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Monthly Reads: February 2017

Posted March 2, 2017 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 8 Comments

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Casee: I loved February. I had a lot of time to read and I read some wonderful books. I glommed Lexi Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries series at the beginning of the month and I’m glomming Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instinct series right now. Both of them are amazing! I read 15 books in February, which is a record for me.

  1. Submission is Not Enough by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5
  2. Dungeon Royale by Lexi Blake | 4.5 out of 5
  3. A View to Thrill by Lexi Blake | 4 out of 5
  4. You Only Love Twice by Lexi Blake | 4 out of 5
  5. Master No by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5
  6. The Men With the Golden Cuffs by Lexi Blake | 3.5 out of 5
  7. The Secret by Julie Garwood (reread) | 5 out of 5
  8. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (reread) | 4.75 out of 5
  9. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
  10. A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson | 3.75 out of 5
  11. Midnight Rescue by Elle Kennedy | 3.75 out of 5
  12. Midnight Alias by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
  13. Midnight Games by Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
  14. Midnight Pursuits by Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
  15. After Midnight by Elle Kennedy | 3.75 out of 5.

Lexi Blake was definitely my favorite author of the month, though Elle Kennedy is definitely right up there. Of course Silver Silence is definitely is at the top of my list, too. There are just too many to pick a favorite.

Holly: I struggled to read anything during the first part of February. Life has been crazy buys lately. Thankfully my reading picked up the last two weeks of the month. I managed to read 13 books.

  1. Flirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase | DNF
  2. Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  3. Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  4. Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
  5. Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas | 4.5 out of 5
  6. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
  7. Games of the Heart by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  8. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
  9. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
  10. Bound Together by Christine Feehan | 3.75 out of 5
  11. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh | 4.75 out of 5
  12. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
  13. The Bear Who Loved Me by Kathy Lyons | DNF

My favorite reads of the month were Silver Silence by Nalini Singh and Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs, though Pipe Dreams and Devil in Spring are close behind them. My least favorite read was Flirting Under a Full Moon. That book was beyond ridiculous. I couldn’t even finish it.

Rowena: I didn’t have a really good reading month and I blame that on basketball. Basketball was well under way in February with League and then Play-off disappointments, all of that factored into my reading slump. I did read some books and the quality of those books were pretty high so that makes me happy.

Here’s what I read last month:

  1. Act Like It by Lucy Parker | 4 out of 5
  2. Pretty Face by Lucy Parker | 4.25 out of 5
  3. Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
  4. Faking It by Jennifer Crusie (re-read) | DNF
  5. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
  6. Archangels Kiss by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month go to Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, Pretty Face by Lucy Parker and Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. All of those books were fabulous reads and I already want to re-read all of them. I won’t because I’m falling behind on my review pile again but I want to. 🙂

My least favorite read is a re-read that I just could not get into and that was Faking It by Jennifer Crusie. I remember reading it years and years ago and not loving it but I remember liking it okay. This time around, I couldn’t even finish it because I was so bored.

This month we’re giving away:

Midnight Games by Elle Kennedy
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

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.

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Midnight Games by Elle Kennedy
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

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Monthly Reads: June 2016

Posted July 7, 2016 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 8 Comments

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Casee: The summer is always a busy time for me. Between working and kids, it’s surprising that I have time to read at all. I’m not in a slump at all, it’s just finding time to read. Though my list isn’t big for June, I read some very good books.

  1. The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter | 4.5 out of 5
  2. What We Find by Robyn Carr | 3 out of 5
  3. Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 3.75 out of 5
  4. Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 3.5 out of 5
  5. Into the Whirlwind by Kat Martin | 3.5 out of 5
  6. Because of You by Jessica Scott | 3.75 out of 5
  7. Back to You by Jessica Scott | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite book by far was Back to You by Jessica Scott. It was also the most emotional book I’ve read in some time. I loved it. I think the author did a remarkable job of writing what military life is like for families. Of course I could be wrong since I’m not from a military family.

