Top 3 Reads of September

Top 3 Reads of September

It has been a hot minute since I've written a blog post, but we're back! And I am so excited to share with you my top three reads of September.

What was your September reading month like? I feel like mine was kind of average, which is a bit disappointing. There weren't many books that blew me away or really held my interest. Except for these ones. 

Let's get started, shall we?

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1. Roman by Grae Bryan 

(Vampire's Mate #1)

This book was completely unexpected! I wasn't sure what to read next, went on a little dive through my TBR and remembered that someone on a Facebook page had recommended this book. 

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Danny Kingman is used to fending for himself. Working nonstop as an ER nurse to pay for his mother’s care, he’s been putting his own life on hold since he can remember. But when an unbelievably hot, strangely intense man saves him from a mugging, Danny has a feeling everything is about to change. Especially when that man suddenly pops out a pair of fangs.

Roman Mourier has been wandering aimlessly for decades, waiting for the inevitable day when the last of his humanity leaves him, and the demon inside him takes permanent control. He doesn’t believe in fated mates, or the myth that there’s a soul out there that could tether his humanity to him. Until he feels a strange pull to the lovely young man at the hospital, and hope stirs in him for the first time.

But Roman has demons other than just the one inside him. Is he strong enough to keep Danny safe from the past that haunts him? He knows one thing for sure: now that he’s found his mate, he will do anything to keep him.

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I loved this book enough to give it a five star rating! It was exactly what I was craving, I couldn't get enough of it and it made me so eager to delve into book two, Soren, which featured another vampire we got to know in book one. 

(I'm also very keen for book three, Lucien, which is coming out later this year!)

Other facets of this book include: Age gap (lol), fated mates, strangers, vampires.

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2. Seraph by Lily Mayne

(Monstrous #6)

Seraph was SUCH an anticipated release for me and I couldn't wait to delve into it. I made sure that I waited until Friday afternoon after work so that I could binge it over the weekend without any interruptions!

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I’ve already mentally prepared myself to kill the screaming, murderous monster in the cage outside our camp.

I’m used to it. It’s what I do here. Kill monsters and other people. And this monster, Seraph, is particularly unstable—has been since the moment he arrived from Collector Mary’s monster menagerie to the west, where the military stashed him away.

He’s in pain. I can see it. But he’s not a mindless beast. Not like some of the others think.

When I start guarding him in his cage every night, I begin to see the person beneath the agony that tortures his every waking moment. I begin to see who Seraph could have been if he hadn’t been twisted into this monstrous creature.

I realise that I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to kill him, even for his own sake, but it doesn’t matter anyway. He’s already dying, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. Not even when new visitors at our raider camp bring with them secrets about Seraph. Secrets the military has tried to hide.

Secrets that reveal the true extent of the horror he’s been put through.

And now… Now, I will kill anyone who tries to hurt him again.

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I could not put this book down! Ever since Lily announced Seraph, I was on the edge of my seat just waiting for release day. Each of the books in this series is amazing in it's own way, which makes it hard to say that Seraph is sitting in fourth place in my favourites list for this series! (Which just tells you how good this series actually is if a four star read is sitting in fourth place...)

For those who are curious: Danny & Wyn are in the top spot (Soul Eater, #1), Moth & Charlie are second (Moth, #5), and Ghost & Aury are in third (The Rycke, #3). 

Other facets of this book include: Forbidden romance, monster/human relationship, post-apocalyptic setting, protagonist gets injured, slow burn (in that the attraction was a slow burn).

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3. Playing Games by Riley Hart

(Franklin U #1)

First of all - how amazing is the entire Franklin U setup? It's so many of my favourite authors all writing books for the same series! Does it get much better than that?? Probably not, let's be honest. 

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Brax
Tyson Langley thinks the king in Franklin University Kings is in reference to him. Star lacrosse player and God’s gift to the female and male population, there’s nothing the spoiled jock can’t have.

It’s impossible for us to be in the same room without talking crap to each other. But I also have a secret… As much as I despise Ty, I want him too. I revel in our banter and in never knowing what he’ll say next.

I’ve spent too much time on the wrong side of the law for someone like Ty, though, and if I want to make it through college and escape my past, he’s a distraction I don’t need.

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Braxton Walker needs to learn to lighten up. If you search brooding online, his name pops up. He’s the bad boy with a leather jacket and a scowl. We couldn’t be more different.

Finding ways to annoy him is like the longest foreplay session of my life. And when we end up working together, it gets harder to deny how hot he makes me.

What’s a little hooking up between enemies?

We weren’t supposed to become friends or share secrets. We weren’t supposed to understand each other and all the complicated stuff we’re going through.

I’m used to playing games, only the more time I spend with Brax, the less it feels like playing around and the more it becomes something real.

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Also mentioned in the blurb is that while these books are all part of a series, there's no set reading order and you don't have to read every book. They were released in chronological order as the whole series takes place over a calendar year, but you can pick and choose as you like. 

This was one of those books where I was almost certain it would be a five star read purely because of the blurb. I mean, a star athlete and a broody bartender? A little hooking up between enemies? Falling for each other when they would've laughed at the idea in the past? This book was so up my alley it's like it was written for me. And so far, none of the other Franklin U books have managed to knock Playing Games out of the #1 spot. (At the time of writing this though, there are still three books to go! So we'll see if that changes.)

Other facets of this book include: Athletes, good character arc, enemies to lovers, failed casual relationship, opposites attract, set in college.

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And there you have it! My top three reads of September! I would love to know what your top reads were so feel free to leave a comment below and I'll be sure to check them out if I haven't already. 

Unfortunately, I don't have access to these three books to be able to stock them in the store, but I do have access to The Dating Disaster and Mr. Romance which are books #2 and #3 in the Franklin U series. You can check them out here!

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