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Monthly Reads: January 2018

Posted February 2, 2018 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 15 Comments

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Casee: I read two books in January and oh my gosh am I eager to share.

Year One by Nora Roberts | 3.5 out of 5
Judgement Road by Christine Feehan | 4 out of 5

I was really excited to read Year One by Nora Roberts, but I was also disappointed. My favorite book of the two was Judgement Road by Christine Feehan. I loved the characters and although it had a few things I didn’t care for, overall I really enjoyed it.

Holly: I had a pretty good reading month. I listened to quite a few audiobooks, which is new for me.

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet | 4 out of 5
Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet | 2.75 out of 5
Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet | 2 out of 5
Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant (audio) | 4 out of 5
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor | 3.25 out of 5
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor | 3 out of 5
Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor | 3.25 out of 5
Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin | 3 out of 5
Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood (audio) | 5 out of 5
The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen (reread) | 5 out of 5
The Gamble by Kristen Ashley (audio) | 3.25 out of 5
The Wedding by Julie Garwood (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
The Secret by Julie Garwood (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood (audio) | 4 out of 5
Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was probably Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant. It wasn’t a romance, but I enjoyed the ebb and flow of the story. I also really enjoyed Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen, A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet and the Binti series by Nnedi Okorafor. My least favorite read was Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet. That book was a hot mess.

Rowena: January was a pretty strong start on the reading front for me so I’m pretty happy with myself right now. I read some pretty awesome books and some, not so awesome books but still, overall, January was good to me.

Here’s what I read.

Man Candy (Real Love #3) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Beyond Scandal & Desire (Sins for All Seasons #1) by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
About that Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
The Truth about Love & Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 3.25 out of 5
Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross | 4.75 out of 5
West Coast Love (Journey to the Heart #3) by Tif Marcelo | 3.5 out of 5
Love Between Enemies (Grad Night #2) by Molly E. Lee | 2 out of 5
The Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove #2) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4.25 out of 5
Man Hands (Man Hands #1) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby | DNF
Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
Shot on Gold (Play by Play #14) by Jaci Burton | 3 out of 5
In Skates Trouble (Chicago Rebels #0.5) by Kate Meader | 3 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen because holy cow, Nate and Becca’s story rocked my socks. I adored pretty much everything about it and cannot wait for more…we’re getting more, right? I love that series.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Love Between Enemies by Molly E. Lee. That book just wasn’t for me. The heroine got on my hot damn nerves at every turn, even in the end when all is well again, I still didn’t like her but what saved that book from being a complete bust was the hero. What a fantastic kid Gordon was. Love, love, loved him. Another book that I couldn’t get into was Man Hands by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby. I gave up at about a little more than a third through the book because I wasn’t connecting with anything, the characters, the humor so I quit it. That’s the very first book by Bowen that I’ve ever quit. That makes me sad.

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Monthly Reads: December 2017

Posted January 8, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments

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Casee: December kicked my butt. The only words I read were out of a cookbook. The beginning of 2017 was a great reading time for me, so here’s hoping that 2018 is the same.

Holly: I logged 24 reads in December. I cheated a bit because a lot of those were short stories. I don’t care. I’m counting them anyway.

Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tonya Eby | 3.25/5
Judgment Road by Christine Feehan | 2.5-3/5
Law Man Short Story by Christine Ashely | 3/5
Merry and Bright by Kristen Ashley | 4/5
Every Year by Kristen Ashley | 3.5/5
Valentinos by Kristen Ashley | 3.5/5
More Pleasure Than Pain by Kristen Ashley | 3.5/5
The Return of Eden McCall by Judith Duncan (reread) | 4/5
Complicated by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.75/5
Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (reread) | 4.5/5
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.5/5
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs | 4.25/5
The Hookup by Kristen Ashley | 3.25/5
Spellbinder by Thea Harrison (reread) | 4.5/5
Kinked by Thea Harrison (reread) | 4.5/5
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (reread) | 4.5/5
Star Kissed by Nalini Singh | 3.5/5
A Walk on the Cliffs by Nalini Singh | 3.5/5
Fairy Balloons by Nalini Singh | 3.5/5
A Small Fairytale by Nalini Singh | 4/5
One Night at the Refuge by Nalini Singh | 3.5/5
Zoe’s Workshop by Nalini Singh | 3.5/5
Weapon’s Training by Nalini Singh | 3.5/5
A Sip of Eternity by Nalini Singh | 3.5/5

My favorite read of the month was Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs. I love Charles and Anna. My least favorite was Judgment Road by Christine Feehan. I’m still deciding if my feelings for the book were marred by my expectations for Feehan as an author.

