My work life has gotten complicated in the past month so my book blogging will not be as consistent. Hopefully, things will calm down soon and I can go back to being a regular poster. Thanks!

Monday, December 5, 2016

TAKE MY MONEY: December 2016

Where I feature new releases that grabbed my attention in the upcoming month.  As always, release dates are subject to change.  All titles link back to Goodreads.

Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology
Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, Stefanie Sloane (historical romance) -- December 27, 2016
Connected novellas are something I really enjoy and I am intrigued by the premise of four friends finding a lucky coin to help them with love.  It also doesn't hurt that I love Julia Quinn and Laura Lee Guhrke.

Alterations by Stephanie Scott (contemporary romance) -- December 6, 2016
It is a retelling of Sabrina which is one of my favorite classics.  Also, bonus points for a smart, sassy heroine and an awkward hero.

Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2)
Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy #2) by JR Ward (paranormal romance) -- December 6, 2016
I liked the first in this spin-off series, but spent most of my time intrigued by Axe so I am excited to read his story.

The Trouble with Dukes (Windham Brides, #1)
The Trouble with Dukes (Windham Brides #1) by Grace Burrowes (historical romance) -- December 20, 2016
The beginning of the newest series from this prolific writer that I just started reading this year, thanks to the Read All The Books Reading Challenge.

To Tempt an Heiress (Runaway Desires #2)
To Tempt an Heiress (Runaway Desires #2) by Susanna Craig (historical romance) -- December 6, 2016
I enjoyed Craig's debut earlier this year and am intrigued to see that her next book takes place on a sugar plantation in Antigua.

Lady Claire Is All That (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #3)
Lady Claire is All That (Keeping Up With the Cavendishes #3) by Maya Rodale (historical romance) -- December 27, 2016
I like Rodale's writing though I haven't read any of this series yet.  I am most interested in the fact that this book includes a math-loving heroine.

Moonshadow (Moonshadow, #1)
Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1) by Thea Harrison (paranormal romance) -- December 13, 2016
I haven't read anything by Thea Harrison, but I've heard amazing things.  This is the beginning of a spin-off series to her super popular Elder Races books, I believe.

Friday, December 2, 2016


New Release Challenge 2017 - (un)Conventional Bookviews
Hosted by Lexxie and Stormi.

The 2017 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2017. There will be monthly update posts, and each quarter – the end of March, end of June, end of September and in December, there will be a giveaway with the update as well.  YOU CAN SIGN-UP HERE.

The rules for the 2017 New Release Challenge are simple:
  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2017.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2017 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Book Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2017, and sign-ups are open until February 15th 2017.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy! 
There are five levels in the New Release Challenge:
  • 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
  • 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
  • 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
  • 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
  • 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed
  • 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
For my reading challenges, I always like to create a preliminary list of books that I want to complete. I usually like to look back at the end of the year and see how accurate my predictions were.
  1.  Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper
  2. Mogul by Joanna Shupe
  3. Breathless by Beverly Jenkins
  4. The Perks of Seducing a Wallflower by Tessa Dare
  5. Wires and Nerves, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer
  6. Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen
  7. The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne
  8. Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh
  9. Shadow's Seduction by Kresley Cole
  10. Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
  11. Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost
  12. The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke
  13. The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston
  14. Blame It on the Duke by Lenora Bell
  15. The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn
  16. White Hot by Ilona Andrews
  17. The Accidental Sire by Molly Harper
  18. Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt
  19. Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James
  20. The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries
  21. From Duke till Dawn by Eva Leigh
  22. A Counterfeit Heart by K.C. Bateman
  23. Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole
  24. The Gatlon School for Vigilantes by Marissa Meyer
  25. Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
  26. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
  27. Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  28. The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean
  29. An Unseen Attraction by K.J. Charles
  30. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  31. The English Duke by Karen Ranney
  32. Lord of Lies by Amy Sandas
  33. An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath
  34. Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
  35. One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley
  36. Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
  37. Pretty Face by Lucy Parker