Per tradition, we have themes every month. I tell participants that themes are "optional," but as the host, I try to adhere to them. Which is usually more than easy to do since I have a TBR Pile that can be seen from space.
Title links will take you to full reviews.
January - We Love Short Shorts! - Baring It All by Megan Frampton - Grade = B+
- I've known Megan a long time, and this was my first read by her. This short, sexy novella hit the spot and I loved Frampton's "voice." Looking forward to reading more of her work.
- A compelling read by O'Keefe and OMG, great conflict. Unfortunately said conflict tended to overshadow the romance. But, still, I liked this quite a bit.
- Ground-breaking erotic romance (says me), even though it wasn't the book I wanted it to be. Still, given it's 2004 publication date, color me impressed. It also made me sad that BDSM in erotic romance is so frickin' "one note." Hill did some things differently here, back in 2004. Moar different!!1!1!!! says Wendy.
- A picture perfect novella. A great romance that works with the word count. And when was the last time you read a "meet cute" that involved a tornado?
- Classic St. John, a very nice romance. All the more compelling because the blurb, on paper, should have annoyed the daylights out of me. But the author totally makes it work.
- A Pygmalion themed romance set against Gilded Age Washington D.C. I really enjoyed this one a lot, notable since I normally stay away from political-themed fiction.
- The best book I read this year, not just for the Challenge. Just....perfect. Wonderful. Amazing. It's available in a digital version, go read it now. Seriously. It's amazing.
- A romance about a repressed librarian who has never had The Big O. Let me tell you how much this story should have annoyed me. But it didn't! I really liked it! It was fun! Oh man, how I miss "fun" erotic romance.
- Huh, I read two Molly O'Keefe books for the challenge. Anyway, this is the first in the trilogy about a reunited, now divorced couple. It's a real heartbreaker. It's not perfect, but man - it blew the mercury out of the top of the Angst Meter.
- A Chinese heroine. And that's the only thing memorable I can say about this story. It's drowning in continuity series baggage and the hero's plot moppet twins were BEYOND pointless. I should have DNF'ed this.
- I DNF'ed my original pick for this month, time was short, so had to go with a novella. This was a short novella, in that I wish it had been longer, but it was a compelling read and I loved Fraser's "voice." Will definitely read more by her.
- Everything I love about a Jessica Hart category romance. A great friends-to-lovers theme and a light touch by the author, even when angst does come into play. Not my favorite by her, but definitely worth seeking out.