Well this was an interesting experience. When I saw Cooper Davis's 'Boys of Summer' and 'Taking You Home' on audio I was just too tempted so I snapped them up and Brian Pallino was the narrator for both books and he did a solid job on both of these stories. I liked the voices he gave the MCs and the other characters were also well done...no the interesting part for me was the story itself.
It's been a few years since I've read either of these stories and while I can't honestly say that I enjoyed them quite as much this time around I found that with 'Taking You Home' I had a deeper appreciation for some of the things that happened and even though it's been less than 10 years since the book was written the difference in the world as it was back when Cooper Davis wrote this book and now is pretty significant.
So once again maybe this one didn't resonate with me quite as strongly as the first time when I read the book...it was still a story worth revisiting.
I'm super excited for these reads. It's a good variety. I have very high expectations for A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole. I will need to read the first book (I do have it) An Extraordinary Union. I read The Diamond Empire last month and loved it! I gave it 4 stars. K'wan knows how to draw you in and keep you there. Moonlight Over Manhattan will be my first read by Sarah Morgan. So many readers love her books. Since I'm familiar with the works of authors Jen Turano and Katherine Reay I know these will be awesome. Over the years I've seen the works of Barbara Taylor Bradford in bookstores and have been curious about her writing. Finally, I can see why she's so beloved. The big book of the month is Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race. This book has been read widely and is being promoted everywhere. Overly hyped books scare me and I usually try to keep them for some time to not be influenced by frenzy.
Beyond Freedom: Disrupting the History of Emancipation by David W. Blight
A Tangled Web: Mata Hari: Dancer, Courtesan, Spy by Mary W. Craig
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim
The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano
Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto by Bryan W. Van Norden
Perrinials by Julie Cantrell
Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sara Morgan
A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole
This second book in the series heats up with Sarah and Nick's first night together, but Nick wants more than she's willing or able to give. Day is quite talented with showing the fiery chemistry between this pair, especially with a book this short. The story is erotic and it is very well done. This isn't steam just for the sake of steam - there's a story here and this second installment is just touching on the surface of it. The writing is compelling and draws the reader in, holding you there until the very last page, which leaves you wanting more.
If you enjoy Erotic Romance, this is a must read.