Monthly Reads: December 2017

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


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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12 responses to “Monthly Reads: December 2017

  1. CelineB

    I had a really good reading month in December. My favorites were Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid (she actually made me want to read War and Peace) and Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh. My least favorite was Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley. I had very high expectations for it and it was just okay.

    • I’m bummed to hear you say that. I have Death Below Stairs in my TBR pile. I’ve picked it up several times, but I wasn’t in the mood so I keep putting it off.

    • Penny Reid…I have been hearing so many good things about her books but I haven’t yet tried her myself. I’m adding her to my authors to try this year list. I’m glad to see you had a great reading month, CelineB! 🙂

  2. Katey

    I loved Complicated by Kristen Ashley. The characters were adults with adult problems and it gave me all the feels! I also read Wild Card by Karina Halle, but I had trouble getting into it. I usually love Halle’s stuff, but these characters didn’t click for me this time.

  3. carissa

    Fav. was thirty day boyfriend by whitney g. and least fav was born to be broken bk 2 by addison cain

  4. Kareni

    No particular least favorite here as I tend to abandon anything that doesn’t really grab me. Recently enjoyed Manhattan Beach which won many literary prizes.

  5. erinf1

    Year One by Nora Roberts was my least fav read for December. I dunno… it was just flat and choppy to me. I liked the premise but her “shock and awe” moments were too out of left field for me. My fav for Dec/Nov is The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson. Fun adversary to lovers. And they flirted with food 🙂 Runner up would be Kissing Tolsoy by Penny Reid. They flirted with Tolsoy… cute and romantic.

  6. JenM

    I loved Love On the Tracks by Tamsen Parker. I love obscure Winter Olympic sports and the heroine in this book was a world class luger who gets involved with a pop star. I also loved Man Hands by Sarina Bowen/Tanya Eby. It’s gotten pretty mixed reviews, but it totally made me laugh and I’m looking forward to the next book. Least favorite was Healing the Broken by Evangeline Anderson which was just yucky – demeaning toward women and with a TSTL heroine.

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