Hello Sugarbook Lovers,
We decided that we would like to do something extra and different. We attempt to keep everyone advised about what we are reading each month and what we thought of the books; but one of the things that we inevitably end up doing in our meetings is discussion of what’s coming out soon (like that week) and get excited about it. So we thought it would be good to do a weekly “What Came Out This Week – Sugarbook Edition”. It will be called Sugarbook Edition because it will most likely be comprised of books that we are excited about.
This post will have three weeks of books to give y’all. The next ones will (hopefully) be one week long. We hope it is helpful to you.
Week of October 22, 2018
Blood Bond by Shannon K. Butcher (Sentinel Wars #10)
York by Laurann Dohner (The Vorge Crew #3)
Reveling in Sin by Meghan March (Sin Trilogy #3)
Muffin Top by Avery Flynn (Hartigans #2)
Demon Walking by Eve Langlais (Dragon Point #6)
Week of October 29, 2018
Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #11) (this writer likes to listen to the audio of these)
Dragonfire by Donna Grant (Dark Kings 14)
Leopard’s Run by Christine Feehan (Leopard #11)
Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter (Gods of War #1)
The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Origin #1)
Judgement by Jenika Snow
Bad Situation by Brynne Asher (Montgomerys #1)
Week of November 5, 2018
Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #3.5)
Dining With Angels by Larissa Ione (Demonica #17.5 – this is a catch-up with characters story with recipes included)
My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes (Rogues to Riches #1)
Smoldering Desire by Elle James (Hellfire #3)
Dirty Sexy Games by Laurelin Paige (Dirty Games Duet #2)
Well, this is the list as we set it. Again this is a new idea for us and we wholeheartedly want your thoughts and opinions about this and its format. Would you prefer to have the links for purchasing the books? Would you like to see the book covers along with the links? Let us know. Thanks so much for taking a look at our page once again, see you soon.
Hello Sugarbook lovers,
This post is going to include our recap of two months’ worth of the books that we have read. For September we read 69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer and Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens.
The 1st book, 69 Million Things I Hate About You was read entirely by 3 of us and DNF by 2 (one member was recovering from surgery so did not attempt any of the books for this month). It was agreed by all that the concept seemed too unbelievable to like. The main premise of the book is that the heroine tried to get fired from her position as the executive assistant to a very demanding, handsome, and arrogant CEO/co-owner (the hero). Why not just quit! There was a bet/pool going around the company email and they expected the bosses not to find out. REALLY!
What we did like about the book was the concept of friends buying lottery tickets and winning. As a result, we are now going to start our own lottery pool.
The 2nd book of the month, Devil’s Bride was read by 4 and DFN by 1. This was a reread for the majority of us, but a happy to read again all the same. This is the unanimously agreed book that is Historical Romance Gold. The first story in the series of the Cynster family saga about Devil Cynster and Honoria Wetherby. A couple that meets under unusual circumstances that cause them to instantly become a couple. Because this was a reread we were able to look at the book without rose-colored glasses. So we found things that we did not like about the book. The main thing that we did not like was Honoria Wetherbys’ unrelenting need to hold on to the dream of traveling to Africa. Even when it was obvious to the reader that she liked being “Devil’s Duchess”, pride kept her from admitting it and that her dream of going to Africa had changed. Some felt that Honoria was pressured into getting married by everyone and she gave in because of it. Did her brother guilt her into agreeing by saying that their parents had raised her to be a duchess and she would honor them by stepping in to the role? A few members said they thought so. Others said that it should be noted that Devil never pressured her into excepting, he felt confident in his ability to convince her, but never did he bully her. We all agreed that his hesitancy to admit his feeling for her because it would make him seem weak was bull; and if he had admitted it earlier, she would have acquiesced sooner.
Again, this is an older book and for that reason we welcome others thoughts.
Ok….now for the month of October. Our member that had surgery was back with us so we were back to 6 reviews. The two books that we read this month were Generations by M.L. Briers, and Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti.
The review of Generations, which was a quick read of only 173 pages, will be quick.
We hated it….unanimously…except for the person that recommended it. We just couldn’t find anything to say about it, other than we hated it. So that is all we had to say about that book.
