Hello, and welcome back! My non-reading task this week has been to work out a new list of agents to query, and, while I was at it, I think I have a new list of editors to query with my manuscripts as well. Which means I think I've settled back into the school week routine at last. And hey, so has the new bus driver, who's finally been exactly on time at last! Anyway, while we've been schlepping to fall baseball practices, I've been doing quite a bit of reading, which means I have three more September romances to share with you this time out.
Have Glass Slippers, Will Travel (Pocket) by Lisa Cach starts things off today, with Katy Orville deciding that her weird Oprah ritual and the subsequent dream mean that she should go to London and try to find herself a titled gentleman to marry. Of course, the man she's most attracted to is a farmer. Go figure. Too bad both of them are lying about who they are. I didn't find much in either of these characters I could relate to, so, while this one had some cute moments, it's not a keeper for me. If you're looking for a story you know will have a happy ending but don't really care how you get there, you might enjoy this one. Personally, I find it hard to believe you can fall in love with someone when both of you are lying about significant portions of yourself. This one's earned two and a half of Cupid's five arrows.
Dark Lover: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (Signet Eclipse) by J. R. Ward is next, with the vampire Wrath taking on a task no other can be trusted with. Beth Randall had no idea her father was a vampire, and now that he's gone, she's in danger. I know when I open a book to read and there's a glossary first thing, I'm in trouble. I guess the names of the vampires are supposed to be cute, Phury and Rhage and others, but I just found them annoying. This one is dark, very dark. I didn't like it. Wrath is just too tortured, too dangerous. I'm giving this one arrow, and I'll skip the rest of the series.
Prince Baby (Silhouette Romance #1783) by Susan Meier is last this time, with our second Bryant brother to fall to fatherhood. Seth Bryant is shocked when his ex-wife, Lucy Santos, shows up on his doorstep, and even more shocked when he discovers she's about to give birth to his baby. Princess Lucy's father has managed to keep her from Seth out of duty, but she knows he has a right to his son, despite the traditions of her father's kingdom. But she also knows her father will never allow it, never mind what her heart wants, or what Seth might want. These two have much to work out, but here, at last, is a story worth reading. By turns sweet and touching, these two will have you hoping they can somehow manage to find a way to stay together. I'm giving this one four arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!