Ramón and Julieta

This month, my reading challenge is to read retellings of the classics. One book that was high on my list is Ramón and Julieta by Alana Quintana Albertson - a retelling of Romeo and Juliet - that just came out at the beginning of February. Throw in themes of gentrification and stolen taco recipes and... Continue Reading →

To Have and to Hoax

Last summer, I committed an offense to book series that I rarely do: I skipped the first book and decided to start with the second. This was no innocent accident; I did it knowingly. Indeed, I started Martha Waters's Regency Vows series with its second installment, To Love and to Loathe. And I regret nothing, because there was... Continue Reading →

If You Ask Me

Last summer, I read and loved Libby Hubscher's debut novel, Meet Me in Paradise. It was at once a story of romantic love and familial love, a novel that balanced laugh-out-loud hilarity and heart-wrenching drama. Libby Hubscher's second novel, If You Ask Me, offers a similar blend of humor, drama, and romance. It's out now and is... Continue Reading →

The Lady Tempts an Heir

Last year, two of my favorite books were The Heiress Gets a Duke and The Devil and the Heiress, both part of Harper St. George's Gilded Age Heiresses series. These historical romances bring heat and charm as well as thoughtful examinations of women's rights in the 1870s. I've been eagerly awaiting the next two books... Continue Reading →

The Siren of Sussex

For several months, I've been eagerly anticipating the release of The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews. The first in her new Belles of London series, I was drawn to several things that make it stand out compared to other historical romances: It stars a half-Indian protagonist, features an interracial and interclass relationship, and highlights... Continue Reading →

The Wedding Setup

Sonali Dev is an author I've been wanting to read for the past few years. Her Jane Austen retellings - featuring Indian characters and contemporary settings - have all caught my eye, and it's just a matter of time before I buy them all and finally give them my full attention. Though I haven't done... Continue Reading →

The Mozart Code

Several months ago I learned about Rachel McMillan's upcoming novel, The Mozart Code. I love music - including classical composers like Mozart - and was intrigued by the dual setting of Vienna and Prague. Fast forward to December, and I was excited to learn I'd been approved for an ARC of The Mozart Code on... Continue Reading →

Never Fall for Your Fiancée

Lately I've been getting more and more into historical romances (though I'm still pretty new to the genre). One book that caught my eye a couple months ago was Never Fall for Your Fiancée by Virginia Heath. I pre-ordered it and could hardly wait for arrive this month. Once it did, I flew through the... Continue Reading →

The Sweetest Remedy

Earlier this year, I loved Ties That Tether, the debut novel by Jane Igharo. Since then, I've been counting down the days to when her second book, The Sweetest Remedy, would be available. Luckily for us all, it was included in Book of the Month's September box this month, meaning we got to read The Sweetest Remedy a... Continue Reading →

The Beautiful Ones

I first discovered Silvia Moreno-Garcia through her novel Gods of Jade and Shadow two years ago when it was a Book of the Month selection. I loved it, and last year, I loved Mexican Gothic just as much. This year, her fans have been quite spoiled: In addition to her brand new novel, Velvet Was... Continue Reading →

A Lot Like Adiós

It was a full year ago when I read You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria, and I ended up really loving it. The first in her Primas of Power series, I was excited to read the second installment. Now A Lot Like Adiós is finally out, and I enjoyed it just as much as... Continue Reading →

The Love Hypothesis

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood has been on my radar for most of this year, and it was one of the books I was most looking forward to this month. Then I found out that it was one of Book of the Month's main September picks, and I was thrilled! (Actually, four of the... Continue Reading →

Portrait of a Scotsman

After loving Evie Dunmore‘s first two books - Bringing Down the Duke and A Rogue of One's Own, both part of the League of Extraordinary Women series - I've spent the past year excitedly waiting for book #3. Finally the release date arrived, and I dove into Portrait of a Scotsman as soon as my copy got here. I... Continue Reading →

Sweethand

Earlier this year, Sweethand by N. G. Peltier was one of my most anticipated books of March. Admittedly, it might be that adorable cover that caught my attention - cake?! headphones for music?! a cat?!? - but the summary confirmed my need to actually read the book. It felt like a perfect summertime read, so... Continue Reading →

To Love and to Loathe

In the past two years, I've slowly been dipping my toes into historical romances, and now more than ever, I'm finding that I really like them! Up to now, I had only read four (two by Evie Dunmore and two by Harper St. George), but in August I bought a couple more. I was in... Continue Reading →

Meet Me in Paradise

Maybe it's the season, but lately I've been wanting to read books set in other countries, particularly places I'd like to travel to. Add in a cute summer fling and I'm sold. This led me to Meet Me in Paradise, the debut novel by Libby Hubscher. I got the audiobook and it fully delivered on... Continue Reading →

Illusionary

Four days ago I finished Zoraida Córdova's Incendiary, the first in her Hollow Crown duology. I really enjoyed it, and with that cliffhanger ending, I couldn't waste a single moment before diving right into its sequel, Illusionary. I flew through it and actually loved it even more than the first book! I'm still swooning over... Continue Reading →

Never Saw You Coming (ARC)

A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to learn I had won an ARC of Erin Hahn's Never Saw You Coming, the sequel to her 2020 book, More Than Maybe. I just read - and loved - More Than Maybe, so the characters were fresh in my mind when Never Saw You Coming arrived. It's... Continue Reading →

The Heart Principle

Two years ago, I fell in love with The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test, the first two books in Helen Hoang's Kiss Quotient trilogy. Ever since I read those two back-to-back, I've been desperate to read The Heart Principle, and it was well worth the wait: It's my favorite in the series. This is... Continue Reading →

More Than Maybe

A year ago, More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn was one of my most anticipated books of the summer. I've been excited to read it ever since, and though it's been on my shelf for months now, I don't know why I've been putting it off. But no more: I just found out that I... Continue Reading →

The Devil and the Heiress

Six months ago, I finished reading The Heiress Gets a Duke, the first in Harper St. George's Gilded Age Heiresses series. I really enjoyed it, and I was thrilled to learn that the second book in the series, The Devil and the Heiress, would be published so soon after. This followup has been one of... Continue Reading →

The Woman in Red

A full year ago, The Woman in Red by Diana Giovinazzo was one of my most anticipated books of summer 2020. Though it came out last August and is now due for release in paperback, I'm just finally getting to it now. Following a few books set in Italy - The Ancestor and The Star-Crossed... Continue Reading →

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