Sunday, 30 September 2012

September Flashback

Summer is officially over. School has started (the buses in the morning are crammed with kids going to classes), nights are chilly and we are grateful for every sunny day. Thankfully we had a lovely September: warm with 28 C and lots of sun, feels like we get a little extension to the summer months :-)

Books read
  1. Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl (Book #2 in the Donovan Brothers Brewery series)
  2. Timeless Desire by Gwyn Cready
  3. An Illicit Temptation by Jeannie Lin
  4. A Vengeful Affair by Carmen Falcone
  5. Misplaced Princess by Mari Carr and Lexxi Cooper
  6. A Question of Trust by Emma Hillman
  7. Take it Like a Vamp by Candace Havens 
  8. West of Want by Laura Kaye (Book #2 in the Hearts of the Anemoi series)
  9. Crazy Love by Nicola Marsh
  10. Clean by Alex Hughes (Book #1 in the Mindspace Investigations series)
  11. Ashwyn by Nadia Lee
  12. In Bed with the Opposition by Stephanie Draven*
  13. Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews 
  14. When You Give a Duke a Diamond by Shana Galen (Book #1 in the Jewels of the Ton series)

Books reviewed

Here are the reviews I posted on Ex Libris this month:
  1. Ravish Me by Cindy Jacks
  2. The Virgin Huntress by Victoria Vane (Book #2 in the Devil DeVere series) 
  3. Her Forbidden Hero by Laura Kaye
  4. Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn (Book #1 in the Gamble Brothers series)
  5. Luscious by Amanda Usen
  6. In-Flight Delight by Francesca St. Claire
  7. Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander (Book #1 in the Edie Spence trilogy)
  8. Clean by Alex Hughes (Book #1 in the Mindspace Investigations series)

Books I liked the best this month:

This month I had these absolute favourites:

Ever since I discovered Nicola Marsh thanks to Busted in Bollywood she became a must read author for me. I love her witty writing style which is full of sexy banter between the h/h, and this latest novel of hers was even better than any of the 2 novels  have read from her so far! Crazy Love was heart-warming, sexy, romantic and oh so witty, LOVED it! Come back on Wednesday to read my review of Crazy Love and my interview with Nicola as she reveals some behind the scenes secrets about the book and you could even win a copy of Crazy Love!

I loved this book! It reminded me of my favourite romantic comedy films (like While You Were Sleeping) I got the same warm and fuzzy feeling. Loved the witty and funny parring dialogue between the hero and heroine, and it was a sweet and sexy story I'm sure I'll be re-reading many times as a comfort read. It became one of my favourite reads of 2012 and you can read my review detailing why very soon.

Books I liked the least this month:

And to keep the balance here are the two books which disappointed me the most:

This started out like a light and fun sexy paranormal romance but sadly I found the heroine irritating and the story just dragged on. I kept forcing myself to read it, and though there were come moments, overall it wasn't a story I enjoyed.

I was excited to read this book (mostly due to the premise, the cute cover and the reference to Diana Gabaldon's series), but it was a let down. You can read my dual review with Marlene over at Book Lovers Inc. until I post my review here.

Reading Challenges:

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge: 131/170 books read, 39 to go
Romance and Me Reading Challenge: 8/12 books read, 5 to go
Historical Romance Reading Challenge: 34/12 books read - COMPLETED
E-Book Reading Challenge: 112/150 books read, 38 to go
Men in Uniform Reading Challenge: 13/10 books read - COMPLETED
Speculative Romance Reading Challenge: 20/12 book read, 0 to go - COMPLETED
Horror and Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge: 10/24 books read, 14 to go
Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge: 6/12 books read, 6 to go
Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge: 6/6 book read, 0 to go - COMPLETED
Harlequin Silhouette Reading Challenge: 8/6 book read, 0 to go - COMPLETED
Erotic Reading Challenge: 21/20 books read, 0 to go - COMPLETED
1st in a Series Reading Challenge: 38/20 books read, 0 to go - COMPLETED
2nd in a Series Reading Challenge: 13/20 books read, 7 to go
NetGalley Reading Challenge: 49/30 books read, 0 to go - COMPLETED

I can never resist reading challenges (they were the ones responsible for giving me that final push to start my own a blog) and I just like to see in which categories the books I'm reading fit into.

If you like romance and you would like to challenge yourself and discover some romance sub-genre out of your comfort zone come and join the Romance and Me Reading Challenge I'm hosting with Book Lovers Inc. where we'll read 1 novel from a different romantic sub-genre every month. Monthly giveaways sweeten the pot as well ;-) You can read about the details and sign up HERE.

September was Historical Romance month and October will be Urban Fantasy month! Come join us, great monthly giveaways await you!


Advertise on Ex Libris

Authors, publicists as of September you can advertise your books or bookish promotions on Ex Libris!

For more details click here.

I think that's all for now, I hope you didn't have a too hard time getting back to work/school after the summer. 

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