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text 2018-04-01 10:27
March marches out...
The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars - Anthony Boucher
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong
Burn Bright - Patricia Briggs
One Corpse Too Many - Ellis Peters
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
Miss Silver Comes to Stay - Patricia Wentworth
Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions - Amy Stewart
The Moving Toyshop - Edmund Crispin
The House of the Cats: And Other Traditional Tales from Europe - Maggie Pearson

Either I was feeling generous, or I had a great reading month.  Since my RL wasn't as nice as my reading month, we'll go with great reading!

 

My total for March was 26 books.  Moonlight Reader's inspired reading version of the game Clue! (Cluedo to those in the Commonwealth), Kill Your Darlings, certainly helped keep my reading pace up, and as always, worked particularly well at getting the veterans off my TBR stacks.  

 

Of the 25 books, 2 were 5-star reads:

The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars by Anthony Boucher 

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong 

 

I had 8 4.5 star reads too:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs 

One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters 

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett 

Miss Silver Comes to Stay by Patricia Wentworth 

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart 

The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin 

The House of the Cats: And Other Traditional Tales from Europe by Maggie Pearson 

 

 

 

Some stats, gussied up:

 

My TBR project:

I've set a book buying budget for each month that = 50% of the total books I read the previous month.  Any books not bought carry over to the next month.  

 

Last month I bought 11 out of the 15 budgeted, leaving me with 4 to carry over to April.  My total books read in March being 25 leaves me with a budget of 12 (I always round down; I figure this way, if I go over one month, there's a small error of margin). 

 

total books I can buy in April:  16

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text 2018-03-30 15:04
Books I Read This Month: March 2018
Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi
The High Tide Club - Mary Kay Andrews
Burn Bright - Patricia Briggs,-Penguin Audio-,Holter Graham

So I managed to get through a lot of books this month. I read 38 books. I had a few duds, okay a lot of duds, but did have some really good 5 and 4 star reads. 

 

My favorite I think is going to go towards "Children of Blood and Bone." My least favorite is going to go to that Mary Alice Monroe book, "The High Tide Club."It is tied though with "Burn Bright" by Patricia Briggs. So there you go, I had two least favorite reads this month. 

 

5 stars

 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha ChristiePeril at End House by Agatha ChristieChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiMen Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingChecking Out by Nick SpaldingThe Nature of the Beast by Louise PennySparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie

Half a Heart by Karen McQuestion

 

4 stars

 

The Belles by Dhonielle ClaytonSherlock Holmes Remastered by Arthur Conan DoyleBeastly by Alex FlinnThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Time of the Hunter's Moon by Victoria HoltTwo Kinds of Truth by Michael ConnellyBinti by Nnedi Okorafor

 

3 stars

 

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha ChristieThe Secret Adversary by Agatha ChristieThe Silmarillion by J.R.R. TolkienThe Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux

The Dark Half by Stephen KingThe Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan DoyleA Great Reckoning by Louise PennyTwo Fridays in April by Roisin Meaney

Home by Nnedi Okorafor

 

2 stars

 

Happiness by Heather HarphamBonfire by Krysten RitterPerfect by Judith McNaughtThe Long Way Home by Louise Penny

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. ShrumMy Husband's Wife by Jane CorryParis Ever After by K.S.R. Burns

 

1 star

 

Burn Bright by Patricia BriggsThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra BrackenFirst Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesThe High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

 

DNF

 

Ancillary Justice by Ann LeckieThe People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

 

I managed to finish my 52 Weeks challenge for The (Mostly) Dead Writer's Society. And I managed to get some books towards the Horror Aficionados Public Domain Challenge. 

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review 2018-03-27 07:10
Review Tour - Fast Burn

   

From New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster, comes FAST BURN —the fourth standalone novel in her Body Armor Series!

 

 

 For the men of the Body Armor agency, the only thing more dangerous than the job they do is the risk of losing their hearts. Don’t miss Brand and Sahara’s epic story. Grab your copy today!

 

   

 

FAST BURN Synopsis:

 

For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…

 

The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size, and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.

 

Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when she needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?

 

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Brand smoothed a tendril of thick, light brown hair that had escaped her pins. “You okay?”


That got her stepping quickly away. “Yes, of course.”

 

She brushed her palms against the tight material of her skirt over her thighs. “It was only a kiss.”

 

For some reason, it annoyed him that she downplayed the impact. “A kiss that had you crawling all over me, and you damn near yanked out my hair.”

 

Her eyes widened even more…and then she laughed. “We did get a little carried away.”

 

“A little,” he agreed, still nettled. Could she really be less affected than he was? Or was she hiding behind her usual cool persona?

 

“I’m fine.” She reached up to remove his sunglasses, then stroked her fingers through his hair. “But did I hurt you?"

 

Her touch ignited him all over again. Dangerous. He’d known that about her within minutes of their first introduction. Catching her wrists, he lowered her hands—but then couldn’t let go.

 

And she didn’t pull away. After a long look, she said, “We could…discuss this more tonight.”

 

Hell of a suggestion, but he’d damn near lost it in her office with Enoch just outside the door. If he had her alone, no way in hell would he be able to keep his hands off her. So he shook his head and explained, “I’m meeting the guys at a bar tonight.”

 

One slender brow arched up. “My guys?”

 

Did she think she owned them? “If you mean Leese, Justice and Miles, yeah, they’ll be there, but arriving at different times. I think Leese is between assignments, right? And both Miles and Justice should finish up for the day in time to join us.”

 

“Us?”

 

“A halfdozen other fighters, some of their wives. You’ve met most of them.”

 

She nodded. “Will you be going to that quaint little hometown place, Rowdy’s?”

