Golden in Death by JD Robb: Golden in Death is the fiftieth book in the In Death series, which is mind-boggling! I've been reading them since I was in high school or college, and I've read every single one. I have books in the series I like better than others, but they're always reliably enjoyable, and it's fun to revisit the characters.
When I First Saw Red by Kasia Bacon: This fantasy romance uses two of my favorite tropes—opposites attract and fated mates. It's the story of a demon and a human solider who are reluctant fated mates (very reluctant and very stubborn about it!). I really enjoyed the story and loved both main characters.
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh: Silver in the Woods is a m/m fantasy romance novella that draws on legends and Green Man myths and feels a bit like a fairy tale. It was really lovely, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir: Okay, so funny story: this was the last physical book I borrowed from the library before the library closed back in March. I started it when I borrowed it, but I wasn't really in the mood. Then the library closed and the book sat on my table for months. The library reopened for returns in June, but I insisted I had to read it first (it had been in my house for months, after all!). I'm so glad I did. It was recommended to me with the line "lesbian necromancers in space" and it is that. It's science fiction and fantasy and suspense and mystery all wrapped up in a very interesting world. Gideon is such a fun and engaging character, and her relationship with Harrowhawk is intriguing as it is revealed/evolves throughout the book. So many of the supporting characters are interesting as well. I'm definitely going to read the next book when it comes out.
Let's Talk about Love by Claire Kahn: Let's Talk about Love is listed as YA, but the main characters are in college or in their early twenties, so it might be more New Adult (if that category still exists...?). Either way, it is delightful. It is told entirely in the POV of its asexual, biromantic, black main character. Alice's voice is wonderful and engaging, and her struggles with her sexuality and family and figuring out what she wants to do with her life are relatable.
Have you read anything lately you loved? Or are you struggling to focus like me?