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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 2015 Recap

This is unbelievable really, I can't believe this month has gone so fast! Mostly because I was trying really hard to do everything on my to do list which kept getting longer or rather, everything that could go wrong - did! 

At the beginning of March I wrote I will be going real soon through "changes". I was actually thinking about going abroad for a while but naturally it didn't work out so I decided somewhat on the spare of the moment to apply for a M.A. degree in psychology. I wanted to get a M.A. for a while now but it didn't work out, like a lot of things tend to in my life.. I had a month to organize the paperwork which was endless! and when I thought I finished a week ago I realized there is still something missing I wasn't even aware of. So yep, it dragged up until the 31st of March - the very last day of registration! 

I read most of what I planned on reading this month and I obviously made changes, dumped the series I planned on reading, read more books I had on my "Soon to be read" list and yeah, when I think about the books I've read this month I couldn't be more pleased. Most of the books were great! I had a few mild disappointments while the rest were 4-5 stars reads. 

Let's talk numbers!

Total Read - 18 ebooks / 3215 pages (~104 pages a day)

That's a lot less than I did last month, about 3 whole books! God, I hate it when life get in the way of my reading!  

★  ★  ★  ★  ★ - Cheers and Shouts for the Favorites -  ★  ★  ★  ★  ★
Yep, most of my reads this month are under this category.It's been a while since I finished the EPIC MM Romance series "Special Forces" By Aleksandr Voinov and Marquesate yet I still carry Vadim and Dan with me so it was really sweet getting to read a little bit of them in two separate novels - "Deliverance" by Marquesate and T.A. Brown telling us the story of Hooch and Matt (whom we met in the second installment of Special Forces) also featuring a little bit of Dan and "Gold Digger" by Aleksandr Voinov telling the love story of Nikolai - Vadim's son, also featuring quite a lot of Vadim finally being the father he always wanted to be for Nikolai.

I had the Erotica mini-series Shivaree by Cara McKenna on my reading list for quite a while, yet as Menage goes.. I'm always a skeptic that I'm actually going to get plot instead of a long sex scenes... I must say I was positively surprised with the depth of the story and how much character progression there was in a series this short (all three installments together amount to about one full novel). Though I wish we got Gabriel's POV instead of only Shane and Natalie. 

A surprising sweet Historical MM Romance "Do Svidaniya, Goodbye" by Cecilia Ryan. I was really intrigued by this one and it didn't disappoint! Historical Romance, especially when we're talking about MM Romance at those days is different from what we are used to, the difficulties they face, the expectations from their families makes it all almost impossible yet those two find a way in the end. It was so sweet getting to know them from childhood into manhood. Great novella! 

"Shooting for the Stars" is the third installment in Gravity, a Contemporary Romance series by Sarina Bowen. I've been obsessed with Sarina's writing from the first novel I've read by her in the Ivy Years New Adult series, this one didn't disappoint as well. This one was all about friendship and love and being worthy of both. Highly recommended as all Sarina's novels are! (soon to be released the 4th installment in the Ivy Years series).

Last month I had my first taste of Garret Leigh from the MM Romance series "Roads" so this month I read all her individual novels. There were 3 full novels and 2 short novellas. I loved every page, every sentence and words. They are ALL 5 stars reads. 

Heart took my heart away. This book started as a short novella called "Gypsy Rain" that was republished as a full novel. It's a sweet love story. It all starts with a nice friendly gesture from Dex to Seb which opens Seb's pastry shop to Dex, at first just for a shelter from the rain. The love story between them, Dex's past, Seb's compassion - I loved it all. 

"Only Love" is a story of two physically wounded men. Yet their past and the secrets they keep conceals heart ache as well. Both choosing to stay away from society, they find solace and love in each other. Another beautiful love story. This one also having a short free sequel called "Awake and Alive".

I was a bit reluctant with "Misfits" though I ordered it the day it was out, I read another one before it, just because Menage can be a bit tricky. Some or should I say MOST are all about the sex and the plot tends to disappear. With this one it was all about the couples and the way they formed slowly creating the threesome that worked beautifully together. They completed each other in the best way.  

