She-Ra getting in some warm cuddles
Well it was a long, cold winter and She-Ra was finally able to go outside for a walk on April 10. But the warmth didn't last long because she didn't go outside again for a few weeks after. It was a crazy spring after a crazy winter. Now that it's September and things are starting to cool off, I hope the winter isn't as bad as this past one. *sigh* Anyway...April had a lunar eclipse. Which I woke up at 2:30 in the morning to go see and take a picture of. Kind of funny because I thought I got a good picture but when I looked at it the next morning, I couldn't see anything! haha In April I also took my grandpa to see some bullriding. Always a good show for him. I can't remember anything else. It was a good reading month though!
Here's what I read in April:
1. Just One Night by Kyra Davis: B-
This book was originally published as a serial and I had read part 1 back in 2012. I always wanted to finish it so I got it from the library. It wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Part 1 ends with the heroine's fiance finding her in the company of her lover...and then it goes downhill from there. She's a bit weak and so lets these two men pull her in different directions. She gets a backbone in the end and ditches both of them. Which I liked.
2. Every Part of You: Denies Me by Megan Hart: B
This is part 4. As much as I enjoy Simone and Elliott, I hate that yet again Elliott pulls away. Ugh. Elliott has daddy issues and that's the reason why he pulls away again. I didn't like how Simone went running to Aidan either. So we'll see if Part 5 redeems these characters. It's Megan, so I'm sure I'll be happy with the conclusion. I have faith. LOL
3. Behold the Stars by Susan Fanetti: B+
This is book 2 of the Signal Bend series. I really enjoyed Isaac and Lilli in book 1. I liked that Lilli is so kick-ass and I feel like Isaac comes across the more emotionally open one. So yeah, Isaac's motorcycle club is at war with a big time drug dealer and things get really dark in book 2. Super dark. Torture, rape, murder and even some animals are tortured. But beside that brutality was the story of Isaac and Lilli further cementing their bond. I like how they both never had a serious relationship before and had things to work out. I really like where this book ended and I can't wait to read book 3.
4. Every Part of You: Takes Me by Megan Hart: B+
This is the conclusion to Megan's foray into serials. And I thought it was a good way to wrap everything up. I thought part 4 was the weakest and my least favorite. But it all comes together in part 5. Yay Megan.
This was a re-read. Lucas/Landon's POV is getting published in a couple of weeks and I wanted to revisit the story. I'm glad I did. It was just as enjoyable the second time around. Jacqueline and her economics tutor fall in love but at first she doesn't realize that her tutor is also the same guy who saved her from an attack at a frat party. Lucas is definitely a yummy hero and I liked how their relationships developed.
6. The Will by Kristen Ashley: B+
Ashley's latest release and I sucked it right up. Her last two releases, Jagged and Kaleidoscope didn't really do it for me so I didn't have high expectations for this one. But she definitely stepped up her game for this new series. I loved Josie and Jake, two people brought together by Josie's grandmother. I also loved Jake's kids. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this series as the other guys introduced would make good heroes as well.
7. Out of the Shallows by Samantha Young: F
8. Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman: B-
9. Seven Sons by Lilli St. Germain: C
I got this as a freebie on Amazon via a motorcycle club romances post at Heroes and Heartbreakers. It's about a girl who's father was the president of an MC and he's betrayed and murdered by his friend. She's out for revenge. This was brutal as hell but still I found myself drawn in my the heroine's story. There's a book for each of the guy's sons (there were 6 of them involved in the betrayal) and there's only 3 books out so far. So I think I'll wait for a few more installments before reading more.
10. The Pirate’s Secret Baby by Darlene Marshall: B+
I saw positive reviews around blogland about this YA and I have to agree, it was quite enjoyable. It's a quick read about Retta Lee Jones heading off to Nashville after high school to make a name for herself. She hits a few roadblocks but she never gives up. She finds kindness in unexpected places and she faces some loss too. I cried but I enjoyed it. I liked the little bios on the big country singers that preface each chapter too and how a song from that artist makes an appearance in that chapter. This one I would love to read a sequel to.
12. Love, In English by Karina Halle: B
Now infidelity in books isn't a deal breaker for me. And yes there is infidelity in this book. The heroine is a 23 year old Canadian who signs up for a month-long English speaking program in Spain. Our hero is a slightly older, married Spanish man. And it worked for me. I really liked the characters (even the other people in the program minus one). The story doesn't only take place during the program, so we do see how the h/h deal with their love afterwards. Long-distance even.
13. Sins and Needles by Karina Halle: B
I enjoyed Halle's writing so much that I jumped into her Artist's Trilogy. And that was a roller coaster I had to stay on until the end. Ellie Watts is a con-artist. The book starts with her running away from a con gone wrong. She decides to take a break in her hometown and runs into a friend from high school. Said friend is her next mark, but she gets busted trying to rob him. He blackmails her but things don't go according to plan...
14. On Every Street by Karina Halle: B
This is a novella that gives us a hint into Ellie's past. Ellie's all about revenge. Revenge against the man who scarred her. And to get to him, she sets her sights on one of his men. Ellie doesn't expect to fall in love with her mark though. She's torn between her need for revenge and love. And the choice she makes has repercussions six years later...
I enjoyed this insight to Ellie and Javier's relationship.
15. Shooting Scars by Karina Halle: B
Ellie sacrificed her happiness for Cam's. She goes with Javier so Cam can have a life with his ex-wife and son. But Cam is not giving up on Ellie. He follows her and Javier to Mexico but both he and Ellie have some hard truths to face. Javier isn't the most trust-worthy fellow after six years and Ellie is torn about his intentions. And she has every right to be. Cam teams up with a friend of Ellie's, Gus, to get her back and he learns more about Ellie's life after high school.
16. Bold Tricks by Karina Halle: B+
I don't want to spoil Shooting Scars by revealing what happens in this book but I will talk about this trilogy overall. I LOVED IT. I like that the heroine is a con artist and I loved that the love interest is a seeming good guy who embraces his dark side in order to have his woman's back. There was plenty of action and I enjoyed every minute of it. I highly recommend this series and I was sad to reach the end. I can see myself re-reading this often.
I like matchmaker plots and I liked that the hero had to work hard to win our heroine over. Cute stuff.
18. Razer’s Ride by Jamie Begley: C
I read some positive buzz for Shade's Fall which is book 4 in the Last Riders series. I'm a series stickler so I decided to try out book 1. Razer's Ride had some issues, both writing and editing, but underneath all that, there was a story that I wanted to read through to its conclusion. Beth was a preacher's daughter and she's raising her adopted sister. She falls in with a motorcycle gang and her eyes are opened sexually. I found the set up of the club a bit preposterous but I didn't really care by the end. LOL
B – 15
C – 2
F – 1
E-book – 15
Library Book – 2
Print – 1
Contemporary – 13
New Adult – 2
Young Adult – 1
Historical - 2