Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April 2012: Reads + Updates

April is over. The good thing about April? There were new releases that I was looking forward to reading and I read them all. That means that even with all those crazy "real life" issues that are continuously affecting my daily life lately my reading slump is officially over. Good thing!

Anyway, here are my reads for the month. Those new releases were wonderful because they got me to read and I enjoyed them for different reasons, but only a few of them made it to the top of my list:

Total Books Read: 18
  Contemporary: 4 (Romance: 2 Romance Suspense: 1 Romance Erotica: 1)
  Historical Romance: 3
  Urban Fantasy/PNR: 1
  LGBT: 10 (Romance: 5 Fiction: 2 Spec Fic: 2 Memoir: 1)

1.   About That Night by Julie James: C
2.   Just Down the Road by Jodi Thomas (Upcoming Review) 
3.   The Duke's Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley: B-
4.   The Rake by Mary Jo Putney: A-
5.   Split by Mel Bossa: A-
6.   Private Eye by S.E. Culpepper: C-
7.   Almost a Gentleman by Pam Rosenthal: C
8.   Carbon and Ash by Chris Owen (Re-read): B
9.   Added Money by Chris Owen: C+
10. Lover Reborn (BDB#10) by J.R. Ward: C-
11. Lily by Xavier Axelson: B
12. Dutch's Boy by Xavier Axelson: B
13. Earthly Concerns by Xavier Axelson: B
14. The Heart's History by Lewis DeSimone: B+
15. The Witness by Nora Roberts: A
16. Bear Like Me by Jonathan Cohen (Upcoming Review) 
17. Naked Angel (Club Burlesque) by Logan Belle (Upcoming Review) 
18. Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole (Upcoming Review)

Upcoming Reviews:

Currently Reading:

These are two very different books! Range of Ghosts is Elizabeth Bear's latest release and the first book in her latest fantasy series Eternal Sky. I'm loving her world building so far, but I'm not far into the book so I can't tell you much about the characters yet.

The same goes for The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone. This is more of a Victorian noir, paranormal romance. The beginning of the book is quite erotic, so I'm expecting the steam level to be on the high end of the scale. That first chapter kept me reading and Phaeton Black is certainly a character! Let's see how it turns out.

That's it for my April reads. May looks like it's going to be a great reading month too... I'm looking forward to reading quite a few new releases. How about you? How did your April turn out?


  1. I'm reading Naked Angel right now - and totally sucked into the soap opera shenanigans yet again. Seriously, it's like a prime-time soap with more explicit sexy-times.....

    1. I know, I know! That's exactly what it is, an erotic soap opera... I got so sucked into this book that I finished it in one day! Now I have to go back and read the first book because I got into the whole thing with the second book. *g* Enjoy the drama. ;P

  2. Nice April list of reads, Hils! I'm looking forward to reading The Witness. :)

    I'm loving that Elizabeth Bear cover--wow so mesmerizing! That one's part of a series, right? I've got to get my head straight with her works. I really want to try something by her.

    Did you read the first book in that series by Jillian Stone? I have it on my tbr list but haven't bought it or found it at the library yet. Sounds really fun.. I didn't realize it was so sexy!

    1. OH! I looked it up and am so psyched to learn that Range of Ghosts is book #1 in a new series by Bear! I And it has pretty darned good reviews on goodreads, too! I've added it to my list!

    2. Thanks Christine! I hope you enjoy The Witness.

      Ohhh, I love the cover for Range of Ghosts too! I think it's gorgeous and I love the colors. You SHOULD try something by Bear, I love her work. So creative. This is a brand new fantasy series, so yes this is book #1. She usually works in trilogies, so that works really well for me too. I'm loving her world building (as always), but this one is set in a magical Genghis Khan sort of world that has me as mesmerized as that cover.

      I've not read the first book (?), is there a first book?, for the Jillian Stone series. I need to do some homework there, but I usually do that AFTER I read the book so it doesn't influence my impressions while I'm reading it. LOL!

    3. LOL, Christine! My answer came too late! But I'm glad you looked it up! Hope you get to it. :D

    4. I came back to correct myself. The Seduction of Phaeton Black is book #1 in a new series by Jillian Stone. I thought it was book #2 in her historical mystery romance series. Oy. Can't remember the name.. the first book is something or other of Mr. Kennedy. Too lazy to click away to get the title. Sorry. I'm pathetic.

    5. Christine, thanks for the clarification. I just got back to this book. Had to set it aside for a week, but it's good to know I'm not missing anything. Don't worry about the rest, I'll look it up. :D (And you're NOT pathetic!)

  3. Awesome month, Hils! It's incredible that you read so much in spite of real life LOL. I think it was your escape, your way to remain sane :P

    Isn't it awesome to read all the books you were looking forward to? And most of them were good! Can't wait for your review of Just Down the Road. Can't wait to see your grade :)

    What is the new Elizabeth Bear about? :)

    1. Nath, once I beat the reading slump I was up and running. It was a good thing too because I needed the relaxation time here and there. I think what saved me was that I found some books that I wanted to read. :)

      Just Down the Road is one of the first books I read in April, and yet because I didn't review it immediately it fell through the cracks. I better get to it.

      The Elizabeth Bear book is a fantasy. The setting? Well it seems to be modeled after Genghis Khan's world, but with magic, assassins, and female wizzards. Three different kingdoms, war, and well... romance I think. I'm not far into the book at this point and am staying away from reviews or spoilers.

    2. I know you say on my blog that the Elizabeth Bear's new world has a lot of Asian influences, but it sounds pretty good and I'm curious :P

    3. Well Nath, I'm almost done and can tell you that the world building is awesome in my opinion. You can't go wrong by reading it. It's Middle-Eastern and Asian-based. I'm really enjoying it. :)

  4. I'm reading Just Down the Road now and love getting back into Harmony and the people there.

    1. Leslie, I hope you enjoy Just Down the Road. Getting back to Harmony is like getting back to old friends at this point. I'm enjoying it so much too. :)

  5. 18 books is awesome!

    And I finally got Split. Can't wait to read it. :P Thanks for that rec.

    1. Ohhh, let me know what you think of Split! As you can see, I really liked that story. :)


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