2017 Monthly Status Update: May

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Wow so May was a pretty crazy month. I participated in the Bout of Books 19 reading challenge and I also participated in a couple blog tours. I think I got a lot of reading done considering my work schedule, which exploded this month. I tried my best to keep up but there are a few May releases that I missed and will have to catch up with later this year. So anyways, here is my progress for the month of May!

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 9
# pages read this month: 2,945
# books read year-to-date: 48
# pages read year-to-date: 13,673

Favorite Books I Read:

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda – 4.75 stars
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert – 4.5 stars

Other Posts this month:

My gosh this was a crazy month for other posts. I had so many fun things going on this month:

Never Trust a Pirate BLOG TOUR!!
The Bad Luck Bride BLOG TOUR!!
Bout of Books 19 – Sign Up Post
Bout of Books 19 Update – Day 1
Bout of Books 19 Update – Day 2
Bout of Books 19 Update – Day 3
Day 4 Challenge: Character Dating Profile
Bout of Books 19 Update – Day 4
Bout of Books 19 Update – Day 5
Bout of Books 19 Update – Day 6
Bout of Books 19 Update & WRAP UP

Status of 2017 Reading Challenges:

  1. Finish 2016 ARC’s from NetGalley that I missed – Haven’t read any since last month so still have 27 to go
  2. Participate in 2 reading challenges – During May I participated in the Bout of Books challenge, see all my posts listed out in the Other Posts category above. Next one is scheduled for August
  3. Other goals:
    1. Write shorter reviews – I think I’m doing better at this, this past month I was able to get out a few shorter ones
    2. Continue establishing relationships – I think I’m doing it, we’ll see how it goes I guess!

Next Month TBR List:

-Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell
-Nothing Like a Duke by Jane Ashford
-Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
-The Whole Art of Detection by Lyndsay Faye
-The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
-Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
-Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
-The End of Temperance Dane by Wendy Webb
-Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
-The Party by Robyn Harding
-No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan
-Night Circus by Erin Morgensten
-The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
-Here and Gone by Haylen Beck
-Duke With Benefits by Manda Collins

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2017 Book #48 – Beyond Reason by Kat Martin

51rgLPburgLTitle: Beyond Reason
Author: Kat Martin
Date finished: 5/31/17
Genre: Romantic suspense
Publisher: Zebra Books
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Pages in book: 400
Stand alone or series: #1 in new Texas series
Where I got the book from: NetGalley NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s grave. Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe—Lincoln Cain.
Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling—and hiding more than one secret. He promised Carly’s granddad he’d protect her. The old man took a chance on him when he was nothing but a kid with a record, and now he’s the multi-millionaire owner of a rival firm.
But Linc’s money can’t protect Carly from the men who’ll do anything to shut her down, or the secrets behind Drake Trucking. If she won’t sell out, the only way to keep her safe is to keep her close . . . and fight like hell.

My rating:  2.75 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story of Carly Drake and Lincoln Cain.  Carly has recently inherited Drake Trucking Company from her grandfather, and she returns to Iron Springs, Texas to settle down and build her business.  After being a flight attendant for years, she’s had plenty of adventures and now wants to settle into somewhere she can call home.  Little does she know though that she is walking right into the path of a vicious drug lord. Linc promised Carly’s grandfather that he would look out for her after Joe’s death, and so he too finds himself drawn into a dangerous world of criminal activity.  And as Linc fights to protect Carly at all costs, they both discover a connection they never expected.
Overall this wasn’t my favorite book. Carly as a character was just way too insecure for me, I found it hard to connect with her character because she was so contradictory. She supposedly had such great backbone and that’s why Linc loved her, but I feel like someone with that much backbone would recognize their own self worth and not constantly feel that Linc couldn’t possibly actually care for her.  She spent most of the book convinced that Linc was way out of her league just because he was a millionaire and that they would never end up together. I get that she had been burned by men in the past but it just got a bit repetitive for me. And she kept trying to leave when she got scared of the depth of the feelings involved in their new relationship, completely ignoring the fact that a drug lord was trying to hunt her down. That part made me frustrated, like worry about your life first, feelings second. Other than that, the interactions between all of the characters felt somewhat stilted and forced, dramatic scenes that should have been full of tension fell flat and sometimes felt awkward. The plot was really busy too, it felt like there were so many different things going on all squished into one plot it felt like to much sometimes. The story line wasn’t awful it just didn’t grab at me. I wouldn’t say that I would recommend or not recommend it, give it a try if it sounds interesting to you.

The bottom line: This was not my favorite book. The plot line had potential but there was just a lot going on within the plot. And I couldn’t get connected to the characters at all, the plot and characters both fell a little flat for me.

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