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Monthly Reads: October 2016

Posted November 7, 2016 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 6 Comments

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Casee: I completely feel like a piece of book poo. This is the second month that I’ve read less than 10 books. Since April, I had my reading mojo back. I conquered it. It was great. I felt great. The problem here is that I’m not in a slump. It’s that my concentration is shot. I feel like a toddler that can’t concentrate longer than 5 minutes at a time. It’s terrible.

I read two (so ashamed) books in October. Neither of them were good.

  1. Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti | 2.5/5
  2. Family Sins by Sharon Sala | 3/5

Holly: Surprisingly, October was my best reading month of the year so far.  I binge-read Ilona Andrews’ backlist this month, which helped. So did my re-read of Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series.

  1. Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton | 4.25/5
  2. Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowena | 4.25\5
  3. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 4.5/5
  4. The Oracle by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 4.5/5
  5. Lord’s Fall by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 4/5
  6. The Wicked by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 3.5/5
  7.  Kinked by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 4.25/5
  8. Dragos Takes a Holiday (re-read) | 4.25/5
  9. Pia Saves the Day by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 4/5
  10. Peanut Goes to School by Thea Harrison (re-read) | 4/5
  11. Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews | 3.5/5
  12. Questing Beast by Ilona Andrews | 3/5
  13. Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews | 4.25/5
  14. Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews | 4.5/5
  15. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews | 4.25/5
  16. Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews | 3.25/5
  17. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews | 4/5
  18. Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews | 4/5
  19. Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews | 4.25/5
  20. Steadfast by Sarina Bowen (re-read) | 4.5/5
  21. Keepsake by Sarina Bowen | 4.5/5
  22. Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen (re-read) | 4/5
  23. Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen | 4.25/5
  24. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (re-read) | 4.5/5
  25. The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood (re-read) | 4.5/5

My favorite reads of the month were probably the Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews. I’m not going to choose a favorite since I enjoyed all three, but Sweep in Peace might edge the other two out..just barely. Honorable mentions go to Keepsake and Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen and Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton. My least favorite read of the month was probably Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews. I actually really enjoyed it, but I was sad to see it end and I’m irritated there aren’t more in the series.

Rowena: Normally, this is the time where my reading slows down but this year was a little different in that the entire freaking year was like a slow down because I just haven’t been reading like my normal self. That makes me sad but even with all of that going on, I still got some books read last month.

  1. Results May Vary by Bethany Chase | 4 out of 5
  2. The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
  3. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West | 4 out of 5
  4. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | 4.25 out of 5
  5. Undecided (Burnham College #1) by Julianna Keyes (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
  6. Sincerely, Carter (Sincerely, Carter #1) by Whitney Gracia Williams (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
  7. Addicted (Outlaws #2) by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
  8. Keepsake (True North #3) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5
  9. Shadow Rider (Shadow #1) by Christine Feehan | 2.5 out of 5
  10. Twisted Palace (Royals #3) by Erin Watt | 2.5 out of 5
  11. Ruled (Outlaws #3) by Elle Kennedy | 3 out of 5
  12. Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5
  13. One Snowy Night (Heartbreaker Bay #2.5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Someone Like You by Lauren Layne. It was a book that I’ve been looking forward to for such a long time and seriously, it’s Lincoln Mathis! I’m so stinkin’ glad that the hype in my head for Lincoln’s story was upheld because it was so stinkin’ good. I loved it so much! But the book doesn’t come out until next month so I won’t be giving it away just yet. Honorable mentions to Keepsake by Sarina Bowen (Yay for Zach) and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. Both books were fantastic!

My least favorite book of the month goes to Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan and Twisted Palace by Erin Watt. Both books left me disappointed. I wanted to like Shadow Rider but the hero drove me right up the wall and Twisted Palace was a let down because it was different from what I expected and have come to love about this series. I was left wanting more from everyone (except Reed) and the new characters made me want to punch someone right in the face so meh.

This month we’re giving away:

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Keepsake by Sarina Bowen
Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (or Sweep in Peace, winner’s choice)

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Monthly Reads: September 2016

Posted October 5, 2016 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 6 Comments

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Casee: The month of September was a pathetic month for me. I’m ashamed to even tell you all the number of books I read. The patheticness (a word made up for me) that was my reading is laughable. I didn’t even do any re-reads.

  1. Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb | 4.25 out of 5
  2. Leopard’s Fury by Christine Feehan | 3.5 out of 5
  3. Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads | 3.75 out of 5

My favorite book by far was Apprentice in Death. Eve Dallas. Let’s not even address the fact that I only read three books. The most interesting book I read was Race the Darkness. Abbie Roads is a new to me author and I’m looking forward to sharing my review with you.

