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.
Without further ado, here’s the installment for January 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):
My pick is going to be Kristine Wyllys's Wild Ones. I love that Bri is an uncompromising heroine and Luke is a fantastic alpha male. In addition, the world readers are introduced to is raw, gritty, and uncompromising. I look forward to future installments in the series, hopefully one featuring Bri's bff, Jax.
If loving boss/secretary stories is wrong, I don't want to be right and The Man Behind the Mask by Barbara Wallace is a good one. Successful advertising executive hero is the guy men want to be and women want to be with. However he now finds himself back in Boston for business, a city that holds terrible memories for him - memories he has, naturally, locked away and lived in denial about. Into the mix is his personal assistant, the heroine who has had a crush on him and knows just how stupid that is. Besides the fact that he's her boss, he's way out of her league. Or is he? Turns out these two wounded souls have more in common then they think.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Although this is not a January 2014 book and not a romance, it may be the best book I've read in the past year. I suppose you could describe it as the thinking woman's Groundhog Day (although I think GHD is underrated). This story, set during the first and second world wars follows the life (lives) of Ursula Todd as she reaches various turning points and, in each life, takes a different turn.
My favorite read of January was actually a listen: the audiobook of Eloisa James's Regency Once Upon a Tower. The narration is very well done, with a charming low Scottish burr for the hero, and I really enjoyed the realistic marriage-in-trouble theme. Newlyweds, almost strangers, and both virgins, Gowan and Edie have some unfamiliar territories to navigate — especially in the bedroom.
Burke Fitzpatrick's Today is Too Late is a well-written fantasy that contains more blood and politics than I usually enjoy, but it worked for me. A lot of fantasies have a hero who’s supposed to be scary—this hero truly is ruthless, but you still end up rooting for the guy.
The most fun I had reading this past month was Kyra Davis’s Deceptive Innocence, the first book of her new Pure Sin trilogy. Think of the show Revenge, but with lots of sex. The working class heroine, Bell, is out to avenge the wrongful imprisonment and death of her mother at the hands of a wealthy banking family. Her plan focuses pitting the two brothers of the family against one another. She sleeps with one, and takes a job as an assistant to the other. Everything is going beautifully – until she falls for the brother she sleeps with. Davis does a masterful job of writing erotic scenes that show a woman getting really turned on despite herself. The push and pull between the Bell and her sexy nemesis will keep me coming back for the next two installments.