Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh.
What tickled my fancy: unexpectedly interesting plot
What ticked me off: tic tic tic
Who might like it: Those fond of Balogh’s quieter stories.
I’ve written elsewhere about how tired I am of Balogh’s writing tics, and they’re still here in all their fine array. However, I find I can … not ignore them, but not let them bother me too much, if the book is otherwise interesting. This one didn’t seem worth the trouble at first, but I liked the hero’s vulnerability — head injuries have left him with memory blanks and some trouble speaking — and then the story went down some unexpected paths. I’m not sure how plausible it is that a hero with
Flava Flav Flavian’s history would be of the cool, witty type, but eh.
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare and various.
Finished up the stories I hadn’t already read. The quality of the stories varies widely, but they’re interesting if you like the world/characters. (Which I do.)
Gone But Not Forgotten by Sabrina Jeffries
Not a romance, but a very short story in a small town series. I have no interest at all in the series and kind of skimmed this, but I enjoyed how the author made a fairly severely autistic boy into a hero. (In the traditional sense.)
A Case of Possession by KJ Charles
“There was a fractional moment of total stillness. Then the rats came.”
Possibly even creepier than the first in the series: Rodents Of Unusual Size! I’m not sure how much more my heart can take. On the bright side, also more romantic.
Interlude with Tattoos by KJ Charles
Cute short vignette from the “Charm of Magpie” series. I read it in the wrong order, but it doesn’t matter much.