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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Stroke of Midnight (Midnight Breed #13.5) [Jehan & Seraphina] by Lara Adrian

What a sweet story! Really enjoyed this one! I love the Midnight Breed Series, but though it was a part of it, it was somehow totally independent and had a very special feel to it because of the setting and the way the MC come to be together. It felt like an Arabian tale, or maybe an Arabian Fairy Tale.

The Dark Tide (Adrien English #5) by Josh Lanyon

Well, it's finally behind me. I can finally say I know what everyone is talking about when they mention Adrien English, and yet I can't say that I was overly impressed, not by this specific novel, and not by the previous ones in the series. I guess we got what we wanted in this one, there IS a HEA, and yet I can't say that I felt pleased when I closed my kindle. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Death of a Pirate King (Adrien English #4) by Josh Lanyon

This one was definitely the best until now. The writing as usual was superb, the romance (with Jake) actually progressed and I liked the way it turned out in the end. I think that what happened now should have happened a LONG time ago considering this book takes place 2 years after the previous one (about 3 years since the start point of the series).

The Hell You Say (Adrien English #3) by Josh Lanyon

I wasn't that impressed that with this one. As with the previous one, the plot wasn't that engaging, though you would think a story with Satanic ritual would hold me better.. and yet it didn't. I was overly annoyed with the (none) romantic side to this story as well..

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Dangerous Thing (Adrien English #2) by Josh Lanyon

I don't know.. I liked the progression of Jake and Adrien's relationship, I really did! and yet the story itself just didn't "grip" me - I was struggling with it most of the way. This time I guessed (right!) who the villain was, but I wasn't that interested in the whole way the story portrayed / mystery unraveled. The main thing I enjoyed was witnessing Adrien and Jake getting closer. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fatal Shadows (Adrien English #1) by Josh Lanyon

I"m not sure what I was expecting from this one, but what I got was a bit different. Yeah, I've heard great things about Josh but less than the first page made me realize what it is - the writing. The first sentence was funny, the whole way Adrien (our sole POV) saw the world around him and interpreted it was a joy to read. If you're hoping this will be a Romantic Suspense with the Romance highlighted you might be disappointed, there is VERY little of it if any in this book. 

Adrien English is a book story owner. His store specializes in Mystery, he himself is in the middle of his debut novel and has an assortment  group of friends who meet together weekly to discuss their books in progress. But when you think about his social life, it's pretty much nonexistant.. He lives over the store with his grandmother's furniture he inherited, hasn't had a lover in years after a bad break up and has a strange non-affectionate relationship with his mother whom he meets out of habit once a week. Yep, to me at least it sounds pretty boring.. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Never Let You Go (A Modern Fairytale, #2) [Griselda & Holden] by Katy Regnery

Oh my, what an UBER emotional ride.. While the previous Fairytale of "Beauty and the Beast" was sweet and heartfelt, this one of "Hansel and Gretel" was heart breaking and angsty. It had a total different feel / vibe to it. I have to say, though I DO enjoy angsty novels, this one was stretching it a bit for me. I mean, I still really enjoyed it - I ached for both MC, waiting for them to FINALLY get what the SO deserved and yet, there were times were I thought that it's taking too long. I"m spoiled like that.. I"m not used to singular novels containing more than 400 pages. Mostly I don't see the NEED for such a long ride, maybe in a PNR and especially in a series when there is more back stories / sub plots and world building. 

