Contemporaryathon Wrap Up

Last weekend was Contemporaryathon (from Friday to Monday) and I ended up reading a total of 10 books and DNF’d 1.

Don’t get too impressed, all of the books I read over the weekend were under 250 pages!

Let’s talk about the books and what I thought of them!

Let’s get the DNF out of the way…

Taming Her Mountain Man by Cameron Hart

DNF

In this book our main character has just turned 18 and inherited her estranged grandparents’ cabin in the mountains. She runs away from her creepy adoptive parents to secretly move into this cabin she inherits. When she gets there she meets this attractive older man who is a bit of a loner. The premise seemed like something I would really like because I’m all about the loner, but I was so annoyed with the main character. I didn’t mind that she was younger than the hero or that she was a virgin, but what I didn’t like was that she was also incredibly immature. I don’t mind age gaps when the younger heroine is mature for her age and that’s why she has so much chemistry with the older hero, but since she was immature it made the relationship uncomfortable to read about. So… I ended up DNFing this one.

Shy Girls Write It Better (Some Girls Do It, #1)

Shy Girls Write It Better by May Sage

★★★

This is a contemporary workplace romance where our heroine has a side hustle writing erotic romance novels. One day she accidentally gives her boss’s boss a copy of one of her manuscripts instead of a report and he is intrigued. He also notices that she is not great at writing BDSM scenes and, of course, he wants to give her some real world experience.

This book was ok. I didn’t really understand why the heroine was writing about BDSM if she knew that she wasn’t good at it. There was something about her naivety that annoyed me, but otherwise I did enjoy the premise. I also liked the hero. The fact that he easily could’ve been the cocky alpha boss, but wasn’t was a nice surprise. I don’t think I’ll move on in the series just because I have a feeling all the heroines are going to be a little mousy and that can get on my nerves after a while.

Powertools: Collection 1 (Powertools #1-2)

Powertools Collection 1 by Jayne Rylon

★★★★★

Yup. I gave this one 5 stars.

This is a reverse harem novella that includes two short stories involving the same five construction workers.

The first story takes place in the summer time with our heroine who is renovating her house while these construction workers are working on the house next door and the second story takes place in the autumn at her friend’s bakery that is getting renovated.

This book was surprisingly good. Yes, it was ridiculous and I think the fact that I expected that going into this was helpful, but what I was not expecting the romance to be so strong in both of the stories. Particularly in the second book, the hero was so freaking sweet and it was actually romantic – not something you’d expect from a reverse harem novel at all!

Beyond that – I love how each of the stories were seasonal. The first book felt like summer and the second had all the autumn vibes.

Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)

Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

★★★★

This is the second book in the Slammed series that I read a few months ago. It’s a contemporary new adult romance that has a slam poetry element in it.

I didn’t initially realize this was a series, but it makes sense as to why it is. The couple’s story definitely wasn’t finished and I think this wrapped it up nicely. I believe there is another book in this series as well, which I think may be a little overkill, but we’ll see.

This wasn’t my favorite Colleen Hoover, but I haven’t disliked a book I’ve read by her yet – and that is true for this one. I felt just a little disconnected from these characters since it has been a little while since I’ve read the first books – and I don’t recall being particularly in love with them in the first place, but overall it was a good story with Colleen Hoover’s signature great characters.

Mind Reader

Mind Reader by Kristy McManus

★★★★

This interesting contemporary, magical realism romance has such a cute premise: the hero can predict soul mates and when others will meet them.

I anticipated a few things going into this book and I was wrong for quite a few of them. This was both good and bad. It was bad because I was excited about a few of the things I was predicting, but it was good because I think it would’ve been boring if this was too predictable.

The hero was a little cringy in the beginning. I thought that he was going to get on my nerves a lot more than he did. This book actually turned out to be really sweet with very low steam, so for those of you looking for a short, sweet, low-steam romance, this is a great pick!

P.S. It's Always Been You: Part 1

PS It’s Always Been You by Lauren Blakely

★★★

This super short audiobook is a second chance romance between a woman who works with historical items and an adventure/reality TV show host. It’s part of a series of super short books and I’m honestly unsure why they are all broken up. Seriously. This audiobook was, like, two hours long.

And this book was fine. I always want to like Lauren Blakely books more than I do. They have a lot of potential, she creates really likable characters in interesting situations, but lately I feel like the books I’ve read by her have been somewhat lackluster.

