May was a pretty bad month health-wise and whenever I have a sucky time I just get lost in reading. I read 68 books in May, which is quite a lot, even for me. But at lot of them were novella’s because they were easier to read when I was in pain. I really got into Alexa Riley, who is a writing duo, who’s novella’s made me giggle a lot!
Here are a few good books from May, well my favourite eight. There’s a mix with paranormal, historical, romantic suspense and contemporary romance’s that I read and highly recommend!
Savage Urges by Suzanne Wright | Paranormal Romance | 4 Stars – Full review here!
As a volunteer at a shelter for lone shifters—the same one that rescued her—Makenna Wray has dedicated her life to finding homes for its residents. And when she discovers that a teen in her care is related to Ryan Conner, the broody, handsome-as-sin enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, she’s eager to help connect the two. She just wasn’t prepared to feel a connection of her own.
Lone wolves are loners for a reason—and most of them bad. Or so Ryan assumes until he meets the mysterious Makenna. Quirky and sensual, she seems to enjoy riling him, especially when she refuses to discuss her past. Although there is no mating bond, he’s sure she’s the one. All he has to do is be patient and wait. But when another pack’s sinister Alpha comes sniffing around, threatening Makenna and her shelter, this enforcer is ready to let his wolf off the leash…
The Phoenix Pack series consists of great alpha male characters and strong, vibrant and funny females characters who won’t take crap from anyone and a bit of crazy thrown in just to keep things from being too smooth and Savage Urges continues this with this great series with Ryan and Makenna.
Fractured by Suzanne Wright | Paranormal Romance | 4 Stars
Since the moment Imani Prince joined the Grand High Vampires’ legion, she’s been drawn to the self-assured and darkly sexual Robert ‘Butch’ Richardson. Although he walked away from her a year ago after a short fling, she doesn’t judge him for his difficulties with relationships. But now he’s in her space, declaring that he wants her back and regrets his earlier mistakes. While Imani’s past is trying to interfere with the present and the threat of a war is looming, she has to decide whether to give him what he’s demanding: all she has to give. Butch has always struggled to connect with people, but something about the sensual and independent Imani pulls at him until she’s become an obsession that he simply can’t shake. But she was with another male, and watching them together was agonizing. When that relationship ends, Butch makes his move. Now he has to convince her to take a second chance on him, and he won’t leave her alone until she does. As far as he’s concerned, Imani’s his and has always been his. He just needs to make her see that.
Fractured is the fifth book in the Deep In Your Veins series and it was so funny! You don’t have to read the entire series to get this book and to be honest I’m not even sure if you need to read the rest of the series. But it is a good series and oh so funny! The first three books in the series are the same characters but then book four and this book are both different sets of characters. Imani and Butch are such great characters too!
Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt | Historical Romance | 4 Stars – Full review here!
Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans. Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery’s household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous. Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can’t resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear.
Oh gosh! Valentine Napier is one of those characters that you love to hate in a series. When you know he’s going to get his own book you want that villainous character to remain villainous, because this is why you fell in love with that character but, you also want that villainous character to be redeemed because he’s such a great character but you don’t want him to turn into a goody, goody and lose all those villainous quantities that you fell in love with and well that’s exactly what you get with Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt.
Incriminating Evidence by Rachel Grant | Romantic Suspense | 4 Stars
When archaeologist Isabel Dawson stumbles upon an unconscious man deep in the Alaskan wilderness, her survival skills are put to the test. She tends his wounds and drags him to shelter, only to discover she’s saved the life of Raptor CEO Alec Ravissant—the man who may have covered up her brother’s murder to save his senatorial campaign. With no memory of the assault that landed him five miles deep in the forest, Alec doesn’t know what to believe when he wakes in the clutches of the beautiful redhead who blames him for her brother’s death, but he quickly realizes he needs her help to uncover the truth about his lost hours. Isabel never imagined she’d find herself allied with Alec, and he’s the last man she ever expected to find attractive. But the former Army Ranger-turned-politician proves seductively charming, and he’s determined to win much more than her vote. When their quest for answers puts Isabel in the crosshairs, Alec must risk everything—his company, his campaign, and his life—to protect her.
Incriminating Evidence is the first book I’ve read by Rachel Grant and I really enjoyed it! To start with the book was a little predictable but that didn’t last long and I really enjoyed all the twists and turns it gives. Isabel and Alec are well written and interesting characters and while I thought Isabel’s search for what happened to her brother would be boring and long-winded turned out to be a rather enjoyable story!
