This is a new feature that I will be posting at the end of each month, just going through some of the highlights of my book purchases.

January saw Amazon’s January Sale and I will admit that I succumbed with the many fab kindle books on sale for as little as £0.99! I also bought lots of kindle books at normal price and for the life of me I can’t remember which is which and as there’s so many I’m not going to search through my order history. So let’s get started..

This is one I can remember was reduced in price, Angelfall by Susan Ee. After Melanie’s rave review I wanted to guy it but it was a bit too pricey but my waiting paid off as it went down to around £1 I think. Quite some time ago now I learnt about Dhampir (Noble Dead Saga #1) by Barb Hendee & J.C. Hendee and have wanted to read it, but the books where either far too expensive or not available from Amazon or in bookshops. So when I saw that they had released the entire series as Kindle books, I downloaded the first book straight away.

After reading (and continuing to read) Megan Hart’s Resurrected an erotic romance, zombie horror serial, I wondered if there were any other authors that combined these two genres. After a bit of searching I found Flesh & Skin (books #1 & #2 in the Flesh seres) by a new-to-me author, Kylie Scott. It sounds quite similar so I’m really intrigued to find out how they compare – looking forward to reading these two.


SUMMARY of FLESH: Ali has been hiding in an attic since civilisation collapsed eight weeks ago. When the plague hit, her neighbours turned into mindless, hungry, homicidal maniacs. Daniel has been a loner his entire life. Then the world empties and he realises that being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Finn is a former cop who is desperate for companionship, and willing to do anything it takes to protect the survivors around him. When the three cross paths they band together; sparks fly, romance blooms in the wasteland and Ali, Daniel and Finn bend to their very human needs in the ruins of civilisation. Lust, love and trust all come under fire in Flesh as the three battle to survive, hunted through the suburban wastelands.

Sound good? Yes, I think so too.

Since December last year I have been on a major contemporary, erotic and m/m romance kick, and I can honestly say I have been loving it. I’ve found some AMAZING authors and series. I’m on book #3 of the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis, who I love and so thought I’d get the first book from her other series, Animal Magnetism. This was the only paperback I bought…

But I think it’s the following series that has me excited the most. The Cut & Run series by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux. I’m nearly finished with book #4 and I just can’t get enough of the two main characters, Ty and Zane. This is a contemporary m/m romance and Ty and Zane are just so gorgeous. I love the authors writing style, and the way they write the sex scenes… phew, are they S. E. X. Y. From the first book I was hooked, I’ve fallen in love with Ty and Zane, I love their lives, their relationship and this series is one of my favourites of all time. Cannot recommend enough! My review of this series will be up soon,

I received a few recs from blogging friends via twitter and I’d also seen a few reviews of books that sounded really good, even one’s that may stretch my boundries: Addicted to You by Beth Kery, Captive in the Dark by C. J. Roberts (this sounds like a very dark read but with an average of 4.2 rating from 11,000+ reviews it has to be good), Sheltered & Addicted by Charlotte Stein (I really enjoyed her short novella Deep Desires), Escorted by Claire Kent, Painted Faces by L. H. Cosway (Twitter was buzzing about this one), Promises by Marie Sexton (this sounds like a really sweet m/m romance).



And lastly, these are books that just looked/sounded good, and because my finger went a bit one-click trigger happy…

So those are a few of the books I bought in January. I also received lots of pretty great looking review books too. I’ve already divid most of them out to the other reviewers but I thought I’d still mention a few here.

The first is a new paranormal romance series from Ashlyn Chase, Flirting with Fangs, of which I received the first book, Flirting Under a Full Moon. This will be released at the beginning of April from Sourcebooks, and I think it looks like a really cute read – I’ll be keeping this one to read myself. I also got the first two books in the steampunk series, Girl Genius, by Phil & Kaja Foglio: Agatha H. and the Airship City and Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess, these were released this month and both will be going to Melanie as she does like a bit of steampunk.


The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson is the new paranormal young adult, the same author who wrote Claire de Lune, which is released February by Simon & Schuster. This will be heading it’s way to Rebecca. I also got all three newly re-issued copies of Sylvia Day’s urban fantasy series, Marked: Eve of Darkness, Eve of Destruction and Eve of Chaos. I’ve wanted to read this series for ages, so now I have the books I definitely will.


So, that’s it – a mixed bag as usual. But, before you go, make sure you tell me what books you bought this month in the comments, cause, you know, I need more books! 😀


Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!


Laura January 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

Ooh I read the first 3/4 books of the Dhampir series aaaggeess ago, another one for me it catch up on! But they do have quite a fantasy setting, so I’ll be interested to see what you think.

I’ve heard good things about Sylvia Day, quite fancy giving one of her a go. Flirting Under A Full Moon looks fun :-)

Book envy lol!


Carolyn January 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm

As Dhampir is about vampires, I think I’ll be alright, but we’ll see – you know what I’m like if books are too ‘fantasy’ 😉

I agree, Flirting Under a Full Moon does look really fun and I’m looking forward to reading the Sylvia Day books.


Gemma January 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

Eve of darkness is brilliant. I have the original covers. I really need to read books 2 and 3 though. it was an awsome.series.


Carolyn January 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I have Eve of Darkness in the original cover too, and I think I like them more, but these covers are striking. Looking forward to reading this series.


Melanie January 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

downloaded the sample of Dhampir and will probably buy the book but then I like a bit of fantasy


Carolyn January 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I don’t mind a little fantasy, but I’m not keen on the epic stuff. But then even if my urban fantasy has too much fantasy I can’t connect with it, such as the Kate Daniels books.


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