"More Than Life" is just a short novella yet it left a HUGE impression on me. A young man struggling to survive in war infested Kosovo and a CIA agent that wants a lot more than just deliver information to him. The love between them, the build up, the way it ended.. I wish it was longer yet I think it was perfect the way it was. 

The "Cut & Run" MM Romance series by Abigail Roux (and Madeleine Urban) is amazing. I loved it the first time I've read it and at a second read I only appreciate it more. I love both Ty and Zane, yet you probably already know I'm "Team Zane" ;) As I'm writing these words the last book "Crash & Burn" is out and I want to have my sticky fingers all over it on my kindle, yet I have the 8th installment to re-read first! I can't rave enough about this series, action packed yet sensitive and loving with a slow building romance you struggle though every page you read. You want them to be "there" but you accept the journey you are going with them till they can really find their Happily Ever After (which we'll really get in the very last novel..). 

★ DNF ★ - Cries and Sniffs for the Disappointments - ★ DNF ★ 
I actually don't have a DNF book this month, but I do have a one prominent disappointment - "Pushing the Limits" by Katie McGarry. I read great reviews on the series but basically it comes down to one issue. This is a Young Adult series.. which I usually don't really enjoy (though I read a few few surprising good YA in the past) It's juvenile even if the MC are in a way more mature then your average teenager. Or maybe I should say, that the MC SEEM to be more mature but as the story closes and all the pieces fall into place you realize half the drama (if not more) could have been erased if it wasn't processed from a child's perspective..

♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

A few days ago I saw Aleksandr Voinov published a free "Taster Anthology" of all his available work! It's SO AWESOME! It has the entire list of his individual work each containing author's notes, the synopsis and a few chapters. Since this year I'm all about reading his novels this Anthology would be a great help. Check it out! Aleksandr is an AMAZING author!

I added the rest of Garret Leigh's novels to my immediate reading list. I'll grab them ASAP. I love her writing, love her characters and how humanly flawed they all are. Some are really damages and some feel like you and me, struggling to find our place. I have 5 more books in 2 different series by her. Another author I want to try more books from is Cecilia Ryan. She has a few short novellas I'm planning on reading when I find the time. 

So that's it for this Monthly Recap. As usual I had fun writing this post, and looking forward for more amazing books next month!

See ya! 

Touch & Geaux (Cut & Run #7) by Abigail Roux

WOW, what an emotional ride!! I remember when this book was first out there were mixed feeling about it. It's different from the other ones in the series for a few reasons, one being the ANGST, oh, so much angst. While the previous installments were all about them getting together and making the relationship solid, this one had the reverse idea, as big secrets Ty has been holding up are uncovered and they literally breaks their relationship apart. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stars & Stripes (Cut & Run #6) - Abigail Roux

This one is definitely my favorite book in the series (Well, up until the 8th book since I haven't read the last one yet!). As I"m writing these words I feel like crying that I only finished re-reading the 6th in the series when I just got an email saying that since I pre-ordered the 9th it'll soon be available for download! NO!!! I'm not sure what to do! Should I stop the re-read delve into the last one and then what? finish the re-read or not bother? Or should I go with my OCD tendencies and just finish the two remaining books. What to do.. What to do.. I KNOW I"m going to be stressed out until I finish those two.. ah! Should have planned it better!

So now that I've put my complaints behind me, lets talk about this book. The theme here is coming clean to their families about their relationship. It was funny, emotional, sweet, endearing and heart breaking at times seeing the reaction of both their families to their declarations of love. I also think it's the book they most express their love for one another, in words as well as in deeds, it's obvious from their reactions to one another how close they are and how much they understand and trust each other. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More than Life by Garrett Leigh

You'd think a 60 page novella would be unable to give you a full story that would tear your soul apart. You'd be wrong! Garrett can surely do exactly that. This one turned me inside out every single page. There is nothing truly sweet about this love story, not when all around them is death and suffering, yet the friendship, the love, that built between Isa and Mik was beautiful beyond words. 

