Tuesday, 2 April 2013

March Flashback


And once again months have gone by without a Monthly Flashback post, first it was due to the Christmas preparations, then some travelling and after that things got busy and the Blogoversary Celebrations took all my time. But here I am, let's see what happened at Ex Libris in March: 

Books read

I was on vacation so I had a bit more time to read (especially while on the plane), so I devoured a lot of books and even discovered a whole new sub-genre: the Amish/inspiration romances.

1. With This Kiss: Part One by Eloisa James 
2. With This Kiss: Part Two by Eloisa James 
3. With This Kiss: Part Three by Eloisa James 
4. Down and Dirty by Christine Bell (Book #2 in the Dare Me series)
5. The Valentine Challenge by Marisa Cleveland 
6. Changing the Game by Jaci Burton (Book # 2 in the Play by Play series)
7. Temptation by Kathryn Barrett*
8. Wayward One by Lorelei Brown 
9. Tactical Strike by Kaylea Cross (Book #2 in the Bagram Special Ops series)
10. To Iraq and Back by Jessica Scott 
11. Faking It by Diane Alberts 
12. Adoring Addie by Leslie Gould (Book #2 in The Courtships of Lancaster County series)
13. Goodbye to Yesterday by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Book #1 in the Discovery series)
14. A Wedding for Julia by Vannetta Chapman  (Book #3 in the Pebble Creek series)
15. Jilted by Kelly Jamieson (Book #1 in the Promise Harbor Wedding series)
16. A Risk Worth Taking by Victoria James (Book #1 in the Red River series) 
17. Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey
18. The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca
19. Private Practice by Samanthe Beck
20. Kathryn, the Kitten by Lavinia Kent (Book #1 in the Real Duchesses of London series) (re-read)
21. Loving the Marquess by Suzanna Medeiros (Book #1 in the Landing a Lord series) 
22. Dancing with the Duke by Suzanna Medeiros (Book #0.5 in the Landing a Lord series) 
23. The Pet Shop by K.D. Grace (re-read)
24. A Little Bit Cupid by Jennifer Shirk


Books reviewed

Here are the reviews I posted on Ex Libris this month:

1. The Best Man by Kristan Higgins (Book #1 in the Blue Heron series)
2. Once Burned by Dee Carney  (Book #1 in the Close to the Heat series)
3. The Valentine Challenge by Marisa Cleveland
4. Down and Dirty by Christine Bell  (Book #2 in the Dare Me series)
5. Faking It by Diane Alberts
6. A Risk Worth Taking by Victoria James  (Book #1 in the Red River series)
7. Kathryn, the Kitten by Lavinia Kent  (Book #1 in the Real Duchesses of London series)
8. Jilted by Kelly Jamieson  (Book #1 in the Promise Harbor Wedding series)


Books I liked the best this month:

This month not only have I read a lot of books but many of them were wonderful! Here are my favourites of the month:


This was the book that made me discover Amish romances. Once I started reading this book I couldn't stop. I had to read until I finished it at 4am, but it was so worth it! It is a new Entangled release, a wonderfully written contemporary romance about a modern woman discovering life and finding love in Amish setting, it was captivating and so interesting. Since then I've researched a bit the Amish and their customs because Kathryn Barrett made me curious to get to know even more. And I can't wait to read more of her stories! Definitely one of my favourite reads this month!


(Book #3 in the Pebble Creek series)

After Temptation by Kathryn Barrett I wanted to read more Amish romances and I think A Wedding for Julia by Vannetta Chapman was the best. It was very well written, the story was endearing, heart-warming and captivating. I loved Vanetta Chapman's writing style and have added her to my autobuy list.


(Book #1 in the Red River series) 

Victoria James was one of the best discoveries of 2012, I loved her debut novel The Billionaire's Christmas Baby and this first novel in her new Red River series was just as wonderful, I loved it! You can read my review here.



This was the very first book I have read from Jeanette Grey and I loved her writing style it was captivating and sizzling, can't wait to read more of her stories!



A new Entangled Brazen release which was sizzling, I think I devoured it in about 2 hours and loved every minute of it! Another debut author I'll have to watch.


 (Book #1 in the Landing a Lord series) 

This was my first book by Suzanna Medeiros but I enjoyed her flowing writing style full of heartache and longing so much I can't wait to read more of her stories!


Books I liked the least this month:

Thankfully there weren't that many books that I found disappointing:


I just didn't connect with the hero and the heroine, and thus didn't enjoy the story as much as I would have liked. You can read about my thoughts in our dual review at Book Lovers Inc.



I usually enjoy Diane Alberts' stories but I found the heroine in this one too irritating to be able to like her and because of that I didn't really care about her HEA. You can read my detailed review here.


News


Ex Libris turned 3 years old in February 2013, so to celebrate 3 years of blogging there were fantastic month-long celebrations with some of my favourite authors and tons of giveaways! You can still enter the giveaways until Friday April 5th, so hurry, don't miss them. Enter the giveaways HERE:

I think that's all for now, I hope you all had a nice Easter weekend :-)

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