Ah, October. Somehow it’s already over and we’re on our way to Thanksgiving. I hope everyone had a fun Halloween. I can’t say that I had a very great reading month, unfortunately. There were a few A books and a nice group of B books, but there were enough low C’s and D’s to really bring down my reading high. So here are the ones I enjoyed most this month.
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron by Jennifer Ashley: Oh my, this was a good one. I had some problems with the second book, but this one recaptured my love of the first book. Cam and Ainsley were wonderful together and it was marvelous watching them fall in love. I loved the way the author set Ainsley up to handle Cam’s issues. She was just what he needed to slowly heal. This one gets an A+ from me. You can read my review of this book here.
“Do be careful, Ainsley. They entice you, these Mackenzies, first with their wickedness and then with all that is heartbreaking.”
In Total Surrender by Anne Mallory: I am thrilled to say that my winning streak with this author is still in full effect. I loved this one just as much as the last two. It was great fun watching Andreas be swept away by Phoebe. She was so cheerful and determined. He never had a chance. There was so much humor to enjoy here, but the emotional aspect of it was just as well done. I closed the book and immediately wished I had another from her. A+!
Ruthless and fierce. There was something in that ferocity that made her lean closer. Something coiled with it, irreparably bound with that other part of him that he tried to hide, that she was still piecing together. A vulnerability that she had to understand. That made every part of her want to reach for him. To fill it, to soothe it, to complete it–that something that pulled and pulled and pulled at her, unceasing.
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James: I was able to connect with this book much more than I was able to with the first book. The hero and heroine’s power base felt like it was more evenly matched and it was lovely to watch them work to overcome their issues enough to become a real couple. This one gets an A from me. I can’t wait to see how it’ll all resolve in the final book. You can read my review for this book here.
Glory in Death by J.D. Robb: I’m really getting into this series! I loved seeing Eve and Roarke’s relationship deepen in this book. You can see them circling each other and really starting to open up and share the inner them. They haven’t worked out all their issues, but they’re making an effort to be there for each other. I liked getting to see more of the tedious side of Eve’s job. She was just as committed there as she is in a dangerous situation. You can read my review of the book here. I give this one an -A.