She comes out with a TON of books per year and it makes me wonder if maybe if she focused on writing fewer – and perfecting those – then maybe they’d be a lot better.

With that being said, I really do appreciate how much she is involved in the making of her audiobooks – and how much she loves on her narrators. She’s really in touch with the audiobook world which is nice because I feel like it gets neglected by authors more often than not.

Cutting Edge (The Edge, #0.5)

The Edge Series Books 0.5 – 2 by CD Reiss

★★★★★

This is an intense contemporary military romance between a military psychiatrist and a military surgeon.

And I’m officially obsessed.

The prequel to this series is so important, so I highly recommend starting there if you are planning on reading this series. I felt like my heart was racing the entire time I was reading this book for so many reasons – between the intensity of the romance and the fact that their relationship was building in the middle of a warzone in the first book – then the turn the books take in the first and second books – whew!

It’s so clear to me, in these books, why I love CD Reiss so much. She’s a beautiful writer, who obviously puts a lot of time into researching the topics she is writing about. She’s able to mix beautiful prose with super taboo and steamy scenes without making them seem raunchy or cringey.

I can’t wait to finish the ARC I’m reading right now so that I can finish this series!

Desolate (Grace, #1)

Desolate (Grace Trilogy #1) by Autumn Grey

★★★★

This is an emotional contemporary romance between a guy who has wanted to become a catholic priest his entire life and a girl who was mislabeled as the town slut by her abusive ex boyfriend.

Autumn Grey is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine and I’ve only read two of her books, but man… I adore her books so much.

I always appreciate when authors build the chemistry between love interests and that is something that this author does really well, especially in this story. I fully understood the conflict that the hero is going through between wanting to pursue his lifelong goal of becoming a priest like the uncle he looks up to and not being able to stay away from this girl that he has been drawn to his entire life.

My one complaint is that I felt a little disenchanted with the hero after a while. I wanted him to suck it up and make a decision. This book also ends on a cliffhanger with no HEA or HFN, however it is part of a trilogy.

The Fire Between High & Lo (Elements, #2)

The Fire Between Hi & Lo by Brittainy C. Cherry

★★★★

This is a new adult contemporary romance between a hero with a troubling home life and an addiction problem and the heroine who is able to see the bright side despite her issues with her mother.

We love BCC around here. I’ve been slowly making my way through her backlist and haven’t found a book I disliked yet. Though this wasn’t my favorite, it was mostly because of the subject matter rather than anything to do with the romance or the story. I’m not a big fan of drug use and addiction in books and one of the main characters is dealing heavily with both.

I think my favorite part of the book was the meetcute. Although, I feel weird calling it a meetcute because it is actually quite a sad situation.

Overall, this was a very successful readathon! I always aim to read around 5-6 books for weekend readathons, so reading double that many was great! I definitely felt like I was on a roll and didn’t want to stop reading all weekend, so it worked out!

Contemporaryathon TBR

Today is the first day of Contemporaryathon and I thought I’d share my (extremely hopeful) reading plans with you!

Contemporaryathon is one of my favorite readathons to participate in because so many of the short books I own are contemporaries! This readathon starts today and goes through Sunday and is hosted by Chelsea from Chelsea Dolling Reads and Natasha from My Reading is Odd.

It only has 3 prompts:

  1. Read a book that has pink/peach on the cover.
  2. Read a book that is under 250 pages.
  3. Read a book that you think sounds fun!

Super easy ones!

As always, when I put together reading lists for readathons, I like to choose books I already own. My goal is to work through as many of those books as possible.

For short readathons, like this one, I focus on novellas that I own. Most of my novellas are on my Kindle, so all of these books are either eBooks (that I got for free or on KU) that are under 250 pages and audiobooks that are 7 hours or less. I’ll make note of their length for you below.

