Hello Sugarbook Lovers,
We hope that everyone is doing well during this stay-in-place. If you are able to take advantage of some free time, we hope that you are able to sit back, relax, and enjoy TONS of books and not worry about those things that are out of our hands. OK…enough of the levity, now to the books.
This month we decided to read three books….Wish by Mimi Jean Pamiloff, Reaper’s Property (Reaper’s MC book 1) by Joanna Wylde, and Good Intentions (Road to Hell book 1) by Brenda Davies. Why we place this kind of pressure on ourselves, we don’t know but for the most part we did it. We decided to have our meeting with the assistance of Google Hangouts and because of this our reviews will be short, but hopefully giving you something to think about. These reviews will be full of spoilers, so if you plan to read these books and do not want to know key facts, you might want to visit us after you’ve had a chance to read them.
“Wish” by Mimi Jean Pamiloff, was a very interesting book. This book about Ginnie, a recently badly dumped (he took her money and left her in real debt y’all), and Marus, the “genie” that is not one. The long and short of it is that we felt it would have been a more interesting story if the hero was actually a genie and not an amnesia sufferer who has completely changed his live. We all were convinced that he really was a genie, the way that bottle kept coming back. Now that thing that surprised us was when we found out the sister actually had tried to kill the hero. What did not surprise us was the pregnancy but her leaving and not telling him was a surprise. We gave this book an average of . One reader gave it because she said she felt the book was clever.
“Reaper’s Property” by Joanna Wylde was a selection that came about because one of our members was interested in a good MC book/series and one of our members is an “Old Lady” and a reader of motorcycle novels; this book was the one that immediately came to her mind. This is the story of Marie and Horse and the introduction into the Reaper MC world. This book was met with reviews from either one of the ends of the spectrum. Either we liked it or we didn’t. Those who did not like it had issues with the way the women were treated….why did the women have to be “sweetbutts” or “old ladies” or why did they have to be left out of everything and expected to not ask questions, and seriously why is an old lady considered “property” with a jacket that tells the world that they are someone’s property? Those that liked it realized that it was a culture that is different from the normal social norm. It is not derogatory to be an old lady, and if you are initially assumed to be a sweetbutt, get it straight and you will be fine. Marie’s misunderstanding of the difference of between sweetbutt and old lady was an issue. It seemed that she felt they were one and the same We ALL agreed that there is no way we would have been the “good sister” that Marie was by helping out her brother. He made those bad choices, then he was on his own because in order to help him, Marie had to “sacrifice” herself. Our final thoughts were that the majority of us will continue with the series. We gave this book .
The final book was “Good Intentions” by Brenda Davies. For most of us, this was the last book that was read and one that we really were unsure if we were going to go beyond our required 100 pages. Because 1) it was over 300 pages long and we read three books this month and 2) one of the first reviews on Goodreads was very low with a statement that stuck out that they did not like the couple together. Here’s the thing folks…..don’t believe that review….this book was GOOD. We were able to finish it quickly, it was that good. This is the story of River, a descendant of Lucifer (we told you there is a spoilers in this post) and Kobal, the true ruler of Hell and all demons. The humans of the world have messed up and opened a portal to hell. Kobal and his team are now on earth trying to help us fight the ever-growing number of demons that have been let lose on the world by Satan in his bid to take over the world. It has some high and low points. The lowest was when River had to leave her brothers because HER MOTHER TURNED HER IN and the youngest brother (who was around 2 years old) clung to her and had to be pried away from her. We shed a tear. The high of the book was what made the book great in our opinion and that was that River was not a silly chic that was all “woe is me”. She was placed in her situation and once she realized that her “quarks” were powers that could be strengthened she got to work learning how to strengthen them. Her attraction to Kobal was strong, and when they gave in it was hot. Them as a couple was good, they are were not stupid. Everyone who read the book (the majority of us) will definitely be continuing on with the series. We gave this book .
Ok…that’s it for this month. Thanks for taking the time to look at our page. We hope that you are all being safe and healthy during this time. We are still prepping for Lori Foster with hopeful hearts that everything will be good and RAGT will still continue. We will be reading “All Fired Up” and “Sommerset Girls” by Lori Foster.
This month Sugarbook read Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan and Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews which is the 1st in a new arc (The Iron Covenant series) that delves into the world previously visited in the Kate Daniels series.
