Reading Round-Up: Feb. & March Edition

Reading Round-Up: Feb. & March Edition

In trying to complete the Romance-o-poly Challenge this year, I’ve been reading a lot of ‘new to me’ authors, and many books that are ‘new to me’ are actually old but I consider new because they’ve been on my kindle for a million years, still unread. (Okay, not a million, but like six…). However, this last couple months, the trend has half “new to me” authors, and the other half authors I’m familiar with, as a reader.

February was a short, and long, month so I didn’t get enough done to justify a post (in my opinion), and figured I’d combine it with my March books. So, here goes:

(Please note, links lead to Goodreads.)

Beneath the Scars by Cherise Sinclair

Serving Up Trouble by Jill Shalvis

Defiance by Cherise Sinclair

Not a Hero by Cherise Sinclair

Free by Kristen Ashley

Brick by Jen Davis

Dark Desires by Eve Silver

The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle  (FireStation, for Romance-o-poly)

Only for a Night by Naima Simone

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Cuffed by K. Bromberg

Some thoughts on my reads for February and March:

Cherise Sinclair is my go-to author. I read and re-read her books a lot but had somehow built up a lot of her stuff on my kindle that had gone unread, including the start of her new series, Sons of the Survivalist. So a lot of me reading was catching up on those.

Kennedy Ryan’s Long Shot is one of the best books I have ever read. EVER! It was a hard read. There are some scenes in there that hit very close to home for me (domestic violence, abuse…) and it was not an easy read for me. I cried. A lot. But I am really glad I read it. I thought she handled the situation beautifully and the epilogue was so emotional, and she said things that needed to be said.

Also, I have to give up ever finding a significant other because I don’t think I’ll ever find anyone who will tell me they’d “play me at the five” and so, I’ll never find my happy ever after. *sobs*

One of my other go-tos ended a series and I was underwhelmed by it. I think part of this is my own growth as a reader, not the author or the book. It just didn’t work for me, and that’s okay. I know others loved it and she did an excellent job of tying up the different threads throughout the series. I only hope I can do that as well, as a writer myself.

Serving Up Trouble was sweet, and heartwarming, and the romantic suspense writer in me enjoyed it. I need to read more books like that. Less angst at times is not a bad thing.

Only For a Night was freaking HOT. How my kindle didn’t spontaneously explode, I’m not sure. But I’m glad it didn’t because I’ve got some other books by this author I gotta read!

The King of Bourbon Street was similarly hot. The heroine was fat and fabulous, and the hero loved every inch of her. There was also no guilt in the sex they chose to participate in and that was also a nice change. I did think the heroine took awhile to tell her mother to fuck right off, and the brothers needed to grow a pair. But it got resolved, eventually, and I was happy with that.

Cuffed was a tough one to read and I cried, a lot. The subject matter was very difficult to read because of the subject matter it tackled. “Fixes” don’t happen overnight and heroes/heroines can’t make the traumas disappear like magic, and this book showed that pretty well.

Remember, read the blurbs of these books and check out some reviews to see if any of the content is something you want to avoid, or there is any subject matter in them that might trigger you. It’s how we can all ensure our books are our safe spaces; where many of us go in hopes of not being re-traumatized by certain content. At least that’s what reading is, for me.

My next roll on the Romance-o-poly challenge landed me on Fantasy: Faraway Land. I haven’t had a lot of time to read lately but tonight I’ll be starting the book I chose for that. Hope you’re enjoying some good books in 2019, and happy reading!

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