Some months I struggle to pick my favorite reads because there were so many and it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down. September wasn’t that month. With 14 books read, 6 rated 5 stars (3 of which were rereads), 2 DNFs and 2 rated three stars, it wasn’t a stellar reading month. Overall it was average, but there were still some standouts.
To be clear, my favorite books of September aren’t pity picks. They would’ve been at the top of just about any month’s “best of” list because they were fantastic reads.
If you’ve read any of Meghan’s books, you know her style is fun, laugh out loud funny and often over the top. (I say that with love.) Date Night was all of the above. It’s not available on eBook yet, but should be coming at some point. It was published as part of the Read Me Romance podcast and you can listen for free. Who doesn’t love free books?
In Date Night, Alex and Lauren send their daughter off to the sitter so they can have their monthly “date night”. And it’s one unlike any I’ve ever read in the past. Two words: role playing. It’s hilarious. I was quite literally laughing out loud on public transportation. It’s a super fun read with established couple swoons and sexy times.
Novellas tend to be hit or miss for me, especially when they’re not essentially a bonus story in a series I love. I should’ve known Elle Kennedy would deliver a fantastic novella. Did Bad Apple leave me wanting more? Absolutely, because I am a greedy reader. But it was also a complete and satisfying story. Elle totally knocked it out of the park.
Bad Apple starts off with a bang with a super awkward (and sexy) meet cute between Maggie and Ben. Their unconventional introduction leads to a little bit of a chase and an “expiration dating” story. And my gods is it steamy. 🔥🔥🔥 I thought maybe this story would be more heat than feels, but I got a dose of both.
I’m sure by now y’all know I’m an unapologetic Mariana Zapata fangirl. It was love at first read when I picked up The Wall of Winnipeg and Me nearly three years ago. I quickly binged her backlist and waited with total grabby hands for each new release. And, in the meantime, I was rereading favorites like The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, Kulti and Lingus over and over and over again. Her books are the ones I turn to when I’m in a mood, dealing with a book hangover or slump or just want to revisit my favorites.
I was on a string of mediocre reads in September when I decided it was high time to reread Kulti (for the __th time). Is it cheating to count a reread as a favorite from the month? Maybe, but I don’t care. 😂 This book is everything. It’s in a very close tie with TWOWAM for my favorite MZ book. If you’re unfamiliar with it but you enjoy sloooooooow burns and a sports romance with a spunky heroine and a grumpy hero, you need this book. Did I mention he’s both her childhood crush and her new assistant coach? Y’all, you don’t even know. It’s so freaking good. (Side note: the heroine’s dad will forever be one of my favorite secondary characters.)
I still haven’t been able to bring myself to write my review for Bringing Down the Duke yet. 🤦🏻♀️ I have no idea how I’m going to do it justice. It was a delightful debut and if you’re a historical romance fan, you should check it out.
Bringing Down the Duke mixes enemies to lovers and feminism in an absolutely delightful historical romance. A grumpy duke and a sassy suffragist? I’m all over that. I recently saw someone refer to this book as basically equaling the “Darcy opening and closing his fist gif” from Pride & Prejudice and I’ve not been able to stop thinking about the comparison. It’s absolutely perfect. I couldn’t find the gif, but how about a quick YouTube video of one of MY favorite scenes.
So yeah, if that’s your jam you need this book. Prepare for a slow burn and some unexpected feels.
That’s all I’ve got for September! Now here’s hoping for a more consistent reading month for October. If I’m being totally honest, I won’t be sad at all if I have a tough time picking favorites when the time comes next month. Too many favorite reads is never a bad thing. 😉
What were your favorite books of September?
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