That Summer by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: June 1st, 1998 Synopsis from Goodreads: The more things change… As far as Haven is concerned, there’s just too much going on. Everything is changing, and she’s not sure where she fits in. Then her sister’s old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect… But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing. Angie’s Review – DNF – No Rating I can’t finish this one. I tried, I really did, but I can’t do it. I almost [ Read More of this Review ]
Spiral of Need by Suzanne Wright Book #1 in The Mercury Pack Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: September 29th, 2015 Synopsis from Goodreads: Ally Marshall isn’t just a wolf shifter — she’s a Seer. But a girl doesn’t exactly need special powers to know that Derren Hudson despises her entire kind. Disdain practically rolls off the Beta of the Mercury Pack . . . disdain mixed with a healthy dose of desire. And no matter how much the ruggedly handsome male appeals to her, this is one call of the wild she’s determined to ignore. After one betrayal too many, Derren [ Read More of this Review ]
“The Hating Game” is a hilarious mix of romance and chick-lit. And you’ll ask…what’s the difference? Isn’t there always some sort of love interest in chick-lit? Well, yes, but I feel that in chick-lit, everything is about the female character. In The Hating Game, the story is really about both of them, even though it’s told in first person from Lucy’s POV. And then there’s the sexy love scene, who puts it squarely in the romance category (there’s just one but it’s a SCORCHER!) *fans self*
Breakaway by Avon Gale Book #1 in Scoring Chances Genre: LGBTQIA/Sports Contemporary Romance Publication Date: November 27th 2015 Audiobook provided by Dreamspinner Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He’s put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship. Jared’s been [ Read More of this Review ]
Stuck-up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: Apr 9, 2016 Audiobook Narrated by: Joe Arden & Maxine Mitchell It started out like any other morning on the train. Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle. He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world. Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God? Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it. When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out. I might have picked [ Read More of this Review ]
Way to make me tear up in the prologue.
I bought Suspect just because MacLeod Andrews is the narrator. I hadn’t even remembered that I had read a previous book by this author (The Two Minute Rule) so I had no expectations besides the excellent narration. But in the prologue, we see Maggie’s POV (yes, the dog has a POV!) from the time when she lost her handler. And I was hooked.
And in love.
With the dog.
And I’m not even a dog person!
Well, this is me, so as usual, I picked up one M/M book fully prepared to move on to something else when I was done. That rarely happens, and it sure as heck didn’t happen this time. I don’t know what it is about the genre (sub-genre?) that grips me. Once I’m in, it’s hard to find my way out. I find M/M to be brimming with emotions that don’t feel forced and filled with angst that is beautifully done. I found some really good (and funny) reads with this bunch. And one full-on bust. 🙁 Adulting 101 by Lisa [ Read More of this Review ]
As you can see from my reviews below, I had some really good reads this month from historical romance. Again, it was contemporary romance that was lacking for me. (Insert heavy sigh here.) But I have to be honest; I’m done talking a good game. I can’t give this genre up, so yeah. I’ll be back for more. Hopefully I’ll find a diamond in the rough to gush about soon! ~*~ The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie Book #1 in Chance Sisters Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: February 5th, 2013 Synopsis from Goodreads: Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her [ Read More of this Review ]
All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan Book #1 in Devil’s Rock Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: March 29th, 2016 Synopsis from Goodreads: Some men come with a built-in warning label. Knox Callaghan is one of them. Danger radiates from every lean, muscled inch of him, and his deep blue eyes seem to see right through to Briar Davis’s most secret fantasies. But there’s one major problem: Briar is a nurse volunteering at the local prison, and Knox is an inmate who should be off-limits in every way. Knox feels it too—a shocking animal magnetism that drives him to risk his own life [ Read More of this Review ]
So far I’ve had a great experience with Sarah Dessen books. The Truth About Forever really upped the ante. I just can’t help but wonder what took me so long to dive into the Young Adult genre. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 11th, 2004 Synopsis from Goodreads: A long, hot summer… That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed [ Read More of this Review ]