Mik and Isa meets when Isa (the American CIA Operative) is helping the resistance in Kosovo which is led by Mik's father. There is an instant connection between the two of them, but it takes many encounters for them to feel save enough to act on their growing feelings. Once they do, Mik is almost too scared to hope for a real future for the two of them. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Misfits (Urban Soul, #1) [Tom & Cass & Jake] by Garrett Leigh

This was was such a beautiful sensitive love story. I must admit, I"m not usually into menage, even though I had another menage mini-series this month (Shivaree by Cara McKenna). I'm usually annoyed by the fact that most feel as though the plot is a side excuse for endless sex scenes. It's so NOT the case here. Even though it was hard for me to understand at certain points, in the end I got what brought the three of them and what made them so perfect together. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Awake and Alive (Only Love #1.5) by Garrett Leigh

A sweet and fast read, this one is a free short novella which takes place somewhere after the last chapter in "Only Love" and before the Epilogue. It can be downloaded from the publisher's website - RIGHT HERE.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Only Love (Only Love #1) by Garrett Leigh

Oh lord, I just finished the book and frankly I don't have any intelligent words to utter except for A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-! I loved this novel to pieces. LOVED both MC, rooted for them from the start and yet I really enjoyed the journey they went through mostly together (but also alone and with the people around them) to come out in the end better. Better on the inside and capable of being a part of a couple, being able to lean on each other, as well as offer to be leaned upon. 

Garret had me from the first book I've read by her (from the "Roads" mini series) and this one is no different. She is a cruel woman, mind you, she TORTURES! I do think she likes her characters but she seems to be a real believer in fighting for having something good in your life or maybe sacrificing yourself somehow in order to be worthy of a HEA. Actually I somehow believe in that as well, maybe that's why I"m guessing she does.. I do think that nothing good in your life comes without a price tag, problem is, we never actually SEE the price tag before we find ourselves unable or unwilling to pay for it. I wonder if it means I'm a secret romantic. I really hope not, it would destroy the cynical way I enjoy seeing the world around me ;)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Do Svidaniya, Good-bye by Cecilia Ryan

I find it hard to rate this short novella. On the one hand it was amazing, the best character development I've ever read in such a short one. It had a beautiful sweet and innocent feel in the beginning when first the two MC - Nathaniel and Konstantin meet, yet it became mature and sexy as they grow up yet I really didn't like the way it ended.. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Shooting for the Stars (Gravity #3) [Stella Lazarus & Bryan "Bear" Barry] by Sarina Bowen

Another great book and a precious installment in the Gravity Series. Unlike the previous ones, I feel like you should read "Falling From the Sky" - Hank "Hazardous" Lazarus and Callie Anders book before you read this one. The first part of the book starts the day before Hank's accident and so if you haven't read his book, I feel like the next two parts of the book are going to spoiler some things. I think it's just better to get Hank's full story and what happened with him BEFORE you get all the "dry" details of his life in this one. 

In the previous book we got a little glimpse of both MC - Bryan "Bear" Barry and Stella Lazarus. Bear being Hank's best friend and Stella being Hank's sister. Yeah, it's exactly as it sounds - it's the story of the kid sister who falls for her brother's gorgeous best friend. Been there, done that, just unlike Stella I didn't get that hot guy so at least I can console myself with this crushingly beautiful love story where things actually work out in the end! Even if NOT as planned by either one of them. 

Heart by Garrett Leigh

There are no words! this story was absolutely beautiful. I feel like every word I'm going to say about this one won't be able to express how much I enjoyed it and was glued to my place unable to put it down (though life made me do that! which was cruel!).

After reading "Roads" series last month I knew I HAVE to try more books by Garrett. I started looking for her books and found most of them besides one short novella called "Gypsy Rain" which is now unavailable, turns out that short novella is actually the beginning of this one. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Warrior's Cross (Cut & Run side story) by Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban

A beautiful sensitive love story. I find it interesting that I'm rating this book higher than I did the first time around which was right after the 5th installment of Cut&Run - "Armed and Dangerous". I guess when I first read it, I expected it to be something like the "Sidewinder" spin off series is now but it's nothing like it. 

Julian and Cameron appear in "Armed and Dangerous" as a couple Ty and Zane suppose to deposit into Richard Burns hands. Well, it's Julian Burns is after but Cameron sort of "Tags along". Julian and Cameron has a very different relationship than Ty and Zane yet their appearance in front of and so close to them impact them quite a bit. 
This novel gives us the background of how Julian and Cameron met and formed their relationship.  

