What Are You Reading? (580)

Posted September 17, 2021 by Casee in Features | 3 Comments


My reading hasn’t been stellar this week, which is pretty disappointing. I’ve been reading Tin Queen (Tin Gypsies #6) by Devney Perry for two weeks. It’s not that it’s not good, it’s that I just haven’t been reading.

I’m listening to the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews. I adore this series on audio.


I finished Whiteout by Adriana Anders. I really enjoyed the survival aspects of the book, but it lost me in the second half. Then I read Battle with Fire by K.F. Breene, the final book in the Demon Days, Vampire Nights series. I really enjoyed the series as a whole and this book in particular. It was a lovely conclusion to the series. I attempted to read Stranded and Spellbound by Jenna Collett, the third book in the Ever Dark, Ever Deadly series, which features various fairytale retellings. Unfortunately the premise didn’t work for me and I DNF’d it pretty early on. I went on to read – and really enjoy – the fourth book, Shatter the Dark.

I decided to go back and finish the Dark Planet Warriors series by Anna Carven. I am currently reading Electric Heart and I plan to pick up Darkside Blues next. I haven’t decided if I’m going to read the last book in the series, Brilliant Starlight. Abbey and Tarak aren’t my favorite couple and book 8 returns to them. I think I’ll wait and see how I feel after I finish Electric Heart.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!

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3 responses to “What Are You Reading? (580)

  1. DiscoDollyDeb

    My favorite read this week was Eve Dangerfield’s BEGIN AGAIN, AGAIN. It’s about a couple who meet just as the covid lockdown is ending in Australia. Dangerfield had previously announced that she was retiring from romance writing, so I was thrilled that she published something new—and it was very good.

    I also read and enjoyed Alice Feeney’s ROCK PAPER SCISSORS—decidedly NOT a romance, but a psychological suspense about an unhappily-married couple who go to an isolated house in the Scottish Highlands in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. All does not go well. Very well-written and atmospheric.

    • Kareni

      I look forward to your re-read of the Dangerfield book, @DDD, when you can say that you read Begin Again, Again again.

  2. Kareni

    Since last week ~

    — for my local book group: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.
    This is an interconnecting collection of stories; some take place in our world, others in a place with pirates, keys, a moon who visits the land, books (and more BOOKS), bees, cats, swords, doors of all kinds, and time loops. It’s written in the present tense and the focal character is Zachary who finds an old book in which one of the stories is of his own childhood discovery of a door (a door he did not open but which had disappeared on his return a day later). This isn’t a romance, but a romance develops between Zachary and Dorian. This is a very well regarded book and I have admiration for how the author constructed it; however, it did not speak to me. Perhaps I prefer a more linear approach!
    — Further Arrangements (Arranging Paradise Book 2) by L. Rowyn which was an enjoyable follow up to A Rational Arrangement which I read previously. It was a collection of three novellas.

    I mentioned last week that I was participating in a challenge on another site. This week’s challenge was to read a book that I’ve owned for more than a year.

    Lindira by Ann Somerville (TBR since 2014)
    This short (59 pages) fantasy featured three characters who have been cursed by a god — a blind mermaid trapped in human form plus a man and his lover (another god) both in part animal form. I finished it, but this story did not appeal to me.
    Dog Days (Wolf Winter Book 1) by TA Moore (TBR since 2018)
    This story is set in our world where the weather has gone crazy; it’s September and snowing in the UK.The two leads are a wolf/man (not a werewolf though those also figure in the book) and a wolfhound/man. The first, Jack, has just been exiled from his pack by his father, the leader, in favor of his twin brother. Jack is happy to encounter Harry, the second lead, who left the pack years ago for life in the human world. This was a dark story with a fair bit of gore. I didn’t care for Jack though, in his defense, he never claimed to be anything but a wolf. This is the first book of a trilogy so, while not a cliffhanger, the story is unfinished. I don’t plan to read on.
    When Skies Have Fallen by Debbie McGowan (TBR since 2015)
    Arty (British) and Jim (American) meet in 1944 while serving in their respective militaries; the book follows their love story over the next twenty years in the UK, a time when homosexuality was a punishable offense. I’d describe this book as mellow though dark things do occur. The couple have supportive friends and siblings, and they feature strongly in the story.
    Christmas Homecoming by L. A. Witt (TBR since 2019)
    This novella opens in 1939 when childhood friends Roger and Jack kiss as Jack is about to leave their Iowa hometown. The story picks up in late 1945 when the men reunite after their respective wartime service; both have matured and suffered. This was a pleasant story.
    Slow Heat by Leta Blake (TBR since 2018)
    This novel is set in a world without women; men are alphas, omegas, or betas. Alphas and omegas are strongly driven by biology; omegas experience heats and can become pregnant. Frequently, the alpha becomes the wage earner and the omega the homemaker. Alphas and omegas have status; betas do not and can’t have children but otherwise seem to have more mainstream lives. Childbirth is risky, and abortion is illegal. Alphas and omegas either find their match (érosgápe) as new adults or they might make a contract arrangement. Jason (teen alpha) and Vale (35 year old omega college professor who has long given up the idea of finding his match) are érosgápe, an unusual situation. The story was fine but not my cup of tea.

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