Thursday, February 10, 2022

What Deanna Read #72: January 2022

Okay, don't let the number of books I read in January fool you. A bunch of them were carried over from December where I went into this weird reading frenzy and read a lot of books for the month, but I stopped counting them in December because I was being weird and specifically wanted to end 2021 with exactly 365 books read. I doubt I will be doing that again this year. It was fun to do once.

Here's what I read for the month.

Sleet Kitten by SJ Tilly
Sleet Kitten

Boarlander Boss Bear by TS Joyce
Boarlander Boss Bear

Big Brain by Cassie Mint
Big Brain

Billionaire Lumberjack by Gwyn McNamee
Billionaire Lumberjack

Taken By The Russian by Alexa Riley and Jessa Kane
Taken By The Russian

Mountain Man Fixated by Olivia T Turner
Mountain Man Fixated

Innocent Salvation by Maddie Wade
Innocent Salvation

Temp of Jessa Kane

Trapped With The Ice Station Chief by Julie Rowe
Trapped With The Ice Station Chief

Big Beast by Cassie Mint
Big Beast

Giving Her My Baby by Alexa Riley
Giving Her My Baby

Flashpoint by Tess Summers

Into The Storm by Joshua Bennett
Into The Storm

Curvy Passion by CL Cruz and Liz Fox
Curvy Passion

Her True Alpha by Isoellen
Her True Alpha

Big Bratva by Cassie Mint
Big Bratva

Orc-Ward Encounters by Sam Hall
Orc-Ward Encounters

Hell Squad: New Beginnings by Anna Hackett
Hell Squad: New Beginnings

Emperor by Anna Hackett

Big Boxer by Cassie Mint
Big Boxer

Big Bet by Cassie Mint
Big Bet

Pool Girl by Cassie Mint
Pool Girl

Bossed By The Dad Bod by Reina Torres
Bossed By The Dad Bod

Claimed By The Cyborg Commander by Aurelia Skye
Claimed By The Cyborg Commander

Forever You by Leah Busboom
Forever You

The Dragon's Appraiser by Viola Rivard
The Dragon's Appraiser

Mated To The Cyborg General by Aurelia Skye
Mated To The Cyborg General

Baby For The Cyborg General by Aurelia Skye
Baby For The Cyborg General

Double Booked by Tessa Bailey
Double Booked

Smitten by Lauren Rowe

His Human Assistant by Michele Mills
His Human Assistant

Wrong Guy, Wright Girl by Megan Wade
Wrong Room, Wright Girl

Desert Target by Cassie Mint
Desert Target

Beauty & The Kingpin by Cassie Mint
Beauty & The Kingpin

Arctic Star by Cassie Mint
Arctic Star

Warlord and the Waif by Chloe Parker
Warlord And The Waif

Loving Captivity by RK Munin
Loving Captivity

The Alien Trade by Phoebe Harlowe
The Alien Trade

Big Boss by Cassie Mint
Big Boss

Big Biker by Cassie Mint
Big Biker

Big Baker by Cassie Mint
Big Baker

Santa Baby by Cassie Mint
Santa Baby

Christmas Lane by Andie Fenichel
Christmas Lane

Grimor The Joyless by Cara Wylde
Grimor The Joyless

Grim by Layla Fae

The Gift by Cassie Mint
The Gift

All Wrapped Up by Jisa Dean
All Wrapped Up

It's The Freaking Apocalypse And This Is My New Boyfriend by Olivia T Turner
It's The Freaking Apocalypse And This Is My New Boyfriend

Faking With Benefits by Lily Gold
Faking With Benefits

Satan by Layla Fae

Stalked By Santa by Portia Lux
Stalked By Santa

Home For The Holidays With Grr by Zeta Star
Home For The Holidays With Grr!

Badass Biker by Lily Harlem
Badass Biker

The Mobster's Angel by Portia Lux and Sydney Rae
The Mobster's Angel

Claiming His Christmas Tree Topper by Alexa Riley
Claiming His Christmas Tree Topper

Cinderella's Boss by Susan R Horsnell
Cinderella's Boss

Oil Rig by Olivia T Turner
Oil Rig

How It Needed To Be by TS Joyce
How It Needed To Be

I'm going to be honest, There are so many books and quite a few I read in December that were carried forward that I'm hard pressed to come up with my stand out reads for the month(s) but I am going to try.

Let's start with an obvious one. How It Needed To Be by TS Joyce is the last of the Oath of Bane series and it was wonderful. Of course, it was wonderful. It's TS Joyce and I love her writing and her stories. Also, now this series is going to spin-off into a broader world and there's going to be a Krome's Mountain universe starting with the next series. Yay!

