How are we already 11 days into November? Anyway, I’m finally getting the time to post my wrap-up of October reads, but I guess it is better late than never!
October brought another wonderful month of releases and books. I read and reviewed 30 novels, resulting in very little sleep, and revealed numerous covers, excepts, and teasers. The list runs the gamut, with everything from romantic comedies to YA to suspense. Below you will find a list of the books with a glimpse of my initial reactions to the book, a link to my full review and other book information, and an MB will indicated my top 5 books of the month.
5 YOU BETTER GET A FAN CROWNS
With the release of Checkmate: This is War, Kennedy Fox, with their sharp and witty characters, sex scenes that burn up the pages, and plots that ensnare the attention of the reader, is hottest new writing duo to hit the romance world, and I certainly can’t wait to see what they publish after the duet. In the meantime, make sure you pick upCheckmate: This is War! I swear to you, readers will never be the same after meeting and falling in love with Travis King.
4 AMERICAN ROYALTY CROWNS
Bedmates by Nicole Chase is the first book that I have read by her, and it isn’t what expected. It is more. From the characters to the plot to the themes of the book, this story just became more than what I ever expected it to be.
5 STOLEN CROWNS
There is no need for any thievery here! With the characters, the plot, and the well-written prose, L.H. Cosway has created a story that will have the reader gladly handing over his/her heart to Stu and Andrea and the wonderful secondary characters of Thief of Hearts, leaving the reader anxious for the final installment of the series.
5 YOU CAN’T TAME WILD CROWNS
Daniels delivers the romance and the dirty every time! I honestly don’t need a cover or a blurb to one-click a book written by her. Why? Because I know that I am guaranteed a well-written story that will warm my heart and make me blush, and Four Letter Word delivers on all aspects. It is an absolute must read!
5 FAIRY-TALE CROWNS
Rachel Van Dyken gives a re-telling of the classic fairy-tale Cinderella with The Bachelor Auction. With this story, she provides the reader with a beautiful love story that will leave the reader with the after-reader glow, I swear you won’t stop smiling.
3.5 BLOOD RIDER CROWNS
Threat, the first book in a new MC series by Tia Lewis, is a fast paced, engaging read that will have the reader falling in love with the Blood Riders. If you are a fan of MC books, this is definitely one to try, and if you are a newbie, like me, I think this would be one to try out first just to test the waters.
Moving. Gorgeous. Stunning. Beautiful. Heart-warming. Poignant. This book is simply everything, possibly one of my favorite books ever published by this amazing author. From page one, I was gripped by the characters and their stories, and I couldn’t stop until I got the end. Even then, I didn’t want to let go; it was just that good!
5 BALLISTIC CROWNS
I can always count on the Pucked series to make me smile, to make me laugh, and to make me feel that warm reader glow, and with newest addition,Pucked Under, which focuses on my favorite characters to date, Helena Hunting gives the lovers of this series another shot of pure fun!
5 JUMP ME WITH ME CROWNS
My very first K. Bromberg book has left me completely astounded. These characters, their stories, their development over the course of the book is enthralling and beautiful, truly the epitome of romance.
4 FIX ME UP CROWNS
Kendall Ryan in my book is the queen of the quick and dirty romance. She is always able to create these irresistible heroes who make me swoon and fast paced plot lines that keep my engaged. The Fix Up is just another example of her talents!
4 SAVAGE CROWNS
Annika Martin’s Savage Mafia Prince is unlike any other romance I have read. These characters and their stories will have you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting with bated breath to see how it will all unfold, so if you haven’t started this series yet, then do it! Fulfill the prophecy!
5 STEAL MY HEART CROWNS
I love Staci Hart’s writing. Her words are laced with emotion and it hits me in the heart every single time. Tonic is no different. All I can hope for now is some more books based on all those other artist at Tonic.
4 POUR ME A SHOT CROWNS
Kandi Steiner creates a beautiful and tragic tale of love that never seems to get it together, but is so powerful so passionate that you can’t walk away. It is moving and heartfelt, and I felt every single emotion in my heart. Just make sure when you sit down to read this one, it may go better if you have some WHISKEY!
3.5 SPY WORTHY CROWNS
Jillian Dodd has created a world of intrigue and mystery, so if you love a little suspense with your romance, then The Eagle could be the book for you. Check it out!
4 SEXY AND HOT CROWNS
Lauren Blakely continues to be a must read author for me, and this series of stand-alones are simply fantastic. The unique male point-of-view makes these stories original, and there is nothing I love more than this woman’s heroes. They are good men who are sexy as hell. What could really be any better than that?
5 ROYAL CROWNS
Erin Watt delivers a completely fantastic conclusion to the series readers have become enamored with. These authors will have the reader sitting on the edge of his/her seat in suspense, on the verge of tears with heartache, and smiling with the final pages of this book. It is truly an epic and exciting ride!
4 DEVILISH CROWNS
Honor by Jay Crownover ventures into the dark and depraved world of The Pointe, and just like any devil would, the reader will be lured in and want to stay. I know that I did, and I have every intention of returning with all those new possible stories she hinted at throughout the book.
