coutney Milan’s Proof by Seduction started my year with an A read, really a reread. But it gets better with each reading, and Jenny has entered my list of favorite heroines.
Another debut, Beverley Kendall’s Sinful Surrender, is another great January title. Missy is one determined heroine—twenty proposals and she’s still waiting on her brother’s best friend James. Loved it!
Elizabeth Boyle’s How I Met My Countess starts a new series with connections to her Bachelor Chronicles. Boyle is a writer I love because her books usually move me to both laughter and tears. This one is no exception, and it’s a lovely reunited lovers tale—my favorite.
Sabrina Jeffries hooked me on her new series this month with The Truth about Lord Stoneville, book #1 in her Hellions of Halstead Hall. Fans of Jeffries’s School for Heiresses will recognize Stoneville; he was a favorite candidate for “Cousin Michael.” He’s a truly tortured, intriguing hero with an American heroine, who is definitely his match.
Forbidden Falls is book #8 in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series (#9 if you include the recent Christmas novella), and she still makes me believe that Virgin River and its people are real. I expect to visit them someday, and I’m adding the preacher (Noah) and the stripper (Hope) to the people I want to chat with. And I’m looking forward to the next two books.
These last two books are books you may not have read. I suggest you rush to a bookstore today. :) I give both of these my highest recommendation.
Barbara O’Neal, whom some of you will know as Barbara Samuel and Ruth Wind, is a writer I reread to study her character building, her sense of place, and her rich, textured prose. The Secret of Everything has a damaged heroine who made my heart ache, a hero who lingers in my mind because he is exceptional in so many ways, a setting that makes me want to set out for New Mexico to see the beauty and taste the food for myself, and a child, Natalie, who is so real and so dear that in odd moments I find myself hoping she will grow into herself and find her own HEA.
Kate Moore wrote three wonderful traditional Regencies (two were Rita finalists), three terrific European historical (one an Affaire de Coeur winner and one an LJ Best Book), and one fun contemporary, Sexy Lexy (also an LJ Best Book). Now after five, too-long years, she has a book on shelves again. To Tempt a Saint, is the first of her Sons of Sin trilogy about three base-born brothers. If the others are just a fraction as appealing as Xander, a courtesan's bastard knighted for saving the regent's life, I'm on board for the duration of the series. TTAS offers a marriage of convenience, a mystery, a rare look at the dark (literally and metaphorically) parts of London, a strong and interesting heroine, and a hero who captures hearts. Don't just take my word for it. Romantic Times gave the book 4.5 stars and Xander a K. I. S. S. Award. This one is a keeper!
What recommendations do you have for me? What were your favorite January reads?