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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dine & Dash (Cut & Run #5.5) by Abigail Roux ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

This ultra short novella is a free bonus scene Abigail posted on her blog (Click HERE to read) as a thank-you for her readers voting the "All Star Game" (I really haven't a clue what it is except it's sports related :P). That's what Abigail had to say about it -  

In June I asked readers to vote for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Because I can. As a reward, I told everyone that if one of the three players I listed (who all totally deserved to be All-Stars, by the way) made the team, I'd give them a Ty/Zane sex scene. That's it, just sex. Whoring my characters out for votes. I am not ashamed.

Armed & Dangerous (Cut & Run #5) by Abigail Roux ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

Another great installment in the series. I can't get enough of Ty and Zane and in this one there is another couple which are simply adorable together! I'm talking about Julian and Cameron. Ty and Zane are instructed by Richard Burns to find Julian Cross and bring him ALIVE to DC. He doesn't explain why.. mainly because he doesn't want Ty getting mixed in the mess but it turns out totally different than either of them expected. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Marked (Roads #1.5) by Garrett Leigh ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

This novella contains the scene in which Ash does the cover up of Pete's tattoo and what follows next was sexy and sweet at the same time. It's a free download from the publisher's website (Click HERE to download).

Slide (Roads #1) by Garrett Leigh ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

Outstanding! I would say it was a JOY to read, but with all the heart ache I guess it's not exactly the right word.. I LOVED this book to pieces. I would have read it in one gulp but as usual life keeps getting in the way of my reading! grrrr! 

You have to be a fan of the overly wounded hero to enjoy this one, but as I CLEARLY am it's just the perfect book for me. I also really liked that though one character was the "flawed" one, the other one wasn't too perfect or rather it wasn't just about one fixing the other. It's a love story. Love is found from the first few pages but as healing goes, there is more than just one person being there for the other to right the wrongs. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Soulbound (Darkest London #6) [Eliza May & Aodh MacNeil/Adam] by Kristen Callihan ~~~ ★ ★ (DNF 45%) ~~~

We met both Adam and Eliza May in the previous installment in the series. It's the beginning of their (love) story - as she lays dying after being attached, Daisy and Mary Chase find her and offer her an immortal life as a GIM. They call upon Adam who sees her and realizes she is the one who was promised to him so long ago. Taking his vow she is now eternally his, well, up until Sin and Will Thorne break her free. 

What exactly happened the time they spend together we know very little of, and frankly it doesn't even make any sense. He is happy she is by his side, but he is also a bit wary, he doesn't want to confide with her, yet he wants her to speak to him. She just sees a brooding annoying man who keeps her chained to his side so she gives him the "silence treatment" which annoys the heck out of him and in the end, when she finds her way out she happy to finally be free. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kyland (A Sign of Love - Taurus) [Kyland & Tenleigh] by Mia Sheridan ~~~ ★ ★ (DNF 22%) ~~~

Nope. I wanted to like it, but I think I ruined it after my DNF of "Becoming Calder" - the previous book in the series. I have a feeling if I read it BEFORE or read the books farther apart - then I would have finished it (though I would probably still not rate it very high). There are too many similar themes in the series. The small isolated place, the two young kindred spirits who can't be together or are separated for a few years before they re-meet. Naturally we've all read it all anyhow, but when you read a series that more than half of the books have somehow the same setting it's a bit too much. I LOVED both "Stinger" and  "Archer's Voice" I truly feel these two were excellent on their own and as a part of the series (being more original than the others..) but also, they are true to the genre they represent - both are New Adult towards Contemporary Romance. The rest, especially this one, are more on the Young Adult towards the New Adult which isn't really what I bargained for.. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Morning Side of Dawn (Holt #3) [Cassie & Dar] by Justine Davis ~~~ ★ ★ ★ (DNF 25%) ~~~

Maybe it's just not my day? This is the second book I'm putting down today.. and I can't say there is anything around here that annoys me or anything.. It's a rather relaxed Saturday, nothing special to do, it's cold outside so sitting at home with a book was everything I could wish for. 

