Each month we’ll be sharing our best reads from the previous month. Theses books won’t be limited to new releases, but they will be books we loved and want you guys to know about. So here are our August recommendations.


Guilty as Sin - Jami AldenAlthough I had a pretty good month of reading, and I really enjoyed most of the books I read, there was only one that really stood out. Guilty as Sin by Jami Alden (4/5) was a great romantic suspense novel that combined a chilling crime plot with a steamy romance. I loved the characters, and although the suspense aspect was a little predictable, I still really enjoyed it. And the romance was just sooooo good.

I have since read her Dead Wrong trilogy, and although they didn’t quite live up to Guilty as Sin, it was still a good read. This author is now firmly on my must-buy list. Alden’s writing style is pure ‘crack’ and even though there may be a few inconsistencies within the plot, you can’t help but be pulled along. Totally addictive. Definitely recommended.


rockchickI’ve had quite a quiet reading month this month and have only read four books in total. Of those books all of them were good, so I shall class it as a good reading month! Of these books though I had two definite favourites.

First up is Rock Chick By Kristen Ashley (4.5/5). I seem to be having a bit of a Kristen Ashley year and this is the seventh book I have read of hers this year. But her writing is so compellingly addictive and funny, I just can’t seem to put them down. Rock Chick reminded me slightly of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series in its style. Which is not a bad thing as I love that series too. I will also be reviewing it for our September Book Club, so why not join in? You won’t regret it! I’m already on book two…

My second favourite book of the month is From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (4/5). This is book number 8 in the Sookie Stackhouse series and it’s been a while since I’ve picked up a book in this series and while it took a little while for me to get back into Harris’s unique writing style, by the end of the book I was thoroughly enjoying being back in Sookie’s world. Plus, you know, there’s Eric *swoon* ;-). I will not be leaving it so long before I pick up book number 9! My review will be coming later in the month.


ObsidianButterflyLKHamiltonThis month was a bit all over the place! I had some stretches where I was reading a book per day, and then days of not having the time or energy to crack a cover. Luckily, what time I had to spend reading was mostly spent well, with some amazingly good books.

Two of my review books for this month were brilliant. I won’t go into too much detail, as reviews of both will be up later this month, but let me just say that Shifting Selves by Mia Marshall (the sequel to Broken Elements, our August book of the month), and Moonlight by Lisa Kessler both need to work their way to the top of your TBR Tower immediately! They were both engrossing, well written, lovely books, and you should go buy them. Seriously. Like, now. Go.

About half way through the month I began my lovely, ridiculous habit of reading more than one book at a time. I re-read the second Sookie Stackhouse book, Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris and fed my habit with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (because I have an obsession) – two of my favorite series, which I will always recommend whole-heartedly.

At the end of the month I finally gave in to my mother, and jumped back into the Anita Blake series (which she loves), with Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton. I have to say, I’m really glad I did, because it’s definitely one of my favorites of the series so far. I also think that the name and cover are the most beautiful I’ve seen from her.

So that was my excessive month of reading. Hope you enjoy some of my recommendations, and that y’all had a great month! P.S. Happy almost fall :)


It Happened One NightThis month, I haven’t really read any bad books per say, but if you were to force me to choose my recommendation for August, I think I would have to pick contemporary romance, It Happened One Night by Phillipa Ashley.

*Pauses while she waits for the readers to recover from the fact it is not an Erotic Romance novel*

Ok, so it may come as a surprise that I do have a soft, squidgy romantic side in me. It Happened One Night just captures everything that I love about this part of the romantic genre. It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. The two leads story was just so compelling to read that I had to read on. This is the type of book that leaves you with the warm fuzzies and I can’t recommend it enough.

Of the other books I read during August, my only other recommendation would be erotic romance, Bared to You by Sylvia Day. (Ha, and you all thought I had gone soft :P) This is the first book in the Crossfire series and I have to admit, I really enjoyed it. Yes, it’s far from perfect, but I felt that the writing and style was much better than Fifty Shades of Grey, even though both have very similar plotlines. I enjoyed it so much, I moved quickly onto Reflected in You, which although good wasn’t as good as the first book. I will still read the latest in the series, as the overall story arc is very interesting, but I’m wondering how these two characters can last in avoiding their issues.


The Cuckoo's CallingThis has been a pretty hectic reading month for me, as I’ve powered through quite a lot of books! I have to say that one of my favourites this month comes from my favourite author, J.K. Rowling. The Cuckoo’s Calling is her first novel under her pen name Robert Galbraith, and it certainly didn’t disappoint when I read it. It was everything a detective novel should be, with a private investigator who has a knack for putting together the most subtle of clues and reaching a thrilling conclusion.

My next recommendation is A Study in Darkness by Emma Jane Holloway, the second book in her Baskerville Affair series. After a tentative start in book one, I was delighted that book two plunged straight into the action and got off to a flying start. This is a series that has a whole wealth of characters who each have their own place in the story, with this book cleverly integrating the Jack the Ripper case into the plotline. I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment in the series, and am now even more excited for the concluding book in the trilogy.

Finally for this month, I recommend A Taste of Blood Wine by Freda Warrington. This novel put a whole new spin on vampires for me, reinstating them as the scary beings that they are intended to be. Yes, there was a romance plot, but this enhanced the story rather than taking the forefront, and I loved the world building that was crafted by the author. I think that this is definitely a series to watch, despite this first book originally being published over ten years ago.


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!


Phillipa Ashley September 3, 2013 at 7:56 am

Gemma – Thanks for choosing It Happened One Night as your August pick – I’m honoured *especially* as I had no idea until recently that you were a mainly hot fiction fan.


Gemma September 3, 2013 at 8:29 am

I’m like an onion! I have layers. lol! Truthfully, I like to read lots of different types of genres and books. It has just been ages since I have read a “tradtional” non-hot fiction book that really grabbed me like It Happened One Night. The ones I had read all seemed very same-y so I stopped reading them. Seems I may need to jump back into that old saddle! 😉


Laura September 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

After all of your recommendations Gemma I am definitely going to give It Happened One Night a go!

@Kearstie glad you’re enjoying the Anita Blake series, it is one of my favourites, although I personally think the earlier books are best :)


Kearstie September 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I definitely am! Yes, I’ve heard that they get a little drawn out as they go on, and even noticed it a bit with Blue Moon. Regardless, I’ll probably see the series through to the end. Can’t wait for the Merry Gentry book to come out next year!!


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