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250 Books In 365 Days: Books I Loved In June

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I read less books in June because most of my time was spent at the pool with the kids. But not having to get up early in the mornings plus kids who like to sleep in past 9:30am means I had quite a few very late nights reading books. Have I mentioned how much I really love summer? Because I do. 

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1. Obsession by Lisa Clark O’Neill– Trauma surgeon Justin Wellington is accustomed to handling gunshot wounds… just not over his Cobb salad. When a lunch date with his best friend, the woman with whom he’s quietly and desperately in love – homicide detective Kathleen Murphy – becomes the scene of a drive-by shooting, Justin’s surgical skills are called upon to save the life of a young waitress. His heroism that day sets into motion a chain of events that brings him to the attention of a dangerous and disturbed individual, threatening his career, his own life and the lives of those he holds dear. Obsession: Because sometimes what we think is love is really only madness.

 I really enjoyed every page of this book. This is book 5 in the Southern Comfort series. I’ve read 3 of the others and they are all great. I wish I’d read them in order though so I do recommend doing that. This book combined 2 things I love- friends turning into lovers, and romantic suspense. It was a definite favorite.

 2. Cut Too Deep by K.J. Bell– A woman traumatized by her past, beaten, battered, and unwilling to trust. A man held captive by his greatest failure, lost, and self-destructive. Letters that unexpectedly bind them together. Is their bond strong enough to survive each other? As a web of deceit is revealed, will they be able to determine what’s real, and what’s worth fighting for? Or will they crumble under the weight of secrets that cut too deep? Can Miller forgive himself and move beyond his fear of failing the one he loves? Can Hadley accept the love she desperately wants but doesn’t believe she deserves?

 This book stayed with me for a couple of days after I read it. Reading what Hadley went through and seeing the way Miller helped her overcome it and stand strong made this a really emotional read for me. Definitely on my favorites shelf.

 3. Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston– Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life’s irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad’s untimely and unexplained demise. That’s where Vic Barinov comes in—or his house does. Vic can’t step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he’ll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge.

 I love shifter books. But I’ve never read one quite like this. I’ve never read a shifter book about a Honey Badger. And I loved it. This book is part of a series but I haven’t read the others in the series yet. This book is hysterically funny. I found myself laughing out loud a lot while reading. There’s some drama but it’s all wrapped up with a funny bow. 

 4. Infinity + One by Amy Harmon– When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds? Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die. Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life. One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all?  With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well. Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, of finding a friend behind a stranger’s face, and discovering love in the oddest of places.

 This book is so unlike any other rock star book that I’ve read before. It kept my interest and I had to know what happened. I loved the relationship that developed between the 2 main characters and I loved the obstacles they had to overcome in order to be together. 

 5. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry– The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life—that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind. Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

 This is book 3 in a series. I’ve read all 3 and I do recommend reading them in order because the characters from the first 2 books play a role in this book. You’ll get more out of the book if you understand the background of the characters. I loved the man character, Rachel. She tried so hard to be someone she wasn’t to please her family. I could just feel her anxiety pouring off the pages while I read. The relationship between her and Isaiah was powerful and I loved reading it develop. 

 6. Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis– Co-owner of the town’s only kennel, Lilah Young has lived in Sunshine, Idaho, all her life. Pilot-for-hire Brady Miller is just passing through. But he soon has Lilah abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire. It’s Brady’s nature to resist being tied down, but there’s something about Lilah and her menagerie that keeps him coming back for more.

 The blurb of this book didn’t really tell me much but I love Jill Shalvis so I knew I’d love this book. I had it on hold at the library for my Kindle for awhile and finally was able to read it. I loved it so much that I immediately read the other 3 books in the series. They are all 5 star reads for me in June. The characters from book one continue throughout the series and each book deals with a different couple so it’s like reading about one big happy family. I highly recommend this series if you like some laughter with your romance.

 I have a bunch of great books on hold at the library including the new J.D. Robb and Janet Evanovich books. Hopefully they will come available in July. Plus there are some great books releasing this month that I’m excited about!

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