August as I read it

Accidentally in Love by Jane Davitt, m/m romance.  I read this one because the title earwormed me with the Counting Crows song.  It was rather category-like, all about the internal plot rather than external.

Prove It by Chris Owen.  Talked about here.  Enjoyed it, but felt some confusion about genre label and lack of external plot.  More YA/coming of age than romance really.

Death Trick by Richard Stevenson, gay mystery.  Fascinating read, picked up after Vacuous Minx mentioned it in a post on historical authenticity.  Heinous ebook cover from MLR Press for the reissue.  Fascinating because book set in 1979 is as alien to me as a book set in 1812; even more so, because I sort of understand the world of 1812 but am unfamiliar with that of 1979’s gay culture.

The Marriage Betrayal by Lynne Graham, HP.  Part 1 of 2, discussed here. Virgins, greek billionaires, grudges, assumptions.

The Many Sins of Lord Cameron by Jennifer Ashley, historical romance.  What sins? I feel like there was supposed to be more here, I was supposed to find the hero much more dangerous, but mostly I felt like he was both spoiled and scarred and needed therapy, or at least to be told to grow up. The heroine, meh.

Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune, m/m romance.  Longish post here.

The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn,  Victorian-set Gothic.  Tell tell tell, especially the ending.

The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen, police procedural, mystery.  Well paced, liked the mystery. Vaguely squicked or put off by Isles romantic relationship with a priest — another professional woman making poor choices?

Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester, non-fiction. Bored by this book. Good as reference material perhaps, but anyone who has read widely in the genre or non-fiction about the historical period already knows this stuff.

The White Knight by Josh Lanyon, m/m novella.  Felt recycled, need to check my e-bookshelf to compare.

Bad Boyfriend by K.A. Mitchell, m/m romance, an eARC.  Loved this.  Working on a review now, but it won’t be posted until December when the book is released.

The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo, police procedural, mystery.  Very good, twisty, several different threads that all tied together.  Working on a review for it.

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  1. I have The Keepsake. Need to read it. A friend of mine just lurved the book. I’ve only read other Gerittsen and that was the historical/contemporary standalone

    • I’d read one or two books by Gerritsen, early books in the Harlequin suspense line, but nothing else by her. I liked the book without loving it, and I’m not sure why. The mystery/suspense was fine, the pacing was good. It just lacked something for me, and I can’t figure out what.

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