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Getaway (Shivaree #2) by Cara McKenna

A nice ending to the series or rather love story. I can't say I loved it, it was okay.. I think it's a more rounded to 4 stars than a "real" 4 star rating. I really loved how it worked out, I liked the tender moments (was HIGHLY annoyed with how dysfunctional Shane and Gabriel are most of the time..) and though I had my problems with Shane (right from the beginning) this short novella has a plot that continues the journey Shane started on in the first installment or rather the prequel when he met Gabriel. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Shivaree (Shivaree #1) by Cara McKenna

Another mesmerizing installment. It's strange, when I think about the characters in this one, the general plot, what happens and the interaction between all of them it's hard for me to pinpoint what I actually liked so much or rather why I didn't dislike the whole of it. But the fact it, like the previous one, there was something very different and intriguing that makes this Erotica novella a lot more than just hot sex (which there was quite a lot of but not too overpowering in my opinion).

Monday, March 9, 2015

Backwoods (Shivaree 0.5) by Cara McKenna

Utterly compelling and impossible to put down. This short novella, which is a prequel to the Shivaree series was nothing like the usual reads I enjoy. Yet I did enjoy it and I'm not even sure I can explain why. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Gold Digger (Special Forces spinoff) by Aleksandr Voinov

Continuing with the second spin off to Special Forces. This one of Vadim's son Nikolai. I really didn't think about it when I read Deliverance, but I realized we only got a phone call from Dan (with a mention of Vadim) and in this one Dan is visiting friends so we only got to re-visit Vadim. I think it's because Aleksandr wrote Vadim's POV and Marquesate Dan's POV  but I"m not totally sure about that. It does make sense, though..

We met Nikolai in the last installment of Special Forces as a grown man when Vadim tries to reconnect with his family. I remember the scene where they sit and talk probably for the first time in years. It was heart crushing. I had my hopes back then that it would work between them, both missed too much, even though biologically Nikolai isn't Vadim's son buy Sasha's the man Vadim and Katya shared (and Vadim always thought Katya would have married Sasha and not Vadim if he hadn't died in the war). 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Deliverance: Hooch and Matt's Story (Special Forces spinoff) by Marquesate & T.A. Brown

As obviously mentioned in the title - this book is a spin off to Special Forces the EPIC MM Romance by Marquesate and Aleksandr Voinov that changed everything I ever thought about romance novels (in too many ways to count). This one is written by one of the pair - Marquesate as well as T.A Brown. 

Generally speaking I don't think you NEED to read Special Forces to get this one. What you miss is mostly the forming of a sexual relationship between our MC - ex-Marine Matthew Donahue "Matt" and Delta Force Hubert Bozic "Hooch", both being "acquaintances" of Dan and later on Vadim (the two MC in Special Forces). Yet along the plot of Vadim and Dan, both Matt and Hooch appear and it's obvious that something more is going between them especially after Hooch is being captured and badly injured. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Trick Is by Aleksandr Voinov & Gileonnen

This short novella, like the previous one I've read is a free fan fic. It's about Ali and Lawrence from "Lawrence of Arabia" and it be downloaded from Aleksandr's website (right HERE). The novella was published as a charity story to raise money to fight Proposition 8 (banning same sex marriage). 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Debriefing by Aleksandr Voinov & Marquesate

A short rather intense novella. This one is a free fan-fic of "Black Hawk Down". It can be downloaded from Aleksandr's website (right HERE) I haven't seen the movie or read the book and I"m not sure which of those this one is based of. I guess it doesn't really matter :)

Hoot and Sanderson are on the same Delta team from what I gather, Sanderson having the higher rank. The scene between them takes place after a mission went wrong and Hoot retrieved two bodies of their comrades. They are both wrecked from the inside over it all yet as good soldiers they keep it inside. Sanderson keeps thinking he is glad that Hoot came back but even those words don't come out. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry

When I started reading the book I was horrified to realize this is NOT a New Adult series as I remembered (and cataloged) it's a Young Adult! Yet since most of the time the plot evolved around the two main characters who went through enough in their short lives to mature them. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2015 Goals

