Ahhh! Another month down, and we’re SO close to the end of 2017. I had made it my personal goal (or resolution?) to read 50 books this year, and at 41, I’m on track to meeting that goal. October was a slow reading month for me, mostly because I’ve been trudging slowly through Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King, and also because I spent much of October plotting and beginning my second novel. (Hehehehe).
I read three books last month, and they are as follows:
- Absinthe by Winter Renshaw – 4/5 stars. I rather enjoyed this forbidden love story that is centered around a young woman named Halston who was taken in by her aunt and uncle and has a small obsession with classic novels. She downloads a virtual dating app on her phone and meets a man who goes by the name of Kerouac – they exchange many flirtatious and downright dirty messages throughout the summer; they even talk on the phone. But he is adamant about never, ever meeting her – until one day during the school year she is sent to the principal’s office and lo-and-behold, Kerouac is actually Principal Hawthorne and boy is he sexy. I loved the push and pull in the book but felt rather unsatisfied by the naughty scenes later on in the book. The author seems to build the premise of mind-blowing sex but then doesn’t deliver. But, it was still a wonderful love story and I gave it 4/5 stars.
- From This Moment by Melanie Harlow – 5/5 stars. From This Moment is another fantastic release from Melanie Harlow, a comfort romance at its finest. Hannah is a single mom, a widow, who mourns her husband’s death. Wes is her husband’s twin brother, and seeing him brings fresh memories to mind that are almost too much to bear, but her daughter wants her Uncle Wes in her life, and Hannah can’t say no.I loved this story, and felt it was so on point with angst, and couldn’t get enough of Wes. He was a true gentleman to Hannah at all times and it was so touching to read. Recommend for anyone who loves hurt/comfort romance, or taboo romance.
- Saved by a Rake by Em Taylor – 4/5 stars. I couldn’t tell you the last time I read a historical/regency romance, but Em Taylor did not disappoint. The book starts off with Lady Rebecca Eversley picking herself up from a terrible situation – her would-be betrothed, the Earl of Newthrope, ravished her and stole her innocence. She is faced with ruination. However, the notorious rake Lord Daniel Ramsey has been given an ultimatum from his deathly ill father: marry or lose his inheritance. And the newly ruined Lady Rebecca Eversley is suddenly a very tempting candidate. I loved this tale of healing and sacrifice. Rebecca learns to love a rake, and Daniel shows her how to be loved after her terrible experience. A must read for any regency romance lover!