A CERTAIN APPEAL by Vanessa King is a fast-paced, super cute retelling that’s just as much about finding or rediscovering your confidence, battling the self-defeating demons in your head as it is about meet-cutes and HEAs.
Raquel Reyes’s Caribbean Kitchen Mystery debut, Mango, Mambo, and Murder, is a delicious, spicy treat. Cuban-American Miriam Quinones-Smith has just moved back to Miami so her white husband can take a new job. Miriam’s excited about being back in Miami as she can reconnect with family, see more of her bestie, Alma. And as a food anthropologist, she needs to figure out her career next steps.
This is Gothic horror at its beautifully terrifying best. It’s got the creeping unease of Shirley Jackson, the family secrets that unsettle like Rebecca, and the lens of modernity viewing classic tropes and putting new sparkle (or maybe that’s viscera) on them like Mexican Gothic. Intensely creepy and satisfying.
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper is a sexy, witchy romp that gives the perfect autumn cider vibe.
The Shaadi Set-Up is Lillie Vale’s adult romcom debut. This is a super-cute second chance, contemporary desi romance.
Battle Royal by Lucy Parker gave me everything I could want – giggles, slow-burn steam, a cat, and cakes along with a bit of ugly crying because it broke my heart just a little but the ending more than made up for that.
Half Sick of Shadows is a fantastic reimagining of the King Arthur story that focuses on three of the women – Elaine, Guinevere, and Morgana. These are strong, imperfect, powerful women – not the seductresses or prizes of the source material.
While We Were Dating is so charming, steamy, upbeat, engaging, sexy, and fun! I was incredibly sorry when I got to the last page – I wanted the story to keep going!
Death in Bloom is a fun, quick, gentle read with an endearing amateur sleuth full of positivity, a great cast of supporting characters plus a bonus puppy sidekick