Monday, April 29, 2013


April was a great month for some really good reads! And I am eager for May to start. The fam-damily has planned a beach vaca to the beautiful beaches of North Carolina. And I get to spend time with my family that I don't get to see very often. My brother and sisters have decided that the family vaca should be a ritual that we plan every year. Next year, we are looking forward to spending  a week in the mountains. 

I read 21 books during April ~ an average month for me. And there are some that I definitely have to recommend here. 

~ Favorite Read of the Month ~ 

Other Delicious April Reads 


~ Vampires, angels, demons, werewolves and fae. If you can’t pick a favorite, then that’s okay! ~

At UTC, (and at Where's My Muse?) we love them all! So let’s celebrate our love for all things immortal with 2013’s Immortal Reading Challenge.

Click here for more details on this reading challenge.

~ 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge ~ 
Challenged: 20  Read: 20 

1. Vampires 
Challenged:  5  Read: 6
Bonus reads: 3
Darkness Dawns - Dianne Duvall
Edge of Dawn - Lara Adrian
Dinner With A Vampire ~ Abigail Gibbs

*Lover At Last ~ JR Ward
*Up From The Grave ~ Jeanine Frost
*A Kiss of Blood ~ Pamela Palmer
*Twice Tempted ~ Jeanine Frost
*Immortal Ever After ~ Lynsay Sands (currently reading)

2. Angels/Demons
Challenged:  5   Read: 4
Bonus Reads: 1
Blood of Gold - B.V. Larson

*Fifth Grave Past the Light ~ Darynda Jones
*Death, Doom, and Detention ~ Darynda Jones
*The Collector ~ Victoria Scott
*Forbidden ~ Syrie James
* Natural Born Angel ~ Scott Spear

3. Fae/Witches/Magic
Challenged:  5  Read: 5
Bonus Reads:2
Breathless ~ Brigid Kemmerer
The Indigo Spell ~ Richelle Mead 

*Iced ~ Karen Marie Moning
*Glass Heart ~ Amy Garvey
*Shadow of Night ~ Deborah Harkness
*Winterblaze ~ Kristen Callihan
*Endure ~ Carrie Jones 

4. Shifters/Were
Challenged:  5  Read: 5
Bonus Reads: 3
Pride - Rachel Vincent
Rogue - Rachel Vincent
The Heat (The Big Bad Wolf - Book One) - Heather Killough-Walden

*MacReive ~ Kresley Cole
*Fury of Seduction ~ Coreene Callahan
*Fury of Desire ~ Coreene Callahan
*Black Moon ~ JD Tyler
*Hunter's Heart ~ JD Tyler

Last month (March) I did not do an update-Sorry. So, I included both March and April for this update. 
 I have met the challenge, but I still have yet to read the specific books I've listed. Some have not been released yet. 

How about you? I'd love to hear from those participating. Leave me a comment and let me know! 

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 

Challenged: 10  Read:  24 

Click here for more information about this reading challenge hosted by The Book Vixen.

1. Unbeautifully ~ Madeline Sheehan
2. It Had to Be You ~ Jill Shalvis
3. Kissing Under the Mistletoe ~ Marina Adair
4. Fall Into You ~ Roni Loren
5. Love Irresistibly ~ Julie James
6. Getting Rowdy ~ Lori Foster
7. Bare it All ~ Lori Foster
8. A Shot of Sultry ~ Macy Beckett
9. Caught Up In You ~ Roni Loren
10. One Sweet Ride ~ Jaci Burton 

*Bonus Reads:  21
Rocky Mountain Haven - Vivian Arend
Reaper's Property - Joanne Wylde
Rule - Jay Crownover
Rock Star  - Ginger Voight
Hot Ink - Ranae Rose
Rocky Mountain Heat - Vivian Arend
Unravel Me - Kendall Ryan
Make It Last - Bethany Lopez
The Opportunist - Tarryn Fisher
Weekends Required - Sydney Landon
Losing It - Cora Carmack
Bad Rep - Meredith A. Walters 
Sins and Needles ~ Karina Halle
Mogul ~ Ginger Voight
Dirty Red ~ Tarryn Fisher
Sex and the Single Fireman ~ Jennifer Bernard
Thrill Ride ~ Julie Ann Walker
Painted Faces ~ L.H. Cosway
Hopeless ~ Colleen Hoover
All He Ever Dreamed ~ Shannon Stacey
Seduction and Snacks ~ Tara Sivce

Notice all the titles that are in bold--are my favorite reads. 
Are you participating in this challenge? What books have you read in this genre for the month of February? Leave me a comment and let me know!

