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2014 Book Purchases: November

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

13-Nov-2014: O.M.G! There was some kind of insane Random House Australia sale at Kobo this month! I got tons of books for less than $1.00!!! I hope I like them!

 
 

Broken OpenBook: Broken Open (The Hurley Boys #2)
Author: Lauren Dane
Cost: $6.79
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 25-Nov-2014 (release date) 15-Oct-2014 (Preorder date)
Notes: I read & loved book one: The Best Kind of Trouble
 
 
Night ShiftBook: Night Shift
Author: Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Lisa Shearin & Milla Vane
Cost: $5.51
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 25-Nov-2014 (release date) 31-Jul-2014 (Preorder date)
Notes: I have I mentioned that I’m a hard core, unrepentant Ilona Andrews fan?
 
 
The Other Half Of The SkyBook: The Other Half Of The Sky
Author: Various
Cost: $4.89
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: I bought this to support at least one of the authors who were harmed by WinterFox/RequiresHate/Benjanun Sriduangkaew – The link to the report is having some technical issues – a .PDF of the report can be seen here: http://laurajmixon.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/A-Report-on-Damage-Done-by-One-Individual-Under-Several-Names.pdf
 
 
Operation ValentineBook: Operation Valentine
Author: Loretta Hill
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Dr No CommitmentBook: Dr No commitment
Author: Virginia Taylor
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Anybody But HimBook: Anybody But Him
Author: Claire Baxter
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Just BreatheBook: Just Breathe
Author: Janette Paul
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
One Little White LieBook: One Little White Lie
Author: Loretta Hill
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Love on LocationBook: Love on Location
Author: Claire Baxter
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Losing PatientsBook: Losing Patients
Author: Virginia Taylor
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
a bush christmasBook: A Bush Christmas
Author: Margareta Osborn
Cost: $0.04
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Continental AffairBook: Continental Affair (Continental Affair #1-3)
Author: Ella Dominguez
Cost: $3.49
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 20-Nov-2014
Notes: I read book 1 (free) and decided I wanted to read the rest.
 
 

 
 
November 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 12
Total Amount Spent: $21.35
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $21.35
Potential Sales Abandoned: 1
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $4.99
November Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): -$1.35

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2014 Book Purchases: October

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

I’m surprised I busted my budget this month – especially since I’ve been more than a little infuriated regarding the situation with Kathleen Hale stalking and terrifying a reviewer over her butthurt feelings.

I have two pre-orders scheduled to be delivered in November 2014 – those I am not going to cancel. But I’m still pissed about stalker Hale and it’s put me off my books. I have a few reviews to post and a slew more that I haven’t finished. And I’m thinking of not finishing them – too many self-indulgent writers are bitching that bloggers had not right to “punish them” when the Blogger Blackout happened. Pfffft. I do what I want, this is not a job.

 
 
Twice TemptedBook: Twice Tempted (Night Prince #2)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Cost: $7.19
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 01-Oct-2014
Notes: Currently reading book 1, now own 2/3
 
 
The Banished KingBook: The Banished King
Author: Carolyn Faulkner
Cost: $3.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 19-Oct-2014
Notes: Because apparently I’ll buy anything Carolyn Faulkner writes even though I often end up disappointed. I’m such a sucker.
 
 
Fifty Shames of Earl GreyBook: Fifty Shades of Earl Grey
Author: Andrew Shaffer
Cost: $11.07
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 27-Oct-2014
Notes: Previously read sample and enjoyed – got an email for a signing that reminded me to grab a copy
 
 
Grace's DemonBook: Grace’s Demon (also published as Talus)
Author: Carolyn Faulkner
Cost: $3.22
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 30-Oct-2017
Notes: I’m such a sucker.
 
 
All Hallow's EveBook: All Hallow’s Eve
Author: Carolyn Faulkner
Cost: $1.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 30-Oct-2014
Notes: I’m such a sucker.
 
