Hello, my lovelies.
So, Sunday-Mondays (or Monday-Sundays) seem to be all the rage these days. I’d apologize, but I was spending the day with Robbie and Julien and Priest…so, I’d be fibbing if I said that I was sorry.
I usually try to find something to remember in this space, so I can keep track of how my week was, but other than Harry Styles and Shania Twain at Coachella…
…literally the only thing I did this week was read. I barely slept, as you will soon see.
So. Let’s just get to the books, shall we?
I read fifteen books this week. Yeah. That’ s not a typo. Twelve of them were from the BrellaVerse—
This brings me to 99 books on the year, 45 books ahead of schedule. I would say that it’s time to adjust the goal, but then I’d be worried that the wheels would fall off. I will say that 200 is not looking like that much of a stretch this year, which, again, is nuts.
Easier to start with the books that EF and BB did not write, since there are only three of them. Never Been Kissed was delightful, and was my review of the week, so nothing more to add here. And the two Calamity Falls books were so forgettable that I had to go back to read the Goodreads synopses to convince myself that I had actually read them.
Which brings us to those other twelve, and y’all…we need to talk about Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank. I thought when they introduced me to Halo and Viper that there would be no sexier couple possible on the planet. But then they doubled down with Logan and Tate. And then they continued to kill me with Bash and Kieran. Ace and Dylan.
And then they completely broke me with Robbie and Julien and Priest. I will quite possibly never recover from their 4-book series, which I wish had been a 40-book series.
And I still have sixteen books to go. I need to remember to stretch and stay hydrated.
This week’s Brella entries were the PresLocke series, wherein newly-out action star Ace Locke falls for dreamy billboard model Dylan. The chemistry was off the charts with these two, and I loved watching them navigate the pitfalls of falling in love in the public eye. The PrimeTime series follows out news anchor Xander Thorne as he receives a death threat and hires his ex’s straight brother—a cop on leave—as his temporary bodyguard. That they end up falling in love is expected, but the relationship still felt natural and real.
Finley and Devil’s Kiss follows two boys who meet in college and each fall in love with one of their professors. The relationships were very different, which I appreciated. I was concerned that with both books treading similar ground, they would feel repetitive, so good on Blaine and Frank for not letting that be the case. They were good, but each of the two books was really a standalone, so there was not as much development as I like to see.
Yeah, I said it. I like character development in my queer romances. I like a series. I like letting things develop organically. Standalones can be good…but series can be breathtaking.
And that brings us to the Confessions series, with features litigation powerhouse Joel Priestly, his celebrity chef husband Julian Thornton and the bar manager they both fall in love with, Robbie Bianchi. This one was special. I was overwhelmed by the three of them. When you find yourself at three am telling the dog what’s going on in your book…well, you are either reading something extraordinary, or you really, really need sleep.
In this case it was both. 🤣
OK, that’s all from the 52 Veranda, where we are enjoying one of the few truly lovely days that a DC spring has to offer.
Till next week, stay safe, cuddle your animals and grab endorphins where you can.
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