The Dime

During pride month, I was working on a list of mysteries and thrillers with LGBTQ+ protagonists for my library. I was pleased to find that more and more authors are choosing to tell stories with diverse characters but there is still a lack of mysteries with gay characters. While I meant to read this book in June, I’m glad I decided to give it a try as I ended up liking it and I am looking forward to reading the second in the series.

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The Soldier’s Scoundrel

This was my first Cat Sebastian book after having heard about her for a while.  A good friend of mine likes her a lot so when the quarantine hit, I grabbed a bunch of hers to read because I thought they would be quick fun reads that would help me escape from the real world for a bit.  I am glad to say that I was right; I really enjoyed this book and will be reading more of her work soon.

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A Lesson in Thorns

I said in a previous post that Sierra Simone is quickly becoming my go to author for erotica but my issues with the last series of hers that I read almost stopped me from picking this book up.  It is the first book in a series that is still being published so I decided to take my chances.  Like the first book in the “New Camelot Trilogy,” this book is a great start…I just hope the quality continues.

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Where The Crawdads Sing

This book has been EVERYWHERE recently and its popularity seems to have come out of nowhere.  It has appeared on a bunch of best of lists and has been the pick for numerous book clubs.  My library currently has 30 people waiting to get their hands on this book so the hype isn’t going anywhere.  I usually steer clear of books that are popular just because they are but I had heard good things about this one.  I am so glad I read this book because it was a beautiful, haunting read and I can’t recommend it enough.

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The Lost Girls of Paris

Historical fiction is a genre that I don’t normally read.  I have found that I prefer reading about the actual history event as opposed to a fictionalized telling of it.  There are exceptions to this of course but I struggle to find historical fiction books that I love.  This book hasn’t changed my mind on the genre but I did enjoy the mystery of the story and the writing was well done.

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

This is a challenging book to review because so much has been written about it, and its author, already.  It went on my “to be read” list almost immediately upon publication but was always passed over for various reasons.   So when I saw the pop sugar challenge item of reading a book published posthumously, I knew the time had come to read the book that everyone seemed to love.  And I was very, very happy I did because this was a gripping, emotional, and almost unbelievable story that needed to be told.

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The Paragon Hotel

It took me a long time to read this book, not because it wasn’t good or because it’s over 400 pages. It took me a while to read it because the language used and the writing style was unique and beautiful and I wanted to take my time savoring every word and phrase written on the page. Although it took me a few chapters to get used to the way Lindsay Faye writes and her use of period-appropriate terms once I was able to wrap my head around her style, I was hooked. I normally don’t read historical fiction but this book was great and I highly recommend it.

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The Gone World

I am a huge Science-Fiction fan when it comes to television and movies but find myself not reading too many Sci-Fi books.  In an effort to familiarize myself more with this genre, I looked up the best Sci-Fi books of the year and “The Gone World” popped up on a few lists.  The premise got me interested right away because I love anything to do with time travel and altering the time line.  You will enjoy this book if you like stories that keep you guessing the entire time and leave you with questions even after the last page is read.

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Comsumed

This was my first J.R. Ward book so I had no idea what to expect from this.  I had heard good things about her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, so I decided to try this book, the first in a series, to see if I liked it and her writing style.  She is also a very popular author at my library and I am trying to become more familiar with the authors and genres that fly off our shelves.   Overall, I enjoyed the idea of the story but had some issues with the characters and the pace.

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