A Willful Woman…

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The RITAs and Me: an Acquaintance

on April 1, 2017

I’m stealing borrowing with permission this idea and the format from Ana of Immersed in Books. It’s always interesting to see how the Rita nominees correlate with my own reading. (Less and less each year, I’d say, as I read fewer books published by mainstream publishers.) So this is what I’ve read from the nominees.

Nominees by category:

Best First Book: 0/6

Contemporary Romance: Long: 2/7

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan. An enjoyable story. Although I disliked the heroine’s pressure on the hero and invasion of his privacy in the name of good will, it was so effectively emotional that it may be my favorite of the series.

Pansies by Alexis Hall. Too busy for me, but I enjoyed the unusually serious look at a former bully and bull-ee relationship, and the “return to a small town” trope set in an ugly, provincial English town full of bigots.

I also DNF’d Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long. There was nothing wrong with it, it just wasn’t grabbing me.

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length: 0/10

Contemporary Romance: Short: 0/10

Erotic Romance: 0/5

Historical Romance: Long: 1/4

No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Gurhke. (I’m really puzzled as to why this is in long rather than short. It was a quick read. I guess there’s just an arbitrary page count?) I don’t have any notes about this one, though I remember enjoying it. I think the heroine was well drawn and strong.

Historical Romance: Short: 2/6

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt. This is my favorite of the RITA nominees I’ve read: it was fresh and fun, and I’m rooting for it. My review.

The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries. My first Jeffries read in awhile and I was underwhelmed. My notes are that the plot was all over the place.

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance: 0/4

I’m going to check out all these nominees, because that’s a category I often enjoy.

Paranormal Romance: 0/8

I plan to read The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre.


Romance Novella: 0/7

Two DNFs for me here. I generally love Courtney Milan’s books but her Worth saga has been a complete failure for me. It feels strained and bloated. And I didn’t get into Tycoon by Shupe, though I don’t remember why.

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements: 0/4

Completely unsurprising.

Romantic Suspense: 0/8

Also pretty unsurprising, this year. I hope this category will work for me again someday. Right now, the world is too scary.

Young Adult Romance 0/4

Not that surprising. I mostly read YA fantasy.

Total read: 5. Total DNF‘d: 3

It will be interesting to see if any of those 5 turns out to be a winner. Go Duke of Sin!


5 responses to “The RITAs and Me: an Acquaintance

  1. Abby Vegas says:

    Thanks! Haven’t read many of this year’s nominees. I mostly read indies.

  2. Kaetrin says:

    I’ve read 3 of the RITA nominees but I have about 8 or so others on the TBR. So I planned to read them when I bought them! LOL

  3. Caz says:

    I read 99% historicals so those are the categories I’m really interested in and I have to say it’s a pretty uninspiring selection. Being a Brit, I hadn’t caught on that only people in the ‘club’ can vote, which must skew the results somewhat.

    I’ve v read mist of the historicals – I liked the Jeffries and was ‘meh’ about the Guhrke, but I can’t work out what on earth the Anna Harrington book is doing on the list because it was dreadful (I gave it a D+)

    • willaful says:

      I’m afraid that’s about par for the course. The RITA judges idea of what is an excellent historical and mine are often widely disparate. (Though certainly not always.)

  4. SuperWendy says:

    I haven’t read any of the RITA finalists this year but I have about 6 or 7 in the digital TBR. I even went through the motions of pulling those titles into a newly created folder on my Kindle. Now let’s see if I can find my mojo and actually get them read before they announce the winners in July.

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