It’s that time of the month again. Time for another wrap up as the month is already over. What? I know! I can’t believe that August is already over and we’re heading into September. There’s only one month left until I fly off for a two week holiday in Wales, but for now we have another month of reading to do. Let’s get this wrap up out of the way. I read 21 books in August, I’ve not read that much since the beginning of the year. I read 17 ebooks, 1 audiobook and 3 physical books! Shall we look into it?
1. The first book that I read in August was a book by an author who was new to me. I read Baby for the Mountainman by K.C. Crowne. The plot is pretty simple. The hero in the story ‘inherits’ a baby as his best friend and his wife pass away. He moves to a small town and meets the heroine there. I loved this book. So much that I read another book by K.C. Crowne in August later on.
2. The second book I read was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It was a reread for me, but I was in such a mood to get back into the Outlander world that I couldn’t stop myself. I just love reading about Jamie and Claire, especially how they got started. I know I won’t read the entire series again before the new book will be released, but it was nice to read some again. I am so excited to see how they’re going to film season 5, as I found the fifth book one of the most boring ones in the series!
3. I read Bad Stepbrother
by Mara Leigh next. I liked this book but it sure wasn’t one of my favourite ones. Harley and Zach were hit and miss at times and the book lost me at times. I like books like these but I have definitely read better ones. The fact that the dad kept putting Zach down was really something that I hated. He was so sure that his stepson was the worst guy ever and he wasn’t, he just made some bad decisions and made up for them eventually. Harley was a bit whiny at times.
4. I have had two books by Paige Toon on my bookshelves that I hadn’t read yet. Which just couldn’t be that way as Paige is one of my favourite authors out there. I started with the one that was released first, Five Years From Now. Nell and Vian/Van met as their parents fall in love, and as Van’s mother passes away after an accident he moves to be with his father in Australia. Nell and Van then start meeting up every five years and you get to see them fall in love. The hardship of only seeing each other every few years and being half a world apart on other times, it’s interesting and I absolutely loved and hated this. I hated this because I wanted them to be together so badly and it just took AGES. Read this book, I loved it!
5. Next up was If You Could Go Anywhere , this book was so cute. The heroine finds out that her long lost father isn’t so lost after finding a letter when cleaning out her late grandmother’s house. Her father lives in Italy and as she has never left the outback in Australia, her community collects opals so she can pay for her travel there. When she’s there she doesn’t only meet her father but a whole lot more.
6. When one of your favourite authors releases her newest book on a surprise date, what do you do? Exactly, you stop everything and start reading it right away! That was the thing with Mariana Zapata’s new book, The Best Thing, the book had me laughing so hard I was getting tears, I cried with the characters and I loved every single second of it. I couldn’t wait to read it and was so sad that it was over.
7. August was the month of new releases by my favourite authors. The next one, Say You Still Love Me, by K.A. Tucker was the next one I read. K.A. Tucker was an instant favourite of mine as soon as I read Ten Tiny Breaths back in 2014 and since then I’ve just about read every single book by her. Her newest release was an amazing read, one that I couldn’t stop reading when I’d started it.
8. And then came another new release. Krista and Becca Ritchie quickly became two of my favourite authors and their Facebook Group is a group I am most active in. Last year they released their first book through a publisher and this August the seclusion to the duology was released. The Last Hope was one I was anticipating the entire year as I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to Court, Mykal and Franny next and boy was I surprised!
9. Speaking of Krista and Becca, their series about the Calloways and their other halves is one of my absolute favourite series out there, by any author. I was listening to the audiobook to Thrive which is part of the addicted series and comes between part 2 and 3. I love listening to Lily and Loren’s perspectives. I forgot how much I loved them. This is an instant for me, and never will be anything else!
10. I read Always With You by Layla Hagen next. I am lucky enough to be on Layla’s VIP list and get the chance to read her books before it gets released. At one hand that’s incredible, at the other hand it is a shame because this way I finished it half a month before it even releases. I did love it so so much though. The Connor family is such a cute family and I loved reading about them falling in love one after the other. Just like I did with the Bennett family.
11. After seeing the trailer for the Can You Keep A Secret movie with Tyler Hoechlin and Alexandra Daddario I was instantly in the mood to reread this book. This book by Sophie Kinsella is such a funny read. I can actually imagine spilling all my secrets to a stranger when you think you’re dying but then finding out they’re your new boss would be my absolute nightmare!
