Welcome back to my blog friends! You know, time is only what we make of it. At first I was going to combine all my winter reading into a winter wrap up, but I decided against that when the post got to be long. So here is December and I’ll combine January and February into the same wrap up. Last December was a wild month for me: I went to Los Angeles to BTS in concert, I went to Disney, I got covid, lots of things happened. Somehow in that same stretch of time I managed to complete five books.
My romance reading track history is spotty. There are a lot of DNF’s I don’t mention because I don’t even get past the first chapter. I picked up Isn’t It Bromantic on a whim. The timing was right; the Greek billionaire/marriage in peril romance left me with a craving for similar tropes. The main characters are Russian, a hockey player for the NHL and his best friend turned wife of convenience (I don’t remember their names friends, sorry). Sometimes romance books feel like they happen in another universe where being true to yourself and talking about your feelings is all you need to survive and let me tell you, I ate it right up. This Russian hockey player is in a romance book club with a country music star, a baseball player, and other men who have public careers/reputations where you wouldn’t expect them to have this “feminine” hobby. Their marriage is failing due to serious miscommunication issues and her grief over her father’s death. His book club buddies help him reach out to his wife. He’s also writing a romance himself… I skipped those chapters. Long story short this book was super cute, melodramatic in a fun way, and a lighthearted read.
I binge read the final three books in the Shadows of Otherside series. In these final books Arden comes to terms with her growing power and responsibility, takes charge of the turbulent situations in The Triangle, and becomes a leader.The gods have chosen Arden to be a Huntress (leading in the apocalypse) and she must find a way to divert their attention, Troy has pledged himself to her, and the Otherside is facing a power vacuum. The way Hill deals with themes of power, ethics, and duty is so interesting and I love how Arden had to make difficult decisions. Especially when it came to forgiving those who hurt her. Hopefully in March, don’t hold me to this, I will have a series review up for these books. Ebon Rebellion is my favorite of the entire series because it had the best combination of drama and action.
Oh my gosh this book was so good. Sci-fi is not usually my thing; the tv shows always do it for me, but I haven’t been picking up and enjoying many sci-fi novels. Asha, The Rosegold Reader https://linktr.ee/rosegoldreader, was raving about this book and convinced me to pick it up. It has a near future/post-solar flare setting, lots of interesting technology, clones, super soldiers, found family, anti-capitalist themes, and an amazing romance. Every personality of the main seven characters sparkled, the dialogue was so funny, the world had a great amount of detail. All the tropes and cliches that gets me to love a story happened in short order. Nina and Knox, the leaders of the Mercenary Librarians and rogue super-soldiers respectively, have a growing connection while on a mission, except the soldiers plan on betraying the librarians. Deal With the Devil is a sci-fi romance, not a sci-fi with romance elements, so of course the betrayal doesn’t go as planned and the characters stay together in the end.
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