So I'm just a little bit late with this post, but it's because I spent most of the month in a cave to get my book ready for the editor for its first round of edits!!! Yayyyy! And I was also up in the mountains with my family for the first few days of September. I absolutely loved almost everything I read, which is a first! So, with no further ado, and in no particular order:
I just loved this book, my first Melanie Harlow book. I found Margot to be funny and relatable, and Jack was exactly the kind of broken, grumpy asshole I love in my fictional male characters. I read through this quickly because I really just wanted to know how it all ended.
I've said it once and I'll say it again: I absolutely LOVE Winter Renshaw and I'll read anything she writes. ANYTHING. She has a real knack at taking a well known trope and creating something completely unique and unexpected. Absinthe is no exception. I couldn't get enough of Halston and Ford. Absinthe was clever, humorous in places, and heartbreaking in others. If you love Student/Teacher romances, then you will not want to miss this one.
I've never read an anthology series, but this one contained a short story by one of my favorite authors, Jana Aston, so I couldn't pass this up. The premise is that each author is given the same blurb to write a short story about. It was so fun to see how different each of the six stories turned out. I loved pretty much all of them, and I now have new authors to explore. It doesn't get much better than that! NOTE: this anthology is no longer being sold, though I'm guessing some of the novellas will be released individually. Jana Aston's Time Square novella will be released soon!
I read Ainsley Booth's novella in the Love in Transit anthology, loved her writing, and decided I immediately wanted to read more of her work. I was pleasantly surprised that I already had Prime Minister sitting on my TBR collection on my Kindle. It was so so good! A workplace/political romance with kink and bdsm thrown in for good measure, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of heart in the story. This definitely won't be the only Frisky Beavers story I read!
I considered doing two different entries for these but realized that there was no way I could really do that. You can't read one without reading the other. This series was so much more than I ever expected. I get why it's so loved and I now count myself as one of the converted. At the start of ACOMAF, I had no idea where it would take me, something that continued into ACOWAR. I haven't been so emotionally invested in a Fantasy series in so long, and I loved every minute of it.
I seriously love R.S. Grey's writing. I hate to admit that her last book, Anything You Can Do wasn't one of the favorites, and that as a connected Standalone, I was a little worried if I would enjoy The Foxe and the Hound. I shouldn't have worried. Madeline instantly charmed my pants off, and I loved her and Adam's chemistry. I also have to say that I enjoyed the secondary characters, even Daisy, the female protagonist in Anything You Can Do who I disliked so much in that book, was so much more endearing and fun here.
This is the second Student/Teacher romance on this list, but it is so completely different than Absinthe. I won't even try to compare the two, because they truly are very different, but both worth the read. Misbehaved was angsty, heartbreaking, and so sexy. I loved Remi's fire and heart, and seeing the closed-off asshole Pierce open up made this read memorable and rewarding.