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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Red Fish, Dead Fish (Fish Out of Water #2) by Amy Lane

A second action packed novel of Ellery and Jackson - what a treat! Yeah it was full of angst and a guy (Jackson) who can't for the life (and almost death) of him stay out of trouble, harm's way or even sickness. Jackson is the kind of guy everyone falls for, it's just so easy, he is so sweet and caring. He is just a great guy, what's not to love? and yet, the one who steals my heart is Ellery, maybe because it's so difficult for him. He cares for Jackson so much, he wants him to be happy and well, and he is willing to do everything for him. He accept Jackson as he is, he doesn't try to change him, though he does his best to stir him into a less harmful life (works reasonably well, but somehow only in those small instances). 

Before I get to my summary I have a few things to say - First, if you haven't read the first one - "Fish out of Water" - do yourself a favor and read it. It's AWESOME. Action packed, full of angst with a stray cat who doesn't know how to be domesticated (and I'm not talking about Billy Bob the ACTUAL cat). It's funny, it's endearing, it's sad and very dangerous to too many of our favorite characters. It's also quite necessary if you want to understand half of what's happening in this one.. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Marriage Can Be Murder (Dr Benjamin Bones Mysteries, #1) by Emma Jameson

Took me long enough to read this book. It's not my "go-to" genre, so I guess it has a lot to do with this fact. I"m not "used" to reading Mysteries, especially not Historical ones. I enjoyed it. Both MC - Dr Ben Bones and Lady Juliet Linton were smart and entertaining. I really wished for something to happen between them but it only shows how many romance novels I've been reading, trying to "hook up" any couple I can find :) I gotta say the Mystery was much more complex than I thought would be. But I wish we had more clues along the way before the "big reveal".

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 2017 Reading List

The hottest month of the year started.. Not sure how I feel about it. I'm telling myself, it's just one month and then breeze and actual AIR (without water in it) would return into our lives. I can't do anything in this humidity and neither can the "girls" (dogs). So I'm basically home whenever possible with air conditioning managing my life. I can only hope it also mean more time to read, but I'm not actually sure about that because I have an upcoming exam which I haven't a clue WHEN would actually take place.. I'll mention it once it's relevant :) 

Last month I got my new Kindle Voyage, it's amazing once everything was on it and I started reading how quickly I got used to it. It's GREAT. I love the new features - the quality of the display, the buttons on the side, also the fact it FEELS quicker though I think I've read it's suppose to be the same as my 4 years old Kindle Paperwhite. 

Though it's taking me more than I thought it will, I'll be continuing with another mystery series, this time Historical, by Emma Jameson, there's also a new release by Amy Lane from her new series "Fish out of water". I have a bunch of Contemporary and Paranormal MM Romance novels also by Amy Lane and more by Mary Calmes and one new to me author- Kim Fielding. All is left to say it - Good luck! and enjoy summer while it's still here :) 

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♥ Romantic Suspense / Mystery 
 
♥ Contemporary Romance 
     
    
♥ Paranormal Romance 
     

Monday, July 31, 2017

Just Desserts by Mary Calmes

Though this was quite short it almost felt like a full length novel. I enjoyed the romantic build up, in a way it was slow and fast all at the same time. Boone and Scott have been best friends for two years now, but though they share their lives almost like a couple they both keep it totally platonic.  Boone, as our sole POV, is just realizing he wants to give them a shot as a couple, but he is terrified to lose Scott if they either don't want the same thing or they don't work out, not to mention, Scott has JUST started dating a doctor, so does he even have a chance to express his feelings? That's all up for the special dessert Scott has in mind..

Control by Mary Calmes & Cardeno C.

I'm sorry but this book isn't working for me and I don't wish to continue on. I usually give books a greater chance (than 15%..) before I decide to DNF them, but I don't like one of the MC, his whole behavior makes his interaction with everyone quite tedious. 

