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!
I’ve been slacking on my rollback reads! I don’t have many for you this month; however, the ones I have read I have enjoyed so it may have been a slow month, but it’s been a good one.
I started the month with an alien sci-fi (of course!) with Alien Mine by Marie Dry. It’s the first in the Zyrgin Warrior series and although it didn’t blow me away, it had a very arrogant alien in it, so I was a happy lady! This was one of the few alien sci-fis I read this month, I need to up my game this July!
My next read was my pick it for me read from Francesca Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby. When I first finished it, for some reason I was unsure about how much I liked it. Even though it had me smiling through the whole thing and laughing out loud on many occasions. I also started reading Man Card the second in the series immediately afterwards. I think the heat here in the UK must be getting to my head, as I loved it. This is a great romantic comedy and perfect beach side or pool side reading.
My last rollback read was The Wingman by Natasha Anders, a contemporary plain Jane romance. I am always a fan of a plain Jane story so I was ready and willing to like it. And I did. It was a sweet story and a great introduction into Anders’ work, an author I haven’t read before. If you are in the mood for a sweet romance with a hint of heat, then you need to give this a try! I am currently reading the second book in the series and will report back next month!
This past month, I read quite a bit of rollback reads so I’m quite pleased about that! First up, I read COMPLETELY by Ruthie Knox. This one didn’t completely blow my socks off but I won’t be quitting this author just yet. Then I finally read SHADOW’S SEDUCTION by Kresley Cole. I don’t know why it took me this long to read it, but I did enjoy it even if it wasn’t my favorite book in the series. DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN by Sherrilyn Kenyon was next. I think you can see that I was on a PNR kick because I really enjoyed this one! Lovely world and characters! Then I had a lapse of judgment and read A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas. Yeah, I don’t know why I put myself through that. Lesson learned. I went back to my PNR and read THE DARKEST PROMISE by Gena Showalter, which also surprised me by how much I enjoyed it. And then I read a Historical Romance to kind of freshen things up a bit called A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RAKES by Suzanne Enoch. And lastly, I finally read LOVE & LUCK by Jenna Evans Welch, another cute read from the author!
I didn’t read a lot of older releases but here’s the few. I was feeling the southern belle small town trope and I picked up SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY by Molly Harper and AIN’T HE PRECIOUS by Juliette Poe. I liked them both ok and would recommend them if you’re looking for that trope. I think the next in the series sounds promising for both so I’ll be continuing even those these two didn’t blow me away.
My PIFM book was HELL & HIGH WATER by Charlie Cochet. Finally!!!! I really enjoyed it and I would recommend this series for fans of the Cut and Run series looking for a paranormal twist.
And for the Roundabout Challenge I read ONCE UPON A SPINE by Kate Carlisle. I don’t think I’ve ever read a proper cozy mystery before and I basically felt like I thought I would. I like the mystery part of the story but not the cozy vibe. I’m much better with thrillers. It was still an ok read and I gave it 3 stars. Then I picked up LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE by Skye Warren. I don’t read a lot of erotic romance anymore and I don’t remember ever reading Skye Warren but she’s definitely an author I wanted to try. This was surprisingly good! I really enjoyed it. It had a plot that I feel fits in well with my old erotic romance days reading. Like Lora Leigh or Shayla Black. But it still felt fresh and engaging. And the writing was really good! I will definitely be continuing this series and reading more by Ms. Warren.
I read a book that was recommended by our Suzanne a few years back and I just finally picked up. I know few years late, but hey, I finally moved it up my list. The book is called Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora. This story is pretty much what the title says, but since it’s a rom-com, the protagonist will obviously cross that line. It’s funny, sweet, and a very quick read.
My other Rollback Read was released early this year. A book by Greer Hendricks, The Wife Between Us. This one is a thriller/mystery, not my typical genre but because it was recommended by a friend, well, I had to give it a go. It was a pretty quick read as well. Another book with a title that explains the story. Filled with family drama, betrayals, and outcomes you will not expect. I do recommend it to anyone willing even if it’s not your typical read. It will keep you on your toes and I have to say, a good palate cleanser.
Have you read any older books this month?
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