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What Are You Reading? (627)

Posted November 18, 2022 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

Casee

I’ve been on a dragon binge recently. I finished the Darkness series by Katie Reus then decided to try Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire #1) by Deborah Cooke. I didn’t like it at all. I don’t know if Katie Reus’ books were so good that I just expected too much or if it just wasn’t a good book. I also reread Garrett’s Destiny (Dark Protector #15) by Rebecca Zanetti. I really liked this one the first and second time around. Now I’m reading Edison (The Navesink Bank Henchmen #10) by Jessica Gadziala.

I’m listening to Hello Stranger (The Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas. I love Mary Jane Wells. She’s a phenomenal narrator.

Holly

I discovered a new-to-me author, Jenny Schwartz, and read the first book in a fantasy/sci-fi spin-off series about a magic house, Any House in a Storm. It was interesting enough that I decided to go back and read the original series. I’m currently reading the first book, The House That Walked Between Worlds. I’m enjoying the world and the premise.

I listened to Crowbones by Anne Bishop. I really love the narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

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


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What Are You Reading? (625)

Posted November 4, 2022 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

Casee

I am still on a shifter binge. I’m currently reading Guardian of Darkness (Darkness #7) by Katie Reus. I can’t say enough good things about this author. I’ve been reading her non-stop for the last five weeks. I’m bummed to be finishing up the Darkness series, but I’m looking forward to starting her Moon Shifter series. I’m also reading Things We Never Got Over (Knockemout #1) by Lucy Score.

I listened to a bunch of Julie Garwood historicals which put me in a historical mood. I’m currently listening to (rereading) Devil in Winter (Wallflowers #3) by Lisa Kleypas. I haven’t read or listened to a Kleypas in years & am looking forward to listening to others.

Holly

I didn’t have a lot of reading time this week, so I reread instead of picking up new books.

I finished Relentless, Insatiable and Mesmerized by Lauren Dane. I enjoyed all three. I plan to read Captivated, the next book in the series, at some point, but I’m taking a break for now. I also finished The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie on audio. I listed to The Segonian and Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall.

I haven’t decided what I’m going to read next.

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


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Books to Binge On: November 2022

Posted November 2, 2022 by Holly in Features | 2 Comments

Books to Binge On

Our Books to Binge On feature is pretty simple in its purpose. Every month, we put together a monthly new releases list of books that we’re all looking forward to. These are the books that we can’t wait to read and want everyone to add to their monthly binge-reading lists. Here are the books that we plan to binge on in November of 2022.


Before I Let Go (Skyland) by Kennedy Ryan

Their love was supposed to last forever. But when life delivered blow after devastating blow, Yasmen and Josiah Wade found that love alone couldn’t solve or save everything.

It couldn’t save their marriage.

Yasmen wasn’t prepared for how her life fell apart, but she’s is finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm, co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet like magnets, they’re always drawn back to each other, and now they’re beginning to wonder if they’re truly ready to let go of everything they once had.

Soon, one stolen kiss leads to another…and then more. It’s hot. It’s illicit. It’s all good—until old wounds reopen. Is it too late for them to find forever? Or could they even be better, the second time around?

Holly: I’m not a huge fan of Ryan’s novels, but Ames tells me this was really good.


Raven Unveiled (Fallen Empire #3) by Grace Draven

A woman with the gift to speak to the dead—and the assassin pursuing her—may be the only chance a crumbling empire has of holding back true evil, in this electrifying fantasy romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Siora has been on the run for longer than she cares to remember, from her past and her gift. Born with the ability to see and speak to ghosts, she has heard their desperate pleas as an otherworldly predator stalks the dead amid the fertile killing fields of the collapsing Krael Empire. The creature’s power and reach are growing with every soul it consumes, but Siora is preoccupied with her own troubles: namely an assassin who has sworn an oath of vengeance against her.

Gharek of Cabast was once the right-hand man of the reviled empress but is now a wanted fugitive. Although his reasons for hunting Siora are viscerally personal, what Gharek can’t anticipate is that when he finally does find her, she will hold the key to saving his world, or what’s left of it. To make good on old debts and protect the vulnerable dead from a malevolent force, Gharek and Siora will both need to make an ally out of an enemy—and trust that will be enough to save each other.

Holly: A new Fallen Empire novel! Come to mama.


How the Grump Saved Christmas by Claire Kinglsey

A standalone Christmas book! It will take place in Tilikum (home of the Bailey Brothers) and y’all, it’s going to be SO GOOD.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Casee: I love Claire Kingsley & Christmas books!


Power by Cassandra Robbins

Jett Powers is brilliant, nasty, and forbidden.

He takes what he wants, has no regrets, and makes no excuses.

Not to mention he’s tall, dark, and irresistible.

From our first secret encounter, I’m addicted.

He’s the last man that should be making my stomach flip, and heart pound.

Unfortunately, my mind and body are not in sync.

Because Mr. Powers is not mine.

He can’t be.

He’s my mother’s fiancé.

Casee: I’m usually a Cassandra Robbins fan, but I’m not sure what I think of this summary. We’ll see.

What books are you looking forward to reading this month? Share in the comments!


