Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you saw my wrap-up for last month, I’m going to do something similar but instead of just featuring that breakdown, I’m going to feature some stats also. Basically, it’s a way to make my wrap-ups shorter as there are some books I don’t want to talk about or don’t have a lot to say about them. Either way, let’s get into my stat breakdown for March 2021. 🙂
March 2021 Reading Stats
- Books Read: 23
- Star Breakdown: 5-stars (3), 4-stars (13), 3-stars (7)
- Format Breakdown: E-Books (23)
- Total Page Count: 4,025
- New-To-Me Favorite Author: K. Ancrum
3 Disappointing Reads of March 2021
1. Release Some Tension
The first book I was disappointed by was Release Some Tension by Nicole Falls. While I wanted to love this book, it just didn’t work for me. I don’t know if it was because I couldn’t understand why the characters acted like they did or if I just couldn’t get into the writing style. Either way, I was bored and I’m sad because I love Nicole Falls but I’m hoping this is just a fluke or maybe my man was just distracting me by looking over my shoulder lmao.
This is a book I picked out for #SpringIntoLoveBingo and it seemed like it was going to be amazing. However, I feel like the execution wasn’t there. This was supposed to be an m/f/f romance and it didn’t really deliver in that regard. Yes, it was steamy at the end but I didn’t feel the angst or tension that would have taken this to the next level.
The final disappointing read I had in March was Priest by Sierra Simone. This is a romance book between a priest and a woman who comes to him to confess. While I wanted to enjoy this book, it felt like there was entirely too much angst and that I had a hard time, trying to suspend my disbelief. I love taboo romances but this one just didn’t work for me.
My 3 Favorite Reads of March 2021
1. Always Only You
My favorite read of the month has to go to Always Only You by Chloe Liese. This is book two in the Bergman Brothers series and it features a romance between Ren, a hockey player and Frankie, the social media specialist for the team he plays for. This book featured disability rep as Frankie was autistic and also had a chronic illness. What I love most about this book though was their grumpy/sunshine dynamic and how much the two of them really learned to love one another over time. It was so beautiful to watch their walls come down and see them fall in love.
2. To Be Alone With You
My second favorite read of the month is hand-down To Be Alone With You by Jodie Slaughter. I know this book won’t appeal to everyone, but this is a quarantine second-chance romance between a girl who confessed her feelings to a guy who was 10 years older than her and knew she needed to mature. It’s basically them getting a chance at their HEA amidst the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic/quarantine. Super steamy and beautifully written like Jodie Slaughter is definitely a new favorite author.
3. Maybe This Time
My final favorite read of March was Maybe This Time by Christina C Jones. This is a short little novella and it’s a friends-to-lovers story about two best friends who get married in Vegas and the aftermath of that. Despite being so short, their relationship felt extremely well-developed and I was really rooting for them in the end. This was also incredibly steamy and was perfect for reading on the flight back from my man’s house.
Biggest Surprise Read of March 2021
For me, the most surprising read of March was A Dash of Spice by Jessa Kane. I’ve read a few books by Jessa Kane including the first book in this series and felt meh about them. This one was still over-the-top and cheesy but it didn’t have that same cringey themes as the previous books which made it much more enjoyable. I especially loved that both of the characters were virgins which was a nice change of pace. If you don’t mind insta-love and some steam, I’d recommend this one.
That was my new-look March 2021 Wrap-Up. I can’t lie, I had a lot of fun doing this and I enjoyed it much more than the old way I used to do wrap-ups. I might try to mix it up next month when it comes to format as I was an e-book monster this month. With that being said, I’d like to know if you have any book recs from your March reads. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.