March, I was deep in a reading slump. I read A LOT of spicy romance novels, and a touch of YA.
- You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen McManus – I’m a massive fan of McManus’s earlier YA thrillers. I couldn’t connect with the characters or the conflict.
- Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey – I adored the first book in the Bellinger sister series. This was cute…but honestly, I really fell in love with the nods to the first book. And the HEA made me miss the characters.
- Not Like The Movies by Kerry Winfrey – I didn’t like the first book, and I didn’t really care about this one. If fade to black romance is your thing, this is the book for you. Also, this series leans heavily on meta rom-com moments, so do with that what you will.
- The Summer Proposal by Vi Keeland – This was a wildly unlikely premise, and I loved that about it. It had good spice levels, and I love any book where a wildly rich man falls in love with an “average girl.” The author was doing the most with the character descriptions, and the ending was a bummer. BUT, it’s a good spicy read.
- The Fine Print and Terms & Conditions (Dreamland Billionaire Series) by Lauren Asher – This had everything I love in a spicy romance read and one thing I didn’t know I needed. The Kane family owns a Disney-style empire. They fall in love with women of color. You get grump and sunshine in book 1, and marriage of convenience in book 2. I couldn’t possibly do this series justice. I became hyper-fixated and may have re-read them multiple times in 1 week. This ain’t Shakespeare, but it’s a damn good time! I can’t wait for book 3!
If you ever find yourself in a reading slump, give yourself the grace to just have fun with your reading. When reading slumps hit, that’s when I turn to literary flaming hot cheetos. I’m not in it for substance, but I want to keep the habit going. So let my March reads be proof that even “readers” have to drop the annotations, commonplace books, and esoteric reads, and instead read fun smutty romance novels.