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Monthly Reads: October 2020

Posted November 2, 2020 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 6 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

October was an awful reading month for me. I just couldn’t get interested. It was very disappointing after I had read so much over the past couple of months. I’m nine books behind for my GR Challenge.

Real Good Man (Real Duet #1) by Meghan March | 4 out of 5
Rifts & Refrains (Hush Note #2) by Devney Perry | 4.25 out of 5
Reckless Road (Torpedo Ink #5) by Christine Feehan | 3 out of 5
Perversion (Perversion Trilogy #1) by T.M. Frazier | 3.5 out of 5
Possession (Perversion Trilogy #2) by T.M Frazier | 4 out of 5
Permission (Perversion Trilogy #3) by T.M. Frazier | 4 out of 5

My favorite read was Rifts & Refrains by Devney Perry. It is my first book from this author & I just loved it. I can’t wait to read more by her. My least favorite read was Reckless Road by Christine Feehan. I am so annoyed with myself because I can’t quit CF.

Holly

How is it that 2020 has been the longest year of the century, and yet it feels like it’s flying by? It makes no sense, yet here we are. Sadly, my reading was all over the place. I wanted to read, and managed to in spurts, but overall my headspace was elsewhere.

Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1) by Jessie Mihalik | 3.5 out of 5
Aurora Blazing (Consortium Rebellion #2) by Jessie Mihalik | 3.75 out of 5
She Tempts the Duke (The Lost Lords of Pembrook) by Lorraine Heath (audio) | 3.75 out of 5
The Earl Takes All (The Hellions of Havisham #2) by Lorraine Heath (Audio) | DNF
How the Scoundrel Seduces (The Dukes Men #2) by Sabrina Jeffries (audio) | DNF
The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell (Scandalous House of Claydon #2) by Stacy Reid | DNF
Coming Home (Fully Invested #1) by KB Alan | DNF
Repeat by Kylie Scott (reread) | 5 out of 5
Own the Wind (Chaos #1) by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley (reread)| 4.25 out of 5
Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik. My least favorite was The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell by Stacy Reid. I didn’t necessarily dislike it, but it wasn’t keeping my attention.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged 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.

Monthly Reads: October 2020

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Monthly Reads: September 2020

Posted October 6, 2020 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 7 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

After such a stellar August, I didn’t have high hopes for September. I ended up reading 11 books. Needless to say, I am jumping for joy.

Lawless (King #3) by T.M. Frazier | 3.5 out of 5
Soulless (King #4) by T.M. Frazier | 3.75 out of 5
All the Rage (King #4.5) by T.M. Frazier | 4 out of 5
Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King #5) by T.M. Frazier | 4.25 out of 5
Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two (King #6) by T.M. Frazier | 4.5 out of 5
Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Three (King #7) by T.M. Frazier | 4 out of 5
The Dark Light of Day (King #0) by T.M. Frazier | 3 out of 5
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
Dark Needs (King #0.5) by T.M. Frazier | 3 out of 5
Lies & Lullabies (Hush Note #1) by Sarina Bowen | 3 out of 5
Perfection by Kitty Thomas | 1 out of 5

My favorite books of the month are all of the King series by T.M. Frazier and Magic Triumphs by IA. My least favorite was Perfection by Kitty Thomas. That book was as about as far from perfect as you can get and still be readable.

Holly

I had a fairly good reading month. I didn’t read as much as I’d have liked, but I read more new-to-me books than not, so I’m calling it a win.