We first discussed Kendall Ryan’s book Mister Tonight, and right off I’ll state that it received 3 of 5 💋, or we medium liked it. This is the story of Kate and Hunter who meet in a bar on the evening of Kate’s 30th birthday. Kate, a serial hook-up girl, is looking for her Mister Tonight to help her celebrate her birthday. She has an instant connection with Hunter and ends up going to back to his place for her much anticipated hook-up. Midway into a phenomenal one-night-stand they are interrupted by Hunter’s four year old daughter. She quickly grabs her belongings and gets out of dodge. The twist in the story comes the next day when she goes to check out her new abode and realizes Hunter is going to be her new landlord.
As mentioned earlier, we medium liked this book. Some of the highlights of the book that stuck with us was the drunken toast given by her friends at the end of the story where they busted her out about looking for Mister Tonight. The term “Adult Cuddle Time” has become a favorite with us since reading this book. And you can’t think of adult cuddle time without remembering how Hunter’s daughter did not like Kate at all; at least not until Kate cooked dinner after Hunter ruined dinner one evening. Or when she came to the rescue for a bake sale catastrophe that left Hunter with slightly damaged finger tips.
Now you can’t mention Hunter’s daughter without us stating that most of us thought the daughter was a bit much. And we think it was because he felt some guilt about her not having her mother around.
Our next book was Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews. This book resulted with one member having a DNC (did not complete) and the rest of us giving it 4 out of 5💋 .
This book was about Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs and Warlord of the Builder Tower, and Elara Harper, the White Lady and leader of the Departed. They come together to form a union that will provide an army and protection for the Departed and food and lodging for the Iron Dogs. They come together to fight two enemies and often times each other.
So what did we like about the book? Elara is a bad bi$&h and Hugh is a fierce killing machine that has some power of his own. When Elara battles in the tunnels and Hugh sent some of his fighters, including a berserker; and they come back to Hugh shell shocked from seeing Elara fight, you know she is the truth. At the same time we were annoyed with Elara because she was too busy trying to proves she was the boss. She kept withholding valuable information from Hugh that was unnecessary.
So here are some of the things that we felt a little angst about. The DNC reader said that it was because she spent too much time trying to figure out what time period this book was supposed to be set in. The majority of us have not read the Kate Daniels series (although we are now thinking about reading it). Secondly, it took too long for Hugh and Elara to get and she was trying to run things even then. We wanted them to have another intimate encounter again so that they could solidify their relationship. I mean, usually we are complaining about too many intimate scenes, but this time we didn’t get enough. And finally we all agreed that we are highly anticipating the next book, and that it will be a huge disappointment if it is not a continuation of the progression of the relationship between Hugh and Elara.
So that’s what we thought of our reads this month. A recap is that we gave Mister Tonight 3 out of 5 💋 and Iron and Magic 4 out of 5 💋. Have you read these novels? What are your thoughts about them?
Next month we will be reading 69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer and an oldy but greaty Devils Bride by Stephanie Laurens. We chose Devils Bride because we have a member that is not a fan of the Historical Romance genre. We think it’s because she hasn’t read the right book and we feel that Devil’s Bride is it. The majority of us have read this book in the past and we are super excited to be doing this reread. If you read the books, please send us your thoughts, we would love to hear them.
This month we met at a new location, Indy Reads Books, On Mass Avenue.
As a group, we had been looking for a location to have our meetings that would also connect our love of books to our meeting location. In the past we would meet at public library but scheduling conflicts caused us to have to look for a new “home”.
We had tried meeting BAM (we met there twice and there was never really a good spot to meet and not disturb the patrons) and Barnes and Noble felt that our group of six was not big enough for a spot in their calendar. So for the past year we have been meeting at Panera Bread Co. on 86th street (either the Traders Point location or the Woodfield Crossing location).
Needless to say we have been happy at Panera; but when we learned there was another bookstore that we could possible use as a meeting location. Enter Indy Reads Books. We made sure to call and confirm and put our names on the calendar and here we are.
We really like the setting and the location, but we must be honest we miss our Panera treats. So….we think we will share meeting locations.
Keep an eye out followers for location updates.
Oh yeah, we forgot to tell you about the books we read this month. We read Kinked by Thea Harrison and The Big-Not-So Small Curvy Girls Dating Agency by Ava Catori. We felt undecided about Kinked and unanimously agreed we did not like the Curvy Girl.
Have you read either of these books, what did you think?
Next month we are reading, If Wishes Were Earls by Elizabeth Boyles and Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon.
Sugarbooks is excited to announce that next month we will have our monthly meeting at Indy Reads Books on 911 Massachusetts Avenue at 6-8 pm.
