Whittling away at the TBR...15 books moved over to the READ pile. Only a few thousand and counting to go. Overall, some great reads this month.
Move the Sun by Susan Fanetti - 4.5 stars
It Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole - 4.5 stars
*Who's Your Baby Daddy* by I. Ronik - 4.5 stars
Behold the Stars by Susan Fanetti - 4 stars
Into the Storm by Susan Fanetti - 4 stars
Hard Time by Cara McKenna - 4 stars
*A Little Bit of Hot* by Elle Kennedy - 4 stars
As Hot As It Gets by Elle Kennedy - 4 stars
Take Me On by Cherrie Lynn - 4 stars
*Finding Cinderella* by Colleen Hoover - 4 stars
*Until Fountain Bridge* by Samantha Young* - 4 stars
Protecting His Assets by Cari Quinn - 3.5 stars
Mid Life Love: At Last by Whitney Garcia Williams - 3 stars
Guarding His Heart by Cari Quinn - 3 stars
*Stud Muffin Wanted* by Lena Matthews - 3 stars
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Behold the Stars is the sequel to Move the Sun where we first met Lilli and Isaac. Where MTS focuses more on getting to know who Lilli is and her reasons for moving to Signal Bend. BTS is more about Isaac, his dedication to his MC, Signal Bend and Lilli. Isaac and Lilli's building relationship isn't exactly a backdrop but it is more secondary for a better part of the book.
There were things I loved about BTS, then there were things that I didn't like so much and that left me unsettled...even mildly traumatized, if I'm being honest. This book has a violent edge to it that wasn't there in the first installment.
BTS is less focused on the sexy and romance, more on the happenings of the MC so we get to see the dynamics between the Night Horde, their allies and their enemies.
Ever read a sequel and think, "Uh, why did I read that when the characters and/or story didn't evolve or progress?" That's not the case with BTS. No one is the same by the end of BTS. No one! Everyone is forever changed by these events and it informs the rest of the series. I am interested to see where the Hollywood factor takes us in the installments to come.
Although the blurb warns of 'dark themes' and 'violence', I must say that it wasn't enough of a disclaimer for me. This book required a clear trigger warning. Susan Fanetti doesn't hold back on the violence here so this isn't for the faint of heart.
The second book in the Signal Bend series begins with Issac and Lilly trying to do their best to take down Ellis. But with Ellis upping his game plan, and hurting more and more people in town, they have a whole lot to do now. Not only do they have worry about all of this, Issac and Lilly also have to deal with their new life together. Neither one of them have ever been in this serious of a relationship so now it's a major adjustment for each of them.
This book was slow to get into for me. I just felt a little bored with it at first. And I felt like a lot of it was repeating what had already been done in the last book. But then towards the middle it really picked up a lot, and I really enjoyed it. I also thought it was very sad what happened with Show. I do now look forward to his book more than ever. I also really loved how Issac, and Lilly turned out in the end. They went through so much, and really deserved to get where they are in the end.