2022 Reading Challenges Rundown

What a year 2021 was! I read less books than I was hoping to and nowhere near enough for all the ones I actually wanted to remove from my TBR pile. Let’s hope that this year is a little better.

2022 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

To read a book starting with every letter of the alphabet

2022 Romance Book Reading Challenge

Read one book minimum per month relating to each romance genre

2022 Finishing The Series Reading Challenge

A chance to finally finish all the series that you’ve started, but not yet completed. I’ve found I’m hopeless at this. I’ve started so many, but never go back and finish them. This year I’m hoping to nock a few off my TBR list. I’m going for C list series finishing to start with.

2022 Four Moon Reading Challenges

Read as many prompts as possible

The Nerd Daily’s 2022 Reading Challenge

Read as many prompts as possible

Fairy-tale Reading Challenge 2022

Read a book relating to each monthly prompt

2022 Disney Princess Reading Challenge

Read a book relating to each prompt

2022 Romance Reading Challenge

Read a book for each prompt

Beat The Backlist

To read books that have been sitting on my TBR list forever


Read a book relating to each prompt


I’ll leave this at 30 books again for this year. Maybe I might reach it this year.


Books read in 2021

  1. Atomic Habits by James Clear – 3 stars
  2. Flirty by JB Heller – 4 stars (re-read)
  3. Nerdy by JB Heller – 4 stars
  4. Dirty by JB Heller – 4 stars
  5. Run Baby Run by Margot Scott – 3 stars
  6. Philip’s Rules by Golden Angel – 3 stars
  7. Undisciplined by Golden Angel – 2 stars
  8. Higher Love: Everything you need to manifest more love in your life by Jordanna Levin – 2 stars
  9. Warrior Forever by Amber A. Bardan – 3 stars
  10. Masterson by Lisa Lang Blakeney – 4 stars
  11. Masterson Unleashed by Lisa Lang Blakeney – 4 stars
  12. The Billionaires by Calista Fox – 4 stars
  13. That Day by Karen Deen – 4 stars
  14. No One Listens to your Dad’s Show by Christian O’ Connell – 5 stars
  15. Bang by Nikki Belaire – 3 stars
  16. The List by Felice Stevens – 4 stars
  17. For When You Feel Like Giving Up by Alyssa Karr – 2 stars
  18. Secret Heir by Aria Cole – 3 stars
  19. The Sex Ed You Never Had by Chantelle Otten – 4 stars

{Release Blitz} The Duke and the Assassin

Title: The Duke and the Assassin
Series: Royal Agents of MI6 #1
Author: Heather Slade
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 24, 2021


An M16 agent falling for the wrong woman.
A Russian with secrets to hide.
And the passion that defies the rules…

My team. My family. My allegiance. As a duke, the boundaries and loyalties are clear. I may be the Marquess of Wells with a stoic and rigid father on his deathbed, but I have desires and needs that break those boundaries. Falling for an assassin may be an issue. But I haven’t faced a problem yet that I can’t solve—other than assembling a crib.

Secrets. Lies. Deception. As a Russian assassin, I’m riddled with it all. Now, with a ten-million-dollar bounty on my head, there’s no way I can get out alive. But the irresistible and incorrigible duke thinks otherwise. He wants me in his life, in his arms, and in his bed. There’s no declining the desires of a duke. And quite frankly, I have no intention of denying him anything.

While each book in the Royal Agents of MI6 series is a standalone with its own HEA, they may be more enjoyable read in order.

Previously released as Shiver.


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#2 The Lord and the Spy – Releasing August 19

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#3 The Commoner and the Correspondent – Releasing October 21

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Heather Slade gave herself the gift of writing a book for her own birthday one year. Thirty-plus books later (and counting), she’s hit a couple of best-seller lists and has had the time of her life. For Slade, the joy is in the writing, but nothing makes her happier than hearing from a reader who tells her that she’s made her laugh or cry or gasp or hold her breath or stay up all night because she can’t put one of her books down.

The women she writes are self-confident, strong, with wills of their own, and hearts as big as the Colorado sky. The men are sublimely sexy, seductive alphas who rise to the challenge of capturing the sweet soul of a woman whose heart they’ll hold in the palm of their hand forever. Add in a couple of neck-snapping twists and turns, a page-turning mystery, and a swoon-worthy HEA, and you’ll be holding one of Slade’s books in your hands.

She loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her at heather@heatherslade.com

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{Release Blitz} Fire & Silk

Title: Fire & Silk
Author: Melissa Toppen
Genre: Cartel Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2021


The one word that describes my entire life.
They didn’t want me to know my true identity.
Now, I know why…
Held against my will. 
I’ve become a bargaining chip in a blood feud that spans decades.
Mateo Rivera is the one calling the shots. 
His father’s death put him in charge. 
Now he holds all the power.
I should have known that he would ruin me the moment I laid eyes on him.
And he did.
He introduced me to a whole new world.
One filled with danger and desire.
I wasn’t just his prisoner.
I was his prize.
But as the saying goes, if you lie with the devil, you’ll wake in hell.
And now all that’s left is for me to burn.


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{Release Blitz} The List

Title: The List
Series: Second Chances #1
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: MM Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2021


Oops. He did it again.

Elliot Hansen has a terrible habit of falling in love with every man he dates. 

His friends have had enough and make a list of Elliot’s perfect man. 

That V…

Those abs….

Shouldn’t a boyfriend be more than the sum of his parts?

But when sexy detective Winston Rogers bursts into his bedroom to arrest a burglar, Elliot knows he wouldn’t mind checking one or two things off that list with him. 

What if you had it all? 

Five years after the death of his husband, Winston Rogers is single and determined to stay that way. 

He throws himself into his job—the more dangerous the assignment, the better.

He can’t face another risk to his heart.

But then a routine arrest in his neighbor’s bedroom leaves Win searching for more than evidence as the man’s sweet smile and vulnerable eyes strike a chord inside him Win had thought gone forever. 

Why not enjoy each other with no strings attached? Win and Elliot decide to make their own list.

Rule #1: Strictly friends with benefits. 

Rule #2: No doing anything stupid like falling in love. 

Rule #3….

See Elliot and Win ignore Rules #1 and #2.


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Elliot groaned in the darkness. “Oh my God, I can’t believe I ate all those. It’s your fault.”

“Mmhmm.” Win licked his fingers. “Guilty as charged. Whatcha gonna do about it?”

“If I could move, I’d show you. But I think I gained ten pounds since this morning—I can barely walk.”

“Poor baby. Does that mean I get to tuck you into my bed tonight and have my wicked way with you?”

Their eyes met across the dancing flames from the fire pit, and Elliot’s belly tightened in response to the rising heat and desire reflected in Win’s eyes.

“Is that what you want?” He licked his lips of sticky sweetness.

“I want you.”

“Then we’re on the same page.”

Win doused the fire, and hand in hand, they crossed the yard to the house. On the rear porch, Win stopped and framed Elliot’s face between his hands.

“I don’t want to lead you on. We’re here to enjoy each other, as long as it lasts, right?”

The faint hope that their fun afternoon would’ve miraculously changed Win’s mind, and that he’d want a relationship, faded. Elliot couldn’t be upset—Win had been nothing but up-front with him, and Elliot could walk away, knowing they’d still be friends.

If he were smart, that was what he’d do. But he’d never been smart about men.

Besides, if he left now, he’d never know what being with Win was like. That afternoon’s taste wasn’t enough. He wanted more, and by “more,” he didn’t mean everything; he didn’t mean love and commitment. If he said no, Win would kiss him good-bye and find someone else, because men like Win weren’t alone for long. Elliot would see him and the next man together, knowing it could’ve been him kissing Win, touching him, and he didn’t want that. This time he would go into it with eyes wide open. No free-falling into love. He wanted this night with Win more than anything. He could do this. He would do it.

“That’s right,” he replied, and the relief on Win’s face hurt more than he’d imagined, but Elliot mustered a smile. “Friends having fun together.”


#2 Footsteps of the Past – Releasing July 21

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#3 Beautiful Mistakes – Releasing August 25

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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

She lives in New York City and has way too much black in her wardrobe yet can’t stop buying “just one more pair” of black pants. Felice is a happily addicted Bravo and Say Yes to the Dress addict and proud of it. And let’s not get started on House Hunters. Her dream day starts out with iced coffee and ends with Prosecco, because…why shouldn’t it? You can find her procrastinating on FB in her reader group, Felice’s Breakfast Club.