12. I was lucky enough to receive an arc to Ilsa Madden-Mills newest release, I Hate You, Ilsa is a go to author for me and I loved this book like I loved every single other book I’ve ever read by her. I love a good hate to love trope and this one was a great one. Add that to the fact that the hero was an athlete and yup, you’ve got me hook, line and sinker. Go read this book you guys, I’ve absolutely loved it.
13. Kendall Ryan releases just about a book a month and while I have no idea how she does it, I love nearly every single one of them. Playing For Keeps was no different. Part one of her newest series, this was one I was looking forward to. And of course when the jock falls in love with his teammate’s younger sister, jup, you’ve got me. Elise and Justin have known each other for years, as Justin and Elise’s older brother were best friends since they were little kids. They have always had a thing for one another but they never did anything with it due to the brother being there. I loved this and I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
14. I normally post the covers with the book I’ve read but this one doesn’t have one. The Bedroom Experiment is a short novella by Kendall Ryan that was linked in the Playing For Keeps book after finishing it. I loved it but it was way way way too short. But luckily enough Kendall already told us there will be more. I loved a good stepsibling romance and this had the writing of a good one!
15. Dating Mr. Right is a collection of three love stories. One that I liked but I don’t really like reading insta-love stories and this… was definitely that. Lauren Blakely was a new to me author and I know she has full length books as well, which I haven’t read yet. Maybe I should start on at least one of them before I tell myself that I don’t like her books. Because telling myself that on only one book which wasn’t a full length novel on just the one couple, isn’t really fair. However it was cute, I definitely liked the first one in the book.
16. My sixteenth book in August was by the same author as the first one. K.C. Crowne writes some good books, I really liked them. Taboo Daddy was definitely one of them. The hero and heroine meet through her talking to his daughter. His daughter is deaf and she seems to feel at ease with her. His daughter wants to decorate her room and she is an interior designer that needs a job. A whole lot of things happen but of course they fall in love. I liked this, it was cute, angsty and it was a good read.
17. I don’t know what made me pick this book, but Filthy Rich Boys by C.M. Stunich is a high school bully/ reverse harem romance. Marnye transfers to a preppy boarding school after receiving a scholarship. The school is ruled by the Idols, 3 boys and 3 girls and their posse that make the rules and tell you who is in and who is out. Marnye is quickly seen as the basket case as she is there on a scholarship and they won’t let her forget it. Marnye gets bullied and all comes to a head. I enjoyed this book but it wasn’t the best way to start a series. Of course I was too involved to stop after this and dove straight into the second book.
18. After the end of the schoolyear and all that happened, Marnye is out for blood. She is going after the Bad, Bad Blue Bloods and make sure they’re going down after all they have done to her in their first year at Burberry Prep. This book was better than the first book, I liked that Marnye finally stands up to her bullies and won’t let them get away with it. Her friends help her out where possible. I did like that the 3 Idol boys turn themselves around and stand with Marnye.
19. The third book in the series, The Envy of Idols, starts at the beginning of Marnye’s third year at Burberry Prep. She has the three boys and her friends by her side (and maybe there’s so much more happening than just that… But she still has the 3 girls against her. However Marnye’s list of revenge is not finished yet and the third year at Burberry is set out for another great adventure. Marnye finds herself not in love with just one guy, but five and how is she ever going to choose?
20. And then it was time for Marnye’s final year at Burberry Prep and things are coming to an end. In the Arms of the Elite was one of the best books in this series. I loved that Marnye is happy with all five guys. I didn’t think that I would like it as much as I did. I like the ending to this book and oh my god I do hope that there will be more books with them in college as I will read them as quickly as I read this series!
21. And then we are on the final book of August. It’s the newest release by Abbi Glines. Her “The Field Party” series is a great series if you want to get started on her books. The fifth one, Making a Play, was a great one. Aurora is deaf and starts at her twin brother’s “normal” high school. She has an instant connection with Ryker, her brother is too overprotective and her dad is a racist. However this book was incredible and I am curious to find out if there will be more books to this.
And then we were through! I can’t wait to find out what I’ll end up reading in September. So many incredible books coming out this month, I am well excited for it! See you at the end of this month!