Okay, so let's talk about the novel already. Holder and Griselda are our modern day "Hansel and Gretel", Griselda has been living in foster care for most of her life and Holder is the new addition to the house she is living in now. They form a quiet connection on the first night he arrives so when she volunteers to walk to buy sandwiches for the whole family while on vocation he asks to join her. They meet with Caleb Foster on their way who convinces Griselda to take them back to the camp where they are staying, while Holder doesn't believe Caleb he rather stay with Griselda than leave her behind.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Vixen and the Vet (A Modern Fairytale, #1) [Savannah & Asher] by Katy Regnery

What a STUNNING love story. Well, I guess I AM a sucker for a fairy tale, especially for "Beauty and the Beast". It's the first I've read by Katy and it WON'T be the last (and not simply because I have the next installment right after this one ;))

The beginning of the story was the most cliche of all, but it gave the story a beautiful frame. Savannah is sitting with her soon to be married little sister Scarlet. Scarlet is reading an article on how to make sure the guy you're with is "the one" for you forever. What starts as random facts Scarlet is trying to see if apply to her relationship with her soon to be husband Trent becomes the exact frame - with most chapters having a title  from this list. Savannah's love for Asher and him for her is something neither of them expected would happen but it did, with every sentence from that list crossed. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years #5) [Lianne & Daniel] by Sarina Bowen

Well, it's NO surprise this one was absolutely a JOY to read. I knew I'd love to hear Lianne's story and Daniel (DJ) was SUCH a sweet heart I just couldn't NOT fall in love with him myself. He had quite the challenge in this book, again I have to congratulate Sarina for bringing into her books unique subjectד that rarely being discussed. So it's more than just a fun New Adult Romance novel, Lianne's life and struggles as well as Daniel were so different (from one another) and special (on their own). 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Autumn Moon (Celtic Wolves #3) [Elen & Cormack] by Jan DeLima

I waited so long for this book and now that it's here, now that I've read Elen and Cormack's story I feel like all I can do is sigh in contentment. Seriously, in a way, I don't even have anything to say. I just loved it. All of it. Hated having to put it down (but I did.. remember that HUGE exam I have this week? yep, DESTROYED my happy place :/).

Elen and Cormack romance, right from the first book where it was impossible, was so unique, special, heart warming (and clenching) and then came the ending following the second book with a real opportunity for them, and yet Cormack kept to himself and Elen was confused and sad she doesn't have her best friend anymore and Cormack was tormented with wanting to be a REAL man for her. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

October 2015 Goals

In less than a week it will all be over.. the HUGE exam will be behind me and so I will be able to go back to my peaceful living, reading and relaxing.. Also, to "de-stress" I'm planning, soon, a few days vocation abroad. Have quite the plan, I hope it will work out :)

So, while September (Goals / Recap) was HELL on my reading I'm planning to compensate myself this month (and in the next to come..;)). There are three new books I'm really excited about (two released recently and one will be releasing near the middle of this month) and I have 2 new series to check, one is REALLY overdue and one is fairly new. 

Autumn Moon (Celtic Wolves, #3)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The first book in the series was Jan's debut novel and I was HIGHLY impressed by it. Also ever since that book I kept WAITING for Ellen and Cormack's book and HERE IT IS! Can't believe it's been two years since I started this series. Though I'm not usually into Werewolves, this Paranormal Series is a JOY to read (also a MUST read!). The book was released at the ending of September and since I was in the middle of my hectic studying I was actually depressed to see my Amazon notification and realize I'm NOT able to read it NOW. 

I LOVE Sarina's writing, I've yet to be disappointed from a book by her. This NA series is EXCELLENT. Also her Gravity series (CR) is superb. Highly Recommended!  

This Contemporary Romance series suppose to be AWESOME. The first one being a "remake" of the Beauty and the Beast and the second one also has a similar fairy tale theme. I have other books by Kate on my list since I heard great things about her, really pumped to try these two!

I feel kinda sheepish for not having this series in my "Read' pile YET.. I've heard SO MANY GREAT things about this series and this author! It's also been a while since I"ve read a good MM Romantic Suspense, it might have been the last in the Cut & Run.. 

Stroke of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #13.5)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Last month I've read the last installment in the series so I'm really excited to continue to the next one, though I don't know who these characters are.. I gotta say, with Paranormal Romance I much prefer to read them all bunched up together because when I return to it a WHOLE year later I sometimes have a hard time remembering all the details which is why I'm glad I have this novella right after a full length novel. 

