Fav Reads: August 2017

So I'm just a little bit late with this post, but it's because I spent most of the month in a cave to get my book ready for the editor for its first round of edits!!! Yayyyy! And I was also up in the mountains with my family for the first few days of September. I absolutely loved almost everything I read, which is a first! So, with no further ado, and in no particular order:

After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

I just loved this book, my first Melanie Harlow book. I found Margot to be funny and relatable, and Jack was exactly the kind of broken, grumpy asshole I love in my fictional male characters. I read through this quickly because I really just wanted to know how it all ended. 

Absinthe by Winter Renshaw

I've said it once and I'll say it again: I absolutely LOVE Winter Renshaw and I'll read anything she writes. ANYTHING. She has a real knack at taking a well known trope and creating something completely unique and unexpected. Absinthe is no exception. I couldn't get enough of Halston and Ford. Absinthe was clever, humorous in places, and heartbreaking in others. If you love Student/Teacher romances, then you will not want to miss this one.

Love in Transit by Various Authors

I've never read an anthology series, but this one contained a short story by one of my favorite authors, Jana Aston, so I couldn't pass this up. The premise is that each author is given the same blurb to write a short story about. It was so fun to see how different each of the six stories turned out. I loved pretty much all of them, and I now have new authors to explore. It doesn't get much better than that! NOTE: this anthology is no longer being sold, though I'm guessing some of the novellas will be released individually. Jana Aston's Time Square novella will be released soon! 

Prime Minister by Ainsley Booth + Sadie Haller

I read Ainsley Booth's novella in the Love in Transit anthology, loved her writing, and decided I immediately wanted to read more of her work. I was pleasantly surprised that I already had Prime Minister sitting on my TBR collection on my Kindle. It was so so good! A workplace/political romance with kink and bdsm thrown in for good measure, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of heart in the story. This definitely won't be the only Frisky Beavers story I read!

A Court of Mist and Fury + A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I considered doing two different entries for these but realized that there was no way I could really do that. You can't read one without reading the other. This series was so much more than I ever expected. I get why it's so loved and I now count myself as one of the converted. At the start of ACOMAF, I had no idea where it would take me, something that continued into ACOWAR. I haven't been so emotionally invested in a Fantasy series in so long, and I loved every minute of it.

The Foxe and the Hound by R.S. Grey

I seriously love R.S. Grey's writing. I hate to admit that her last book, Anything You Can Do wasn't one of the favorites, and that as a connected Standalone, I was a little worried if I would enjoy The Foxe and the Hound. I shouldn't have worried. Madeline instantly charmed my pants off, and I loved her and Adam's chemistry. I also have to say that I enjoyed the secondary characters, even Daisy, the female protagonist in Anything You Can Do who I disliked so much in that book, was so much more endearing and fun here. 

Misbehaved by Charleigh Rose

This is the second Student/Teacher romance on this list, but it is so completely different than Absinthe. I won't even try to compare the two, because they truly are very different, but both worth the read. Misbehaved was angsty, heartbreaking, and so sexy. I loved Remi's fire and heart, and seeing the closed-off asshole Pierce open up made this read memorable and rewarding.