I can’t believe that April zipped on by. During all of this, time has definitely gone by very quickly for me, which I’ve been super thankful for. I kind of hope it’s the same thing for the remainder of the year …

With the mister back from deployment, I’m finding myself with slightly more time to focus on other things around the house. And he’s been tackling exterior house projects. So, it’s been super nice to have him home and we’ve just been soaking up all the quality family time.

Reading? I just checked my calendar and I haven’t finished a book since the 22nd.

I wrote this a few days ago, and just published it a little late. But I’m happy to say that I’ve finished a few books!

Like so many, my reading has been on the back burner or it’s taking a very long time to get through a single book. I’m hoping to get my groove back, but we’ll see what May brings.

16 books read
1 audiobook
new to me authors
netgalley/edelweiss reviews
romanceopoly challenge
tackle my tbr challenge
mass market challenge
#12reads12friends challenge

Yikes, April was not a good month for me and in the first half, I had 7 consecutive unfavorable reads. It was brutal.

Here are the books that I did enjoy:

Ask Me If I Care is a contemporary romance with a little bit of suspense.. It is a standalone, but all/most of LLV’s series are interconnected, so there are characters from previous series.

Also, this is book 4 in the KPD SWAT Generation 2.0 series.

She has a huge backlist that I’m planning on starting hopefully this month.

x x I wouldn’t read this as a standalone.

Provoke is a rockstar romance novella from Rachel Van Dyken’s  Seaside Pictures series. And this is part of 1,001 Dark Nights. In my opinion, this can be read as a standalone.

This is definitely one of my favorite series by RVD, so I know this world pretty well. I

I’ve got opinions about 1,001 Dark Nights, all the novellas are part of series and said to be read as standalones. I personally don’t think that’s true, at least for several of the books that I have read. It is a great way to discover new to you authors, but there’s some series with a rather intimidating backlist.

Southern Comfort is book 2 in Natasha Madison’s The Southern series and I loved this one so much more than the first book. It’s a cowboy romance with a bit of suspense.

It has a new couple in this one, but I wouldn’t recommend this as a standalone. Book 3, Southern Storm, releases later this month and with Southern Comfort leaving me with so many questions, I’m eager to get this one.

Shift Out of Luck is book 2 in the Brimstone Inc. series and one I couldn’t recommend enough especially if you’re a PNR lover like myself.

If you saw my Instagram, I kept pushing this book on people repeatedly. It’s a quick shifter romance that can be read as a standalone. This is a read to take it as it is because the politics of the shifter packs aren’t fleshed out.

That didn’t bother me too much and I was blown away. Two alpha wolves mated, WHAT.A.STORY.

These 4 authors are my go-to’s and probably most consistent with their writing especially Lani Lynn Vale. I’m absolutely obsessed with her characters.

audiobook recommendation

There was a great deal on the audio for The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart, when it released back in July, it felt like EVERYONE was reading it. And normally that makes me not want to read it right away.

I thought this was a downright adorable read, I loved the little strangers/friends to lovers trope going. Normally, I stay away from new adult, but I pick them randomly and it turned out to be a great choice.

I can’t say that I loved the conflict, but whatever. Overall, I really enjoyed the audio.

did not finish

I don’t know if it was because of the timing or what, but I just couldn’t get into this one at all. I didn’t really make it that far.

Plus, I’ve heard from other bookish friends that they were getting all the Twilight (which I really have nothing against) and Vampire Academy (love this series). And that really made it hard for me to not think the same thing.

I’m not completely say no to this one because I do want to read it, but I’m going to shelf for now and wait for life/the world to calm down a bit.

If you did read this, please let me know your thoughts!

I had a lot of fun writing this post and I think I’ll shoot do my monthly wrap-up posts like this for the coming months.

xx hope you’re all happy and healthy.

What were your favorite reads from April?

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