That's it for my Birthday Month! :) Have a great month everyone :)

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

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September 2015 Recap

Today is my Birthday! I'm 34 Years Old! :) Can't say it's the best day ever.. Today is the last class before my HUGE exam next week so I'm quite stressed.. but hey! It also means it'll be over in a week! :) So Happy Birthday to me ;) 

Septembers Goals were quite modest, in the beginning of the month I didn't find any time to read AT ALL. I was also too tired, then I got SO stressed out from my studying and homework I stopped doing homework for almost two weeks basically rested and read to get my "zen" back. I honestly feel better, sometimes the best thing is to stop the madness and go back two steps in order to keep on pushing forward. 

Total Read - 11 ebooks / 1597 pages (~53 pages a day)

Even though this month was suppose to be worst than the previous month, I actually read more. I"m quite pleased with myself :) I finished reading all of Garrett Leigh's book list this month, I was already a HUGE fan, now I'm officially obsessed! If she even consider writing about a new species of pink elephants with butterfly wings who wish to populate the north pole - YEP! I'll definitely read it! ;)

★  ★  ★  ★  ★ - Cheers and Shouts for the Favorites -  ★  ★  ★  ★  ★
"Out in the Blue" by Kelly Jensen is a heart felt short Contemporary MM Romance novella. I haven't read anything my Kelly before, and this was a very pleasant surprise. I loved that one of the MC wasn't "perfect", Not that defined and having too much body hair (for his liking ;)) also being a little over 40. The story felt very real and sweet and I loved how it progressed and ended. Looking forward to try more books by Kelly. 

"Another place it Time" was a GREAT Anthology. I loved 4 out of the 6 Historical Romance Novellas. Though they are all Histroicals they speak of different times in history which was really cool especially for someone like me who is new to the genre. I was already a fan of Aleksandr Voinov and Joanna Chambers so getting to read and enjoy two more authors was a nice bonus. I already added another Anthology featuring Kaje Harper and surely need to check more by KJ Charles

After enjoying the short read in the Anthology by Joanna Chambers I continued to "The Lady's Secret" another Historical Romance. It was absolutely beautiful. I've enjoyed every book I"ve read by Joanna and this was no different (though it DID have a female MC unlike the other books I've read by her which were strictly MM). The story was fun to read yet it was also tender and heart felt. I usually find it hard to relate to women in that time, yet Georgy could actually be called a feminist with how she viewed the world and with her simple desires (to enjoy running in pants and not with layers and layers of her skirt). I have two more book on my list to finish Joanna's published work, she is already on my "obsessed" list :)   

The Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian is my favorite Paranormal Romance, yet it's been almost a whole year since I"ve read the last installment so in a way though I was really pumped about reading "Bound to Darkness" I was also a bit worried that I won't find myself in the plot, forgetting too many details and generally speaking since I read less and less PNR these days I was scared I would "grow out" of the genre. Luckily I didn't ;) Though I do find some of the initial connection between Vampires dubious (as I keep on reading about "real" people) I really enjoy the amazing world Lara brought to life and Vampires will be Vampires which is also a blessing ;) YUM!
This month I had two series by Garret Leigh - "Heated Beat" and "Blue Boy". These two couldn't be more different. Even though both were MM novels, they ranged from New Adult to Contemporary with Blue Boy flaring to Erotica. The two series were very much character oriented. The first series with the music theme, was more on the emotional side, having quite a tender feel. The second series had a total different vibe, taking place in a Pron Studio and though dealing with the character's difficulties and not being just about the sex, the setting and the personality of the characters made it less "angsty". 
I enjoyed both series and can't wait for a new release by Garrett.

I had one "Disappointment" and one "On the Fence" reads this month but since both were short novellas I decided not to mention them at all.

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I really enjoyed my reading this month. Had a lot of great novels and novellas. Also what  kinda amusing was the fact in my course it was advised that we read books that are a little difficult for us (to practice our English), so my practice was the Historical Romance and two British novels, so even though I can't say they were truly "difficult", I do occasionally struggle with those.. Yep, I aced that assignment ;)