Book 66 of 52: Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath

And here we have it, the last book of the year: Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath. And it’s…fine.

I wasn’t in much of a reading mood this week, despite being a person who always has a book. I started and stopped two books before I got to this one. Beauty Tames the Beast isn’t terrible, but it feels a bit like Heath ran out of gas. This is the sixth book in the “A Sins for All Seasons” season. There’s a out of nowhere plot twist in the last 100 pages. Of course our hero and heroine get together, but the “final” hurdle to them doing so feels low stakes. But it’s done and on the shelf of the books I read this year.

Looking back on my reading in 2022, it feels…fine? I haven’t written this blog in a while, and it did force me to be more thoughtful about my choices, and to try to read authors of different backgrounds, which of course isn’t a bad thing.

I keep the (physical) books I read through the year together. Tomorrow I’ll break this down and decide what to keep, what to offer friends and what to donate. But doesn’t it look nice? Feels like I accomplished something, even if the lighting on this photo is terrible.



This year was about re-launching the blog, making it look OK, and getting back into a book reviewing groove. I hope to add more kinds of posts next year, maybe some author interviews — who knows! That’s the best part about writing my own website. I can do whatever I want (which is why I added the nail polish angle: because I can).

So I will see you, and whatever I decided that content will be, in the new year.

Nail polish: Regina by Zoya.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.

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