Another favorite author, Lily Gold had a book release and I jumped right on it. Lily Gold writes reverse harem but her stories are filled with depth and emotion. Her character deveopment is amazing. Faking With Benefits did not disappoint. It dealt with some heavy duty issues too.

Phoebe Harlowe is a new to me sci-fi romance author and I've read two of her books now. The Alien Trade is her first book and it's filled with complexity and heart. Such a wonderful read and I'm super curious with this world she has built and how she's going to expand on it with future books.

A new to me author, Leah Busboom blew me away with a stirring, emotional story in Forever You. It didn't even bother me that it was a clean romance (which I didn't know about till AFTER I finished reading the book). Man, this book had me so weepy. I needed lots of tissues. Oh, my heart!

I also read the debut novel for a favorite author of mine, Melanie Moreland. Her books are so romantic. Into The Storm is such a beautiful and emotional book. Of course, I love forced proximity stories and there's so much packed into this story with a hero who can't leave his property and a heroine who is running from her past. It's heart pounding stuff.

And last but not least, oh Brodin. I love you more than Vander and Rhain. Anna Hackett release the latest book in her Galactic Kings series,Emperor and it was wondrful. I have a serious, serious crush on Brodin and I'm almost willing to fight people for him. Gah, he's so wonderful. Go read the book. You will swoon over him. I want to read the book again.

Ooh, ooh. I can't forget this book. Trapped With The Ice Station Chief by Julie Rowe. Wow, what a wonderful hero. He's such a good man. I'm so in love with him. Hmmm, do I love him more than Brodin? Do I have to choose?

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

Stay tuned for what Helen read too.

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  1. A good month in January
    Ah yes, Brodin. I think he was Anna's best yet.

    1 Annihilation Road by Christine Feehan. Torpedo Ink #7

    2 Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens. This was fantastic. A nail biting read

    3 Maybe we Should by Melissa Foster. Silver Island #2

    4 Medicine Balls by Tara Lain

    5. Conard County Christmas Bodyguard by Rachel Lee. Conard County: The Next Generation #48

    6 Masquerade Lynn Raye Harris. Black's Bandits: Black Heart Prologue

    7 Alien Architect needs a Nanny by Tasha Black. Alien Nanny Agency #1

    8 Alien Architect needs a Nanny bonus epilogue by Tasha Black. Alien Nanny Agency #1.5

    9 Becoming by Nora Roberts. Dragon Heart Legacy #2

    10 Scene of the Crime by Rebecca York. Deborah Security Agency #23

    11 Pretend you want me by Cynthia Eden. Wilde Ways #13

    12 Genmate Mistaken by Cara Bristol. Genmate Dilemma #1

    13 Emperor by Anna Hackett. Galactic Kings #2. Wow. This was fantastic. Best yet

    14 The Missing Page by Cat Sebastian. Page and Sommers #2

    15 Lightning in a Mirror by Jayne Ann Krentz. Fogg Lake Trilogy #3

    16 Black Heart by Lynn Raye Harris. Black's Bandits #5. Yay, Ian Black gets his story. And what a great one it was.

    17 Dangerous Survivor by Kaylea Cross. Crimson Point #7

    18 Hot Enough to Burn by Cynthia Eden. Phoenix Fury #1


    1. Oh yes, I'm completely obsessed with Brodin.

      What do you think of the Torpedo Ink books? I read the first book and enjoyed it but I have not kept up with the series. I've been meaning to go back to it cos I think it might be one of the few MC series that I can actually enjoy reading.

    2. Hmm yes, Christine Feehan. I've been reading her since the start of the Carpathians. I find her pacing very slow, esp with the overuse of the word "very", but obv I still continue to read her books. They have become really dark though lately, esp with the Torpedo Ink series. Although I understand why. The last 2 were extremely so, but I'm still "enjoying " them.

    3. I have the second book in the Torpedo Ink series in my Kindle library. Maybe I should move it up to read sooner rather than later. I didn't think the first book was that dark. I mean, it felt edgy to me, but I didn't find it dark per se. What do you mean when you say her Torpedo Ink books are dark? Can you elaborate?

    4. There was a lot of s and m in the last 2. A lot of killing too but off page, as it were

    5. Ah, that kind of thing I can handle. And killing off page is fine. I was worried that it would have much darker themes like rape, incest, abuse, etc.

    6. No incest, but references to rape and abuse in the past, which you probably saw in the first book.

    7. I'm okay with references to darker themes in the past that happened off page. It's what it's graphic and violent and on page that it bothers me.

  2. Lots of book there and I am glad that you enjoyed them so much :)

    Have Fun


    1. Yeah, I really did enjoy the books I read this month.