Where the heck did September go? I swear each month passes faster and faster, an yet I never seem to have time to make a dent in TBR. Oh, the life of a bookworm! Hopefully, the colder months means more time under a blanket with a book.
Before we start talking about what is coming in October, though, let’s recap all the great books read during the month of September. This month brought 25 books to my kindle, and so many were amazing. Make sure you check them out.
Without further ado, here is my monthly wrap-up for September. Below you will find a list of the books with a glimpse of my initial reactions to the book and a link to my full review and other book information. As always, an MB will indicated my top books of the month, and they are books I would highly recommend putting on your TBR!
Scandalous is everything I expected from L.J. Shen, and yet it is also so much more. Yes, it has the antagonistic relationship between hero and heroine, it has the undeniable chemistry that is almost palpable, and it has an engaging story-line. What I wasn’t expecting was the depth of the characters, the complexity of their development, and the many layers that added not only to richly developed characters but also a story that pulled at my heartstrings in a very different way from the previous books.
OH MY GOD!!! I absolutely love every single aspect of The Learning Hours – How to Date a Douchebag by Sarah Ney. It is romantic comedy perfection, and I never EVER wanted their story to end.
Forget You Not starts out with the bang, the chemistry between the two main characters igniting from the moment of impact.
Racer is my first foray into this series with these characters, which can absolutely be read as a standalone novel. I found the story to be fast paced and very steamy.
Exes with Benefits by Nicole Williams is the perfect angsty, second chance romance I needed in my life. From cover to cover, I was infatuated with Canaan and Maggie.
T.M. Frazier is one of my favorite writers. Her anti-heroes are among my favorites, I love the worlds she creates, and I enjoy this unusual and suspenseful situations she brings readers into with each book. While The Outskirts isn’t on the same depravity level as her previous duet, it still had me loving these broken characters and having that Oh My God moment at the end of book one of this duet.
There are so many things that I enjoyed about King of Code – the characters, the chemistry, and the push and pull between hero and heroine.
I may have survived the Checkmate series, but barely. Each of these stories is filled with such angst and heartbreak that I felt my insides ache, and although, team Layla is not my favorite of this duet series, their story is the most heartbreaking.
Sweet. Endearing. Sexy as heck and loads of fun. Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward deliver all this and more with their newest co-written romantic comedy, Dear Bridget, I Want You.
If you are looking for a sweet and light read, Barking Up the Wrong Tree is the perfect one-click read with its low angst and high southern charm.
While I have read each of these authors independently, this is my first venture into their co-written books, and I really enjoyed it. The characters are funny and sweet, and holy heck did Kyle and Vanessa heat up my ereader from page one.
Sexy. Seductive. Alluring. Utterly IRRESISTIBLE. This world of alpha heroes and submissive heroines is where Kendall Ryan shines, and the first book in this duet is scintillating, ultimately leaving readers dying for more.
Mandi Beck sure seems to have my number when it comes to bad boy musicians. First there was Stone, and now we have Beau. Although, not as bad or damaged as Stone, Beau still has the aura, that something, that is just innate in a hero that draws a reader in, very similar to Stone, who we get a little glimpse of throughout Sugar. Not only did Mandi Beck give readers another swoon-worthy bad boy, but we also get a host a awesome heroines who straddle the line between assertive and feminine. The combination of these two groups makes for a compelling and steamy romance.
There are so many reasons that I love this duet. It is well written with interesting and unique characters. It focuses on embracing sexual desires and accepting what turns you on. It focuses on not the right kind of love, but finding the person that will love you the way you need to be loved. In the book world, which often focuses on the right type of hero and heroine with the right type of romance, and I found this couple to be a breath of fresh air.
Yes! Yes! Yessss!! Lust is without a doubt my absolute favorite Emma Hart book I have ever read by her. It is sexy and romantic in a real way, and I couldn’t get enough of Perrie and Adrian.
Corinne Michaels has an a knack for dancing dangerously close to the line that separates heartbreaking romances and ones that pulverize your heart. Even with the peril her books put my heart in, I continue to read them because there is a sense of hope to them, and believe that we can overcome, get better, heal, and find a new happiness, and that idea makes all the angsty heartache worth every moment.
Lucky Number Eleven by Adriana Locke is hands down, without question my favorite book of hers. It has absolutely every thing in I love in a sports romance: cocky sports hero, feisty heroine, and sweet and sexy times. I never wanted it to end.
This is my first Aleatha Romig novel, and while I know she does the dark and twisted romances, I like that my first experience has been this softer and sweeter side of this author. Every character is lovable, every moment is sweet or sexy, sometimes both, and the plot line in general is very low in the angst department, leaving readers with an delightful and entertaining romance.
5 CROWNS – J. Daniels Novella
For lovers of J. Daniels’s Alabama series, this novella is like going home. We get to see old friends, to catch up, and to see where they are headed, and I was enthralled by every single moment with this crew I love so dearly.
4 CROWNS – Helena Hunting Novel
Helena Hunting’s Novella is the perfect story to hold me over while I wait for Hooking Up. It gave me laughs, steam, and the perfect Halloween setting. All I need is a temperature drop, some fall candles, a blanket, and pumpkins, and I’m set for Fall.
I have always enjoyed Scarlett Cole’s story-telling. Not only does she deliver romances with moments of suspense, but her writing style is also one that appeals to me as a reader. This spin-off series in particular is quickly becoming my favorite due to the broken heroes of Preload. There is really nothing better than seeing a hero who is at his heart good, yet broken, find redemption and healing in the arms of someone he loves.
Dr. Neuro by Max Monroe might very well be my favorite story by this phenomenal writing duo. With the perfect balance of humor and romance, Nick and Charlotte’s story enchanted me from their first encounter.
I really enjoyed the conclusion to the Tangled Liesseries and mainly because my guy won in the end. This seems to be deciding factor in who is liking and not liking the final book in this love triangle, but even if my hero choice didn’t win the girl, I really feel that Pam Godwin did an amazing job with their journey and how Dani selected who she ended up with in the end.
MVP is an apt name for Lauren Blakely’s newest hero and story as it has taken the number one slot of all her books. The characters, the banter, the sexual chemistry, and the relationship between Cooper and Violet makes this another must read HIT.
With Melt, Carrie Aarons shows the softer and lighter version of her writing. We get sweet characters and light hearted romance to entertain us from the opening pages.
I love the Harris family. Every single one of them. Booker, though, is my favorite so far. His journey, along with Poppy, from friends to lovers is filled with heartwarming childhood memories, painful past mistakes, and heated and intimate moments in the present.
Coming during the month of October…
October is another fantastic reading month, too, and it looks like I’ll be spending my spooky season with some great romances. I cannot wait to share my thoughts and talk books with you. So, make sure you check back this month for more reviews, cover reveals, excerpts, giveaways, and more special posts.