For a book blogger, I don’t actually post that often on what I’m currently reading. Which is weird, because I love reading posts about what other people are reading. So here are some of my April reads so far:
I’ve just finished Allison Parr‘s IMAGINARY LINES – yes, my “currently reading” book got bumped aside when this arrived on my Kindle on Monday. Her New York Leopards NA series is an auto-buy for me, and this one didn’t disappoint – Abe and Tamar were charming, and there was more of both the NYC setting and football backdrop which made me fall in love with the series in the first place. I do think Allison Parr’s prose veers towards the purple on occasion, but the emotional impact more than makes up for that. However, I was frustrated by the handful of copy-editing errors in the text – both because I think Parr deserves better and also maybe I expect more from Carina Press?
And oh! Remember that list of my TBR books to read during 2014 that I posted a while back? I am so pleased to say that I tackled the Susanna Kearsley that has been sitting on my shelves for years now. And even better? I loved THE SHADOWY HORSES - it was somehow so crazily romantic and yet quiet at the same time. My favourite kind of romance. I also really liked the archaeological details and the well-rounded secondary characters, plus I felt the touch of paranormal suited the story perfectly – and if you know me, I don’t often say that when the paranormal intrudes into my contemporary. Obviously, I’m now making plans to get my hands on her extensive backlist. I’ve also placed the Juliet Marillier book from that aforementioned list on my bedside table – buoyed by the success of the Kearsley read, I’m keen to dive into the Bridei Chronicles series.
To get my fix of historical romance, I’ve also read both the new Eloisa James (THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X) and Jo Beverley (A SHOCKING DELIGHT). The Eloisa James started off slow, but once I got into it, the story really hit the right emotional buttons for me. It’s ever so slightly OTT and (minor) misunderstandings abound, but I was in just the right mood for that kind of story. And as I suspected (due to the blatant sequel bait), she’s just announced a follow-up – I’m totally up for it. The Jo Beverley was less successful for me – it started off well, then started meandering around a bit too much in the middle and never quite recovered, plus there was a bit too indulgence Rogues-wise, even for a long-time reader like me. Still, a decent read and I appreciated the less usual City of London and Devon settings.
What about you – tell me your current reads?