The book(s) that we are scheduled to read are Ava Catori’s “The Big Not-So-Small, Curvy Girls Dating Agency” and Thea Harrison’s “Kinked“. Why two books you ask, because we tend to read fast and sometimes our members have read the books a month or so before we are scheduled so we decided to add a second book. Now you don’t have to read both if you don’t want or don’t have time, we will discuss both books and we would love to have you join us.
If you have read the books or read them before our meeting on September 13th please send us a response with your thoughts and we will include them in our discussion and get back to you. If you are in the Indianapolis area, please stop by and join us.
This month Sugarbooks had chosen to read Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Now when this book was chosen there was a lot of groaning from many of our members (since there are only six of us actively coming to meetings and making decisions you can imagine how loud the groaning was). Anyway, we made the decision in December last year and last month as we were leaving dinner the reminder that Styxx was the book for the next meeting, some “I’m not reading it” were heard. We have a rule (it’s not always followed but we have it) that states you have to at least read 100 pgs of the book assigned for the month. With this in mind we still had some “I’m not reading it”.
One of the members decided to brave it and start the book two weeks before the meeting. When she found out how many pages the book had (876), she sent out an email with a WTH. 🙂 She started it and finished it in 2 ½ days. She then got on email and started commenting that put a fire under the other members kettle that had them reading it (yep…even the “I’m not reading its”). Some of us had not read Acheron (and some still had not read any of the Dark Hunters series), but we felt that it was important to at least read Acheron first. You did not want to read Acheron after you read Styxx first. I think we all agreed, reading them backwards would have caused some feelings that could possibly be avoided if you read them in the right sequence.
So here is our take on Styxx (If you have not read this book, there may be some references that could be deemed spoilers, just a heads up). We all agreed it was a good book, we all agreed it caused emotions to be brought forth, and we all agreed that the men during the early part of the book (even in Acheron) were into a lot of rape and sodomy. The first half of the book dealt with Styxx being raped by his uncle (until he killed him and that wasn’t until he had been abused on three or four separate occasions that lasted anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months) and some of the gods. We all agreed that we were not fans of the gods in both stories. That is where the agreement ends.
There was a member that ended up with a dislike for Acheron after reading this book and she had been a huge fan previously. It took a lot of deducing and reasoning before she could put her finger on what she deemed the ultimate betrayal – you don’t forsake your sibling to be tortured regardless of your reasons, and you then don’t walk around like they’re in the wrong EVER. To her, that was making yourself into a victim – I was done wrong so they deserve to have wrong done to them too; you help/protect your siblings, you don’t make them victims too. Styxx never made his siblings victims if he could help it; he protected them as much as he was possible although he sometimes was punished for it and they (his siblings) still treated him like dirt. She didn’t like how Acheron assumed that Artemis placed his brother somewhere where he was taken care of for 1100 years, when he knew Artemis to be a liar. How can Ach believe people that have lied to him and mistreated him for most of his life and not allow his brother to even try to explain. It didn’t sit well with that member and she was not changing her mind.
There were several members that were disgusted with Styxx and his inability to defend himself against his uncle and father. As one member stated “he could maybe get away with catching him unaware one or maybe two times, but after that he should have been walking around with his mouth clamped shut and his back to a wall whenever his uncle was around.” Styxx had become a feared and respected warrior and leader to his father’s army, yet he still was getting assaulted by his uncle. Why did Styxx allow his father to punish him when they felt the army had his back? Why not over-throw the king or kill him? They didn’t feel like Styxx stood up for himself enough and because of it he seemed almost like a victim.
We all agreed we did not like Ryssa, the sister. We couldn’t figure out where her hatred for Styxx came from. There was no reason for the type of hatred she had. Even reading Acheron (some of us reread Ach and some read it for the first time), which had a large portion of the beginning of the book coming from Ryssa’s diary; we never ascertained why she disliked Styxx.
The culmination of the epic novel had a great HEA and we all agreed that we were happy with the ending. Sherrilyn has done it again, sucking us into a great story that brought forth all emotions. If you have not read it yet we all highly recommend it. And we would love to hear your thoughts on it. If you have read it, give us a holler and tell us what you thought.
Next month we are scheduled to read, Tracy Solheim’s Risky Game. This is the third book in the Game On series (if you do not count the anthology that was released in April). This book does not come out until May 6th so it will be a race to finish it before the meeting considering some of us has not read any of the other previous books. Again, if you have read any of the books, give us a holler. We love to hear from you.