Holly:Things have been crazy for me. I’ve had zero reading time. I did a lot of skimming this month, but I only managed to read 6 books cover-to-cover.

  1. Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen (re-read) | 4/5
  2. Steadfast by Sarina Bowen | 4/5
  3. Diablo Lake: 4. Moonstruck by Lauren Dane | 3/5
  4. Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 4/5
  5. Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 4/5
  6. The Return of Eden McCally by Judith Duncan (re-read) | 4/5

My favorite read of the month was Steadfast by Sarina Bowen. I had some problems with it, but oh man did I love Jude. My least favorite read was Diablo Lake: Moonstruck by Lauren Dane. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as some of the others I read.

Rowena: June was such a busy month for me that I’m surprised I got as much reading in as I did. My nephew came home from serving a two year mission in Nicaragua, my niece got married and then a handful of graduations and promotions kept my family in town and our house loud and just…busy. I’m looking forward to getting back to normal in July.

Here’s what I read in June:

  1. Allegiance of Honor (Psy/Changelings #15) by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
  2. For the Win (Perfect Play #1) by Sara Rider | 3.5 out of 5
  3. Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
  4. Angel’s Blood (Guild Hunters #1) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
  5. Smolder (Wildwood #2) by Karen Erickson | 4.25 out of 5
  6. Broken Prince (Royals #2) by Erin Watt | 4.25 out of 5
  7. Stay Until We Break (Hub City #2) by Mercy Brown | 3.5 out of 5
  8. The Billionaire Bachelor (Billionaire Bad Boys #1) by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
  9. Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay #1) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
  10. Steadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to the True North series by Sarina Bowen. I think I loved Bittersweet just a smidge more than Steadfast but both books were fantastic books. I’m thirsty for more from that group of characters but I can’t help but want a May and Zach pairing. Sorry Zara. You can have Kyle. 🙂 An honorary mention goes to Angels Blood by Nalini Singh though. That book was great too but I loved the Sarina Bowen books a little more.

My least favorite read of the month goes to For the Win by Sara Rider. I ended up liking the book but the characters, the main characters got on my nerves for a lot longer than the other characters I met and read about last month.

This month we’re giving away:

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen (x2)
Back to You by Jessica Scott

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.

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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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Monthly Reads: April 2016

Posted May 4, 2016 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 7 Comments

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Casee: Wow. Like Rowena, April was an incredibly busy month for me. Anytime I became overwhelmed, I turned to reading. I haven’t done that in a long time. It is something that makes this girl very happy. Seriously happy. I read 12 books, which is a record for me.

  1. Stars of Fortune (Stars Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts | 3.75 out of 5
  2. Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42) by J.D. Robb | 4 out of 5
  3. Whatever it Takes (Grey Justice #2) by Christy Reece | 3.75 out of 5
  4. Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward | 4 out of 5
  5. Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
  6. Troublemaker by Linda Howard | 4 out of 5
  7. The Beast by J.R. Ward | 4.25 out of 5
  8. White Lies by Linda Howard | re-read 3.75 out of 5
  9. Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard | re-read 4.75 out of 5
  10. Alone in the Dark by Karen Rose | 4.5 out of 5
  11. Dark Promises by Christine Feehan | 2.5 out of 5
  12. The Obsession by Nora Roberts | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite book was Alone in the Dark by Karen Rose. There is just something about her writing that pulls you in and doesn’t spit you out until the very end. My least favorite was Dark Promises by Christine Feehan. It was perfectly awful.

Holly: I managed to read 11 books this month. Yes, I’m still in a slump. I wish I’d get over this. I want to read, I just don’t know what. I keep picking up books and setting them aside. It’s so frustrating.