I don't have any real problem with the book actually. I have nothing against either Cassie or Dar - the main heroes. I just don't feel any "pull" toward them. Cassie is a super model who wants a break especially since there is a stalker who messes with her head and Dar, well, he is our overly tormented hero. What he mainly does is brood. It's not very compelling, it's not even that annoying since I guess he has his reasons - an accident making him cripple for life. Yet he is mostly a busy guy, competing with is wheel chair in races, building hand made chairs for other people. He isn't sitting at home feeling sorry for himself, yet in a way he does. He shuns any social life except for Sean (Stevie's brother) and Chase (Stevie's husband and also Cassie's brother), this is how she met him - on Sean's wedding (taking place in the second installment I haven't read and not planning on..)

Becoming Calder (A Sign of Love - Aquarius #1) [Calder & Eden] by Mia Sheridan ~~~ ★ ★ (DNF 13%) ~~~

I can't, I just can't continue reading this book.. I usually give a book more time than I gave this one - 13% - yet the whole setting just put me off and I don't think it will change enough for me to keep on reading it.. 

I didn't know what to expect from this one, I'm guilty of not even reading the blurb.. it's just that I wanted to read more by Mia and this one has SUCH a high rating on GR.. The writing WAS great, and the way the story was told and the characters introduced as well as the world building itself was beautifully done and yet.. 

Enlightened (Enlightenment #3) by Joanna Chambers ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

Amazing conclusion to a beautiful love story. I couldn't be happier with this book or the entire series with how it progressed and the way it ended. Murdo and David are finally at peace with themselves, each other and as much as possible - the world around them. 

We finished the previous installment with Murdo and David heading to Laverock, the estate Murdo recently bought in Perthshire where David can recuperate from his broken leg. We start this installment 5 months later as David is getting better and their imminent breakup in on the line. At least as David sees it. When he is back to himself, he would be going back to Edinburgh, taking back the cases he left in the hand of Catherine Chalmers's husband - Donald Ferguson, now also a good friend. Murdo is reluctant to talk about what happens when David will getting back to himself, he keeps postponing the talk about the matter to a time when David is actually better.. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Beguiled (Enlightenment #2) by Joanna Chambers ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

Utterly beautiful. I don't even know where to start, all I want to do is start the next one and get to their happily ever after. Unlike the previous one which ended quite sadly, the ending of this one was so sweet and promising, it was the final ribbon rapping to the way the relationship between Murdo and David progressed throughout the book. 

The first installment ended with Murdo and David parting ways supposedly never to see each other again, yet the small novella "Season's Pass" written from Murdo's POV told us he will be coming to Edinburgh for the King's visit. It's not that he cares so much about the king or his father's request to attend the ceremonies as a representative of the family, it was the fact that there was a small possibility of seeing David again. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Seasons Pass (Enlightenment #1.5) by Joanna Chambers ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

A short interesting novella told from Murdo's POV. I really enjoyed getting somewhat his side of the story though it's mostly the effect David had on him even though they didn't spend THAT much time together. 
This novella takes place 2 years after their last encounter. It mostly contains two scenes - 
The first, Murdo in a meeting with his father instructing him to return to Edinburgh for the king's visit.  It's a nice little glimpse into Murdo's head and state of mind. He is now engaged to be married, as he told David he is planning to be. 
The second scene is in a gay brothel (a sort of high society one) where he sees someone HE doesn't recognize but he was mentioned (even if briefly) in the previous installment and there is a very significant let's call it "information" that David would have been surprised to find out.. In the brothel Murdo is talking to someone who is going to Edinburgh as well, I guess it's suppose to prepare us to him being mentioned in the second installment, his name is Sinclair. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Provoked (Enlightenment #1) by Joanna Chambers ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ~~~~

