Recommended Reads: What I read in July #bookreviews #amreading

All the books I read this month were amazing! I highly recommend all of them. However, I’m about nine books behind on my 2019 Goodreads reading challenge (I pledged to read 100 books this year). I have a feeling I’m not going to catch up.

I loved, loved, loved Tragic Magic and the magical, witching world Rebecca Royce created. It was fascinating and entertaining the way her characters used their magical abilities–and I don’t normally care for fantasy romances involving magic. The plotting/story was very clever the way seemingly disparate story elements converged at the end. And speaking of the ending, it had a great HEA that made me cry.


Witch Way Around is a fun, light, sweet paranormal romance that was exactly what I needed at the time. It was a delight to read. Angie Baybee Jewel is a witch whose powers never developed. But she does have a remarkable green thumb, and plants respond to her. Kit Wilde is a tiger shifter, currently working with the circus, whose duty is calling him home to take over as alpha of his pack. They have great chemistry, but witches and shifters don’t mix in their worlds. Can this relationship be saved?

I loved Angie’s connection to nature; it felt realistically pagan, and the circus as one of the settings, was a clever, unique deviation from the norm.


Shunned by her Lycan pack, half-breed Shay accepts a dare to put the moves on visiting VampLycan Trayis, a shifter she’s had a crush on and who is one of the few people who is nice to her. Trayis is more than happy to oblige and take her to bed. It’s only supposed to be a one night stand, but soon Trayis is the one looking for the happily ever after. Can he help Shay overcome her past and take a chance on him?

This book offers what author Laurann Dohner does best: creating hot alpha heroes who are nice guys and not alpha-holes and feisty heroines in need of a little tender loving care. A fast-paced, easy-to-read romance.


In this second book of The Hunt series, Payton, a scrappy young woman (and her dog) are being hunted by Themba, an alien prince looking for one last hurrah before he settles down in an arranged marriage benefitting his kingdom. Since she was terrorized by her ex-husband, being hunted by an alien is the last thing she needs.

This is such a fantastic book and series. Everything about it feels so real. Great characters, awesome world-building, creative story and plotting. You can read this book as a stand-alone, but I recommend you start with the first book just because the series is so good and you shouldn’t miss any part of it!

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“Chloe” is an illegal self-aware artificial intelligence in love with a human man. She wants to become a real girl. She makes a deal with the devil to make that happen. More than Stardust is an awesome, awesome story and piece of writing. It is so clever, crafty and nuanced. At times it had me biting my nails. Author Vivian Jackson does not go easy on her characters. This is some amazing fiction that is sure please both sci-fi romance and hard-core SF readers. Grab it with your grabby hands!


M/M romance is not the usual genre I read. And an M/M romance in which males can get pregnant? Well, this is my first one. Roan is a mink shifter abused by an alpha gang member. He sees a chance to escape and runs to the one person with whom he feels safe: his former college roomie and friend, Hansol, who he had a big crush on. Hansol secretly loved Roam and was crushed when he disappeared years ago. When Roan shows up on his doorstep, Hansol takes him in, determined to make him stay this time. But the past won’t leave Roan alone…

Mink Omega in hiding is a sweet, enjoyable love story. The love Hansol has for Roan is very touching. The M/M sex scenes weren’t exceptionally graphic. I highly recommend this book.


If you think you saw this book reviewed earlier in the year, well, you did. I read it again! I found it so useful, I wanted to have the paperback in addition to Kindle copy. This is a great resource for romance authors. If you want to know what makes a compelling story, and how to keep readers turning pages, get this book.

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Please note: I read for personal enjoyment and share what I read. I am not a book reviewer/blogger, so I do not accept review requests.

What did you read this month that you enjoyed? Did you read any of the books I read?

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2 Responses to Recommended Reads: What I read in July #bookreviews #amreading

  1. Gill says:

    A good month in July. I read 20 books, although some were quite short. These are the standouts

    Nurse for the Wolfman and Guarding the Mermaid by Eve Langlais. Chimera Secrets. I’m loving this series. And this second one, with a dark murderous hero, was yummy

    Hot Seal Hero by Lynn Raye Harris. Hot seal team #7. Another winner

    Under Currents by Nora Roberts. Nora never fails to do excellence

    Hard Ride by Jayne Rylon. Powertools: Hot Rides #3. Another great menàge tale by Jayne Rylon

    Sentinel by Anna Hackett. House of Rone #1. Loved it!

    Covert Vengeance by Kaylea Cross. Valkyrie Vengeance #2.

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