Just curious, why would a blog platform have its default font size as 10pt? I mean really.
Anyway! On to more books!
24. Rancher Farmer Fisherman* by Miriam Horn. A really good, important book about the ecology of the Mississippi River watershed and the people who use it. I liked it so much I gave my hardcover to my sister and ordered the Kindle edition for myself.
24.5. On the Loose* by Tara Janzen. Giving myself a .5 credit on this is generous; I stopped reading at about page 55 - by which time the presumed heroine had just, finally, made her appearance; the setup was completely preposterous; and the presumed hero was a foul-mouthed sexist jerk. Now, I like profanity just as much as the next sailor, but even I do not think it is necessary to have a character's internal monologue liberally becluttered by the F word.
25. Roller Girl* by Vanessa North. A novella with a trans heroine, which was a first for me. I thought it was really well done, fast-paced, funny, sexy, and emotionally believable. Quite a pleasant change from the previous.
26. Fluency* by Jennifer Foehner Wells. Part one of a SF trilogy, and all I will be reading of it. Many attractive elements but even more cliches.
27. Silk and Shadows, by Mary Jo Putney. A return to one of her older titles, thanks to a Kindle daily deal. This one shares its hero's trauma with "The Spiral Path" but the too-good-to-be-true heroine is all its own. :-)
28. Agnes and the Hitman, by Jennifer Crusie. Because I wanted something funny with a high body count.
29. Pretty Face* by Lucy Parker. A backstage romance set in London. I liked it just as much as its predecessor, "Act Like It" - maybe more; this hero is more likable.
30. Heroine Complex* by Sarah Kuhn. Urban fantasy/romance that is refreshingly free of "end of the world"-type disasters, angst, brooding, and/or melodrama. Also refreshingly, nearly all the important characters are women. And for an example of profanity in internal monologue that is both funny and sounds like someone's actual voice:
I could only chalk up our encounter to yet another unfortunate side effect of superheroing: the adrenaline rush resulted in impulse control that was best described as "poor" and decision-making that was best described as "really, really shitty."
31. The Cinderella Deal, by Jennifer Crusie. A contemporary romance revolving around a serious makeover for the protagonists and their house. This story has kind of an exaggerated conflict point at the end, which I blame on category-romance word counts, but I am a sucker for a good makeover story, and H/H both learn and change in good ways.
32. Riders Down* by John McEvoy. A Chicago-set racing mystery featuring a murderous gambler and a racing reporter. Too much villain POV for my taste, and a track tragedy that I'd rather not have read about.
33. Flowers from the Storm, by Laura Kinsale. A historical romance featuring a Quaker heroine and a hero who's had a stroke. At the time, being unable to speak and write meant you were presumed an idiot, and therefore incompetent, which for this hero (a Duke) might mean a) losing control of his estates and b) permanent confinement in a mental asylum. He is a math genius and retains his ability to communicate about math, but otherwise is literally voiceless for much of the book. The heroine takes action to save him, but was making me mad because she does every good thing on her terms, and nearly ruins everything because she refuses to accept who he really is and what she really wants until the very end. When he forgives her, because love. It's a good book but if you don't care for those who hide their obstructiveness behind a veneer of faith ... well.
34. The Fate of Ten* by "Pittacus Lore." I enjoy this Aliens vs Earth series despite that eye-rolling pseudonym.