What else to Read
Occasionally, people ask me for recommendations of what to read next, and occasionally, I try to respond. Too often, though
I forget people I should mention, or freeze and blank out on things I should say, and then remember hours later someone I should have
mentioned but didn’t because I have no memory.
This page is going to be a bit of an archive where I throw recommendations when I remember them. This way, I may freeze and I may forget, but
hopefully over time it can develop into a semi-coherent set of recommendations that makes me look like a rational person instead of someone
making incoherent noises about how good books are.
There are two parts to this list. There’s a semi-haphazard occasionally updated list of books that I’ve recently read and
loved. And then there’s an ever-growing list of authors that I really enjoy, where I think that if you enjoy my books you will also
like theirs. I hope both are useful.
I should specify in advance that I am friends with many of these authors. It is hard not to end up friends with someone
when you have not-so-secret crushes on their books.
New books you should read!
(updated extremely haphazardly, sorry)
January 2016. I’ve always enjoyed K.J. Charles’s books (historical; some
with paranormal elements, some not), but she is utterly killing it with her Society of Gentlemen
series. Her latest (second in the series; stands alone, but the first is great, too) is about Silas
Mason, a printer of radical, seditious materials agitating for democracy, and his illicit affair with
Dominic Frey, a gentleman who works in the Home Office. It’s all going swimmingly until
Frey raids Mason’s shop and discovers that it’s his solemn duty to send his weekly
assignation to jail. This book is holy crap ridonculously good.
Get it from Amazon,
December 2015. Susanne Lord’s In Search of Scandal
is a brilliant debut novel about a vivacious woman who could have anyone she wanted—and who wants the absolute last man
she should have. The prose is crisp and emotional, the characters are vividly drawn and extremely unusual, and the world of
Victorian England comes to life. Sometimes when I read historicals as an author of them, I can’t stop thinking about how I would
write the book instead. Susanne’s book was so good that I was able to stop fretting and just enjoy. I loved this book.
Get it at: Amazon,
Nook, and more.
January 2015. Rose Lerner’s True Pretenses is about Ash Cohen
and his younger brother Raphael, two fabulous con artists. When Rafe announces that he wants to quit the lifestyle, Ash is
heartbroken, but he can deny Rafe nothing. So he sets his sight on one last job: finding a wealthy woman to marry his brother.
Lydia Reeve is perfect for the occasion. Now all Ash has to do is not fall in love with her himself.
I loved everything about this book, from the heartbreaking relationship between the brothers, to Ash’s loneliness, to
February 2015. Radio Silence is an awesome, postapocalyptic tale. When the power fails and the
radios fall silent, nobody knows what is happening. They just know that things are rapidly spiraling downhill.
Arden Highmore and her best friend John Seong travel to John’s parents’ cabin in the woods to escape.
Gabriel Seong, John’s elder brother, is in charge with a capital C—and sparks fly.
Oh, do sparks fly. These sparks are seriously hot. Alyssa manages to combine postapocalyptic with
beautifully written with family drama.
Authors I love
January 14, 2016
- I am a huge fan of Theresa Romain, who writes with warmth, humor, and emotion. She’s one
of my go-to comfort reads.
- Jeannie Lin is another extraordinary writer. Her world-building is extraordinary—she puts me
smack-dab in the middle of her world and makes me forget the mundane details of my life. Read her, read her!
- Rose Lerner writes with grace, style, wit, and a sly, witty sensibility. She’s one of the
authors who can take one of my favorite tropes—the difficult heroine—and deliver it with sensitivity and emotion.
- Have you read Sonali Dev? Her first book, The Bollywood Affair, was so, so indescribably good.
I cannot wait for the next one. I feel almost incoherent when I try to talk about all the things I loved about her book.
- On the other hand, Elizabeth Essex’s books are so calmly, coolly, sexy and intelligent that
I feel like I have to put on my respectable face and try to look intelligent myself. Read them. They’re chock full of
naval battles, girls dressing as boys, boys lusting after girls when boys should be
commanding ships, and girls doing the boy’s job because she is better at it than the boy is. What is not to like about
this utterly delightful mix?
- I just discovered Alyssa Cole this last year. She writes a mix of things—some historical, some
contemporary—but everything I have read from her is extraordinary. I could sit here and struggle to explain how much I love
her writing. Instead, I’m going to link to a short story she wrote.
It’s free. Read it, and I hope when you read it you’ll see why I love her, too.
- I feel like I shouldn’t have to tell anyone to read Tessa Dare—if you’ve
read my books, you’ve probably already have read hers, too! But in case you haven’t, Tessa is smart, funny, witty,
and she writes utterly gorgeous prose.
- While we’re there with “authors you have probably already read”—Sarah MacLean
is utterly amazing, too.
- Along those same lines, Sherry Thomas pens beautifully-written prose alongside some of the most
utterly brilliant, emotionally-wrenching books that exist. I am a huge Sherry fan.
- I’m officially remembering to add Alisha Rai to this
list. In my defense, I thought she was here before. Alisha writes very sexy, very emotional romances. I
haven’t read anything by her I don’t love but personal favorites are Serving
Pleasure and A Gentlemen in the Streets
Charles writes brilliantly-executed, pacey, utterly immersive historical romances.
- Rebekah Weatherspoon is my go-to author when I want a book
that is funny and emotional all at one. I always finish her books with a smile on my face.
- Kit Rocha is a writing duo who puts out incredibly sexy (very very sexy), incredibly sex-positive,
books set in a post-apocalyptic world. Read if you like smart books about smart people. Do not read if you don’t like orgies.
- Tiffany Reisz is the master of writing smart, intelligent, sexy books that also happen to be
- I am also a huge fan of Zen Cho and I will read anything that she writes. She has a historical romance
called The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo that I adored (as a note: stylistically, it’s a little different from some other historicals, so be
prepared). I strongly recommend her short story collection. She has a full-length book coming out later in 2015 that I will hopefully remember
to squee about unreservedly when you can actually read it, instead of taunting you with my love for it now.
- I have just started this list and I am positive that I am missing many extremely awesome authors that should be on here, so check back and
hopefully I will remember to update.