I don’t know about you, but October was a tough reading month! I just didn’t have the motivation to read at all for days at a time which is usual for me. Because of that, I only finished 5 books this month – not bad, but not as much as I usually read.
Here’s what I read this month:
October 2022 Reads
To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne
I started the month off with a reread as I was craving a contemporary romance after primarily reading historical romances in September. Lauren Layne is one of my favorite contemporary romance readers so I knew rereading this book would deliver exactly what I was looking for. This book is a fun modern spin on You’ve Got Mail and I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a quick, fun, low-angst contemporary romance.
Check out my full review of To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne.
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
I decided to torture myself this month by reading Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood after knowing full well I hated The Love Hypothesis. This book was just not good. It was slightly better than The Love Hypothesis, even though the story felt very similar, but the ending of Love on the Brain completely ruined the book for me. I am telling myself now that this is the last Ali Hazelwood book I’m going to read, as her writing style isn’t for me, but I also know myself, and I may read her next book to just SEE if it is different.
Not All Diamonds and Rosé by Dave Quinn
I went to BravoCon this month which was so much fun! I’ve been binging so many Real Housewives leading up to the convention so it’s been all Bravo, all the time for a long time. On the drive home, I decided I wasn’t done with my Bravo-filled weekend and decided to grab the audiobook for Not All Diamonds and Rosé to listen to. I don’t usually read nonfiction, but this book was a really fun behind-the-scenes look at the history of all the Real Housewives franchises. This book read more like a documentary than anything. I really enjoyed the audiobook as Amy Phillips did some great impersonations of popular Housewives which helped brought the stories to life.
A Rogue in Texas (Rogues in Texas #1) by Lorraine Heath
After finishing Lorraine Heath‘s Texas Trilogy, I wanted to continue reading more of her backlist, particularly her Western romances, so I decided to dive into her next series, Rogues of Texas. This series focuses on three English wayward sons who were sent to Texas to make their own way. A Rogue in Texas focuses on Grayson Rhodes, the illegitimate son of a duke, and Abbie Westland, a widow. This book was a bit slow in the beginning but picked up more in the second. Lorraine totally went their with the twist, but also I was NOT expecting how she tied everything together to get Grayson and Abbie their happily ever after.
I am planning to review this sometime soon (my review backlog is HUGE right now), so keep an eye out on the blog for my full thoughts at a later date.
The Counterfeit Scoundrel (The Chessmen: Masters of Seduction #1) by Lorraine Heath
If you cannot tell, Lorraine Heath is one of my favorite historical romance authors. I absolutely adored the Once Upon A Dukedom series (The Duchess Hunt is my favorite historical romance ever), and when I got the ARC of Heath’s new spinoff series from that, I had to immediately dive in. The Counterfeit Scoundrel is the first in the new The Chessmen: Master of Seduction series. I need to sit on my thoughts for this before I write my full review, but my initial gut reaction is that I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. It really leans into the detective storyline, possibly too much where it slightly overshadows the romance.
My full review will be up for this book closer to the book’s publication date of February 21, 2023.
October 2022 Reviews
Part of why I had a bit of reading slump was because work was crazy and I was traveling a lot, which means I had limited time to write reviews. This month I only got up 5 reviews.
If you missed any of my reviews from October, here’s a rundown of what was published:
- Texas Destiny (Texas Trilogy #1) by Lorraine Heath
- MacRieve (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley Cole
- Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
- Texas Glory (Texas Trilogy #2) by Lorraine Heath
- The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes (London Highwaymen #2) by Cat Sebastian
How was your October reading?