My Contemporaryathon TBR

So Unlike Me (Winning Your Heart Book 1) by Nikki Lynn Barrett
This is a small town contemporary romance that I downloaded for free on Kindle. I believe the heroine might star on a TV show and after a public breakup she is trying to hide away in a small town.
Format: eBook
Length: 203 pages
Prompt: Pink/peach on cover
Goodreads

Mind Reader by Kirsty McManus
The illustrated cover drew my eye for this one! I downloaded it for free on Kindle. This is a romcom between a guy who can predict soulmates and a stem cell research scientist.
Format: eBook
Length: 173 pages
Prompt: Under 250 pages
Goodreads

Rough Edge: (The Edge #1) by CD Reiss
I loved one of CD Reiss’s series, so when I saw this for free on Kindle, I downloaded it! This is a military romance between a woman who is returning home from the military and her husband, a surgical resident. It almost seems like there might be some sort of love triangle happening here? I’m not sure but it sounds really good!
Format: eBook
Length: 244 pages
Goodreads

Powertools: Collection 1 by Jayne Rylon
I mean, do we really need a synopsis here? LOL! This just sounds ridiculous and fun. I believe this is a reverse harem situation between a woman and construction workers who are building a house next door to hers.
Format: eBook
Length: 145 pages
Prompt: Fun!
Goodreads

Taming Her Mountain Man: Older Man/Curvy Girl Romance (Bear’s Tooth Mountain Men Book 1) by Cameron Hart
This is another freebie I got on Kindle simply because I’m obsessed with the loner hero trope!
Format: eBook
Length: 111 pages
Goodreads

Point of Retreat: Slammed, Book 2 By Colleen Hoover
I read the first book in this series a few months ago – it’s a new adult contemporary about slam poets! I really liked the first book and I’m hesitantly interested in this second one. I’m assuming it follows the same characters, but I’m not sure.
Format: Audio
Length: 6 hours
Goodreads

Owned (Decadence After Dark, Book 1) By M. Never
I got the physical book of this one from Shameless Book Con last year. I’m also reading it as part of a secret TBR, so it works out. This is a dark workplace romance with a master/slave relationship.
Format: Physical & audio
Length: 7 hours
Goodreads

Shy Girls Write It Better Some Girls Do It, Book 1 By May Sage
This one has such a fun premise. It’s about a clumsy, shy girl who also happens to write erotic fiction whose boss finds one of her manuscripts!
Format: Audio
Length: 3 Hours
Goodreads

Weekend Smutathon Reading List/TBR

I am so ready for this next round of Smutathon. I have many books on my Kindle that have been calling to me and this is the perfect time to work my way through a few of them!

There are also some really fun virtual bookish events that I am planning to “attend,” so I’m super excited for a fun book-filled weekend!

Tomorrow I am planning on posting this TBR on my BookTube channel and I’ll be doing a weekend vlog as well.

Here is the Weekend Smutathon Information:

Dates: April 25-26th

There are no challenges other than to read as many smutty romances as you want, but we do have an optional group book you can read with us!

The optional group book is: THEIRS FOR THE NIGHT by Katee Robert (free on Kindle!)

 

Weekend Smutathon TBR

As always, my goal for readathons is to read as many books that I own first and foremost, and also books that are on my TBR.

For this readathon in particular, since it is only two days long, I’m focusing on eBooks that I already have on my Kindle (of which there is over 400 – #cantstopwontstop) that are under 200 pages long.

I have an entire excel spreadsheet full of eBooks on my Kindle that are under 200 pages long, but I narrowed down that list to the ones I want to prioritize for this readathon. Most of these books are available on KU or are free or go on sale for free very often. I will make note of this beneath each title.

At some point I’d love to put together a list of KU eBooks under 200 pages, but for now, we’ll stick with my TBR for Weekend Smutathon.

 

 

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Theirs for the Night by Katee Robert

Free on Kindle | 85 pages
This is the Smutathon buddy read. It’s an MMF romance about a girl who meets two “gorgeous guys” at a club on her birthday… and I think we all know what happens from there. I loved Desperate Measures by this author, she’s able to build believable romances in very few pages, so I have high hopes!

 

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His Forbidden Obsession by Jessa Kane

Available on KU | 53 pages
I feel like a Smutathon wouldn’t be complete without some Jessa Kane. She’s known for her super short, super smutty romances with (mostly) ridiculous premises. This, I believe is a romance between a nun and her bodyguard.

 

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Her 2 Protectors by Jessa Kane

Available on KU | 73 pages
This is an MMF fireman romance and we’re ready for it.

 

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The Farmer’s Daughter by Jessa Kane

Available on KU | 82 pages
It would appear the theme for my Smutathon TBR is MMF, because this is another one. This time it takes place on a farm with a surly rancher and a tattooed ranch hand.

