What I (Limecello) Read the Second Half of 2019

Hi friends! As you may know, here at ALBTALBS we try to provide comprehensive lists of what we’ve read during the year. (Some of us split  the year in half, some of us do it in one go.)

ICYMI there was a lot of health stuff for me this year, and my brain is pretty broken, so if things don’t make sense I apologize.

As you may have figured, I’m a major mood and comfort [re]reader. I tried to denote re-reads within the [same month] with an asterisk after the author name. (That’s what that means, I think.) If there’s an asterisk before the title, that means it’s a general re-read. [I know, even “tricked” myself with this damn system/had forgotten about it, because I couldn’t figure out why my numbers were off. Anyway, without further ado … my 2019 Part II list! (The list might be slightly off, because my computer is ancient and wants to die – if I leave it unplugged overnight it goes from 100% charge to 0%. And my internet connection isn’t great either. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We’re struggling over here, kay?) The vast majority of the books I read are from the library. And if you’re familiar with KU, you can probably tell the periods where I took advantage of a promotional [membership] :P.

*A Kiss for Luck by Kele Moon, C—
Dragon Lord by Dana Marton, C+
The Escort by Sandi Lynn, D+
More than Anything by Natasha Anders, B+
Wild Side by Cynthia Ayman*, B-
Bound to Me by Katie Ashley, B-
Girl in the Red Hood by Brittany Fichter, C-
Cinders, Stars, and Glass Slippers by Brittany Fichter, C–
Studmuffin Santa by Tawna Fenske, C+ (at the time of this post, the book is free for kindle)
The Wrong Man by Natasha Anders, C–
Sergeant Sexypants by Tawna Fenske, D-
Regarding the Duke by Grace Callaway, D–
His Unlikely Lover by Natasha Anders, C—
Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken, C-
Chains & Flames by G.A. Aiken, C– (I know, the link is the same as the previous; it’s because this story/novella is ~included at the end of book 1)
*The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata, B-
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, A-
Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep, B+
Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep, B–
*Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake, B+
Benched by Elise Faber, C+
The Shy Bride by Lucy Monroe, C-
Bound to the Battle God by Ruby Dixon, C
Give a Little by Lee Kilraine, B-
The King’s Spinster Bride by Ruby Dixon, C-
Crazy Love by Lee Kilraine, D+
One Night, White Lies by Jessica Lemon, C
The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter, C-
Melt for You by J.T. Geissinger, B+
Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger, A–

Burn for You by J.T. Geissinger, C —
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, D —
Stiff Suit by Tawna Fenske, C
Filthy Vows by Alessandra Torre, D++
More than Love You by Shayla Black
Faking Ms. Right by Claire Kingsley, D++
Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean, B+
*Wild Side by Cynthia Ayman, B-
Happy-Go-Lucky by L.H. Cosway, B-
Call Her Mine by Melissa Foster, C
The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon, C
King of Hearts by L.H. Cosway, B-
Hearts of Blue by L.H. Cosway, C
Thief of Hearts by L.H. Cosway, D+
Hearts on Air by L.H. Cosway, C+
Cross My Heart by L.H. Cosway, D+
*Exorcising Sean’s Ghost by Beth Kery, B
One Epic Night by L.H. Cosway, D+
Come Play by Quin Peri et al, D+ overall
Because She Said So by Tanya Chris, C overall
The Bet by Elizabeth Hayley, C+

