For Heroines, we got:
- 1 Popular Queen Bee
- 1 Blue-Haired Teen Rebel
- 1 Darkhorse Heir to the Throne
- 1 Pornographic Artist
- 1 Ghost Whisperer
- 1 Ghost Inpersonator
- 1 Hot Prof
- 1 Hot Cop
- 1 Hot Ghost
- 1 Sorta Spy
- 1 Sorta Pirate
- 1 Dirty Evil Sexy God
- "I totally love her - but she wants to put herself in danger! No! I must protect her!"
- "I just can't win - everyone's trying to kill me! Even the sort-of good guys!"
- "I can't love her - she's a liar and I'm a pirate. Sort of."
- "I can't love him - he wants to stay in town and I'm on fire to leave!"
- "I can't love him - he's a jerkface who's most likely already dead!"
- "I can't love him - he's a nobody! And wears glasses!"
- 1 Secret Underwear Money Stash
- 1 Accidental 69 In a Sarcophagus
- Several Instances of Ghost Sex
- Several Muuuuuuuurders
- 1 Prophesy
- Several Enslaved Gods and Goddesses
- 1 Red Cravat
- 1 Sexy Troubled Brother
- 1 Saintly Martyr Sister
*April Pick* Going Too Far, by Jennifer Echols. A+
Winner of the Baggage-Handler Hero Award
Pros: Well-realized setting. High emotional tension. Highly empathetic, vivid characters. Hot cop hero. Great plot.
Cons: Ending seemed a little short, but otherwise this book is flawless.
*April Pick* Revealed, by Kate Noble. A+
Winner of the "Better Make Mine Beta" Hero Award
Pros: Fabulous heroine. Dreamy sorta-spy hero. Great description. Excellent characterization and banter. Good period detail.
Cons: Wow, this is hard. Um - there's a Big Mis, but it's teeny-tiny. Heroine can also occasionally be a witch with a B, but is awesome even then.
*April Pick* The One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin A+
Winner of the Spike Award in Sexy Villainy
Pros: Great worldbuilding. Awesome awesome AWESOME evil(ish) death/darkness/sex god. Strong heroine.
Cons: Actual settings aren't totally described, a little bland.
Surrender of a Siren, by Tessa Dare. B+
Winner of the Victoria Dahl Award in Sexually-Aware Historical Heroines
Pros: Original characters. Unconventional setting. Good character motivation.
Cons: Big misunderstandings that last for way too long. Heroine a wee bit on the selfish side.
The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker, by Leanna Renee Hieber. C+
Winner of the Pythagoras Love Triangle Award
Pros: Great secondary characters with angst and tangled romantic ambition. Good use of mythology. Heroine gains a backbone.
Cons: Heroine with backbone still has marshmellow centre. Hero is one-note. Writing tends towards overdescription. Ghost characters really annoying.
*April Dud* For The Earl's Pleasure, by Anne Mallory. C
Winner of the Heathcliff Lifetime Achievement Award in Asshat Heroism
Pros: Interesting paranormal element. Entertaining plot about alphhole hero forced into passivity.
Cons: Lame-ass ending. Doormat heroine. Dickwad hero. Plethora of useless characters and details.
The Other Novel I Read This Month:
The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman. A