Books

September 2020 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’m officially making my return to blogging and oh boy, I have to say that I missed it. I love talking about what I read and doing my weekly posts. With that being said, let’s get into the books I read in September. This was easily my least productive reading month. I was going to say worse but there’s no such thing so let’s get into the books I read in September. 🙂

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1. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

The first book I read was The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. This is my first Mariana Zapata and I absolutely adored it. This book is a slow-burn romance and that’s all I’m going to say. I think it’s better to go into this book without knowing much but I LOVED it. Maybe it’s because I love NFL romance or the trope this book features but this book is easily going to be one of the my top ten/twenty favorite reads. 5/5 stars

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2. The House in the Cerulean Sea

The second book I finished in September is The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune and this is also my first book by him. This book follows Linus who is set to the House in the Cerulean Sea to investigate an orphanage of magical children. This book is incredibly whimsical, features an adorable m/m romance and has kids that don’t annoy me in a book. It’s truly magical in that sense but this book was so soft and magical.

I do think it’s a bit overhyped imo. This book is good but I don’t think it’s going to be one of my top books of the year. However, it was still a fun and enjoyable read. 4.5/5 stars

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3. Reborn Yesterday (Phenomenal Fate #1)

The next book I finished was another magical book and that’s Reborn Yesterday by Tessa Bailey. This is a paranormal romance between a girl and a vampire who she meets after he wakes up in her funeral home. This book also features the fated mates trope and tbh, I liked it but didn’t love it. Some parts of this book had me thinking this girl was a rip-off Bella Swan because she wanted that vampire D and didn’t care how she got it.

This book was definitely a lot more mature though so don’t go into this thinking you’re getting a Twilight love story. I just couldn’t connect with the main character and the story was slightly predictable. It was still fun, though. 3/5 stars

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4. Warmth

The next book I read was a novella by D. Rose and it was SO good. Even though it was less than 100 pages, I loved the relationship between Tessa and Raj. It was clear these two had feelings from each other from the start but were both cautious for different reasons. However, it was incredible watching their relationship build and then eventually become healthier. My only complaint is that I wish this was longer or that Tessa and Raj got their own book. 4/5 stars

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5. Fans Only

Next up, I read Fans Only by B. Love. This is a friends-to-lovers romance between Aries and Merrick who decide to create an Only Fans page to get money on the side. This is such a fun and unique concept so I was excited from the start. Ultimately, two things fell flat for me. For being such a sexual book, I felt like there weren’t enough steamy scenes and I felt like the “conflict” came way too late in the book. Overall though, this was still a fun and sexy read. 4/5 stars

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6. Pink Slip (The Spies Who Loved Her #1)

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you’ll know I love Katrina Jackson. This book is a romantic suspense/thriller featuring a throple between a pair of married spies and their assistant. This book is super intense as it features a lot of triggering content such as murdering, assault, death and basically anything you think a spy would do. It is incredibly sexy though as it’s an f/m/f romance. It’s truly the perfect blend of erotica and suspense which I’d highly recommend. Once again, my only complaint is I wish this book had been longer. 4/5 stars

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7. Blooming in the Sun (Nicolette & Dorothea #2)

The next book I finished was Blooming In The Sun by Lara Kinsey. I discovered Lara Kinsey in 2020 and I can’t get enough of her books. This book is a follow-up to Budding Romance and it follows Nicolette and Dorothea on their summer vacation together in Italy. This is such an adorably soft f/f romance and I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s truly such a sweet story but once again, I wanted a full-length novel about these two. If you’re sensing a theme here, it’s that I want novellas to just be a little bit longer lmao. 4/5 stars

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8. Only One Bed (Romance Anthology Vol 1)

I saw this book advertised months ago before it was released so I knew I had to pick it up when I got the chance. This book features 8 different takes on the “only one bed” trope and it was a lot of fun. My personal favorites were “Holding On” by Ali Williams, “What You Need” by Torrance SenĂ© and “Only One Bed of a Pickup Truck” by Lucy Eden.