Really enjoyed this one! I had mixed feelings about it since I'm not usually into Historical Romance and I guess I was really giving it a go because it's a MM romance, something that was bound to be different than the "average" Historical Romance novel - and it sure was. It was beautiful in a heart breaking way. be warned it doesn't have a happy ending, yet from reading reviews I understand t's simply not meant as a stand alone - you must read the 2 other installment in the series to get the whole love story between David and Murdo. This book is only the beginning that gives as a glimpse to who they are, what the crave and know they cannot really have. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Running Barefoot by Amy Harmon ~~~ ★ ★ (DNF 58%) ~~~

I wanted to love this book, I expected to enjoy it as much as I adored "Making Faces" which made a HUGE impression on me, yet they have nothing in common... it was, just, well, boring! I made myself read almost half of it, then when I picked it up the day after - meaning today - to continue I couldn't be bothered with it, even though the exact place I put it down was were things were about to take a turn. Yet I just couldn't keep on going.. Even if things are going to change, the way this story is portrayed won't change.. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Stinger (A Sign of Love - Scorpio) [Carson & Grace] by Mia Sheridan ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ~~~

This one was really sweet. It's the unlikely love story between the driven law student and plan obsessed Grace Hamilton and the porn performer Carson Stinger who doesn't think more than a day in advance. They meet for the first time in Vegas attending a (different!) convention taking place in the same Hotel. After a somewhat rough start they decide to spend the weekend together - no strings attached. It's not what Grace would have thought she is capable of, yet with Carson it worked, they got closer to one another even if initially it was about the sex it became a lot more than that. They had a HUGE impact on one another yet when the weekend was over they each returned to their lives - the same yet different. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Divide & Conquer (Cut & Run #4) by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

Another great installment in the series, as usual with a lot of action, injuries and heart ache, emotional roller coaster when it comes to the boys and how much they are BAD at telling each other how much they mean to each other, well, since Ty already confessed to loving Zane, I guess it's mostly Ty trying NOT to say what is so hard for Zane to deal with and Zane struggling with his feelings for Ty, not knowing if he is capable of saying the words he realizes are already there for a while now even if he hadn't said them to himself before. 

This book starts with a series of bombing and bank robberies in the city the police and bureau are unable to stop or predict since the villains uses the "Divide and Conquer" technique having a bombing in one side of the city while a bank robbery happens in a totally different location. The locals who want results not excuses are thoroughly angered with their lack of safety start to turn against the armed forces as well. Ty and Zane get thrown in the middle of the mix when after they jump to help with a possible bomb, Ty angrily growls to the TV reporters "They are coming for HIM" (meaning the master mind behind it). Pierce - our main Villain - sees this act as a personal "insult" trying his best to target Ty and Zane specifically and actually succeeding in hurting Zane pretty badly.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Leo's Chance (A Sign of Love - Leo #2) [Leo & Evie] by Mia Sheridan ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

Leo's Chance is basically the previous book - Leo - told from Leo's POV instead of Evie. While I was interested in hearing his voice and what he went through, I didn't find his side of the story "different" enough to justify a whole book. Especially since most of the book is a re-play of the previous one with just glimpses of the time he was in the hospital after the accident and his talks with the psychologist. The best parts in the book, in my opinion, where the last hour or so, were there are NEW details that we didn't hear about, not even in the previous Epilogue. Also the Epilogue in this one wasn't the same, it had a different time line and told from Evie's POV which I MUCH prefer.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Leo (A Sign of Love - Leo #1) [Leo & Evie] by Mia Sheridan ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

This is the first installment in the series as well as Mia's debut novel. I really enjoyed it though it did drag a bit for me which is kind of surprising considering this novel is less than 200 pages. I felt it took too long for the truth to be revealed and the interaction between them was strange at times (though it was mostly explained in the end). But let's start at the beginning..

