May’s reads were a mixture of tangible and digital books. I tend to lean towards the real thing, but it’s nice to have an E-reader handy as well. I ended up going through 8 books in May. A hell of a lot more than I realized. Maybe you will find one interesting and put it on your TBR!
A Stone in the Sea (A Bleeding Stars novel) by A.L. Jackson
I really enjoyed reading this one. It was so real and the events flowed together nicely to make them believable.
Sebastian Stone is a rock star. Shea Bentley is a singe mother working nights at the local bar. When their eyes meet they know they are in for a world of trouble and hurt. It was nothing but passion from the beginning with them. The ending…man, it was BAM.
I need to get the second book because I am just so curious at to what is going to happen. I have a love hate relationship with free books that are series, because the first book is always free but you end up having to get the second just to know what happens. Ugh. Bastards.
The Circle of Ceridwen (Book One of the Saga)
I was really disappointed in this book. It had good reviews and people on Facebook raved about it. I just found it rather dull, and the language forced. I love historical fictions so I was really rather bummed when it didn’t meet my expectations.
Through both guile and goodness Ceridwen and Ælfwyn begin transforming the world of Four Stones. But the threat of full-scale war escalates, and a midnight party of furtive Danes delivers someone to Four Stones who destroys the girls’ hopes of peace and contentment. Now Ceridwen must summon all her courage – a courage which will be sorely tested as she defies both Saxon and Dane and undertakes an extraordinary adventure to save a man she has never met..
That’s basically what the book is about. Don’t let me keep you from reading it if you find it interesting. Maybe you’ll end up liking it more than me.
The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Burokers
I really enjoyed reading this one. Again, it’s the first in the series so I need to get the second one, although, honestly, I think it would’ve been great as a stand alone.
Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.
Worse, Sicarius, the empire’s most notorious assassin, is in town. He’s tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills… or someone wants her dead.
Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie
This book was amazing. A lot of sex. A lot of alcohol. But do you know why?! Lily Calloway is addicted to sex. Loren Hale is an alcoholic. Both are in a pretend relationship with each other so they can feed their addictions in secret and away from the prying eyes of their parents.
I can’t tell you more. Go get it. Read it. Love it. Tell me what you think!
Royal Obsession by Cyndi Friberg
Fantasy and Romance. My two favorite things in one book.
Echo, a Mystic princess, is captured by Varrik (along with her twin sister), the current leader of the Shadow Assassins. The Shadow Assasins are becoming extinct and hunt women to bring back to their hidden maze to breed. Varrik intends to breed with Echo but soon realized that she means a little bit more to him than that.
This is another first book so of course I’m going to have to get the second one. This is a sizzling book with lots of sex and confused hearts. Definitely for mature audiences.
The Good Knight by Sarah Woodbury
Ooooh. A mystery romance book. It was cute. It was interesting. Here’s a synopsis:
Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales… The year is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king. But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride’s brother tasks his two best detectives—Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard—with bringing the killer to justice. And once blame for the murder falls on Gareth himself, Gwen must continue her search for the truth alone, finding unlikely allies in foreign lands, and ultimately uncovering a conspiracy that will shake the political foundations of Wales.
Another first in a long line of mysteries. It’s free so check it out!
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This was a great young adult fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway
A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and at first I was a bit skeptical of it. A straight man who likes to dress in drag? Really? To my surprise, it was actually quite good! I looooved it! I have to put a synopsis here for you because I don’t want to f**k this up and make you not want to read it.
Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love..
Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn’t have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.
Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she’s around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn’t know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.
She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.
In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.
Alright, so that was the list of all the books I read in May. Some I enjoyed more than others, but over all I didn’t feel like I wasted a bunch of time.
Just so you know, the E-reader books are ALL FREE. So if you are interested to go download them! I try to just stick to free books when using my kindle, because I prefer the hard copy if I’m going to spend money on a book.
Leave any questions, comments, concerns down below!