Happy 4th of July to all my friends in the U.S.! June has been a hot month in Kentucky. My air condition went out three days ago, but at least we have cooler days. I have been working on my new office/library space. I have a whole room now devoted to my reading and blogging! I love it! When I get the room complete, I’ll post some pictures. Thankfully I have recovered from Covid! I was a reading machine this month! I read twenty-one books in June! The quality of writing was excellent this month. My reviews included seven five-star, ten four-star, and four three and one-half-star. Below is a list of my reviews for June.
June Book Of The Month
In June, one book demanded attention for Book Of The Month. I read some beautiful books last month but Enticing The Devil by Amy Sandas shone so brightly that I couldn’t ignore it. This book is pure perfection! Beynon and Anne are rich, vivid, complicated characters whose relationship grows through passion and miscommunication organically. Beynon and Anne could not be more different. However, the combination of these two personalities was pure fire. Anne is pure perfection, such a quiet, reserved woman who is fire and strength underneath. Beynon is angry and sullen, but he feels unworthy of Anne. The two start as strangers who could not be more different but end in a tumultuous, sensual, heart-stopping partnership that is electric and unforgettable. Bottom line, this is a romance about finding oneself and accepting the good and the bad in yourself. This book explores how love is a journey, and you have to accept yourself before you can love another. I picked Enticing The Devil because Beynon and Anne demanded my attention from page one. This book puts you through a gambit of emotions and this journey is well worth your time. So far this year, Enticing The Devil is in my top two favorite books of 2022! Here is my review.
Wow, wow, wow! I know I am in for a treat with any Amy Sandas book; this one blew me away! The writing, plot, and characters combined into the perfect storm of a novel. I was heartbroken at times, yet the hauntingly beautiful ending is breathtaking in its delivery and content.
Both main characters were perfection. Beynon, I’ll get to you in a minute. Anne! I praise the hero in books more often than the heroine; however, Anne is exquisite in this novel. Anne has done everything expected; she is the epitome of grace and decorum. However, Anne is always overlooked, under-appreciated, and ignored. She has no marriage proposals, and her father is neglectful at best and horrid at worse. Anne wants to be seen. Through a tremendously rocky relationship, Anne finds her purpose and inner strength. Anne demands a voice, and reading how she comes into her own was mesmerizing. I related to Anne, and I applaud Amy Sandas for creating such lost, desperate, vulnerable souls searching for meaning, acceptance, and love.
Beynon knows he is a sheep farmer, an illegitimate son, and a grumpy, angry man. Beynon reacts where Anne considers. Beynon has no self-worth; he feels he is unworthy of Anne. Beynon’s choices in his relationship with Anne had me grinding my teeth and screaming at him at times! But, as frustrating as Beynon could be, his pure heart and gentleness shone through the gruff, angry exterior.
Beynon and Anne together are pure fire. The couple’s sensual connection is a slow burn at first, but wow, when it culminates, it is intensely passionate. I loved how the physical relationship grew when the heart and mind weren’t following. It was a broken way to react but so organic and recognizable. The back and forth between the sexual compatibility and the couple’s tempestuous thoughts and emotions was spellbinding.
The plot was heart-achingly perfect. Again, the first half was a slow burn; but that helps builds the tension to what occurs later on. I was breathless during Beynon and Anne’s scenes toward the novel’s end. The last four chapters are worth the entire book. Enticing The Devil is the second book in the Wright Bastards series. I went on a rollercoaster of emotions with this book. Mostly I felt Anne’s voice; her dreams and heartbreaks became mine. Anne is truly a magnificent character in a bold, emotional, epic romance. Amy Sandas always delivers beauty, but this book is pure gold!
I can’t believe it is July! This year has flown by. This month I am planning a birthday party. I have fourteen books to review so far. Below is the dates of each review feature. There are several I eagerly await! A Recipe For A Rogue by Kathleen Ayers and The Gunslinger’s Guide To Avoiding Matrimony by Michelle McLean. I am also doing two blog tours, Remember Love by Mary Balogh and The Rake’s Daughter by Anne Gracie. Be sure to check those out for excerpts and other exclusive content. That’s it for this month! Thanks to all my readers, publishers, and authors who give me the joy of doing this blog! Have a wonderful July!