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Monthly Reads: March 2017

Posted April 4, 2017 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 9 Comments

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Casee: I started off the month strong, but totally crapped out at the end. I absolutely adore the Lawless series by Lexi Blake and it took me over a week to read Revenge. Elle Kennedy was my favorite author of the month. I heart her. I read 10 books this month.

1. Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy | 3 out of 5
2. Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
3. Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
4. Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
5. Claimed by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
6. Addicted by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
7. Ruled by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
8. Kiss An Angel by SEP (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
9. Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | 3 out of 5
10. Revenge by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite book of the month was Revenge followed by Claimed. I love dystopian romance as I’ve said again and again.

Holly: I managed 21 books in March. Two of those were DNF’s. The majority were re-reads.

  1. Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | 3 out of 5
  2. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  3. The Secret by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  4. Lady Sophia’s Lover by Lisa Kleypas (reread) |4 out of 5
  5. Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
  6. The Prize by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  7. Midnight Angel by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 4 out of 5
  8. Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
  9. Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
  10. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  11. Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  12. Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
  13. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
  14. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  15. The Bride by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4 out of 5
  16. The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  17. Honor’s splendour by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
  18. Because You’re Mine by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
  19. Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
  20. When an Alpha Purrs by Eve Langalais | DNF
  21. Elemental Mating by Milly Taiden | DNF

I can’t really choose a favorite this month, since all but one were re-reads. Shadow Reaper by Feehan was just okay. My least favorite was Elemental Mating. The hero and heroine both made ridiculous decisions that put them both in danger, and the plot took a strange turn around chapter 17. I didn’t read enough of When An Alpha Purrs to correctly judge it (though what I did read was enough to make me think I wouldn’t enjoy it).

Rowena: I am currently 20 books ahead in my GoodReads Challenge and I’m so happy about that. I’ve never been that far along in anything so woo hoo, go me! Here’s what I read last month:

  1. Havoc by Jamie Shaw | 4 out of 5
  2. Off the Ice by Julie Cross | 3.75 out of 5
  3. When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath | 3.75 out of 5
  4. Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
  5. Broken by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
  6. Crushed by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
  7. Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
  8. Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas | 3.75 out of 5
  9. Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas | 4.25 out of 5
  10. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
  11. How the Duke was Won by Lenora Bell | 3.75 out of 5
  12. If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell | 4.5 out of 5
  13. Blame it on the Duke by Lenora Bell | 4 out of 5
  14. Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
  15. Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
  16. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
  17. Frisk Me by Lauren Layne | DNF
  18. Overruled by Emma Chase (re-read) | 1 out of 5
  19. Appealed by Emma Chase (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  20. Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty | DNF

My favorite reads of the month go to Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne and If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell. Both books so such fantastic reads, books that spoke to me and made me feel all of the feels. They were so good.

Honorable mentions go to Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen, Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne and Crushed by Lauren Layne. All of those were great reads for me as well.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Frisk Me by Lauren Layne. I DNF’d this book because I could not get over how mad the heroine was making me in the beginning. I made it to about 30% before giving up for good because on top of the heroine pissing me off, I was starting to get mad at the hero for not putting the dumbass heroine in her place. I’m sure things get better further into the book but meh. I couldn’t be bothered to finish it.

This month we’re giving away:

Claimed by Elle Kennedy
If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell
Any book from Holly’s list, winner’s choice (since they were all re-reads)

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 winning. 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 to enter! Good luck!

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What Are You Reading? (325)

Posted March 31, 2017 by Casee in Features | 5 Comments

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Casee: It’s been slow going for me this past week. It’s spring break at my house. We went on a road trip and there wasn’t a whole lot of reading time. It took me over a week to read Revenge by Lexi Blake. I finally finished it yesterday and it was fantastic. It’s not the end of the Lawless series, which I’m happy about. I will never get enough of that family.

I’m getting ready to start The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter. I love the Lords of the Underworld. I’ve been looking forward to this book for awhile now.

Holly: I DNF’d two books this week. Elemental Mating by Milly Taiden is something I found while browsing NetGalley. It sounded really good, but it turned a little woo-woo for me. Plus, the hero and heroine both made so many ridiculous choices based on the circumstances they were in. I can generally set aside all disbelief when reading a PNR, but I just couldn’t this time. When An Alpha Purrs by Eve Langlais is one I downloaded free ages ago. I’m glad I didn’t pay for it. It was way too fluffy for me. The heroine is a hairdresser who gets angry at the hero and hacks off a hunk of his hair. In the first chapter. Ten minutes after meeting him. He was being arrogant and a jerk, true, but the sheer unprofessional-ism of the act just flat killed the book for me.

