The Monthly Epilogue: January

Yes I changed it….well for now! I did away with the weekly epilogue and changed to monthly……but I miss weekly so I’ll be mixing and matching each month! Can you tell I’m indecisive about this!!!

I have not been around much in January so I apologise for that. I’ve had some health issues that I FINALLY have answers to and it appears all my issues are down to fact my ovaries hate me, my intestines hate me and my stomach doesn’t like gluten…so hello to PCOS, diverticulitis and being a celiac for me! I mean how do these things suddenly happen?! But at least I have answers now and can manage it!

I had quite a few arcs to read in January so I dubbed it arc month! Although a ‘me’ read did pop in there!

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Untouchable by Sam Mariano

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Boys of Brayshaw High by Meagan Brandy

Darkness Embraced by Tillie Cole

Drawn into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

 

Look out for my February reading list to see what I’ll be reading!

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Review: Drawn into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds….

Title: Drawn into Love

Series: Fluke My Life #4

Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds

If you love a read of love and second chances then this book is for you! I love this author. I have read every single word she has read….and I plan to keep on doing that!

Courtney Williams wanted forever. She got six years of empty promises, a divorce, and a well-deserved settlement that’s paid her way to Manhattan. She has a new home under renovation, a new job, and a do-over as a happy “single in the city”—until she meets an architect with designs on more than her beams. He’s also a devoted single dad, a great cook, and has dark lashes to die for. Too good to be true. Now all Courtney can do is whisper, Oh no, not again.

Divorced Lucas Fremont isn’t looking to get swept away. But how can he not with a woman this sweet and sexy? She’s making his broken heart beat fast. His sister-in-law, Fawn, says go for it. But as cautious as Courtney is, Lucas has to do more than that. He has to fight for it. Now all he can do is think, Don’t let this one get away.

But Courtney comes with a secret. And Lucas comes with a bitter ex. If love is to stand a chance, they’re going to have to take a chance.

Lucas and Courtney meet after her divorce and him settling into a new-ish place after getting custody of his daughter, Madeline.

I loved it. I loved Courtney. I loved Lucas. I loved Madeline. I loved his family. I loved how this story plucks at the heart strings. I loved their love.

So you can tell I had a lot of love for this book, actually this author in general!

And the ending, the different points of view…loved it!

My February reading list….

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I’m taking part in Fantasy February with the wonderful Kathy at Books and Munches so my list is tailored to that…..interspersed with arcs I need to read!

Slayer by Kiersten White – arc (that I can’t wait to read!)

Enchantee by Gita Trelease – arc (again, cant wait to read!)

Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter – arc (looks fab!)

Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan – arc (am very curious!)

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa – I got this off Netgalley but know it has been out for some time…..

 

The Wicked King by Holly Black – can’t bloomin wait to dive in!

The Gathering by LA Fiore – from my Beat the Backlist challenge.

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye – from Fairyloot, I’ll be joining in their readalong.

Legend by Marie Lu – have had this paperback for ages!

Mirage by Somaiya Daud – a Fairyloot book I haven’t read yet!

 

And if I read all those it will be a miracle!!!

What are you reading for February?

Any of the books that I have chosen?

Stacking the Shelves…I’m out of control!

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Ok…..so I am out of control.

In January I have accumulated 17 books (9 purchases and 8 arcs). I need an intervention! And the worst thing? I’m in a book funk and have been for over a week…but I can’t stop buying!

Here are the books I got in the last 2 week’s and you can see my first lot here.
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Slayer by Kiersten White

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

Darkness Embraced by Tillie Cole

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I Dare You by Shantel Tessier

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Stain by AG Howard

Drago by Sarah Brianne

Cruel Money by KA Linde

 

I’m off for a lie down and to sob over all the money I don’t have!!!!

TBR Thursday….have you read King Hall by Scarlett Dawn?

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

My pick this week is King Hall by Scarlett Dawn.

A few of my book friends raved about this series so of course I had to buy the first book! Its billed as a fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on tight NA fantasy!  Now that’s a great description!!


King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution.

 

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Ultimate Reading Challenge….I’m so in!

I’m doing it! Another challenge!

Beware of The Reader and Collectors of Book Boyfriends have combined their awesomeness to bring you 2019’s Ultimate Reading Challenge. They challenge you to read a book each month based on the theme of the month. You can see the sign up post here.

