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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 7/24/23 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm coming off another little Bossy break, courtesy of a great family trip to the beach, where I got lots of reading in!

At the moment I'm reading the newest rom-com from Christina Lauren, The True Love Experiment, a spinoff of The Soulmate Equation, which I loved; I'm reading the upcoming Western mystery The Bitter Past by Bruce Borgos, about a sheriff who must delve into the past to solve a modern-day crime; and I'm listening to A Perilous Undertaking, the second in Deanna Raybourn's sassy Veronica Speedwell series of historical fiction mysteries.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren

I loved The Soulmate Equation from the writing team known as Christina Lauren. That book introduced the fantastic best-friend character of Felicity "Fizzy" Chen, and The True Love Experiment is Fizzy's story.

Fizzy is a successful romance writer, but she's never been in love, only in lust. Now she's beginning to feel like she's been selling her readers a lie.

Connor Prince is a single dad and documentary filmmaker slated by his boss to create a reality TV program about finding love. He's completely out of his comfort zone and the pressure is on--but when he meets Fizzy, he just knows he's found the perfect star for the show.

The writing team Christina Lauren also authored the books The Unhoneymooners, In a Holidaze, Love and Other Words, Something Wilder, and Autoboyography.


02 The Bitter Past by Bruce Borgos

Porter Beck was born and raised in the high desert of Nevada. He left to join the Army and worked for years in intelligence in far-flung places.

Now Porter's back home, taking on the sheriff job his father held until dementia forced him to step down.

Holding the position of sheriff has always been uneventful--but when a retired FBI agent is brutally tortured and killed nearby, Porter will need to delve into the area's history, ties to the Russians, and mysteries surrounding the onset of the nuclear era.

I received a prepublication edition of this title, published July 18, courtesy of NetGalley and St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books.


03 A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2) by Deanna Raybourn

I loved A Curious Beginning, the first book in Deanna Raybourn's sassy Veronica Speedwell series of historical fiction mysteries.

In the second installment, A Perilous Undertaking, Victorian lepidopterist and adventurer Veronica Speedwell teams up with her natural-history and mystery-solving partner Stoker to try to prove that local art patron and society figure Miles Ramsforth is innocent of murdering his mistress and should not be executed in just a few days.

But not everyone believes in Miles's innocence, and as Veronica and Stoker follow clues they venture from a royal palace to an artists' refuge to a strange underground grotto, realizing that someone will do anything to prevent the truth from coming out.

Deanna Raybourn is also the author of the wonderful Killers of a Certain Age.


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