Captive of the Horde King by Zoey Draven, D++
Dragon-Ridden by T.A. White, C+
Of Bone and Ruin by T.A. White
Secret Santa by Kati Wilde, D+
Teacher’s Pet Wolf by Kati Wilder, D++
The King’s Horrible Bride by Kati Wilde, C+
*The Billionaire Submissive by Joely Sue Burkhart, B+
Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman & Colleen Doran (Illustrator), D++ (excellent art: C+)
Shifting Seas by T.A. White, C
Off the Air by L.H. Cosway, D++
Sin & Chocolate by K.F. Breene, D+ (currently free on kindle – you want it! This series just gets better!)
Desperate Measures by Katee Robert, D+
Sin & Magic by K.F. Breene, C
American Squire by Sierra Simone
Sin & Salvation by K.F. Breene, C
Whipped by Jenika Snow, D
Acute Reactions by Ruby Lang, D+
Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day, C+
Minotaur Prayer by Naomi Lucas
Stolen by Ella Goode, D+
Kept by Ella Goode, D
The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken, C+
My Only One by Ella Goode, F+
Reining Her In by Katie Ashley, D+
Sweet as Sin by J.T. Geissinger, C—
All Grown Up by Vi Keeland, C+
Catching Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds, B-
Stumbling into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds, C
Hot As Sin by J.T. Geissinger, D
Tossed Into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds, C
Drawn into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds, C++
Wild Steamy Hook-Up by Piper Rayne, C——–
Trapping Her by Aurora Rose Reynolds, D-
Running into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds, C+
Into the Darkness by K.F. Breene, C
Braving the Elements by K.F. Breene, C-
On Razor’s Edge by K.F. Breene, C
Demons by K.F. Breene, C–
The Council by K.F. Breene, C —
Shadow Watcher by K.F. Breene, C —
Jonas by K.F. Breene, D+
Charles by K.F. Breene, C
Jameson by K.F. Breene, C–
Born in Fire by K.F. Breene, C-
Raised in Fire by K.F. Breene, C-
Fused in Fire by by K.F. Breene, C-
Natural Witch by K.F. Breene
Natural Mage by K.F. Breene
Natural Dual-Mage by K.F. Breene, F
A Curse of Gems by Brittany Fitcher, F
The Last Vampire by J.T. Geissinger, D-

Have My Baby by Taryn Quinn, D+
Drawn Deep by Taryn Quinn, C
Dirty Distractions by Cari Quinn, C
The Test by Tawna Fenske
Wanted: Wild Thing by Jessica Sims
The Wind’s Call by T.A. White, C++
Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims, C-
Love Unleashed by Lori Foster, C
Built for Love by Lori Foster, C+
Flirting with Fire by Piper Rayne, C
Superfan by Sarina Bowen, B-
Love Won’t Wait by Lori Foster, C-
Naughty Stranger by Stacey Kennedy, B
The Boyfriend Plan by J.S. Cooper, F
Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy
Perfectly Inappropriate by Stacey Kennedy
Rage by Cora Carmack
Second by Chantal Fernando
Manic Monday by Piper Rayne, C+
Bought by the Boss by Stacey Kennedy, D
Cocky Player by Stacey Lynn, D+
*Dirty Player by Stacey Lynn, C+
If It’s Only Love by Lexi Ryan, C+
*Hidden Agendas by Lora Leigh, B
When the Marquess Was Mine by Caroline Linden, C–
All the Way by Kendall Ryan, D+
Lessons from a One-Night Stand by Piper Rayne, B–
Bad Fiancé by Elise Faber, C—
Afternoon Delight by Piper Rayne, C–
*The Last Wolf by Maria Vale, C+
Advice from a Jilted Bride by Piper Rayne, C—
Dagger-Star by Elizabeth Vaughan, B-
White Star by by Elizabeth Vaughan, C+
Destiny’s Star by Elizabeth Vaughan, D
Dirty Talker by Piper Rayne, C
The Pretender by HelenKay Dimon
Real Deal by Piper Rayne
Mad About the Banker by Piper Rayne, C-
Nailed by Tara Wyatt, C-
Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland, B-
The Billionaire’s Wake-up-call Girl by Annika Martin, C-
Falling for my Brother’s Best Friend by Piper Rayne, C+
Breaking the Billionaire’s Rules by Annika Martin, C+
69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer, C+
Moonlight & Whiskey by Tricia Lynne, D+
Breakaway by Elise Faber, C+
Misadventures in Blue by Sierra Simone, B-