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{Book Blitz} Playboy King

Title: Playboy King
Series: Underworld Bride Trials #1
Author: Meg Xuemei X
Genre: Paranormal Romance
/Steamy Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 18, 2021


She walks in on me fucking another woman for sport.
One sniff in her direction, and I know she’s mine.
Scenting its fated mate, my wolf beast awakens for the first time and roars with lust.
But Tessa Morrigan can’t be my queen.
She came too late.
I’ve started the Underworld Bride Trials. All the contestants must fight to the death until the last one stands by my side to claim the crown.

Loki, the hot new boss of Hell, is hosting a bachelorette contest. He thinks it’s funny to have a troop of women fighting to the death over him.
But he doesn’t expect to attract the most lethal assassin and a rejected queen to his selection game. I didn’t come to ride the playboy king’s sexy body or be Queen of the Underworld. I promised Lucifer his son’s head on a gold platter.
I’ve been burned before and vowed never to let a handsome, powerful man touch me again. Yet when Loki and I lay eyes upon each other, sizzling chemistry scorches us. Under his ruthless, bad boy exterior hides another man, one that ignites flames inside my icy chest. 


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“Care to join us, little bunny?” King Loki asked as he drove into the female vampire with renewed vigor. 

My busted voyeurism had just erased his boredom, sparked his interest, and made him more excited, and the vampire benefited from his hard thrusts. 

Hellfire and shadow flitted in the Demon King’s eyes, power rolling off him toward me, and my ice magic rose to meet the test. 

I’d been about to depart before the shit show was over, but now I had to stay a little longer. 

A frosty breath escaped my lips. 

There was no need to panic, I reminded myself. Even though Loki had peered through my glamour, I still had a fine leather mask in place. Only my eyes and lips were exposed, and I was hanging upside down. It wouldn’t be easy for him to piece together my true appearance. 

“Call me bunny again when you see my claws,” I purred. I hadn’t meant to do that. I wasn’t the purring kind, but the fire in him called to me, and my voice sounded like sweet smoke in my ears. 

What had gotten into me? Why was I flirting? 

“I’d like your claws, Bunny,” he purred back. “Why don’t you show me? Your claws might just be the thing to kindle my passion.” 


#2 Rejected Queen – Releasing July 28

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{Release Blitz} kit

Title: Kit
Series: Scarred Hearts #2
Author: S.M. West
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 27, 2021


She’s too smart, too pretty and too good for a thug like me.
Caro Archer loved me once, then she left me in the wreckage.  
Now she’s back with danger on her heels and my heart in her hands.
Her safety should be my top priority.
Only Caro has other plans.
She wants to give us a second chance. 
That part of me that aches for more wants to give in.
But I’m the same man she turned her back on all those years ago—the same brute she left in the dust.
What makes her think things will be different this time?
Especially when it’s more than my heart on the line?
Second chances don’t come easy for a man like me.
This time, I might not survive.


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We both push on the metal bar in the middle of the door and it swings out into the icy darkness. The shrill emergency alarm pierces the still night. 

“Kit, slow down,” I cry. Danger and the possibility of death claw at my insides, rattle my bones and force all the air from my lungs. 

The gravitational force hits me first, punching at my back before the earsplitting blast or searing heat registers. An explosion rocks the ground beneath my feet and I’m lifted from the pavement as if I’m a Lost Boy and can fly. 

Fingers intertwined with his, I cling to his hand, desperate not to leave his side, but it’s out of my control.


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{Release Blitz} Bloody Kingdom

Title: Bloody Kingdom
Series: Crimson Crown #1
Author: Kayleigh King
Genre: Paranormal/Vampire Romance
Release Date: May 21, 2021


This isn’t a fairytale.

I dethroned Prince Charming long ago.

They call me the King of darkness and death.

Ruler of the underworld.

My reign is ruthless, my word is the law.

If I want it, I take it, regardless of the bloodshed.

But then she walks into my life.

