So, East Coasters, how did you survive 'Nemo'? (I'm reluctant to name snow storms and I'm not bought in on this trend). We got a few feet, mostly due to drifting, and we're still digging out. Work on Monday will be a bit up in the air! (However, I got mail up through Friday and it was another amazing week, hooray!)
Delighted to once more be hosting Mailbox Monday in February.
What did you get this week? If you've got a blog, link to your post in the linky below. No blog? Feel free to get your brag on in the comments!
What was he thinking about so intently? What was his story? Why didn't he smile for real?
This was my first Helen Hoang novel and you all: I. Am. Hooked. The Bride Test is such a delightfully cute, sweet, romantic read -- absolutely perfect for kicking off the summer reading season.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Digital ARC from the publisher Read Harder challenge
Hoang has been on my radar since her debut of The Kiss Quotient: I'd been given a copy right at release and my book club ended up reading it (although I missed club that month and didn't get to read it!). My plan was to read it for this year's Read Harder challenge task 13 (a book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse) but I was granted an ARC of The Bride Test and the rest is history.
I honestly didn't know how Hoang would make this novel work. The hero, Khai, believes himself to be utterly incapable of feeling love toward anyone and has resigned himself to life without compa…
Love was for brave fools and Johan was entirely too clever and too cowardly to succumb to it.
Take one international playboy and one wallflower determined to change the story people tell of her and you get this wickedly charming romance.
A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole
Digital ARC provided by publisher
This was my second Cole book, but the first contemporary romance of hers I've read. As with the first book of hers I read, An Extraordinary Union, I was immediately smitten.
This is technically the third book in her Reluctant Royals series so I was a tiiiiiiny bit lost at the start when the characters from the earlier books were crowding for reader reunion time. But enough backstory is provided that I wasn't lost when it came to Nya and Johan, and their super cute, super sexy romance won me over immediately.
I loved this modern take on the romancing royalty trope -- I haven't read any modern royal romances, actually so I didn't know what to expect -- and now C…
I've had to increase my yearly reading goal three times already.
I'm just flabbergasted at that; pretty much since I was pregnant, so the last five years, trying to get in the reading I wanted has been a struggle.
Exhaustion when Unabridged Kid was a babe, and then the struggle to balance parenting and working. Slush-brain and mush-brain. Then, I don't know, disinterest. But unbelievably, this year, something switched.
Maybe it's just that the kid is a kid now, and I'm sleeping a little better; work is brisk and interesting and I've time to read and an interest in reading.
I've read 54 books so far, which I can't even believe.
I've done 16 of the 24 tasks for Read Harder 2019. (And, accidentally, accomplished 12 of the 26 Reading Women challenge).
I'm very, very behind on my historical fiction challenge, but I feel okay with that, because I feel like I can cram those reads in very easily. (I mean, along with romance, hist fic is my catnip.)