July's HEAs

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Susi's Books:
July was definitely not my month. Hospital stay, a bazillion doc appointments and my finals all in one little cozy month. Blech! I vote for August being a better month. So here my tiny list:

1. Dirty Kiss by Rhys Ford (my review) - 4 stars
This was a really good m/m mystery novel. The setting was rather exotic and the characters highly intriguing. I will keep my eyes open for more of Ford's work.

2. Red Mortal (Gods of Midnight, #4) by Deidre Knight - 3 stars
Last book in the Gods of Midnight series *sobs* and I kind of expected more. Leo and Daphne always had this chemistry between them and for my taste they just spend to much time with denying themselves in this one. Got really annoying at some point to here the same reason again and again and again. And I'm still sad that Mason and Nikos won't have their own book. =(

3. Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour #1) by Olivia Cunning - 4 stars
OMG hawt hawt hawt. I read this one cuz Caro forced me to guinea-pig for her and I was always reluctant cuz I knew it would have rimming and just yuck. *Susi the prude* But well I just ignored those scenes. The rest was hot, hot, hot and the guys are fun in a rockstar kind of way. And they make me think of Apocalyptica doing dirty things. I approve. *g*
4. Rock Hard (Sinners on Tour, #2) by Olivia Cunning - 4 stars
This one was a bit more emotional and not so much focused on the sex. We still have tons of that but the emotional buildup is more complex and the overall feel more thought-provoking. Really liked this change of pace.

5. Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1) by Thea Harrison- 4 stars
This one was really good. Finally a new PNR I actually do like. I wasn't sure if I would like it because I read some spoilers (on accident) before I started it but I did like it. It's not that outstanding as everyone wanted me to believe but it is definitely one of the best.

6. Black Night (Madeline Black, #2) by Christina Henry (my review) - 3 ½ stars
This one was fun- it has awesome characters that will make you giggle and snort and it has the gory fight scenes that will make you O_o. I expected a bit more development of the romantic plotline but there wasn't much.
7. Craving Perfect by Liz Fichera (my review) - 3 stars
This one was funny and reminded me of Bridget Jones but on the other hand it was a bit too shallow and superficial for my taste. I really wanted to bang the heroine's head against some hard.

8. Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2) by Jaci Burton (my review) - 4 stars
Ohhhhh Gavin- I'm in love. I really loved to see how he and Lizzie found their HEA. A love story about to stubborn humans and the smex was hot. Highly recommended series!
9. Indecent Experiment by Megan Hart- 4 ½ stars
A short story I bought for being a good student. And OMG this was hot- this will show what sexual build up should be like. Wonderful and just awesome. All thumbs up.

10. Open Season by Linda Howard - 3 stars
I read this one cuz Has from The Book Pushers pimped it. A nice romantic suspense but for me it was a bit too slow. I wanted a bit more thrill. But it was a fun read with a wonderful condom scene that made me giggle and role my eyes at the same time.

Caro's Books:
I’m not sure why this was a slow month for me too (Susi: you missed me!! Awww. *hugs*) but it turned out that way. *shrug* I won’t complain though because I read some fantastic books. I’m still over-the-roof happy about Backstage Pass! *squee*. Here’s my list:
1. Only Mine by Susan Mallery - 4 Stars (my review)
This is a very cute Small Town romance. Easy to read and full of happy! I fell for this town and its inhabitants.

2. Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase - 4 ½ - 5 Stars
This was different from the usual Historical romances, for once the heroine is working and not an idle aristocrat. This was really good. I’m excited about the next book.

3. Venom Jennifer Estep - 4 ½ Stars - Audiobook
I think this was my favorite in the series so far. But I’m still annoyed at a few of my pet peeves in this series.
4. Something About You by Julie James - 4 ½ Stars
I wish it had more romance from the start. Otherwise it was very funny and the hero was yumilicious. NOM NOM NOM

5. The King’s Courtesan by Judith James - 4 ½ Stars (my review)
I was SO excited to read this book and it didn’t disappoint. My review HERE

6. Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning - Big fat 5 Stars
Woooot!! *suqeeeee* This was SO amazing. I loved it to PIECES. It’s just perfect. I’m still thinking about it now. *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*
7. Hammered by Kevin Hearne - 4 Stars - Audiobook
This was well narrated like the first 2 books but the story was a bit less interesting. Or better said it was a bit harder to follow mostly because I didn’t know ¾ of the deities/Gods/myths mentioned in this book. It was still a good book

8. Inside Out - Lauren Dane - 3 ½ Stars
As much as I love this series, I didn’t enjoy Inside Out as much as the other books. Not enough things happening and I didn’t care much about the main characters. I’ve been waiting for years for Adrian’s story though...I’m excited for Never Enough. It’s killing me to see everyone reading t now. WANTZ!!!

What was your favorite read in July? 
Any recommendations we shouldn't miss in August?


Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Oh my gosh Susi a slow month for you when you have things to worry and exams and you still manage to read 10 books? Holy guacamole :-D Bravo to both of you gals, and I see lots of books being on my TBR list :-)

I just read Stray by Rachel Vincent (I know, I know, was about freaking time) and loved it to pieces! But I think you already read that series, so I'll have to think a bit harder :-) *hugs and here's to August being a much much better month!*

SusiSunshine said...

@Stella Well if you think that most of the time I was in bed I should have read more. And yep read her Shifter novels. Enjoy sweety! ((hugs))

anachronist said...

Poor Susie girl - you was at hospital? Great list - Venom and the rest! I had to make a break from posting.

Blodeuedd said...

Fav read, well there were a few like A wife for Mr Darcy :) And Venetia was really sweet. Good HEAs

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

You still did better than me in July. :) I do hope August goes much better for you and all is well.

I do what to try to get into Christina Henry's series as it looks and sounds amazing.

Here's to a new month and better days. :) Take it easy.

Jackie said...

When Caro gives a books "Big fat 5 stars" I'm definitely gonna check it out, but Susi, "rimming"? That actually made me more curious, lol.

Caro, say it ain't so about Hammered?! I imagine it has a bunch to do with Norse mythology, so I might be okay...I'm a bit of a geek, that way :-p

My fave July read was Forever by Maggie Stiefvater.

SusiSunshine said...

@anachronist Yeah, had an appendectomy. But I'm all good again now. =D

@Blodeuedd You and your Austen books. LOL Will look at Venetia.

@Melissa Ohhhh you will love Beezle <-- I love that gargoyle in Henry's novels.

@Jackie Yeah, well Caro and I have to vibrant imagination it seems. You don't wanna know what we think of when hearing that word. LMAO And I love the Norse mythology too. But wasn't this one about druids?

Marissa said...

Hi Susi,

Dropping by to say hi to you and C!
Keep missing you on Twitter, are you on at all? You had a bad reading month, I have a bad reading year lol. Hope you are well!

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