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Monthly Reads: September 2017

Posted October 3, 2017 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 7 Comments

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Casee: None books. I just want you all to know I haven’t disappeared. I think I need book therapy.

Holly: September was a strange reading month for me. I started out craving contemporary romance and ended up reading most of Julie Garwood’s historical backlist.

The Will by Kirsten Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
Soaring by Kristen Ashely (reread) | 4 out of 5
The Time In Between by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane | 4 out of 5
The Secret by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Ransom by Julie Garwood (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
The Prize by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
The Bride by Julie Garwood (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
The Wedding by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4 out of 5
Castles by Julie Garwood (reread) | 3.25 out of 5
Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
The Kingpin of Camelot by Cassandra Gannon | 4.25 out of 5
Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry | 3.75 out of 5

Aside from re-reads, my favorite read of the month was The Kingpin of Camelot. It was so much fun. I can’t recommend it enough if you’re in the mood for something light and sweet. King Midas 4Ever! I didn’t really have a least favorite this month. I didn’t enjoy Temporary as much as I thought I would, but it was still a good read.

Rowena: September means summer has officially come to an end and the school year has begun and with a new school year brings football! My family finally has someone playing under the Friday night lights and that’s where I’ve been spending most of my Friday nights.

I did manage to get some reading done. Loads more than I thought I would. Check it out.

The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4 out of 5
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreakers Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
Duke of My Heart (Season for Scandal #1) by Kelly Bowen | 3 out of 5
The Wedding (Laird’s Fiancees #2) by Julie Garwood | 4.75 out of 5
The Prize by Julie Garwood | 4.75 out of 5
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5
Ransom (Highland’s Laird #2) by Julie Garwood | 4.5 out of 5
Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
Made for You (The Best Mistake #2) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
Ready for Wild (Grand Valley #3) by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month are probably my Julie Garwood re-reads because those will always be my comfort reads and I loved them just as much this time around as I have the other times I’ve read them. The Prize, The Wedding, Saving Grace and Ransom are just damn good reads. My favorite of my new to me reads were Made for You and Only with You by Lauren Layne. Those books were great, quick reads that just hit me in my feels. Both heroes wrapped me up in heart eyes and I just adored their stories.

My least favorite read was Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen. It was a good story but I didn’t connect with it nearly as much as I did the other books.

This month we’re giving away:

The Kingpin of Camelot by Cassandra Gannon
Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

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Monthly Reads: August 2017

Posted September 7, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 10 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

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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

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Monthly Reads: June 2017

Posted July 4, 2017 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 10 Comments

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Casee: I read none books this month. None. I am too pathetic for words. I can admit it.

Holly: I only managed to read 13 books. June was a crazy month and I wasn’t very focused on reading. I had a pretty good reading month as far as quality goes. I read some really great books.

  1. Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
  2. Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  3. Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
  4. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
  5. Pia Does Hollywood (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
  6. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  7. White Hot by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
  8. Wildfire by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
  9. The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
  10. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.75 out of 5
  11. Moonshadow by Thea Harrison | 4 out of 5
  12. Spellbinder by Thea Harrison | 4.25 out of 5
  13. Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5

I read some really great books, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. Archangel’e Viper by Nalini Singh and White Hot by Ilona Andrews probably top the list, but Spellbinder by Thea Harrison is right up there.

Rowena: June was a busy month for me with prom and graduation then graduation parties but in the midst of the madness, I still managed to get some books read. Yay me!

Here’s what I read in June:

  1. The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5
  2. The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean | 5 out of 5
  3. Wired by Julie Garwood | 3.5 out of 5
  4. Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  5. I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
  6. Dating You, Hating You by Christine Lauren | 4 out of 5
  7. Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
  8. Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
  9. Some Kind of Hero by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 3.5 out of 5
  10. Lucky in Love by Kasie West | 3.25 out of 5
  11. How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis | 3.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month is hands down, The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean. That book was freaking amazing and I just adored it to pieces. I think everyone should read it and love it with me. Who’s with me? 🙂

My least favorite read of the month goes to How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis. The book itself isn’t bad, it was just slow going for me and I almost DNF’d it. It was my first read by Ballis but I enjoyed the foodie aspects of the main character, Eloise…I just wanted to connect with her and the story more.

This month we’re giving away:

Any book from Holly or Rowena’s list.
White Hot by Ilona Andrews or Spellbinder by Thea Harrison (winner’s choice)
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

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: May 2017

Posted June 4, 2017 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 1 Comment

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Casee: May started out as a slow reading month for me. By the second week, I had only read something like two books. Then I discovered D.B. Reynolds and I gobbled her books up. I don’t even remember how I discovered her. But I am so glad I did. I think I’ve said it a few times…if you’re into paranormal and haven’t read her, you’re missing out.

I read eight books in May and they were all by D.B. Reynolds.

The Stone Warriors: Damian by D.B. Reynolds | 3.75 out of 5
Raphael by D.B. Reynolds | 4 out of 5
Jabril by D.B. Reynolds | 4 out of 5
Rajmund by D.B. Reynolds | 3.5 out of 5
Sophia by D.B. Reynolds | 3 out of 5
Duncan by D.B. Reynolds | 4.25 out of 5
Lucas by D.B. Reynolds | 4 out of 5
Aden by D.B. Reynolds | 3.75 out of 5

Holly: May turned out to be a great reading month for me. I did a lot of UF reading, including a re-read of the entire Kate Daniels series.

A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3 out of 5
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3 out of 5
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (re-read)
Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.75 out of 5
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.75 out of 5
Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.75 out of 5
Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3 out of 5
An Ill-Advised Rescue by Ilona Andrews | 3 out of 5
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
Tanner by Sarah Mayberry | 4.25 out of 5
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur | 3.25 out of 5
Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur | 3.5 out of 5
Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur | 3.75 out of 5
Dangerous Games by Keri Arthur | 3.5 out of 5
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4 out of 5
White Hot by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley (re-read) |
Silver Silence by Nalini Singh (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month were White Hot by Ilona Andrews and Tanner by Sarah Mayberry. Both were wonderful. My least favorite read was Full Moon Rising by Riley Jenson. I didn’t dislike it, but it wasn’t as great as I was expecting it to be.

Rowena: Another month has come and gone and I’m still not reading regularly yet. I don’t know when I’m going to get my reading shit together but I hope it’s soon. I did manage to get some books read but not nearly as much as I hoped. I watched a lot of movies though. Right now, I’m just not in the mood to read. I’m hopeful that things will turn around in June. Fingers crossed.

Here’s what I did read last month.

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn | 3.5 out of 5
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | 4 out of 5
Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | DNF
Second Chance Season by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5
Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker | 3.25 out of 5
Revenge by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Revenge by Lexi Blake, which I just finished last night. Man, it was good. I was looking forward to Drew Lawless’ book because he’s a pretty interesting character in the other books in this series and I was interested in seeing him front and center. He’s everything that I hoped he’d be and even though he drove me crazy with his thought processes at times, I still loved the hell out of him.

My least favorite read of the month goes to my lone DNF, Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan. I wanted to read this book even though I didn’t care for the first book in this series because it was Ricco’s book. I had questions about his character and his back story and I wanted to know some things about him but his story was so slow going that I got bored and just quit the book. I got about 40% into the book before I called it quits. It wasn’t for me.

This month we’re giving away:

The Stone Warriors: Damian by D.B. Reynolds
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Tanner by Sarah Mayberry
Revenge by Lexi Blake

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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