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Monthly Reads: June 2018

Posted July 5, 2018 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 12 Comments

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Casee: I loved June. It’s the beginning of summer (my favorite season), school is out, and for some reason I read more. This is my best reading month in years. Years. Now, compared to most of you, this isn’t very many. Heck, compared to what I used to read this is pretty pathetic. It sure does make me smile today though.

Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti | 3 out of 5
Consumed by Rebecca Zanetti | 4.5 out of 5
Ocean Light by Nalini Singh | 3 out of 5
The Darkest Warrior by Gena Showalter | 4.5 out of 5
Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti | 4 out of 5
Twisted by Rebecca Zanetti | 4 out of 5
Shadowed by Rebecca Zanetti | 4.5 out of 5

I can’t choose a favorite out of all the amazing books I read. There is just no way.

Holly: June was a great reading month for me. I read the entire Kate Daniels series in preparation for the final book in August, which really boosted my numbers (I count short stories and novellas). I read 30 books. I set a goal to reread less each month this year and so far I’ve done pretty well, with the exception of this month. I blame Ilona Andrews.

A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3 out of 5
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3 out of 5
Curran POV Collection: Unicorn Lane by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Curran POV Collection: Fernandos by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Curran POV Collection: Soup by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Curran POV Collection: Midnight Games by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Curran POV Collection: Hot Tub by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Curran POV Collection: Kate’s Origin by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Curran POV Collection: Naked Dinner by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Curran POV Collection: Conclave by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Curran POV Collection: Awake by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3 out of 5
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
An Ill-Advised Rescue by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Curran Twitter, The Wilson Building by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Dabwaha, Curran Twitter by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
The Kingpin of Camelot by Cassandra Gannon (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Giving Chase by Lauren Dane (reread) | 4 out of 5
Taking Chase by Lauren Dane (reread) | 3 out of 5
Shadow’s Edge by J.T. Geissinger | 3 out of 5
Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger | 3.75 out of 5
Hot Single Dad by Claire Kingsley | 4 out of 5
Her Best Friend by Claire Kingsley | 4 out of 5

My favorite non-reread of the month was probably Hot Single Dad by Claire Kingsley. There were some issues, but overall it was a cute read. My least favorite was Shadow’s Edge by J.T. Geissinger. I kept anticipating some major event to happen, and it never came to be. I enjoyed book 2 quite a bit more.

Rowena: June was a strong reading month for me and I was super excited about everything that I read. Mostly, I was excited about how much I read. It’s the first time all year that I was able to read more than 12 books and that makes me all kinds of happy.

Here’s what I read in June:

Burn for You (Slow Burn #1) by J.T. Greissinger | 4 out of 5
I Flipping Love You (Shacking Up #3) by Helena Hunting | 4 out of 5
I Think I Love You (Oxford #5) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
The One You Can’t Forget (The Ones that Got Away #2) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley | 3.25 out of 5
Hot Single Dad (Book Boyfriend #3) by Claire Kingsley | 4 out of 5
Her Best Friend (Book Boyfriend #3.5) by Claire Kingsley | 4 out of 5
The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang | 5 out of 5
Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 5 out of 5
Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
More than Words by Mia Sheridan | DNF
Wicked and the Wallflower (Bareknuckle Bastards #1) by Sarah MacLean | 4.25 out of 5
One Small Thing by Erin Watt | 4.25 out of 5
The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young | 4.25 out of 5
Hard Sell (21 Wall Street #2) by Lauren Layne | 4.75 out of 5
The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang because it was everything that I wanted and everything that I hoped it would be. Hoang did not disappoint and I’m super anxious for the next book in the series. Special shout out to Lauren Layne too who delivered a bunch of goodness that I devoured in June. I adored both I Think I Love You and Hard Sell. Such great stories.

My least favorite read of the month was my lone DNF. I just couldn’t continue, it was slow, I didn’t connect with the heroine so I gave up. That book was More than Words by Mia Sheridan.

This month we’re giving away:

Monthly Reads: June 2018

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Monthly Reads: May 2018

Posted June 1, 2018 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 7 Comments

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Casee: I read one book in May. One book. In my defense May was graduation month so I was super busy. Still, it’s not much an improvement over previous months. I did discover Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protector series, so I am a happy reader. My one and only book was the first book in that series and I really liked it.

Fated by Rebecca Zanetti | 4 out of 5

Holly: May was a strange reading month for me. I ended up reading 19 books, but I went about 2 weeks in the middle of the month where I read nothing. I’m trying to re-read less, and I feel good about it this month. The majority of my reads were new ones.