  1. For You by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
  2. Phoenix Reborn by J.D. Tyler | 3.5 out of 5
  3. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews | 3.75 out of 5
  4. Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
  5. Troublemaker by Linda Howard | 4 out of 5
  6. Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
  7. Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
  8. Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
  9. Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
  10. Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews | 3.75 out of 5
  11. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata | 3.75 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month were Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews and Troublemaker by Linda Howard. I didn’t love Troublemaker as much as I’ve loved some of Howard’s book in the past, but it was so much better than some of her more recent releases. Bayou Moon was so great. I loved Cerise and William.

My least favorite read was probably The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. I didn’t dislike it at all, it just wasn’t as good as the others I read.

Rowena: April was a busy month for me and I didn’t feel much like reading for a lot of the month so my reading numbers are way down. Between how busy work was, getting sick for a bit and then all of Brenna’s basketball stuff on top of Relay for Life…it just didn’t leave a lot of time to read so I only read 8 books in the entire month. Yikes!

  1. The Natural History of Us (Fine Art of Pretending #2) by Rachel Harris | 3.75 out of 5
  2. Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt | 4 out of 5
  3. Branded by Fire (Psy-Changelings #6) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
  4. Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changelings #7) by Nalini Singh | 3.5 out of 5
  5. Own the Wind (Chaos #1) by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 3.75 out of 5
  6. Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider | 3.5 out of 5
  7. Sidebarred (Legal Briefs #3.5) by Emma Chase | 5 out of 5
  8. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | 3.75 out of 5

My favorite read of the month is hands down Sidebarred by Emma Chase. It was a novella so there wasn’t a lot of page time to wow me but she did and I loved seeing Jake, Chelsea and the gang again. It was cute, fun and steamy and everything I love in contemporary romances. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

My least favorite read of the month is probably Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh. It wasn’t a bad book but its probably the book that I enjoyed the least. It took me a long time to read that book, Katya and Dev frustrated me for a good chunk of the book but I did cry like a baby toward the end so the book was good, just not my favorite.

This month we’re giving away:

Sidebarred by Emma Chase
Alone in the Dark by Karen Rose
Troublemaker by Linda Howard

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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Monthly Reads: December 2011.

Posted January 21, 2012 by Rowena in Features | 17 Comments



We’re crazy late getting this up. We all forgot about it. Maybe one day we’ll get caught up.

Rowena: December was a hurry up and get as many books read as possible month for me so that I could finish on top of my reading goal and I barely made it. But here’s what I read in the month of December:

  1. Hushed by Kelley York
  2. Blind Dates and Other Disasters by Ally Blake, Fiona Harper and Barbara Hannay
  3. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  4. Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett
  5. The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James
  6. Sign Language by Amy Ackler
  7. Trouble at the Wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke
  8. Secrets by Freya North
  9. Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK by Betsy St. Amant
  10. Scrumptious by Amanda Usen
  11. Ditched by Robin Mellom
  12. First Date by Krista McGee
  13. All I Want Is You by Sherrill Bodine
  14. The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani
  15. The Darlings in Love by Melissa Kantor
  16. Stay Tuned by Lauren Clark

My favorite romance read of December goes to The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James. It was such a fun, steamy romance and I really enjoyed it. I loved the hero, the heroine rocked and the happy ending was cute so what’s not to love? An honorable mention goes out to Scrumptious by Amanda Usen. I enjoyed that story as well and loved the behind the scenes in the kitchen. I’m really looking forward to more books by her.

Holly: December was another slow reading month. I just couldn’t focus on any of the books I picked up. It was kind of depressing.  I read 7.5 books.

  1. A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean 5/5
  2. Holiday Kisses: A Holiday Romance Collection by Shannon Stacey 4/5
  3. His Bonnie Bride by Hannah Howell (re-read) 4.5/5
  4. How To Dance with a Duke by Manda Collins 3.75/5
  5. The Husband Hunt by Lynsay Sands 2.75/5
  6. Guardian of Honor by Robin D. Owens 3/5
  7. Any given Christmas by Candis Terry 2.75/5
  8. Sorceress of Faith by Robin D. Owens DNF

My favorite read of the month was hands down A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean. My least favorite read of the month was Any Given Christmas by Candis Terry. The heroine drove me absolutely crazy and I hated how the town blamed the hero for everything.

