Bath Tangle isn’t very good. The main characters are a. unlikeable and b. not suited for each other. Now that we’re older we know that someone you constantly fight with does not a good partner make. At least Beatrice and Benedict stopped fighting after they fell in love. In Heyer’s later work, this couple would be the silly ingenues that the main characters of the book get exasperated over.
Read Bewitched and Betrayed, #4 in the Raine Benares series. Something *happens* in this one! As in various plots move forward instead of just getting more tangled. This is another series where I wish the heroine would be able to take a vacation between books, but it’s always running and fighting for her.
Eating for Beginners nowhere near as good as Hungry Monkey. The author says things like, “Can pregnant women have raw milk products? Well, the dairy guy’s wife did when she was pregnant once and that pregnancy turned out ok. That’s good enough for me.” She’s also really neurotic about what her kid eats. The kid will only eat healthy and exotic (spicy/sour) foods. He refuses unhealthy processed stuff and refined grains. He prefers things in season. Early on he may have one of those sensory disorders that may cause kids to dislike certain textures (IIRC from my forum days, this is something a speech therapist can fix?). But he’s eating healthy food! Why fret that he doesn’t like hot dogs? (Also: the kid started eating more stuff at age 2. Two! Most kids wait until 4 or 5.) Much preferred Hungry Monkey’s research base and the author’s realization that he should stop worrying and just go with the flow. Also, he was hilariously funny.
Heroes at Odds by Moira J. Moore is some number in the Heroes series. The series started out really strong with the first couple of books Resenting the Hero and The Hero Strikes Back, with great world building and interesting character development. Somewhere in there it lost its way and became angsty with little character change and no more character development (or conversation really) regarding the male protagonist. Heroes at Risk was so blah that I didn’t bother looking for the next sequel. But Heroes at Odds leaped out at me at B&N when my parents were visiting so I picked it up. Turns out I completely skipped Heroes Return, but the online reviews for it say it’s no big loss. Heroes at Odds is a great improvement over the last couple books. Again, stuff happens, and the heroine actually grows a little and stops being quite so neurotic and closed mouthed. The plot is kind of interesting too and the other, non-main characters are interesting. So, worth the read.
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal: OMG fantastic. Literally Jane Austen with magic. I await the sequel!
Howards End is On the Landing by Susan Hill: adorable musings on books and reading. Her house sounds so cozy; I wish I had that many books!
Giggling into the Pillow by Chris Bridges: misc. humorous writing about sexual topics. Pretty male-centric but still amusing. Probably the funniest is the story “Found: One Dildo.”
Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury: Did I talk about it already? I love it! Everyone should read it and maybe the author will write a sequel.