It’s another free week, and since there’s really nothing new in my life, I thought I’d share the books I’ve read since my last free week. In June I named only three because I have a deadline and knew I’d be struggling to meet it, but I managed to read two of the three I’d planned on, along with three others. Apologies to Katherine Bone – I promise I will read Duke by Day, Rogue by Night soon!
So here are the books I managed to read. Click on the book covers to see my reviews on Goodreads.
The Pilot by Diane Burton. Diane was a guest here a while ago, sharing her science fiction series called the Outer Rim. I read the third book in the series a while ago and finally went back to read the first two. The pilot is full of action, and I loved Celara, the spunky heroine who needs to deliver her cargo in order to pay off debts incurred by stolen cargo. Since the starship is her home, she stands to lose everything if she fails to deliver.
The Chameleon by Diane Burton. After finishing The Pilot I immediately downloaded the second book in the series. Jileena, the heroine in this book, was someone I really enjoyed. She’s intellectual, but interacts and relates well to everyone around her. She’s wealthy, but has compassion. Her father sends her to a distant planet to check out a much-needed mineral reported to be found there – but he also insists that her “fiance” goes along. And the fiance is someone who really doesn’t want to be there!
Determined Hearts by Diana Stout. Like Diane Burton, Diana is a member of my local RWA chapter. I’d read an earlier edition of Determined Hearts several years ago, and she asked me to read and review her revised edition. Jennifer Frost is a tough heroine – she seems to handle the transition from city life to the wilderness with ease. And the Hawk Hunter, the hero, is just plain yummy. I’m looking forward to reading more of Diana’s books.
Masked Love by Nicole Zoltak. Nicole was my featured author here a few weeks ago. This book has all the usual romantic trappings of the regency period – but it’s told from a servant’s point of view. Isabella is a lady’s maid and her hopelessness in loving a noble is real, as class differences was a major conflict. The way this conflict is resolved is quite unusual. This is a nice short book, and reading a holiday romance on a hot summer day can be quite refreshing.
The Cavanaugh House by Elizabeth Meyette. Elizabeth is yet another member of the Mid-Michigan RWA chapter. She writes historical romances set during the American Revolution, but The Cavanaugh House is set in the 1960s in New York and follows Jesse Graham as she tries to uncover the truth about what happened to her Aunt Helen in the house Jesse has inherited. I don’t usually read ghost stories, but this mystery is solved through Jesse’s hard work – not through ghostly intervention. Elizabeth and her husband travel to her book locations for research and inspiration – he takes the photographs that she uses for her book covers!
So – for next month I will DEFINITELY read Duke by Day, Rogue by Night because it’s been on my list for three months. I’m also reading a steampunk romance (a first for me) called Besotted. Other than that… we’ll see!