The Mechanical Universe series by E.E. Ottoman: I binged through this fantasy/steampunk romance series and really enjoyed it. I loved the diverse characters and the world was so interesting. My only complaint is that each book is a bit short. I wanted more time with these characters and their romances and more time in this world. I would have loved to have seen more of the magic alluded to in the books, but overall, I really liked them. (One note: the proofreading in the last book especially isn't very good. It did the author's work no service.)
Chosen Pride by Mary Calmes: The third book in the paranormal L'Ange series was as fun as the first two. It was the first book I read this year, and it started off the year well.
Coffee Boy by Austin Chant: I loved this short read. It's just why I read romance—a lovely, hopeful story that left me smiling. Kieran is young, trans, and slightly adrift, not knowing what the future holds for him, and Seth is older, lonely, and prickly, and they are just perfect and so good for each other. I found this charming.
Wanted, A Gentleman by K.J. Charles: K.J. Charles is a favorite author of mine, so I'll read whatever she writes, but this Georgian romance in which a merchant drags a Lonely Hearts column-type writer along to Gretna Green to stop an heiress from marrying is just delightful.
Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory: I loved this story of espionage and romance in 1920s London. Miles, the linguist who wants to be more whose a cross-dressing was obviously a part of his identity, was perhaps my favorite, but I liked Briars too, and also Miles's manservant, who is wonderful. Lovely and fun read.
Best in Show by Kelly Jensen: Fun and adorable shapeshifter romance novella about a cat shifter who is cursed to stay in cat form during the day and manages to get adopted at an animal shelter by a lonely writer. Just what I needed.
Undertow by Jordan L. Hawk: This is a Whyborne & Griffin universe story about Whyborne's sister Persephone and his secretary Maggie, and it was all I hoped it would be. Sweet, sexy, funny, with the usual Widdershins intrigue. Maggie and Persephone are adorable together, and I really liked seeing more of Mr. Quinn and his fellow librarians.
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King: I'm a bit behind, but I'm finally catching up on the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, one of my favorite mystery series for a long time.
What did you read in January? And what are you looking forward to in February?