At the end of last year, we ran our fabulous bloggers’ lists of top reads of the year. Those posts were so fun that we’ve decided to continue, asking our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read each month (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 just a bit more. So here’s this month’s installment for March 2012 (and if you missed it, be sure to check out the January and February 2012 picks):
Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas was my favorite March-published book. (It was actually published February 28, and I read it in early January.) After a year without a Kleypas book, my expectations for this one were really high, but the story delivered in every way. Sam and Lucy are both wonderfully rich characters, the setting adds a dimension to the story, and the magical realism was unexpected and delightful. I ended my review of the book with these words: “I give Rainshadow Road my highest recommendation and Lisa Kleypas my gratitude for writing a book that I will read again and again. And I’m counting the days until August and [Dream Lake].”
I also liked Sophia Nash’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea a great deal. It’s the first of her Royal Entourage series with a group of dukes as bad-boy celebrities in need of reform. Characters who don’t fit the conventional mold and one of the best proclamations of love scenes made it a standout.
The best book I read in March was Are You Alone on Purpose? by Nancy Werlin. It’s an older book that I stumbled upon, but it was simple and sweet and made me cry.
Silk Is for Seduction by Loretta Chase - I loved all the details of the cutthroat business of fashion, and the techniques of snaring customers from the aristocratic classes. So much more fun than yet more spies!
Deb Marlowe’s Tall, Dark and Disreputable
Aimee Laine’s Hide & Seek
Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett (Arcadia Bell #1)
I am still kicking myself for waiting so long to read this book. Kindling the Moon blew me away with a clever, engaging heroine and a twisty plot. Better yet, I had to add a new book boyfriend to the list after reading this one. Lon Butler brings the sexy as a single father, who just happens to be an earthbound demon. Also, his skills shine during sexytimes. On the upside, the sequel comes out in April and I’m ready.
Allison Pang’s A Sliver of Shadow
Damn, Allison Pang does it again, with Phin the Unicorn and Company in tow. I laughed, and cried (a lot)! New characters and drama...a must read for UF and PNR fans alike. LOVE IT.
Foxfire Bride by Maggie Osborne was published in 2004, and was the last book by this fantastic author before she announced her retirement from writing (and succeeded in breaking my heart in the process). It tells the story of a former scout named Fox, who decides to seek revenge against the man she feels ruined her life. All she has to do is get to Denver, where the man now lives and runs an extremely large mining operation. Into her lap falls the hero, Matthew Tanner, who must get to Denver in three months’ time to pay $50,000 to kidnappers who are holding his father for ransom. This road romance features a prickly yet vulnerable heroine, an ambitious hero, and a fully-fleshed array of secondary characters. A very good read that made me miss Ms. Osborne that much more (and who thought that would be possible?).
What was your favorite March read?