So my dear friends, let us rollback to the days of yore, when the books were paper only and a kindle was but a dream. Well, I may be exaggerating! But with Rollback Reads, we want to celebrate some of the older books that we have read in the month. Whether they really are before the time of kindles or were just last year. We wanted to give some space to books that may no longer be in the spotlight, but are still worth highlighting … or ranting about. So please come and join us in our discussions of these rollback reads!
Suzanne: In December I think I must have read more rollback reads then new releases. I went on a bit of a sci fi alien romance binge…if a book didn’t have a gorgeous and weird alien hero then I wasn’t interested! I did read a few fantastic non-alien books as well though just to bring me back down to Earth!
Suzanne: For my non-alien reads one of the books that stood out for me were Meg Gardiner’s chilling thriller UNSUB. This is my first book from Gardiner and it definitely won’t be my last, it was an edge of your seat read with a tense atmosphere as the detective tries to catch a sadistic serial killer.
Suzanne: For my November Pick it For Me challenge Annie chose MISSION IMPROPER by Bec McMaster, which I finished at the beginning of December, I loved it! So much so that I then went and read THE MECH WHO LOVED ME, the next in series, very soon after. Bec McMaster has such a fantastic imagination and I love this spin off of her London Steampunk series, it has plenty of action and intrigue as well as some steamy hot romance.
Annie: Yay! So glad you enjoyed Bec McMaster! I love her books. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch was the YA rollback read that I picked for this month. I mainly tried it for the cute cover but I was pleasantly surprised when I enjoyed the book too. It’s sweet and cute, just like you expect it to be, but there’s also an underlying darker tone that lines it since it deals with her mother’s death and her grief. I really enjoyed it and look forward to trying more books from this author.
Francesca: I didn’t really kick ass in the reading department in December but I managed to read the books I was missing to complete the Roundabout Challenge! That means LIFEBLOOD by Gena Showalter, which sadly I think I’ll be dropping this series. SEEDS OF INIQUITY by J.M. Darhower, I confess I wasn’t such a huge fan of going back to an emphasis on Isabel again but I’m curious to continue to series and other characters so I’m glad I jumped that hurdle. And lastly THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones which was interesting and very different since we got to explore Charley all over again and felt new and entertaining.
Suzanne: Ruby Dixon is an author I have been loving on all over 2017, and I realised something…I hadn’t been keeping up with her Fireblood Dragon series! Shame on me. So, I quickly grabbed FIRE IN HIS KISS and FIRE IN HIS EMBRACE to rectify the situation. As expected I loved them! I don’t have many PNR series left that I am that enamoured with, however, Dixon’s post-apocalyptic dragons are a great twist on the genre and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Annie: I read two books by Lorelei Brown this month. Her Pacific Blue series caught my attention because I was looking for a summer read. I know it’s not the right timing, but I was really just looking for something a little more hotter. While the two full length books in the series are easy reads, I did have some issues with the main conflict of the book. It wasn’t done as well as I thought it would be, but if she ever decides to continue the series, I would probably try it out just to see if I’ll like it.
Suzanne: Now. The aliens. How I LOVE the aliens. It all started when I picked up Amanda Milo’s STOLEN BY AN ALIEN the first in the series of the same name. Once I had finished that, barely even pausing for breath, I read the other books in the series RESCUED BY AN ALIEN and WON BY AN ALIEN. This made me realise I needed to catch up on Cynthia Sax’s Cyborb Sizzle series and therefore picked up HERS TO COMMAND, GHOST OF A MACHINE and KNOWING ZIP. You would think that would be enough books to satisfy by sci fi alien/cyborg craving right? Wrong. I needed more. So off I went and picked up Poppy Rhys’ Women of Dor Nye series: THE MELIER, THE MELIER HOMEWORLD, THE YARIAN, THE KHYMA and THE INCUABRI. Loved. It. So much so, that I realised I needed more and I therefore picked up some Ruby Dixon books I had missed: THE ALIENS MAILORDER BRIDE, LAUREN’S BARBARIAN and BARBARIAN BEFORE CHRISTMAS. You might think that the binge is over. Nope. But, don’t worry it’s almost over…I saw this series and I couldn’t resist picking up a book with aliens living in a world full of dinosaurs…it was Calista Skye’s CAVEMAN ALIEN’S RANSOM, CAVEMAN ALIEN’S MATE and CAVEMAN ALIEN’S RAGE. It was a busy month! But I loved ever word! And, if I was going to recommend any of the books I have mentioned, go for anything by Ruby Dixon and Poppy Rhys’ series was addictive!
Francesca: My pick it for me challenge book was another rollback and Annie picked for me THE TROUBLEMAKER NEXT DOOR by Marie Harte. I can’t say I liked the heroine, she was a bit bitchy, and there’s A LOT more sex than I was expecting. Dare I say too much? But I found the feel of the series to be kinda like Victoria Dahl and I think I’ll be reading more of it. Plus bonus points that I liked the other heroines better than this one already!
Annie: Bad Company by K.A. Mitchell is an older title that is getting a bit of a revamp. I’ve already read the other books in this series so I’m glad to finally get the chance to read the first. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It’s fun and lighthearted, containing the same characteristics of what I love about Mitchell’s writing, but I felt like something was off about the characters. They weren’t my favorites but I would still recommend the series since the other books are better.
Have you read any older books this month?
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