Evie and Leo met for the first time at a foster home. Both being taken from their family due to neglect and abuse. Both feeling like discarded junk with no real parental figures around them they find compassion, warmth and strength in one another. They spend 5 years as close as they can to one another but their promise to always stay together is being strongly challenged when Leo is adopted at the age of 15. He still promises to keep in touch, even though he will be moving far away, he also vows to come back for her when she is 18 and they can legally be together. Yet promises aside and real life at the other.. After their first kiss on the roof top at the home she is currently staying in - Evie never hears from Leo again.. 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Infinity + One by Amy Harmon ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

While I genuinely enjoyed this novel, I can't say it was a true favorite. I should say I'm not usually into "road trip" books, I usually don't find myself in those (especially if they have the Young Adult vibe). This one, though, was definitely a New Adult novel with the "coming of age" theme, it was fun and engaging, both main characters were interesting and the general idea of doing a sort of re-make to the "Bonnie and Clyde" theme through modern characters was original and fun to read. Yet somehow this book dragged for me and I saw I'm not the only one complaining about it. I DO think that all the adventures that our current "Bonnie and Clyde" went through had a certain meaning and couldn't really be avoided, yet it felt like too much adventures before they get to their destination. I also thought the same about the last hour or so of the book, There were a lot of details, a lot of things happening and being revealed yet it took too long to get to the "point" so to speak. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hostile Ground by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

WOW, this one was simply a JOY! it was quite complicated and it takes time to get what's happening though some things you CAN guess. The whole story is told from Mahir Hussain's POV - an undercover cop working under the name Saeed - trying to uncover a drug ring in a Seattle strip club. 

Mahir being gay has an advantage since as it seems Gene Lombardi (the big bad boss and owner of the club and it's other shady businesses) only hired gay security men. He doesn't want anyone (who hasn't paid..) touching what he owes and he sure as hell owns the girls who strip at the club. First thing Mahir has to do is to impress the head of security David Ridley. Meeting him for the first time makes him wonder who is more dangerous - Lombardi who is the kind to beat a person to death with his bare hands or Ridley who won't lift a brow while shooting someone in the head. Not a very enjoyable place to do undercover, ha? That could be said more than twice with all the shit Mahir has to endure to show his bosses he means business and he ISN'T a cop.. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Stevie's Chase (Holt #1) [Stevie & Chase] by Justine Davis ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

I was wondering about this book, or rather this series and how different it will be considering it was written in the 90s. I AM a child (or rather teenager) of the 90s and even though I didn't really read romance back then I thought it might have a different vibe - and it did! Both characters felt in a way more naive, their relationship was somewhat more tender than I'm used to reading. The relationships in general between all side characters were sweet and caring. But honestly I don't know if it's the 90s or the author and how she decided to write the characters and surrounding. I don't recall the 90s being THAT euphoric but maybe the books were more innocent in a way as we might have been back then. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) by Samantha Young ~~~ ★ ★ (DNF 42%) ~~~

What a disappointment :/ there is SUCH a hype around this one I should have KNOWN not to even consider it as I'm can never really agree with anything mainstream.. So I"m saying, it's me, not the book. I got to 42% and realized that if I'm trying to convince myself to "bear it down" for another 3 and a half hours because it MIGHT get better - meaning - it won't get THAT better and I should just give it a rest already.. 

Fish & Chips (Cut & Run #3) - Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

Another great installment in the series! A bit complex with everything that is going on there. I remember the first time I read it I actually didn't understand ANYTHING even at the very end since I was mixing all the people and schemes together. This time around I think I got it, maybe ;) Yet what's important is not WHO is trying to kill Ty and Zane - it's the both of them together, this time REALLY together as they are on a two weeks cruse pretending to be a gay married couple - Corbin and Del Porter. It's the first time Ty an Zane get to really act on their feeling (mainly on their attraction) between them in public which is strange for both of them in the beginning but as the days goes by, it becomes quite natural. It was sweet and endearing. I also think since they were in public and were suppose to act as Corbin and Del they were more loving toward one another, expressing themselves and less bartering and bickering at one another. Well, don't think there is none of that! They DO have quite a lot of that when they are in private! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Falling from the Sky (Gravity #2) [Callie Anders & Hank “Hazardous” Lazarus] by Sarina Bowen ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