Holly: September was a pretty sad month for me, too. I did a couple re-reads and that was mostly it.

  1. Golden Trail by Kristen Ashley (re-read) | 3.5 out of 5
  2. Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
  3. Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey | 3.5 out of 5
  4. Blonde Date by Sarina Bowen (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
  5. Rock Chick: Revolution by Kristen Ashley | 2 out of 5

My favorite read of the month (ha ha) was Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrew’s. I love the world and the characters. My least favorite read was Rock Chick: Revolution. That was such a ridiculous book, I can’t even talk about it.

Rowena: September was another busy month for me as my daughter started her senior year in high school. So we’ve had basketball, senior pictures and starting at a new Ward to get through and all in all, it’s been a really good month for us personally and as a family. I can’t believe that Brenna is a senior in high school. I remember the first day of Kindergarten. She’s so grown now and I miss when she was little.

My reading wasn’t as grand as I’d hoped but what’s new? I went through a reading funk in September and still managed to get some books read so I’m going to count my blessings. 🙂 Here’s what I read last month:

  1. Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels | 1 out of 5
  2. Three Amazing Things about You by Jill Mansell | 3.5 out of 5
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | 3.5 out of 5
  4. The Boy is Back (Boys #4) by Meg Cabot | 4 out of 5
  5. To Love and To Cherish (Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
  6. The Billionaire Next Door (Billionaire Bad Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
  7. The Viscount and the Vixen (Hellions of Havisham #4) by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to the third Wedding Belles book, To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne. It was such a great book with a steamy romance that I adored. Logan and Alexis rocked my socks and I was very happy with their story. Honorable mentions go out to The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon (Yay for Tag!), The Boy is Back (Boys #4) by Meg Cabot and The Viscount and the Vixen (Hellions of Havisham #4) by Lorraine Heath. All were fabulous reads as well.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Four Letter Words (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels. There was too much immaturity and crap that I just didn’t get and didn’t like. The hero and the heroine got on my nerves and I almost DNF’d it but muscled through but in the end, I was still dissatisfied with everything. shrugs

This month we’re giving away:

To Love and to Cherish (Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne
Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads
Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews (or book 1, On the Edge, if the winner hasn’t read it yet)

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: 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

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 2016

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

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Casee: I read some very good books in July. I’ve decided not to go with volume, but with quality. I read eight books and most of them were very good. Most of the books I read were toward the end of the month because my family was out of town. It’s amazing how much reading time you can get in when there is absolute quiet.

  1. Shadow Game by Christine Feehan (re-read) | 3.5/5
  2. Mind Game by Christine Feehan (re-read) | 4/5
  3. Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh | 5/5
  4. Moonstruck by Lauren Dane | DNF
  5. Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan | 4.25/5
  6. The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak | 3/5
  7. The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward | 4/5
  8. The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole | 3.75/5

Obviously my favorite book was Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh. I love the Guild Hunter series. Holly and I were talking about the Guild Hunter series vs. the Psy/Changeling series at RWA and I felt guilty uttering aloud that I could possibly like the Guild Hunters more. Don’t tell anyone. The biggest surprise of the month was The Bourbon Kings. I was surprised at how much I liked it. It pulled me in and I loved the drama. I’m reading The Angels’ Share right now and it’s the same thing.

Rowena: July wasn’t the reading month I was hoping it would be. I’m still freaking behind in my Goodreads Reading Challenge, in all of my reading challenges if I’m being honest and that stinks. I’m going to try to do better in August so wish me luck.

Here’s what I read in July:

  1. Defending Taylor (Hundred Oaks #7) by Miranda Kenneally | 4 out of 5
  2. Hell Breaks Loose (Devils Rock #2) by Sophie Jordan | 3 out of 5
  3. To Have and to Hold (Wedding Belles #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
  4. Just Kiss Me by Rachel Gibson | 3.75 out of 5
  5. Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
  6. You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini | 4 out of 5
  7. Back to You (Coming Home #2) by Jessica Scott |
  8. Ruthless (Lawless #1) by Lexi Blake | 4 out of 5
  9. For Better or Worse (Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
  10. Torch (Wildwood #3) by Karen Erickson | 3.75 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne, the second book in the Wedding Belles series. I seriously loved this book and am loving the heck out of the series. It’s cute, it’s fun and the romance is hot! Josh Tanner rocked my socks and I adored Heather Fowler. This is a book that shouldn’t be missed if you enjoyed any of Layne’s other books. I adored it.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan and that’s more because I liked all of the other books that I read last month more. It’s a good book but there were a couple of things that I just couldn’t get over. Still, Reid was hot.

This month we’re giving away:

For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne (e-copy)
The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward (e-copy)

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: 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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