I’ve been incredibly good lately – no major shopping sprees, despite the sale signs in practically every other shop and various discount vouchers making the rounds. However, I caved in over the weekend and bought the following from BooksonBoard:
- Jim Butcher’s “Princeps’ Fury” (fantasy): Fifth in his Codex Alera series. Very different to his Dresden Files UF books, but equally enjoyable.
- Jenna Black’s “The Devil’s Due” (urban fantasy): Third in her Morgan Kingsley series. I liked the first, was a bit meh about the second, so this could determine whether I continue with the series or not.
- Eloisa James’ “When the Duke Returns” (historical romance): Fourth in her Desperate Duchesses series. This is the Squee. See below.
- Brent Weeks’ “The Way of Shadows” (fantasy): First in the Night Angels trilogy. I’m totally blanking on who and where I saw the rec for this, but this was based on an online recommendation.
- “The Magical Christmas Cat” (paranormal romance): Anthology with Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones. This came out a while back in trade paperback, and the ebook version is now available. I wish they were released simultaneously, but oh well. And yeah, I obviously bought it for the Nalini Singh story.
- Deborah Chester’s “The Pearls” (fantasy): First in a duology. I have a few Deborah Chester books on my bookshelf, and was curious about her latest release. And a duology instead of a long-running series? Why not.
- Lynne Graham’s “The Greek Tycoon’s Disobedient Wife” (series romance): I’m ignoring the title on this one. But Lynne Graham is my one autobuy M&B author. Formulaic? Oh yes. Comfort read? Totally.
And the squee?
I had to read Eloisa James’ “When the Duke Returns” immediately, because of Ana’s rave over it. And… I totally loved it. Loved. I thought Isidore’s and Simeon’s courtship was wonderfully romantic and sexy, with some really humorous moments. And the scenes with Jemma & Elijah and Elijah & Villier? Perfect. I can’t wait for Jemma and Elijah’s book “This Duchess of Mine” (out May 2009).
If I had to be really picky, I would say I think Villiers is turning out to be ever-so-slightly too good to be true. But hey, this is romance, and we’re going to get a HEA for him (“A Duke of Her Own”, July 2009), so I’m willing to ignore that little niggle.
Ana did a “I love this series” post at The Book Smugglers earlier this week that provides a great overview of this series, btw.