Monday, July 6, 2020

What Deanna Read #53: June 2020

Hello and happy second half of the year. Wow! It's July already. Can you believe it? I sincerely hope that the second half of 2020 will be better. No fire breathing dragons. No alien dinosaur invasions.

We've ventured out a little more in the last month and had a few lunches out with our wedding anniversary celebration and also the launch of a new gin created by a friend of ours. Those were fun events but also a little nerve-wracking with being out in public. I'm a little paranoid about exposure.

A little announcement. Helen will not have a "What Helen Read" this month as she is poorly and recovering. Please send her good healing thoughts and wishes.

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 reading month. The reason for that is because aside from a little experimentation I mostly stuck to favorite authors and had a real good time reading. So many comfort reads and spectacular reads.

I continued reading Anna Hackett's Hell Squad series and Holmes was my favorite but I knew I would. I have a thing for powerful men and men in leadership positions, and Holmes hit all my hot buttons. He's a man with a lot of responsibility on his shoulders with no one to share the burden with him. The explosive relationship between him and Liberty was incredible to read.

Madison Faye's new book, Preacher pushed a lot of boundaries for me and took me out of my comfort zone. If  there is one book that gets me out of my aversion of reading taboo stories featuring religious leaders, this would be it. It's classic Madison Faye. Smutty and naughty. And yes, it's not correct in any way.

A book that blew me away and is probably one of the best books I"ve read so far this year is Breathe You In by Lily Harlem. It's so emotional and beautiful. Utterly magnificent. I can't recommend this book enough.

Lola and the Millionaires duet was exactly what I thought it would be. Sweet, sexy, emotional. Lola's journey was transformative and Ms Moon gave me everything I want and love about omegaverse.

I finally got round to reading Jayne Ann Krent's The Vanishing and Amanda Quick's Close Up. If you don't know, Ms Krentz and Ms Quick are the same person with different pen names. The books are classic JAK and I loved how skillfully they are written and how engaging and captivating the stories are.

Finally, I'm delighted to dive back into the Elder Races world with The Unseen by Thea Harrison. The first in a four novella series featuring Dragos and Pia, one of my favorite romance couples. Dragos is still one of my favorite heroes and the one who started my love of dragon shifters. No other dragon shifter compares to him.

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

Stay tuned for Helen's books next.

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  1. A great month this month although some were a quick read, and a few new to me authors. The Erin McClellan books were seriously hot. And the end of Hell Squad. I loved the Melissa Foster books. 5* Going forward I will read her again, but don't think I have the time or funds to read the entire back list! Although there are a few freebies in my kindle dungeon. The Olivia Dade books were gorgeous

    The Bear's Fated Mate by Vivian Arend. Borealis Bears #2

    Tane by Anna Hackett. Hell Squad #20. Final book and wow, fabulous finale

    Russian Roulette by Sara Sheridan. Mirabelle Bevan #6

    Indian Summer by Sara Sheridan. Mirabelle Bevan #7

    Colony Under Seige Interstellar Plague by Veronica Scott. Sectors SF romance series. I love Veronica Scott's books and this was no exception. Not as gloomy as the title and current situation would imply. The romance is set up in the first half and it's well paced throughout

    Golden Dancer by Tara Lain. Dangerous Dancers #1

    Death Dancer by Tara Lain. Dangerous Dancers #2. Had these 2 books on my kindle for a few years. They were excellent. Wonder why I waited to long

    The Bear's Forever Mate by Vivian Arend. Borealis Bears #3

    Highland Fling by Sara Sheridan. Mirabelle Bevan #8. Finally finished this series, which I've loved, set in 50s Brighton. Although this is set in Scotland. I'm hoping there will be more

    Cold Wicked Lies by Toni Anderson. Cold Justice Crossfire #2. Great suspenseful read

    Rome and Jules by Tara Lain. Another escapee from the vaults

    Screwed by Jayne Rylon. Powertools; The Original Crew Returns #1.

    Conard County Justice by Rachel Lee

    King of Midnight by Tasha Black. Rosethorn Valley Fae #1

    Bottle Rocket by Erin Mclellan. So over the Holidays #3. Gosh this was hot. Submissive hero and Dom heroine

    Candy Hearts by Erin Mclellan. So over the Holidays #2

    Hot Seal Devotion by Lynn Raye Harris. Hot seal team #8

    Stocking Stuffers by Erin Mclellan. So over the Holidays #1

    Warlords Mercy by Cynthia Sax. Chamele Barbarian Warlords #5

    Navy Seal Cop by Cindy Dees. Code: Warrior Seals #4

    A Little Bit Wicked by Melissa Foster. The Wickeds: Dark Knights at Bayside #1

    40-Love by Olivia Dade. There's Something about Marysburg #2

    Two Rogues make a Right by Cat Sebastian. Seducing the Sedgwicks #3

    Kill Zone by Cindy Dees. Danger in Arms #2

    King of Light by Tasha Black. Rosethorn Valley Fae #2

    Teach me by Olivia Dade. There's Something about Marysburg #1

    Tru Blue by Melissa Foster. The Whiskys:Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbour #1

    The Gilded Cage by Camilla Lackberg. A fabulous piece of Scandinavian Noir

    Regards to Helen for a speedy recovery


    1. Thank you for the well wishes for Helen. I will pass it on.

      Wow! You had a great reading month. I love hot so I'm going to check out Erin Mclellan. Not into Dommes though so might skip that book. I'm still making my way through Hell Squad. What a great series.

  2. It's not over dominant. Just the heroine holding the reins, as it were. Lol.

    1. You'll need to elaborate on what you mean by "not over dominant" just "holding the reins". I tend to prefer my heroines submissive or at least letting the hero take the lead.

  3. You probably won't like them then. I couldn't possibly comment further in an open forum. *coughs discreetly * lol

    1. Fair enough. I'll check our Erin's other books though.