10 books I couldn’t put down this month

Books Alive 2009 Reading ChallengeToday’s post is our first ever guest post at Book Thingo, written by Keira, who runs Love Romance Passion, a romance book review blog for readers by readers. She’s been reading romance since she was a teenager and began blogging about romance so she could share her passion for her favourite genre. She loves reading paranormal, Regency, historical America, and highlander most of all, and completely adores blind and wounded heroes.

Kat asked me to tell her about my top 10 books from September (so far anyway) to go with the Books Alive 2009 Reading Challenge. These books are not all romance—some are young adult—but they’re all new to me.

Artemis Fowl (Boxed Set)1–5. Artemis Fowl (Books One, Two, Three, Four, Five)

Listening Library and Random House are my heroes. Love Nathaniel Parker’s voice. He’s so amazing. The story fairly leaps out of the speakers. Book 5 shows a hint of future romance as Artemis hits puberty, but it’s not a main feature of the series at all.

6. Lucky in Love by Carolyn Brown

Very funny contemporary Western romance. I loved the phrases and sayings best of all. The heroine is a riot!

Never Resist Temptation by Miranda Neville7. Never Resist Temptation by Miranda Neville (excerpt)

She’s a French/English aristocrat who loves to cook and is on the run from the law for a crime she didn’t commit. Hero wants to use her in his plot for revenge only to find out that he can’t.

8. Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi

This was recommended to me after I read Courting Miss Hattie (which is from August or it’d be here on this list.) It’s about a simple-minded hero and a widow finding love in historic America. Review coming up soon at Love Romance Passion.

Lord Braybrook's Penniless Bride by Elizabeth Rolls (US edition)Lord Braybrook's Penniless Bride by Elizabeth Rolls (UK edition)9. Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride by Elizabeth Rolls

Another book whose review will be out soon. One of the best Harlequin Historicals I’ve read. Picked it up and couldn’t stop reading!

10. Always a Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch

Always a Scoundrel by Suzanne EnochVery sweet romance with a pretty freaky bad guy. The heroine’s brother owes a fortune to the bad guy. The bad guy’s protégé finds out and wants to see the woman that could make the man willingly enter into matrimony. Hero finds heroine too innocent and pure to end up like that and works with her to find a way to help her escape.

So there you are—my current top 10, with half a month left to go basically.

Tell me what books have made it into your favourites this month so I have some more goodies to go find and read!

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  1. Kat says:

    Thanks for the guest post, Keira! This month’s standout books for me were Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry (although technically I read it in August) and The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke. I’ll have to keep a look out for the books on your list—especially the Harlequin Historical, which isn’t yet listed on the Australian M&B site. I’ve read Always a Scoundrel, and I remember liking the heroine a lot.

  2. SonomaLass says:

    I really enjoyed Miranda Neville’s Never Resist Temptation when I read it, too.  If you enjoy “foodie” romance, though, the best I’ve ever read is Delicious by Sherry Thomas — one of my faves last year.  For excellent historical romance, I also recommend Scandal by Carolyn Jewel for those who can get a copy — easy in the US, probably not in Australia.  Same with Tessa Dare, whose debut historical trilogy is fanstastic.
    Colleen Gleason’s Gardella books (which I have finally gotten around to) are good — Buffy in the Regency, sort of.  They aren’t classed as YA, but the first one had a very “coming of age” feel for me. I just got my hands on another YA that I can’t wait to read, Ash by Malinda Lo.  It looks like it will be VERY good.

  3. Keira says:

    I love being here Kat! I feel so special being the first guest blogger. I’d be happy to come back anytime – just let me know! :D
    Thanks SonomaLass! I am definitely interested in the Gardella books. Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Regency? Holy cow! I have to get those asap – Buffy is my hero–ine!  lol I loved that show. I was a Buffy/Angel shipper through and through. Which book is the first in the series?

  4. Isabel Roman says:

    Hit the wrong button, forgot to copy my comment. *sigh* I’m going to bed.

    The gist of it was: Artemis Fowl is an awesome series! I love Artemis and Butler. Just not together, lest you think that. *G*  But don’t listen to book #6, read it instead. Different reader and he’s not nearly as good as Nathaniel.  :(

    Now, BTVS in Regency? Love Regenices, love the Buffy/Angel ship…I’m so there!

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