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Monthly Reads: March 2017

Posted April 4, 2017 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 9 Comments

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Casee: I started off the month strong, but totally crapped out at the end. I absolutely adore the Lawless series by Lexi Blake and it took me over a week to read Revenge. Elle Kennedy was my favorite author of the month. I heart her. I read 10 books this month.

1. Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy | 3 out of 5
2. Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
3. Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
4. Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
5. Claimed by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
6. Addicted by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
7. Ruled by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
8. Kiss An Angel by SEP (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
9. Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | 3 out of 5
10. Revenge by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite book of the month was Revenge followed by Claimed. I love dystopian romance as I’ve said again and again.

Holly: I managed 21 books in March. Two of those were DNF’s. The majority were re-reads.

  1. Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | 3 out of 5
  2. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  3. The Secret by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  4. Lady Sophia’s Lover by Lisa Kleypas (reread) |4 out of 5
  5. Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
  6. The Prize by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  7. Midnight Angel by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 4 out of 5
  8. Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
  9. Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
  10. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  11. Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  12. Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
  13. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
  14. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  15. The Bride by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4 out of 5
  16. The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  17. Honor’s splendour by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
  18. Because You’re Mine by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
  19. Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
  20. When an Alpha Purrs by Eve Langalais | DNF
  21. Elemental Mating by Milly Taiden | DNF

I can’t really choose a favorite this month, since all but one were re-reads. Shadow Reaper by Feehan was just okay. My least favorite was Elemental Mating. The hero and heroine both made ridiculous decisions that put them both in danger, and the plot took a strange turn around chapter 17. I didn’t read enough of When An Alpha Purrs to correctly judge it (though what I did read was enough to make me think I wouldn’t enjoy it).

Rowena: I am currently 20 books ahead in my GoodReads Challenge and I’m so happy about that. I’ve never been that far along in anything so woo hoo, go me! Here’s what I read last month:

  1. Havoc by Jamie Shaw | 4 out of 5
  2. Off the Ice by Julie Cross | 3.75 out of 5
  3. When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath | 3.75 out of 5
  4. Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
  5. Broken by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
  6. Crushed by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
  7. Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
  8. Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas | 3.75 out of 5
  9. Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas | 4.25 out of 5
  10. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
  11. How the Duke was Won by Lenora Bell | 3.75 out of 5
  12. If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell | 4.5 out of 5
  13. Blame it on the Duke by Lenora Bell | 4 out of 5
  14. Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
  15. Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
  16. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
  17. Frisk Me by Lauren Layne | DNF
  18. Overruled by Emma Chase (re-read) | 1 out of 5
  19. Appealed by Emma Chase (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  20. Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty | DNF

My favorite reads of the month go to Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne and If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell. Both books so such fantastic reads, books that spoke to me and made me feel all of the feels. They were so good.

Honorable mentions go to Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen, Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne and Crushed by Lauren Layne. All of those were great reads for me as well.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Frisk Me by Lauren Layne. I DNF’d this book because I could not get over how mad the heroine was making me in the beginning. I made it to about 30% before giving up for good because on top of the heroine pissing me off, I was starting to get mad at the hero for not putting the dumbass heroine in her place. I’m sure things get better further into the book but meh. I couldn’t be bothered to finish it.

This month we’re giving away:

Claimed by Elle Kennedy
If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell
Any book from Holly’s list, winner’s choice (since they were all re-reads)

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: 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.

So…what was your favorite read of the month? And your least favorite? Use the Rafflcopter Widget to enter! Good luck!

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Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
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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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