What Are You Reading? (403)

Posted November 10, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 9 Comments


Holly: I’ve been sick for the past week and a half, which has really cut into my reading. I just can’t concentrate on anything. I did read a couple books, but it took me days to finish them.

I read Complicated by Kristen Ashley. This was originally written as an audio-only release. The digital version came out on the 7th. I skipped the audio in favor of the ebook. It was a sweet contemporary romance. I love how Ashley writes small town romances. I started Christmas in Kilts, a Christmas anthology. I finished A Highlander’s Hope by Terri Brisbin, the first novella in the collection, but it didn’t do much for me. I’m not sure if it was the story or my reading mood. I’ve set the antho aside for now and I’ll come back to it when I’m feeling more in the mood for Historicals.

Other than that, I reread Mystery Man and Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley. I started about 10 other books, but none of them held my attention. Let’s hope I kick this cold this weekend and get back into the swing of things.

Rowena: …and I’m back! I am finally reading again after not reading for a couple of weeks. I buckled down and read some goodies this week and I’m super stoked to have gotten back to my review pile. Lots of good stuff in there.

This week I read Changing the Game by Jaci Burton, which was a cute baseball romance. Why haven’t I read more of her books?? She’s great. After that I read Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai, which was another fantastic romance and right now I’m finishing up Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai and I’m liking this book more than Hate to Want You and I adored that one. After I finish this book, I have to do a quick re-read of The Wedding by Julie Garwood for my book club this weekend and then I’m going to jump into Hard Cherish by Nalini Singh.

This is me, reuniting with all of my books…

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

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9 responses to “What Are You Reading? (403)

  1. Kareni

    I’m in the middle of Complicated by Kristen Ashley myself.

    Recent reads here ~

    — Ruby Dixon has quite a following for her series of science fiction alien romances. I read her Barbarian’s Touch and Barbarian’s Prize. They were pleasant reads but not books I’ll be re-reading.
    — I reread with pleasure Anne Cleeland’s Murder in Retribution (A New Scotland Yard Mystery) after rereading the first book last week. I then reread Murder in Hindsight (A New Scotland Yard Mystery Book 3).
    — the science fiction romance Cassandra’s Challenge (The Imperial Series Book 1) by M. K. Eidem which I enjoyed. This particular book was both longer and more meaty than the other books I’ve read by this author. I’d happily read on in the series, but I don’t think I’ll necessarily be re-reading this book.
    — I just finished Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring; I’ve been dipping into it over the course of the last month. It is an interesting combination of history and art, and it introduced me to some women I’d not known.
    — read with pleasure the contemporary romance Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland. This was somewhat out of the ordinary in that all but one chapter were from the point of view of the hero.

  2. Bronwyn

    I rarely post online, I’m a lurker. But I just wanted to say that I’ve read the Anne Cleeland “Murder in . . .” books. And reread them. And reread them. There’s just something there that I love.

    • Kareni

      I hear you, Bronwyn. The series is a new find for me this year, and I’ve already re-read them a few times. Now I’m wondering ~ what other books/series do you reread?

  3. Bronwyn

    Kareni, it is rare for me to reread an entire series but I have a few. Kelley Armstrong’s Nadia Stafford trilogy (reread many times) Sarina Bowen’s The Ivy Years series and Penny Reid’s Knitting In The City (especially Neanderthal Seeks Human, Neanderthal Marries Human and Love Hacked) Also Tammara Webber’s Easy, Breakable and Sweet. And Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series.
    I have standalones or the strong (for me) book from a series that I go back to. Some are pretty old but still hold up for me. Some that I have reread yet again in the last few months are Due South by Tamsen Parker, Skin Deep by Bonnie Dee, Wrong by Jana Aston, No Words Alone by Autumn Dawn, Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr, I’ll Stand By You by Sharon Sala, Old Boyfriends by Rexanne Becnel, On The Island by Tracy Ann Garvis, Knight and Law Man by Kristen Ashley, Just Like That by Nicola Rendell, Cry No More and White Lies by Linda Howard, Finding Laura by Kay Hooper, Collide by Megan Hart, A Gentle Rain by Deborah Smith, Making Faces by Amy Harmon, Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan, The first two Rusk University books by Cora Carmack, Cold Tea On A Hot Day by Curtiss Ann Matlock, Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown ,and Good Boy by Sarina Bowen. And if I just want to laugh it still works for me to pull out Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie and The Damsel In This Dress by Marianne Stillings. Also the newer reads The Failing Hours and The Studying Hours from Sara Ney’s How To Date A Douchebag series.

    • Kareni

      Hello again, Bronwyn.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to list your favorites; I see some familiar titles that I’ve enjoyed as well as several that are unfamiliar to me. (Ooh, new titles to investigate….)

      In addition to the Anne Cleeland series, my other favorite series this year are Anne Bishop’s The Others and Lyn Gala’s series featuring Liam and Ondry; the latter series is male/male alien romance.

      And now I’m wondering ~ have you read any of Anne Cleeland’s other books? (I have not.) And, if yes, what were your thoughts?

  4. Bronwyn

    I have read The Bengal Bridegift by Anne Cleeland and enjoyed it. I don’t read many historicals these days. I am glad to hear good things about the Anne Bishop series. I have all five of them lined up on the bookshelf and hope to settle in during the holidays and read the whole series.

    • Kareni

      My library has access to a couple of Anne Cleeland’s historical stories, Bronwyn, so your positive mention of The Bengal Bridegift is encouraging. I hope you’ll enjoy the Anne Bishop books when you get to them.

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