Thursday, June 29, 2023

What Deanna Read #85: May 2023

Hello!!! I thought I was getting back on track. Slowly, but yes, back on track. But then Steve got the man-cold, and he gave it to me. Only, I think my immune system is shot from all the other stuff that happened, so I got his cold, which turned into the flu, and that became a chest infection. Fun times! I'm slowly getting better.

Y'all, I started this post weeks ago thinking I'd get caught up. And tomorrow is the last day of June. I'm sitting in bed right now with my laptop on the bed table thingy Steve bought me for my post-surgery recovery. I'm using that a lot as the chest infection really set me back and I've struggled somewhat the last few weeks with my health. I'm hanging in there though.

Here's what I read for the last month.

Stealing The Thief by Alexa Riley
Stealing The Thief
The Kingpin's Obsession by Cassi Hart
King by SJ Tilly
Big Brawny Mechanic by Cassi Hart

Acts of Love by Cameron Hart
Acts Of Love
Midnight Man by Lisa Marie Rice
Midnight Man
Reckless Night by Lisa Marie Rice
Reckless Night
Romantic Suspense Duet, Reckless Nights and Hot Secrets, by Lisa Marie Rice
Romantic Suspense Duet

Reckless Nights, Hot Secrets by Lisa Marie Rice
Reckless Night, Hot Secrets
Debutant's Curse by Jessa Kane
Debutante's Curse
Stealing The Bride by Alexa Riley
Stealing The Bride
Fierce Daddy by Laylah Roberts
Fierce Daddy

Sweet Psycho by Mink
Sweet Psycho
The Bride Wore White by Amanda Quick
The Bride Wore White
Grump Gone Wild by Cassie Mint
Grump Gone Wild
Stranded For The Night by Kia Carrington-Russell
Stranded For The Night

Out of Options by Jillian West
Out Of Options

When I finished putting together the titles I'd read for the last month, I thought, hey, that was not a lot of books. Then I realised that it's only for ONE month and the last couple of posts had two months of reading in them. So for one month, this is not terrible at 21 books. It's probably still a bit less than normal, but I'm terribly slow right now, I'm not reading as much, I'm still recovering from surgery, and my brain is often mush.

That said, there were still some good books for the month.

The most stand-outest stand out book(s) for the month were rediscoveries and rereads. Midnight Man and Reckless Night by Lisa Marie Rice. The best part of this was the fact that I love Ms Rice's writing and I'm miffed at myself for having not read anything by her for such a long time. I wanted to binge, but decided to resist. But I'm definitely putting her back on my read more regularly list. I need to catch up on all her older books and get into her more recent ones. She does intense alpha males incredibly well, and they are totally my jam.

Other than that, with it being a slow month, I also loved The Bride Wore White by Amanda Quick. Ms Quick just does romantic suspense well. I love the way her hero and heroine always dance around each other before they fall in love. That push-pull of do I-don't I and if they can trust each other is deliciously done. It's almost like an enemies to lovers trope but without all the things I hate about that trope.

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

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  1. Hope you're feeling better. How generous of Steve. Not!
    A good month in May. Two great reads amongst books read this month. Identity by Nora Roberts was brilliant, 10 star, as was the final book in the seven sisters series, Atlas, by Lucinda Riley and Harry Whittaker. An octet?
    The 2 longest books were 798 and 763 pages but i found them quite fast paced.

    1 The Night Train by Sara Sheridan. Mirabelle Bevan short story. UK

    2 The Morelli Diamonds by Sara Sheridan. Mirabelle Bevan short story. UK

    3 The Alpha Option by Vivian Arend. Timberwolf Lodge #1. Canada, Alberta

    4 Medusa's Sheikh by Cindy Dees. Medusas #8. USA, UK, France, Middle East

    5 The Bride Wore White by Amanda Quick. Burning Cove #7. USA, California

    6 The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley. Seven Sisters #7. Switzerland, Norfolk Island, UK, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Canada

    7 Hot Limit by Lynn Raye Harris. Hostile Operations Team Strike Team 2 #7. USA

    8 Ghostly Game by Christine Feehan. Ghostwalker #19. USA, California

    9 Atlas:The Story of Pa Salt by Lucinda Riley. Seven Sisters #8. What a fabulous ending to the series. 10 stars. Norway, Bergen; UK; USA; Brazil; Switzerland; France; Spain; Greece; Germany; Russia

    10 Aliens with Benefits by Cara Bristol. Forbidden Bonds #1. Space

    11 How to Heal a Heartbreak by Cynthia Eden. Wilde Ways:Gone Rogue #2. USA, Atlanta, Georgia

    12 Danger on the Nile by Veronica Scott. Children of Fate #1. Ancient Egypt

    13 Valkyrie by Cheryl Brooks. Avian Clone Chronicles #1. Space

    14 The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu. USA, California. A new author. I shall read more

    15 MicroP by Pauline Baird Jones. Project Enterprise Cyborg Chronicles 5. Space

    16 MicroP free bonus epilogue by Pauline Baird Jones. Project Enterprise Cyborg Chronicles. Space

    17 Identity by Nora Roberts. USA, Maryland, Vermont

    18 The White Lady by Jacqueline Winspear. UK, Belgium

    1. Wasn't The Bride Wore White absolutely wonderful. I'm loving her books right now.

      And wow! almost 800 pages a book. That would take me a long time to read. Fast paced is good though.

    2. Yes, I too loved the Bride wore White. The long books were the Lucinda Riley books. These days the average book is 300 pages. Many years ago it was probably 500!

    3. I've been reading slightly longer books recently. It takes me a few days to get through, but if the plot and pacing is engaging, I can cope. Otherwise, I prefer shorter books. My sweet spot is about 200 pages.