Here are some other books I read and enjoyed in July:
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore: Wild Beauty is a young adult magical realism story that is just gorgeous. The Nomeolvides woman have tended the garden of La Pradera for generations, making the flowers grow, but if they fall in love too deeply, the garden takes their lovers. Only now it's given someone back. The beautiful cover drew me to the book first, but the story and characters didn't disappoint.
The Queen's Game by Carla de Guzman: I loved the premise of this royal romance. It's set in a small island country near the Philippines and has a prickly heroine about to be crowned queen and a cinnamon roll of a hero who is the prince of a neighboring country.
Gutter Roses by Jude Lucens: Gutter Roses is a very a short story, but it gives a lovely introduction to the world of this series. I have the next book, and I'm looking forward to settling down with it.
Balefire by Jordan L Hawk: I adore the Whyborne & Griffin series. It's one of my favorite series, and Widdershins is a place I wish I could live (despite the monsters). I loved this new addition to the series, and my only complaint is that the next book is the last (I'm not ready!). Go read this series from the beginning!
Briarley by Aster Glenn Gray: This is lovely m/m Beauty and the Beast retelling set during World War II. The beast takes the form of a dragon, and there is an acknowledgement that maybe the punishment didn't really fit the crime.
Unfit to Print by KJ Charles: July was an embarrassment of riches for new books, including this new historical. It's a friends-to-lovers, second chance romance between a erotic bookseller and an upright lawyer who are long lost friends and only encounter each other again when lawyer Vikram goes looking for a missing boy. It's a long novella, but a bit short for me because I wanted more!
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick: I've read a ton of Amanda Quick's Regency and Victorian historicals over the years, but this is her first set in the 1930s and it was a lot of fun.
A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian: I adored the first book in this series (they do stand alone but go read It Takes Two to Tumble anyway because its so good and happy-making), and I loved this one too. Hartley and Sam were both wonderful characters who were wonderful together. I loved the family they built and the sense of warmth this book left me with.
What have you been reading lately?