While many of us are not getting our usual fill of beaches this summer, nothing says we can’t indulge in some beach reads. Not that a good romance can’t be enjoyed year-round!
Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert is set in the world of tabletop games and Conrad and Alden have been bitter rivals but must work together on a road trip to a major con (oh! may these tabletop and gaming conventions return!). Can they work past their rivalry when they both want to win? Are their growing feelings for one another worth fighting for? This is a sweet M/M romance featuring two 20-somethings finding themselves and exploring their passions, in love and life.
Jayne Ann Krentz is a solid author of romance and romantic suspense, and also writes as Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. Her most recent, Untouchable, third in the Cutler, Sutter, & Salinas series, finds Jack Lancaster, a cold-case investigator, targeted by his mortal enemy Quinton Zane. Can Jack save his neighbor and prevent being framed for her murder by Zane, a man who has already taken so much from him already?
In The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite, Agatha Griffin runs a printing business with her son after her husband’s death, and is introduced to Penelope Flood when bees take up residence on some of her printing plates. Thus begins a friendship that blossoms, slow-burn style, into more. The business of bee-keeping, the power of poetry and song to sway public opinion and foment rebellion, a Queen in exile whose defense wages a political upswell, and uppity rich folks trying to control what is considered sedition and indecent all conspire to make this book a memorable historical F/F romance. Also check out the first in the Feminine Pursuits series, The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics.
Binding Shadows by Jasmine Silvera is the first in the Tooth & Spell series, a new trilogy following the Grace Bloods trilogy, this time set in an academic library in Prague. Barbara is an academic librarian, a Black woman who has an uncanny magical talent for finding books (a talent she must hide), who also faces systemic bias in her work place. Apprenticed to the forbidding Professor Tobias Vogel, a brilliant man with his own secrets, Barbara splits her time between the academic world and the used book shop she works at part time. A mysterious artifact that enter’s Barbara’s life changes everything, and not all for the good.
Catch Jasmine Silvera, Olivia Waite, and Robin Bradford in an author discussion of Binding Shadows and The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows on Tuesday, September 29th at 7pm. Keep the kissing books coming!
~Posted by Misha S.