Planet Dragos by Thea Harrison | 4.25 out of 5
The Hookup by Erin McCarthy | 3.25 out of 5
Rock Chick Reborn by Kristne Ashley | 3 out of 5
Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee | 2.5 out of 5
Burn for You by J.T. Geissinger | 4.25 out of 5
Melt for You by J.T. Geissinger | 3.75 out of 5
Chosen by K.F. Breene | 4 out of 5
Hunted by K.F. Breene | 4 out of 5
Shadow Lands by K.F. Breene | 4 out of 5
Invasion by K.F. Breene | 4 out of 5
Siege by K.F. Breene | 4 out of 5
Overtaken by K.F. Breene | 4 out of 5
Overtaken: Bonus Epilogue by K.F. Breene | 4 out of 5
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3 out of 5
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Diamond Bay by Linda Howard (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
White Lies by Linda Howard (reread) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was Burn for You by J.T. Geissinger. It’s a modern-day Beauty and the Beast retelling. I ended up reading it 3 times it was so good. My least favorite read was Rock Chick Reborn by Kristen Ashley. I was so looking forward to Shirleen’s story, but she acted so unlike herself it killed the story for me.

Rowena: My reading month sucked. I didn’t read all of the books that I planned on reading and I didn’t even have a good excuse. I had the time, I just didn’t have the desire to read. I wasn’t in the mood. Hopefully, June will be better to me on the reading front. Wish me luck!

Here’s what I did read in May.

Rumor Has It by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Regrets Only by Erin Duffy | 3.5 out of 5
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff | 3.5 out of 5
Hooked on You by Kate Meader | 4.5 out of 5
Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5
Making Up by Lucy Parker | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month is a two-way tie between Hooked on You by Kate Meader and Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen. Both books were wonderful and I connected with both couples and their romance so much. I adored both Bren and Violet and Alec and May. So much goodness there.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Regrets Only by Erin Duffy. I had such high hopes and while I didn’t hate the book, the main character disappointed a bit with things I wished she was above but wasn’t.

This month we’re giving away:

Monthly Reads: May 2018

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Monthly Reads: April 2018

Posted May 2, 2018 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 13 Comments

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Casee: April was the best reading month I’ve had in a year. It was amazing. I read FOUR entire books. Yes, FOUR whole books. This is record breaking. My days of reading double digits are over. I’ve accepted that and am peace with it. I’m just happy I read FOUR books. My heart is happy.

Dark Legacy by Christine Feehan | 3 out of 5
Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti | 4.25 out of 5
Winter Igniting by Rebecca Zanetti | 4.75 out of 5
The Thief by J.R. Ward | 4 out of 5

My favorite reads were definitely the Rebecca Zanetti books. I was surprised that Winter Igniting came in before Storm Gathering.

Holly: I feel like I didn’t read anything in April. I was in a weird reading funk and nothing really held my attention. Turns out I managed to read 14 books, which is way more than I thought.

Dragon’s Oath by Sophie Stern | DNF
Snowfall and Secrets by Kimberly Loth | 2.75 out of 5
Natural Mage by K.F. Breene | 4 out of 5
Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid | 2.75 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (audiobook) | 4.5 out of 5
White Hot by Ilona Andrews (audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
Prince in Leather by Holley Trent | DNF
The Hellion by Christi Caldwell | 3.5 out of 5
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
Sweep in Peace (audiobook) | 4 out of 5
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (audiobook) | 4.5 out of 5
Hour of Need by Melinda Leigh (audiobook) | 2.75 out of 5
Ocean Light by Nalini Singh | 3.75- 4 out of 5
Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh | 3.5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was Natural Mage by K.F. Breene. I’m really loving that series. My Least favorite was probably Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I didn’t hate the book, but I had high expectations based on recommendations from those in my trust circle and it didn’t live up to them.

Rowena: April was a junk reading month for me. I only read 6 books. What in the world is going on? The month started off on a bad reading note with the Leila Sales book that I read so maybe that soured me on more books? Who knows, I just hope that May is much better for me on the reading end. Wish me luck!

Here’s what I did read.

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales | 1 out of 5
The Hookup (Jordan Brothers #1) by Erin McCarthy | 4 out of 5
Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin #1) by G.A. Aiken | 3 out of 5
Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid | 2.75 out of 5
Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Hot Asset by Lauren Layne. It had everything that I love in a Lauren Layne novel but also in a romance. Strong characters, a sizzling romance with hella chemistry and supporting characters that keep me thirsty for more. I’m looking forward to the other books that Layne releases for these characters. Kennedy and Kate are going to be great, same with Matt and Sabrina. Woot!

My least favorite read of the month goes to If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales. The message had the potential to be really good but the delivery didn’t work for me at all. I closed that book with so much rage that I just might give up the author because I’m too scared that I’d get another one of those. Just, no.

This month we’re giving away:

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Monthly Reads: March 2018

Posted April 2, 2018 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 9 Comments

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Casee: I read two whole books in March. Two entire books. I’m not even mad at myself because I read two whole books!

Covert Game by Christine Feehan | 4 out of 5
Shadow Keeper by Christine Feeha | 3.75 out of 5

My favorite book was obviously Covert Game. It bums me out that there is only one GhostWalker book per year.

Holly: March was a sad reading month for me. I wanted to read, but nothing really held my attention. I started close to 30 books I ended up setting aside after a few pages or a few chapters. I did manage to get a few books during the last week. Let’s hope April is better. I miss reading.