 

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SOLD: Auctioned to the Billionaire (Steele Series Book 1) by Natalia Banks

Free on Kindle | 84 pages
I mean, I think the title says it all. A dark, brooding billionaire and a girl who has been down on her luck.

 

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First Verse (Second Verse Book 1) by Emily Snow
Free on Kindle | 97 pages
Now, on to something a little… less… smutty. I think. This is a country music forbidden romance.

 

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January: Calendar Girl Book 1 by Audrey Carlan

Free on Kindle | Available on Audible Escape | 108 pages
This series, I believe, revolves around an escort service. This book, in particular, is about a girl who is trying to save her dad who has a gambling problem by becoming an escort to earn the money needed to pay off his debts.

 

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The Loner’s Lady by Jessa Kane

Available on KU | 60 pages
This sounds like a short, probably-not-as-good version of Birthday Girl. The heroine is fake dating some guy and ends up attracted to his loner father. Give me all the loners and all the forbidden romance, please and thank you!

 

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The Secret Note by Lauren Rowe

Free on Kindle | 69 pages
What?! A Lauren Rowe book I haven’t read and know nothing about? How is this possible? This is a little brother’s best friend romance!

 

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Beauty Touched the Beast: A Sexy Modern Fairy Tale by Skye Warren

36 pages
Unfortunately, this book is no longer available on Amazon. I bought it back in 2017. From what I understand it is a smutty Beauty and the Beast retelling – which I will always be down for. Skye Warren does have another book that sounds similar to this one called Beauty and the Professor.

 

 

 

Historical Readathon Wrap Up

The Historical Romance Readathon wrapped up on Sunday and I’m really glad I participated. First of all, it was hosted by some of my BookTube favs: RemarkablyLisa, PeaceLoveBooks, and LaceyBookLovers. They did such a great job hosting.

As I mentioned in my TBR for this challenge, I’m not a big historical romance reader. My sister and my mom are huge HR readers, but for whatever reason – probably because of the book covers to be completely honest – I’ve never gotten into the genre.

However, I’ve been intrigued by a lot of the books thanks to these booktubers. So, I decided to participate.

The books I chose were books that my sister and mom gave to me, as well as one recommended by Lacey.

Overall, this was a successful readathon. I read five books during the week, but I didn’t have any five-star books.

I have certainly read a few five-star historicals, but I just didn’t vibe completely with the books I read during the readathon.

I haven’t given up on the genre, if anything, I’m more motivated to find some that I love, but these were all just ok or pretty good.

 

Here’s what I read for the Historical Romance Readathon

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Sins of a Duke (Scandalous House of Calydon #3) by Stacy Reid

Bingo Categories: Titled Hero, In a Series, Pub after 2000, Rake, By an Author of Color
Rating: ★★★
I really loved the first book I read by Stacy Reid, My Darling Duke, and I’m not going to give up on this author just yet.

I really enjoyed the premise of this book, which is about a Lady who has been shamed in society because of her mother’s indiscretions and a rakish Duke who is secretly responsible for starting the rumor about her to exact revenge on her brother.

I felt like this had a lot of potential, but I ended up getting a little annoyed with the heroine. The Duke was kind of a jerk to her – very hot and cold – throughout the entire book and she just kept chasing after him. She wasn’t necessarily needy, but I still felt like she needed to hang on to some form of her dignity. I just didn’t see why she was putting up with him.

That really was the only complaint I had against this one, otherwise I enjoyed it. It’s a short book and the length felt just right – nothing dragged on for too long and it didn’t feel rushed either.

 

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Scandal in Spring (Wallflowers #4) by Lisa Kleypas

Bingo Categories: Pub before 2000, In a Series, Wallfower
Rating: ★★★★

This was my first Lisa Kleypas, and it won’t be my last. Lacey LOVES this author, so I looked on Scribd and found this one. It was available and the shortest one I could find – and I also really liked the premise.

It’s about somewhat flighty Daisy whose businessman father is demanding she marry ASAP, otherwise he is making her marry one of his favorite ruthless employees, Matthew. Matthew is very business-savvy and seemingly just like Daisy’s father (which isn’t a good thing), so Daisy has no interest in marrying him. However, people aren’t always what they seem and sometimes chemistry is hard to deny.