The 2nd book, Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti had a different flow. This is the first book in a new series. The story of Pippa and Malcolm West. We liked this book! 5 THUMBS UP! There was one member that did not read the book. But the rest really liked it and are SUPER excited about the other books to come. We all felt the highlight of the book was the dog and Wolfe and his kitten in the pocket. The one flaw in the book felt by some of us was, the time we had to wait to find out what Pippa was running from. Why did it take so long for this to be revealed? A few of us figured it out (SPOILER ALERT!: she was running from a cult) early on, but why not just get it out there so we could go forward.
The next book in the series is about Hunter Holt and Faye Smith, who we met in the 1st book. It’s an interesting story that wasn’t one we expected next, but one we’re all excited about.
So to recap……
69 Million Things I Hate About You got 3 smoochies 💋💋💋
Devil’s Bride got 4 smoochies 💋💋💋💋
Generations got 1 smooch💋
Hidden got 5 smoochies. 💋💋💋💋💋
Next month we will be reading a serial book by Julia Kent Shopping For A Billionaire and the first book in a new series by J. R. Ward Consumed. We welcome any and all comments that you have about the books we are reading or have read. See you next month.
I should have written this review about four months ago when I first read this book and I apologize for not doing so. In my defense, I’ve been busy and reading a ton of stuff. Someone mentioned that I seem to review the books from this series and not many others. I chose to continue to review this series because: 1) I reviewed the first book and since I’m reading them all it made sense to review them all; and 2) it seems that lately the BDSM millionaire/commoner (I know that’s not the right word to use but oh well) genre seems to be hot right now and why not give my opinion on something other than Fifty Shades. I mean someone may actually open up their mind to something other than what is trending in the media and fall in love with another author they may not have explored without my review. BUT…I’m digressing…I’m getting off my soapbox right now and writing my review.
I read the second book in the Crossfire Series as soon as it came out. I really enjoyed the first book and was extremely curious about the characters and where they were going to go.
The second book, Reflected in You, delves further into the relationship between Gideon and Eve. This book picks up right where the last book (Bared to You) ended. Gideon and Eve are committed to making their relationship work. When the issues that they suffer from (Eve’s insecurity and Gideon’s violent nightmares) threaten to tear the relationship apart, they commit to therapy. I really love their commitment to the relationship, it lets the reader know that although it is a very sexually charged relationship, it is not based upon just sex alone. They have feelings for one another. During one of the therapy sessions after a particularly violent dream by Gideon that also coincided with a nightmare that Eve was having about her past abuse; the therapist suggested that they stop sleeping together and date only to allow the relationship to grow. Gideon and Eve both said that wasn’t an option.
I don’t want to tell the story, because I’m not one to give spoilers. There were two things in the book that were really frustrating to me. Early on in this book, Eve is invited to a concert by her friend who is also the sister of her supervisors partner. Her friend has four tickets and her boyfriend is out of town, so Gideon invites a friend so that it will be an equal four. Now this is Eve’s first time meeting anyone that remotely resembles a friend to Gideon, you’d think she would be on her best behavior. You would be thinking wrong. It turned out that the lead singer was an “ex-boyfriend” and she didn’t reveal it to Gideon once she realizes it, nor did she react properly when she came in contact with her “ex”. Again, I don’t give spoilers, but you will be shaking your head saying, “girl you know you wrong for that.”
Gideon and Eve get over that hurdle and just when everything seems to be going smoothly for Gideon and Eve, Gideon starts acting flukery. He starts blowing Eve off, he’s being seen with his ex-girlfriend, just making stupid relationship mistakes. You are thinking to yourself as your reading…”Man what are you doing? Are you having commitment issues?” You get to a point where you can’t stand Gideon because he is acting like an ass and his only excuse to Eve is “trust me”. You are screaming at the book, “trust me, trust me what do you mean trust me?” I have to give a big thumbs up to the reactions of Eve. She did not sit around wallowing and acting like her world was going to end if Gideon didn’t start acting right. Of course there was a response…she did cry over it and do some yelling and accusations thrown, but once it seemed that he just wasn’t going to do right,; she made up her mind to let it go. Even when Gideon started yelling her to trust him, she didn’t fall for it. It is not until the end of the book that she understood Gideon’s actions and you want to high five him and you are left saying he is a true “ride or die” dude. The last couple of pages of the book left me with my mouth hanging open wand then I wanted to pump my fist in the air and yell, “YEAH!”
