One of the reason I love writing these mini reviews is because I genuinely cannot remember what I read and when I read. So it’s nice to have a little tracker to remind myself, “Oh, look. You did it!”
This month was heavy on the queer romance and a thriller/mystery thrown in.
Learning to Flirt (Doveport #1) by Kallie Mont
Learning to Flirt is a small town, lesbian age gap romance and it was perfection. I adored it. Maggie is the owner of Doveport Books and is an adorable anxious mess. Parker is the new English professor, leather clad motorcycle riding lesbian of my dreams. The slowest slow burn that ever burned. And I loved every moment. Also, dived in to the second immediately because of the OH SHIT cliffhanger. If you like small town lesbian romances with banter and anxious chatter, please read this book right now.
Learning to Trust (Doveport #2) by Kallie Mont
The sequel to Learning to Flirt picks up right where the cliffhanger leaves us. Parker and Maggie are navigating their new relationship, sexual tension runs high and there are so many sexy time interruptions! I do kind of wish this book was blended in with the first, but I truly enjoyed watching Parker and Maggie with their ups and down in this one. If you liked the first in this series, you will enjoy this sequel just as much. (Also, there are more books in this series planned focusing on different characters! So excited.)
The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon
It has been such a long time since I’ve read a thriller centered around sisters. Which is one of my favorite genres. The Drowning Kind is told in dual timelines, revolving around a house and the healing/cursed spring pool. The complicated dynamics of sisters and family, mental illness, a spring pool that heals and takes, this book was so hard to put down. If you like generational curses, complicated family, and a high tension with a thriller, this book should be on your TBR pile.
Ornamental (Iron and Works #8) by E.M. Lindsey
Ornamental is a bisexual M/M romance just solidifies that this series is still one of my favorites. Age gap (almost twenty years, if I did my math right), bisexual main characters, repairing family relationships, an MC with Tourette’s. I adored watching Luke and Rafael navigate their feelings and relationship with each other and the other members of the found family/tattoo shop. If you like queer, disabled main characters who always get a happy ending (in more ways than one), seriously pick up this series on Kindle Unlimited.
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island is a contemporary romance that has left me with me mixed feelings. On the one hand, I adore books set on small islands, I love books that deal with mental illness and grief, and this book has some serious twists that don’t feel like they fit in the romance genre. But on the other hand, I didn’t actually like any of the romantic leads. That being said, I couldn’t put this book down. I was intrigued needed to keep reading to see how it was all going to resolve. If you like complicated romances based on iffy foundations, small town characters, and want to read some pretty writing, get it from the library. And then let me know how you feel about.
A Dance with the Fae Prince (Married to Magic #2) by Elise Kova
A Dance with the Fae Prince is a standalone fantasy romance in the Married to Magic series. It is a Psyche and Eros inspired story with a heavy twist of Cinderella that had me falling in love with the world Kova built all over again. Normally, I am not a fan of Cinderella retellings or inspired novels, but holy moly this one is my favorite. Katria is such a wonderful character and the Fae Prince is one of those lost prince types that I also normally don’t like. Literally everything about this one just made me swoon and be on the edge of my seat. If you like stubborn, strong romance leads, a high stakes quest while pining, and steamy tension, definitely read this one soon.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these! Or let me know what you read this month!