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Monthly Reads: August 2017

Posted September 7, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 9 Comments

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Casee: I read none books. None. I’m detecting a problem here.

Holly: I had a pretty good reading month. I tried some new authors and revisited some older books. I read a total of 18 books.

Magic Waking by Eva Chase | 2.75 out of 5
Soul’s Blade by Eva Chase | DNF
Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 3.25 out of 5
The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Fantastical by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Broken Dove by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley (reread) | DNF
The Time in Between by Kristen Ashley | 3 out of 5
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre | 3.5 out of 5
Gaslight Hades by Grace Draven | 4 out of 5
Born in Fire by K.F. Breene | 3.25 out of 5
Raised in Fire by K.F. Breene | 3.5 out of 5
Fused in Fire by K.F. Breene | 3.5 out of 5
So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks | 4 out of 5
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie (reread) | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite read was So I Married a Sorcerer. It isn’t a perfect story, but I enjoyed the world. My second favorite was Gaslight Hades. I may have enjoyed it more, even, than So I Married a Sorcerer. So maybe they’re tied. My least favorite was probably Magic Waking. I didn’t hate it, but I was hoping for more than I got.

Rowena: August was the month where I got my crap together and started reading books. The summer came and went and I didn’t read much in June and July but August….August, I read. Here’s what I read last month:

Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee | 4 out of 5
Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
Links by Lisa Becker | 3 out of 5
Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4.5) by Lorraine Heath | 4.5 out of 5
Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
Clean Sweep (Innkeepers Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
Something about You (FBI/US Attorneys #1) by Julie James | 4.25 out of 5
Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chae | 4.5 out of 5
Royally Raised (Royally #2.5) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase | 4.25 out of 5
Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry | 4 out of 5
Fallen Heir (Royals #4) by Erin Watt | DNF

My favorite read of the month goes to Royally Matched by Emma Chase and Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses by Lorraine Heath. Both reads were happy reads for me and I thoroughly enjoyed them both.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Fallen Heir by Erin Watt. I actually ended up DNF-ing Fallen Heir because it’s getting ridiculous and I knew that there was a cliff hanger and I just can’t deal with all of the Royals shenanigans so I put it down for good. Who knows if I’ll ever pick it back up again but right now? Nope.

This month we’re giving away:

Royally Matched by Emma Chase
So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks

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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Monthly Reads: July 2017

Posted August 4, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 7 Comments

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Casee: This summer has been pathetic for me. I didn’t read one book in June and I only read one book in July. I’m hoping August will be better, but I don’t have high hopes. It’s only going to get better when my kids go back to school at the end of August. No more vacations, no more kids bothering me.

Here is my one book in July:

  1. The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter | 3.5 out of 5

Holly: July started out pretty sad for me, but it really picked up toward the end of the month thanks to Angela Knight’s Mageverse series. I read 22 books.

  1. Seductions Gift by Angela Knight | 3/5
  2. Master of the Night by Angela Knight | 3.25/5
  3. Galahad by Angela Knight | 3/5
  4. Master of the Moon by Angela Knight | 4/5
  5. Master of Wolves by Angela Knight | 3.25/5
  6. Moon Dance by Angela Knight | 3/5
  7. Master of Swords by Angela Knight | 3.25/5
  8. Master of Dragons by Angela Knight | 4/5
  9. Vampire’s Ball by Angela Knight | 3/5
  10. Down London Road by Samantha Young (re-read) | 4.5/5
  11. Castle Hill by Samantha Young (re-read) | 4/5
  12. Wired by Julie Garwood | DNF
  13. Wolf’s Mate by Celia Kaye | DNF
  14. All I Ever Wanted by Luanne McLane | 2.75/5
  15. White Hot by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4.5/5
  16. Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4.25/5
  17. Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 4/5
  18. The Gamble by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 3.75/5
  19. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 4.5/5
  20. Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 3.75/5
  21. Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 4/5
  22. Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 4.5/5

My favorite read was Master of Dragons. I was intrigued about Kel from the beginning and his book didn’t disappoint. My least favorite read was Wolf’s Mate. I couldn’t even finish it.

Rowena: July was a sad reading month for me. I had so much free time and I didn’t read anything. Nothing was calling my name and the books that I picked up, I put right back down. I hope that I’m not slipping into a reading slump but my July numbers were ugly.

Here’s what I read:

  1. Ready to Run by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
  2. When It’s Real by Erin Watt | 4.25 out of 5
  3. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare | 4.5 out of 5
  4. The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley | 3.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare because duh…it’s a Tessa Dare and I adore all of her stuff. This book was no different.

My least favorite book goes to The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley. I enjoyed the book as a whole but the beginning dragged and the characters acted really young (like younger than their actual ages), at least that was how it read to me.

