Rollback Reads: July 2018

Posted August 2, 2018 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Front Page, Reading on the Dark Side, Under the Covers / 4 Comments

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!

JULY 2018

There’s been one thing on my mind in July. Nope, surprisingly, it isn’t aliens. It’s something that long predates my love for all things from outer space. It’s the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. The last book in the series is out in August so I am rereading all the Kate Daniels books, including novellas and Curran’s POV. It’s been amazing. It isn’t my first reread of these books and it hasn’t done anything but reaffirm my absolute devotion to the series.

I’ve been posting about my reread on Facebook and occasionally Instagram and I know a few people are reading along with me. So, if you fancy joining me please do! I am currently reading Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) but feel free to jump into the conversation no matter where abouts you are. I am happy to talk anything Kate Daniels related!

Kate & Curran 4eva!

After binging on so many roll back reads last month, I didn’t get a chance to do a repeat for this one. However, I did read LATTE TROUBLE by Cleo Coyle, one of my favorite Cozy Mystery series. I really enjoyed this one. It was filled with mystery and intrigue, especially since it hit a little closer to home. If you haven’t read this series yet, you are seriously missing out! It’s amazing! I also read THE EMERALD SEA by Richelle Mead. Man, I seriously miss Mead’s writing style! She writes so clearly and concisely! It’s no wonder she was one of my first favorite authors! Although this series by her isn’t one of my favorites, I also make time for Mead’s books because she just writes so well. Lastly, I read MY COMMANDER by Alanea Alder. This was my first book from her and it definitely captured my interests because of its upbeat narration and crazy characters. I am quite picky with PNRs but this one stood out enough that I might check out the others in the series if I’m in the shifter mood.

It seems I had a lot of time on my hands to read in July and I managed quite a few older books.  HIS ROAD HOME by Anna Richland was the book Suzanne picked for me for our challenge and I really enjoyed it.  I loved how the author talked about disabled veterans and the different outlook it gives into their lives.  The romance, maybe a bit too fast but I still sort of bought into it.

The Audible Romance Package was a win for me this month and I listened to EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU by Tracey Garvis Graves, which sadly wasn’t a big winner.  It was incredibly slow and nothing like ON THE ISLAND in style.  SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK by Molly Harper was a fun short listen but not my fave in this series.  HER BEST LAID PLANS by Cara McKenna was a sexy quickie read but not my fave by this author by any means.  FOR THE WIN by Sara Rider was a great listen and I’m happy to have found this author and series because I’ll be reading the rest as well.  And CHALLENGE by Amy Daws was also a fun listen and another series I’ll be excited and happy to continue because… soccer stars!

I’m also trying out Kindle Unlimited and this month I read FRESH CATCH by Kate Canterbary which was a fun LGBT m/m romance and ONE GOOD MAN by Emma Scott which I happened to realize after I read it that I had read already as part of an anthology.

I also tried EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN by Jessica Redmerski because I’ve enjoyed her work as J.A. Redmerski and this one I couldn’t finish.  It was slow and I was completely uninterested in the main characters so I had to throw in the towel.

And last MY COMMANDER by Alanea Alder.  I made Annie read this as well and although she liked it more than me I can totally rec this for fans of Shelly Laurenston.  Even though I wanted to clobber the heroine every two seconds.


With a help of audiobooks, I was able to get through some books that I had to read after reading the first instalment. One of which is Kevin Kwan’s China Rich Girlfriend. It’s the second instalment of his Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy and the family drama has me hooked. Kwan’s book is not for everyone, but if you like multiple POV of family drama then give this a go. The other book I read was Burn for You by J. T. Geissinger, which is the first book of the Slow Burn series. Yes, I went backwards on this one. After reading book two, Melt for you, I just had to go back. This is a sexy contemporary romance full of characters that will make you swoon, laugh, and melt your heart.



Have you read any older books this month?



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I’ve been working my way through dixie lynn dwyer’s books, am still reading the indeath series. I also read exit strategy by kelley armstrong, which was incredibly slow but was hopefully just a book 1 thing. My commander did have some good parts. I liked aiden and other characters but meryn and the banter was just too much. I’m all for banter but it was overused in this book.

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Great recommendations Lorraine really great reads!! Shared on all my socials!!


White Hot by Ilona Andrews was the only older book I read