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text 2018-10-27 06:07
Can You Read a Series In A Month? November 2018 Challenge

I feel like I'm a little late to this party, but since the challenge doesn't start yet, I'm going to hop right in.  I almost forgot about this reading challenge, and it's entirely possible I missed one of them this year already.  I'm not sure.  Indeed, I've just recently climbed my way out of a massive reading slump that lasted about four months, so it's not like I was really paying much attention to the reading/blogging world.

Anyway, I really do like these mini challenges that only last a month or two, and that aren't exactly hardcore.  Reading a series in a month, with only three books being the minimum requirement is something I'm sure I'll be able to do.

And fortunately for me, there's a particular series I've been telling myself I've been needing to read anyway, and had planned to read since the beginning of September.  In fact, all the books in this series had been an initial selection for another reading game (Halloween Bingo 2018), but due to an ever-changing reading mood, it got pushed back.

But at this point, I'm very willing to make a commitment to make sure I finally get to this series.

With Halloween Bingo coming to a close, I'm feeling a little freer in my book selections, so that helps, too!

The rules are pretty simple:  Read or finish one series in one month.  It can be a series you've already started, but there must be at least 3 published books that you have not yet read.  So if you want to read a trilogy and you haven't started, it'll count.  If you want to read a four book series and you've already read the first book, it'll count, too.

For more information and more answers to questions about the rules, refer to the sign up post link above.



My Series Pick


Midnight by Melinda Leigh

Completed Reviews: (links will be updated as each book is read)
1.  Midnight Exposure
2.  Midnight Sacrifice
3.  Midnight Betrayal
4.  Midnight Obsession

*Click on series title for GR series page. // Click on book title for my review.



My Backup Series


Blackthorn & Grim by Juliet Marillier





I don't know if the Midnight series is complete yet, but no new book has been published that I know of.  Hopefully a new book won't suddenly pop up in the middle of November and I can happily breeze through this romantic suspense series without rearranging any of my reading plans.  I'm in the mood for a crime thriller / romantic suspense, so I'm hoping that these books will help.

Meanwhile, I'd also been considering getting Juliet Marillier's Blackthorn & Grim series read, and I've been seeing a lot of good things about this trilogy.  I've had the first two books sitting on my Kindle for some time and was happy when the last book was finally published... then just let all three books sit there for another two years.  So it's time to get to them.  If I have time, I will try to squeeze this one in.  Or, in the worst case scenario, if I end up not really liking Midnight, at least I can fall back on a tried and true author!



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/10/can-you-read-series-in-month-november.html
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review 2016-11-07 22:49
Great Story and Characters
Burned by Her Devotion (Rogue Vows) - Melinda Leigh,Kate Rudd

Seth would rather be home with his family then babysitting a murderer overnight. Seth’s sister in law- Stevie had just married the police chief and they were off on their honeymoon. Seth was a detective in the Major Crimes Unit in the sheriff's department  and Solitude was within his jurisdiction. With the public nature of Chase Ryan’s murder no one wanted another odd event even though Seth’s gut told him something wasn’t right it just hadn’t reached his brain yet. Toby was the confessed killer of Chase. Toby is being transported to a regular jail when a semi hits the police car he was in. Seth was following behind because of that gut feeling. When Seth checks out the fit car  Toby is gone and the officer that had been driving was badly hurt. A man hunt starts for Toby. Seth’s wife was a social worker and she was notified one of her ward’s was missing which was thirteen year old Alex. Alex was the daughter to Chase’s stalker Cyndee. Carly thinks she knows where Alex is headed and starts out looking with Officer Kenny.

I loved this second and final part of this story. It was an excellent read. It is short and a quick read. WIth great characters and  great plot.. I liked how one part ended and the second part of this story which is this one picks right up. This story had every thing: Intention car wreck, killer, suspense,;romance, murderer,  missing, gut feelings, a foster child missing, dark secrets, twists, lies. And a lot more. I loved all the twists and turns of this story as well as Carly and Seth. I highly recommend.

