Favorite Reads from February 2019

Hey there book lovers!

It’s been a whirlwind of a month, but I managed to read 17 books in between the craziness.

I discovered a couple new favorites along the way and I thought I’d share them with you.

If you want to hear my thoughts on ALL the books I read this month, you can check out my video here:

Otherwise, here were my top 5 favorite reads from February:

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Favorite Steamy Scenes – Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day and as a mostly romance focused book blog, I knew I had to do something particularly special. I thought about listing my favorite romance novels, but that’s opening a can of worms. Plus, I already listed some of my favorite YA Contemporary Romance Novels and Adult Contemporary Romance novels recently, so I thought to myself…

Enough with the LOVE… let’s talk about LUST for Valentine’s Day.

Ok, so these are all romance novels and with the lust there is also plenty of love. You’ll notice I have very, very few erotic romance novels on this list. That’s because reading straight erotica does nothing for me. I need a swoony back story. I need to love the couple and their journey to be truly invested in their steamy scenes.

Below is a list of my favorite steamy scenes and the books in which they belong.

BEWARE OF SOME POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD!

 

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How to Date Your Dragon (Mystic Bayou #1) by Molly Harper

OK, hear me out. I know how this sounds… A dragon book listed under my favorite sexy scenes? Talk about STEAMY! (I’m sorry, that was incredibly corny, and I 98% regret making that joke.) Anyway, there was something about this scene that gave me all kinds of butterflies. Maybe it’s the hate to love, maybe it’s because they were in a room full of pillows, maybe it’s because he literally made her glow… more than likely it was a combination of all of those things. This was such a great read in general and the steamy scenes in it were so swoon-worthy.

 

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A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert

Ruth is on the spectrum, so her first intimate scene with Evan is full of so much sweetness because of how thoughtful and attentive Evan is! He’s so attuned to her and her discomfort, and he’s understanding a patient. It was such a beautiful scene to read.

 

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Shift (Shifters #5) by Rachel Vincent

OMG you guys, there is some super intense revenge sex happening in this book! It begins with Faythe confessing that she can’t remember what her ex’s touch is like because he refuses to touch her since their breakup. Then all of a sudden they’re unexpectedly up against a wall, she’s shed of all her clothing, he’s only unbuttoned his pants and as he walks away with four simple words, “Maybe now you’ll remember.” Daayyyyuuummmmmm.

 

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Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

It’s very likely this made the list because the slow burn buildup is so excruciating that it’s a freaking relief when you finally reach the first steamy scene … pair that with the fantastic writing and you have yourself a breathlessly long-awaited scene for the record books.

 

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With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

When you pair lyrical and vivid writing with extraordinary passion and incredible darkness like Trisha Wolfe is known for, it is no surprise that her steamy scenes are a favorite. All the steamy scenes in this series are epic, I mean, we have a shibari expert as a Hero, what do you expect? Let me just say that this scene starts with some incredibly intimate and mind-bending shibari and ends with her being slowly lowered down from her harness … directly onto him.

 

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Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

I mean… Keane can dance Magic Mike style… what more do I need to say?

 

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American Queen (New Camelot Trilogy #1) by Sierra Simone

If you’re looking for the best MMF steamy scenes possible… this series is absolutely your go-to. Unlike a lot of erotic romance novels, Sierra’s writing is gorgeous and her storytelling is just as good. There is no sacrifice of quality for the sake of steam.

 

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Priest (Priest #1) by Sierra Simone

Get out your fans, friends, because I assure you that you will be unprepared for the steam in this book! (In the best way)

 

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Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness #2) by Laura Kaye

I can’t pinpoint what it is exactly about the steamy scene in this book, but it’s definitely a favorite of mine. I think it mostly has to do with how much I just adore Caden, he has my whole heart and this scene is so lusty, but also so full of love. It’s an intoxicating combination.

 

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Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

Along with being my all-time favorite friends-to-lovers romance, the steamy scene in this one was so fun and sweet. I loved the familiarity of this couple because of their long-time friendship paired with the newness of their more intimate relationship.

 

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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by JR Ward

Whew! Honestly, the back story in this one makes the steamy scenes so much better. There is also something about the extreme denial of intense desire for the sake of affection that got me.

 

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This super slow burn hate-to-love story lives up to the moment we all wait impatiently for in the end. There is something about Joshua finally losing control that makes it so glorious.

 

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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

I mean… how could this not be on my list? This is my OTP right here and I felt like I wait so very long for the steam!

 

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Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

I mean… you don’t get many tropes in which the guy is a virgin and after reading the steamy scene in this one… I’m thinking there should be more.

 

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

All I have to say is the creative use of all one’s senses in this one, plus the build-up, plus the epic sweetness is just so, so good.

 

What books have some of YOUR favorite steamy scenes?

 

{New Video} My Favorite Sports Romances

Hey there fellow book lovers!

I just wanted to pop in really quick to tell you that I uploaded a new Booktube video last night. You can check it out here or down below.

