Reading Roundup – May 2011

May was right on track with what I usually read in a month which surprises me since it seems time is short and reading time is even shorter lately. But I’ve managed to get my read on here and there.

Here are the stats for my May reading roundup:


  • 2 – 5 heart rating
  • 3 – 4 heart ratings
  • 1 – 4.5 heart rating
  • 2 – 3.5 heart ratings
  • 2 – 3 heart ratings
  • 1 – 2.5 heart ratings
  • 2 – 2 heart ratings
  • 1 – DNF

A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – Currently reading

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep – Currently reading

A Reaper’s Tale – The Undecided by Adam Slade 4
Something a little different for me. An UF told from the male protagonists POV, a little dark humor, very little romance but a good read.

The Arrangement (Courtland Chronicles, #4) by Cat Grant 2
This is a book I started a while back, put away for a while and then came back to. Even with the second try I found the three-way relationship really hard to buy into. I didn’t feel the chemistry.

Malcolm (Black Cougar, #3) by Eliza Gayle 3.5
Sometimes I just need to read a PNR with lots of hot smexiness. This one fit the bill. Review to come.

On the Edge (The Edge, #1) by Ilona Andrews 3
I went into this book expecting romance. The romance fell flat for me but I love the world and conflict.

Bayou Moon (The Edge, #2) by Ilona Andrews 4
I liked this one a little better. It’s still the world and action that draws me but I liked the hero and heroine this time.

Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5) by Ilona Andrews 5
My favorite of the series. Not only did it have great heart stopping action, but it had some really good romance this time. I swooned.

Beyond Eden by Kele Moon 4
This book really pushed me. I was uncomfortable with some of the sex scenes but fascinated at the same time.

Passion Unleashed (Demonica, #3) by Larissa Ione 5
Oh Wraith you are soooo intense. And sexy. rawr.

Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica, #4) by Larissa Ione 3
Wraith is a hard act to follow. :)

The Reluctant Nude by Meg  Maguire 4.5
So glad I came back to this one in a different frame of mind.  This turned out to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Such an intimate, lovely romance.

Mine Until Morning by Samantha Hunter 3.5
I liked the idea of the story taking place during a blackout. The hero was blind for most of the story and it added an interesting dynamic to his alpha personality.

River of Need (Tennessee Cops, #4) by Shayla Kersten 2
This had such an interesting premise. But when I really dug in I just didn’t like one of the protagonists at all.  That being said, I may read more from this series and author.

Hunter’s Fall (The Hunters #13) by Shiloh Walker DNF
I read the first 100 pages but I struggled to figure out what was going on. Combined with the grim atmosphere I decided to quit. I did not read any of the previous books in the series and perhaps if I had I would not have felt lost.

In A Dark Embrace by Simone Bern 2.5
Lots of sex, good action scene but I felt the characters were under developed and I was left disappointed.

That was my month in books. How did yours compare? Any recommendations?


  1. says

    @Catherine: I’m actually not too far into yet. I will let you know. I almost wish I didn’t know this one was by J Estep until after I’m finished so I don’t have certain expectations going in. KWIM?

  2. says

    I read a touch of frost awhile ago and loved it. Here voice translates well to YA. Or at least for me it did. lol

  3. says

    Wraith is a hard act to follow.

    I agree. I actually didn’t really fall in love with his character until I read his book. I don’t know if you’ve read it or not but Larissa Ione has a few quick, sexy shorts on her website and Wraith and Serena have a story up. I’ve only read it a dozen times :-)

  4. says

    I didn’t know that Game of Thrones was a book. My husband has been watching it on HBO. How is the book? I am curious about how it is…

    I am so glad to see that you gave the Kate Daniel’s series a chance. I have to admit that I wasn’t all that impressed with the first book either, but as the series progressed I am so glad I continued with it. I loved Magic Bleeds and was so happy with Kate and Curran’s romance in that one. I can’t wait to read Magic Slays.

  5. says

    @Jill D.: I’ve only just started the book, but it seems that the series is pretty close to the book. I’m enjoying it so far.

    I really love the Kate Daniels series. Magic Slays is my favorite book of the series. Curran was awesome.