Now that I have many things off my plate (copyedits, page proofs times 2, manuscripts, promotion) I can return to the two things I love best--writing books and reading them.
I'm in the middle of a fabulous historical romance by Carolyn Jewel called Scandal:
Sophie has resisted the efforts of the Earl of Bannalt, a rake with a liking for beautiful women. Sophie considers herself nothing better than plain, so she's unwilling to believe that he's fallen madly in love with her. Besides, he tried to approach her while she was still married to his best friend, plus--Bannalt was the man her philandering husband always tried to emulate. Sophie's marriage broke her heart. Why on earth should she trust that Bannalt will be any better? When Sophie's brother asks her why Bannalt is so adamant in pursuing her, Sophie answers: "Bannalt's not in love with me. He just wants to have won."
This book is full of lavishly layered characters, the layers peeling away as you go through the story. The writing is awesome and beautiful. It's a lovely story of people learning to trust. This book crawled into my head and wouldn't leave me alone, which doesn't happen often.
Carolyn also writes paranormals, and a new one comes out next month (My Forbidden Desire)
So--what are you reading? Any great, highly recommends out there? (Because I so need to add to my TBR pile).