February is already gone and with it the wintery weather.. I'm a fan of the cold and rain as long as my knees don't crush down, and well, they did.. mostly because the weather kept changing hot to cold and THAT'S what messes with my knees! I guess it was also the best excuse ever to sit at home and read (and brood a little ;)) 

I have a sort of change in my life coming soon. I"m pretty excited about it all but I'm not sure how my schedule (or rather lack of it up until now) will suffer. I might find the time to read as I used to the past few months, and I might get overly invested in my plans.. I will say that I'm usually quite good at organized schedules so I hope that it means I won't lose all my free time, because I know that' something I can't deal with right now. I NEED my time and space. 

 I think I did good last month (Goals / Recap) though I had quite a lot of DNFs.. I don't think I was in a bad mood reading or anything like it, so I guess the books themselves are to blame ;) though I also blame myself with trying out more from the same series when I wasn't impressed with the previous ones.. This month I have a few things I'm really pumped about so here goes!

Crossing the Line (Pushing the Limits, #1.1) 
Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits, #1.5)
Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)
Crush Into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)
Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4)
A lot of my friends read and loved this series. Though for some unknown reason I thought it's New Adult (and it's actually Young Adult!) my friends reviews are raving so.. hopefully I'll feel the same [Reading the first one made me realize I should probably put it aside..]

Deliverance: Hooch and Matt's Story    ★ ★ ★ ★ 
When I finished the EPIC MM Romance series Special Forces by Aleksandr Voinov and Marquesate a while back I knew I'm going to read the two spin off books in the series (each written by one of the two authors). I think I had a little bit of an overdose of Vadim and Dan back then so I decided to give myself a bit of a rest. Rest is over!  This book is of a couple introduced in the second installment (the American couple). There were even a few chapters than involved only them without Vadim and Dan. 

Gold Digger   ★ ★ ★ 
Debriefing (with Marquesate)   ★ ★ ★ 
The Trick Is (with Gileonen)   ★ 
Gold Digger is a solitary spin off of Vadim's son from Special Forces (introduced briefly in the last installment). The next two are free co-written MM Romance short novellas, the third is a full length novel co-written as well, unlike the others it's a MM Science Fiction.  I've already mentioned that I have a sort of yearly goal reading as much of Aleksandr's books as I can :) I added most of his books to my monthly table this year and then realized that some of them are unavailable.. :( So I'll be checking those to see if they re-appear / re-publish. 

Backwoods (Shivaree, #0.5)   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Shivaree (Shivaree, #1)   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Getaway (Shivaree, #2)   ★ ★ ★ 
This is a sort of short Erotica series, length wise, all these three together amount to a full novel. This is my second yearly goal - as I finished reading all the books by Cara's other pen name Meg Maguire, this year I plan on reading her books as Cara. I'm usually more into Contemporary Romance than Erotica (looking more for a plot and relationship and character buildup than mere sex..) so I really hope I won't get disappointed with this one (or her other Erotica novels).  

Shooting for the Stars (Gravity, #3)   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
The last book in the Contemporary Romance series is over the corner! (to be released on 16th) I can't believe it! I'm also pumped that the 4th book in her New Adult series The Ivy Years is going to be out next month. I'm obsessed with Sarina's writing, every book I've read by her was purely gold! 

Do Svidaniya, Good-bye   ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
A short MM Romance novella I got a really great recommendation of. This month I actually have quite a few short novellas, with all the extra activities I have I think it's a good idea having these short ones that I can forget myself in about an hour.

Last month I finished listening to all the Audiobooks available of the MM Suspense Romance series Cut & Run by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban. This month I'm planning on re-reading the spin off novel "Warrior's Cross" as well as "Stars&Stripes" (Cut&Run #6) and "Touch&Geaux" (Cut&Run #7).
It's my personal way of preparing myself for the last book in the series which will be published at the very end of this month. I'm planning on finishing the books up until the last one THIS month so I"ll be able to start next month with the absolute last book in the series.. :( 
Re-listening to the series the last two month made me realize just how MUCH I loved it and just how much I'm going to miss it once it's gone..

