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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
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Monthly Reads: August 2016

Posted September 6, 2016 by Casee in Features | 7 Comments

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Casee: This has been my best reading month since April. I was just as busy, but I had more chunks of time to sit down and read. Does that even make sense? It seems very convoluted to me. I also discovered Rebecca Zanetti who is a new-to-me author. I read five of her books and am reading the sixth one now. I still have another one after that. I love both of the series that I read, but I did like the Scorpius Syndrome series the best. Here’s my list for August.

  1. The Angels’ Share by J.R. Ward | 4 out of 5
  2. The Right Kind of Trouble by Shiloh Walker | 3.75 out of 5
  3. Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
  4. Sting by Sandra Brown | 3.5 out of 5
  5. Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti | 4.25 out of 5
  6. Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti | 4 out of 5
  7. Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak | 3.75 out of 5
  8. The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole | 3.75 out of 5
  9. Ruthless by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5
  10. Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti | 3 out of 5
  11. Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti | 3.75 out of 5
  12. Blind Faith by Rebecca Zanetti | 4 out of 5

You’re probably looking at my ratings of the Zanetti books and wonder why I’m reading the last three books. The answer is I don’t effing know. The series has me hooked even though one of them has a TSTL heroine. I haven’t had one of those in quite sometime. My favorite books of the month were Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti and Ruthless by Lexi Blake.

Holly: You guys! I read books in August! I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.

  1. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (reread) | 5 out of 5
  2. Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley | 3.5 out of 5
  3. Down Shift by K. Bromberg | DNF
  4. Guardian’s Mate by Jennifer Ashley | DNF
  5. Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh | 3.5 out of 5
  6. Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
  7. Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
  8. Three Wishes by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.25 out of 5
  9. Exposure by Susan Andersen (reread) | 3 out of 5
  10. White Lies by Linda Howard (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
  11. The Return of Eden McCall (reread) | 3.75 out of 5

Although I DNF’d the Ashley and Bromberg novels, I didn’t dislike either of them. I just wasn’t in the mood. I plan to go back to them at a later date. My favorite read of the month was Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews. Kate has always been kickass, but now that she’s coming into her power? Damn. Archangel’s Heart was a close second.

My least favorite read was probably Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley. I didn’t dislike it, I just didn’t love it as much as some of the others I read.

Rowena: I had an okay reading month. I wanted to finally catch up on my reading challenges but that didn’t happen. Oh well. Still I read some quality romances and that made me happy.

Here’s what I read:

  1. Wild Embrace (Psy/Changelings #15.5) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
  2. No Mistress of Mine (An American Heiress in London #4) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4 out of 5
  3. The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrels #1) by Sarah MacLean | 4.75 out of 5
  4. A Scot in the Dark (Scandal & Scoundrels #2) by Sarah MacLean | 1 out of 5
  5. Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5
  6. Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarLane | 3 out of 5
  7. The Year We Fell Down (Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
  8. The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis | 3.5 out of 5
  9. Just One Week by Alice Gaines | 1 out of 5
  10. Do You Want to Start a Scandal? (Spindle Cove #5) by Tessa Dare | 4.25 out of 5
  11. Bedmates (American Royalty #1) by Nichole Chase | 3.5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean. That book had me laughing, happy sighing and then damn near swooning all over the place. I loved the hero, the heroine and their constant bickering. They were freaking great.

My least favorite reads of the month were A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean (I know, OMG) and Just One Week by Alice Gaines. Both books just did not work for me. I struggled through both books with one thing or another. Gah.

This month we’re giving away:

Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (Digital Pre-order)
Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

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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

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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

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Monthly Reads: December 2015

Posted January 13, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 22 Comments

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Rowena: With the holidays and end of the year madness, it’s not a surprise that I didn’t get a lot of books read. But here’s what I did read in December 2015.

  1. Controlled Burn (Boston Fire #2) by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
  2. Dirty Deeds (Mechanics of Love #3) by Megan Erickson | 4 out of 5
  3. Saving Grace (Love Under the Big Sky #2.5) by Kristen Proby | 2.75 out of 5
  4. Did I Mention I Love You? (DIMILY #1) by Estelle Maskame | 1 out of 5
  5. Dukes Prefer Blondes (Dressmakers #4) by Loretta Chase | 4.75 out of 5
  6. Lord Dashwood Missed Out (Spindle Cove #4.5) by Tessa Dare | 3.75 out of 5
  7. Scorched (Frigid #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 2.5 out of 5
  8. The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy (re-read) | 5 out of 5
  9. The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase. I loved the hero and the heroine, the dry humor and the romance. Everything about both Oliver and Lady Clara worked for me, even Oliver’s obnoxious, always has to be right and snooty attitude toward everyone. I loved how he thought he was smarter than everyone and how Lady Clara called him on every little thing. Their story was fun, funny and charmed the socks right off of me.

My least favorite book was hands down, Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame. The romance in that book drove me up the wall just as much as the main character and the love interest did. After finishing this book, I started wondering if maybe I’m getting over my love of YA contemporary romances. I’m starting to get pissed at the shit choices these young folks keep making. shrugs I guess we’ll see.

Holly: I read 14 books in December, but the majority were re-reads.

  1. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (re-read) | 5/5
  2. Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood (re-read) | 5/5
  3. Lord of Scoundrels (re-read) | 5/5
  4. The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan (re-read) | 4.5/5
  5. Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 4.5/5
  6. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (re-read) | 4.5/5
  7. The Deal by Elle Kennedy (re-read) | 4.5/5
  8. Liam Takes Manhattan by Thea Harrison | 3.5/5
  9. The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long (re-read) | 4.5/5
  10. Soul of Smoke by Caitlyn McFarland | 3/5
  11. Coming Back by Lauren Dane | 3.75/5
  12. Truth of Embers by Caityln McFarland | 4/5
  13. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs | 4.5/5
  14. The Score by Elle Kennedy | 4/5

Of the six new books I read, Fire Touched and The Score were my favorites. I was so angry at Adam at the end of Night Broken, but by the 1/4 mark of Fire Touched I was no longer mad at him. I didn’t expect to love Dean as much as I did in The Score. Kennedy has done such a fabulous job with that series.

My least favorite read was Soul of Smoke. I really liked the world, but the heroine drove me batty.

This month we’re giving away:


Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase
The Score by Elle Kennedy (digital format only)

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