The Do-Over by Julie A. Richman, C+
*Natural Law by Joey W. Hill, C+
Happy Hour by Piper Rayne, C-
Bring the Heat by G.A. Aiken
Wicked and Wild by Cynthia Eden, B+
Satisfaction by Piper Lawson, C—
*Herb-Witch by Elizabeth McCoy, B-
*Herb-Wife by Elizabeth McCoy, B
Make Me Want by Katee Robert, C
*Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas, A
Operation Bailey Wedding by Piper Rayne, C-
*Not Proper Enough by Carolyn Jewel,  A-
*Lord Ruin by Carolyn Jewel, A-
Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas, C
The Innocent’s Emergency Wedding by Natalie Anderson, C–
Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan, B
A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare, B-
Ivan by Kit Rocha
Christmas Seduction by Jessica Lemmon, C—
28 Dates by Stacey Lynn, C+
Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland, F
Tempted By Fate by Cynthia Eden, C-
Sexy Beast by Piper Rayne, B
Styled by Piper Lawson, B
Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare, C-
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare, C-
Moonlighter by Satina Bowen, B-
Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare, C+

Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long, B
Crashed by Julie Kriss, B-
Outmatched by Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young, B-
Gilded Rose by Emma Hamm, C+
Enemies by Tijan, C
Assumption by Aurora Rose Reynolds, D+
Obligation by Aurora Rose Reynolds, D——
A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare, D–
Wrapped Up in You by Kate Meader, C-
Distraction by Aurora Rose Reynolds, D+
Saint or Sinner by Cynthia Eden, B—
Crazy about Cameron by Katy Regnery, C-
Infatuation by Aurora Rose Reynolds, C
Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn, C+
Spite Club by Julie Criss, C
Bachelor Party by Karen Kelley, D
Second Act by Nancy Herkness, B+
*The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders*, B+
*Drawn into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds, C++
*Master of Crows by Grace Draven, B+
*The Brush of Black Wings by Grace Draven, B+
*Radiance by Grace Draven, A-
*Eidolon by Grace Draven, B-
*The Lightning God’s Wife by Grace Draven, C-
*Lover of Thorns and Holy Gods by Grace Draven, B-
*The Light Within by Grace Draven, C+
Wyvern by Grace Draven, C- –
*Wild Side by Cynthia Ayman*, B-
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
*The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean, D+
The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean, C+
What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long, D+
Man Cuffed by Sarina Bowen, C–
The Virgin Gift by Lauren Blakely, C—
Tempting Mr. Weatherstone by Vivienne Lorret, D+
How to Be a Heartbreaker by Codi Gary, C–
The Vegas Virgin by Lisa Trevor, C
Tacker by Sawyer Bennett
Misadventures in a Threesome by Elizabeth Hayley, D+
Instacrush by Kate Meader, D+
*The Wind’s Call by T.A. White, C++
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean, D+

If I can parse it out I’ll try to do my top 10 reads of the year. As always, I didn’t bother listing my DNF books – and if you want to know my thoughts on books I try to remember to write them for each one on my GR page.

Now for the talkiness. I believe I read 409 books this year. If you count them on the list I think it’s only ” ” 401 … but I re-read some of the listed books. Some of them multiple times, so that’s where the other 8 come from. It’s also possible I missed some books. It’s a lot.

I’m still “currently reading” 46 books I added in 2019, I believe … and I think GR wonked at least 2 titles so I think I DNF’d 129 books. I’m pretty sure I counted 118 DNFs from July to December, so it tracks I DNF’d at least 11 books the first half of the year. (The GR “year in review” says 584, but I know that’s off.)

Did you read any of the books I did? What’d you think of them? Do you have books to recommend to me? I’m always looking for more! 😀

P.S. If there are typos or weird changes, I apologize. I use TextEdit to make the initial list, and it has a very insistent DYAC. 🤦🏻‍♀️ (And if you see one, do please let me know , if you’re so inclined. Thanks!)

P.P.S.- while we actually have a much more descriptive explanation of grades for the review crew… here’s the general gist. Think very much bell curve. (So most books are good and fall into the C range.) A – Amazing. B – Very Good. C – Good – your average read. D – Not Good (Definite problems). F – Terrible. DNF – Did Not Finish (Reasons Vary).

P.P.P.S. – If you were interested in what I read the first half of 2019 … you can find that list here.

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