Vytautas "Vy" Alenknos is an alpha male and a pack leader, (of Hawk shifters) doesn't matter that he isn't a huge guy.. that's who he is. When finally meeting his mate (and being thrown by the fact it's a guy - he thought that would be impossible..) he is no other than a BEAR shifter.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Black & Blue (Lord and Lady Hetheridge #4) by Emma Jameson

I LOVED this one, it's my favorite of the 4 installments! As usual we got our three POVs - Tony, Kate and Paul, but what made this one even better is getting to see more of two hilarious women - Sharada Bhar (Paul's mother) and Mrs. Snell (Tony's secretary). I do hope we'll get more of them in the next installment(s ?). Maybe because this one is shorter than the previous ones, it felt more fast paced and yet we got enough of twists and turns on who our killer is. There's a big change in this one, I was worried about how it would be and how it will influence the whole dynamics of the series, but I have a feeling it would only make it better in the next one(s ?). 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nothing Ventured by Jay Northcote

LOVED this one! What a sweet endearing story! I had this one on my list for WAY too long, but as I had to reschedule so many books, this one got postponed as well, but I"m telling you now, I"m going to visit Jay's page on GR and add MORE! 

Matt and Aiden meet through Matt's cousin Liv, she arranged a group to participate in "Mad Mucker" (lets call it a "crazy race", shall we?). Aiden isn't enthusiastic about it, until he gets assigned to train with the gorgeous Matt. Though he didn't anticipate it, he enjoys his time with Matt, he might be a "drill Sargent", yet Aiden is getting better, and his body is looking far better as well. But that's not the only reason...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Something Blue (Lord and Lady Hetheridge #3) by Emma Jameson

Another great installment in the series. Loved how well it flows, how witty it is, and in general easy to read. Though it's not THAT easy for me, because some of the British nuances are lost on me.. Though it doesn't discourage me anymore :) I just take it as it is. 

Like the previous one, we got 3 POVs, Tony, Kate and Paul (Bahr). Paul's POV adds another layer to the crime solving, and since Tony and Kate's romance takes a very small part, it really doesn't interfere with anything really, it's just perfectly balanced. I really hope Paul will get his own HEA - he SO deserves it!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

You Never Know by Mary Calmes

This one started out GREAT, but somewhere along the way Mary lost me. There was a strange mix between "Telling" and "Showing". I could FEEL the small town through Hagen's eyes, I could understand all the issues he dealt with and yet something was missing. I didn't like Mitch, he didn't redeem himself IMO, he was just very persistent on the fact he wanted Hagen back but it wasn't enough for me. 

Hagen Wylie went through a lot in life. After his boyfriend Mitch Thayer dumps him to play Pro Football, he decided to join the army. After years in the service he returns back to his small town with PTSD and Panic attacks due to him being captured and tortured. With his supportive parents he joins a neighbor and a friend in a construction business and soon after they become partners. Sadly, he loses his parents shortly after that. Yeah he had a lot of sad in his life.. But now, a few years later he is ready to make the next big step which is to find his life partner. Ash, his "friend with benefits", can't truly offer him more so what's the point in continuing that? and now that Mitch Thayer, the one and only, is back in town with his two small kids, he is getting confused. Mitch wants him back and is willing to convince Hagen that their future was written in the stars, but the big question is - Can Hagen TRUST Mitch enough to make a future with him and his kids?

Friday, July 21, 2017

House of Cards (Porthkennack #4) [Brix & Calum] by Garrett Leigh

Beautiful heart breaking story. Exactly what I expected from Garrett, and as usual she never fails me with a soul crushing yet endearing love story. Calum and Birx deserved better in life, but at least now, they are able to be there for one another and build a future together, one they can look forward to. They both been betrayed in the most devastating way, Brix had a few years to try and mend his pieces, but there are still parts of him that are broken. Calum is at his worst, can't believe his good luck when Brix offers him a home and a job when everything else in his life is in ruins. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Judgment by Mary Calmes

I'm not a big fan of Science Fiction, it's not the genre's fault - it's mine. I somehow lack the necessary imagination to understand what THE HELL is going on. Funny enough it works WONDERFULLY for me in any Fantasy world (NOT set in the future). Yet I've read one adorable story from "Time in Eternity" Anthology (Do Over by Amy Lane) and so when I saw the same cover on this one, I had to give it a go. 

