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250 Books In 365 Days: Books I Loved In February

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 I told you last month about my mission to read 250 books in 365 days. And I’ve made a great head start so far this year. As always, none of the links in this post are affiliate. 

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1. Captive by Brenda Rothert– Two years ago, Jason and Kate Ryker were brought together by grief and bound to one another by love. Now married, they’re confronting their fears together. But heartbreak finds them again, and the ties that bind Kate and Ryke are tested as she struggles against fear and sadness. As a grief counselor, Kate understands all too well the pain of her clients. And while her husband’s career as an NHL forward is at an all-time high, he’s coping with the frustration of feeling powerless as his wife’s hopes slip away. Kate’s unexpected journey sheds light on the fear that imprisons her, and reveals that she is the only one who can set herself free.

 This is book 2 in this series. The first book is Bound and you should read it first. I adore these 2 books. They made me feel and those are the best books of all. Small warning- both books revolve around pregnancy loss so if this is a really tough subject for you then you might need to steer clear. I had a few moments reading both books but I’m far enough removed from my own losses that reading about it doesn’t trigger me anymore. I highly recommend both books!

 2. Something Worth Fighting For by Ashley McNiel– After a rough past Ellie Grant now leads an easy life. Between school, work, and beach days with her loud mouth best friend Darcy, she keeps things simple. She never knew there was something missing until she found it. When Marine Corps Sergeant Atlas Ryker walked into the diner that morning her world stopped and started spinning in the opposite direction. Falling in love is easy. Deployment is hard. Distance will mean nothing when someone means so much. 

 Oh man, this one was amazing. I loved every single page of this book. Loved it. And will definitely read it again and again. This book gives a fairly realistic look at deployment and how a relationship survives. 

 3. Shaken by Kariss Lynch– Idealistic and sheltered with a passion to change the world, Kaylan Richards leaves her comfortable life in Alabama to serve in poverty-stricken Haiti. Despite her inexperience and the opposition of a voodoo priest, Kaylan develops a love for the country and the Haitian people. But something deadly is about to strike. It is the worst earthquake the country has ever seen, and in its aftermath bodies, buildings, and broken lives litter the streets. People she cares about are dead, and Kaylan is caught in the middle of the destruction, questioning a God who said He was good. Navy SEAL Nick Carmichael never planned to find a girl he loved more than his country. Now she is a world away, trapped in a deadly situation nothing could have prepared her for. Can Nick’s love help Kaylan heal and show her the God who never abandoned her, or will tragedy shake even the most rooted faith?

 I adored this book. I even mentioned it on here once before because I loved it so much. It is Christian Fiction but it’s so much more than that. I didn’t find the religious undertones to be overwhelming and it didn’t take away from the story- if anything it enhanced it greatly. I compare this book to one I might read by Dee Henderson, who is probably one of my most favorite authors (her O’Malley’s series is one of the best series I’ve ever read). This book was realistic, heartbreaking, and deep. 

 4. Changing Course by Aly Martinez– I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was twenty-one years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had. I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone that doesn’t exist anymore. It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?

 I got sucked right into this book. I could feel the pain of the characters as I was reading. The story was unique and well written. It was angsty but not high school angst if you know what I mean. The characters were adults who had tragic pasts and baggage. 

5. Be With Me by J. Lynn– Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real. Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him. As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not.

 I adored every second of this book. I didn’t want it to end. Ever. This is the third one in the series. First you should read Wait For You and then Trust In Me. Wait For You is probably one of my top 5 books of all time. I loved it so much. Trust in Me is the companion novel told from the male lead’s perspective and it’s equally good. I just can’t say enough about this series- you definitely should read it. 

 6. Give Me Strength by Kate McCarthy– Quinn Salisbury doesn’t think she’s cut out for this whole living thing. Even as a young girl she struggled. Just when she thinks she’s found a way to leave her violent past behind her, the only thing that’s kept her going is ripped away, leaving her damaged and heartbroken. Four years later, she is slowly rebuilding her life and lands a job as an assistant band manager to Jamieson, the hot new Australian act climbing their way to the top of the charts. There she meets Travis Valentine, the charismatic older brother of her boss, Mac. From his commanding charm to his confidence and passion, Travis is everything Quinn believes is too good for her, and despite her apprehension, she finds their attraction undeniable and intense. When her past resurfaces, it complicates their relationship. Instead of reaching out for help, Quinn pushes Travis away, until a staggering secret is revealed that leaves her fighting for her very life. Torn between running and opening her heart to the man determined to have her, can Quinn find the strength within herself to fight for her future?

 This is the second in the series- Give Me Love is the first one and so very good. Both books revolve around the lives of a rock band and also a security team. There is a great mix of suspense and romance with some twists and turns. The books are set in Australia so some of the language is a little different but the stories were so great that it didn’t bother me.

 7. Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright– Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong. Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before. Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.

 I love paranormal shifter books- especially when they are done right. And Suzanne Wright does them right. This is the third book in the series, preceded by Feral Sins and Wicked Cravings. All 3 books are hot and naughty but with great storylines. If hot and naughty books make you uncomfortable then skip this series but otherwise- I definitely recommend these. You’ll be blushing and fanning yourself for sure. 

 February was a great month for books. I have so many still on my TBR list. Anybody read anything great in February?

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  • Samantha

    Wow! 250 books?? You must read fast, or read instead of sleep. 🙂 I wish I could do the latter.

  • Emily Janz

    Ok we’ve got a problem. You are recommending too many books. Apparently we like to read the same type of books! I keep spending money to buy them and I’m going to get in trouble! We are supposed to be saving money (baby on the way or something silly like that) and I keep spending it on books!