In an effort to blog--and read--more in 2019, I've decided to keep track of the books I've read and loved every month. In some cases, they're books I've read before, whether only a few months ago, or years. Because there's not many sub-genres of romance I won't read, keep an eye out for your favorites, because chances are I'll get to them.
As always, I want to hear from YOU. What you're reading, what you've loved, and what you think of my picks of the month.
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Okay, so technically, I didn't read this book in January. It didn't release until February 1st, but I may have stayed up all night binge-reading it. So it counts, right?
Anyway, if you read my Top 5 Romance Books of 2018 post (if you didn't, go ahead. I'll wait), you'll know I fell in love with Pippa Grant with Beauty and the Beefcake. I wasn't exactly subtle about my love for Ares.
Immediately after finishing BatB, I went and started her entire backlist from the beginning, with Mister McHottie. I took a small break after Zeus's story (The Pilot and the Puck-Up) to re-read Ares story, before I went back to Royally Pucked and got caught up with the rest of the books.
*Side note: Ares (Beauty and the Beefcake) is still my favorite, because he's my absolute FAVORITE hero, ever, and I don't think anyone will knock him off the top of the list for a long, long time. But alllll of Pippa's books are amazing. I mean...READ THEM NOW amazing.
Charming as Puck, Pippa's latest Thrusters book, didn't disappoint. While I kind of wanted Nick and Kami to get together while I was reading Beauty for the first--or second--or third--time, I trusted Pippa enough to put Nick with the perfect-for-him woman, even if it wasn't Kami. But, ohmygod, I'm so glad it was. These two were so perfect. Nick's an ass, and you know how I love my bad boys, but what I really loved about him was that he didn't usually mean to be an ass. Most heroes-and I'm looking at you dragons--are proud of their asshole-ness. And most of the time, they're entitled to it. They've seen enough, done enough, they get to be jaded dicks to most of the world. And while I loooove me an asshole hero who has a soft sweet spot for his heroine, Nick blew me away because he genuinely didn't want to hurt anyone. Ever. He didn't particularly set out to cause problems*, or forget birthdays, or hurt anyone. Because he never meant it and he was always generous and caring to the people he loved, everyone forgave his self-absorbed tendencies.
I know. That makes him sound bad, right? I mean, I'm not saying he was perfect from the beginning. He totally screwed up big time. And it takes him awhile to realize it, and even longer to realize why that bothers him so much. But when he does realize it, holy mother-pucking YES. His single-minded obsession with Kami, her happiness, and deserving her just blew me the hell away.
And as always with her books, I walked away believing that Kami was the absolute perfect woman for him. It's been a really long while since I identified with a heroine so strongly, but as the sweet sometime-doormat who no one ever wants to upset, I was so firmly in her corner from the very beginning. Her backbone was never bitchy, never mean, never careless. She just finally realized what she was worth and what she deserved, and she simply refused to settle for anything less, no matter how much her heart wanted her to.
*Pranks on Zeus don't count. Does anyone really doubt at this point that the Berger twins can take care of themselves?
It's never a good thing when I close a book for a night, and see it on my Kindle the next day and cannot remember what it was about, or what the main characters' names were.
And honestly, I'd forgotten I'd read this until it showed up on my Goodreads Challenge.
It's not that it was bad. It wasn't. It was cute. It's my first book from Abby Knox, and I'm meh about whether I'll read another one or not.
The problem for me was that it just wasn't memorable. At all. If you've read Madison Faye or Alexa Riley, you've read this book. (I know that sounds like a dig, but it's really not. If I hadn't read so many of their books, I probably would have loved this one a bunch more.)
Normally, I can ignore plot holes when reading contemporary romance novellas like this one. Let's face it, I'm not reading it to get wrapped up in details. But occasionally, they pull me out of the story completely. The one thing I can't forgive and move on from? A heroine who makes stupid decisions because she's 'innocent' or poor. That doesn't mean the poor girl doesn't have a brain in her head, it just means the author wanted a quick, easy way to get the hero to rescue her.