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!
My rollback reads have been excellent this month! As has become my usual I read some sci-fi alien romances which I loved, but I also found a fantastic new light hearted urban fantasy which I can’t wait to recommend to you.
I am going to start with my urban fantasy recommendation. The urban fantasy genre encompasses a lot of different kinds of books. You can get dark and edgy, action packed and fast paced as well as quirky and fun. This series errs on the side of quirky and fun. Helen Harper introduces us to Ivy Wilde, who although she is a powerful witch much prefers chilling out on her sofa with a plethora of snacks watching her favourite reality TV show Enchantment. However, her quiet and lazy life quickly gets disrupted when she is roped into investigating a theft at the witches college with the gorgeous but very straight laced Raphael Winter. Helen Harper gives us a unique and quirky urban fantasy in the The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic series and I can’t wait to start reading her other works.
Now for my sci fi update! I continued reading Anna Hackett’s Hell Squad series and read Cruz. Just as I expected it was action packed and sexy. I really love Hackett’s strong heroines and her alpha males, I will be picking up the next book soon. However, as much as I loved Cruz I was missing my alien heroes. Luckily I picked up Alien Instinct by Tracy Lauren and Chosen by Stacy Jones. Both of these books feature some very sexy alien heroes for us to fall in love with. They were also both really cute romances, although the heroes were fierce, they were very protective of their human mate *sigh* so adorable!
THE SWEETHEART’S KNITTING CLUB by Lori Wilde was the first rollback read of the month. It was a spontaneous decision and I did like it. It was written in a different manner, which many character point of views. Not sure that I enjoyed that aspect of it because it interrupted the pacing but it was still nice to read. I also read ON WHAT GROUNDS by Cleo Coyle. As usual, it was epic and I would highly recommend this series to anyone. I tried out TEXAS THUNDER by Kimberly Raye. This was my first time reading this author and I enjoyed it. If you like cowboys, then this might be fun for you to try. Then I went on to try some new Cozy Mystery authors. A GALA EVENT by Sheila Connolly, THE DIVA RUNS OUT OF THYME by Krista Davis and A ROUX OF REVENGE by Connie Archer were amongst the ones that I tested out. But not all of them were wins for me. I think Connolly was the only one I would keep reading. My favorite rollback read of the month was ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen. This is a YA novel that truly captivated me with its simple style and emotion. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from this author. And lastly, I finally caught up on the Bad Boys After Dark series by Melissa Foster. Unfortunately, CARSON and BRETT were not wins for me.
I didn’t read a ton of older releases (and maybe I didn’t read as much as I wanted in general). I also didn’t find anything that truly captivated me in the older books I picked up. The great thing, though, is I read stuff that had been on my TBR for years so that’s good. Starting out with LOVING MR. DANIELS by Brittainy C. Cherry. I know everyone loves this and it’s supposed to be one of people’s fave student/teacher. It just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. There were some things I liked but others that just weren’t my cup of tea. I moved on to PUDDLE JUMPING by Amber L. Johnson. This is about an autistic main character and it’s set in high school. Again, I liked some things about the story but overall this was a miss for me. I also found the writing a bit clumsy and probably just isn’t my style. And then we get to one that’s a difficult subject but one I’ve wanted to read for a while. WANDERLUST by Skye Warren is a dubious consent story and it definitely made me think. But I didn’t love it as much as I thought it could be possible. I”ll definitely explore more of the subject in the future, though.
Have you read any older books this month?
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