This month we’re giving away:

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter
Master of Dragons by Angela Knight

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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Monthly Reads: January 2017

Posted February 2, 2017 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 8 Comments

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Casee: January was good to me reading wise. Whenever I looked outside and saw all the horrible snow, I picked up a book to get my mind off of it. I’m glomming Lexi Blake right now and am loving her.

  1. Bound Together by Christine Feehan | 4.25 out of 5
  2. Blood Vow by J.R. Ward | 4 out of 5
  3. Island of Glass by Nora Roberts | 4 out of 5
  4. Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb (reread) | 4.75 out of 5
  5. Moonshadow by Thea Harrison | 4.25 out of 5
  6. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  7. Power Game by Christine Feehan | 4 out of 5
  8. Satisfaction by Lexi Blake | 4.5 out of 5
  9. Love and Let Die by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5
  10. Dominance Never Dies by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5

My absolute favorite of this month was Satisfaction by Lexi Blake. I loved Bran. Loved him. Loved, loved, loved him. I thought Drew was it for me with the Lawless series, but I am pretty sure that it’s Bran. If you haven’t read this series, you should. Revenge and romance. Check. Then of course I had to go back and read about all the Taggarts. I’m also really enjoying rereading the In Death series, even if I’m doing it out of order.

Holly: I had a pretty blase reading month. A lot of re-reads and not-so-stellar books.

  1. Malsum Pass by Kimberly Forrest | DNF
  2. Bluebird Winter by Linda Howard (reread) | 2.75/5
  3. Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.5/5
  4. Wild Man by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3/5
  5. Law Man by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 2.5/5
  6. Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.5/5
  7. The Gamble by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.25/5
  8. Stolen Magic by Marina Finlayson | 3.25/5
  9. Murdered Gods by Marina Finlayson | 3/5
  10. The Winter Over by Matthew Iden | 3.25/5
  11. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (reread) | 4.75/5
  12. Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4/5
  13. Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (reread) | 4.5/5
  14. Heart of Fire by Linda Howard (reread) | 5/5

My favorite new read of the month was probably Stolen Magic by Marina Finlayson. I enjoyed the premise and the world. I didn’t enjoy that it ended on a cliffhanger. My least favorite new read was probably Murdered Gods. It felt very short and ended on another cliffhanger (yes, I’m still whinging about that).

Rowena: January was a great reading month for me. I started the year off right and went ham with my reading. I read a lot of great books:

  1. Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel | 4 out of 5
  2. Solo by Jill Mansell | 1 out of 5
  3. Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5
  4. Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James | 4 out of 5
  5. Satisfaction by Lexi Blake | 4 out of 5
  6. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
  7. Sustained by Emma Chase (re-read) | 5 out of 5
  8. Sidebarred by Emma Chase (re-read) | 5 out of 5
  9. Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis | 3 out of 5
  10. Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James | 4 out of 5
  11. Fury on Fire by Sophie Jordan | 3 out of 5
  12. By Your Side by Kasie West | 3 out of 5
  13. #famous by Jilly Gagnon | 3 out of 5
  14. Hollywood Dirty by Alessandra Torre | 4.25 out of 5
  15. Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally | 4 out of 5
  16. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven | 4 out of 5
  17. The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre and Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen. Both books were fun reads that kept me entertained from beginning to end. Some honorable mentions to Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James and Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally.

My least favorite read of the month probably goes to #famous by Jilly Gagnon and Fury on Fire by Sophie Jordan. Famous by Jilly Gagnon was a bit young for me and Fury on Fire wasn’t bad but it wasn’t my favorite either.

This month we’re giving away:

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
Satisfaction by Lexi Blake
Any book from Holly’s List (since I didn’t have a true favorite 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. 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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Monthly Reads: December 2016

Posted January 10, 2017 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 9 Comments

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Casee: I read one, you read that right, one book. Which is better than November when I read none books. That’s right. None books. I’m praying that 2017 goes much better than the end of 2016.

  1. Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti | 4.5

It was my favorite book of the month.

Holly: December seemed to fly by and drag on at the same time. My reading time was limited, so I did a lot of re-reading (again).  Last month I binge-read Ilona Andrews, so it seemed fitting to binge on Patricia Briggs this month.

  1. Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
  2. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  3. Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  4. Fair Game by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
  5. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (re-read_) | 4 out of 5
  6. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  7. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
  8. Bone Crossed by Patrica Briggs (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
  9. Silver Bourne by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 3.75 out of 5
  10. River Marked by Patricia Briggs (re-read) | 3 out of 5
  11. The Thing About Love by Julie James | 4 out of 5
  12. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (re-read) (sort of) | 4.25 out of 5
  13. Bound Together by Christine Feehan | 4 out of 5
  14. Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was probably One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews. It was sort of a re-read, because I read it as it was being written (they released it as a weekly serial), but the full-length release this month included additional material, so I’m counting it as new. I adore this world. I suggest everyone read the series. Honorable mention goes to The Thing About Love by Julie James. She always writes such smart romances.

