I hope everyone had a great November! I hosted a giveaway with audible.com.au, started my Christmas craft, posted my first Arts and Craft tutorial and read 7 books. Lots of romance below and mostly all great. It was a month of love for me, mini reviews are included below!
Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren – 5 stars
Another steamy and beautiful read from Christina Lauren, 5 stars should honestly come at no surprise! I think it’s safe to say that this was the cutest in the series. Niall was super vulnerable, shy and sweet. It was so refreshing to have a male protagonist who wanted everything to slow down, who wanted to take the relationship slow and kind of find themselves in each other. Ruby followed along the footsteps of our other beautiful leading ladies with her take action attitude, her ambition and how appropriately she swooned
“For some reason I was unable to call him by his only given name. Niall Stella was a two man honor. Like Prince Harry or Jesus Christ.”
Super cute, super fast and super hot! It basically had all the things!
Beautiful by Christina Lauren – 5 stars
I attempted to review Beautiful earlier this month, which you can find here. It ended up mainly being about why I love this series and all of our leading ladies. If your hesitant to pick up the series I would suggest reading the post, I may just change your mind!
Royally Screwed by Emma Chase – 😈 4 stars
I don’t think I have ever read a book about royalty before. I was pleasantly surprised with the ending and I also really like how real Olivia was and how unapologetic Nicolas was.
“Then in one move, I pick up his plate—and smash the apple pie in his stupid, handsome face. “Kiss this, asshole.” I straighten up and slap the check down. “Here’s your bill; leave the money on the table. There’s the door—use it before I come back with my baseball bat and show you why they used to call me Babe Ruthette.”
The banter was great and so was the writing! I also really loved the male narrator her really bought Nicolas to life. Super excited to see where the series is headed – though I’m pretty sure I can already tell who is going to be paired with who and I can’t wait to see it unfold.
Burying Water by K.A. Tucker – 4 stars
This was a really interesting story. I was expecting something a little more darker, though the subject matter was definitely dark, I guess I just didn’t find the fear believable, idk what i’m saying I just think the tone wasn’t as dark as I was expecting. Anyway I liked all of the main characters and the story was really engaging. The dual timelines was also really effective however I wish they would have came together sooner. A great to start to the series and definitely has me intrigued. One element I really enjoyed was the small town of Sisters, I hope we see more from the people there and just the setting in general!
Black Iris by Leah Reader – 3 stars?
You will notice the ? Next to my star rating and that is because I have no idea how to rate this book!!! Some things I really loved and some things I really did not like at all. In a nutshell (because this could become very ranty) I felt that Black Iris promoted self medication, a ridiculous amount of drug use (like there is no way you can function on that amount of drugs on the daily) and an overall lack of a real plot. The constantly changing timeline drove me nuts and it didn’t really add much to the story. Similarly to Unteachable (her first novel) there was times when I felt the story lull and I wasn’t really sure what was going on. I did however LOVE the writing which came as no surprise. She writes in such a lyrical way, you get lost in the writing and all the feelings its causes. I also really enjoyed the exploration of Laney’s sexuality, as a straight women it was really interesting and important to see from her perspective the challenges she faces as a bisexual teenager and I think this part of the book is where it truly shines.
“If I was gay, I wouldn’t need an asterisk beside my name. I could stop worrying if the girl I like will bounce when she finds out I also like dick. I could have a coming-out party without people thinking I just want attention. I wouldn’t have to explain that I fall in love with minds, not genders or body parts. People wouldn’t say I’m ‘just a slut’ or ‘faking it’ or ‘undecided’ or ‘confused.’ I’m not confused. I don’t categorize people by who I’m allowed to like and who I’m allowed to love. Love doesn’t fit into boxes like that. It’s blurry, slippery, quantum. It’s only limited by our perceptions and before we slap a label on it and cram it into some category, everything is possible.”
Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker – 3 stars
I was expecting a little bit more after enjoying the first book. I liked both characters but I just don’t think I really got in to the story. I have only heard good things about this series so I think I will give the next book a chance and see where it goes from here.
Savage Things by Callie Hart 5 stars –
I LOVE Callie Hart I also LOVE me some Zeth Mayfair. The Blood and Roses Series is one of my favourites of all time and I hope she never stops writing about these characters. I wasn’t expecting that twist at then end but am SOOOO glad it happened! Super excited to see Zeth and Sloane kick some ass in the next book! I also can’t wait to see how Mason’s character developes after what happened in this one. This was a massive improvement after the disappointing start to this series loved loved loved it!
“I thought there was a limit to how much one person could care about another, but it turns out I was wrong. It turns out the depths you can love someone are boundless.”
I also re-listened to:
- The Consequence of Loving Colton – 5 stars
Still currently reading
How was your November? Did you get to read everything you hoped to read?