First, please see below for the announcement of Monday’s winner.
Today is February’s Random Reading Challenge Discussion Day!
For details on the Random Reading Challenge please see the sidebar.
Remember to read the end of this post to find out the mini-challenges for March!
You can join in the challenge at any time!
So, as a reminder the mini-challenges for February were:
1. Read a book with an animal on the cover.
2. Read a book by an author you read in last month’s challenge. (or by someone either you or I read last month)
3. Read a friends-to-lovers story.
4. Read a book with a color in the title.
5. Read a book with a title that begins with the first letter of your last name. (or if you have a tough letter, any letter from your last name will do)
So here are the books I chose and my thoughts on the books and the mini-challenges…
1. On the Whispering Wind by Nikki Benjamin
It might be hard to see, but there is a horse standing with a couple of kids in the background on this cover. This book is a reissue of a book originally published in 1991. It was reissued a couple of years ago as part of Harlequin/Silhouette’s Close to Home books, a series of reissued books that you could order and receive monthly. I am not sure what the original cover looked like, but my copy has an animal on it so I used it for this challenge.
As for the story, it was really sweet. A matchmaking 11-year-old tries to fix her widower father up with a widow by arranging for the woman and her son to visit the dad’s dude ranch. This is a sweet story about healing and finding love again.
2. Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
I mentioned last month how much I enjoyed this series that I recently discovered and since I read the first book as part of last month’s challenge, I decided to use the second one for this challenge.
This was a great book. I abosulutely adored the characters of Vaughn and Faith and loved seeing the other Changelings as well. The whole concept of the series fascinates me and it is definitely unique. I can’t wait to read more.
3. Erotic Research by Mari Carr (ebook)
This one had been in my eBook TBR section for a while and I finally decided to read it. Although, looking at my list of books to read, I could have used any number of them as it seems I went on a “friends-to-lovers” kick this month…of course, it is my favorite theme.
This one was really good though about a romance author whose friend and editor encourages her to write an erotic romance. Stuck together at his secluded cabin, he offers to help her with the research, which is no chore for him as he has lusted after her for years. I really liked this one. I especially liked the heroine as she had a bit of a sexy innocence about her.
4. Seeing Red by Susan Crandall
Okay, so I started this mini-challenge thinking that I would find a book with a fun and unusual color in the title and be different…um…not so easy. Apparently yellow, green, orange, and a host of other colors aren’t that popular when it comes to titling a romance. But if you are looking for Red, Blue, White, and even pink you will find that the possibilities are almost endless. I finally settled on this book as its premise appealed to me at the time.
This was my first by Crandall and I think I am going to review this one later, but I do want to say that this was a fascinating romantic suspense that had me on the edge of my seat.
5. You Had me at Goodbye by Jane Blackwood
Okay, so I didn’t think this one would be that hard of a mini-challenge for me, but apparently starting romances with words that begin with “Y” isn’t very popular either (plus there aren’t that many “Y” words anyway…I feel bad for anyone with “Q,” “X,” or “Z” last names that decided to do this challenge). Anyway, I was searching when I suddenly remembered this book that had been sitting in my TBR and decided to go with it after much digging (and causing a couple of mini-avalanches in the TBR Mountain Range).
Anyway, this romantic comedy was a cute, funny, and touching story about a writer and a young woman who end up reluctantly sharing a cottage that had been promised to both of them. The story had quite a few colorful characters and I really enjoyed the banter between the hero and heroine. I always enjoy witty banter between characters. There is even a sweet secondary romance between two very interesting characters. I could easily see this one as a cute little made-for-TV movie or something as the plot and characters were fun.
So if you did the challenge, what books did you read?
Did you have any problems with the mini-challenges?
And regardless of whether or not you did the challenge, have any of you read any of the authors or books I used for the challenge?
Tell me below or on your own blog (be sure to give us the link either in the comments or by clicking here).
And now for March’s Mini-Challenges
1. Re-Read a favorite book.
2. Read a book you’ve owned longer than a year.
3. Read a category/series romance (a Harlequin/Silhouette/Mills&Boon book)
4. Read a book involving time travel.
5. Read a book with a woman’s name in the title.
My discussion and list will be posted March 31 along with April’s challenges, but feel free to post your discussions/lists on your own blog at any time.
Again if you need any recommendations, let me know!
Happy Reading and Good Luck!