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Monthly Reads: October 2022

Posted November 1, 2022 by Casee in Features | 8 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

I read lots of book in October.

Ancient Retribution (Ancients Rising #5) by Katie Reus | 4 out of 5
Ancient Desire (Forgotten Brotherhood #5) by NJ Walters | 3.75 out of 5
Storm Echo (Psy-Changeling Trinity #6; Psy-Changeling #21) by Nalini Singh | 4.75 out of 5
Darkness Awakened (Darkness #1) by Katie Reus | 3.5 out of 5
Archangel’s Resurrection (Guild Hunter #15) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Darkon’s Promise (Blood of the Drakon #1) by NJ Walters | 3 out of 5
Drakon’s Prey (Blood of the Drakon #2) by NJ Walters | 3 out of 5
Saving Grace (audio)(reread) by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5
Taste of Darkness (Darkness #2) by Katie Reus | 4.25 out of 5
The Secret (audio)(reread) by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5
Beyond the Darkness (Darkness #4) by Katie Reus | 4 out of 5
The Bride (audio)(reread) by Julie Garwood | 4.5 out of 5
Hunted by Darkness (Darkness #4) by Katie Reus | 4.5 out of 5
Into the Darkness (Darkness #5) by Katie Reus | 4 out of 5
The Wedding (audio)(reread) by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5
Saved by Darkness (Darkness #6) by Katie Reus | 4.5 out of 5
The Lion’s Lady (audio)(reread) by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5

My absolute favorite book of the month was Storm Echo (Psy-Changeling Trinity #6; Psy-Changeling #21) by Nalini Singh. My least favorite book(s) were the Blood of the Drakon books by NJ Walters. In most of the books, the characters fall in love in less than 24 hours. I really had a hard time with that.

Holly

It took me a long time to read the Touchstone series, so I didn’t read as many books this month as I would have liked to.

Not Part of the Plan (Blue Moon #4) by Lucy Score (audio) | 3.75 out of 5
Radiant Darkness (Darkstar Mercenaries #7) by Anna Carven | 3.5 out of 5
Stray (Touchstone, #1) by Andrea K. Höst (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Lab Rat One (Touchstone, #2) by Andrea K. Höst | 3.75 out of 5
Caszandra (Touchstone, #3) by Andrea K. Höst | 3.5 out of 5
Her Baseborn Bridegroom (Vawdrey Brothers #1) by Alice Coldbreath | 3.75 out of 5
Anna’s Bounty (Earth’s Bounty #1) by Deysi O’Donal | DNF
Phoenix’s Touch by Tai James | 3.25 out of 5
Claimed by the Lion (Fated by Starlight #1) by January Bell | DNF
Facets of Revolution (The Firebird Chronicles #4) by T.A. White | 4 out of 5
The Segonian (Aldebarian Alliance #2) by Dianne Duvall (audio) (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Repeat (Larsen Bros #1) by Kylie Scott (reread) (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss #1) by Nalini Singh (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Relentless (Federation Chronicles #2) by Lauren Dane (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Insatiable (Federation Chronicles #3) by Lauren Dane (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
The Secret (Highlands’ Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 5 out of 5
Ransom (Highlands’ Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 3.75 out of 5
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was Facets of Revolution by T.A. White. My least favorite was Anna’s Bounty by Deysi O’Donal, which I DNF’d 50% in.

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 2022

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What Are You Reading? (624)

Posted October 28, 2022 by Holly in Features | 2 Comments

Casee

I’ve been reading quite a lot recently. I finished Into the Darkness (Darkness #5) by Katie Reus. I’m now reading Saved by Darkness (Darkness #6). I’m really enjoying this series. I love dragon shifters & Reus did a phenomenal job with the world building in this series. I’m enjoying it immensely. I haven’t really been into reading contemporaries lately, but I decided to try Things We Never Got Over (Knockemout #1) by Lucy Score. I’m hoping this book will get me back into a contemporary mood.

I’ve been listening to my Julie Garwood favorites on audio. I finished The Wedding (love this book!) and am currently listening to The Lion’s Lady. Although I love the story, the narrator is annoying af. All the whispering drives me crazy.

Holly

Life got in the way last week and we weren’t able to update. I finished reading Caszandra by Andrea K. Höst and I downloaded the Gratuitous Epilogue, which I ended up setting aside after reading about 1/4 of it. I will go back to it someday soon, but I needed a break from the series. I also finished Her Baseborn Bridegroom by Alice Coldbreath. I really enjoyed the story once I moved away from the audiobook and read the ebook instead.

I reread Repeat by Kylie Scott, Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh and Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood, them moved on to Radiant Darkness by Anna Carven, the latest Darkstar Mercenaries release. I enjoyed the overall storyarc, but the inner dialogue frustrated me in this book. Not Part of the Plan, the 4th book in the Blue Moon series, by Lucy Score was good. I liked Emma and Nico and I was glad to revisit the town.

I’m currently rereading the Federation Chronicles by Lauren Dane. It’s been years since I read this series. I hope it’s as good as I remember. I’m currently reading Relentless and so far I’m enjoying. I’m listening to The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie. I’ve read the story before, but this is my first time listening to the audio. I’m enjoying the narrator.

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


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