February and March were hit and miss reading months for me. I’d go on a binge for a week or so, and then read, but not finish anything, for around two weeks. There was a lot of emotional stuff happening in my family and at the day job, both happy and sad, during this period. The next couple of months are also shaping up to be busy, and may result in a lower amount of reading complete books. I’m hoping with getting a better handle on my to-do list of projects, I’ll be able to carve out more time to read, though.
- Stay With Me Forever by Farrah Rochon* – *SUCH* a fun read! Sawyer and Paxton are both professionals brought back to their hometown to work on a flood prevention project. They each had secret crushes on the other in high school, but neither realizes this, resulting in much miscommunication/misperceptions. I’ve been recommending this book like crazy to people, and I think you all should get your hands on it.
- Act Like It by Lucy Parker* – I finally picked this up after hearing friends talk about it, and it lived up to its billing. Heroine who knows herself and doesn’t put up with shit from her lovers. Hero who is snarky, brooding, and hates that what he loves doing (acting) results in a fame he wishes would ignore him. I’m looking forward to reading more from Parker.
- When Falcons Fall by C.S. Harris – The latest in the Sebastian St. Cyr series. There was an author’s note that she had a change in editor with this book, and I can see some of the differences, mainly in the absence of description tics. This book was also a breath of fresh air to the series in that it took Sebastian and Hero outside of their usual millieu of London and forced them to solve the crime without their trusted support system.
- Fear the Dark by Kay Hooper – Latest in the Bishop/SCU series. I’m curious to see where Kay is going to take the next couple of books as she usually has an overarching story that goes for about three to five books.
- Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley – ARC provided by publisher – There was a long wait for this book, which the author acknowledges in his note, but well worth it. I was in the middle of reading it and recommended the first book, The Rook, to my dad. This book deals with political implications of events that unfold during The Rook, so it is helpful to have read that book. I almost wish I’d reread The Rook before reading Stiletto to refresh my memory about what happened in it.
- And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander* – I stumbled across this series, Lady Emily Mysteries, thanks to the day job. I devoured this book and the following two over the course of a weekend. This kind of mystery (strong, smart, clever heroine, a romantic interest with secretive work of his own, and intelligent plots) are my catnip. In this book, Lady Emily is in mourning for her husband and belatedly discovers an interest in his research of Greek antiquities that leads to dangerous intrigue.
- A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander – Lady Emily has officially come out of mourning and is drawn into a mystery surrounding a man claiming to be the lost heir to the French Bourbon throne and the theft of objects which once belonged by Marie Antoinette.
- A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander – At a house party given by the mentor of her best friend’s husband, Lady Emily begins to investigate a murder there and must go to Vienna to find proof that the person accused is innocent.
- Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz – One of my all-time favorite books by JAK.
- The SEAL’s Secret Lover by Anne Calhoun – I *lurve* Anne, and this is the first of a prequel novella series to launch her upcoming Alpha Ops sexy romantic suspense series. This is for anyone who loves the “best friend’s sister/brother’s best friend” trope.
- Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare – I love Tessa’s Spindle Cove novellas, and this is another winner. Childhood crushes come together during bad weather.
- The SEAL’s Rebel Librarian by Anne Calhoun – Anne, a former SEAL hero, and a librarian heroine who wants to take up motorcycle riding. SOLD!
- The Book Itch by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson – This was a fabulous little book highlighting a (real) young boy’s experience of Harlem in the 1960s.
- Dear Yeti by James Kwan – Very cute!
- Ida, Always by Caron Levis – Thankfully, I read Dear Yeti right after this because this book had me weepy as all hell. Based on true events, and might be helpful to when trying to discuss death and grief with young kids.
Read in February and March: 15
Total read in 2016: 25