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Monday, March 2, 2015

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! 

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