Here’s how the Historical Romance Readathon went!
Over the last 7 days I participated in the historical romance readathon. It’s a week all about reading historical romance with tons of fun prompts and challenges.
If you’re curious about my original TBR or want more information about the hosts, challenges, etc – check out my TBR post here!
First here’s the bingo board with all the challenges –
Now, here’s everything I read!
1. The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner
I’m really sad about this one… but I could not push past the 20% point of this book. I was listening to this on audio and the amount of Victorian slang in here drove me absolutely insane. If I heard “What” one more time I was going to scream…. Also the first part of this was all travel and I really dislike travel stories. I was just so bored, felt nothing toward the characters, and was just overall super disappointed by this.
2. The Rogue of Fifth Avenue (Uptown Girls #1) by Joanna Shupe
Challenges: Different Social Classes, New to You Author, Recommended, Blue on Cover, Joana Shupe
On a vastly different note – I absolutely loved this!! I think this is my favorite historical romance to date. I was a little nervous going into this because it’s set in New York and I wasn’t sure how much I’d love that setting for historical romance. But this was everything and more. It’s feminist, romantic, and fantastically written. I’ve already purchased Joanna Shupe’s entire backlist now 😅
3. The Devil in Spring (The Ravenels #3) by Lisa Kleypas
Challenges: Marriage of Convenience, Stepback
I’m SO glad I finally continued on with this series!! In fact, this might be my favorite of the series so far (I still really love book 1 too). I was nervous about Pandora’s story since she’s so eccentric. But this was absolutely adorable and I loved the chemistry between the main characters.
4. A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem (Lady’s Guide #1) by Manda Collins
Challenges: Recent Release, Widowed heroine
This is a recent release that I had an ARC for but wasn’t able to get to thanks to my recent reading slump. But I’m so glad I picked this up this week because this was everything I wanted in a historical mystery/romance! The characters were fantastic, the banter was witty and charming, and the mystery had me intrigued the whole way through. I totally bought into the chemistry between the main characters, but I wish their romance had been a little slower/drawn out. It was a little quick for my personal preference. I can’t wait for more in this series!!
5. Love is a Rogue (Wallflowers vs Rogues #1) by Lenora Bell
I’m on the fence about this one…. I got about 20% of the way through this on audio and I kinda hated it. I did not like the narration at all so I’m considering trying to read this physically. But I also just really didn’t care for the characters. I found them both to be quite annoying and the actual plot isn’t at all what was described in the synopsis. So for now this isn’t an official DNF, but it might become one.
6. A Lady’s Formula for Love (The Secret Scientists of London #1) by Elizabeth Everett
I just started this so I don’t have any thoughts yet. This is a February release so I thought this was the perfect chance to get a little head start on some ARCS. Hopefully I finish this one this weekend and can share a review soon!
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if any of them are on your radar!