Monday, October 14, 2019

What Deanna Read #44: September 2019

Oh my gosh! How slack am I? I'm so late with this post and it's all because we got home from our US trip then went straight into the city for work meetings and concerts. We didn't get home till days after and then I crashed. Jet lag is no joke, y'all. I was so tired. I'm still tired. As I'm writing this, I'm about three or four hours behind on my day because I slept in this morning. It wasn't even intentional. I just didn't wake up!! I was stunned when I looked at the clock this morning when I finally opened my eyes. It was LATE! But, hey, September was a pretty good reading month. I tried to get as much reading in as I could even though I was away. October, on the other hand, is not going so well on the reading front.

Here's what I read for the month.

I'm surprised by the number of books I read in September but upon reflection a lot of the books were quite short.

I decided to try to overcome some of my prejudices regarding what I always called trashy romances, smut, really, and read a few of the well known authors who specialise in them. Not much plot or character development, a ton of sex. There were a few standouts. The Billionaire's Gamble by Penny Wylder was good. BB Hamel surprised me with some great character development in Five Mountain Daddies.

Mate by Trent Evans was the first (dark erotic) romance I've ever read that was written by a man. I was surprised to find out it was written by a guy and upon reflection could see some of that in the writing but otherwise it was a hot, sexy read. Not sure if it's for everyone.

As usual, I continued reading books from the Planet Athion world with Marissa Farrar's Bait. There were some rather shocking and quite dark moments in the book. You have been warned.

And of course, it's not a month of reading without a Serena Akeroyd book since she releases at least a book a month and I enjoy her writing. This time it's the second book in her motorcycle club duet, Their Saint. Very emotional and poignant. MC romances are not usually my thing but I did enjoy Ms Akeroyd's take on the trope.

Finally, I can't leave out the fact that I've started a reread of the Harry Potter books. Not romance, but man, JK Rowling is a brillaint writer. And upon the second reading, knowing what I know, after reading articles, watching the movies, and diving into some commentaries about the books, it brings a whole different level of understanding and appreciation to the books and the level of depth and development Ms Rowling put into the stories. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was a fantastic read. I read the British version though which is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

As I review the reading list for the month, it's been an eclectic reading month but an enjoyable one.

That's it from me. What did you read for this last month? Do leave a comment and let me know.

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  1. Go Deana, It is always good to get some fabulous reading in and I too loved the Harry Potter series and can remember reading the last 4 in one sitting on release day with my daughters doing the same all four of us reading the same book at the same time it was awesome, I wish I had time for a re-read of them

    Have fUn


    1. I'm doing the Harry Potter reread slowly in between review books.

  2. Ha. I wondered where you were! Here's my reading for September.
    1. Fighting for Her by Cynthia Eden. Wilde Securities #5.
    2. Relentless by Leah Ashton. WASP #3. I'm enjoying this series set in western Australia. Makes a change from the US
    3. Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan. Good story but let down by poor editing. Again. And over 300 uses of very?
    4. Logan by Samantha Chase. 7 Brides for 7 Blackthorns #6. Another great installment
    5. Trey by Christie Ridgway. Brides for 7 Blackthorns #7. Enjoyed this final installment. The "secret" was unexpected too.
    6. As the Cog Turns by Eve Langlais. Mecha Origin #2
    7. Blind Spot by Brenda Novak. Evelyn Talbot #4. Great finale to this series.
    8. Joy Ride by Jayne Rylon. Powertools: Hot Rides #4. Another great menĂ ge/poly tale by Jayne Rylon. And Dane is my new book boyfriend. Lol.
    9. Warlord's Bounty by Cynthia Sax. Chamele Barbarian Warlords #3
    10. Rhythm You Feel by Ann Lister. (The Rock Gods: East Coast Label #1
    11. Kiss of Eon by Anna Hackett. Eon warriors #4. After the Cyborgs this is my favourite series by Anna.
    12. The Ratcatcher's Daughter by KJ Charles. A lovely short read
    13. Trace by Annie Nicholas. Intergalactic dating agency Cosmos #1
    14. Christmas in Paradise by Rosanne Bittner. Novella from Longing for a Cowboy Christmas. Back in the day i read a lot of western romances and Rosanne Bittner is one of the few remaining. Probably the only.
    15. Karos by Susan Hayes. Star-Crossed Alien mail order brides
    16. Dark Memento by Katie Reus. Verona Bay #1. And i didn't guess the identity of the villain


    1. Yeah, I'm kind of behind and just catching up. Looks like you have some great reads. I'm only now starting to get caught up on the Intergalactic dating agency books. Can't wait for Centurion by Anna Hackett to come out.