Monthly Reads: September 2022

Posted October 3, 2022 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 2 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

Lord’s Fall (Elder Races #5)(reread) by Thea Harrison | 3.75 out of 5
The Protector (Fire’s Edge #4) by Abigail Owen | 4.25 out of 5
Archangel’s Light (Guild Hunter #14)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
The Wolf (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #2) by J.R. Ward | 3 out of 5
Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
Ancient Protector (Ancients Rising) by Katie Reus | 3.75 out of 5
The Viper (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #3) by J.R. Ward | 2.5 out of 5
Garrett’s Destiny (Dark Protectors #15) by Rebecca Zanetti | 4.5 out of 5
Wolf Rain (Psy-Changeling Trinity #3)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Ancient Enemy (Ancients Rising #2) by Katie Reus | 4.25 out of 5
Alpha Night (Psy-Changeling Trinity #4)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
Ancient Enforcer (Ancients Rising #3) by Katie Reus | 4.25 out of 5
Ancient Vendetta (Ancients Rising #4) by Katie Reus | 4.25 out of 5
Last Guard (Psy-Changeling Trinity #5)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 5 out of 5

I’ve really been enjoying rereading Nalini Singh’s books on audio. I love the Psy-Changeling series!

Holly

Forever Never by Lucy Score | 3.25 out of 5
Repeat (Larsen Bros #1) by Kylie Scott (reread) (audio) | 5 out of 5
The Duchess Hunt (Once Upon a Dukedom #2) by Lorraine Heath (audio) | 4 out of 5
The Return of the Duke (Once Upon a Dukedom #3) by Lorraine Heath (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Expecting Her Ex’s Baby (Sutton Place #3) by Shannon Stacey | 3.5 out of 5
White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews (audio) (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
White Hot (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews (audio) (reread) | 4.75 out of 5
Found by the Alien Lord (Lords of Destra #0.5) by Ella Blake | 3.25 out of 5
Lost to the Alien Lord (Lords of Destra #1) by Ella Blake | 3 out of 5
Bound to the Alien Lord (Lords of Destra #2) by Ella Blake | 3.25 out of 5
Fated to the Alien Lord (Lords of Destra #3) by Ella Blake | 3.25 out of 5
Craved by the Alien Lord (Lords of Destra #4) by Ella Blake | 3.25 out of 5
Destined for the Alien Lord (Lords of Destra #5) by Ella Blake | 3.25 out of 5
Ensnared by the Alien Lord (Lords of Destra #6) by Ella Blake | 3.25 out of 5
The Wedding (Lairds’ Fiancées #2) by Julie Garwood (audio) (reread) | 5 out of 5
Bombshells (Brooklyn #4) by Sarina Bowen (audio) | 3.75 out of 5
Rules of Redemption (The Firebird Chronicles #1) by T.A. White (audio) | 4 out of 5
Age of Deception (The Firebird Chronicles #2) by T.A. White (audio) | 4 out of 5
Threshold of Annihilation (The Firebird Chronicles #3) by T.A. White (audio) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was Rules of Redemption by T.A. White. My least favorite was The Return of the Duke by Lorraine Heath. It wasn’t a bad book, but it didn’t come close to meeting my expectations for the last book in the series.

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What Are You Reading? (621)

Posted September 30, 2022 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

Casee

I’m on an urban fantasy/dragon shifter kick. I’m reading Ancient Retribution (Ancients Rising #5) by Katie Reus. She’s a new-to-me author whom I’ve really enjoyed.

I’ve been rereading the Psy-Changeling Trinity by Nalini Singh. I’m listening to Storm Echo right now.

Holly

I finished the Lords of Destra series by Ella Blake; Craved by the Alien Lord, Destined for the Alien Lord and Ensnared by the Alien Lord. I didn’t love how quickly things were wrapped up in the last book, but overall I enjoyed the series. It was light and fast. I read Sweep of the Heart by Ilona Andrews as a serial on their website, now I’m just waiting for the final version to be released.

I listened to The Return of the Duke by Lorraine Heath, the third and final book in the Once Upon a Dukedom series (though I believe a spin-off is planned). I always enjoy Heath’s writing, but this was my least favorite book in the series. I didn’t love the premise or the way things wrapped up in the end. I also listened to The Wedding by Julie Garwood, a personal favorite.

I am currently reading/listening to the Firebird Chronicles by T.A. White at the recommendation of Tracy. I purchased the ebooks with the audio add-on so I can switch between reading and listening. I finished Rules of Redemption and Age of Deception. I’m about 1/4 of the way into Threshold of Annihilation now. I’m enjoying it.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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Review: The Last Second Chance by Lucy Score

Posted September 21, 2022 by Holly in Reviews | 3 Comments

Review: The Last Second Chance by Lucy ScoreReviewer: Holly
The Last Second Chance by Lucy Score
Narrator: Tanya Eby
Series: Blue Moon #3
Also in this series: No More Secrets , Fall into Temptation
Publisher: Self-PublishedFormat: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited, Purchased
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Add It: Goodreads
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Ripped Bodice | Google Play Books
three-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars


What would it take to get one last chance?

