Monthly Reads: September 2019

Posted October 2, 2019 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 9 Comments


Casee: After a really great reading month August was for me, I had high hopes for myself for September. Alas, it wasn’t to be. I read/listened to nine book in September.

Follow Me Back by A.L. Jackson (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Lead Me Home by A.L. Jackson (audio) | 4 out of 5
Lost to You by A.L. Jackson (audio) | 4 out of 5
Lethal Nights by Lora Leigh | 4 out of 5
Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
If Forever Comes by A.L. Jackson (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Die For You by Michele Mills | 4 out of 5
Kill For You by Michele Mills | 4.25 out of 5
A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson (audio) | 4 out of 5

As you can see, I listened to a lot of A.L. Jackson. My favorite book of the month was If Forever Comes by A.L. Jackson, followed closely by Kill For You by Michele Mills.

Holly: September was a sad, sad reading month for me. I had so many things going on I just couldn’t concentrate. I finished 9 books, and the majority were re-reads.

The Secret by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Ransom by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 2.75 out of 5
The Wedding by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio)| 4 out of 5
Now You See Her by Linda Howard (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Selkies are a Girl’s Best Friend by Molly Harper (audio) | 3.75 out of 5
Death Knell by Hailey Edwards (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane (audio) | 4 out of 5
First Contact by Kat Green (audio) | 1.5 out of 5

My favorite new book of the month was Selkies Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Molly Harper, with an honorable mention to Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane. My least favorite was First Contact by Kat Green.

Rowena: It’s been an okay reading month for me, considering all of the personal stuff that went down in the last couple of months in my family. My Dad is finally out of the hospital and whatever has been bugging him the last few months seems to be doing a lot better so I’m not so worried all the time about him and that’s a good thing. I managed to get some reading in while taking my turn at the hospital, while sitting with him at follow up appointments and just on my own so that makes me happy.

Here’s what I read last month:

Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words by Tara Sivec & Andi Arndt (Audiobook) | 1.5 out of 5
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
Love on Lexington Avenue (The Central Park Pact #2) by Lauren Layne (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
No Judgments (Little Bridge Island #1) by Meg Cabot (eARC) | 3.25 out of 5
Heiress Gone Wild (Dear Lady Truelove #4) by Laura Lee Guhrke (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women #1) by Evie Dunmore (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Shadow Music (Highland Lairds #3) by Julie Garwood (eBook) | 4 out of 5
We Met in December by Rosie Curtis (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
The Secret (Highland Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood (eBook) (Re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
Ransom (Highland Lairds #2) by Julie Garwood (eBook) (Re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
The Play (Briar U #3) by Elle Kennedy (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
The Prize by Julie Garwood (eBook) (Re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston (eARC) | 4 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month go to Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane and The Play (Briar U #3) by Elle Kennedy. Both books were fantastic and I cried during Don’t You Forget About Me and swooned at every turn in The Play. Great reads!

My least favorite read of the month goes to Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words by Tara Sivec and Andi Arndt. The heroine got on my nerves. I think her quirkiness was supposed to be cute and funny but I didn’t get it. She was too old to be that naive and I rolled my eyes all the way to San Diego with every chapter. I’m not the audience for that one and it bummed me out because I thought it would be super cute. Oh well.

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Monthly Reads: September 2019

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9 responses to “Monthly Reads: September 2019

  1. Rita Wray

    My favorite read this month was Guarded Dreams by LJ Evans. My least favorite was Summer on Mirror Lake.

  2. Kareni

    Glad to hear that your father is doing better, Rowena. Wishing you a more peaceful October, Holly. I’ve not read anything by A. L. Jackson, Casee; I may need to see what I’ve been missing out on.

    Favorite reads in September include Anhaga by Lisa Henry and Teenage Freaks by ‘Nathan Burgoine.
    Least favorite was Concurrence by Marc Rokoff.

    • Kareni

      Oops! I see I misplaced part of the title of one of my favorite books. It should be Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks by ‘Nathan Burgoine.

  3. DiscoDollyDeb

    My favorite reads in September were Molly Joseph’s BEARD, about a woman (married to a closeted Hollywood star) falling in love with her bodyguard; and two Kate Canterbary books in her Talbott’s Cove series: FAR CRY (a second-chance romance) and HARD PRESSED (a slow-burn romance between a book store owner and the town sheriff). I really didn’t have read anything I actively disliked, but I couldn’t get into Brenda Rothert’s ANTON. I think I was so bedazzled by THAT COVER, I was expecting an equally spectacular book.

  4. Kim

    I didn’t have a favorite, but I was disappointed in Brazen and the Beast. This author’s writing has changed: all her books now have contemporary heroines masquerading in an historical setting.

  5. LSUReader

    My favorite reads were Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews–number four in the Hidden Legacy series–and Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain–an ARC of a mystery set to be released in January. I rated both as solid fours. Each featured good characters and a solid plot. My least favorite book (rated two) was Total Control by Laura Griffin, who has long been among my favorite romantic suspense authors. These characters annoyed me and I found the mystery/suspense story to be weak.

    • DiscoDollyDeb

      @LSUReader: Do you teach at LSU or are you a student there? I’m just curious because two of my children (and all of my paychecks—lol) are students at LSU.

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