 

Damn it, did she plan to crash the party? Actually, how the hell did she know about Rowdy’s? He thought about asking her, but decided he’d be better off getting out of there. “That’s the plan, yeah.”

 

She waited, but when he said nothing more, she briefly looked wounded before giving him a cool smile. “Have fun then.” She went back behind her desk and turned on the monitor to her PC in clear dismissal. “Do let me know if you change your mind.”

 

“I won’t.” But he didn’t like being dismissed. “My sunglasses?”

 

As if she forgot she held them, she looked at her hand in surprise. “Oh sorry.”

 

Nonchalant, she leaned forward, offering them to him without getting up, her attention still on the monitor.

 

Proving he had a perverse streak a mile wide, Brand let his fingers slowly graze hers as he took the glasses.

 

Her startled gaze flew to his face, but she only grinned, once again in full control.

 

“Wicked, that’s what you are.” She fluttered her fingers at him. “Thanks for stopping by.”

 

And she went back to staring at the screen.

 

Left with nothing else to do, Brand walked out. That meeting hadn’t gone as planned, but then nothing with Sahara ever did.

 

He knew he’d done the right thing.


So then why did it feel like he’d been kicked in the chest?

 

 

 

  

 

Fast Burn (Body Armor, #4)Fast Burn by Lori Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #4, in the Body Armor series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Sahara wants to hire Brand. She has made no secret in her pursuit. What she may have forgotten to tell herself, however, was how attracted to him she was. She never actually gets involved with those she works with. So how to work this out?

Brand has turned Sahara down repeatedly. Now, he has a plan that he thinks will work to get them together. Only he forgot to factor in the Sahara brand of bossy. She is a take charge woman - even when you do not work for her.

This book was such a joy to read. You feel the heat rising right off the bat in the very first chapter. This book truly lives up to its name as the story - and the romance - heats up at a quickening pace. True to the series, there is a story that will keep your heart pounding, (mine did) and take you to the very end with every spark.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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And don’t miss the first standalone novels in the Body Armor Series!

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Lori Foster’s FAST BURN – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

March 19th

AC Squared Book Blog – Excerpt

Books, Coffee & Passion – Excerpt

CJR The Brit – Excerpt

Sweet Red Reads – Excerpt

The Smut-Brarians – Review & Excerpt

March 20th

*****RELEASE DAY!*****

March 21st

A British Bookworm's Blog – Review

Fire and Ice Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Irene Chart Loves Books – Review & Excerpt

Panty dropping Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Sofia Loves Books – Review & Excerpt

Thoughts of a Blonde – Excerpt

March 22nd

A Soccer Mom's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Book Munchies – Review & Excerpt

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Jen's Reading Obsession – Review & Excerpt

Kick Back & Review – Review

March 23rd

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

Ever After Book Reviews – Excerpt

Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt

March 24th

Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt

Crystal's Book World – Review & Excerpt

Only One More Page – Review & Excerpt

Romance Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt

March 25th

Alphas Do It Better Book Blog – Review

Brittany's Book Blog – Excerpt

Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt

Feel the Book – Review & Excerpt

Tfaulcbookreviews – Review & Excerpt

March 26th

Kari's Book Reviews and Revelations – Review & Excerpt

OMGReads – Review & Excerpt

Rockchick Addiction Reviews and Blog – Review & Excerpt

Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance – Review & Excerpt

March 27th

*****Kitty's Book Spot! – Review & Excerpt*****

Literary Misfit – Review & Excerpt

More Books Than Livros – Review & Excerpt

Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt

StarAngels Reviews – Review & Excerpt

March 28th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

Becca the Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

ContemporaryCween – Review & Excerpt

Naughty and Nice Book Blog – Review

We Do What We Want Reviews & More – Review & Excerpt

March 29th

Books 2 Blog – Review & Excerpt

I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt

Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt

MI Bookshelf – Review & Excerpt

One-Click Chocolate Chick – Review & Excerpt

The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt

March 30th

Ashleyz Wonderland – Excerpt

Curvy and Nerdy – Review & Excerpt

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review & Excerpt

Renee Entress's Blog – Review & Excerpt

Shannon’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

 

About Lori Foster:

 

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN. Visit her online at LoriFoster.com.        

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review 2018-03-27 02:56
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Fast Burn - Lori Foster

This is book #4, in the Body Armor series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Sahara wants to hire Brand.  She has made no secret in her pursuit.  What she may have forgotten to tell herself, however, was how attracted to him she was.  She never actually gets involved with those she works with.  So how to work this out?

 

Brand has turned Sahara down repeatedly.  Now, he has a plan that he thinks will work to get them together.  Only he forgot to factor in the Sahara brand of bossy.  She is a take charge woman - even when you do not work for her.

 

This book was such a joy to read.  You feel the heat rising right off the bat in the very first chapter.  This book truly lives up to its name as the story - and the romance - heats up at a quickening pace.  True to the series, there is a story that will keep your heart pounding, (mine did) and take you to the very end with every spark.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2018-03-26 21:25
The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One - Amanda Lovelace

This is a review of the Target special edition. It has a red cover instead of the white one, a letter from the author, and bonus poems.

I was so excited to read this because I’ve been super into witches lately. However, I liked this, but I didn’t like it as much as her first collection.

This collection got a bit repetitive at some points. There were a lot of poems on burning and fire. I wish there would have been more poems about the coven aspect of witches. There was a lot she could have done with covens, especially in the last section. It thought it was a missed opportunity.

Another thing that I didn’t love was how she brought up queens in this book. In the last section she talks about witch-queens, and I wished she would have just focused solely on witches. References to queens should have stayed in her first collection.

As for the bonus poems that are included in this edition, I really loved the first one about girl on girl hate. I wished that would have made the final cut.

Despite all of that, I still enjoyed this collection. There were some really good poems. But overall, it didn’t quite meet my expectations.

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