Me: I know sweetie. Your Auntie Wendy has had kind of a crazy month. We had to fly across the country for Uncle My Man's sister's wedding, and then there's work, and then there's getting caught up.....::sigh::
Lemon Drop: Ooooh, a wedding! Rubber chicken, cheesey line dancing, but cake! Pretty dresses! And champagne! Which I hear is pretty tasty even if Mommy says I'm not allowed to try it until I'm 45.
Me: Yeah, that about covers it. Although honestly, the food was quite tasty. Anywho, how about we catch you up on what I read last month? There's a little something for every romance reader on this list - everything from very naughty to very nice.
Title links will take you to full reviews.
Obsessed: Erotic Romance For Women edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel - Erotic anthology, Cleis Press, 2011, Grade = B
- A super quick anthology of erotic short stories. The "romance" label is kind of a stretch in some cases, but all stories do end on a positive note. Solid stuff, with only one real dud in the bunch for me.
- A really solid debut novel about a widowed heroine who finds herself being named town marshal in late 19th century Wyoming. A well-told story featuring interesting characters against a well-done western back-drop. Also, very light on The God Stuff. Worth a look for inspirational and western fans alike. Says me. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Private Detective Hero, Widowed Heroine, One Murdered Ex, One Dead Woman Who Still Haunts Hero
- I went for Guilty Pleasure for last month's TBR Challenge. Vintage Devine, right down to the writing quirks, Sexy Times, Jerkface Hero and a sneaky heroine who knows a thing or two about keeping secrets.
- Latest entry in one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Jaine Austen (no relation) gets gifted with a visit to a "posh" local spa, only to find herself in Fat Camp Hell. Sadly, this one fell flat for me. All of the humor revolved around Jaine's deprivation from junk food and the spa's terrible healthy menu. After a while enough was enough and I'm beginning to suspect that Jaine has an eating disorder. This makes me sad, because I really love this series. Oh well, better luck next time.
- A major dud of a read that features some of my favorite tropes. A heroine with Split Personality Disorder, along with a hero and secondary character who are card-carrying morons. Blah. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Friends To Lovers, Rodeo Star Hero, One Protective Older Brother, One Kidlet
- Heroine moves into run-down family summer home to lick her wounds after divorce. Her neighbor, our hero, is the PTSD-suffering war veteran who just wants to be left alone, but finds himself sucked into her orbit when she hires him as a handyman. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Wounded Military Hero, Heroine Done Wrong, One Slimy Ex, One Cute Doggy
- Personal assistant heroine enters into affair with her boss who likes to be dominated. Intriguing story with some dicey elements. I'm hoping it's the first entry in an on-going saga.... Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Domme Heroine, Submissive Hero, Office Shenanigans
- Masquerading heroine finds her past coming back to haunt her when she runs up against the knight hero competing in a local tournament. A slower paced story featuring characters with truth-telling and trust issues.
- Story of a young woman with big dreams who is constantly held back by her demanding, screw-up of a mother. I found a lot of the main characters a bit too goody-goody, but got sucked in by The Mean Mama. Whoa doggie, is that woman ever a serious piece of work.
- Medical guy for a supah-secret quasi-government organization finds himself face-to-face with the heroine, his former lover and boss. Uh, the boss who fired him from his last job. And did I mention there are hired goons trying to kill her? Solid story, action-packed, but lots o' bickering. Harlequin Cheat Sheet: Hero Done Wrong, Heroine In Peril, Conspiracy!, Series-Baitin' Hotties
Me: I suppose I'm to change the name of this blog to The Misadventures of Lemon Drop's Press Secretary?
Lemon Drop: Hey, now you're talking!