I don’t want her, I need her.

She can fight, she can beg, but her fate is sealed.

Until her debt is paid, she’s mine.

She ran from her old life, but she can’t outrun me.

Welcome to my Bloody Kingdom, Quincey Page

Bloody Kingdom is a twisted fairytale retelling with paranormal elements. It is not suitable for all readers due to the sexually explicit scenes, strong language, and physical and sexual violence. Please consider this before reading.


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She nervously licks her lips, wincing when her tongue brushes the cut that now resides there. “Why am I here?” Quincey questions. “What do you want from me? Money?” She shakes her head. “I don’t have anything to give you.”

I bark out a cold laugh. “I’m well aware of your financial situation.” 

She’s already cost me a pretty penny. 

Quincey presses against the headboard even harder, as if that extra inch of space between us will do her any good. The poor girl has no idea who she’s trapped in a room with. “Then you know I have nothing to offer you.” She pushes her hair out of her face. “I have nothing.” 

The way her eyes dart between the door and me doesn’t go unnoticed. She’s not as sly as she thinks she’s being, I know what she’s planning. It’s foolish, but once again, her bravery knows no bounds. 

“That is where you’re wrong, Quincey Page.” I come to a stop at the foot of her bed. Cocking my head, I eye her with a bland stare. “You have something I need.” 

Her body goes rigid, the muscles of her throat shifting as she swallows hard. In a move that is shockingly fast and agile for a human, she springs from the bed. Even with a wounded ankle, she’s quick as she flies across the room. The white T-shirt the doctor changed her into rides up her legs as she sprints toward the door. 

With an exasperated sigh, I look to the ceiling and count to five to calm myself. I stay put even when I hear the turning of the door handle and her bare feet pound down the hallway. She can run as much as she’d like, but unfortunately for her, she’s not getting very far. It doesn’t matter how much of a head start I give her, she’ll never outrun me. 

Ten seconds, that’s how long I let her have before I fly after her. I’m behind her in less than a second. The scream she lets out as my arms wrap around her middle is loud enough to wake the dead. My sensitive ears ring from the high-pitched noise. 

“Stop screaming,” I order. “It’s such an unpleasant noise.” The cries are cut off when I abruptly lift her over my shoulder. Her legs kick and thrash, her hands beat on my lower back. “That’s enough of that,” I grumble, clamping my arm around her thighs, locking her in place. 

“How did you move so fast? Put me down!” Quincey growls, her hands never letting up from their assault on my back. “What the fuck is wrong with you?”

“More than you’ll ever be able to understand.”  

I march back into the room I intend to be hers for the foreseeable future. Unceremoniously, I toss her back onto the king-size bed. I bite back a smirk as she lands in an ungraceful heap. 

Like an angered kitten, she turns on me, teeth bared. “I don’t know who you think you are or who gave you the right, but you can’t just kidnap me and then manhandle me!” 

In a flash, I’m towering over her, my arms caging her in on the bed. Her chest heaves just barely an inch away from mine. “You’re wrong again, Miss Page. I have every fucking right. You see, five hours ago I forfeited a large sum of money to obtain such rights. It is now my right to hold you here as long as I see fit. It is now my right to manhandle you however I desire. It is now my right to do whatever the fuck I want with you because that little debt of yours? It’s been paid.” I lean in close, so close the vanilla scent that clings to her suffocates me. “You no longer owe Barrett Gallo.” My voice is just a whisper. “You owe me.” 

Her heart pounds against her chest, the erratic beat filling my ears. “Why the hell would you pay my debt?”

“Isn’t it obvious?” I question. “I want you indebted to me.” 


#2 Midnight Queen – Releasing August 27

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Kayleigh lives in Denver Colorado, just two hours away from some of the best skiing in the world. A luxury completely lost on her considering she avoids snow at all costs. Well, she avoids outside at all costs—she’s what you’d call an ‘indoor cat’. She much prefers to sit inside on her computer all day drinking massive amounts of caffeine. She’d have an IV drip of the stuff connected to her if she could. 

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{Release Blitz} Cruel Knight

Title: Cruel Knight
Series: Brutal Reign #3
Author: Sasha Leone
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Release Date: May 24, 2021


The mafia is my life, but she is my obsession…

We used to be so close. The devil and his angel.