Beautiful. SO SO beautiful. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting in the best way possible :) There's a certain expectation I think most of us have towards "happily ever after", how one achieve that and who is the person they utterly fall in love with, it's the second book by Sarina that I encounter a totally different, let's say "approach" to finding your happiness even if it "could have been better" (?) I"m not sure how to phrase that (without spoilering this one and the other one I'm talking about..). 

While this is the second installment in the Gravity series, it can totally be read as a standalone. The couple from the first installment DO appear as they are good friends with both the main characters. So if you are obsessed with reading by order (like me!) you would HAVE to start with the first one (not that it's a chore! it was also AMAZING!). But if you are a bit more "loose" with your reading you'll have no problem picking this up and enjoying it as it is. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid ~~~ ★ (DNF 13%) ~~~

I wanted to love this book, I even expected to! It sounded as my cup of tea as I started reading it. A strange kinda gal, not especially good looking (or rather not your typical beauty), smart in an unconventional kind of way, the kind who attracts too much attention to her strangeness and embarrass herself when she is trying her best not to. This sounds so ME on so many levels! It should ABSOLUTELY be my "thing", yet I was annoyed and bored out of my mind I couldn't be bothered to listen to Jaine's inner voice. 

Sadly, this is a DNF at 13%. Usually I give a quarter of a book a chance before I give it up, but here since the main character won't change there is no use in waiting for the plot to save me as Jaine seems to be the sole POV in this one so no matter what happens I am stuck with her anyway... 

February 2015 Goals

January have been quite a ride book-wise (Goals / Recap). I read SO many books yet I also put aside a few which I HATE doing, I rather invest myself in GREAT books not ones that I find a chore to read. After all, this IS one of my favorite hobbies and I intend to enjoy every minute of it :)

I promised myself to have a "reasonable" amount of pages per month allowing myself to add books as I see ones of interest, a month haven't passed and I TOTALLY FAILED on that one.. well, maybe next year? hehe 


I basically looked at my HUGE "Life Get's in My Way (of reading)" list and added into my "To Read" list (the ones I'm planning on reading this year) a lot of books by my favorite authors. Firstly I added MOST of Aleksandr Voinov's books. I have one series left and a few he wrote in collaboration with another author in his/her ongoing series and one Anthology (which I'm not always in the mood for..). I also added Anne Tenino and Tere Michaels' books as I really enjoyed their novels recently and wanted to check more of both of them. As I finished all of Meg Maguire's books last year, this year I want to read the Erotica books she published under her real name - Cara McKenna. 


So After the initial sort, I was left with almost 20 books MORE than I had planned on reading this year (which basically means I lost the ability to spontaneously add as I go..), I have about 100 more books on my "pending list" (the one I can't believe I'll get into since I'm already over booked ;)) and a whole lot more on my "whenever, probably on 2016" list. 


I'm obsessed with lists have you noticed? :P But well, I did most of the "hard work" when I was sick 2 weeks ago. Couldn't concentrate on my reading, and wanted to somehow feel "connected" to my precious books. 


So enough of the blubbering! February reads!!



A Contemporary Romance series I had on my list for a while now but had a hard "scheduling" as I find it hard committing to starting long series (here it's mostly that the books are kinda long). I started the first one and decided not to continue on reading it.


Falling From the Sky (Gravity, #2)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The second installment in the Contemporary Romance series - Gravity. I'm OBSESSED with Sarina at the moment. I read everything she published (granted, it's not such a long list and yet!) and can't wait for this one to be published. I've heard it was published as a part of a bundle but I was too late and I can't find it now! (frustration galore!) So I've been obsessively waiting for it to be published on it's own. It all said February 1st yet I couldn't find it ANYWHERE to pre-order it but as I'm finalizing this post I FINALLY see it and it's MINE MINE!!! 


