March was a dreary month here in Seattle. A few spots of sunshine, but mostly rain and cold. So I had quite a few opportunities to read this month and I was fortunate to find some really amazing books. You know the kind…they leave you with a massive book hangover and you‘re itching for that next fix? Well if you’re looking for your next fix, here are my March Madness Must Reads.
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Twice Burned by Emily Goodwin
I mentioned book one, Hot Mess, of the Love is messy duet in my February post. I hadn’t read it by the time this month rolled around. It left the readers on quite a cliffhanger. It’s unusual for Emily to have a cliffhanger and Hot Mess was so good, I was able to overlook that fact. Something you don’t have to do now that both books are available.
Twice Burned picks back up where book one left off. Luke and Lexi trying to get their stuff together and it taking much longer than I would have liked. They have an intense chemistry and you can tell they are just right for one another. Now they just have to drop some baggage. Can they do it is the question. This was such a fun read and there were many times I laughed out loud. Humor and drama are two of Emily Goodwin’s strong suits. I highly recommend this duet.
Currently available free through Kindle Unlimited:)
Silenced by Leddy Harper
Leddy is fast becoming one of my favorite author’s. Her stories are so real and unique and you feel as if you’re going to walk out of your door and run into the characters. She has the ability to build their personalities, flaws and all, in a way that make you understand them and their motives so well. I was so intrigued by the synopsis. I just knew that I had to read it and that I would love it.
Rylee and Killian meet as children and are able to create a bond that transcends time. I’ve always liked dual POVs because you get a glimpse into both characters thoughts. Rylee is the balm to Killian’s soul and she is able to get him to almost completely open up after a really tragic event in his young life leaves him silenced. Rylee and Killian are meant to be together, yet it takes a while for them to get there. There are some twists and turns, suspense, and surprises along the way. This story is filled with emotion. I highly recommend this book.
Currently available for free through Kindle Unlimited:)
Dear Agony: A Novel by Georgia Cates
With a title like Dear Agony, it gives you a not so small clue that you’re going to be in your feelings all throughout this book. And ain’t that the truth because I definitely shed a few tears reading Rose and Bastien’s story. I read Georgia’s Beauty Series a few years ago, so I knew the writing would be on pointe. She has an almost poetic writing style. You feel the characters just as much as picturing them.
Rose is plucked out of obscurity, with some very painful baggage to haul around, by her adopted “fairy godmother” and things are never the same again. She’s given a second chance at life and the ability to reinvent herself. Through this process Rose becomes the companion to Bastien, who carries around some baggage himself. Including a secret that could make it difficult for this story to be a happily ever after. I’ll stop there and say this is worth the tears you may cry and the time you will lose in Rose and Bastien’s world.
Available free through Kindle Unlimited:)
Afterglow: An Apocalypse Romance by Maria Monroe
As you can tell by the title, it’s an Apocalypse Romance. So if you’re not into that, I would stop reading here because the rest of this month’s books are End of World stories as well. Now that I have that small disclaimer out of the way, let me tell you what a boss lady Nina is.
Nina’s grandmother is the prepared lady that taught her all she knows and how to really survive in a world like the one Maria has created in Afterglow. She taught her how to defend herself and how to shoot a gun. Obvious necessities in an environment full of chaos. No help from the government, family far away, and civil unrest are a few of the obstacles Nina has to overcome. She’s able to do that partially because of Creed, her parent’s sexy, former military neighbor. The circumstances they find themselves in, force them to cut through the typical relationship bullsh*t that comes along with finding a partner. The pretenses and walls are mostly obliterated because survival is at the forefront of the mind. This allows them to see just how great a team they make.
I have been reading more and more End of the World as we know it books, or as Preppers say Shit Hits the Fan books. This one is great. It shows a glimpse of what could and probably would happen should the social order that we’re living in suddenly collapse. Not that it will necessarily happen, but reading about it opens your mind to some things you would definitely have to think about if it does.
Available free through Kindle Unlimited:)
Until the End of the World Series by Sarah Lyons Fleming
This a definitely a case of don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The cover art isn’t anything to write home about. But the story inside… oh man! This series had me wanting to take my iPad everywhere and read as much as possible. I gobbled the entire series up in a couple of days. Laundry, food, and dishes be damned! I just could not put these books down. Apocalypse books are all I’ve wanted to read lately and there are a lot of bad ones out there. But this series is definitely not one of them.
If you want a kick a** and take names kind of heroine, well Cassie is for you. Not the Lara Croft kind of woman, but the smart, inventive and crafty kind of heroine. Although, physically she can hold her own too. There are a huge amount of secondary characters for you to fall in love with. They are all so multi dimensional and make the story speed forward. You feel the panic, the sense of community, the confusion, and the will to survive from every single word Sarah writes. She almost writes as if she’s been in the situations before, which of course she hasn’t. But what a talent she has!
There are three books and a novella that tell most of the story. She has a second series, The City Series, that tells about a few of the other characters mentioned in Until the End of the World. And of course, I read the first of that one too. I can’t say enough good things about the Until the End of the World series, so please just trust that I know my apocalyptic stories and just read them. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll have a new favorite author too!
Until the End of the World Book 1 is available free right now and the novella So Long, Lollipops is free through Kindle Unlimited:)
**Just a quick aside. I mention whether the books are available from free through Kindle Unlimited. I am not affiliated with this program, but I know sometimes that can make it an easy choice to “borrow” the book through Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited has supported my massive reading habit for a much healthier price tag. So it’s a great value if you do want to look into it.
Have you read any of the books above? Did you love them too? Have any that you would add to my March Madness list? Comment down below or find me on Goodreads and become my fellow book junkie:)