What are the best new romances in May 2016?
Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.
My best of May is going to be Smut by Karina Halle. Not only does Halle offer up a great parody of the self-publishing romance industry, but she also provides a story in which two people with prejudices against each other find common ground. I found Blake, the hero, to be the more sympathetic between the pair, but ultimately enjoyed all the characters, especially Fluffy, a pet whose nature I won't disclose for the sake of the book. It should also be noted that this provides some of Halle's most erotic sex scenes to date in terms of her contemporary romances, there is a lot to love and a lot to laugh about in Smut.
Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein just missed my Best of April but I have to say I am still totally blown away by this book—I cannot talk it up enough. Bully-to-hero is a tough sell for me, but I found myself totally captivated by this redemption story. As I tweeted out on social media, this book changed my reading life. It'll be a book I recommend for years to come. I also can't go the month without talking about the other book I haven't stopped talking about—Radiance by Grace Draven. It has been recommended over and over by other bloggers here on H&H, and its sequel, Eidolon, just came out. Again, I am totally blown away by this book, by these characters, and by the captivating world Draven has built.