This is a much "hyped" Contemporary Romance series I really didn't expect to have time in the foreseeable future to read yet the first day of February gave me that chance as I decided not to read "Knitting in the City" series. Though decided not to continue reading it as well after not finishing the first one.


Soulbound (The Darkest London, #6)   ★  (DNF 45%)
Kristen have been my obsession near the ending of 2014. The Darkest London is one of my most successful tries of Historical Romance but since it's also Paranormal Romance maybe it's no wonder? I love it, absolutely love it! Can't wait for this one to be published as well as the next one (which also be the last installment in the series). 

Steve's Chase (Holt, #1)   ★ ★ 
Left at the Alter (Holt, #2)
The Morning Side of Dawn (Holt, #3)   ★ ★ ★ (DNF 25%)
This series was recommended to my by Buggy. I enjoyed reading her reviews of it and wanted to give it a try. Haven't read Contemporary Romance back when these were published ('bout 20 years ago), I was too much into the Fantasy books. I wonder how different they would be. I must say the covers though I HIDEOUS! I much prefer the cover nowadays ;) 

Provoked (Enlightenment, #1)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Season's Pass (Enlightenment, #1.5)   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Beguiled (Enlightenment, #2)   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Enlightenment (Enlightenment, #3)   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
As I wrote above, I'm not usually into Historical Romance. So this month I'm trying a different kind - MM Historical Romance. This series have a few more books buy as it's a "trial" I'm not adding more books at the moment. We'll see how I handle it. I really SHOULD try out more genres.

Hostile Ground   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
As I'm slowly planning on going through ALL of Aleksandr's books this is one I added kinda randomly. I read "Unhinge the Universe" by Aleksandr a Witt together so I have high expectations :)  

Besides these I have the "project" I started on January - re-listening to the Cut & Run Series by Abigail Roux (preparing myself for the last installment to be published on the end of March this year). It's SO MUCH FUN listening to this series! I loved the books so much and it's GREAT I can also enjoy them this way. This month I plan on listening to Fish&Chips (Cut&Run #3), Divide&Conquer (Cut&Run #4), Armed&Dangerous (Cut&Run #5) which are the last ones having an audiobook version. Also enjoyed the bonus free scene published by Abigail on her blog - Dine&Dash (Cut&Run #5.5).

Update - I had a lot of changes made to the original plan of this month. Planned or reading "Knitting in the City" series, abandoned it after the first book, than intended on reading "On Dublin Street" series and abandoned that one as well after not finishing the first book then I decided on a different approach - instead of trying out new authors adding book by authors I enjoyed reading recently. 


Leo (A Sign of Love - Leo #1)   ★ ★ ★ 
Stringer (A Sign of Love - Scorpio)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Becoming Calder (A Sign of Love - Aquarius #1)   ★  (DNF 13%)
Finding Eden (A Sign of Love - Aquarius #2)
After enjoying "Archer's Voice" so much last month giving the rest of a series a go was no brainer. As it seems it's not a series in the conventional way, since some are stand alones and others conclude a story in 2 books and I don't think there is any connection between the signs (Leo, Scorpio etc.).


Infinity + One   ★ ★ ★ 
Running Barefoot   ★  (DNF 58%)
One of last month's favorite was "Making Faces" by Amy, I had one book planned for next month and got to adding another one to somewhere near the ending of the year so I'm pleased to have the time now to add these two (left are only two Paranormal Young Adult  books I'm still considering as I'm not usually into YA). 

Slide (Roads, #1)   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Marked (Roads, #1.5)   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Rare (Roads, #2)    ★ ★ ★ 
Freed (Roads, #2.5)    ★ ★ ★ ★ 
This is another small series, or rather two parts (And a bit of extra) of one story I decided to add due to too many DNFs this month.. Haven't read anything by this author which I know I said I wouldn't do this month and yet here they are.. 