I have a corresponding post to this video here.

Let me know in the comments who your favorite Booktuber is! I’m currently obsessed with Meltotheany (who also happens to have one of my favorite book blogs of all time), A Clockwork Reader, and Novel Ink.

My Top 5 Favorite Male & Female Romance Audiobook Narrators (and My Favorite Books they Read)

As you may or may not know, I’m an obsessive reader of audiobooks. A decent percentage of the books I read are on audio, and a lot of times, even if I read a physical or eBook and enjoy it, I’ll likely purchase it on audio as well.

I’ve always loved having people read to me, but I totally get that it isn’t for everyone.

I’m a really good multitasker, so listening to audiobooks actually makes me more productive and as long as I’m not reading, writing, or talking while listening to an audiobook, I get sh*t done a lot faster when I’m listening to a book.

If it wasn’t for audiobooks, I wouldn’t have read as many books as I have (200 last year! 150 the year before!). I don’t have a lot of down time to sit and read a book without feeling guilty, but with audio, I can still get what I need to get done while also getting some reading done.

In my many years of listening to audiobooks, I’ve come to love certain narrators and even will purchase audiobooks based on the narrator first, then the author/synopsis second.

I’ve become a huge fangirl of these narrators.

Of course, all of these narrators are popular in the romance genre because, obviously, that’s my main love.

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Re-Read Review: Shifters Series by Rachel Vincent

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Shifters Series
Author: Rachel Vincent
Format: Hard copies purchased from Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
There are only eight breeding female werecats left…

And I’m one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back… for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them…

GOODREADS

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During a semi-recent book slump that flung me into a massive re-read sesh, I decided it was about that time in my life to re-read the entire Shifters series… and I was given life once again.

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25 Favorite Books I Read in 2018

You guys… I tried making this post 18 Favorite Books I Read in 2018, but GODDAMNIT I READ 160 BOOKS THIS YEAR AND HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO NARROW THAT LIST DOWN TO JUST 18 FAVORITES?!

It wasn’t worth being cute. Anytime I thought about cutting a book from this list, I felt a deep sense of betrayal and I was pretty sure the Book Gods would smite me.

Also… I 100% cheated and put books in a series together if I loved them all, so… whatever. THIS IS MY BLOG I CAN DO WHAT I WANT!

#dramaqueen

Anyway, Happy New Years Eve! I’ve been loving reading your End of the Year Wrap-ups. I hope you enjoy this one:

 

Here are my favorite books that I read in 2018:

In no particular order.

Madly, Darkly Duet by Trisha Wolfe

This extremely dark romance is the first of its kind that I read and absolutely adored. These were the first books by Trisha Wolfe that I read, and I was hooked. Her way with words are basically magic.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This was a recent read for me, and it was 100% worth the hype. I’ve been so into contemporary lately, it definitely took a book like this to pull me back into the fantasy worlds I love.

Until it Fades by KA Tucker

I was so surprised by this novel because it is a trope that I’m not a big fan of and usually avoid (single mother trope), however, it is also a sports romance (which is one of my favorites), so when my sister recommended it to me and told me the premise (a girl rescues a man who happens to be a famous athlete), I decided to read it despite my hesitations, and I’m so glad I did!

Caraval & Legendary by Stephanie Garber

I was absolutely swept away by Caraval and fell even harder in love with this world and its characters in Legendary. In fact, Legendary’s MC, Tella, is one of my all-time favorite MCs.

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

I mean… this is a love-to-hate, ice skating sports romance, what more can I ask for? Also, Mariana Zapata’s hilarious name-calling and put-downs in this were so epic.

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Favorite Reads from October 2018

Here are my favorites from the past month.

Favorite Reads from October

Images link to Goodreads

Sinner (Priest #2) by Sierra Simone
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I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.

What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18.

They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.

Sinner.

You guys… this book was everything I hoped it would be after reading Priest. Sierra Simone has done it again.

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Favorite Reads from September 2018

As I’m writing this, I’m preparing for the 10K that I’m doing with my Dad tomorrow. By the time it’s posted, I’ll *hopefully* have completed it the day before! Fingers crossed!

Anyway, enough with that boring stuff… onto the books!

To be fair, this month was an EPIC month for re-reads, so I didn’t read many new-to-me books at all and I don’t include them on my Favorite Reads posts because obviously the re-reads are favorites if I’m reading them more than once!

Here are my favorites from the past month.

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Favorite Bookish Blog Posts From September 2018

There are so many amazing book bloggers around the web which means that there are so many great bookish blog posts each month. I wish I could say that I actively read every blog post of every blog I follow, however, I don’t. But when I do, I always make sure the take note of my favorite posts so that I can share them with you.

I highly recommend you follow all these blogs! I love these amazing peeps!

Here are my favorite posts from September

 

*And my fav of the month:For the Love of Books made me love her even more after she shared her story about having Cerebal Palsy and how books brought her happiness.*

 

What were some of your favorite reads this month?