Sports Romance Month is over, Easter has descended, and we are ready for April and Alphas vs. Betas! But let’s take a moment to recap March…
What we read
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I hit the 50-book mark on the final day of March! I’m super proud of myself, and part of my wants to revise my reading goal from 120 books for this year, but I’ve decided against it so as not to put more pressure on myself. ANYWAY.
I read a few really good books this month, as well as some more meh books. If I had to rank them from best to worst, they’d look a bit like this…
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
- Kulti by Mariana Zapata
- Rugby series by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
- Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai
- At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
- Make Me Want by Katee Robert
- A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
- Consort of Secrets by Eva Chase
- From the Top by Dani Collins
- A Scot’s Surrender by Lily Maxton
- #Nerd by Cambria Hebert
- Virgin Territory by Lia Riley
Some of them have already been reviewed on here, but I’m a tad bit behind on the reviewing front…
I read most of the PUCKED series by Helena Hunting, some of the Rusk University series by Cora Carmack, and am still working my way through Marina Zapata’s From Lukov with Love. I also read some non-sports books in the Wild Seasons series and The Beautiful Series by Christina Lauren.
Hands-down, Pucked Off from the Pucked series was my favourite. Sensitive Scottish ice hockey players are my new kryptonite.
What we put down
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I did have to put down Cut Short by Julia Wolf. I really wanted to enjoy it, but everything was a bit too nice for me, and I couldn’t bring myself to dive back in after taking a break at 20%.
I had to put down It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I couldn’t connect with either the heroine or the hero, and I really didn’t like how the heroine pretended to be less intelligent than she was in order to feel comfortable around men.
What we reviewed
- [5 Mar] See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson ★
- [6 Mar] Make Me Want by Katee Robert ★★★★
- [7 Mar] A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole ★★★★
- [8 Mar] From the Top by Dani Collins ★★★½
- [12 Mar] All Played Out by Cora Carmack ★★★★
- [13 Mar] Consort of Secrets: A Paranormal Reverse Harem Novel by Eva Chase ★★★★
- [14 Mar] Virgin Territory by Lia Riley ★★½
- [16 Mar] A Scot's Surrender by Lily Maxton ★★★½
- [19 Mar] Pucked Off by Helena Hunting ★★★★★
- [21 Mar] Attraction by Penny Reid ★
- [22 Mar] Level Me Up (Gamer Boy, #1) by Lauren Helms ★★★½
- [27 Mar] Kulti by Mariana Zapata ★★★★★
- [28 Mar] Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai ★★★★
- [30 Mar] The Hating Game by Sally Thorne ★★★★★
What we learned
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I had a good feeling about this month. Sports romances are a bit of a staple for me, with my personal favourite being ice hockey romances. I tried to expand outside of the ice hockey realm, though. I discovered L.H. Cosway at RARE18 London and saw postcards for her series featuring rugby players, cowritten with Penny Reid. Well, I just so happen to love rugby, and it seemed like the perfect fit! I’ve listened to the entire series now on Audible (book 2 was the best), and I’ve got a couple more lined up to enjoy soon.
I explored two new areas of sports romance this month. I read a few sports romances featuring female athletes, and both exposed the unfairness of the pro scene to women. I’m hoping to read From Lukov with Love soon to see how Mariana touches on that; hopefully it’ll be as amazing as Kulti. I also reviewed Level Me Up by Lauren Helms, which featured esports. Given the enormity of the industry, I hope to be seeing more!
I’m a little disappointed that the one ice hockey book I did read this month turned out to be a bit of a dud though.
I LOVED THIS MONTH. I had never explored sports romance prior to this month, but I think I’ve found a new favourite sub-genre. I’m in the process of devouring more of Helena Hunting’s books, because I adore her writing style and the way she crafts the connection between the hero and heroine, and I’ll definitely be reading more Cora Carmack.
What we’re looking forward to
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I have completely overdone it with the books on my TBR this coming month. What is wrong with me? But I don’t really know much about beta heroes, and I wanted to read a range of books featuring betas to get to know them a bit better.
I’m looking forward to Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson, though it’ll be a bit weird to read something almost as old as me. I’ve read classics, and I’ve read children’s books written in the 90s, but I’ve never read a romance written during the decade I was born. Let’s see how the romance culture was back then, eh? I’m also going to be reading Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy, which people have been saying features a beta hero despite the guy being a NASCAR driver.
But there’s a lot more coming from me in the next month, so get ready!
I am so excited to read Christina Milan’s The Duchess War, because everyone in Romancelandia absolutely raves about it. I’m also really looking forward to reading A Seditious Affair. It’ll be my first LGBTQIA+ audiobook, and I can’t wait.
How was your March? Did you read any great romance novels that we should try?