Update - After deciding not to continue reading "Pushing the Limits" series I added a few more books to this month's list. Like last month (and even though it didn't deliver then) I decided to add books by an author I enjoyed last month - Leigh Garrett.

Heart   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Only Love (Only Love, #1)   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Awake and Alive (Only Love, #1.5)   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Misfits   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
More Than Life   ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Really enjoyed last month "Roads" by Garrett so decided to try more of her angsty MM Romance novels. At the moment I added all her "stand alone" novels, leaving 5 more books were are a part of two different series. They are on my immediate reading list and since they are quite short I hope I'll get to them SOON! 

I think there's quite a variety of genres this month. Contemporary, Young / New Adult, Erotica, MM Romance. There's one series with most of the books this month are stand alone ones. I think that considering the uncertainty of free time this month it's best not having demanding series or long novels. 


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

February 2015 Recap

What a month! I made a lot of changes to my initial reading list for February, mostly because of DNFs that left a lot of time off to try out more novels. I tried reading series I had on my list for a long time (ones I've never read anything by the author) and mostly got disappointed, tried reading novels by the authors I was excited about trying out from the previous month, and wasn't that happy with them, yet I've read one absolute AMAZING series this month I didn't think I'll fall in love with yet I was simply blown away by how much I enjoyed it. 

First let's start with a bit of statistics! 
Total Read - 23 ebooks (+ 7 DNFs) / 3755 pages (~134 pages a day)

I'll continue with the scheme I used last month. I think I like it, yet I'm adding a new category, it might be temporary we'll see if I need it - its books or rather authors I'm "on the fence" about - It's not that I'm specifically disappointed with them but I do want to mention them.  

★  ★  ★  ★  ★ - Cheers and Shouts for the Favorites -  ★  ★  ★  ★  ★
It's no surprise that I absolutely LOVED "Falling From the Sky" - the second installment in Gravity - A Contemporary Romance series by Sarina Bowen. I've absolutely loved everything by her till this point and I'm overly excited that next month the 3rd installment in the series is planned. 

"Hostile Ground" is another great collaboration between Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt. I've also read "Unhinge the Universe" co-written by them which I absolutely loved as well. It was well written, heart clenching MM Suspense / Romance. The heart clenching was both on the suspense part as well as the forming of the unlikely romance between the two main characters. This one, like "Unhinge the Universe" felt so genuine and unique in the themes they covered. I've never read anything like it. On April I have the "Market Garden" series co-written by them. Though initially I wasn't sure if I would like it, I'm giving it a go anyway as I extremely enjoyed these two by them.

"Enlightenment" by Joanna Chambers was a surprise for me. Historical Romance isn't something I'm usually into, but since I got a great recommendation for it, and since it was bond to be somehow different as it's MM Romance I gave it a try, and OH BOY how much I absolutely LOVED it. There are 3 books in the series (and one short novella) that together form the whole love story between David and Murdo. The firs and second installment don't necessarily end in a very positive way and there is NO happily ever after before the series is concluded. In my opinion, with the time line and the way the characters as well as the relationship progresses is was very realistic. 
I really need to add more books by Joanna to my reading list. I have one I marked to be read soon, but I don't know when I'll be able to add it - hopefully - sooner rather than later :)

Roads is a MM Romance series by Garrett Leigh I stumbled upon a while back, didn't know the author and though none of my friends read it I was intrigued. As this month with all it's DNFs left me a little more time to add another 1-2 books I decided to check this one out and I"m SO glad that I did. It's quite angsty, with wounded hero galore. The first book in the series was impossible to put down, I was sucked into Pete and Ash's life and didn't want to leave. It ended beautifully in a very sweet and happy note. Then came the second (and final) installment which was also very good but not AS good as the first, yet the ending and how it was all wrapped up was simply beautiful. I look forward to reading more by Garrett!  

The ending of March marks the ending of the Cut & Run MM Suspense Romance by Abigail Roux with the 9th and last book in the series upcoming publish. Last month I've re-listened to the first 2 books and this month I've listened to installments 3 to 5. I'll be re-reading 3 more on March then on the beginning of April I'll read the 8th one following by the last one. I'm excited but mostly nervous about it. This series is the first MM Romance series I've ever read and it's still my absolute favorite one. I'll be sad to see it go, but at least I can re-read and re-listen to them when I my beloved Zane and Ty. 