Quite a variety of books and genres I have this month. "old" Contemporary Romance, "new" Contemporary, Historical Paranormal, MM Historical Romance and Mystery / Suspense MM Romance.

Have a great month everybody!

Check out more of my Recap and Goals of the past months!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

January 2015 Recap

Can't believe it! Another month is finished and it's time for the first Recap of 2015! 
I had a lot on my plate on January, a variety of genres and authors, one absolute favorite new author, a few disappointments from new and loved authors, much anticipated sequel, quite a few short novellas, new authors to add to my "to read list" - what more can one ask? (less disappointments I guess, but that's life.. we get the good AND the bad)

let's see how I did this month: 
Total read - 16 eBooks (+ 5 DNF) / 3586 pages (~116 pages per day)

As I did a little change in the appearance of the monthly Goals this month I figure, why not do a bit of a change in the monthly recap as well? I struggle every month finding a book for each category. Sometimes I just don't find the right book for the right category or I have a few books I want to "nominate" so let's try it differently for 2015 - 

★  ★  ★  ★  ★ - Cheers and Shouts for the Favorites -  ★  ★  ★  ★  ★
While I can't say I enjoyed every book I've read this month, the ones I loved made the real impression of the month. 

I have 3 new authors to check out after enjoying my first read by them - 

"Making Faces" by Amy Harmon
"Archer's Voice" by Mia Sheridan
"Fighting for Redemption" by Kate McCarthy
While these three are different from one another I think there is one thing in common - all have a wounded hero and all are considered New Adult (though the ages vary). 
Archer's Voice was elected Best Romance for 2014 by GoodReads (which is why I added it to my list). 
Making Faces and Finding Redemption both have a soldier dealing with his past experience in the military. They have a very different vibe from one another even if there is the same theme of a girl they left behind and rekindle their love for one another with their return. 
In both Making Faces and Archer's Voice there's a literally wounded man, dealing with a real disability. It's not something that we encounter a lot, and I cherish the books that bring us less than perfect heroes and DOESN'T fix the disability when the book concludes.  

I also found a new absolute favorite author - T.Baggins (S.A. Reid). It started last month with "Protection" the first book I've read by her, and then this month I added all the other books she has written under this pan name (she has another one - Emma Jameson - she writes Mystery under). My absolute favorite of all of them was "Something Different" though all of them were really good. She writes MM Romance some "Realistic" and some with a Paranormal theme to them. 

She truly has a unique way of bringing a sensitive beautiful love story yet not forgetting that love is a part of life and life isn't always what we want or wish for it to be. 

FINALLY the 3rd installment in the Night Prince series - "Bound By Flames" by Jeaniene Frost is out! I've obsessed with Jeaniene's Vlad Dracul from the first time we met him in the Night Huntress series. Him getting not only a simple mention of a Happily Ever After but in 4 
enjoyable books is simply a PRIZE! Long live Vlad the impaler and his worthy wife Leila Dalton!!
The third installment was a JOY as was the previous ones. Can't wait for the fourth one which sadly will also be the last.. 

I have a new project for the beginning of 2015 which is re-listening / re-reading "Cut & Run" Series by Abigail Roux and Madelieine Urban before the 9th and LAST book in the series launches on the ending of March. I LOVE this series. It's such an enjoyable read! It's MM Romantic Suspense but as I see it, it's more about the Romance and less about the Suspense (it's just them being unable to keep AWAY from trouble). The built up of the relationship between the two main characters - Ty and Zane - is beautifully done, slow going and realistic with each novel bringing them closer and dealing with more of what a relationship is all about, especially when you are an ex marine (Ty) and under cover agent (Zane) both having too many secrets to share. 
This month I listened to two out of the five books that have audiobooks - Cut&Run and Sticks&Stones.  Both were a great and enjoyable read. LOVE this series! (yeah I already said that, deal with it!)


