November was a crazy, crazy month y’all! As some of you may know, in addition to this writing thing and the mom-ing I do, I also have an online shop where I make and sell super cute crochet items. I’ve managed to avoid doing any craft shows in the five years I’ve been in business for various reason (main one being my super clingy 2.5 year old). I was invited to take part in a local show with other mom-owned small businesses and decided to take the leap. I had almost no stock, so November consisted of me crocheting my fingers off and trying to maintain my sanity. Thank God for the two seasons of Nashville I needed to catch up on and a nearly endless supply of Hallmark/Lifetime holiday movies to get me through the late nights.
Okay, so the point of all that is: all that work left me with very little time to write or read. Which made me kind of sad. But the books I did read? A-fuckin-mazing. Seriously.
I’ve grouped these books together because you can’t read one without reading the others. If you’ve read my book wrap-ups before, you probably already know that I tend to veer away from highly hyped books. Reality for me never lives up to the hype, so why disappoint myself? Well this is a case where something greatly hyped not only lived up to it but surpassed it. I only knew a few things going into this series: that it was a modern take on the King Arthur legend, that it was highly emotional, and it was super filthy. These books were all those things and so much more. I can’t and won’t say much because these need to be experienced with as little spoiled as possible and I still have trouble articulating all the things I felt reading these books. They were so well-written, so smart, and so fucking filthy (seriously the filthiest books I’ve ever read). And the heart. There is so much heart and emotion and heartbreak (yes, I even shed a few tears). It’s so rare to get a book, let alone a series, that contains all of these elements. Read these, and then feel free to reach out to me for some hair stroking and conversation when you’re done.
I enjoy a good rock-star romance, and Spider does not disappoint. It actually takes the rock star trope and the step-brother trope and creates a story I wasn’t expecting. This isn’t a typical rock star story; while it’s what Spider does, it’s not a huge focus of the story. The forbidden love aspect of the story goes beyond Spider and Rose being step-siblings. At the heart of this book, it’s a story of how two broken people find love and healing in each other. I loved reading their journey and that epilogue made me smile in a way few have.
Oh angsty goodness! I read Misbehaved earlier this year by Rose and absolutely loved it, it’s one of my top reads of the year. When I heard about Bad Habit I anxiously awaited its arrival, and I was not disappointed. I adore all the sexy, angsty goodness that is a usual hallmark of NA books, and Bad Habit has that in spades. As much as I liked Briar, I loved Asher. Seriously, he was not at all the stereotypical alpha asshole so prevalent in NA. After finishing this book in less than two days I’m left waiting for the follow-up books with some of the side characters. Anyone else dying to find out Dare’s story?!?