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Fav Reads: March - July 2018

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So, as you may have noticed, it's been awhile! I normally like to post these lists every month, but this year has been crazy. So crazy and busy, my site has been down for a few months as I redesigned it, and really just life. But I'm back, yay! If you've read any of my previous posts, you also know I usually write micro reviews for the books I loved each month. You won't find that here this month, and I'm honestly not sure if I will go back to that. Time will tell. 
With all that being said, I read a lot of fantastic books while I was away and I want to share my favorites with you here! Have you read any of these? What did you think? Anything I'm missing out on? Let's discuss in the comments!!!

March

Simon vs The Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Tempt the Boss by Natasha Madison

Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

April

Unconventional by Isabel Love

Unforgivable  by Isabel Love

The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen

The Hot Shot by Kristin Callihan

Bad Intentions by Charleigh Rose

The Eagle by Jillian Dodd

The Society by Jillian Dodd

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

May

Welcome to the Dark Side by Giana Darling

Sombra by Leslie McAdam

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Piece of Work by Staci Hart

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

June

The Bombshell Effect by Karla Sorensen

Snapshot by Rebel Farris

July

Perfect Vision by L.M. Halloran

Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Ricochet by Krista & Becca Ritchie

 

 

 

Fav Reads: February 2018

I'm a mess, y'all! These five books here are probably the only ones I read in all of February because: edits + rewrites + a deadline months overdue + mom shit + just fucking life, man = a self-imposed ban on reading until I GET THIS SHIT DONE. So yeah, that means I read very little and haven't read anything since. BUT... those five books I did read? Love them. LOVED. THEM. They were fantastic. You should pick them up and read them (and I believe almost all of them are available in Kindle Unlimited, so if you subscribe to it, you really have zero excuses). I don't have much to say about these right now because my brain is fried, but seriously guys, these are so good!

 
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The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey

Oh, what to say about this one, other than I loved it? Seriously loved it. I enjoyed the fact that Gray decided to start Lauren and Beau's story at the beginning, in the past. They were some of my favorite chapters. Lauren is so awkwardly, adorably relatable. And that doesn't change much when we hit her adult years. I absolutely loved that about her, it made her so real and endearing. The chemistry between her and Beau was so great. The way New Orleans is described makes me want to take a trip there like yesterday.

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Dangerous Hearts / Destined Hearts by K.K. Allen

I LOVE a great rock star romance. LOVE. When that story is mixed with some suspense, burning hot bedroom scenes, and a cliffhanger that makes you want to pick up the next book immediately, I'm sold! I quite literally devoured these books in about two days. I was lucky I'm so late to the K.K. Allen/Stolen Melody duet, because I didn't have to wait at all to see where Lyric and Wolf's story was going to end. Angsty and emotional, Lyric and Wolf create beautiful music together in more ways than one. Allen took their story places I wasn't expecting, which is always a rare treat. This is the first of her work that I've read, but they won't be the last. I can't wait to devour more of her work!

Living Out Loud by Staci Hart

I haven’t read a Staci Hart novel in quite awhile, and not because I was actively avoiding them, but more so because I really need the time to sit down with her Hearts & Arrows series, so I've kind of ben waiting for that. So, anyway, it’s been awhile, and I decided, fuck it, I can't hold out any longer, I'm just gonna go ahead with Living Out Loud and come back to H&A when I have the time. So glad I did! Living Out Loud reminded me of all the reasons why she’s one of my favorite writer’s. Annie and Greg’s story is sweet, beautiful, not super high on the angst, but still delivers so many feels and emotions. Their dynamic, the path of their relationship, everything was just perfect the way it was. Get ready for a bit of a slow burn, but trust me, it's so worth the wait. I've never read a Jane Austen book (I know, I know), but Hart's adaptations of them make me want to change that!

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

I know I mentioned last month that I don't read Historical Romance as much as I used to. After moving on to Contemporary and New Adult Romance, I found it really hard to go back to HR. After reading and loving one of Julia Quinn’s books last month, and having Lord of Scoundrels highly recommended, I decided to jump into another one. I was not disappointed. Far from it. This might be my favorite HR ever and it’s definitely on my list of all time favs. This book is so witty, charming, and sexy. It is so incredibly fresh and modern that it’s hard to believe this book was written over 20 years ago. The banter between Jessica and Dain is so on point I had a smile on my face for much of the book. The characters are so different than what I’m used to with this genre, and it made for a fantastic read. If you are on the fence with this one or are new to Historical Romance, just make the leap. You won’t be disappointed.

Fav Reads: February 2017

Well, it's about that time again: my February book wrap-up!  I ended up reading 15 books in February, which was kind of a surprise for me. I spent most of the month sick and not 100% with it, which means while my editing took a bit of a backseat, I had plenty of time to read all the books. And let me just say, February was filled with some amazing reads. Here were my favorites, in no particular order:

Defy by LJ Shen

This was one of my first reads of the month, and it stuck with me the entire month. This novella is the second release in Shen's Sinners of Saint series, but it is actually a prequel to Vicious (a book I enjoyed, but still have some conflicted feelings about). Jaime and Melody appeared briefly in Vicious, and I was instantly intrigued by their forbidden love story. I was drawn in from the start, and I loved reading about them. My only issue? That it wasn't a full length novel, because I was seriously wanting more by the time it ended.

Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

This was my first book by Penelope Douglas, but it definitely won't be my last. I didn't really know what to expect when I started this, but I loved how twisted and dark it was. I loved the alternating timelines, which kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what actually went down in the past that was driving the character's motivations in the present. I love how unique Rika and Michael are as a couple, and I kind of wanted more of them once all was said and done. I just found out that this will be the first book in a series, and I seriously can't wait to read more!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

About eight or so years ago, I was right in the middle of a serious addiction to YA fiction. I felt like it wasn't constrained by the stuffiness and seriousness of literary fiction, and I loved that. It's been awhile since I've read anything YA, and I could not have picked a better book to return to it with. Everything Everything is unique and beautifully written. I loved all the illustrations and added media elements that I felt just enhanced the story. The characters were wonderful and flawed and totally relatable. This book is absolute perfection, and there are few books that I can say that about.

My Soul to Keep by Kennedy Ryan

This book/series had been on my radar for awhile, but with the coming release of a spinoff from this series, I decided to make the leap. I am so glad I did. I fucking devoured this book and read it in maybe a day. I love Kai and Rhyson in all their imperfect glory. Ryan is a wonder with words. She writes such beautiful, lyrical passages that just leap off the page and make you feel. I am smack in the middle of Down to My Soul (book 2), and I am dying to see where their story ends.

Full Tilt Duet (Full Tilt/All In) by Emma Scott

Guys, this book duet wrecked me. Seriously. Wrecked. I can maybe name one book over the last five years that have made me cry. Not tear up, but outright cry. Full Tilt had me sobbing. It was so beautiful, heartbreaking, and perfect. Scott tears your heart out in the most real, amazing way, but she puts it all back together again, with a few cracks. I don't want to say much about this one because it's best left to be experienced.