Joey Greer is done having her heart broken. Eight years ago, after a horrific car accident, Jackson Pierce—her high school sweetheart—abandoned her. Abandoned his family. Abandoned the town they'd both grown up in, and fled to Hollywood. He never looked back, and she never forgot him.
Or forgave him.
Now he's back, pretending like the past doesn't exist, wanting another chance. And even though she still feels the undeniable connection between them, the fiery attraction that burns her up from the inside out, Joey’s determined to keep him at a safe distance.
Jackson Pierce can't tell Joey the truth about the night when he left her in the hospital. It would ruin more than just their relationship, and he can't do that to her.
The entire town of Blue Moon knows that Jax and Joey are meant for each other, but Joey isn’t interested in giving him a second chance. All he can do is give her flowers. And picnic lunches. And a dog.
Oh, and handcuff himself to her for charity.
Will this second chance be the last one Jax needs to win back Joey's heart, or is the past too much to forgive?

The Last Second Chance (Blue Moon #3) by Lucy Score is a second-chance romance between high-school sweethearts.

Jax and Joey were high school sweethearts who had their whole lives planned out. Until the night they hit a deer and Joey ended up in the hospital. When she woke up the next day Jax was gone. 8 years later he’s back in town and has made it known that he’s here for Joey…

He wants to pick up where they left off, but Joey can’t forgive him for abandoning her…especially since hasn’t given her a good reason for why he left in the first place.

I liked this book. Joey and Jax were good together and I liked the way Score built up the town and wove the other characters from the series through the story. It felt like I was right there living their lives with them. I did think the book was a little too long, and I struggled with both Joey and Jax at times. But overall it was a light, easy read that I enjoyed.

3.75 out of 5

Blue Moon

three-half-stars


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Review: Fall Into Temptation by Lucy Score

Posted September 19, 2022 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Fall Into Temptation by Lucy ScoreReviewer: Holly
Fall into Temptation by Lucy Score
Narrator: Tanya Eby
Series: Blue Moon #2
Also in this series: No More Secrets , The Last Second Chance
Publisher: Self-PublishedFormat: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited, Purchased
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Add It: Goodreads
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Ripped Bodice | Google Play Books
four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars


"If we do this again, it won’t stop at kissing.” It was a dark promise...

Beckett Pierce is the most eligible bachelor in the nosiest small town in upstate New York. But after his last girlfriend handcuffed herself to his porch and set his welcome mat on fire, he's not looking for any more romance.
Even if it lands right in his backyard. And has miles of red hair.
Gianna Decker has her hands full--no, overflowing--with problems. With two kids, a useless ex, and a brand new yoga studio, the last thing on her mind is finding a man who'll cause her more problems.
Making out with her broody landlord? Yeah, that would be a problem. Lusting after the sexy mayor of the town she just moved to? Definitely a problem. Dating the “favorite” son of her father's new lady friend? It seems like Beckett is a bad idea just waiting to happen.
But he's a bad idea she can’t seem to resist.
As Beckett and Gianna find themselves thrown together again and again, they can't help but fall into the temptation of sizzling stolen kisses, of a desire so hot it brands. And soon they're much, much closer than they ever wanted. Tempers flare when their families complicate things and the interfering citizens of Blue Moon Bend step in with their special brand of chaos.
Can Beckett and Gianna manage to disentangle themselves before it’s too late?
Or is the temptation too much for either of them to deny?

Fall into Temptation (Blue Moon #2) by Lucy Score, follows middle brother Beckett as he finds love with the new yoga instructor.

Gia just recently moved to Blue Moon Bay and opened a yoga studio. She’s happy to focus on her business and raising her two kids, until she meets the town mayor -who also happens to be her landlord. He’s sexy as hell and she is so down with having a fling with him. As long as things don’t get complicated, everything will be just fine, right? Oh, except the part where his mom is dating her dad..and he isn’t happy about it.

Beckett isn’t really sure that he wants a ready made family, but he can’t deny he wants Gia and her kids are funny and adorable. She might want to leave things uncomplicated, but he’s totally down with spending time with her and her kids.

This was a cute read. I liked Gia and Beckett together. Her kids were adorable and the way they gravitated to Beckett was sweet. I did think the conflict and resolution toward the end was pretty over the top. Beckett acted like a complete moron. His immature response to stuff was frustrating. The grovel scene was pretty good, but I think Gia gave in a little too quickly.

Still, I’m really loving this series. The characters come to life and I’m totally digging the town.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Blue Moon

four-stars


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What Are You Reading? (620)

Posted September 16, 2022 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

Casee

I’m reading Garrett’s Destiny (Dark Protectors #15) by Rebecca Zanetti. I’m hoping to finish it up today. It’s really good so far. I’m also reading The Viper (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #3) by J.R. Ward. I’m about halfway through it and am not sure how I feel about it yet.

I’m listening to Wolf Rain (Psy-Changeling Trinity #3) by Nalini Singh. I love the narrator.

Holly

I haven’t had a lot of reading time lately. I listened to White Hot and Wildfire by Ilona Andrews and re-read Repeat by Kylie Scott, then started a new SciFi series, Lords of Destra by Ella Blake. I read the prequel novella, Found by the Alien Lord, then books 1-3, Lost to the Alien Lord, Bound to the Alien Lord and Fated to the Alien Lord. I started the 4th book, Craved by the Alien Lord, but have only managed to read a couple of chapters. These are quick, light reads. Nothing ground-breaking, but I’m enjoying them.

I’m trying to catch up on the Sweep of the Heart serial by Ilona Andrews before they pull it from their site. I plan to buy the book once it’s released, of course, but I want to finish the story now anyway. I’ve been listening to The Warrior King by Abigail Owen on audio, but I’m giving up. I just don’t care for the narrators. I’ll try to finish reading it at a later date.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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