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250 Books In 365 Days: Books I Loved In January

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 I’m on a mission this year to read more books and watch less television. I love to read. It’s always been something that gets me through the dark times. I love to lose myself in a good book and escape the real world for a few hours. So this year I am making it my goal to read 250 books in 365 days. I’m a super fast reader, which drives Matt crazy but I can read a 250-300 page book in a few hours. With all the time I spend sitting around waiting for my kids at dance, gymnastics, basketball, etc I have a lot of free time to read. Last year I read almost 200 books so I think I can do it. You can follow along with the books I’ve read on Goodreads if you want and each month I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite reads from that month right here on the blog. Some of the books will be new releases and some will be from my massive collection of unread books on my Kindle. 

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 1. Hard As It Gets by Lauren Kaye Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome–pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too. With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees. Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge.

 This book was fantastic! I loved it. Be warned- it’s not for the prudish types. Hot alpha men, strong female heroine, and lots of action equals a good read for me. It’s a complete story, no cliffhanger ending which I am so tired of authors doing! Book 2 comes out on February 25th and I already pre-ordered it. 

 2. Blitzing Emily by Julie Brannagh– Emily Hamilton doesn’t trust men. She’s much more comfortable playing the romantic lead in front of a packed house onstage than in her own life. So when NFL star and alluring ladies’ man Brandon McKenna acts as her personal white knight, she has no illusions that he’ll stick around. However, a misunderstanding with the press throws them together in a fake engagement that yields unexpected (and breathtaking) benefits. Every time Brandon calls her “Sugar,” Emily almost believes he’s playing for keeps—not just to score. Can she let down her defenses and get her own happily ever after?

 I really liked this book, more than I thought I would. You know how much I love football so a book with a football player alpha male as the hero is right up my alley. Plus it was pretty funny at times. Book 2 will be out on February 11th and I can’t wait!

 3. Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan– Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.

 It’s definitely not a secret how much I love Christine Feehan’s Dark Series. I’ve been waiting for this story for years. The characters go way back in the series and the build up for this story has gone on for literally years. I was not disappointed- the story was fantastic! I think it was her best book in a couple of years. 

 4. The Night Is Mine by M.L. Buchman– First in a thrilling military romantic suspense series based on the real-life elite helicopter pilots who transport Navy SEALs and Delta Force teams in and out of combat and covert missions. (SOAR are the heroes of Black Hawk Down.) Buchman’s heroine flys the most dangerous military ops and tries to find the one man who can be a hero in her own life. Ace-pilot Captain Emily Beale goes undercover as bodyguard to the First Lady, with her rugged commander, Major Mark Henderson, who is determined to cover her back. Can she learn to keep her desire at bay before her covert mission implodes.

 I love military romances but I like a good amount of action to go along with romance. This book checked all my boxes. The action was fast paced and descriptive, the romance was intense and little forbidden, and the heroine was bad ass! What more could you want? This is the first book in the authors Night Stalkers series and I will be reading all of them for sure!

 5. Morning After by Melissa Hale– Erica has her life planned down to an exact timeline. It is working in all aspects except one, her love life. She wants what every girl wants, to fall in love with Prince Charming, get married, have babies and live happily ever after. That doesn’t seem so unreasonable. Unfortunately, Prince Charming has eluded her. Until a robbery, an attack and a stalker turn her organized life upside down and she is forced to recognize the Prince Charming she might have missed. Ethan Reynolds is a former Marine who runs a successful security company. He’s not looking to settle down, he’s looking to expand. That is until the woman who owns the coffee shop across the street captures his attention. Unfortunately, she doesn’t give him a chance until a threat makes him the perfect ally. Now in addition to trying to keep her safe he has to convince her they can have so much more than a working relationship. Until he realizes he is putting her in danger.

 I grabbed this book as freebie because it looked pretty interesting and I really didn’t expect much. But I was invested in this story from the minute I started reading. The characters were real and the suspense was believable. Plus the hero was hot and the heroine was funny- a combo I can’t resist. 

 6. Fighting Temptation by K.C. Lynn– Julia Sinclair is your typical innocent good girl with a heart of gold. At sixteen she moved to Sunset Bay, South Carolina, to live with her Grams after losing her mother to cancer. This is where she met some of the best friends she will ever have and one in particular who will forever hold her heart. Jaxson Reid is your typical tattooed bad boy. His past and soul is as dark as the tattoos he bares. He flies through life and girls with no attachments and no emotions… until he met her. One fateful night brought Julia and Jaxson together. They formed a friendship and a bond so strong it was unbreakable. Jaxson fought the temptation of anything more with Julia because he knew he would never be good enough for her. When he found his control slipping he left the one girl, who meant everything to him, to join the Navy. But one passion-filled night has Jaxson letting go of fighting temptation which will forever alter their relationship. A few years later Jaxson comes home to make things right with the one girl who’s ever meant anything to him. Except someone isn’t happy that Jaxson has returned. Someone who thinks Julia is theirs and they will stop at nothing to make sure it stays that way… forever. Now Jaxson will not only fight to protect Julia but will also battle the new and existing demons that haunt his soul. 

 I just realized a lot of my favorite books this month were romantic suspense. This one was great. The interactions between the characters were real and emotional and not overblown. I love books where the main couple has a long history together. There was just enough action to keep the story moving without detracting from the romance. 

 7. Kiss the Sky by Krista Ritchie– Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy. After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way. Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted—Rose’s virginity. 

 This book is hot. And definitely not for the faint hearted with elements of light BDSM included. I loved the characters and their interactions with each other. I laughed, I swooned, I blushed- through the whole book. The hero is a super hot alpha male and the heroine is a feisty, independent, strong woman who started the book as a virgin. This book is a continuation of the Addicted series so it features the same characters but you do not have to have read Addicted to understand this book. 

 So those were my favorite books from January. I can’t wait to see what February holds- lots of new releases, new authors, and old favorites too!

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  • Sara K.

    Stopping by from Kelly’s Korner…I am so impressed that you are able to read so much! This list looks like it has some good reads. Morning After looks interesting. I may have to check that one out!

  • rorybore

    I am so behind on reading. I have a full Kobo, and I just got 5 books from the library recently. And I am home all day without kids – so what the heck? where do the hours go?

    I need to take more baths. that’s where I do the bulk of my reading.

  • elliereads

    Try Sarah Addison Allen’s books. They are easy to get into and very mystical and sweet in a good way. Love her writing!