My August reading post never happened last month because I spent the beginning of the month mostly sleeping while sick with covid (three and a half years of being careful and avoiding it—I'm still so annoyed it caught up with me). A month later, I'm still dealing with some fatigue but otherwise recovered, and you're getting a combined August/September reading post. My reading plans themselves were also derailed a bit by covid, since I really did mostly sleep and when I was awake, I could barely focus on anything so not a lot of reading got done. But, I do have some books to share with you:
Capture the Sun by Jessie Milhalik (M/F SF romance): This is the third book in (and I believe the conclusion to) the Starlight's Shadow series—I do wish there would be more to this series, not only because I love the characters but also because a few of those supporting characters' storylines were kind of left up in the air or hastily resolved off page and that annoys me. But, overall, I enjoyed this series, both the SF plot and the romances. And even more so, the chosen family dynamic of the characters aboard Starlight's Shadow. Definitely start at the beginning of the series.
Deven and the Dragon and Corin and the Courtier by Eliot Grayson (M/M fantasy romance): I'm slightly confused about which of these two books is meant to be the first book in the Beautiful Beasts series. It seems that the story in Corin and the Courtier occurs first, but I believe Deven was published first. I read Deven before Corin, and it didn't make much of a difference as the stories are only loosely connected through a family relationship between a main character of each book. They are light, fun fantasy romances with dragon shifters and a fairy tale vibe. Deven is probably my favorite of the two, just because Fiora was such a sweet character (a fun, dramatic, adorable dragon shifter), but I enjoyed both.
Resurrection Reprise by Hailey Turner (urban fantasy with M/M romance): Ever since Spencer (and his psychopomp, Fatima, who is an utter delight) made his first appearance in the Soulbound series, I wanted his story, and I was so excited when I heard about this book. It did not disappoint. I loved getting inside Spencer's head and learning more about him. The romance between him and vampire Takoma was wonderful, as was the paranormal action and mystery plot. Some appearances by other characters Soulbound characters were fun and perfect without taking away from Spencer's story (I'm also going to need a book for dragon shifter Wade now, please). I'm not sure if you can jump into this one without reading the Soulbound series, but it's really good, so you should do it anyway.
In Charm's Way by Lana Harper (F/F paranormal romance): This is another book I was really excited for. I've been enjoying The Witches of Thistle Grove series, and I'm already looking forward to the next, though this book is not my favorite of the series so far. POV character Delilah has appeared in previous books, and I'll admit she was not my favorite in those books. She makes a difficult main character and this book is just full of her anger. I was also a little skeptical of the romance in this book—it does end on a HFN, which I thought was good as the two characters still have a lot to resolve. What I loved was learning more of the deepening lore of Thistle Grove and the bonds that are growing between members of the four witch families. I'm interested to see where the series goes next.
What the Hex by Alexis Daria (M/F paranormal romance): This was a fun little paranormal romance novella. Catalina returns home to Isla Bruja (the secret island that is home to the most powerful Latinx witch families) for her sister's wedding and finds that the groom is possessed by a demon and both families are under the demon's magical control. Except the groom's brother/best man, who is also Catalina's old high school rival. The two are left to figure out how to get rid of the demon and save their families before the wedding, and of course, they fall for each other along the way.
What have you read and loved lately?