Then there have been a few romance novels, one of my guilty pleasures. I read both Improper English and Men in Kilts by Katie MacAlister, but I doubt I'll read any more of hers. Maybe I just don't like modern romances — I usually read Regency romances. In any case, I really wasn't too thrilled with these books — didn't like the characters, especially not the heroine in the former; didn't find the stories at all compelling; didn't even find the sex scenes particularly interesting, let alone exciting in any way.
Another guilty pleasure, though this one was more pleasurable: In the Prince's Bed by Sabrina Jeffries. It's the first in Jeffries' Royal Brotherhood series, a Regency trilogy about three of the Prince Regent's illegitimate sons (these three are fictitious, but he did actually have some). I liked the characters, I liked the story (although I found both slightly modern rather than period in flavor, somehow). I hope to read the other two when I can.
Oh, I also checked out New Ideas for Crochet: Stylish Projects for the Home by Darsha Capaldi at the same time. It's a good book, would actually be a very good book for someone just getting started in crochet. If you don't like granny squares and aren't into lace doilies, this is the book for you — several nice, solid patterns, with good examples of how to use multiple colors.
I've also been reading through Your Three-Year-Old: Friend or Enemy by Louise Bates Ames and Frances L. Ilg — I'm not finding this one as helpful as the two-year-old book, but maybe that's because Mairi's not actually three yet.