The Monthly Recap: January 2019

Posted February 5, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

I can’t remember doing much of anything outside of Brenna’s basketball, book club and a spontaneous girls dinner with my friends. I also remember my car being in the shop and having to pay much more than I anticipated spending to fix that but all is well, my bills are all up to date and I survived so I can’t complain too much. Here’s what my month looked like in books…

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 14 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 6 | Books Received for Review: 8 | Reviews Posted: 12
Highest Grade: 4.75 out of 5 | Lowest Grade: 2.5 out of 5

What I Read

1. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (eARC) | 4 out of 5
2. Holiday Hoops (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
3. Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke (eARC) | 4 out of 5
4. Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins (eBook) | 3.75 out of 5
5. The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner (eBook) | 2.5 out of 5
6. Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward (eBook) | 4 out of 5
7. One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
8. It Takes Two (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
9. Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
10. Three Little Words (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #3) by Jenny Holiday (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
11. From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
12. Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G. (Audiobook) | 3.5 out of 5
13. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
14. The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Season #3) by Lorraine Heath (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite read from January goes to It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday. Wendy and Noah were such a great couple and their story had me laughing and then crying. I just adored seeing them come together and couldn’t wait to jump into the next book in that series. Jenny Holiday is doing contemporary romance right. Love her stuff.

My least favorite read of the month goes to The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner. I was expecting something a lot lighter than what we got in this book and the heroine’s immature game really tainted my enjoyment, so much so that in the end, I just felt a whole lot of meh for the book.

What I Reviewed

The One You Fight For (The Ones Who Got Away #1) by Roni | 4.25 out of 5
Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward | 4 out of 5
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | 4 out of 5
Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
Hoops Holiday (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.25 out of 5
Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley | 1 out of 5
Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne | 4 out of 5
Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4 out of 5
Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward | 3.5 out of 5
The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner | 2.5 out of 5

What I Posted

Happy New Year!
The Wednesday Post (1)
My TBR Pile: January 2019
Eye Candy Friday: Jax Blackwood from Fall by Kristen Callihan
The Weekly Recap (116)
The Monthly Recap: December 2018
The Wednesday Post (2)
My Personal, Reading, and Blogging Goals for 2019
The Weekly Recap (117)
The Wednesday Post (3)
Eye Candy Friday: Garrett Daniels from Getting Schooled by Emma Chase
The Weekly Recap (118)
The Wednesday Post (4)
Eye Candy Friday: Conrad Hawkins from The Resident
The Weekly Recap (119)
The Wednesday Post (5)
My TBR Pile: February 2019
Eye Candy Friday: Noah Denning from It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

What I Got

The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
The Secret (Highland Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood
Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

What I Got for Review

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Bad Influence (Bad Bachelors #3) by Stefanie London
Passion on Park Avenue (The Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Hot to the Touch (Brotherhood by Fire #1) by Jaci Burton
Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris

So how was your January? Did you get all of your end of the year reading done? Did you get anything I should add to my wishlist? Share your month in books and real life with me in the comments!


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8 responses to “The Monthly Recap: January 2019

  1. I just get starry eyed and swoony looking at all the pretty covers. 🙂 I loved The Deal and truly need to continue on with the series. I picked up Brooklynaire when it was on sale and now I’m dying to start the Brooklyn Bruisers series (just as soon as I catch up on the True North series). Love and Other Words was one of my faves from last year. Loved it!

  2. Amber Elise

    Sorry about your car. It’s dumb how expensive cars. 14 books is pretty impressive too, I hope you love the new Lauren Layne!

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