★ DNF ★ - Cries and Sniffs for the Disappointments - ★ DNF ★ 
I'll start by saying - these are MY disappointments, you might love these with all your heart! Yet for me, these , sadly, were NOT what I expected. 

I'll start by noting my first disappointment of the month and not only chronologically speaking. I LOVE Serena Bell's writing. She writes beautifully Contemporary Romance. I loved everything else by her. She is quite "new" and don't have a lot of novels out, yet I went through all her novels and each was a joy to read. Well, except for one which was an "OK read" and turns out it the first in a sort of series with "Hot and Bothered" being the second installment. Since Serena is an "auto-pre-order" author for me I didn't even bother reading the synopsis before ordering it so I totally missed the fact it would resemble "Still So Hot!". Such a shame. I'm still looking forward to Serena's new novels though, I'll just try and stay away from the Harlequin Blaze ones.. (or maybe just research them better..).

"The Hearts of the Anemoi" a Paranormal Romance series by Laura Kaye was HIGHLY recommended to me, yet I couldn't find myself interested or invested in either the main characters nor the plot maybe because I felt as though NOTHING was happening and the characters weren't engaging enough to keep me going. I stared with "North of Need" DNFed it, yet after reading a few other books went back to the second installment "West of Want" and it too "suffered" from the same problems I encountered in the first so I left it too, forsaking the whole series (which contains total of 4 books).

Sometime there's a price to pay when you are acting too shallow. "'Till Death (Vol. 1)" by Bella Jewel is an EXCELLENT example for that. I might point one finger towards the main character in the book for being the shallowest person I've EVER read about (besides her other horrendous traits..) but as the saying goes- at least 3 fingers point back at me.. Yep! Since I added this Erotica / Romance book to my list almost SOLELY due to the STUNNING cover I shouldn't be offended if the PLOT is NOT what I was looking for. I think it would suit the "Fifty Shades" fans out there. which I'm DEFINITELY not! 

I'm somewhat "late" for the party of John Green's books. Maybe it's  because I usually don't read Young Adult, maybe it's because they are not specifically Romance novels, I don't know, but somehow this month I planned to right that wrong and check two of his novels. As everyone were raving about "The Fault in Our Stars" (especially with the movie out now) I decided to start with "Looking for Alaska" to see what the "hype" is all about and NOT with his most famous work. It was nice. Nothing to write home about, I liked it but didn't love it. It was well written and different from the things I usually read and even the Young Adults weren't that bad. Yet my main problem with the book was for the teenagers being TOO DAMN PHILOSOPHICAL (not to mention it doesn't really suit teenagers..). So after finishing it I was intrigued with the other one which was suppose to be heart breaking and beautiful beyond words. Well, I thought it was boring. I literally waited to hear if someone would die so the book would get some sort of interest to it since as it seems it's not only the guys Looking for Alaska being philosophical its ALL of John's characters. I just got tired of it all. It could have been an amazing piece, yet for me it was the most futile book I've EVER read. I know, there is no such thing as getting nothing out of a book or a book being redundant yet when I finished this book the only thing I could think about was "Gees, what did I read this things for". 

One of this year's "projects" is reading (most of) Aleksandr's Voinov's books so prepared for reading A LOT of reviews of books by him in the following months. I was FLOORED with "Unhinge the Universe" the first book by him I've read and "Special Forces" literally left my speechless (and too many damn times in tears). Yet "Collateral" a free Fanfic of Tony Stark ("The Iron-Man") and Frank Castle ("The Destroyer") by him and Gileonnen wasn't what I expected.. It was slow going and the romance between the main characters just didn't make any sense to me. Naturally I WON'T let this one discourage me from more and more and more by Aleksandr and I did enjoy another short one at the end of the month - "Spoils of War" co-written with Raev Gray.

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So that's it for January's Recap. I think this format is better - noting just the highlights and the "downfalls" since "best and worst" is what we tend to remember anyhow.. 

Have an amazing February with lots and lots of heart gripping books!
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