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July Favorite Books


Last month I talked about how I started reading a wide variety of book genres when I was in elementary school. I must have had my old Barbara Cartland books on my brain, because I found myself reading several historical romance novels this month. Of course, these are not your chaste Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer heroines. These heroines are flawed and modern in many ways. It was an enjoyable change from all the Young Adult books I'd been reading (though I love YA). Two of these books became made my favorite July reads. Be warned, there are plenty of sex scenes in these historical romances, so if that isn't your taste, you'll definitely want to stick to Georgette Heyer and Jane.

I've found myself drawn to almost all of C.J. Archer's books over the last year. Her historical, paranormal series tend to be my favorite. Her member's only website short called The Traitor's Gamble made me love her character Matthew Glass from her Glass & Steele series all that much more. It was also a great tease for her 3rd book in that series which will be coming out later this year. If you register at her website, you might be lucky to get the free short as well. When I looked back to July of 2016, I was surprised to find that I had just read The Watchmaker's Daughter (the 1st in this series), and it was a favorite at that time. This month, it was her Assassin's Guild Series that I downed book after book. The fourth in that series, The Sinner, became a July favorite because it had a main character that was flawed, layered, and sexy.

The other historical romance that was a favorite was How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days by Harmony Williams. This was one of my first books by this author, but it certainly won't be my last. It was a light-hearted but endearing story that had my rooting for more than one of its characters.

Another favorite this month was the conclusion of Victoria's Schwab's Monsters of Verity Series, Our Dark Duet. Even though the ending was hard to read, the characters are deep and multi-faceted and her world is scary, dark, and real. I can only hope that she creates a "Hunter's" series out of the group in Prosperity that made an early appearance in this book.

Finally, I found a new book by an author I've read for many years. Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams was a complicated and surprising look at the dark side of Florida in the 30s. I always feel at home with Beatriz's novels because she has peek appearances by characters from her past books. This could have been a "duet" series with her novel A Certain Age because the main characters in them are sisters. I was glad I had waited to read them together.

As always, I encourage you to decide if these books are for you by reading the descriptions and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. And, when you are done reading, I ask you to write your own review so that others can benefit from your thoughts. Even the most famous authors love to hear the opinions of their readers.

Hope you enjoy as many of these as I did.

LJ Evans

Favorites for July 2017

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab - YA - Dystopian Monsters

Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams - Fiction - Literature - Historical

The Sinner by C.J. Archer - Historical Romance

How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days by HarmonyWilliams

The Traitor's Gamble by C.J. Archer - YA - Historical Paranormal Short

Throwback Favorite to June 2016

The Watchmaker's Daughter by C.J. Archer - YA - Historical Paranormal Romance

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