Rollback Reads: September 2017

So my dear friends, let us rollback to the days of yore, when the books were paper only and a kindle was but a dream. Well, I may be exaggerating! But with Rollback Reads, we want to celebrate some of the older books that we have read in the month. Whether they really are before the time of kindles or were just last year. We wanted to give some space to books that may no longer be in the spotlight, but are still worth highlighting … or ranting about. So please come and join us in our discussions of these rollback reads!


Francesca: I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this month, sadly.  I was in a bit of a slump, but not really a slump.  I don’t know how to explain it.  Anyway, I did pick up some older books to read.  Honestly, I’m finding lately that I enjoy older books more so than what’s coming out right now!!!  What is up, new releases?  Get with the program!  Sorry, rant over.

Suzanne: I’m the same in that I didn’t read a lot of older books this month, but the ones I did read I really loved. In fact, I liked them a lot more than a majority of the new releases I read…so I am right with you Francesca and I second your “get with the program”!

Francesca: The first book I’m going to mention is HAVEN by Rebekah Weatherspoon.  I will admit, this cover has been catching my eye since it first came out.  But I was scared to try it and be disappointed, so I kept putting it off.  Then I had my slump and my weird reading habits this month and just decided to give this a go.  I honestly really enjoyed it.  Maybe surprisingly?  I went in with low expectations and this book opens up with a bang!  LOL Not of the sexual variety, you perv.  But I really enjoyed the mix of mystery, hot reclusive bearded hero AND lots of sexy times.

Suzanne: That sounds good! You had me sold at “hot reclusive bearded” pure cat nip to me! 

Francesca:  Sometimes when there’s too much sexy times my eyes start to glass over and I just skim it.  Not so with this book and I’m looking forward to reading the second book which recently came out.

Suzanne: I get bored when there’s too much sex as well, and I always feel a little guilty! Because if there isn’t any sex then I am also not happy. I’m a tough customer. But I can’t help it, I want the feels, when they hop into bed I want it to be because that’s the best way for the story to go, not just so I can read a cliche description of tab A being inserted to slot B.

Suzanne: I read SOME GIRLS BITE by Chloe Neill, it wasn’t part of the Roundabout Challenge (which, I really really need to check on!) but as part of trying to clear my physical book shelf and part of my TBR jar. I loved it! One of my favourite reads in September, it was all the things an UF should be: action packed, hint of romance, vampires, shifters, magic, sassy heroine. I was in heaven!

Francesca: I used to love that series!  Honestly, I need to go back and finish reading it.  I think I have a couple left.  Glad you enjoyed it.

Francesca:  So for the Roundabout Challenge I had marked that I wanted to read NOTORIOUS PLEASURES by Elizabeth Hoyt.  And I have that book.  However, when I went to start it this month and I was looking at GoodReads reviews, I decided to skip that one (I’ll read it another time) and I picked up SCANDALOUS DESIRES by Elizabeth Hoyt instead.  I’m being a rebel and reading out of order.

Francesca: I am not big into pirate books (but I’ve read one a month the past two months, so maybe that’s changing).  However, this book was sooooo delicious!  I really liked the different layers of the hero, and the chemistry with the heroine.  I’ve read several Hoyt books now and although I don’t think she’s on my top 5 HR author yet, I do enjoy her books.  They’re always good, solid reads.  I still think my fave of hers I’ve read is THE RAVEN PRINCE.

Suzanne: OMG, THE RAVEN PRINCE is one of my all time favourite historical romances. You should continue with that series, it’s amazing. 

Francesca: I think that may be what I end up doing.  I think I enjoyed that series more so at least is worth a shot to explore.  And I have all the books in that series so yay for clearing up my audible TBR.

Francesca:  I have to address the elephant in the room.  I read ICE PLANET BARBARIANS by Ruby Dixon.  This was the Pick It For Me challenge book that Suzanne assigned me, plus I had put it down for the Roundabout Challenge.

Suzanne: An excellent pick if I do say so myself *pats self on back*

Francesca: I don’t generally read this kind of books, but hey I gave this one a try.  And honestly, I’ll just say this isn’t my thing.  I think I’ve done well to avoid this subgenre because we just don’t mesh.  I couldn’t help but roll my eyes and question logic.

Suzanne: WHO NEEDS LOGIC WHEN YOU HAVE SEXY BLUE ALIENS? Ignore her everyone, that series is amazing. 

Suzanne: I have also read something that I don’t normally…a YA. It’s not a genre I generally go for, for lots of different reasons- which is a post all by itself – however, I have been thinking of reading it for a while. INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine. After having read something else by Caine and loving it, it gave me that final push into picking it up. I didn’t regret it! There was fun…there was feels…it was excellent and I can’t wait to continue on with this series. 

Annie: For my Pick It For Me, I had a Steampunk Paranormal Romance called WICKED AS THEY COME by Delilah S. Dawson. I’ve had this on my list to read for a very long time but this challenge was the push I needed to finally read. I liked it; it’s unique and strangely fascinating. But I don’t think I got along with the author’s writing style. I’ll probably give the next book a go and see how I still like the world then.

Francesca: Yay finally you read it!  See, I had to force you?  I think how you describe it as strangely fascinating is exactly what gets me.  Hope you enjoy the next one.

Francesca: In the thriller department I read INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins.  This was my first read by this author and I wasn’t sure what to expect, what with all the hype this author gets.  I was pleasantly surprised with the story, it kept me interested all throughout and I especially liked the ending.

Francesca: I’ve been in a bit of a slump and I decided to pick up something that may not be my usual type of book since it’s more of a chick lit read, but I happened to really enjoy it and it may have cured me from my slump because I gobbled it up in almost one sitting.  That is THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne.  If you like enemies to lovers stories, this is a perfect one!

Suzanne: MISTER MONEYBAGS by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland was my last rollback read and it was recommended by Francesca. It was exactly what I expected from Ward and Keeland…alot of fun and sexy banter. 

Francesca: The last two are again Roundabout Challenge books (see how much this challenge helps me clear out my TBR!).  First is A PROMISE OF FIRE by Amanda Bouchet.  I know Suz and Angela loved this book but, honestly, as much as I found it interesting and the world has me curious, I just found the heroine incredibly annoying.  I don’t know if I’ll be continuing the series.

Suzanne: I love those books, however, I do understand what you mean about the heroine and part of the reason I like the book is that there is genuine character growth. The heroine does change and mature in this series and I had no issue with her in the second book. 

Francesca:  And last THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson.  This was the book that got Angela all excited about reading young adult fantasy so I wanted to give it a try.  I did enjoy the writing, the world and even the characters.  I wanted it to pull me in more but to me this was a put-downable book.  I just didn’t have a strong desire to continue reading, even though when I did read it I was enjoying it.  Maybe it was my mood?  Or the fact that I thought the world building in general was a bit weak and there was a lot of focus on the love triangle?  I will most likely continue reading this series though, but without any rush.

Suzanne: Looks like I had more success with my YA than you did. You need to give INK AND BONE a try! This October though, I need to check up on my Roundabout challenge and pick up some rollback reads to fill it out, so expect an update and hopefully an almost completed challenge in November!

Annie: My YA read this month was a success as well. Guys, read NOW I RISE by Kirsten White if you haven’t already. It’s an epic Fantasy series that actually has quite a bit of depth to it. I really think this series is fit for young adult readers AND adults. The writing is spectacular and it has great character development!

Francesca: I’ve been wanting to read that series but I seem to always push it down the TBR and read other stuff.  One day!


Have you read any older books this month?


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