I was on a (thankfully) short and mild reading slump a couple of weeks ago and my remedy to it is to read shorties!
The Bride Behind The Curtain by Darcie Wilde | Regency Makeover 1
Serial | Historical Romance | InterMix | March 15, 2016Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
I always root for the underdogs especially when they're up against mean girls. The Bride Behind The Curtain is like that with a classic ugly duckling theme going for it. I love the hustle and bustle of the Season, and Adele and her friends' grand scheme to be the belles of the ball to shed their wallflower statuses. It was exciting, the gradual transition leading to the big presentation. Mission accomplished!
The romance I'm unsure of. On one hand I love how honest and earnest Adele and James' courtship is. That said, James is so flawed, a self-proclaimed "gold digger" searching for a rich wife to bail out his family. Honorable intentions but there's much to be desired regarding his means. Things are still unresolved at this point and I'm not convinced that James will be a good husband for Adele. He might redeem himself down the road but I'm unconvinced, Adele deserves more.
The SEAL's Secret Lover by Anne Calhoun | Alpha Ops 1
Novella | Contemporary Romance | Swerve | February 2, 2016
Oh Anne Calhoun, why do you write such great romances?!
The SEAL's Secret Lover is a small departure from ACalhoun's other more cerebral and emotional Irresistible series. I initially thought that this is a romantic suspense, turns out its contemporary romance. A vacation fling turned love of a lifetime! It's flirty, hot, and very intense. I love the progression of Keenan and Rose's relationship, it's very straightforward with minor complications and zero drama.
At The Edge by Laura Griffin | Alpha Crew 1
Serial | Romantic Suspense | Pocket Star | March 7, 2016
For a shorty, At The Edge had me white-knuckling my ereader. Imagine crashing into a tropical jungle (my very verdant home country, the Philippines!) followed by a nail-biting rescue only to discover that the plane crash wasn't an accident, but an assassination and because you survived, the bad guys are now after you?!
Reading At The Edge is like watching an action movie. This shorty is relentless in that the mystery/thriller/action/sexy were continuously alternating, LGriffin will have your heart beating fast from start to finish. I love what the story is hinting at and I am excited to know WHY this is all happening and what clusterfuck the bad guys are trying to hide.