Monday, May 4, 2020

What Deanna Read #51: April 2020

Happy May!! I can't decide how I feel about April. Did it go fast? Did it drag? I'm not entire sure. I'm so confused about how the days are passing these days. This being in lockdown is messing with my head. That said, I think I had a pretty decent month of reading and I did make an effort to read regularly and have a little bit of escape each day.

One thing about this lockdown that has changed for me is that I've become even MORE motivated to cook and be creative with my cooking. I've cooked a lot of new recipes and I've had to get my imagination going for trying to cook up what I have in the fridge, freezer, and pantry. It's been a lot of fun and I've loved it. We still have leftover spaghetti and meatballs in the fridge tht needs to be eaten but I'm cooking a Sri Lankan chicken curry right now for today's lunch.

That's it from me. I hope everyone is well. My thoughts are with you all. Stay safe.

Here's what I read for the month.

It's been a good month of reading but I stuck with a lot of favorite authors. Comfort reads mostly for me this month. I think I needed the escape and knowing I'd definitely enjoy what I'm reading.

Most notably was me binge reading the Hell Squad series by Anna Hackett. I read the first five books in the series but so far Marcus from the first one is still my favorite. He's such a battle-hardened warrior and his struggle to feel worthy of Elle was epic. I fell deeply in love with this couple. Of course, all the other books were fantastic too, but I might be a bit biased because I love Ms Hackett's writing.

Another favorite author I fell back on is Madison Faye. Her books are scorching hot and what stood out for me was Kiss/Bang the first in her new Lost Devils MC series. It was darker and grittier what any of ther other books I've read and I loved the extra edge the book had.

Maddie Wade's introduction to Samantha A Cole's suspense world crossover was a fantastic read with Keeping Her Secrets. I really enjoyed Ms Wade's signature style and her focus on family and loyalty. Of course, writing in Ms Cole's world adds a little spice to the story.

And finally, a fun deviation from romance is by one of my favorite sci-fi romance authors who published some humorous conversations she has with her husband in You're Not Ugly To Look At. They were great fun.

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. Fabulous list for April Deanna, isn't fabulous when you get to read so many books that you really enjoy.

    I think reading (for me anyway) lifts me in these trying times :)

    At least I got to go out and visit yesterday and it was so good

    Have Fun


    1. Yes, reading has been a wonderful escape for me lately.

  2. Oh, you had a Anna Hackett fest. Fab.
    It was a really good reading month for me and a new to me author.
    Stalked in Conard County by Rachel Lee. Conard County is one of my catnip books but there is a major edit problem. Early in the book it says the hero's father is living with his, the father's, brother. Later it refers to his father's heart attack and subsequent death. How that got past mills and boon editors I do not know.

    Crossing the Line by Cynthia Eden. Wilde Ways #8

    Navy Seal's Deadly Secret by Cindy Dees. Runaway Ranch #1. Another mills and boon edit mistake. On a couple of occasions the heroine is referred to as Ann, or Annie. When it's Anna.

    Love and Linguistics by Tara Lain. Movie Magic Romances #2

    Vendetta in Death by JD Robb. Eve Dallas #49.

    One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak

    Cyborg Guard by Anna Hackett

    Deceived by Lisa Hughey. ALIAS #4

    Operation Fury by Susan Hayes. The Drift:Nova Force #3

    Better Red by Tara Lain. Ever After New York #1

    Seeker of Truth by Jordan L Hawk. Spectr #3. Another great installment. Love Caleb/Grey. And a fantastic cover too. All that glorious hair. And a cover who actually matches a character

    Golden in Death by JD Robb. Eve Dallas #50

    Wolf in Gucci Loafers by Tara Lain. Tales of the Harker Pack #2. One from the depths of my kindle. A great read. Don't know why I waited so long

    The Pack or the Panther by Tara Lain. Tales of the Harker Pack #1

    Ace in the Hole by Ava Drake. Another one from the depths of the kindle. Apparently it's Cindy Dees, and the trilogy is going to be reissued

    Mission:Her Shield by Anna Hackett. Team 52 #7

    The Cowgirl's Secret Love by Vivian Arend. Coleman's of Heart Falls #2

    Keeping Pace by LJ Vickery. Paranormal dating agency Gemma-Hydrox #1. Well that was different. Recommend on a list of non hetero normative reads which is another catnip. Great read

    Adamant Eve by LJ Vickery. Paranormal dating agency Gemma-Hydrox #2

    Dei ex Machina by Kim Fielding. Short and sweet novella

    Heavenly Protector by LJ Vickery. Paranormal dating agency Federal Paranormal Unit. Gemma-Hydrox #3

    Star Bright by LJ Vickery. Paranormal dating agency Federal Paranormal Unit. Gemma-Hydrox #4

    Wasteland Treasure by Eve Langlais. Deviant Future #2. Another great read


    1. Gill, you had a great month!!! I guess being home gives you a lot more time to read. I'm so behind on the In Death series. I think I stopped at around 30-something but I can't remember. It's such a long series.

    2. Yes, fortunately with the In Death series I started over 15 years ago. I remember having to read about 6 all at once, but have kept up since

    3. I don't know why I stopped. Catching up seems like a very daunting task right now. I'm excited about glomming the Hell Squad series though. Fortunately, those are short books and quick reads. I can do one a day.

    4. Yes, I'm not sure I could face 50 books now. You could start at 49. That was a good one, and you wont have missed much as although the books began 20 or so years ago, it's only a couple of years in the books

    5. Gill, that's really a good idea. And I like that it's only a couple of years that have passed in the books since it would be harder if many years have passed and they have kids or have gotten old.