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Monthly Reads: August 2018

Posted September 4, 2018 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 8 Comments

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Casee: August was a good month. Honestly, I thought July would be better because I was on vacation. Alas, vacation equaled no reading time for me. Though there wasn’t a lot of quantity for me in August, there was definite quality.

Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan | 3 out of 5
Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs | 4.5 out of 5
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
Cross Breed by Lora Leigh | 4 out of 5
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti | 4 out of 5

I loved every book except for the Feehan. That one was just meh. I am also so happy that I finally “read” Harry Potter. The narrator was really good and the eight hours flew by while I was listening. My favorite book of the month is a cross between Cry Wolf and Cross Breed with Hidden coming in next.

Holly: I had an okay reading month. I finished 19 books. I had plans to read several more, but life got in the way.

Complicated by Kristen Ashley (audio) (reread) | 4 out of 5
The Secret (Highland Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood (audio) (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (reread) | 5/5
Ransom (Highland Lairds #2) by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 and 2.5 out of 5
Herons Landing (Honeymoon Harbor #1) by JoAnn Ross | 3.75 out of 5
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane (Honeymoon Harbor #2) by JoAnn Ross | 3.5 out of 5
When a Duke Loves a Woman (Sins for All Seasons #2) by Lorraine Heath (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
Lumberjack Werebear (Saw Bears #1) by T.S. Joyce | 3.5 out of 5
Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely (audio) | 4 out of 5
The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels #6) by Kerrigan Byrne | 3 out of 5
The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings #1) by J.R. Ward | DNF
The Hookup (Game On #1) by Kristen Callihan (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy | 3.25 out of 5
The Time in Between (Magdalene #3) by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.25 out of 5
Play it Safe by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3 out of 5
Duke Most Wanted (Heiress Brides #3) by Celeste Bradley | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews | 3.75 out of 5
Wild Like the Wind (Chaos #5) by Kristen Ashley | 3.5 out of 5
Getting Schooled (Getting Some #1) by Emma Chase (audio) | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was a tie between Getting Schooled by Emma Chase and When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath. Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely gets an honorable mention. I loved the story, but Richard Armitage as narrator really put it over the top. That might actually be my favorite. Or maybe just my favorite audiobook. My least favorite was The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward. I know I DNF’d it, but trust me, it was bad.

Rowena: You guys, I read 23 books in the month of August. That’s never happened to me so I’m over the moon at such a great reading accomplishment. I re-read some old favorites (and still loved the heck out of them) and I read some great review books and even listened to a bunch of audiobooks that I liked. It was a successful reading month all around for me.

Here’s what I read.

The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy (re-read) | 5 out of 5
Dying to Please by Linda Howard (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Midnight Rainbow (Rescues #1) by Linda Howard | 4 out of 5
Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G | 3.75 out of 5
The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
Grumpy Fake Boyfriend (Kwan Sisters #1) by Jackie Lau | DNF
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby | 4.25 out of 5
Down with Love (Laws of Attraction #1) by Kate Meader | 3.25 out of 5
Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
When a Duke Loves a Woman (Sins of All Season #2) by Lorraine Heath | 4.5 out of 5
Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G | 3.25 out of 5
All the Way (Romancing Manhattan #1) by Kristen Proby | 2.5 out of 5
Under Control (Boston Fire #5) by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
Castles (Crown’s Spies #4) by Julie Garwood (re-read) | 4.75 out of 5
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | 4 out of 5
The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare | 4.75 out of 5
Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely | 4.25 out of 5
The Breakup (Jordan Brothers #2) by Erin McCarthy | 3 out of 5
In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #1) by Maya Banks | 4 out of 5
Kulti by Mariana Zapata | 4.25 out of 5
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren | 5 out of 5
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis | 3.75 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. It was such a fun book and I loved both Josh and Hazel because they were a lot of fun. They didn’t make sense on their own but together, they were such a fun couple that I loved getting to know. I laughed a lot during the book and I can even see how Hazel would be too much for people (hell, even Hazel knew she was too much) but I loved that Josh loved Hazel just as she was and did’t want her to change or hide her personality from the public.

My least favorite read of the month goes to the lone book that I didn’t finish at all. It just wasn’t for me. I was bored and the hero was getting on my nerves and the writing style didn’t really engage me so I dumped it and moved on. That book was My Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau.

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Monthly Reads: July 2018

Posted August 2, 2018 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 8 Comments

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Casee: Hello from the Mainland. My Hawaiian vacation is over and it’s back to real life for this girl. I had tons and tons of time to read while I was on vacation, but it just didn’t happen. I did finish The Deal by Elle Kennedy and ohmygod you guys, I loved it. Elle Kennedy is just another one of those authors for me. Those authors who could write a grocery list and I would read it. I can not say enough about how much I loved it. Look for my review soon. Even though I planned on reading more, I still read five books in July, which is pretty good for me. I really thank Rebecca Zanetti for that. They were all really good books, with the exception of one.

Shadowed by Rebecca Zanetti | 4.5 out of 5
Marked by Rebecca Zanetti | 4 out of 5
Vampire’s Faith by Rebecca Zanetti | 4 out of 5
The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen | 3 out of 5
The Deal by Elle Kennedy | 5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was definitely The Deal by Elle Kennedy. Loved, loved, loved it.

Holly: July was a pretty sad reading month for me. I wanted to read, but I was on vacation for most of the month without a lot of extra time. I managed 9 books.

Wild Like the Wind by Kristen Ashley |
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | 4.25 out of 5
The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
Midnight Valentine by J.T. Geissinger | 2.75 out of 5
Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
White Hot by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (reread) | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was The Kiss Quotient. I really loved the reverse Pretty Woman storyline and both the hero and heroine. My least favorite was Midnight Valentine by J.T. Geissinger. It started out really strong but went downhill at the end.

Rowena: July started off on a great reading note for me but then loads of things happened that got in the way of my reading time. Family pictures, funerals, mini friends reunions and getting a new bed. I did manage to get some reading in though.

Coming Undone by Lauren Dane | 4.25 out of 5
The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely | 4 out of 5
Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison | 3 out of 5
Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan | 3 out of 5
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | 4.5 out of 5
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month go to all of the Jenny Han books. I read each of them like three times and I still haven’t fully moved on from them. I just adored the books, Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky so much. I’m super ready for the Netflix release of the movie on August 17th.

My least favorite read goes to Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison. It was too slow to pick up and in the end, it was just okay.

This month we’re giving away a book for three lucky winners. The three winners will be able to choose one book from any of the books we logged in the month of July. 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.

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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.

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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.

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