The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole | Contemporary Romance | 4 Stars
Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning, summoning the nerve to take back her past. She’s determined to forget her old life and is looking for an artist who can tattoo over the scars on her back. Trent Andrews, local legend and owner of the Second Circle tattoo studio, has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And in spite of her mysterious past and the difficult road ahead, he quickly realizes that Harper is funny, smart, and–under her ridiculously oversized clothing and SPF 100 sunscreen–totally hot. He’s happy to take on the challenge of designing a meaningful and deadly full-back tattoo for her. But when cryptic messages start appearing on Harper’s phone, strange deliveries arrive at her door, and Second Circle is vandalized, Harper is convinced that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down, and worse, that he knows about Trent. Running was the only thing that saved her last time, but now that she’s started to put down roots in Miami, she’ll have to decide if she can finally fight back instead.
I thought The Strongest Steel was going to be a really predictable New Adult Romance and it would end up being a DNF. Before I even got to the 50% mark, but I am so happy to say I was wrong! The Strongest Steel was an amazing read! Harper is brilliantly written and I really felt for her and what she’d been through. I was and still am a bit mixed between whether The Strongest Steel falls into the New Adult or contemporary romance genre as really I think it straddles the line and although I’m not a big fan of New Adult The Strongest Steel is definitely worth a read! After reading this I went on to read the other two books but I wasn’t a fan, The Strongest Steel was by far the best book in the series to date!
Lassoing the Mail Order Bride by Alexa Riley | Erotic Romance | 4 Stars
When Clare Stevens walked onto the McCallister ranch, she expected her life to be a certain way. She was the mail-order bride of the owner, and she was to fulfill her duties. Clean the house, cook for his men, and warm his bed at night. What she didn’t expect was the beefy cowboy who walked in and literally swept her off her feet. Cash McCallister didn’t have time to date and find a wife. So a mail-order bride seemed the easiest way to find a partner. He thought he’d made a mistake until he laid eyes on the little piece of sunshine that lit up his life. He never imagined a true love like this. He never knew an obsession could take hold so tightly. When drama hits the farm and their fast love is threatened, can Clare and Cash hold it together?
I read nearly everything in Alexa Riley’s collection during May and what I learnt from reading them? They are very filthy and extremely funny, light-hearted but short reads. Lassoing the Mail Order Bride at only 147 pages was one of my favourite’s because it’s the sort of story-line you would expect from a historical romance yet Lassoing the Mail Order Bride is a modern tale that actually works. Cash is a great broody hero and I adored the way he was written!
Does a Bear Shift in the Woods by Ruby Dixon | Paranormal Romance | 4 Stars
I’m a loner for a reason. I don’t have much in the way of social skills. I’d rather sit on my deck and watch the sunset than hit a tavern with coworkers. My idea of grooming is to trim my beard with a straight blade when it hits my collarbone. I can’t put two words together in the company of a pretty woman…and they don’t come much prettier than wolf-shifter Madison Thorne. She’s everything I’m not—outgoing, easy on the eyes, and sweet. There’s no way I’m convincing her to come home with me. Fortunately I don’t have to. Maddie seems to like my gruff, unpolished self. At least, she likes me enough for one night. The problem is getting her to stay forever.
There was a sample/recommendation in the back of one of Alexa Riley’s books for Does a Bear Shift in the Woods and it really reeled me in because it made me giggle! Yes, if you’ve been reading these A Few Good Books posts recently, you will have noticed that the books that seem to work the best for me are the ones that make me laugh and are also light-hearted and Does a Bear Shift in the Woods is no exception. It’s similar to Alexa Riley’s too in that it’s a short read, only 89 pages and again a very filthy but extremely funny read. And again Chance is such a great broody, not a very social guy that worked for me!
The Devil You Know by Jo Goodman | Historical Romance | 4 Stars
After a horse drags him through the countryside, Israel McKenna awakes bruised and battered in a field in Pancake Valley, Colorado. He can recall where he came from and where he was going, but the memory of how he came to be on the Pancake homestead eludes him. He’s certain he did something wrong to deserve such a harsh punishment—and so is the beautiful woman who reluctantly comes to his aid. Wilhelmina “Willa” Pancake must focus on running her family’s ranch. With Israel’s hazy memory, she is unsure if she can trust him, let alone handle the budding attraction between them. And as men fight to steal her land and the truth about Israel’s past rides toward them, love is a risk she cannot easily take.
I saw a review somewhere for This Gun For Hire and when I went to look it up came across The Devil You Know too and was instantly hooked and had to read it! I will go back and read This Gun for Hire at some point though because I bought that too! But The Devil You Know was amazingly good and not at all what I was expecting. Where has Jo Goodman been all my life? Why had I never heard of her before? Israel and Willa where amazing characters and the secondary characters were just as good too! But Israel and Willa really made the story for me, which was really good because this was their story but I mean that I was really drawn into them. Jo Goodman did I brilliant job of describing the western lifestyle in the 1800’s. I got hooked and went and read lots more of Ms Goodman’s books too and while this was my favourite because it was the first I read there are many other good books by Ms Goodman!