I can already tell from this book that I love Lisa Kleypas and I’m going to enjoy other books in this series. I really liked the side characters in this novel, and I can tell that Daisy’s sister likely had a novel before this one that I really want to read because I loved her sister and her sister’s husband.

There were quite a few really entertaining scenes in this and I felt like Daisy and Matthew had great chemistry and banter. I subtracted a star only because the story dragged a bit. I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary drama toward the end that I could’ve done without.

 

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Silent Melody (Georgian #2) by Mary Balogh

Bingo Categories: Titled Hero, Pub Before 2000, In a Series,
Rating: ★★★

I was most excited for this book out of all of the books I chose for this readathon. My mom really likes this author and I really liked the premise.

It’s about Lady Emily who is mute and deaf, she’s also wild and free and an artist. Growing up she would follow around family friend Lord Ashley until he moved to India. Ashley and Emily had a strong connection, they could read each other really well and had their own way of communicating, so when he left, Emily took quite a blow. Fast forward and Emily is no longer a child, she’s a beautiful Lady in society about to get betrothed and Ashley returns, married and with a child.

This book had so much potential, but it rubbed me the wrong way from the very beginning. I was fine with the relationship Ashley and Emily had when she was a child, until Ashley – a grown man – kisses 13 year old Emily in a very adult way when he leaves. I get that this takes place in a different time period, but it totally skeeved me out. The story would’ve worked just fine without that. Their connection was completely innocent before it happened, and to me, that totally ruined it.

I liked the book well enough, but I could give or take Lord Ashley. I didn’t really like his character.

 

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Born to Be Wilde (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #3) by Eloisa James

Bingo Categories: Pub before 2000, In a series, Set outside of London, POC MC
Rating: ★★★★

Lacey recommended this book for the POC MC category, and I thought that the premise sounded promising.

It’s about Lavinia who, under desperate circumstances, proposes to her long-time friendly rival, Parth… and gets rejected. Instead, he offers to find her someone to marry, even though he is harboring some serious feelings for her.

This definitely lived up to my expectations based on the synopsis. There was just the right amount of drama, there was great chemistry between the characters, and I just loved Parth. I’m a big fan of the hero who “loves from a distance” aspect and I totally understood why he initially turned down her offer to marry. I also liked the history these two characters had with each other.

 

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Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy #2) by Julia Quinn

Bingo Categories: Scarred hero, Bookish MC, Published before 2000, In a series
Rating: ★★★

This was a bit of a disappointment. I was totally here for the bookish, smart main character and a grumpy wounded war hero thing, but … I just felt like it wasn’t done well. Or, at least, it could’ve been done much better.

I was hoping for more of a brooding hero and more of a witty main character, but both of them fell pretty flat. The entire book kind of felt forced somehow. To be completely honest, I kind of immediately forgot about this one as soon as I finished it.

 

Historical Romance Recommendations for #HRREADATHON20 From My Sister

I’m so excited to participate in the Historical Romance Readathon beginning tomorrow. I’m not a huge historical reader, but my sister is, so I sent her the bingo board and asked to borrow some books.

Historical Romance Readathon Info

Dates: March 16-22
Hosts: @peacelovebooks, @remarkablylisa, @laceylovesbooks
Bingo Board:
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Historical Romance Recommendations

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Never Trust a Rogue (Heiress in London #2) by Olivia Drake
Published after 2000

  • War Hero/Scoundrel and guardian of young ward
  • Sneaky “fake detective” heroine
  • Murderer on the loose

Goodreads

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Seduce me at Sunrise (The Hathaways #2) by Lisa Kleypas
POC MC

  • Hero of mysterious origins who doesn’t think he’s good enough for the heroine
  • Hero and heroine separated for a long period of time
  • Secrets and high stakes

Goodreads

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The Last Debutante by Julia London
Highlander

  • Sexy laird w/ supposed amnesia
  • Spirited English lady
  • Adventure, romance, kidnapping

Goodreads

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A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflowers #4.5) by Lisa Kleypas
Wallflower

  • Hero w/ shocking American ways
  • Proper lady-in-waiting
  • Matchmaking

Goodreads

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The Proposal (The Survivors’ Club #1) by Mary Balogh
Titled hero

  • Solitary widowed heroine
  • Daring war hero
  • Rescue meetcute

Goodreads

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Highland Scandal (The Scandalous Series #2) by Julia London
Highlander