★ DNF ★ - Cries and Sniffs for the Disappointments - ★ DNF ★ 
I planned to read the "Neanderthal seeks Human" from the Contemporary Romance series  "Knitting in the City" by Penny Reid on the beginning of the month, yet after struggling with 13% of the book I realized the main heroine makes NO SENSE to me. It's more that I didn't like her, it's I wasn't sure if she was human.. so while the idea of the story appealed to me, I couldn't enjoy it when I can't stand the sole POV in the book.. 

Putting it aside, I decided to choose another series instead, why not go for another Contemporary Romance series like "On Dublin Street" by Samantha Young? It's so buzzed about I've even heard about the Hebrew version. Yet, again, I didn't find myself in the book. This time I almost read half before I realized, AGAIN, that I couldn't be bothered with the main heroine and couldn't even find the appeal she finds in the main hero. I was just on the verge of endless and pointless sex scenes that will somehow evolve into a meaning relationship and I realized, nope, I couldn't be bothered.  

I truly don't understand the vibe behind this series. So many AMAZING series out there, and THIS is the one everyone keeps on talking about? I just don't get it. 

"The Darkest London" series by Kristen Callihan became a favorite a few months ago. I read all 5 books in the series one after another and I couldn't get enough of them. Yet the last installment was different for me from the rest and not in a good way. First I disliked the ending and especially the role the villain had in it, and second, the little I've read of Eliza May and Adam - the MC in the next installment "Soulbound" got me worried, I felt no connection or interest in them AT ALL. But well, I hoped that it would change when I get ALL their story and fall in love with them as they fall for one another. 

Sadly, that's NOT what happened, everything that I found annoying in the tidy bits from the previous installment were very pronounce in this one leaving me quite bored with the MC as well as the general plot. I'll still read the next and final installment in the series but  truth be told, I'm not that excited about it.. which is good we have a few months off before that happens. 

▲  ▲ On the Fence ▼  ▼
Last month I've read two amazing NA books by two authors - "Making Faces" by Amy Harmon and "Archer's Voice" by Mia Sheridan. with all the series I tried tried and failed to finish this month I decided to go on the safest side possible and read books by authors I know I enjoyed before. Yet for both Amy and Mia, I somewhat expected more and was a bit disappointed that other novels by them wasn't as amazing as my first try. 

I added most of Amy's books into my reading list, two I managed to read this month and two more are planned for the near future. "Making Faces" was a 'game changer' for me, it was utterly beautiful, anything I"m going to say about this novel won't do it justice. Yet while "Infinity + One" was a sweet road trip, it didn't blow me away. "Running Barefoot" on the other hand was a disappointment. I just left it somewhere without any interest to keep on going. So I'm not sure what to expect of the next two. I got great recommendation for "A Different Blue" so I truly want to give it a go, but the other one? "The Law of Moses" well, we'll see.. 

I had great expectation from The Sign of Love series by Mia. "Archer's Voice" was so special and unique I didn't expect the other books in the series being so, well, unoriginal. Most of the novels had similar themes so reading them one after the other felt quite redundant. I LOVED "Stringer" but the other ones weren't more than an "Okay read". 

There's another author I'm on the fence about - Justine Davis. I've added "Holt", a Contemporary Romance series by her to my reading list this month after reading great recommendations for the first and third novels. They are mostly stand alones though there is a connection between the main heroes from one book to another. The first one, "Stevie's Chase" was sweet enough, I guess quite suitable to the fact it was written in the 90s. The second I've passed and moved right to the third on "The Morning Side of Dawn" which I was quite bored with. It could have been an amazing novel, yet I didn't feel any pull from the story line or the characters. I'm not sure if my problem is the "old feel" of a 90s book or that there was something quite "lukewarm" about it. 

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That's it for this month's recap. I have new authors to obsess about and find the time to read more of, I'm talking about Joanna Chambers and Garrett Leigh. I already added some of their books into my reading list. 
I hope you enjoyed my Recap and I looking forward to next month having more favorites and less (if any) disappointments. 

Happy spring reading!