So that’s my take on Reflected in You. I LOVE LOVE LOVED the book. It was a great follow-up to the first and again I’m anxiously awaiting the third. I will try to review other books that I read. If you missed my post about my favorite genre check it out here. This will let you know that I read a lot of romance. BUT these are not the romance books of old, they actually have plots beyond the Millionaires Baby (sorry Harlequin ) and if you can name me one movie that does not have a romantic scene in it (or just a scene where someone is getting kissed) then I will admit admit something. I don’t know what I’ll admit, because I don’t think there isn’t anything out there. I watch all types of movies, action, comedy, musicals, independents, Sundance, even some documentaries; I don’t watch horror because I’m a chicken-butt, but everything I watch, and they all have romance so DON’T KNOCK ROMANCE NOVELS.
Sometimes I really amaze myself with how many series that I follow. I’m not just talking books here. I’m including TV and movies too. And let’s not get started on how similar a lot of series are! It made me wonder how other people keep track of the things that they read and watch.
Personally, I have issues with being behind in a series. I think this is why I haven’t started the Nalini Singh Guild Hunter series of books. It’s already three books and two short stories in! I like to be on top of things as they come out or else I feel like I’ve been left behind. I think that a little time between installments whets the appetite and builds anticipation which, to me, are hallmarks of a good series. When you stockpile installments, you lose the spirit of the series. Instead of the emotional rollercoaster, it’s more like just a train on a track. It may be good, but not great.
I know many people and even some of my fellow book club members will heartily disagree with me. They can’t stand cliffhangers, and, believe it or not, hate spoilers!
The truth is that with all the things I’m following, there’s no way I could keep up if I weren’t on top of them as soon as they came out!
As my first “official” post as a blog author, I figured I’d make it a doozy.
I LOVE Nalini Singh as an author (and she’s right cute in person too!). I love how she writes urban/paranormal fantasy in a way that makes you believe that the alternate reality she gives us isn’t all that impossible. She’s got two series, the Psy/Changeling series and now the Guild Hunter series. As a long running fan of the Psy/Changeling series I was somewhat hesitant to take on the Guild Hunter series.
But, alas, I should have had a little more faith in Nalini. She shapes a world where Angels not only exist, but exist in a very visible manner. They are not the messengers of God that we perceive them to be but immortals with untold power. One of those powers being to create Vampires. It’s those Angels and Vampires that create the necessity for the Guild Hunters. If a Vampire goes bad, the Angel that made them dispatches a Guild Hunter to bring them in. You see, when a Vampire is made they are in debt to the Angel that made them for 100 years, which they have a contract and everything. A person has to apply to become Vampire and the Angels are very selective about who they turn. Guild Hunters are essentially paranormal bounty hunters, part of a world-wide organization.
The pair that the series surrounds is quite dynamic and very complex. Our heroine, Elena, is the Guild Hunter. She can track a vampire by scent (a very rare ability) and she’s so good that she draws the attention of the Archangel of New York, Raphael. Raphael hires her for a very dangerous mission, to track another Archangel. As you read, you see the pair meet, clash, a few mind games, then trust and ultimately fall for the other. Quite literally.
Now I would recommend reading the first two books (Angels Blood then Archangels Kiss) back to back just because of how the first one drags you immediately into the second. I’m not going to give any details, cause I really want you to read them and I hate spoilers. Now, I know there are a few short stories and I must admit that I haven’t read them yet because I’m confused on the order. They are on my list of books to read and I’ll be reading them soon enough.
All in all, if you like paranormal romances, urban fantasy, and just want a good, intriguing read, pick these up, check them out, or borrow them. Nalini Singh has ALWAYS delivered a captivating read that just drags you into the worlds she creates and makes you happy to be there.