  • Hero on the run
  • Marriage of convenience
  • Niece of a highland laird

Goodreads

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Silent Melody (Georgian #2) by Mary Balogh
Series, Published before 2000

  • Beautiful, wild, unspoiled, deaf, and mute heroine betrothed to the wrong man
  • Dark and reckless lord hero
  • Second chance romance

Goodreads

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First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh
Marriage of convenience

  • Fiery sensual family
  • Proud, daring, widowed heroine
  • Eligible bachelor hero

Goodreads

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Again the Magic (Wallflowers #0.5) by Lisa Kleypas
Set outside of London

  • Forbidden romance
  • High class heroine
  • Hero who becomes powerful

Goodreads

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Only a Kiss (The Survivors’ Club #6) by Mary Balogh
Set outside of London

  • Secluded heroine who witnessed her husband’s murder
  • Hero who inherits heroine’s residence unknowingly
  • Can be read as standalone

Goodreads

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Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy #2) by Julia Quinn
Titled hero, Scarred hero, set outside of London

  • Smart and beautiful heroine taking a break from Marriage Mart
  • Wounded war hero
  • Hate to love

Goodreads

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A Rogue of my Own (Reid Family #3) by Johanna Lindsey
By Johanna Lindsey

    • Unknowing rivalry
    • Courtly spies
    • Spies and double lives

 

Goodreads

Backlist Readathon 2020 TBR

The backlist readathon is happening next week, so I figured I’d share my TBR with you!

I love this readathon because it’s so easy for me to find books I already own since I read so many backlist titles as it is.

Here is the info about the readathon:\\B A C K L I S T R E A D A T H O N

DATES:
March 9th – 15th

CHALLENGES:
| read the shortest backlist title
| read the backlist title that intimidates you the most
| read a backlist title you added because of someone else’s recommendation
| read a backlist you are most excited for
| read a diverse backlist book (lgbt, mental illness, author of color, etc.)
| read a backlist with blue on the cover

HOSTS:
| Gabby
| Chan
| Jacqueline
| Emily
| Zoë
| Melanie

Here are the books I’m planning to read for each challenge:

shortest backlist title
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The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
I thought for the shortest book, it would be good to read a poetry book. I’ve had this on my bookshelf for years and on my TBR for even longer. I love modern poetry, so I hope to enjoy this one.
Goodreads

 

backlist title that intimidates you the most
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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I bought this on Audible when it went on sale, but I kind of knew when I bought it that it would take me a while to read it because it’s SO long. However, I am pretty excited about reading this.
Goodreads

 

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Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett
I organized my Audible library by the shortest length book and I came across this one that I must’ve forgotten I owned. I remember seeing this back in 2017 on Goodreads and a few of my GR friends really enjoyed it.
Goodreads

 

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Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains #1) by Katee Robert
I’ve been dying to read this entire series because they are dark romance retellings of Disney stories! This one, I believe, is about Jasmine and Jafar.
Goodreads

 

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Love from A to Z by SK Ali
There is so much diversity in this book and it also has a character with MS (like me!) so I’m super interested to read it.
Goodreads

 

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Bloom by Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau
There is so much diversity in this book and it also has a character with MS (like me!) so I’m super interested to read it.
Goodreads

 

Kindle Unlimited Weekend Readathon Wrap Up

The Kindle Unlimited Weekend Readathon was this past weekend – and it was the best readathon I’ve ever participated in.

I read so many books (granted they were all super short) in such a short amount of time and I interacted with so many fun people on Twitter, Instagram, and even on YouTube.

I read 9 books in total Friday, Dec. 27-29.

Here are all the books I read, their ratings, and mini-reviews:

Something in the Water by Anne Frasier
★★★★★
This book was only a few pages long and I read it in under 20 minutes. This was such a delightful short read that packed a punch. Fair warning, it does end on a cliff-hanger, but I wasn’t mad about it. Knowing that this is a super short story changed my expectations, and I appreciated the ending more than I would have otherwise. I do wish that this book was longer because I love the premise of it, but it was absolutely great as is.
Goodreads

Fling (Wrong #2.5) by Jana Aston
★★★★★
I totally forgot how much I adored this series! I have no idea why I didn’t read this book, I skipped right over it when I was reading the series, but it’s actually my favorite book in the entire series and my favorite read for this entire readathon. Nobody writes hilariously cringey romance scenes as good as Jana Aston.
Goodreads

