37/100 The Sawbones Book by Justin McElroy and Dr. Sydnee McElroy

Are you bothered by the fact that your dinner is staying where it should be?  This book will cure that.  The authors are the readers, and married, which makes for a very funny (yet completely disgusting) book.  I will admit that I had to skip over a chapter and a half where they specifically advised that if you have a weak stomach you might want to skip.  I didn’t skip another part and almost vomited, so they are not kidding when they advise you to skip if you are squeamish.  Despite that, the vast majority of this book was simply amazing.  From interesting historical facts, quackery, and some myths that persist to this day, if you have any interest in history, medicine, or just being grossed out, I highly recommend this book.  There were even some interesting facts about the Black Death that I did not realize even though I listened to a Great Courses on the topic.  Just amazing.

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36/100 Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey

This is a wonderful addition to the Malory-Anderson families series.  In this book we are introduced to the American half of the equation with Georgianna Anderson, and her huge brothers.  If you have an interest in pirates, women that do not know their place in society, and scandals galore then this is the book for you.  From Georgianna Anderson deciding that she is going to work as a cabin boy to obtain her passage to Jamaica where she can pick up a ride from her brothers to the ship being captained by a Gentleman Pirate, this book does not lack for action.  There is some graphic sexual content, but the larger than life characters do seem to make up for things.

This is set right after the war for independence between the states and England, so there are some understandable hard feelings.  Read to see how these are resolved, or if they are resolved.  These books tend to be like potato chips, once you have read one you want to find out what happens with the rest of the family so you pick up the next book, then the next.

35/100 Love Only Once by Johanna Lindsey

This is the beginning of the Mallory Family series of books.  I read this about 20 years ago and really enjoyed them, I am finally back in a place where I am enjoying these books again.  I obtained these through the Romance Package through Audible and look forward to reading more in the near future.  This proves once again that romance novels do not need to be entirely lewd to be quite enjoyable.

This historical romance novel shows a young woman enduring her second season husband hunting on the Ton in London.  Since she is the much beloved niece of two rakehells and one respectable uncle, she is having a hard time finding a husband that everyone will approve of.  When a rake decides to play a trick on his current, soon to be past, mistress and Regina gets caught in the crossfire things begin to get interesting.  Due to a series of very poor choices Regina’s reputation is ruined, and much more will spoil the story.  I will admit that this had me sad and furious by turns, I had not remembered this story being quite as fascinating as it is.  If you are looking for a historical romance with a bit of scandal, miscommunication, and more then this is a good book for you.  I love the Mallory family and cannot wait to read more.

34/100 Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston

I have been waiting for this book for about 4 months, and it really did not disappoint. I love that it was almost 70 percent of the way through the book before they had sex. I still had to skip quite a few pages for the sex, but the plot-line existed as more than just a way to get to the sex. These books are usually set a few months apart, or a time indeterminate, but in this case the author has allowed her characters to age ‘off-screen’ and come back in new variations than when they were left in their last books. I love how she keeps recurring characters so that if you have read the series from the beginning you have a much greater understanding of what is going on. Honestly, if you have not read the rest of the series then do not start with this book. There are so many ‘inside jokes’ that I am not sure this book would make sense if you read it as a stand alone book.

If you are looking for a funny book full of family drama then this is the book for you. Should you be squeamish then this might not be the book for you. Full of violence, fighting, and sisterly love this book about shifters is a great addition to the series.

33/100 Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston

This is a re-read/listen to.

This extremely humorous addition to the Pride series can only be taken with a sense of whimsy. The unrepentant characters tell you flat out of their criminal escapades and accept you for all of your personality quirks. The all encompassing sense of “We are what we are and we aren’t going to apologize for it.” is tempered by the corresponding sense of “We don’t expect you to be anything but what you are”. I know, these are two very heady concepts for a book that is supposed to be about shape shifters, politics, mystery, murder, more murder, and romance, but this book manages to fit all of that in and much more. If you do not laugh out loud at some of the antics, you need to greatly reduce the stress in your life…or just lighten up!

Enjoy, there are some graphic sex scenes so, enjoy responsibly.

32/100 Everlasting Bad Boys by Shelly Laurenston, Cynthia Eden, and Noelle Mack

This book contained three separate stories.  The first was by Laurenston and involved her Dragon series.  I enjoyed this book, though I have not read her Dragon series, it contained the same sort of tough females not afraid of their own feelings.  Though I will admit that the Dragoness of the story grew into her own quite a bit throughout the tale, she was still relatable at the beginning.  If you are looking for a book with strong characters then this is a good tale for you.

The second story is also full of interesting strong characters.  A witch summons a soul hunter to prevent her coven from being killed after their powers are bound.  I think that is about all I can say about that addition to the book without giving everything away.

The third book is much more, sci-fi.  Not aliens, but really out there.  I found the main female character a bit weak, I think that the time skips made the reader miss out on the journey of the characters getting together and developing entirely leaving the entire tale to be disjointed and inefficient.

I believe that these first two tales are well worth reading.  This might even get me to read the Dragon series by Laurenston since I have enjoyed everything else she has written.

Happy reading!

31/100 In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston

This addition to Shelly Laurenston’s world built around Shifters is an absolute riot. There is enough complex family interactions, personality building, and more to make this read worth your time. Each of the segments of these shifter series seem to focus on one particular subsection of the shifters in New York City.

We started the book series with a Wolf Pack that was moving to New York City after their new Alpha got out of the Marines, along with his Lion Male friend. They both found their mates in short order, rediscovering old loves (except for the graphic sex the first two books that held 4 romances were lovely). Then two of the Packmates, the Alpha Female (the alpha male’s sister, no it doesn’t involve incest) and her best friend discover their mates. From there we travel further afield, friends of one, friends of another, pulling in characters just mentioned in previous books, it really does get complex. This is the third or fourth book, I’m losing track, that mentions some of the lesser thought of breeds. We start with big cats, wolves, bears of all types, hyena’s (they haven’t gotten any romance yet, and are just seen as creepy), then we had African Wild Dogs with mentions of dingoes.

From there we became involved with a pack of Jackals that almost all are prodigies (and they tie back into one of Laurenston’s much earlier series that you would need to read to really comprehend what is going on) and then we are introduced to the Honey Badgers. Liv is mentioned in the Jackal book, then her family in her book, and now part of her family is expanded upon. I honestly cannot ever tell where Laurenston is going next, but I know that I am along for the ride.

Happy Reading!