Rowena: December was such a busy month for me. I had a family emergency that kept me up nights and full of nerves that my reading suffered because of it. Things are a lot better now but I only managed to read 6 books in the entire month. Here’s what I read.

Love, Life and the List by Kasie West | 4.5 out of 5
Taking a Chance (Whisper Creek #6) by Maggie McGinnis | 3.75 out of 5
North to You (Journey to the Heart #1) by Tif Marcelo | 4 out of 5
An English Bride in Scotland (Highlanders #1) by Lynsay Sands | 3.75 out of 5
The Matchmaker’s Playbook (Wingmen Inc #1) by Rachel van Dyken | 3.5 out of 5
Complicated by Kristen Ashley | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month is Love, Life and the List by Kasie West. It’s a contemporary young adult novel and I thought it was a cute and sweet romance.

My least favorite read of the month goes to The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel van Dyken. The hero in that book was shallow and he was conceited and not at all appealing (outside of his gorgeous face and body) and I didn’t feel there was any real growth to his character so that was disappointing. I’m curious to see how it’s portrayed by Passionflix once the movie comes out.

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Monthly Reads: November 2017

Posted December 4, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 9 Comments

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Casee: I had virtually no time to read in November. I should have realized how much time and effort it takes to remodel a house, but I didn’t anticipate the complete chaos. Anyhoo, my life is like a small serious of crisis that need to be diverted or solved daily. That doesn’t leave me much time to read because I need to sleep sometime.

Ride Hard by Laura Kaye | 3.75 out of 5
Ride Rough by Laura Kaye | 3.5 out of 5

Both books are from Kaye’s Raven Riders series. I really have enjoyed this series and am currently trying to read the third book. The third book is proving to be the best so far and I’m dying to get farther into it. Out of the two, Ride Hard was the better book to me, but I still had issues. If I ever review Ride Rough I can tell you what I can’t get past.

Holly: I had very little reading time in November, so I mostly just re-read Kristen Ashley novels.

Play it Safe by Kristen Ashley | 3.75 out of 5
Complicated by Kristin Ashley | 4 out of 5
Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Golden Trail by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Christmas in Kilts anthology | 2.75 out of 5 and DNF
Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Law Man by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3 out of 5
Wild Man by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
The Gamble by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Games of the Heart by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite new read of the month was Complicated by Kristen Ashley, but that’s not totally fair since I didn’t read anything but KA all month. Ha. My least favorite was A Highlander’s Hope by Terri Brisbin, the only story I read in the Christmas in Kilts anthology. I’m not sure if it was me or the story, but it didn’t grab me. I may try to go back to it (and the others in the collection) at some point since I’ve been in a weird reading funk lately.

Rowena: November was a busy month for me both at work and at home. My daughter is back in the thick of a basketball season, playing all over Southern California and things at work have picked up for me. That didn’t stop me from getting some books read. I’m really proud that I powered through a reading slump to get some great books read. Here’s what I read last month…

Changing the Game (Play by Play #2) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Head Coach (Hellions Angels #2) by Lia Riley | 4 out of 5
Hard Cherish (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
Hooking Up (Shacking Up #2) by Helena Hunting | 4.25 out of 5
The Ones that Got Away (The Ones that Got Away #1) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5
Roomies by Christina Lauren | 3.75 out of 5

My favorite book of the month is Bountiful by Sarina Bowen. I just adored this story to pieces. From Zara to Dave to seeing the Brooklyn Bruisers and the True North folks come together in this book, I just loved the hell out of it.

My least favorite read of the month is Roomies by Christina Lauren and that’s mainly because the beginning of the book dragged and I felt it took way too long for the story to take off. It ended up being a solid story and I liked it but it wasn’t my favorite.

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This month, we’re giving away:

Bountiful by Sarina Bowen
Complicated by Kristen Ashley
Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

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Monthly Reads: September 2017

Posted October 3, 2017 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 8 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

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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