Monthly Reads: April 2019

Posted May 1, 2019 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 15 Comments

MR-New

Casee: April was a pretty craptastic reading month for me. I only read nine books. The month started out strong, the it took me two weeks to read one book. It was rather disappointing.

Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain #2) by Kristen Ashley | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) (audiobook) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley | 4 out of 5
Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3) (audiobook) | 4 out of 5
The Savior (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17) by J.R. Ward | 4 out of 5
More Than Want You (More Than Words #1) (audiobook) by Shayla Black | 2 out of 5
More Than Need You (More Than Words #2) (audiobook) by Shayla Black | 3 out of 5
At the Pleasure of the President (The Perfect Gentlemen #5) by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake | 4.5 out of 5
Lost Hearts (Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1) (audiobook) by Lexi Blake | DNF

My favorite reads of the month were Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley and At the Pleasure of the President by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake. My least favorite book of the month was More Than Want You. I know I have a DNF in there, but I think it was more because I didn’t like the narrator, not because it was a bad book. More Than Want You just wasn’t good.

Holly: April was a really sad reading month for me. Nothing but rereads kept my attention. I low key started to get anxious about my lack of reading mojo. I need to work on that. I listed 18, but of those I DNF’d 2, 3 were new reads and the rest were re-reads.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang | 4.25 out of 5
American Witch by Thea Harrison | 4.25 out of 5
Touch of Frost by S.E. Smith (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Ice Hot by Tracy Goodwin | DNF
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (audio) | DNF
Repeat by Kylie Scott (reread) (audio) | 5 out of 5
Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Repeat by Kylie Scott (reread) | 5 out of 5
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4 out of 5
White Hot by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4 out of 5
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
The Gamble by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3 out of 5

My favorite new read of the month was The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, though American Witch is a close second. My least favorite was Ice Hot by Tracy Goodwin. I ended up DNFing it, because neither the writing nor the characters worked for me. I DNF’d Halfway to the Grave as well, but I plan to read that one soon. I think it was just the audiobook I didn’t care for. You’ll notice I listed Repeat twice. That’s because I read the eBook and separately re-listened to the audio.

Rowena: April was a really busy month for me. I went on a short vacation back to Utah with my family and the weeks before that was spent getting ready for my trip back to Utah. So, like the other months of this year, my reading has been pretty sad. Here’s what I read last month:

The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited) | 5 out of 5
The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Fumbled (The Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
The Understatement of the Year (The Ivy Years #3) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited) | 4.5 out of 5
The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years #4) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Hook Shot (Hoops #3) by Kennedy Ryan (Kindle Unlimited) | 4.75 out of 5
The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
Ice Hot (New York Nighthawks #1) by Tracy Goodwin (eBook) | DNF
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan because that book hit me in every single feel in my body. I adored both Kenan and Lotus and their romance just flat out rocked. So much goodness there.

My least favorite read of the month goes to the only book that I DNF’d and that was Ice Hot by Tracy Goodwin. I just didn’t like that one at all.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged this month. 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.

Monthly Reads: April 2019

So…what was your favorite read of the month? And your least favorite? Use the Gleam Widget to enter! Good luck!


Tagged: , , , ,

15 responses to “Monthly Reads: April 2019

  1. Celine B

    My favorite read was Not Another Family Wedding by Jackie Lau. I also enjoyed Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson, two collections of fictionalized short stories based on her life raising four kids.

    I had a few ‘meh’ reads, but nothing I’d really point to as being my least favorite of the month.

  2. Christine

    My favorite read was an ARC of Ice Cream Lover by Jackie Lau. The hero looks like Chris Pang from Crazy Rich Asians and the heroine makes all sorts of delicious Asian flavored ice creams (green tea, strawberry-lychee, mooncake, durian). I snacked a lot while reading this.

    My least favorite was The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting. A second chance romance that was nowhere as flirty or fun as the cute cover suggested.

    • The hero looks like Chris Pang from Crazy Rich Asians and the heroine makes all sorts of delicious Asian flavored ice creams (green tea, strawberry-lychee, mooncake, durian).

      I need this in my life.

  3. My least fav was The Killer in Me, I DNFed the book mid way when they started talking about drowning puppies 😐
    My favorite book was When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi it was sad and wonderful

  4. Rita Wray

    I had three favorites, A Me and You Thing by Taylor Dean, Fall From Grace By Danielle Steel and All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. My least favorite was On the Same Page by Penelope Janu.

  5. I’ve yet to read anything by Kristen Ashley even though I own a couple. I want to pick up Repeat soon. Love me some Kylie Scott! And I just started the Ivy Years series and finished the first book last week. I adore Sarina Bowen so I know I’ll be continuing the series soon.

  6. Glenda M

    I didn’t have any bad reads this month. I enjoyed Dukes by the Dozen – a large anthology; When a Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes; and finally read Miranda Neville’s Lady Windermere’s Lover and The Importance of Being Wicked. (Sadly, I don’t own the other 2 books in the Wild Quartet 🙁

  7. denise

    really enjoyed Smitten by the Brit–not released yet, not sure I had any I hated. I did dislike one historical book had a lot of modern terms, especially since it was set in the Jacobean era

  8. Hope you had a nice visit here in Utah Rowena and hope it wasn’t rainy when you did visit. But this is my favorite time of year (although fall is nice too) everything blooming and green.

    I adored The Bride Test, and my reading has slowed down lately. Will be trying out the Kennedy Ryan series very soon.

  9. Kim

    I didn’t have a favorite or least favorite. I read A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn. It was well-written, but I just don’t like this series as much as I did the lady Julia series.

  10. Kareni

    I started but did not finish The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian J. Walker and Today I Am Carey by Martin L. Shoemaker.
    Some favorite books from April include Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series and rereads of Addison’s The Goblin Emperor and Dunstall’s Linesman series.

  11. JenM

    My favorite book was Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas. Reading it was like sitting by a fire on a cold winter’s night wrapped up in a cozy blanket with a mug of hot chocolate. Total comfort read. Least favorite was Outcast by Jamie Schlosser. There was nothing wrong with it, I just wasn’t in the mood for NA when I read it.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.