First off, I'll say that I DID understand what the hell was going on, I thought that in this aspect the setting was well explained, surely for a 50 page novella. We got a little glimpse into Jeritt and Frost's relationship, how it started and how involved they are now, years later, also as working partners. The beginning of their relationship was a bit rushed, I didn't get why it has to be this way.. It was a little too OTT for me. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Manny Get Your Guy (The Mannies #2) [Taylor & Brandon] by Amy Lane

I don't really know what to say, somehow though I rooted for these two I had a hard time with the way the relationship progressed. Taylor and Brandon started hating each other on sight, though both felt the desire under the surface, in a day flat, when Brandon realizes he's being a douche he more than apologizes, he grabs Taylor for the taking and he won't take no for an answer.

We've met most of the characters in this one in the previous installment. Taylor was Nica's best friend, the one she wanted so much more with but realized too late that though they ARE best friends, they could never be more because Taylor is absolutely and totally gay. Heart broken she falls into Jacob's arms and now, 10 years later they are about to have their 5th kid. That's A LOT - even they realize it so they ask for Taylor's help in being the Manny - like Tino, Nica's brother was to Channing. Don't worry we meet these two as well as Sammy.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hello Forever (Hello Goodbye, #2) [Axel & Cax] by Sarina Bowen

WOW, what an emotional ride! This book held me at the edge of my emotional capacity. I was in tears or near tear SO MANY TIMES. My heart ached for Cax and his horrible life situation but it also aches for Axel who would do right about anything for Cax, including breaking their very precious renewed relationship when it's the last thing he wanted to do. I was at awe with both of them. They care for one another SO MUCH and they deserved, god how much they deserved to be happy. Truly happy. At the end they did. But I was heart broken most of the book, not knowing HOW it could work out. Sarina nailed it (as usual). It was crushing but it turned for the best at the end. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Ice Around the Edges by Mary Calmes

While the idea behind this short novella was nice, the banter between the two characters made me feel a bit disconnected. It's a sort of a (HUGE) misunderstanding that let these two break up 10 years ago. Now Dixon is back in Evan life after he heard he got shot. He hurries back to his side not accepting ANY no for an answer for them getting back, first of, spending the holidays together. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 2017 Reading List

So basically MOST of what I planned for last month just did NOT happen.. I'm not even sure why.. it was a lazy tired month and I just couldn't concentrate enough to read. I do hope THAT thing is ALL over.

For this summery month I have a nice array of books. I'll be continuing with Mystery / Romantic Suspense by Emma Jameson and more of Mary Calmes' book-list. There are three new releases I'm excited about by Sarina Bowen, Garrett Leigh and Amy Lane and a Contemporary Romance by Jay Northcote I've been postponing for WAY too long.


Also my most exciting news this month is I'm getting a Kindle VOYAGE! YAY!


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Statistics (will be filled at the end of the month)
Total Books: 10 ( + 1 DNF)
Total Pages: 1808
Pages per day: ~58
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♥ Romantic Suspense / Mystery 
 
♥ Contemporary Romance
      
♥ Paranormal Romance 
     

Blue Murder (Lord and Lady Hetheridge #2) by Emma Jameson

Though this is not my go-to genre, it's so fun and witty, the interaction between the characters and the pace of the crime solving I find that I don't mind that the romance if any is moved WAY back stage. I simply enjoyed this one as it is and can't wait to continue on with the series. I loved that this one we didn't get just Tony and Kate's POV but also Bhar's - I liked him in the previous one, so seeing inside his head was great! I had a better time with the crime in this one, though I was FAR from the mark on who actually did it (and why). If you're into British witty mystery novels you gotta give this series a go! Though beware you need to be a little informed on the slang.. the first one was a bit difficult for me to read because of that (but you don't see me complaining now ;)). 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Regret (Under My Skin, #1) by Christina Lee