The 2013 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge is hosted by The Book Vixen
Click here for more information regarding this reading challenge

Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge
Challenged:  13    Read:  5 

1. Scorched ~ Laura Griffin

2. The Heart of a Killer ~ Jaci Burton

3. Underground Guardians-Protector ~ Lisa Renee Jones

4. Fatal Destiny ~ Marie Force

5. Heart of Danger ~ Lisa Marie Rice

6. Mr. Real ~ Carolyn Crane

7. Mystery Man ~ Kristen Ashley

8. Because of You ~ Jessica Scott

9. Shades of Gray ~ Maya Banks

10. Crazy Hot ~ Tara Janzen

11. Bare It All ~ Lori Foster  

12.  Slow Burn ~ Anne Marsh

13. Thrill Ride ~ Julie Ann Walker 

**Bonus Reads

Against The Edge ~ Kat Martin 


 I have loved all the books I've read in this category! 

Click here for more information about this reading challenge hosted by The Book Vixen

Men In Uniform Reading Challenge
Challenged: 13 (Captain)  Read: 11 

1.  Forged In Fire ~ Trish McCallan 

2. Hold 'Em ~ Katie Porter
3. Shades of Gray ~ Maya Banks

4. Battered Not Broken ~ Ranae Rose

5. SEALed Forever Mary Margaret Daughtridge

6. Heat of the Moment ~ Elle Kennedy

7. Because of You ~ Jessica Scott

8. Love Irresistibly ~ Julie James

9. Bare It All ~ Lori Foster

10. One Sweet Ride ~ Jaci Burton

11. Taking A Shot ~ Jaci Burton

12. Thrown By A Curve ~ Jaci Burton

13. Hard Way ~ Katie Porter

**Bonus Reads: 9 

Sex and the Single Fireman ~ Jennifer Bernard

Bare It All ~ Lori Foster

Slow Burn ~ Anne Marsh

After Hours ~ Cara McKenna

Against The Edge ~ Kat Martin 

Extreme Love ~ Abby Niles

Rush Me ~ Allison Parr

The Stillness of You ~ Julie Bale

Rules of Entanglement ~ Gina L. Maxwell

I loved all the books in this genre--but bold typed those 

that really rocked me! 

Click here for more information about this reading challenge hosted by Fiktshun. 

TBR Reading Challenge
Challenged:  12   Read: 12  

1. Scorched ~ Laura Griffin

2. Fatal Destiny ~ Marie Force

3. Because of You ~ Jessica Scott

4. Forbidden ~ Syrie James

5. Iced ~ Karen Marie Moning

6. Shadow of Night ~ Deborah Harkness

7. Endure ~ Carrie Jones

8. Fury of Seduction ~ Coreene Callahan

9. Black Moon ~ JD Tyler

10. Battered, Not Broken ~ Ranae Rose

11. Sealed Forever ~ Mary Margaret Daughtridge

12. Hold 'Em ~ Katie Porter

*Bonus Reads:  8

Rock Star - Ginger Voight

Unravel Me - Kendall Ryan

Blood of Gold - B.V. Larson

Make It Last - Bethany Lopez

Darkness Dawns - Dianne Duvall

The Opportunist - Tarryn Fisher

Mockingjay ~ Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire ~ Suzanne Collins

Are you participating in this challenge? Have you whittled down your TBR pile?

 Leave me a comment---I'd love to hear from you ~


  1. I have After Hours and Rules of Entanglement. Look forward to reading them. Love the covers. Hope they are as sexy as the freaking covers.

    1. BOTH were great. If I had to pick a fave of the two, I'd go with Rules of Entanglement. After Hours is a little deeper and has a lot of psych stuff to it, which may be a little off putting to some readers. I was a nurse for years, could relate well with that, and I didn't feel lost. It was kind of neat to read about it. Both were smokin HAWT!


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