This month, we’re giving away:
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean (pre-order)
The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James

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?

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Monthly Reads: October 2011

Posted November 8, 2011 by Holly in Features | 25 Comments


Holly: October was a pretty good reading month for me. I didn’t meet my monthly goal (18+ books), but the quality of my reading was pretty stellar. I managed 15 books.

  1. Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks 3.75/5
  2. Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks 4/5
  3. Heart Search by Robin D Owens 4.25/5
  4. Destiny by Carly Phillips 4/5
  5. In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks 3.75/5
  6. Trouble at the Wedding by Laura Lee Ghurke 4.25/5
  7. The Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton 4.5/5
  8. Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan 4.25/5
  9. How the Marquess Was Won by Julie Anne Long 4.75/5
  10. Tempted by his Target by Jill Sorenson 4/5
  11. On Lavender Lane by JoAnn Ross 4/5
  12. How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart by Donna Alward 3/5
  13. Heart Thief by Robin D Owens (re-read) 4/5
  14. Heart Mate by Robin D Owens (re-read) 4/5
  15. Heart Journey by Robin D. Owens 3.75/5

My favorite reads of the month were The Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton, Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan and How the Marquess was Won by Julie Anne Long. All three were stellar reads. I didn’t love Spirit Bound as much as I loved Water Bound, the first book in Feehan’s Drake Sisters spin-off, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. The Long is the upcoming installment of her Pennyroyal Green series and it definitely lived up to my expectations. The Burton is a surprise to me, because I’ve been off romantic suspense for awhile. I think she did a credible job of balancing the romance and the suspense. I recommend it. My least favorite read was How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart by Donna Alward. While I enjoyed much of it, there were a lot of small things that bothered me.

Casee: I’m somewhat sad. I thought that I would be reporting that I got my reading mojo back. Unfortunately that just wasn’t the case. 2011 has really sucked donkey balls for me. I’m planning on making 2012 the best reading year ever. Of course I’ve had lots of plans when it comes to making things better in the last few months (ask Holly and Rowena). I have never had life get in the way the way it has this year. Blergh. I read 8 books in October. That seems to be my average.

All that Remains by Janice Kay Johnson
Eternal Hunger by Laura Wright
Sweet Revenge by Christy Reece
Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison
Eternal Kiss by Laura Wright
The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter
Dark Predator by Christine Feehan
Silent Run by Barbara Freethy

Rowena: The month that was October came and went for me. I slipped into a bit of a reading funk that I haven’t shaken out of my system quite yet but I’m still hopeful that it’ll turn around.

It’s funny that I say I’ve slipped into a reading funk and I still managed to read 11 books. Most of my reading seems to be YA for October but I got some romance in there as well. My favorite read last month was probably Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez, that book made me want to break out the violin I don’t have and play it like I know how to (I don’t). It was a good book but I don’t think we have a YA audience here so it’s all good. My least favorite read last month was Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivy Harrison. I was so looking forward to reading that book, the cover for the book was gorgeous and I was a fan of the Tristan & Isolde movie that came out a few years ago. Sadly, that book wasn’t a good read for me at all. I hated the protagonist Izzie and Tris was strange, not in a good way either. Oh well.

Here’s what I read this month:

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. (4.25 out of 5)
Tempted by his Target by Jill Sorenson. (3.5 out of 5)
Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivy Harrison. (1 out of 5)
Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl. (3 out of 5)
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr. (4 out of 5)
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez. (4.5 out of 5)
The Next Always by Nora Roberts. (3 out of 5)
The Next Door Boys by Jolene B. Perry. (4.5 out of 5)
Merciless by Diana Palmer. (2.75 out of 5)
Wish Upon a Star by Sarah Morgan. (4 out of 5)
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa. (4 out of 5)

This month we’re giving away:

Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison

The Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton
Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl

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?

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