With an anthology, it’s hard to rate as you’re probably not going to love each single story in there. For me, I ended up rating this a 3.5/5 stars

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9. Tiny House, Big Love (Love Unscripted #2)

The next book I finished was Tiny House, Big Love by Olivia Dade which is the second book in her Love Unscripted series. This is a friends-to-lovers romance between Lucy and Sebastian who go on a House Hunters type show to try to find Lucy a small house to travel around in. Eventually, it ends up becoming a romance between these two but somehow, I felt like it lacked angst when it needed some. 3/5 stars

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10. White Whiskey Bargain

The next book I finished was White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter. This book was such a pleasant surprise. It features a marriage of convenience between Hannah and Javier whose families are dealing with a threat and decide to marry those two as a way of trusting each other. This book had such an adorable romance but was also action-packed as both families own alcohol production companies and they’re dealing with a threat together. Plus the smut is god-tier. Easily one of my new favorite romances I’ve read in 2020. 5/5 stars

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11. The Pumpkin King

My next read is my first Halloween read of the season and it follows a girl who gets transported to this alternate world and meets the Pumpkin King. This is only 20 pages so it doesn’t have much going on. At points, it was weird but for the most part, it was alright and a fun read. That’s really all I wanted and it didn’t disappoint. 3/5 stars

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12. The Halloween Bet

The next Halloween read I picked out was The Halloween Bet by Abby Knox. This is a second-chance romance between Blake and Dalilah who make a “Halloween bet” to stay in this haunted house together. Of course, things go from there and while I enjoyed this, I feel like Blake babied Dalilah too much when she didn’t need it/want it. Second, I felt like the conflict was pointless and was thrown in for nothing. Either way, this was another fun read. 3/5 stars

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13. Red Hot Night

Keeping with the Halloween reads, I picked up Red Hot Night by C.M. Steele. This is a stereotypical insta-love alpha guy and helpless damsel in distress. However, these two meet on Halloween and end up being basically falling in love during the night. It was a fun one but ultimately, a story I’ve read before. 2/5 stars

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14. Halloween with the Hunk (Holiday Studs #1)

The next Halloween romance I read is between a girl staying at her friend’s parents rental home and the guy next door who is only there to take care of family business. It’s another one of those insta-love/lust stories but with a fun Halloween twist at the end of the story. Overall, it wasn’t anything amazing or ground-breaking but was still fun. 3/5 stars

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15. Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish: A Halloween Romance (Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish #1)

Surprise, surprise. It’s another Halloween romance but this one was actually a lot different than the others. This is a “second-chance” romance between Nora who works at a haunted house and Brendan, a guy she used to bully in middle school. Normally, I don ‘t read new adult romances, but this one was SO much fun. It was the perfect amount of horror and romance to make for a perfect Halloween read. My only complaint was that I wish it was longer and thus had a more developed romance. 4/5 stars

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16. Tools of Engagement (Hot & Hammered #3)

The next book I read was Tools Of Engagement which is the final book in the Hot & Hammered series. This book is Bethany and Wes’ romance which I’m sure we all knew was coming. I absolutely loved the enemies-to-lovers thing the two had going on and I especially loved Cowboy Wes. I also rarely got annoyed with Laura, his niece but something about this book felt off. Maybe it was because of the “conflict” or the reality show plot point but this book wasn’t as solid as the others in the series.

That’s not to say it wasn’t good but it was and it was fun. It just wasn’t as dynamic as hoped for. It was capping off a pretty decent series and I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. 3.5/5 stars

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17. Retrosexual (Frisky Beavers #0.5)

The last book I read in September was Retrosexual which is a freebie I got on Kindle and it was SO much fun. It’s a short little novella between a married couple who spends the weekend together. It’s really only 50 pages long but it’s incredibly steamy and even, has some cute moments. Overall, it was a quick and fun read so I’d recommend it especially as a freebie. 4/5 stars

Credit to Pure Imagination Blog

Those are the 17 books I read in September and I have to say, it was still a pretty decent reading month. I started off pretty good with a couple of 5-stars and I found some series I know I’ll be continuing. Overall, the hiatus was incredible for both me and my reading so I’m ready to come back for a strong October reading month. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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