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review 2016-08-24 07:27
Good Story and Characters
Minutes to Kill - Melinda Leigh

Jewel was trying to escape and got out the bathroom window if Mick caught her now she was dead or wishing she was dead. Mick pulled Jewel back in the window eventually she was able to get out the window again. But she knew Mick would be after her. Hannah was a lawyer and on a business trip in Vegas. She tries to save a young girl being forced to go with a guy but she can’t at the last minute. Hannah goes home but the kidnappers managed to get her wallet that her ID and address so now the kidnappers know where to look for her and her family. . Hannah goes to Detective Brody McNamara for help. Feelings grow between Hannah and Brody.

I loved this story there was kidnapping young girls for the sex trade as well as their organs , there is alot of suspense action and romance and just alot going on.  This is also easy to follow and once you have to stop you want to keep reading until you finish this story at least that is how it was for me. It makes me sick to know this actually happens in our country. That there are really such evil bad people. There was a few times this dragged a little but got through it the story was that good. The good characters were well portrayed and the bad guys were certainly very evil. The ins and outs of this story were really good to read and I recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2016-07-31 18:21
Seconds to Live (Scarlet Falls Book 3) by Melinda Leigh
Seconds to Live - Melinda Leigh

Seconds to Live (Scarlet Falls Book 3) by Melinda Leigh is a possible serial killer mystery. I gave it three stars.


It's about Mac Barrett and Police Detective Stella Dane. She's the only one who believes him about the woman he saw in the road that then disappeared.


The killer has a message to send and thinks Stella is the one to receive it. Can she get the message in time to stop this killer?


Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Seconds-Live-Scarlet-Falls-Book-ebook/dp/B017IKQW56

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review 2015-11-12 00:00
Tracks of Her Tears (Rogue Winter Novella Book 1)
Tracks of Her Tears (Rogue Winter Novella Book 1) - Melinda Leigh This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I have been reading a lot of shorter pieces lately. When I saw this novella, it just appealed to me for some reason. It turned out to be a pretty decent little read. I have had a really hard time deciding if it is a 3 star or a 4 star read but I am feeling generous right now so I am just going to go with the 4 stars. I was pleasantly surprised when I reached the end of this piece and didn't find a huge cliffhanger. I had made the assumption that this story would continue in the next novella. This novella probably really earns that bonus star just for wrapping everything up for me.

This story revolves around a mystery involving Seth and Carly's family. Seth, the local detective, is called to investigate a murder but quickly learns that he actually knows the victim. The victim is actually his brother-in-law's girlfriend so she is practically family. It turns out the the brother-in-law, Bruce, is also missing. Seth works to find the killer and Bruce. He asks his wife, Carly, to deal with the murder victim's infant daughter since she is a social worker.

I really liked the characters in this story. They just seemed like real people that have to deal with their family, their jobs, and all the problems that go with it. The secondary characters were well done and I thought that they added a lot to the story. I did like Seth and Carly a lot more when they were in mystery solving mode. When the story tried to be romantic, I really just found it to be overly mushy without adding anything to the plot. This novella almost looses that 4th star for all the mushy scenes but once again, I am feeling generous.

There were a few twists and turns as well as a couple of pretty exciting moments thrown into the story. I thought that the mystery was surprisingly complex for such a short piece. The conclusion to the story was really very believable which is a huge plus. The pacing was well done with the exception of a couple of mushy moments that seemed to stall the story. I did expect some romantic scenes but the ones in this piece felt forced and rather out of place. The use of multiple narratives worked well in this piece with each part adding to the story.

I would recommend this novella to fans of romantic suspense. This is the perfect story to grab if you are looking for a shorter piece that can be read in a short amount of time. This is the first time that I have read Melinda Leigh's work but I will definitely be looking for her books in the future. I can't wait to read the second novella in this series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Amazon Publishing - Montlake Romance via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Initial Thoughts
This was a pretty good novella. The characters were likable and the mystery was surprisingly complex for such a short piece. I had expected it to end with a huge cliffhanger so I am pleasantly surprised by how nicely everything was wrapped up.
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