And to cap off the month, here we have the final books I read in the month! This post is actually much longer than Part One because I finally forced myself to stop re-reading Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series (although, I did read the latest release, Ocean Light and I just want to say that it was really wonderful!). Mostly.
12. Rock Weddingby Nalini Singh
The first non-Psy-Changeling Singh I’ve read in a while, Rock Wedding definitely delivered. I really loved seeing so many of the group scenes and how awesome was it to get to see Fox and Molly’s wedding with an appearance by Charlotte and Gabriel!! I would like twelve dozen more stories with Charlotte and Gabriel for whatever it’s worth. I already want to re-read Rock Hard. Anyway, I talked quite a bit about this book in my Trope Talk on Second Chance Romances so see that for more on my thoughts about Abe and Sarah. (All good things, in case you couldn’t guess.)
13. Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactionsby Six de los Reyes
I feel like in many ways this book is similar to The Kiss Quotient, if you subtract the male escort thing from it, but keep the idea. Kaya goes home to visit her family and comes back with the idea that she needs to get a boyfriend so she designs The Boyfriend Experiment. Only she doesn’t mean to start falling for Nero, the owner of her favorite coffee shop who doesn’t meet any of the criteria for an ideal mate. Despite the occasional pacing issues and the fact that all of the science was over my head, I really enjoyed this book. It was quirky and unique, and the hero was a babe. I loved him.
14. Dragon Boundby Thea Harrison
Oh boy, another paranormal romance series for me to devour. <– me upon completion of this book. This series is very different from the Psy-Changeling books for all that the Wyr technically change shape. Pia Giovanni was taught by her mom to fly under the radar, very far under the radar. But when her ex-boyfriend blackmails her into stealing something from the Dragon’s horde, she, uh, definitely isn’t flying under the radar anymore. The Dragon, aka Dragos, tracks her down and woah buddy. The chemistry in this book is truly excellent. So excellent in fact, that my least favorite plot twist barely registered. Woohoo!
15. Storm’s Heartby Thea Harrison
Yeah, so I jumped immediately into the second book in The Elder Races series after finishing Dragon Bound. I really couldn’t say which one I liked better, but I can say I loved this one too. Niniane, aka Tricks, was hiding out in Dragos’s kingdom until the Dark Fae that killed her family and took over the throne was dealt with. Now she’s reclaiming her throne, but, um, people kind of still want her dead. So obviously, Tiago, one of Dragos’s sentinels, must ride to the rescue. Never mind the fact that Niniane and Tiago fight more than they get along. The tension in this book was utterly delightful and I adored the hate to love romance so much (unsurprisingly).
16. Himby Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
This book is so wonderfully devastating, I just love it SO MUCH. I don’t know why Wes’s emotional state gets to me the way it does, but I just want to hug him (in a mom way) until he understands that he is worthy of love. Fortunately, Jamie is totally able to get through to him eventually. Anyway, if you haven’t read this yet, this is a duology (but an HEA at the end of this one so no cliffhanger!) that follows hockey players Wes and Jamie. They used to go to this hockey summer camp together, but then after camp the last time, Wes just ghosted Jamie. At the beginning of the book, both Wes and Jamie’s college teams have advanced to the Frozen Four and so they encounter one another again, in a way that convinces Wes that he needs to make things right with Jamie. So he goes to work at the old camp for the summer alongside Jamie. And finally confesses to Jamie that he’s gay. This book is a delight, honestly. I hope you’ll read it and love it!
17. The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert
I finally read my second Talia Hibbert book and it did not disappoint. Cherry Nieta is an excellent heroine. She is confident, charming, gorgeous, and an excellent sister. She also, for all the confidence she exudes, is a little insecure on the inside. And when Prince Reuben refuses to fall for her charms, she’s intrigued despite herself, which is how she winds up getting her photo taken by a paparazzi in a compromising situation. Which is how she winds up with a fake fiancé… Who just so happens to be royalty. I really enjoyed this book, but I felt like the end wasn’t complete enough for me. The romantic storyline wrapped up nicely, but TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE SECONDARY CHARACTERS YOU MADE ME CARE ABOUT, you know? Maybe I’m the only one that gets that involved in secondary storylines? I don’t know. Anyway, I really enjoyed this, but please God let one of the later books in the series return to these people so I’ll know what happened to them.
18. A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
This book was marvelous and I honestly cannot shout about it enough. And trust me, I’ve tried. I posted about it on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram. I just loved it so much.
Portia is a hot mess and takes on this apprenticeship to a swordmaker in Scotland for three months, not really knowing where it would lead. She’s decided she is not allowed to drink or to have sex and that’s all fine and good until she lays sight on her boss, Tav. He’s a gruff man who is selectively kind and miracle of miracles, capable of apologizing when he’s in the wrong. But things change for Portia when she learns that she has ADHD and realizes maybe she’s not lazy, maybe her brain chemistry just works in a different way than a lot of people’s.
I found this incredible review by Alienor, a reviewer with ADHD at Meet the World, and I just had to share with you all. I think this review serves as an important reminder that diversity in perspectives is so vital and shows how it can really enrich our lives.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from this masterpiece: She ignored the way her breath caught and reminded herself that gruff was a synonym for ‘acts like an asshole because other people enable him.’
A Duke by Default was absolutely my favorite book of August. What was yours? Let me know in the comments below!