Brock (Bourne Bodyguards #1) by Mandy Morgan
★★★
I loved the beginning of this book. I thought it started off really strong and I was really liking Brock’s character. But then, it did the thing that short romance novellas usually do, which is rush through the romance, taking away the believability. It ended up taking me out of the story in the end, unfortunately. I am curious about the rest of this series because you do get to see a little something happening between the main character’s roommate and the Hero’s best friend that seemed really interesting.
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Hot Doctor by Hope Ford
★★
The idea of this was better than the execution. I think this would’ve been better as a slow burn, full-length novel, but that basically changes the entire story, so… yeah. LOL! This was another case of instalove that I wasn’t invested in. I also wish, since it is called Hot Doctor, that it was more of a hospital romance, but it was much more of a nanny romance than anything.
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Sacrificed to the Beast by Jessa Kane
★★★★
This book was so wonderfully steamy! It has one of my favorite tropes, which is the inexperienced guy who needs “teaching.” Also, I’m always a fan of Beauty and the Beast reimaginings. While this wasn’t anything ground-breaking, the romance definitely was on point, in my opinion. This story wasn’t as serious as I anticipated it to be, it was written more like a romcom than you’d imagine from the cover. It honestly reminds me a lot of the Ice Planet Barbarians series that I’ve been reading lately because of how secluded the beast is.
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Cellar Door by Trisha Wolfe
★★★★★
Ughhhh it’s been way too long since I’ve read a book by Trisha Wolfe and I’m so happy I did! I’d forgotten how much I adore her writing and her storytelling. I will admit that the beginning seemed a little slow only because I was expecting a romance right from the beginning, however, the romance doesn’t kick in until much later in the story and it’s very low key. But JUST as good as her other dark romances. This was such an interesting thriller with twist and turns I didn’t see coming.
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Barbarian’s Mate (Ice Planet Barbarians #6) by Ruby Dixon
★★★★
I’ve been loving this entire freaking series even though they seem utterly ridiculous. At the end of the day, this series is Avatar fanfiction, let’s be real. But I’m not against that. These books are steamy AF and have, again, my favorite thing in romance novels – an inexperienced hero. This book in particular wasn’t my favorite, but I ate it up like candy. I didn’t really like Josie’s character in previous books, however, she didn’t annoy me nearly as much in this book as she did in others. Also, I LOVE the love interest and have loved him since he was introduced in previous books.
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The Music of the Night by Amanda Ashley
★★★★
The Phantom of the Opera retelling I never asked for, but am so glad I read. To be honest, this book started off super cheesey. I was like, “Really, this is what we’re doing?” at first, however, I was not expecting the angle it took in the end… and it completely changed my view of the entire thing. I wish this book was longer, because I absolutely would’ve loved more to this story!
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Masquerade by Amanda Ashley
★★★★
Amanda Ashley obviously loves Phantom of the Opera as much as I do, because this has very Phantom-ish feels, though not as blatant as the previous book on this list. It was a paranormal romance novella and I adored it. It has your stereotypical dark, brooding, mysterious hero who lurks in the shadows, and I’d forgotten how much I love that trope. I was absolutely here for it with this book.
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50 Short Kindle Unlimited Romance Novels/Novellas Under 300 Pages {Kindle Unlimited Readathon Recs}

I’m so excited to be participating in the Kindle Unlimited Readathon. I was invited to participate by my sweet friend Shelby over at Shelby Taggart Reads on Booktube.

The Readathon takes place over a weekend 12/27-12/29 and the goal is to read as many Kindle Unlimited books as you can during that period.

Reading more Kindle Unlimited books is something I’d like to start doing more of… I need to get the most out of my membership after all – so this readathon is perfect.

I’ve also discovered so many great books that are available on this service thanks to all the recommendation videos associated with this readathon.

Unfortunately, I have an incredibly busy weekend during this readathon, so I started going through all the books I want to read that are available on Kindle Unlimited and pulled all the books that are under 300 pages.

I also did some research and found a bunch of super short novellas.

I compiled the list and thought I’d share it with you in case you are participating in the readathon – or if you just have KU and want to check these out!

You can find the complete list on Amazon here.

I’ve listed these in order from shortest page count to highest page count. I’ve also linked the covers to Goodreads so that you can check out the ratings and read the synopsis for each one.

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