I didn’t really have a least favorite read of the month. If I had to choose, it would be River Marked by Briggs. I liked the book, but it was slower than a lot of the others in the series.

Rowena: I didn’t get a lot of reading done in the entire month of December. I was busy with basketball, the holidays and covering for people out at work. I did get some reading in, just not as much as I hoped. In the new year, I’m going to read when I feel like it and not be too hard on myself when I don’t read as much as I thought I would.

Here’s what I read in December:

  1. Bad Boy by Elliot Wake | 2.75 out of 5
  2. This is Our Song (Shaughnessy Brothers #4) by Samantha Chase | 4 out of 5
  3. That Thing about Love (FBI/US Attorneys #7) by Julie James | 4.5 out of 5
  4. Delicious (Marsdens #1) by Sherry Thomas | 3.75 out of 5
  5. Rules of Contact (Play by Play #12) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
  6. The Hero (Sons of Texas #1) by Donna Grant | 2 out of 5
  7. Off the Rails by Jill Sorenson | 3 out of 5
  8. The Fixer (Games People Play #1) by Helenkay Dimon | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to The Thing about Love by Julie James because that was a damn good book. Julie James continues to shine and I adore her stuff. My least favorite read of the month goes to The Hero by Donna Grant. It was just meh for me.

This month we’re giving away:

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
The Thing about Love by Julie James
Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti

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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Monthly Reads: November 2016

Posted December 5, 2016 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 9 Comments

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Holly: I spent the majority of November re-reading old Linda Howard favorites. I tend to go back to old favorites when I don’t have a lot of reading time because they’re easy to 1) finish in a single sitting or 2) set aside when I get busy.

  1. Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells | 3.5/5
  2. White Out by Linda Howard (re-read) | 4/5
  3. Soaring by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 3/5
  4. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard (re-read) | 3.5/5
  5. Dying to Please by Linda Howard (re-read) | 4/5
  6. The Way Home by Linda Howard (re-read) | 3/5
  7. Midnight Rainbow by Linda Howard (re-read) | 4/5
  8. Diamond Bay by Linda Howard (re-read) | 4/5
  9. Heartbreaker by Linda Howard (re-read) | 3.5/5
  10. White Lies by Linda Howard (re-read) | 3.5/5
  11. Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard (re-read) | 4/5
  12. Mackenzie’s Mission by Linda Howard (re-read) | 3.5/5
  13. A Game of Chance by Linda Howard (re-read) | 3/5
  14. How You See Her by Linda Howard (re-read) | 4/5
  15. Cry No More by Linda Howard (re-read) | 4.5/5
  16. Tears of the Renegade by Linda Howard (re-read) | 2.75/5
  17. Against the Rules by Linda Howard (re-read) | 3/5
  18. The Cutting Edge by Linda Howard (re-read) | 2.75/5

I don’t really have a favorite or least favorite read this month. Fluency was my only new read in November and it was just okay.

Rowena: November was a weird reading month for me. I’ve been trying to get back into reading the books on my review pile but I kept reading other books. I re-read a couple of books because I couldn’t get enough of the people in that world so I went back and revisited them. I also read a lot of books that I have bought myself and I think in the new year, I’m going to request less and read more of the books I already own. My attempt to keep myself honest on that front is to join Super Librarian Wendy’s TBR Challenge next year. Wish me luck on that.

  1. The Other Sister by Dianne Dixon | 2.5 out of 5
  2. Irresistibly Yours (Oxford #1) by Lauren Layne (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
  3. I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2) by Lauren Layne (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
  4. Fighting for Devlin (Lost Boys #1) by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
  5. Shut Up and Kiss Me (Lost Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
  6. Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen Frederick | 4.75 out of 5
  7. First Step Forward (Grand Valley #1) by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5
  8. Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan | 3.5 out of 5
  9. Size Matters by Alison Bliss | 3.5 out of 5
  10. Managed (VIP #2) by Kristen Callihan | 4 out of 5
  11. Fly with Me (Wild Aces #1) by Chanel Cleeton | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Downed by Jen Frederick. Ace Anderson and Bryant Johnson were great characters and their romance completely worked for me. Jen Frederick continues to shine for me and she continues to impress the socks out of me with every book she releases. Downed was another example of that.

My least favorite read of the month goes to The Other Sister by Dianne Dixon. This book reminded me of my issues with The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Every character was unlikable and I just couldn’t deal with all the meanness and drama. Everyone got on my nerves and meh. I just didn’t like it.

This month we’re giving away:

Downed by Jen Frederick
Any book from Linda Howard’s backlist

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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