How is 2021 already half over? That just doesn't seem possible. According to Goodreads, I've read 74 books so far this year. It's actually more than that since I haven't posted all of them yet but, wow, that's a lot of great romance. I've been blown away by all the 5-star books I've read since January. It's like everyone upped their writing game over the past 18 months and we're all reaping the benefits. There have been some truly exceptional stories. I can't wait to see what the next six months' worth of books hold in store! But, for now, let's focus on this month. Here's what's happening at The Romance Dish in July.
We launch the month on Thursday, July 1 with a tour review of The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath. This second book in Heath's The Talk of the Beau Monde series for Harlequin Historical brings plenty of passion, humor, sparkling banter, and depth of emotion.
Friday, July 2 brings a tour review of The Devil and the Heiress by Harper St. George. This second book in the Gilded Age Heiresses series takes readers to England for a road-trip romance with beautifully nuanced characters, sizzling passion, surprising twists, and one of my favorite couples this year.
Join me Tuesday, July 6 for a review of Incense and Sensibility, the newest book in Sonali Dev's Rajes series about a prominent Indian-American family in California. It's son Yash's turn in the spotlight as his run for governor takes an unexpected turn and a woman from his past figures prominently in his present. Expect heart-tugging emotion and drool-worthy food.
Wednesday, July 7 brings Nancy's review of An Extraordinary Lord by Anna Harrington. This Regency romance is the third book in Harrington's Lords of the Armory series.
Join us on Thursday, July 8 for Hellie's review of The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton. This first book in the Dangerous Damsels series has been described as "rollicking," "fantastical," and "swashbuckling." Sounds like one I want to hear more about.
Santa is back on Friday, July 9 with a review of The Wrong Marquess by Vivienne Lorret. This historical romance is book three is Lorret's The Mating Habits of Scoundrels series. That series title right there would have me picking up a copy!
Join me Saturday, July 10 when I share my thoughts about the newest women's fiction novel from Jennifer Ryan: Lost and Found Family. Ryan is a master at creating complex stories of dysfunctional family, secrets, betrayal, love, and the strength and resilience of women.
Travel with me to Sicily and Scotland on Monday, July 12 when I review Under a Sicilian Sky by Lisa Hobman. This contemporary romance had me ready to pack my bags, grab my passport, and fly away to sunny Mediterranean islands and cozy Scottish villages.
I'm back on Tuesday, July 13 with a review of the highly-anticipated Island Queen by Vanessa Riley, a historical novel based on the true life of Dorothy Kirwin Thomas, a free woman of color, and former slave, who became one of the richest and most powerful landowners in the Colonial West Indies. I've been eagerly awaiting this book since the author first mentioned it at a conference in 2019.
Join us Wednesday, July 14 for a cover reveal of Not Playing Fair by Terri Osburn. I loved the first book in this series, Not You Again (read my review) and am looking forward to a return trip to Pittsburgh in book two. Not Playing Fair is scheduled to be released August 30, 2021.
Friday, July 23 brings my review of Devil in Disguise, the newest historical romance from Lisa Kleypas. This seventh book in the Ravenel series includes another second-generation connection to her Wallflowers. This time, it's Lady Merritt Sterling (daughter of Marcus and Lillian from It Happened One Autumn) who is about to have the adventure of a lifetime.
Join me Monday, July 26 for a review of Not the Kind of Earl You Marry by Kate Pembrooke. I love fake engagement tropes and this debut story from Pembrooke has me eager for more from this talented new author.
It's time for some romantic suspense when I review Meg Tilly's The Runaway Heiress on Wednesday, July 28. This looks like one of those books that will keep me reading late into the night while looking over my shoulder the entire time.
Don't miss our blog tour review of The Highlander's Irish Bride by Vanessa Kelly on Thursday, July 29. This fourth book in the Clan Kendrick series features Grant Kendrick, the calm, sensible (some might say boring?) twin, but I have a feeling a certain Irish lass just may bring out the hidden highlander in the most respectable Kendrick brother. Can't wait to dive into this one.
That's it for now for the month of July though I am working on a few more features so be sure to check back throughout the month for additions.
What are you looking forward to this month?
Any must-read books?
Plans to over-indulge in fresh fruits and veggies? (Okay, maybe that's just me. We're nearing the peak of peach season here and I'm a wee bit excited.)
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