Looking for a new read?
Here are a few Short & Sweets on my September romance finds that might be just what you’re looking for!
~ Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day ~
Release Date ~ August 27, 2019
Once, I would never have imagined myself here. But I’m settled now. In a place I love, in a home I renovated, spending time with new friends I adore, and working a job that fulfills me. I am reconciling the past and laying the groundwork for the future.
Then Garrett Frost moves in next door.
He’s obstinate and too bold, a raging force of nature that disrupts the careful order of my life. I recognize the ghosts that haunt him, the torment driving him. Garrett would be risky in any form, but wounded, he’s far more dangerous. I fear I’m too fragile for the storm raging inside him, too delicate to withstand the pain that buffets him. But he’s too determined…and too tempting.
And sometimes hope soars above even the iciest desolation.
I really enjoyed Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series when I read it many moons ago, so I’ve definitely been looking forward to Butterfly in Frost. When I also realized that I could purchase it and listen to it both with Kindle Unlimited, I was pretty excited to have a new audiobook to enjoy as well. Unfortunately, there was just something overall that was missing for me in this romance.
It was an intriguing and complex story for a novella, and the foreshadowing kept me engaged throughout wanting to figure out what had happened in Teagan and Garrett’s past. However, I think I needed more answers earlier on to establish a deeper connection with them both, and I felt like there was too much missing in between the beginning and the end of the story.
When I listen to audiobooks and have such a detached feeling with the characters like I did in this story, I always wonder if it’s due to the narration. Honestly, I didn’t really enjoy it. The voices came across as a bit monotonous for me, so this could have been the culprit.
At the end of the day, I landed with mixed emotions on Butterfly in Frost. It was an okay read for me, but I recommend going with the ebook or paperback if giving it a try!
~ On the Island (On the Island #1) by Tracey Garvis Graves ~
Release Date ~ August 16, 2012
When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.
T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He’s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn’t bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family – and a stack of overdue assignments — instead of his friends.
Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.’s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.
Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
One thing I’ve come to discover over the past year since I’ve found Tracey Garvis Graves’ writing is that you really can’t wrong with picking up any of her books!
I loved Heart-Shaped Hack, White-Hot Hack, and The Girl He Used to Know and have heard so much about the awesome of On the Island for so long now but kept putting it off. I know, I know, I’m of the rare few that hadn’t read this romance, but I wasn’t sure if the teacher/student relationship trope was for me, so I just didn’t get on that island!
Well, guess what? I FINALLY read it, and of course, I loved it! There were so many highs and lows in Anna and T.J.’s beautiful journey that just pulled at my heartstrings, and the descriptive setting really made me feel as if I was alongside them throughout. This was a lot different than I had expected it to be and such a sweet, sweet, sweet romance!
There is also a companion novella in this series, Uncharted, and I look forward to reading it as well!
~ A Lesson in Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone ~
Release Date ~ March 19, 2019
When librarian Poe Markham takes the job at Thornchapel, she only wants two things: to stay away from Thornchapel’s tortured owner, Auden Guest, and to find out what happened to her mother twelve years ago. It should be easy enough—keep her head down while she works in the house’s crumbling private library and while she hunts down any information as to why this remote manor tucked into the fog-shrouded moors would be the last place her mother was seen alive. But Thornchapel has other plans for her…
As Poe begins uncovering the house’s secrets, both new and old, she’s also pulled into the seductive, elegant world of Auden and his friends—and drawn to Auden’s worst enemy, the beautiful and brooding St. Sebastian. And as Thornchapel slowly tightens its coil of truths and lies around them, Poe, Auden, and St. Sebastian start unraveling into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Together, they awaken a fate that will either anoint them or leave them in ashes…
From the author of the USA Today bestselling New Camelot series comes an original fairy tale full of ancient mysteries, lantern-lit rituals, jealousy, money, murder, sacred torment, and obsessions that last for lifetimes…
A Lesson in Thorns is the first of four books in the Thornchapel series.
If books are not standalones, my rule of thumb is never to start a series until all the books are released, but with its beautiful cover and intriguing synopsis, I totally went against the grain on this one. Man oh man did Sierra Simone deliver a heaping spoonful of steamy awesomeness in A Lesson Thorns, and I am on the edge of my seat for more of this Thornchapel Series!
I always love a lot of character depth in my reads, and I am so intrigued by all of the relationships between this entire cast of complex characters introduced. While the main focus of this book is on Poe and the loss of her mother, many secrets of her past with Auden and St. Sebastian are also revealed, and there is such a fire between them!
There’s quite a history amongst this group of childhood friends that have grown up and apart over the years, and I loved the mysterious way that Simone teased me as she unveiled pieces of their past throughout. Her eloquent writing with its poetic flair combined with her descriptive setting and world-building of Thornchapel completely consumed me. Be prepared because the story ends with a cliffhanger and note that the steam factor in this romance was absolutely melting!
Feast of Sparks (Thornchapel #2) is now available, and I can’t wait to dive into it!
Check out Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day – free in Kindle Unlimited!
Purchase On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves!
Start the Thornchapel Series with A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone!
Have you read any of these romances or authors before, or did you find a favorite read this month to share?
Let me know in the comments below!
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