I am convinced it is impossible for Mary Balogh to write a bad book. No scratch that, a mediocre book. Wait...no...anything beyond just a flat out, brilliant book. I've read all of the Slightly series, two of the Simply series, The Secret Pearl and now have just finished More Than A Mistress. I have The Gilded Web, A Summer to Remember and one other which I think might be something about Mistletoe. Possibly a Christmas anthology. I'm not sure. I just saw her name on it and grabbed it.
Thankfully I still have a fair bit of her backlist go get through but I'm still trying to pace myself. I've already exhausted my Lisa Kleypas backlist and am up to date on her books (except for the new contemporary that's out, I have to wait for it to go paperback, although I might get the HC from the library first). I'm up to date on all of Deb Hale and Julianne MacLean's books. I'm perilously close to finishing up Kathryn Smith and Cathryn Fox. And Maggie Osborne has retired so there will be nothing new coming from that front. Please a moment of silence whilst I mourn...
I'm almost afraid to start reading the few Elizabeth Chadwick books I have left although thankfully there are two new ones I haven't purchased yet, so there's something to look forward to. And Victoria Alexander has three left I haven't read and Julia Quinn has two. In fact, I don't even know what I'm complaining about (was I complaining? This post has begun to meander, I forget what I was talking about). I have plenty of books left. In fact, my TBR pile has taken over the back wall of my bedroom, multiplying beneath my desk at an alarming rate.
Which reminds me - here's a trivia question for all of you Jo Beverley readers. I purchased The Rogue's Return last night and this book features Simon St. Bride. Now, when I first picked the book up I thought...wait a second...isn't Simon the friend from the Company of Rogues who was supposedly killed in the war but his body was never found? Wasn't one of the Company of Rogues killed in the war? Because they mention the dead guy in every Rogue book, and every time I keep thinking - this guy isn't dead, he's going to show up somewhere with his own book. So is it Simon, and if not, does anyone remember who because I've been wracking my brain all day and it's driving me crazy!
Okay, so that's all I have for today. Pardon my rambling, but it's Monday, I'm tired and now I'm leaving because I'm out of animal crackers, still kind of hungry and about to go scrounging for more food.
Aha! An addendum because it was driving me crazy. I checked out Jo Beverley's website (I blame the hunger for not making me think of that sooner...). Anyway, turns out two of the guys were dead and apparently plan to stay that way, neither of which were Simon. Simon has been in Canada. But it was Darius Debenham I was thinking of. He was only presumed dead, although has apparently picked up a nasty opium problem. His book is out now too - To Rescue a Rogue. From his opium addiction one would assume.
Good thing payday is Friday.