Hello to my poor neglected blog!
In my defense, I have a good excuse. I’m currently getting over my third bout of illness in the last three weeks. Life pretty much fell apart in those three weeks – not only have I been sick three times, but the kids have been sick twice each and my husband sick once. It’s literally been non-stop. Sleep has been non-existent, work has been painful, and blogging, well…you know…
I’ve got a review coming up over the weekend, but for now I wanted to do a much overdue wrap up of my January reading.
I managed eleven books in January, which is a lot for me. Most of them were pretty quick reads – I could start them in the evening after work and finish them up the next morning after getting the kids on the bus. I sped through a ton of romance novels last month.
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
Harper Anderson always believed she belonged somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take? That’s why Harper is beyond ecstatic when she lands her dream internship as a dating blogger at the elite teen magazine Shift. Getting to spend the summer in New York City to live her dream of becoming a writer? Harper’s totally in.
There’s just one teeny, tiny, infinitesimal problem: apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a lot of—or, really, any—dating expertise. In fact, she might have sort of stolen her best friend’s experiences as her own on her Shift application. But she can learn on the job…right?
From awkward run-ins with the cute neighborhood dog walker to terrifying encounters with her crazed editor, from Brooklyn gallery openings to weekends in the Hamptons, Harper finds out what it takes to make it in the Big City—and as the writer of her own destiny.
For a YA book, this wasn’t too bad. Not really my thing, but I could see how it cold appeal to a younger audience. A bit unbelieveable at times. I’d say it’s for the under 21 crowd.
Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti
Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly… and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he’s lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there’s no turning back for either of them.
Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she’s one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she’s not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she’ll face even that hell again to save him.
I liked this one, but I didn’t love it. I had a hard time believing the relationship became what it did after only a few short days. I also struggled because I loved the first book in this series (it was 5 stars for me) but then the second book, and now this one, felt too repetitive. It’s like the author took the same characters, changed their names and a few plot details, then wrote the same story three times over. I like a little more variety in my characters.
Angel of Redemption by J. A. Little
Seasoned social worker Kayla Brooks has dealt with her fair share of difficult situations, but nothing could have prepared her for the likes of Dean Wyatt, head of Wyatt House Group Home for Boys. When a case unexpectedly brings Kayla to his door in the middle of the night, sparks fly. With a piercing gaze and heavily inked skin, Dean looks like a walking wet dream.
Until he turns out to be an asshole.
Dean Wyatt has always kept those around him at arm’s length. Secrets lurk beneath his tattoos—a traumatic past known to very few.
Forced to work together in order to help two vulnerable boys, Kayla slowly penetrates Dean’s tough exterior. Along the way the two discover something they’ve each been missing—but only time will tell if they can overcome the painful past that’s kept anyone from bringing true happiness into Dean’s world.
I LOVED this book. It was a bit different than the usual romance reads, and I loved it even more for that. You can read my full review here. Definitely recommend this one!
Full Package by Lauren Blakely
I’ve been told I have quite a gift.
Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing….
Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.
Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.
I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.
Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps.
Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.
What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?
This book was not what I was expecting from the cover and the blurb. It was a good read though, enjoyable. Perfect if you want a feel good story that’s cute and sweet, with minimal drama.
Bossman by Vi Keeland
The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.
I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.
He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.
So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.
When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.
I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.
When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.
But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.
My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.
When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.
I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…
What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?
I loved this one! It was well written with some great characters and fantastic dynamics. My review of Bossman will be up shortly!
Bad Judgement by Meghan March
I hate him.
I want her.
I’ve been turning him down for two years straight.
Every shut-down makes me work harder.
I’m not a one-night stand kind of girl.
She doesn’t realize I won’t settle for only one night.
He’s a distraction I don’t need.
She’ll say yes eventually because I’m not giving up.
Yeah… Do yourself a favour and skip this one. It was only 1 of 5 stars for me.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.
But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.
Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?
This was fantastic. THIS WAS FANTASTIC. You can read my full review here – but really, you NEED to read this book.
Those were the more memorable books from January. What else did I read?
Wow that’s a lot of romance novels in one month! So far for February I’m 5 books in – and a little less heavy on the romance. I’m hopeful that we’ve finished with the last round of sickness and that everyone in my house can stay healthy now.
My TBR for February has already taken a beating, but here’s what I was originally hoping to read this month:
I’ve got an Amazon card burning a hole in my pocket, and I probably can’t hold off much longer. Any other recommendations for me this month? Hopefully I’ll have time to read a couple more!
Keep an eye out for my review of Bossman this weekend!
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