The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons #3) by Lorraine Heath (audio) | 4 out of 5
The Duchess in His Bed (Sins for All Seasons #4) by Lorraine Heath (audio) | 2.75/3 out of 5
The Earl Takes a Fancy (Sins for All Seasons #5) by Lorraine Heath (audio) | 4 out of 5
Beauty Tempts the Beat (Sins for All Seasons #6) by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
Never Have I Ever (Always Satisfied #3) by Lauren Blakely (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Castles (Crown Spies #4) by Julie Garwood (reread) | 3 out of 5
Repeat by Kylie Scott (reread) | 5 out of 5
Enthroned (King Arthur and Her Knights #1) by K.M. Shea | 2.5 out of 5
Enchanted (King Arthur and Her Knights #2) by K.M. Shea | 3 out of 5
Embittered (King Arthur and Her Knights #3) by K.M. Shea | 3 out of 5
Embark (King Arthur and Her Knights #4) by K.M. Shea | 3 out of 5
Enlighten (King Arthur and Her Knights #5) by K.M. Shea | 3 out of 5
Dragon Unleashed (Fallen Empire #2) by Grace Draven (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary | 4.5 out of 5
Water Bound (Sisters of the Heart #1) by Christine Feehan (reread) | 4 out of 5
Complicated by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. It was just what I was in the mood for. Honorable mention goes to Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath. My least favorite read was The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath. Though I enjoyed the hero and his family, I couldn’t get over how selfish the heroine was.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged 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.

Monthly Reads: September 2020

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Monthly Reads: May 2020

Posted June 3, 2020 by Casee in Features | 6 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

Say You’ll Stay (audio) by Corinne Michaels | 3 out of 5
Convict Me by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman | 2.5 out of 5
Say You Want Me (audio) Corinne Michaels | 3.5 out of 5
Keep Me by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman | 3.5 out of 5
Guard Me by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman | 1 out of 5
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (audio) | 4.5 out of 5

Holly

May was a slow reading month for me. I started out fairly strong, but work is kind of kicking my butt right now, plus distance learning with my kid, so I don’t have a lot of time for reading. I’m hoping June will be more relaxed and I’ll have more time. I finished 9 books and DNF’d 2.

Rise of the Phoenix (The Society #1) by Mason Sabre (novella) | 3.25 out of 5
Oath Sworn (Jacky Leon #1) by Kristen Banet | DNF
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James | DNF
When He’s Dark (The Olympus Pride #1) by Suzanne Wright | 3.75 out of 5
The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen (audio) | 4.75 out of 5
The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2 by Danielle L. Jensen (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Alpha Night (Psy-Changeling Trinity, #4; Psy-Changeling, #19) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Protect the Prince Crown of Shards #2) by Jennifer Estep | 4.25 out of 5
Crush the King Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep | 3.75 out of 5
The Will (Magdalene #1) by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
Repeat by Kylie Scott (reread) | 5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen, but The Traitor Queen was a very close second. If you’re looking for a series (duet?) filled with action, angst, intrigue, romance and mystery, please pick this one up. I adored it. My least favorite read was Rise of the Phoenix by Mason Sabre. I liked it, just not as much as the others I read.

Rowena

May was another Kate Daniels reading month. I’m down to the last three books of the series and I’m taking my time with them. I’m taking my time with all of my reading, to be honest. I’m not rushing to 100 books read this year like I normally do, I’m reading everyday but for shorter amounts of time because everything is just so…ugh right now. I’m not in the right mental space to read a bunch of books but here’s a list of what I did read in the month of May.

Magic Tests (Kate Daniels #5.3) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Stars (Kate Daniels #8.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
His Bride for the Taking by Tessa Dare (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards #2) by Jennifer Estep (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Alpha Night (Psy-Changelings Trinity #4) by Nalini Singh (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews. Derek is one of my favorite characters in the Kate Daniels series so I was thrilled to finally get a story (even if it was a short one) with him at the front and center. I LOVED this one and I really, really love seeing him with Julie. I’m rooting for those two so hard! I would love to read a spin-off series featuring those two. I’ve got my fingers, eyes and toes crossed that the Andrews duo will make that happen.

I don’t have a least favorite book of the month, I liked all of the books that I read…all of them.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged 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.

Monthly Reads: May 2020

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Monthly Reads: April 2020

Posted May 6, 2020 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 10 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

Surprisingly, April wasn’t a bad month for me. I read ten books.

