Monthly Reads: November 2014

Posted December 15, 2014 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 11 Comments

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Holly: November was a pretty sad reading month for me. I read 18 books, but most of those were re-reads of Patricia Briggs books. I re-read both the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series’.  Of the 18 only 6 were new reads.

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 4.75 out of 5
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Blood Bound by Patrcia Briggs (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4 out of 5
River Marked by Patrcia Briggs (re-read) | 3.75 out of 5
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 3.25 out of 5
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs | 4.5 out of 5
After the Rain by Renee Carlino | 3.75 out of 5
Hero by Samantha Young | 3.5 out of 5
Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh | 2.5 out of 5
Quicksilver by Claudy Conn (DNF) | 2.5 out of 5
The Killing Moon by V.J. Chambers | 2.75 out of 5

Discarding rereads, my favorite read of the month was Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs. It’s a collection of short stories – some of which I’d read before – with several new, never-before-published, stories. It was that book that prompted my re-read of all the Mercy Thompson books. My least favorite read was The Killing Moon by V.J. Chambers. The premise was really interesting and the story started out great, but it turned out to end in a cliffhanger. Since the MC tended to internalize and there was a lot of angst on her part, I have zero desire to read more of the same in two more books.

Rowena: I only read 8 books that weren’t re-reads in the month of November. That’s kind of sad but my reading always slows toward the end of the year so I wasn’t exactly surprised.

Here’s what I read:

Losing Control by Jen Frederick | 3 out of 5
Two of Us by Elizabeth Eulberg | 4 out of 5
Taking Control by Jen Frederick | DNF
It’s Not Me, it’s You by Mhairi McFarlane | 4 out of 5
Even in Paradise by Chelsea Philpot | DNF
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean | 4 out of 5
Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare| 4 out of 5
Forbidden by Suzanne Brockmann (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Ladies Man by Suzanne Brockmann (re-read)| 4 out of 5
Hero by Samantha Young | 3.5 out of 5
Where She Went by Gayle Forman (re-read) | 4.75 out of 5
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (re-read) | 4 out of 5

My favorite reads (that weren’t re-reads) of the month go to Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean and Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare. Both books were so good. I was so happy with the end of the Rules of Scoundrels series and I adored the latest installment in the Castles Ever After series by Tessa Dare. Both books were wonderful treats in this gloomy weather and I definitely recommend both books.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot. I just couldn’t get into it.

This month we’re giving away:


Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs – print or digital, winner’s choice
Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare – print or digital, winner’s choice

If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite – and least favorite – reads of the month were. Also, be sure to tell us what book you’re interested in reading. You can put your name in for more than one book, but you’ll only be allowed to win one, so choose wisely.

So…what was your favorite read of the month? And your least favorite? Use the Rafflcopter Widget below to enter! 
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11 responses to “Monthly Reads: November 2014

  1. I would like to be entered for the Tessa Dare book, as I haven’t read (and–don’t hit me!–have no interest in the Patricia Briggs’ series at the moment.

    I’m not sure I have a favorite read of the month, though there have been a few I’ve enjoyed. Of the new-to-me reads, I think Theresa Romain’s Season for Temptation is my favorite. Of the re-reads, Meljean Brook’s The Kraken King is, hands down, my favorite.

  2. Nicole Sojka

    I would like to be entered for Tessa Dare. I love her books.

    I am looking forward to Never Judge a Lady by her Cover. I’ve had to wait to read it after the end of my semester. I absolutely adore Sarah MacLean and cannot wait to read this!

  3. Favourite read of the month was a re-read – Amelia Hutchins Fae Chronicles!!!
    Least favourite hmmmmmmm Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

    I would love to win the Patricia Briggs book…….huge fan!!
    Happy Holidays

  4. lsureader

    My favorites for November were Darling Beast (Elizabeth Hoyt) and What a Lady Needs for Christmas (Grace Burrowes.) My least favorite was John Grisham’s Gray Mountain. It felt so unfinished. And I’m getting a bit tired of the singular argument in his books–Lawyers are Good and Businesses are Bad.

    If I win, I would prefer the Dare book. I’d read the Briggs, as well. Thanks.

  5. erinf1

    My least fav read was At the King’s Pleasure by Michelle Fox which was a kindle freebie and my favorite read was Entreat Me by Grace Draven. I would love the Dare book. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  6. elena

    My favorite of November was Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young and my least favorite was Vincent by D.B. Reynolds.
    I read all the books in the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series, therefore I would like to win Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare, since the first book of this series I liked it very much. Thank you for this giveaway!

  7. bn100

    liked Until the End by Abbi Glines; didn’t like Once Perfect by Cecy Robson
    entering for Shifting Shadows and Say Yes to the Marquess

  8. Kristine R

    My favorite book this month was Changing the Game by Jaci Burton and my least favorite was The Heir (Reid Family, #1) by Johanna Lindsey.I would like to win Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

  9. JenM

    It’s so funny, I rarely reread, but when I do, Dragon Bound and the entire Alpha/Omega series are the books that I always turn to so I agree 100% with Holly’s rereads! My hands down favorite for November was Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews – definitely a top 5 for the year. I also loved Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh and Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison. Least favorite was Dark Succession by Teresa D’Amario – there was nothing wrong with it, but it just didn’t catch my interest.

    I’ve already got the Tessa Dare on order, so I would love to win Shifting Shadows. I finally read Night Broken a few months ago so I’m all caught up except for the anthology.

  10. Anita H.

    I would love to win Tessa Dare’s Say Yes to the Marquess!

    My favorite read of November was Gena Showalter’s Last Kiss Goodnight. I was a fan of the original Alien Huntress series and this is a new series of otherworlders. This book is a little darker but I love how the heroine Vika is such a caring soul despite of the hurts she has endured. She seems like such a mismatch with Solo but in the end they just suit each other.

    My least favorite was Alexandra Hawkins’ After Dark With a Scoundrel. I actually enjoyed a lot of the book but had issues with the introduction of the relationship in which the 21 year old Dare was lusting after one of his best friends’ sister, the 13 year old Regan. The 8 year age difference when they’re in their 20’s didn’t faze me as much as an adult having feelings for a just turned teenager.