Monthly Reads: March 2020

Posted April 8, 2020 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 11 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.


March was status quo for me. I read six books. I’m 6 books behind on my GR Challenge and am trying to catch up. It’s not really working for me at the moment.

Shadow Flight by Christine Feehan | 3.5 out of 5
Knight Awakening by Rebecca Zanetti | 3 out of 5
The Deal by Stella Gray (audio) | DNF
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh | 3.75 out of 5
Alpha Night by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5

My absolute favorite book of the month was Alpha Night by Nalini Singh. I’ve kind of been “off” the Psy/Changeling books for awhile, but I’m so glad that I went back. My least favorite book of the month (besides the DNF) was Knight Awakening by Rebecca Zanetti. Which really made me sad because I love the Scorpius Sydrome series.


March was a very sad reading month for me. Honestly, all of 2020 has been sad for me on the reading front. We’ve had a lot going on and I don’t have the mental energy for reading anything new at the moment. I’ve been rereading a lot, though.

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven (reread) | 4 out of 5
Complicated by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 3.25 out of 5
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews (novella) (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4 out of 5
Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews (novella) (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews (novella) (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews (novella) (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4.75 out of 5
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4 out of 5
Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (novella) (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Iron an Magic by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5


March was a pretty stressful month for everyone and personally, it wrecked my reading mojo. My mind hasn’t been able to slow down enough to concentrate on much of anything outside of work and what’s going on at home. I tried reading books from my review pile but I just couldn’t concentrate on anything so I gave up on my review pile and jumped back into the Kate Daniels series. I’m having a blast in this world and am making a great dent in this series.

Here’s what I read in March:

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

My favorite read of the month goes to Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews. I laughed a lot while reading this one. From Kate’s team name to Jim being pissed at Kate and Curran for their first fight in the games to Dali’s personality, there was a lot that I absolutely adored about this book. There were also a lot of things that made me cry. I ugly cried for Derek, for the guilt Kate felt for not getting to Derek in time, I even got teary-eyed when reading about Julie at school. I love the life that Kate is building for herself, the family that is coming together around her and I just really love everything about this world. I don’t want to ever leave it and man am I anxious to keep reading.

My least favorite book of the month is probably Magic Mourns and that’s not because I didn’t like the book. I just probably liked this book a smidge less than the other books that I read. Andrea and Raphael are great characters and I don’t think I was prepared for what I’m reading right now, Gunmetal Magic. I want to knee Raphael in the balls so much right now.

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Monthly Reads: March 2020

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11 responses to “Monthly Reads: March 2020

  1. Kim

    I haven’t done a lot of reading, but I read A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn and re-read Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne. Both books were good. I don’t have a least favorite book this month.

  2. DiscoDollyDeb

    I read 24 books in March, of which my favorite was Marley Valentine’s bittersweet, emotionally-nuanced m/m romance WITHOUT YOU about a man (who has always identified as straight) falling for his late (gay) brother’s widower. Loved, loved, loved it. I’m pretty sure this will be one of my top ten reads of 2020.

    I didn’t read a book in March that I hated or DNF’d, but I was very disappointed with the stereotypical way Kate Stewart presented a gay character in THE GUY IN THE MIDDLE. The character was such a flamboyant over-the-top caricature that it spoiled my reaction to the book as a whole (and don’t get me started on how Stewart rendered his dialect—oh dear). It’s a shame because the other two books in the series (THE GUY ON THE RIGHT and THE GUY ON THE LEFT) were really good, but THE GUY IN THE MIDDLE was meh.

  3. erinf1

    I only read 8 books in March which is low for me. My excuse is work… I work in a hospital and the stress has been very high. My fav or only 5 star read was Love Hard by Nalini Singh. This wasn’t what I expected for this final brother but i did love it. My least fav was a 2 star amazon “freebie” that I decided to finally give a chance. It read very flat to me. Not terrible but not great either. Thanks for sharing! I’m really looking forward to Alpha Night. Nalini Singh is a guarantee “love” for me.

  4. Tamara M

    My favorite book of March was Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh. Love, love this series and Naasir was such a fun character and I’m glad he finally got his story.

  5. Glenda M

    My favorite was Kelly Bowen’s Night of the Scoundrel a Devil’s of Dover novella. I did enjoy the anthologies: At the Duke’s Wedding, At the Christmas Wedding, and At the Billionaire’s Wedding as well. My least favorite was the last book of Ann B Harrison’s Watson Brothers series Her Favorite Cowboy. I needed some light reading and decided to binge the entire series. She had some major timeline issues in the final book that just irritated me beyond belief – Sorry I gotta vent so stop reading if you don’t want spoilers: When someone is preggers when she gets married there is no way she is not going to give birth to her twins after someone who gets knocked up the week of the wedding AND the other person who got pregnant the wedding weekend will NOT be a few months away from giving birth.

  6. Kareni

    Some of my favorites in March were Ascending and Bright Shards, both by Meg Pechenick, as well as Headliners by Lucy Parker.

    There were a number of books I didn’t finish but I did not note any of their titles.

  7. JenM

    My favorites in March were Bench Player by Julianna Keyes, and Magical Midlife Madness by K.F. Breene which is part of the “Paranormal Women’s Fiction” group of writers, in which all of the books are paranormal and feature main characters who are in their 40’s. I’m loving this group.

    My reading numbers are plunging. At this rate I will only read half as many books as I usually do in a month. I’m finding it very hard to concentrate on books right now.

  8. Tamara M

    I’m really looking forward to The Sinner by JR Ward as I love her BDB series! Also waiting not so patiently for Alpha Night by Nalini Singh, she’s a must buy:)

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