The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard | 3.75 out of 5
Dark Desires by Eve Silver | 3 out of 5
Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt | 4 out of 5
Complicated (audiobook) | 3 out of 5
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley (audiobook) (reread) | 2 out of 5/ 4 out of 5
For You by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
On the Edge by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews (audiobook) | 4 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks | 3 out of 5
Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken | 4.25 out of 5
Flames and Chains by G.A. Aiken | 3 out of 5
About a Dragon by G.A. Aiken | 3 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken, with Duke of Sin a close second. My least favorite was Flames and Chains, a short story included with Dragon Actually. It was originally written for her newsletter and it showed. I also really struggled with the audiobook of Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley. That was horrible. I love that book like whoa, but the audio was junk.

Rowena: March was the month of Baby Caiden. It was also the month that started my obsession with all things Ilona Andrews. Baby Caiden was visiting California from Utah for three weeks and he’s leaving tomorrow so I’m a little sad but also happy to report that I’m still loving and reading all things Ilona Andrews. I only read 12 books this month but I’ll take what I can get and be happy that I’m actually reading and not in a slump.

Here’s what I read in March.

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews | 4.75 out of 5
Over Us, Over You by Whitney G | DNF
Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas | 4.5 out of 5
On the Edge (The Edge #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
On Hart’s Boardwalk (On Dublin Street #6.7) by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5
Bayou Moon (The Edge #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Jock Blocked (Gridiron #2) by Jen Frederick | 4.75 out of 5
Hot Response (Boston Fire #4) by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
Suddenly Forbidden (Gray Springs University #1) by Ella Fields | 4 out of 5
The Love Coupon (Stubborn Hearts #2) by Ainslie Paton | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (anyone surprised?) and my least favorite read of the month goes to Over Us, Over You by Whitney G. Burn for Me was just so freaking good. I loved the world, the magic, Nevada and Mad Rogan and everyone else we meet in that book. As for Over Us, Over You, it was too immature for me and I stayed annoyed with the main characters so I DNF’d that one. I’m wondering if I’m going to have to break up with Whitney G. soon. I haven’t cared for her last few releases that I read. Hmm.

This month we’re giving away:

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Monthly Reads: February 2018

Posted March 6, 2018 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 12 Comments

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Casee: I only read three books. I looked it up just now and I was shocked. It felt like I read ten books. I am just happy that I’m reading again.

Devil’s Cut by J.R. Ward | 3 out of 5
Blood Fury by J.R. Ward | 4 out of 5
Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh | 3.75 out of 5

Holly: February was a strange reading month for me. It felt like I read a lot, but I only read 15 books. Part of the reason is because I listened to Anne Bishop’s The Others series on audio, then sat down and read them. So really I read each of The Others books twice.

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Written in Red by Anne Bishop | 4.25 out of 5
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop | 4.25 out of 5
Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop | 4.25 out of 5
Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop | 4.25 out of 5
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop | 4.25 out of 5
Lake Silence by Anne Bishop | 4.25 out of 5
Natural Witch by K.F. Breene | 4 out of 5
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.75 out of 5
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
White Hot by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley | 3 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month were the Anne Bishop books. I’m not sure I have a favorite from the series, so I’m just including them all. Hello Stranger was also wonderful. I adored Ethan.

My least favorite was Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley. I liked Snapper, but overall the novella was slow moving and kind of boring. It wasn’t a bad read, it just didn’t hold up against the other books I read this month.

Rowena: February was a busy month for me. We were in the thick of multiple basketball seasons so I drove all over the South Bay to support El Camino College, Vanguard University and Torrance Parks and Recs. I’m trying to make as many basketball games as I can because I know that my girls basketball playing days are numbered. I’m so going to miss this when it’s all said and done so I’m glad that February was good to my girls and their basketball teams.

Anyway, even with all of the basketball games, I still managed to get some reading done. Not as much as I thought I did but it’s all good because I read and that’s what is important.

Here’s what I read last month.

Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader | 4.25 out of 5
Undone by You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory | 4 out of 5
Runaway Groom (I Do, I Don’t #2) by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5
Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
Living Out Loud (Austen #3) by Staci Hart | 3 out of 5
One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews | 4.75 out of 5
What a Difference a Duke Makes (School for Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell | 4 out of 5
Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts #3) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month go to Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne, Sweep in Peace and One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews. All three of those books were fantastic reads and I’m thirsty for more from both authors.

My least favorite read of the month goes to The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. The very first time that I read that book, I zipped right through it and glossed over a lot of things that I didn’t think were a big deal until I was writing down my thoughts for my review. I realized that those things that bothered me, bothered me a great deal more than I originally thought so I read the book again from cover to cover and…I didn’t like a lot of things that went on in the book so my enjoyment of the book suffered. The heroine got on my nerves and the hero treated his friends poorly so he got on my nerves too.

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