Since I’ve been so busy with Read-A-Romance Month, I haven’t had the chance to read nearly enough this month! Yesterday was is my birthday, and it got me considering some pleasure reading—yeah, not really likely, what with the reviews I have to write…

However, if I did have time to pick up a book, here are some that are tempting me. They look terrific and are tantalizing me from their places in various piles around my house.

Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh. This came across my desk and it looks terrific! Eva Leigh is the historical pen name of bestseller Zoe Archer, and she’s hitting the market with flair, a very clever title and rave reviews from other authors, including Tessa Dare.

“Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office one day and invites her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades….What more could a scandal writer want than a secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake?”

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Guess what, Reader? They fall in love! But not without a little mystery, intrigue, and miscommunication along the way. Looks fab, yes?

The Book of Speculation Book of Speculationby Erika Swyler. How did I miss this book? Looks to be more fiction than romance, but wow - a young librarian receives an ancient book and begins to worry that his runaway sister—who reads tarot for a traveling carnival—will fall to a family curse that may have claimed his mother, a circus mermaid who drowned years ago. Doesn’t that sound magical and mysterious? Complete with books, curses, tarot, and mermaids!

Finally, if you buy one book this year, please consider Cat Devon’s Tall, Dark and ImmortalCat Devon (aka Cathie Linz) was a librarian, author, and huge romance advocate who helped change the way libraries and librarians considered—and stocked—romance novels. Cathie died last spring and will be sorely missed in the community. I did a tribute to her during Read-A-Romance Month (with some moving contributions from writers Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Christina Dodd), but nothing would be lovelier than to have her book see fantastic sales.

What book are you reading right now? Or what books are on your tantalizing TBR piles? Happy reading!

Bobbi Dumas is a freelance writer, book reviewer, romance advocate and founder of ReadARomanceMonth.comShe mostly writes about books and romance for NPRThe Huffington Post and Kirkus.