Mister O by Lauren Blakely Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: May 2, 2016 Audiobook Narrated by: Sebastian York Just call me Mister O. Because YOUR pleasure is my super power. Making a woman feel ‘oh-god-that’s-good’ is the name of the game, and if a man can’t get the job done, he should get the hell out of the bedroom. I’m talking toe-curling, mind-blowing, sheet-grabbing ecstasy. Like I provide every time. I suppose that makes me a superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to always deliver. But then I’m thrown for a loop when a certain woman asks me to [ Read More of this Review ]
The Pirates of Pacta Servanda by Jack Campbell Series: The Pillars of Reality #4 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction Release Date: Jan 12, 2016 Audiobook Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain have survived every attempt to stop them, but their enemies are determined to kill Mari, the only one who can save her world from a storm of destruction. As armies begin to gather and cities seethe with tension, Mari, Alain, and their friends must prepare to confront the storm in the place it first appeared: the broken kingdom of Tiae. The dangers facing them demand perilous raids, [ Read More of this Review ]
The Bedding Proposal by Tracy Anne Warren Book #1 in The Rakes of Cavendish Square Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015 ARC Provided by Penguin Synopsis from Goodreads: Lord Leo Byron is bored with the aristocratic company he keeps; he needs a distraction, preferably in the form of a beautiful new female companion. So when he sets eyes on fascinating and scandalous divorcée Lady Thalia Lennox, he’s determined to make her intimate acquaintance. But the spirited woman seems to have no intention of accepting his advances no matter how much he chases—or how hard he falls…. Once a darling [ Read More of this Review ]
The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne Book #1 in Victorian Rebels Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: September 1st, 2015 Synopsis from Goodreads: STEALING BEAUTY Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of London’s wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who’ve wronged him…and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception—and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands… COURTING DESIRE But Farah is no [ Read More of this Review ]
The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell Series: The Pillars of Reality #2 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction Release Date: Feb 10, 2015 Audiobook Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews Someone wants to kill Mari, a young Steam Mechanic in the Guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization, and that Mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young Mage who has learned that Mechanics are not frauds as his Guild teaches, and that Mechanic Mari is the only person who [ Read More of this Review ]
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling Series: Cormoran Strike #3 Genre: Mystery Release Date: Oct. 20th, 2015 Audiobook Narrated by: Robert Glenister When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible–and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not [ Read More of this Review ]
Sometimes I get so caught up in the joy of reading, I forget I’m also supposed to (hopefully) be helpful and informative to other people when they’re choosing books or if they just want to compare notes. Today, I have some books I’ve read, but been so gung-ho to start my next read that I’ve blown straight past reviewing. May these reviews be helpful and maybe spark some note comparing! One More Shot by Victoria Denault Book #1 in Hometown Players Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: They [ Read More of this Review ]
The Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell Series: The Pillars of Reality #1 Genre: Fantasy Release Date: Dec 2nd, 2014 Audiobook Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews For centuries, the two Great Guilds have controlled the world of Dematr. The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything that humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of the world behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will [ Read More of this Review ]
At the beginning of the year, I decided I wouldn’t center my reading goals around the number of books I read. The pressure to read a certain amount of books in a certain amount of time was too much. I set my goal way too high and got stressed out when I had to lower it. Instead, I’d step outside of my comfort zone, which is primarily Contemporary and Historical Romance. Young Adult is one of the genres I wanted to explore more of, and I discovered the Dairy Queen series when I needed a third book for a challenge I was [ Read More of this Review ]
Daring by Elliott James Series: Pax Arcana #2 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: September 23rd, 2014 Audiobook narrated by Roger Wayne THE WEREWOLVES HAVE A NEW LEADER…AND HE CANNOT BE STOPPED. Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin. Werewolf packs are being united and absorbed into an army of super soldiers by a mysterious figure who speaks like an angel and fights like a demon. And every Knight Templar—keepers of the magical peace between mankind and magickind—who tries to get close to this big bad wolf winds up dead. No knight can infiltrate a group whose members can smell [ Read More of this Review ]