Rules:

  • Books must be at least 150 pages
  • Must be read during the assigned month
  • You must write at least a mini review. It can just be a couple sentences.
  • You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! Readers can link to their bookshelf on Goodreads.
  • Books can be in any format (ARC, audiobook, eBook, paperback)
  • Can be published any year
  • Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Expect a surprise giveaway

 

I haven’t chosen any books for this yet and as January is a free read I can choose any of the 9 books I’ve already read.

Are you joining in?

Review: Darkness Embraced by Tillie Cole

If you love a dark, gritty MC Romance, then this series is for you! I’ve devoured every book as soon as it’s come out and, luckily received an arc this time!

Title: Darkness Embraced

Series: Hades Hangmen #7

Author: Tillie Cole

THE DEEPEST LOVE CAN BE BORN FROM THE FIERCEST HATE…⁣

⁣Born to sit on opposing thrones.⁣

They were never meant to fall.⁣

⁣Tanner Ayers is the heir of the Texas Ku Klux Klan. Fed nothing but hate, violence, and intolerance from the day he was born, Tanner kills for his cause without remorse.⁣

Until he meets Adelita Quintana, the daughter of the most brutal cartel boss in Mexico.⁣

⁣Adelita and Tanner hate each other instantly. But there is something between them that neither can explain or deny. Hate turns to desire, desire turns to love, and for the first time Tanner sees how wrong his whole life has been.⁣

⁣For years, Tanner does everything he can to find a way for him and Adelita. He walks away from the Klan, his family, everything he ever believed, and joins the Hades Hangmen. But now the Hangmen are at war—not only with his own family, but with Adelita’s too.⁣

⁣When Adelita and Tanner are thrown together again, they are forced to fight for a love that should never have been. For a love that puts them and everyone they have ever loved in danger.⁣

⁣The White Prince.⁣

The cartel princess.⁣

And a future that seems shrouded in darkness…⁣

Adelita, princesa of the Mexican cartel and Tanner, Prince of the KKK.

But this isn’t your normal fairy tale, every Prince Charming is different is he not?

And it goes off. Like totally off!

The revelations had my jaw hanging! I must admit, the first half of this book, I wasn’t that excited. But OMG I soon got excited! It’s an intense, hate filled and dark (do you see what they have to put up with!) story that will blow your mind!

January Fairyloot Unboxing *spoilers ahead*

January Fairyloot

Theme = Unbreakable Bonds

  • Raven Crew cushion cover by Monolimeart and KDP Letters featuring artwork and a quote from The Raven Boys. I love a cushion cover and fear my bed will soon be taken over by them all!
  • Will and Jem candle by Geeky Clean inspired by The Infernal Devices. Its tea and sweet sage flavour and smells delish!
  • Salted Caramel hot chocolate from The Tea Leaf Co. representing Lia and Paulines friendship in The Remnant Chronicles. My son nabbed this as soon as I’d opened!
  • A Fellowship Friendship Woodmark by Wonder Designs inspired by LOTR. Love a bookmark, have quite the collection now!
  • Lip balm by Book and Nook inspired by Three Dark Crowns. Lip balms are always very welcome in my house!
  • Dregs hairband by FictonTea Designs inspired by The Six of Crows. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!
  • Tarot cards this month were Fayre and Azriel from ACOTAR series…….we have Amren and Cassian, so who will be next?!

Book of the month is Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

  • Sprayed edges ✔
  • Signed by the author ✔
  • Can’t wait to read it!

Six for Sunday…..Bookish Loves….

Six for Sunday is the brainchild of Steph at A Little But A Lot and this week’s prompt is: Bookish Loves

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I didn’t really know what context this was in so decided to show you 6 of the things I love about books and the book world.

Bookish Reading place


I really wish that I had a reading nook but I don’t! My fave place to read is on my bed surrounded by my bookish cushions (I have 4!)

Bookish Reading time

Bear with me here! I love to read in the evening on week days…I probably start around 8 when my son is in bed…..I love the silence! On weekends I squeeze in where I can….and if I can!

Bookish things


Pens, notebooks, keyrings, mugs……you name it and I LOVE bookish stuffs!

Authors I love

There are so many! Here are a few that are my ride or dies….I’d read their shopping lists…..

  • Sarah J Maas
  • Kristen Ashley
  • Tillie Cole
  • Marie Lu
  • And so many more……

Fairyloot


I’ve been getting Fairyloot for over a year now and I can safely say that I have never been disappointed!

Rereads

Oh god yes, there is nothing like a reread to get you out of a slump…And these are the books/series I love to reread!

  • The Three Series by Kristen Ashley
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley
  • Reapers Legacy by Joanna Wylde
  • Until November by Aurora Rose Reynolds