 

 
 
 
October 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 5
Total Amount Spent: $27.46
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $27.46
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
October Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): -$7.46

Review: The Best Kind of Trouble (Hurley Brothers, #1) by Lauren Dane

The Best Kind of Trouble

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She has complete control…and he’s determined to take it away

A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton’s world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly–especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley….

And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for.

Even after years of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more…even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there’s a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved–and the only compromise is between the sheets!

I loved this book. LOVED.

I can’t put my finger on exactly what touched me so much about The Best Kind of Trouble. Like Mary Poppins, it was practically perfect in every way. The Best Kind of Trouble is a reunited lovers story – the best kind, at that. Natalie and Paddy didn’t break up on a sour note and they shared great times together. The Best Kind of Trouble is a rockstar story – which I normally avoid – but the story takes place in a small town that shelters the group from the constant attention of the paparazzi. The Best Kind of Trouble (and the entire Hurley Boys series) follow a rock group…but the series seems to be more about family than about stardom. OMFG. LOVE.
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2014 Book Purchases: September

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

31-Aug-2014 Update: I did great in August! I was under budget by a little over $5! My goal this month is to keep that trend up.

03-Oct-2014 Update: Yaaay!! Another month in budget! I’m getting good at this. 😀

 
 
EnticedBook: Enticed (Pregnancy & Passion, #1)
Author: Maya Banks
Cost: $0.50
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 02-Sep-2014
Notes: It was on sale. (review)
 
 
Love OverdueBook: Love Overdue
Author: Pamela Morsi
Cost: $1.65
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 02-Sep-2014
Notes: It was on sale.
 
 
Keeping HerBook: Keeping Her (Keeping Her, #1)
Author: Kelly Lucille
Cost: $1.00
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 02-Sep-2014
Notes: Sale + recommendation
 
 
Cat's First KissBook: Cat’s First Kiss (Forgotten Goddesses #2.5)
Author: Stephanie Julian
Cost: $0.50
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 08-Sep-2014
Notes: Read the rest of the Forgotten Goddesses series on Scribd, this is the last of the series. (review)
 
 
Darkly DreamingBook: Darkly Dreaming: A Five Book Fantasy Romance Anthology
Author: Grace Draven, Kristen Painter, Elizabeth Hunter, Danielle Monsch, Cate Rowan
Cost: $0.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 15-Sep-2014
Notes: It sounded good and contains 5 full length books
 
 
Librarian By DayBook: Librarian By Day
Author: Paige Tyler
Cost: $2.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 15-Sep-2014
Notes: no comment
 
 
Danger and DesireBook: Danger and Desire
Author: Various
Cost: $0.64
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 19-Sep-2014
Notes: Damn Dear Author… (multi-book anthology)
 
 
12 Shades of SurrenderBook: 12 Shades of Surrender
Author: Various
Cost: $5.00
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 19-Sep-2014
Notes: I have no shelf control (multi-book anthology, contains a book by Anne Calhoun)
 
 
To Have and To ScoldBook: To Have and to Scold
Author: Mary Wehr
Cost: $2.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 21-Sep-2014
Notes: I have no shelf control

 
 

September 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 9
Total Amount Spent: $15.86
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $15.86
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0.00
August Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): $4.14

2014 Book Purchases: August

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

Update: And I did it!!! Another month without going over budget!!! 😀

 
 
The Dragon's PathBook: The Dragon’s Path (The Dagger and the Coin)
Author:
Cost: $1.15
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 01-Aug-2014
Notes: FoF Group read
 
 
Nebula NightsBook: Nebula Nights: Love Among The Stars
Author: Various
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 04-Aug-2014
Notes:

 
 
Tempting Her Best FriendBook: Tempting Her Best Friend (What Happens in Vegas)
Author: Gina L. Maxwell
Cost: $0.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 11-Aug-2014
Notes: Actually pre-ordered in July 2014 – book release day was 11-Aug (Review)