Lethal Game by Christine Feehan | 4 out of 5
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews | 3 out of 5
Viper Game by Christine Feehan | 3.75 out of 5
Spider Game by Christine Feehan | 3 out of 5
Covert Game by Christine Feehan (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Committed by Penelope Sky | 4 out of 5
Desolation Road by Christine Feehan | 2 out of 5
The Sinner by J.R. Ward | 3 out of 5
Kiss the Stars by A.L. Jackson | 4.25 out of 5
Sin & Chocolate by K.F. Breene | DNF (for now)

My favorite book of the month hands down was Kiss the Stars by A.L. Jackson. I love A.L. Jackson and will read absolutely anything she writes. Ever. My least favorite book of the month hands down was Desolation Road by Christine Feehan. It was such a disappointment. Look for my review in the upcoming months.

Holly

I finished 10 books in April, which is pretty awful for me generally, but actually pretty good for this year.

Always Be My Banshee by Molly Harper (audio) | 3.75 out of 5
Sin and Spirit by K.F. Breene | 3.5 out of 5
Sin and Lightning by K.F. Breene | 3.75 out of 5
The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Gettting Schooled by Emma Chase (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Dragos Takes a Holiday by Thea Harrison (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan (reread) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was Sin and Lightning by K.F. Breene. My least favorite was Sin and Spirit. I didn’t dislike it, but it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be based on the previous books in the series.

Rowena

April was such a bad reading month for me. It was the month of Korean Dramas and that’s pretty much all I read for most of the month. I did manage to get some reading done and most of it was Kate Daniels books so here’s my list of books read in April.

Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
The Orchid Throne (Forgotten Empires #1) by Jeffe Kennedy (eBook) | 3.25 out of 5
Magic Steals (Kate Daniels #6.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Magic Breaks. That book was the last book that I read and was an absolute blast. I cannot wait to dig into the next book. My least favorite read goes to The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy. It wasn’t a bad book but I had some issues with it, more issues than I had with any of the other books I read last month.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged 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.

Monthly Reads: April 2020

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Rowena’s Monthly Recap: March 2020

Posted April 15, 2020 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in books. From the books that I read, the books that I got, and the books that I need to read. I always lose track of what I have, what I need to read and I need these posts to keep me honest with myself because I be forgetting shit. I also need a list of the reviews that I wrote/posted each month because one of my goals is to write a review for every book that I read. Listing these out every month helps me.

So here’s what my March 2020 month in books looked like.

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 7 | Books DNF’d: 1
Books Purchased: 6 | Books Recieved for Review:
Pages Read: 1,582 | Hours Listened: 0
Reviews Posted: 10 | Posts Posted: 3
Highest Grade: Magic Strikes | Lowest Grade: Magic Mourns, Magic Dreams, Magic Gifts

What I Read

Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 5 out of 5
Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels #3.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Gifts (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed


The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels #3.5) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews | 4.75 out of 5
One Last Chance (One Day to Forever #3) by Therese Beharrie | 4 out of 5
Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
House Rules (Uptown #3) by Ruby Lang | 4 out of 5
Forbidden Promises (Jackson Falls #1) by Synithia Williams | 4 out of 5
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5

P.S. It’s Always Been You, Pt. 1 by Lauren Blakely | 3.5 out of 5

What I Posted

Books to Binge On: March 2020
Monthly Reads: February 2020
Sunday Spotlight: Love Hard by Nalini Singh

What I Got

Crush the King (Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep
The Orchid Throne (Forgotten Empires #1) by Jeffe kennedy
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Steals (Kate Daniels #6.5) by Ilona Andrews
The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

What I Got for Review

Nothing. I haven’t touched my review pile in about a month so I wasn’t looking to add anything to it. Right now, I’m all Kate Daniels, all the Kate Daniels time.

There you have it, the month that was March in books for me. How did your month look? Did you read any good books? Any bad books? Share with me in the comments!


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