I should start with, May was a total disaster. Yep, 31 days gone just like that, a snap of my fingers. My read count was sadly low. I only read 8 books and I’m 15 books behind my Goodreads challenge. Oh, boy, I need to get my act together.
1-3 – Vicious, Ruckus, Scandalous (Sinners of Saint, 1-3) by L.J. Shen
Synopsis: Emilia They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. He is a brilliant lawyer. A skilled criminal. A beautiful liar. A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover. Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him. Vicious She is a starving artist. Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom. Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down. She paid the price. Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate. That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t. So she hates me. Big fucking deal. She better get used to me.
Synopsis: Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2) by L.J. Shen (Goodreads Author) 4.30 · Rating details · 17,076 ratings · 2,154 reviews Rosie They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They’re right. No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking. He is my forbidden, shiny apple. The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth. He is also my sister’s ex-boyfriend. One thing you should know before you judge me; I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first. Eleven years later, he waltzed into my life, demanding a second chance. Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman. My white knight has finally arrived. Hopefully, he isn’t too late. Dean They say the brightest stars burn out the fastest. They’re right. She sets my mind on fire. All smart mouth, snarky attitude and a huge heart. In a world where everything is dull, she shines like fucking Sirius. Eleven years ago, fate tore us apart. This time, I dare it to try. Getting to her is a battlefield, but man, that’s why they call me Ruckus. Rosie LeBlanc is about to find out how hard I can fight. And conquering her will be the sweetest victory.
Synopsis: They call him The Mute for a reason. Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks. When he does, it’s with disdain. When he does, his words aren’t meant for me. When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis. He is thirty-three. I am eighteen. He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner. I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter. He’s emotionally unavailable. And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him. Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul. And yet, I can’t stay away. A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them. And oh, what beautiful chaos it will be.
I read L.J. Shen’s book Scandalous back in January, I think and I liked it a lot. So when I saw Vicious on Netgalley, of course I requested it. Got approved for it too (which will never cease to surprise me). However, Vicious and Ruckus were both 2 stars for me. I just couldn’t like the main characters.
4. Audrey, Wait! – Robin Benway
Audrey, Wait! was a re-read for me, the 3rd time over the years and it was as witty and hilarious as the first time. I had a blast re-reading it.
5. A Vampire’s Christmas Carol – Cynthia Eden
This was a novella and a 2-star rating for me.
6. One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying, #1) & 7. Two Can Keep a Secret
Synopsis: Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
A new author for me. I enjoyed One Of Us Is Lying a lot. Two Can Keep A Secret wasn’t as great as One Of Us Is Lying but it was a good book. (Does this sentence seem strange to you? With the titles of the books and all, I’ve been staring at this sentence for the past 10 minutes lol.)
8. Can’t Get Enough (Original Heartbreakers, #6) Gena Showalter
And a steamy, witty romance to round off May. I finally read a book by Gena Showalter. I have her YA series on my Kindle which I have yet to read but with Can’t Get Enough, I enjoyed her writing a lot. It was witty and fun and very entertaining.
New Blog Meme
I started a new blog meme, Whatcha Doin’ Wednesday, to celebrate Mental Health. It’s a simple meme designed to make you take a moment and assess your emotions and state of well-being. So often, we don’t stop to think how we are and taking that one moment, to just stop and think and breathe can change your outlook and maybe, improve it.
Well, that’s it for May, folks, 8 books in all and a teensy-eensy new blog meme.