Penelope Douglas continues to reign supreme in my world of romance. I adore her words, her characters, her story-lines, her writing style. Her seamless blending of dark and light, hate and love, torment and peace, results in 5 CROWN goodness, and I can never get enough!
5 ROYAL CROWNS
I am in love! I love Prince Nicholas. I love Olivia. I love their story. I love her writing. There is not one aspect of this story that did not make my heart melt or leave me with warm tingly feelings. It is complete romance perfection!
4 HIGHLY ADDICTED CROWNS
Alex Lucian is an author I have come to one-click. He stories always center around characters, who are not always easy to like, but are authentic and have real-world problems. She isn’t easy on her characters and pushes them to uncomfortable places at times. But her unique voice and plot lines make her stand out as an author. I know that I will certainly continue to read her fantastic stories.
3 ENTERTAINING CROWNS
Hat Trick by Kristen Hope Mazzola is my first by her, and it is a quick and enjoyable read. The characters are likeable, the plot line is interesting, and the writing is good. It has all the markings of a quick and entertaining romance.
4.5 BURN ME CROWNS
Grasping Air is another fantastic hit in the Flipped series. There is romance, heat, angst, drama, pretty much everything one loves in a romance. This quick and entertaining read should definitely find a way onto your bookshelf.
5 SUNNY CROWNS
A Place in the Sun is the quintessential R.S. Grey novel. There is humor, romance, and heart, so much heart that my own was full as I read this enticing journey of Georgie Archibald.
Holy cow, people!!! Penny Reid has completely knocked it out of the park with Beard Science and Cletus. I am huge fan of Penny Reid. I have read every book she has ever written, and I can hands down make the claim that this is the best book has ever published! It hits the mark in every aspect of what makes a good romance.
5 SWEET CROWNS
As always, with every Sarina Bowen book, the writing is absolutely impeccable. The way in which she constructs her stories draws the reader in and doesn’t let them go. The characters she thinks up are always endearing, leaving the reader no choice but to invest in them and the resolution to their story. And, particularly in this series, the setting and the integration of farming and the orchard peaks the interest of the reader.
Meghan March has done it again! This story comprises every single thing I love about romance. Everything from the characters to the plot line to the writing is just pure yummy alpha goodness.
4 WTF CROWNS
This book did something to me. It tore more up, made me angry, shocked me to the core, and yet I am still salivating for more. I need more of this gritty and seedy world with these unsavory characters that I shouldn’t love, yet I do. I need to see retribution, I crave it! And I certainly can’t wait to see how Belle Aurora is going to conclude this series.
5 EVIL NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD CROWNS
T.M. Frazier is one of my go-to dark romance writers. Her words are like her men, I shouldn’t love them, I know I should be appalled by them, but I just can’t find it in me to care. I love everything about it, her words, her characters, her stories. This series has become my drug, and I just don’t want to quit.
4 FUN AND DIRTY CROWNS
The plot of this story is fast-paced, and the relationship between the characters develops quickly. Even with the quick development, there are enough key scenes for readers to invest in them as a couple and their story. In fact, I wanted more – more experiences, more encounters, more moments between Gabe and Sandra.
5 SUBMIT TO ME CROWNS
CD Reiss is one of my favorite writers. I know that with her books there will be hot and kinky scenes, elements of darker and more depraved acts from the characters, characters who are relatable, and plots that are engaging, but more than that, CD Reiss delivers excellent writing that grabs my attention from the beginning and doesn’t let go.
Say You Want Me is another emotional, romantic, and beautiful read from Corinne Michaels. With its engaging plot, endearing characters, and a romance that will hit you in the heart, Say You Want Me will become another story readers will have no choice but to love.
5 STEAL MY BREATH CROWNS
The Bandit is my first ever venture into the land of B.B. Reid, and I have already booked a return trip! This book is absolutely everything a dark romance should be with its love-to-hate anti-heroes, suspenseful and often violent plot, and antagonistic and steamy relationships.
5 HAIL TO THE CHIEF CROWNS
Mr. President is the perfect example of Katy Evan’s ability to write a hero that just has charisma and radiates sex appeal in a genuine and confident way. She creates the perfect balance of cocky yet humble, resulting in heroes that exude sex appeal, and just like the heroines in her stories, readers have no choice but fall for their charms.
September is shaping up to be another fantastic reading month. So, what can you look forward to this month here at Musings of the Modern Belle?
You will see more excerpts, more teasers, more giveaways, and as always more reviews. I am particularly excited for Sweet Cheeks by K. Bromberg, Heat Wave by Karina Halle, Fractured Ink by Helena Hunting, Managed by Kristen Callihan, Sexy Lies & Rock and Roll by Sawyer Bennett, Major Love by Kate Stewart, Hold my Breath by Ginger Scott, After We Fall by Melanie Harlow, Out of Bounds by Lauren Blakely, Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell, Crown Jewels by Ella James, Scoring Her by Max Monroe, and so many others.
Thank you for spending the last month with me, and I hope you are loving the blog! Please continue to comment as I love seeing what you have to say about books. I look forward to another great month of reading, and I only hope that you have just as many great books on the horizon!