May has been an extremely busy month for me, so I didn’t get in as much reading as I usually do. During the entire month I only managed to read 10 books. That might sound like a lot to some, but for me it’s odd because I’m a fast reader. In a normal month I’ll make it through about 20 or so books, depending on what’s going on and whether or not I’m having a hard time getting through some of them. In addition to not reading my normal amount, I didn’t read many books that really wowed me. I’m definitely ready for a fresh start in June.
Despite not having the best of luck with books this month, I still found some good ones I’d like to recommend. If any of you decide to give them a shot, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Follow My Lead by Kate Noble: I reviewed this book May 10th, and at 4.5 hearts it was my highest rated read of the month. This road romance delighted me with its shenanigans and the genuine friendship that developed between the hero and heroine. It was utterly romantic and I sighed happily when I closed the book.
She giggled–Winn Crane giggled! Like the coquettish child she hadn’t known how to be, and for the briefest of moments, Jason was completely certain his heart had stopped beating. Just a second, frozen still the world around them lost, and the only thing that occupied it was Winn’s happy, girlish laugh.
So. This is trouble, he thought, his body slowly catching up to the rest of life. Slowly drifting down into someone’s laugh, until you realize you’re stuck.
Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris: This book checked in at a strong 4 heart grade. My review was posted on May 23rd if you’d like to take a peak. I immensely enjoyed the partnership between Eliza and Wellington. They had a lovely dynamic between them that reminded me of Sherlock and Watson in the 2009 version of the Sherlock Holmes movie. I loved that Eliza was the
Braun brawn of the two and that they had such a hard time meshing their personalities. It provided plenty of fun bickering for me to enjoy. 😉
“The time has come to divide and conquer, Welly. Get back to the Archives. You do what you are good at. I will do what I am good at.”
He glanced at her, “Blowing things up?”
Eliza gave a nod, shrugging lightly. “I stepped into that one. No, I have other skills, you know,” she returned. It was fun to see him blush. “Interrogation.”
“You mean investigation.”
She was barely able to contain a little snort. Life had sheltered dear Mr. Wellington Books down in the Archives. Unfortunately life had not been so kind to her. “Investigation. Interrogation. What you will. As you’ll be in your element, I’ll go back to Charming Cross and see if I can find out a bit more about the good Doctor Smith.”
Chosen by Blood by Virna DePaul: I reviewed this book May 12th, and at only 3.5 hearts some of you may be wondering why I’m recommending it. I’ve read other books this month that I rated higher, true, but this one set itself apart from the rest by being so unique. The relationship conflict between the hero and heroine provided an excellent and believable tension to their interactions, and I loved the intensity that I saw between them in the beginning of the book. True, the end was a bit of a letdown for me, but the relationship in the first half of the book and the interesting characters we were introduced to in the Para-Op team fixed my attention enough that I know this author has the chops to blow me out of the water.
He wanted to get so deep inside her that he would touch her soul and make her realize that, despite everything, their difficult circumstances, her mistrust, his inability to give her all she wanted, he loved her. Good, bad, it didn’t matter. She was his.