 
 
Liberating LaceyBook: Liberating Lacey
Author: Anne Calhoun
Cost: $2.63
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 06-Aug-2014
Notes: Damn Dear Author, busting my budget… (review here)

 
 
Extraordinary+LoveBook: Extraordinary Love: 10 Enthralling Paranormal Romances
Author: Various
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 07-Aug-2014
Notes: 10 book anthology

 
 
Weird Things Customers Say in BookstoresBook: Weird Things People Say in Bookstores
Author:
Cost: $1.42
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased:
Notes: 1/2
 
 
More Weird Things Customers Say in BookshopsBook: More Weird Things People Say in Bookstores
Author:
Cost: $2.12
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased:
Notes: 2/2
 
 
Feeling HotBook: Feeling Hot (Out of Uniform #7)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 21-Aug-2014
Notes: 2/10
 
 
The Heat is OnBook: The Heat is On (Out of Uniform #6)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Cost: $2.10
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 21-Aug-2014
Notes: 3/10
 
 
Box of 1Night StandsBook: Box of 1Night Stands – 21 Sizzling Nights
Author: Various
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 25-Aug-2014
Notes: I have no shelf control
 
 
The Best Kind of TroubleBook: The Best Kind of Trouble
Author: Lauren Dane
Cost: $1.65
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 26-Aug-2014
Notes:
 
 

 
 

 
 

August 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 11
Total Amount Spent: $14.42
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $14.42
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0.00
August Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): $5.58

Review: Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun

Liberating Lacey

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Newly divorced Lacey Meyers wasted too many years yawning through sex in the missionary position. Now she’s looking for a hookup with a man who can make her shatter. What she gets is a hot younger cop with handcuffs… and he’s not afraid to use them.

Hunter Anderson knows the score—though classy, successful women like Lacey might play with guys like him, at the end of the evening, they walk. But when one night leads to another and then another, he finds himself getting too attached to a woman he can’t have.

Lacey knows Hunter—gorgeous, hard-edged and eight years younger—won’t want anything permanent. No matter how hot and daring he makes her first public sex, quickie, backseat encounter and secret fantasy role-play, she can’t mistake adventurous sex for emotional involvement.

They both know it’s got to end, and soon, or someone’s going to get hurt. But can either of them go back to life without the other?

Reader Advisory: Lacey’s highly erotic “forced” sex fantasy comes true in this book. Lucky her!

I really enjoyed this! Liberating Lacey is a smoking hot love story that shows what happens when opposites attract!

Liberating Lacey is pretty jam packed with sex scenes – which are slightly graphic but relatively tame – and typically I would get tired of the overabundance of sex scenes…but somehow Calhoun makes the majority of sex scenes important in the development of Lacey and Hunter’s relationship. I love that the sex scenes were more than just inserted erotica. I also have to mention that the blurb statement about the role-playing “forced sex” was…hardly “forced” and barely met the requirements for role-playing. While it is possible that the scene could cause some people to trigger, I do feel the number would be very small. It’s just not really a dub-con scene.
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Mastered Anthology Review: Juicy (Twilight Teahouse #1) by T.J. Michaels

Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender

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Twilight Teahouse ~ Choose something decadent from our menu…

Solie Shaw is a brilliant self-made woman. After managing a corporation by day, at night, all she wants is to not be in charge. The last man she’d gifted her heart to had smashed it to smithereens and then did the mambo on top of the pieces. Now, along comes the chance to get exactly what she needs. All Solie has to do…is choose.

 
 
This was a really cute story that I sorta enjoyed. I say “sorta” because too much of the story was taken up by the mental angst of the heroine, Solie, and her issues with her horrible ex. Time and time again – no matter what was happening – the ex-bf would pop up in Solie’s head and she’d do the “woe is me” dance of angst. It got old pretty fast – even though I realize that she only broke up with the ex-bf six weeks ago.juicy

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