June 2018 books
It’s really just June romance novels, because that is all I read this month.
Here is my monthly wrap-up: The good, the bad, and the terrible. And 3 missing from the picture (The Governess Game by Tessa Dare, Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian and Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean) because for some reason I couldn’t make a grid of 18. All the links go to goodreads. I had a big sports romance binge this month, which… I don’t know where that’s coming from. I want to be a jock? Idk.
(A) denotes audiobooks.
* Denotes ARCs publishing later this year.
Kulti by Mariana Zapata — Sports romance with a hispanic athlete heroine! VERRRRRY slow burn. Set in Texas! Big book hangover from this one.
*The Governess Game by Tessa Dare — this book will be published on August 28, 2018 and you should add it to your to-read list now! This sequel to the Duchess Deal stars Alexandra and the Bookstore Rake. YAASSS.
The Kiss Quotient (A) by Helen Hoang — Autistic econometrician heroine hires a male escort to educate her in the bedroom and be her fake boyfriend. Lives up to the hype.
Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian — nonbinary heroine and bisexual hero. Described by another reviewer as *hella* queer, and it is. So good.
*For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell– Publishing September 2018, full review TK. Female Indiana Jones + period James Bond with a touch of Amelia Peabody.
One Night in London by Caroline Linden– A widow seeks custody of her niece, but runs into problems when a duke steals her lawyer. Then the duke helps her…. *WINK*
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me (A) by Mariana Zapata– Sports romance, fake marriage, maybe a lil enemies to lovers, very cute. Slow burn.
Burn for You by J.T. Geissenger– Set in New Orleans, a fake marriage between a mixed-race restaurant owner and a grumpy white billionaire. Could not stomach the audio for this one, read the ebook.
Edge of Glory by Rachel Spangler– Sports romance with Olympic athletes, a snowboarder and a skier, training together. F/F
Romancing the Inventor (A) by Gail Carriger– Steampunk F/F with werewolves, vampires, and a French inventor with dimples.
Real Kind of Love by Sara Rider– Fake relationship family vacation, very fun!
For the Win by Sara Rider– Cute romance with a great heroine, spoiled by an unlikeable jock hero.
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (A) by Angela Dawe– an embarrassing audiobook to listen to, very unsexy language (DAMP). Tepid heroine, excellent autistic Scottish hottie hero, murder mystery.
Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely– Straight up jock-hairdresser sports romance with pretty cute modern characters but not much zing. Feminist as heck, high five for that.
The Duke and I (A) by Julia Quinn– A rare one-star review because SPOILER ALERT! Tricking your husband into impregnating you is wrong and gross and horrible. YUCK. Mortifying audiobook, super awkward sex scenes. Hero has major baggage because his father was a jerk and now he is a jerk, too.
Lord of Scoundrels (A) by Loretta Chase– Libertine hero Dain (this guy would definitely have syphilis irl) marries his friend’s sister. Dain has serious baggage and self-loathing thanks to his dad. This book and The Duke and I both had heroines who tried to fix the heroes and it’s just something problematic for me, maybe. Also mortifying dirty talk.
So that was June romance! Check out my May romance summary if you like.