Ahahaha! I did it! I didn’t think I would do it, but I totally did it. I managed to squeeze in some books for April. Not the books I intended to read, mine you, because I ran out of time, but still I have some books that came off my very filthy TBR list.
First was Lucy Felthouse’s Love Through a Lens. Lucy’s Stately Pleasures was on my original list and I’m kind of bummed I ran out of time because, well, threesome, but I loved Love Through a Lens. I bought this because it’s an older man/younger woman story and for some reason I’m all on this May/December kick when it comes to writing. I wasn’t expecting adorable, which is exactly what the hero and heroine were. Nice bit of banter with some sexual tension thrown in, some great descriptions of the wild English countryside, and a heavy dose of the warm fuzzies when hero kissed heroine for the first time.
I love a good vanilla romance. I’ll admit it freely – I love Nicholas Sparks and those sorts of stories. I love category romances with slow-building romance and Love Through a Lens hit the spot.
Oh, and sex. There was sex. Excellent sex. An awesome scene in which the heroine, Celine, gets a good look and feel for Edward before some very dirty stuff starts. I’m picky about sex in traditional romances, as I’ve read too many that could have done nicely with a fade to black, but this was a nice lip-biter and the pacing went really well with the rest of the story — so bravo to Lucy for pulling it off so nicely.
Next, I finished off Alison Tyler’s Blushers. I thought all Alison stories were equally brilliant, but I was proven wrong with this anthology. “Stickler For Details” is superior to all other Alison Tyler stories I’ve read. I won’t even try to explain why, but this might have been the perfect erotic story (not counting Those Girls/Those Boys, obviously, because that’s a novella and deserves a category all its own.)
I finished off with Giselle Renarde’s Spanking in the Woods. Classic Giselle. Filthy, dirty, give-no-fucks erotica. A genuine and glorious hate fuck. The kind of erotica that makes Good Reads reviewer Lindsay Boilard angry.
So those were my filthy Books of the Month for April, all highly recommended. I won’t be as ambitious next month, since that bit me in the ass this time around. Let’s just say I plan to get into the dirty parts of Stately Pleasures at some point.