Happy summer, fellow romance lovers! It is June, and summer is in full swing here. I have survived COVID in a foreign country this past month. I am feeling much better. I am bummed because due to being out of the country, I was unable to start my garden. Growing my garden is one of my favorite summer past times. I feel I have neglected my blog these past couple of months – I am pleased to tell you I am back! I am delighted to announce that I have reached over three hundred posts! I am so excited, and I promise to keep bringing informative, entertaining reviews and features. In May, I reviewed nine books. I reviewed five four-star books and four five-star books. If you missed any of my reviews, the links are below.
May Book Of The Month
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The May Book Of The Month is….
Kathleen Ayers has become one of my “go-to” authors. I recommend her books often to those new to this genre. I highly recommend both The Beautiful Barringtons and The Arrogant Earls series. In fact, The Wager Of A Lady caught my attention earlier in the year and is on its way to becoming a contender for Book Of The Year! But back to Chasing The Earl. I love outcasts and jerk heroes just as much as a gaming hell owner….okay, almost as much! This clever romance was bursting with spirit and personality. This book shone brightly this month. When going over the contenders for BOM, Chasing The Earl would not be ignored; it won BOM hands down. So for those who missed it, here is my review of Chasing The Earl.
I fell in love with Henry and Emmie from their first encounter! Chasing the Earl is everything I expect from Kathleen Ayers. These unique, individualistic characters jump from the page. Both Henry and Emmie are boisterous and vivacious; one could even call them “robust” (wink to those who have read the book!). I adored Henry’s character; large, rude, ungainly – Henry is the guest everyone avoids. Then there is Emmie, strict, stiff, prudish – she is another person who is an afterthought in society. These two outcasts who start as enemies combust into a love affair that is fiery hot.
Henry and Emmie’s connection is volatile at best and abrasive at worse. Yet these two click immediately. This character-driven plot has scene after beautiful scene of the couple sparring and accidentally falling in love. The verbal assaults and banter were fantastic. The character dialogue moved the story along at a brisk pace. I love a story about underdogs and outcasts, and Henry and Emmie are definitely both!
Chasing The Earl is the second book in The Arrogant Earls series. I immensely enjoyed the first book in the series. However, this one shone even brighter. I was not too fond of Emmie in the first book; she was coarse and stringent. It was great seeing her bloom into full potential. I also loved learning the backstory of Henry. Kathleen Ayers always creates characters you can invest in and deeply care about; that is her secret weapon! I always recommend her books to readers new to this genre, and I always get good feedback from those that follow my advice. You can’t go wrong with this gripping, steamy, charismatic romance! I adored it!
I am back in full swing with the blog this month! So far, I have eleven books to review. There are a few books I can’t wait to read. These include The Earl’s Governess by Celeste Barclay, Enticing The Earl by Kathleen Ayers, Enticing The Devil by Amy Sandas, Four Weeks Of Scandal by Megan Frampton, and A Matter Of Temptation by Stacy Reid. They are all go-to authors for me. Below is the list of my upcoming reviews with blog feature dates.
It is so wonderful to be back on my passion project. Reading and sharing my thoughts with my followers brings me great joy. I am busy trying to get back into the groove of things. One big event will be my uncle’s 80th birthday party. My cousin and I are planning for it early July. I hope everyone has a great summer, and hopefully, I’ll be able to suggest some good beach reads!
All The Best