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!
It’s been a bit of a reread month for me! In preparation for Lisa Klepas’ new release Hello Stranger I gave the Wallflowers and the Ravenel series another read. I still love both series! If you love Historical Romance and haven’t tried them you need to give it ago. If you haven’t read Historical Romance, the Wallflower series is a fantastic place to start.
My second reread was also in preparation for a new release! I love Patricia Briggs, so I decided to read ALL OF HER BOOKS. Okay, I am exaggerating, when I say all of her books, I mean all of her books in the Alpha and Omega and Mercy Thompson series. Both series are part of the same universe and their stories and events often entwine. Briggs is an amazing Urban Fantasy author and I now can’t wait to get started on her new release in March Burn Bright which is the next book in the Alpha and Omega series.
I also read an older Urban Fantasy but this time it was for my Pick It For me Challenge. I read TOUCH THE DARK by Karen Chance. It’s a series I’ve read only a couple books of before but now was the first time I actually had a chance to read it from the beginning. I love the humour, action, and mythology of this series so I will definitely be continuing. I can’t wait to read what happens next to these wonderful characters!
For Young Adult, I finally read RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer. This has a Sci Fi Dystopian feel to it, so it was very different than her other books. I’m not sure that I entirely loved it. I felt like it was like your typical YA read that full of drama and suspense (so still a good read) but I think I prefer the originality and uniqueness of her other books. I also read TOUCH OF FROST, the first book in Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy. After reading the spin off series, I really wanted to go back and read more about Gwen. She’s a great character with an interesting backstory, so I’m looking forward to reading more in this world with the second book next month.
The two Contemporary Romance books I read this month were RUN TO YOU by Rachel Lacey and RIDE WITH ME by Ruthie Knox. I think I preferred the Knox book a bit more, but both kind of have an outdoorsy theme to it. It’s a perfect pick-me-up if you’re experiencing crappy weather like I am.
I also finished up the Hot in the City series by Lacey Alexander that I started last month with KEY WEST and SIN CITY. Like I mentioned before, these are quick, hot reads and I really love the spin with the different cities featured with each book.
And lastly for me, I continued on with my Bec McMaster binge by finishing the Dark Arts trilogy with HEXBOUND and SOULBOUND. A wicked paranormal series if you ask me! And because I couldn’t get enough, I also tried her Fantasy series with HEART OF FIRE, which has the same intensity and drama of her other books. A definite recommend!
I didn’t do as many older titles this month because I was in a bit of a slump and fell behind on review books. However, I managed to tackle a few. For starters, my first new adult of the year for the Roundabout Challenge, that was SACKED by Jen Frederick. I’ve been curious about this series and since I’ve enjoyed similar series by other authors I thought it would be a good fit. I definitely didn’t love it as much as those other series, but it was a solid good read and I’m going to be continuing the series.
After that I picked up a Paranormal Romance, also for the Roundabout Challenge, and that was DEFY THE DAWN by Lara Adrian (by the way, this title is currently only $0.99!!!). I’m seeing the light! I’m almost caught up. I do love this series and I get so mad at myself for having been behind. I’m almost there and with every book I read I’m even more amazed at Lara Adrian’s skill in worldbuilding and how she manages to keep every book this far into the series so incredibly interesting. And the romance as always is superb!
Another older read for me this month and surprisingly not for the Challenge (although I could count it LOL) was LAIRD WOLF by Vivian Arend. I used to read this series as soon as it came out and then I never found out about this one and now I’m behind. Laird Wolf wasn’t especially engaging for me, I didn’t think the main characters had as deep a connection as I wanted them to. But it does get me closer to the next book, so there was that.
I also caught up on an older review book I hadn’t read, that was CITYWIDE by Santino Hassell. This is part of the Five Boroughs series and it’s a collection of three novellas. I wasn’t such a big fan of the main characters of these novellas and didn’t think I would be so interested in their stories, which is probably why I had put off reading it. But it was a solid, entertaining read and now it’s on to the next books!
And lastly I read another Roundabout Challenge book. I hear Suzanne rejoicing because it’s a sci fi romance! This one was rec in the challenge group thread and I wanted to try it because of the subject. STRANDED WITH A CYBORG by Cara Bristol (currently free!) is, obviously, about cyborgs. I had tried Suz’s recs on alien romance and I found that wasn’t my thing but I still wanted to try the cyborg thing because the futuristic type romances are better for me. Aaaaand, I quickly realized I had the same issue here as with the alien romance. I mean, I had to do a double take when one of the heroes “abilities” is seeing through the heroines clothes so he just sees her walking up to him and can see ALL of her. Things went a bit downhill from there. I liked the action plot of this story though but I don’t think I’m down with the cyborgs.
Since finishing Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers last month, I went ahead and read her Knitting in the City series as well. Both series has been a fabulous read. I’ve also had the chance to listen to J.R. Ward’s Angel’s Share, the second installment of her Bourbon Kings series. I thought it was okay. I started reading this book when it first came out, but I just lost interest. But with Devil’s Cut recent release, I thought to push through Angel’s Share. Like I said, it was okay. Another book I was able to read was originally published 2014 written by Grace Draven called Radiance. I’m not really sure why I picked this up, but the audiobook was available and I just had to give it a go. Funny thing is, I thought it was an alien book, LOL. I should know better to judge it by its cover. This is a well written fantasy/romance which I totally enjoyed. Book two was released two years later and the third book will release later this year. I’m not sure why it’s taking this long to write the books but if the other books are just as good as the first…then it’s definitely worth the wait.
Have you read any older books this month?
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