Aside from those two, I re-read Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley and Fire Touched and Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs.

I’m still hunting for another UF series similar to Briggs (or the Kate Daniels series). Feel free to shoot me some recs!

Rowena: My reading slowed down some this week because I was trying to force myself to read past 20% of a book that was just pissing me off and I’m shocked as shit to say that I DNF’d my first Lauren Layne book. I started Frisk Me with the intention of reading all three books in that series but the heroine pissed me off, the hero made me roll my eyes and about 30% into the book, I tossed in the towel. I am now reading Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty, a book that I’ve been meaning to read forEVER and so far, I’m liking it. I should be finished with this book tonight and then I’ll probably move on to Fourth Comings.

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

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Review: Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy

Posted March 28, 2017 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Midnight Captive by Elle KennedyReviewer: Casee
Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy
Series: Killer Instincts #6
Also in this series: Midnight Revenge, Midnight Rescue, Midnight Alias, Midnight Games, Midnight Pursuits, Midnight Action, Midnight Revenge, Midnight Target, Midnight Target
Published by Signet
Publication Date: June 2nd 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 368
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three-half-stars

“For those who enjoy their romantic suspense on the dark and steamy side,”* here’s the blisteringly sexy new novel in the Killer Instincts series by the author of Midnight Action and Midnight Pursuits...
Former CIA agent Bailey Jones has spent months trying to forget her night of passion with mercenary Sean Reilly. An elite and methodical assassin, she has no room in her life for a reckless, rule-breaking Irishman, and she’s vowed to steer clear of the tempting bad boy who lured her into his bed under false pretenses.
When Sean is implicated in the robbery of a Dublin bank, Bailey knows something isn’t right. So what if she can’t trust him? There’s no way Sean would end up on the wrong side of the law. In fact, he’s stuck in the middle of a dark and dirty conspiracy that could put his twin brother’s life at risk with one wrong move. And Bailey’s life too when she agrees to help.
As the stakes are raised and Bailey finds herself torn between two brothers, the fine line between danger and desire is crossed…and it’ll take more than a killer instinct to survive.
*New York Times bestselling author Christina Reece

There is always a character in a series that pisses you right off. Bailey Jones was it for me. What a raging bitch. I have no idea what Sean saw in her. There were almost no redeeming qualities in her. She lied to herself, she lied to Sean, she lied to everyone. She constantly hurt Sean. It was unbearable.

Bailey was visiting her friend and fellow assassin, Paige, when she saw the news about a bank in Dublin being robbed. Even with a mask on his face, she immediately recognized Sean Reilly. She immediately springs into action and leaves London for Dublin, determined to help me. A year ago, she had an unforgettable night with Sean, but Sean thinks that Bailey thinks it was his twin brother, Oliver, she was with. She’s happy to let him think that because Sean is dangerous to her. She doesn’t question why she’s racing to his rescue. She tells herself it’s for Oliver. Because when Sean is in trouble, Oliver is not far behind.

While in the bank, Sean is wondering how he and Oliver let themselves get in this bloody mess. They got out of Dublin years ago and are in the information business now. Him and Ollie are happy with their lives and want nothing to do with their father’s legacy. Unfortunately his former boss, Rabbit, has other ideas. Which include kidnapping Ollie to make Sean get a thumb drive from the bank.

While he’s formulating a plan to get out, who drops in other than Bailey, the woman he’s been after for five long years. It doesn’t surprise him. She’s been in love with Oliver for five years. She would come running the moment that he’s in trouble. He still feels guilty for taking her from Oliver. Not guilty enough to regret the night that changed his life. Bailey on the other hand just wants to get Sean out of there and has no thought to where Ollie is. She just wants Sean safe.

They work together to get Oliver free and to take care of business for Rabbit. Back to their relationship; it’s fucked. Sean is fiercely, obsessively protective of Bailey. Her safety is his number one concern. He knows she can take care of herself, but he doesn’t want to put her in a position where she has to do that. That maddens her. It also reminds her of her former boss, who took over her life and job. So I did understand Bailey in that way, but Sean wasn’t trying to take over her life. She was still a bitch.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

three-half-stars

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