So, I decided to try something new this month by creating a to-be-read list/collection on my Kindle to help focus my reading. I just wanted to see if it would help increase the amount I am reading each month. The list was a mix of books I've been meaning to read for forever and newer releases. I thought I was a onto a good thing. But the month started with a book that took me forever to finish, one that I actually regret spending so much time on. It just wasn't good. Then came a whole slew of new releases I wasn't anticipating or some great sales on books I've been meaning to get came up, and my list went up in smoke. I still managed to get 15 books under my belt, which still seems to be around my average this year.
I'm ok with the list not exactly working for me this month, because I ended up reading some freaking amazing books that I fell in love with. I mean, I'm sure that would have happened even if I had kept to the list, but I have no regrets. Here were my favorites for April, in no particular order:
Winter Renshaw is a one-click author for me. No matter what it is, I buy it the minute I can, and I'm never disappointed. The same goes for The Perfect Illusion. It takes the fake fiancée/spouse trope and turns it on its head a bit, especially with a little enemies to lovers vibe thrown in there. I liked both Mari and Hudson, and I found most of the secondary characters enjoyable as well. I devoured this one quickly and found myself smiling when it was over.
I love, love, LOVE flawed characters. I really do. Even if I can't relate to the flaws, I still love reading about them, maybe because it makes it all seem more real and relatable. Ronnie and Logan are two flawed, stubborn characters, and I enjoyed every bit of them. Throw in some elements of taboo, a beautiful location, and secondary characters that help lighten the mood, and you have the yumminess that is Heat Wave.
The Gravity of Us is the final book in Brittainy Cherry's Elements Series (a series of standalones that are not connected). I loved them all, and this one was no exception. She does angsty, sad, and beautiful love stories so freaking well. I don't want to say too much, because I feel like these books are best left to be experienced. I will say that I felt like Lucy and Graham's story had a quiet intensity to it, which worked well for this story. While this wasn't my favorite of the series (The Silent Waters is, if you were wondering), but I would not skip this one!
I read Idol, the first book in the VIP Series (a series of standalones) last year and loved it. That being said, I probably love Managed even more. The back and forth between Gabriel and Sophie was amazing and so, so funny. I am not always or even usually a fan of slow-burn romances, but this one was done so well and I completely got why there was a ramp up. While Managed takes place in the world of rock stars, it is so different than the average rock star romance. It's really worth the read!
I was expecting to be disappointed by this one. It happens to me almost every single time I decide to jump in and read a book that seems to be loved by all. That, surprisingly, did not happen with Royally Screwed. Quite the opposite, in fact. I LOVED Royally Screwed. So. Much. I loved that Olivia had a backbone, and I loved the dynamic between her and Nicholas. And those sex scenes were absolute fire! My one qualm, (and it's not a major one), is I feel the ending was wrapped up pretty quickly and I would have loved to see it drawn out a little more, but it didn't diminish the story, for me. I'm definitely looking forward to the next two books in this series (they are standalones).