I loved EVERYTHING about this book. Loved the MCs, the side characters like Elijah, Nick's roommate, loved the setting with Elijah and Brin working at a dog "day care", yeah, as I said - Everything. Nick and Brin getting to reacquaint each other, 11 years after they crushed on one another was the sweetest "enemies to lovers" with an attraction NO ONE can ignore. We get the whole story, with all the heartache and so much confusion and misunderstanding from both Brin and Nick. It was beautiful seeing the "cracks" in both their masks about what they meant to each other back then, and what is happening between them now. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Director and Don Juan (The Story Sisters #2) [Alice & Carlos] by Katy Regnery

This book was one of my absolute favorites in the series. Funny enough with each book I read I feel the same - they are just getting BETTER AND BETTER. I loved the whole idea behind this one, the "reversed roles" and the way it wasn't in all aspects. I loved the fact they are different and yet they fit perfectly together. They are both gorgeous, and I don't just mean physically - they are these two amazing people, each in her/his own right and they deserved to get the best HEA possible. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Stay (WAGs #2) [Hailey & Matt] by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Sarina and Elle killed it again! I LOVED this story so much! Matt and Hailey were perfect for one another, perfect together and each on his/her own. I also liked Hailey's business - so clever! and getting more of the guys on the team (yeah, especially Blakey) was AWESOME.

We got glimpses of Matthew Eriksson in the previous installment but what we got didn't prepare me enough to fall in love with this sweet guy with this HUGE heart who fears he can never find a HEA, especially while being a professional Hockey player. His ex really did a number on him, blaming him on everything that went wrong in their marriage and now treating him like an invalid as a father to their twins girls. He loves his girls so he'll do right around anything (including change his recipe of waffles into a gluten free one - YUCK!) if that's what their mother wants. So while his teammates are (mostly) having fun he is reserved, returning home to his dog while the young ones are partying with anyone willing. Meeting Hailey was not something he expected but as kept texting with her he realized he really DOES want to meet her (even if he doesn't have anything real to offer her..)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ice Blue (Lord and Lady Hetheridge #1) by Emma Jameson

I really enjoyed this one. I didn't know what to expect but since I loved everything else I've read by Emma - in other pen names (T. Baggins / S.A. Reid) it was only a matter of time before I gave this one a go. It's somewhere between a Mystery and Romantic Suspense novel. There is little to any romance in this one, it's mostly the two MC getting to know one another and building a friendship with each thinking of more but not being sure if and how it could be possible and not only because of age difference and rank. Though I'm not into Mysteries usually this one was interesting and engaging. I had my thoughts about who's the killer and I was right (though I second guessed myself probably the whole book..). But that's the way I enjoy Mysteries really, ones that aren't THAT difficult to solve ;) 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June 2017 Reading List

Last month I had a lot on my mind and there were too many emotional scenarios to my liking and yet they are all over and I feel I'm in a new place, not just because of all the things that happened but in spite of everything. I want to do different things and some of them I already begun. See, though I LOVE change I sometimes have it hard getting the right kind of motivation to MAKE the change. Let's applause to change, to new beginning even if the first to arrive was this too damn hot summer..

This month book-wise is mostly a re-visit to T.Baggins / S.A. Reid under her real name - Emma Jameson in which she writes Mystery / Romantic Suspense series. It's not a genre I'm used to but I've loved everything I've read by Emma before so I'm really excited to see how these work out for me. I was really annoyed to find out the page count was incorrect so I ended reading FAR less (also due to lack of time :( ). Basically besides these two books I ended up just reading these three new releases by Authors I absolutely LOVE - Sarina, Katy and Christina.

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Statistics (will be filled at the end of the month)
Total Books: 5
Total Pages: 1264
Pages per day: ~42
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♥ Contemporary Romance 
   

♥ Romantic Suspense / Mystery 
 
 
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