Inseparable… until our demons tore us apart.

One forbidden kiss. That’s all we got. Then it was over.

In this cruel world, there are no second chances. 

But when I see Tara tied up on stage at a devil’s auction,

No one is going to outbid me.

She’s been trying to escape our past for so long,

Now, the darkness has finally caught up.

I’ve found her. 

I’ve bought her. 

And I’m not letting go until she understands that she’s mine.

… Even if that means becoming the very monster she’s running from.

My former best friend has become my captive,

It’s the only way to set her free. 

*Cruel Knight is a standalone Dark Mafia Friends to Enemies to Lovers Captive Romance with mature themes and a happily ever after. It is the third book of the Brutal Reign series.


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#1 Merciless Prince

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#2 Brutal Savior

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#4 Wicked Master – Releasing August 24

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{Release Blitz} That Day

Title: That Day
Author: Karen Deen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2021



A day, like no other.

They happen once in a lifetime, they say.

So why am I ‘lucky’ enough to have more than one?

Here I am living life, minding my own business.

Until the man I’d been fantasizing over for a year.

Ends up in my bed.

The sensual words he whispers late at night.

His touch on my skin, ignites my inner vixen.

Making me want things I’ve only ever written in words.

And when our bodies unite,

the electricity is more powerful than lightning.

Kurt Dolan is fast becoming the calm of my storms.

The man who will be my forever

Well so I stupidly thought …


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“Coco, shush, you are making a spectacle of yourself. No guy likes a girl who is loud and never shuts up.” She finally stops barking and looks up at me like she understands what I just said. 

“Oh, now you want to listen?” I pat her head as she starts wagging her tail at me. 

“One day we will work out this me-the-master, you-the-dog, relationship. In the meantime, can you just stop making me run? Otherwise, you’ll be on your own, because I’ll be the dead lady, face first in the sand after my heart attack.” She looks up at me and gives me one bark and then starts calmly walking towards home like I’m the one making a fuss.

“You think I’m the diva? Well, I’ve got news for you. If there was a prize for the sassiest dog in North Carolina, you would take the gold medal.” I laugh to myself because this is my day beginning like normal. Me talking to a dog and actually thinking I’m having a conversation with her. 

Yep, I’m officially a nut case!

Looking out to sea again, I catch sight of the guy in the surf that Coco seems to have a thing for. He hasn’t moved. He’s just bobbing up and down on the waves and staring straight at me.


I don’t want to draw attention to myself, but I can’t look away. I know who he is. Well, I don’t know know who he is, but I know who he is on sight. It may or may not have something to do with me spying on him every morning and afternoon from my porch as he strips off beside his truck, getting in and out of his wetsuit. 

I’m not purposefully looking… well, sort of. I mean, if some hot guy happens to park at the end of the parking lot closest to your house and is facing you every time he lifts his shirt, what’s the point in missing the show? Or the hot ass that bends over with his towel wrapped around his waist as he pulls his wetsuit up underneath it. I pray every day that it will accidently slip undone. I still don’t know… does he wear anything under that towel and wetsuit, or is it a commando thing?


Stumbling forward, I nearly fall flat on my face as Coco decides she is going to run again. Except this time, she’s attached to me. 

Bitch of a dog, I’m sure she does it on purpose. Probably because she saw me eyeing her surfer boy. I swear this dog is human, or at least wants to be.

“Coco, if you don’t slow down you are not getting any breakfast!” My squeaky voice rings out as I try to keep up with her.

“Yeah, that’s right,” I say as she slows to a walk again. “I’m the boss, remember.” I’m trying to catch my breath again, and I let out a giggle. You would think walking every afternoon and morning—with this crazy dog that has me running half the time—would make me fit. 

God, what must that guy on the board think of me? I’m probably his morning comedy relief. I’m the story he tells his work buddies when he gets to work.

‘Oh, you should have seen the crazy dog lady this morning, almost face planting in the sand when the dog took off on her.’

Hmm, what would his voice sound like?

I’m sure it would be deep and a little raspy, like the real rugged guy that he looks like. Trying to imagine him talking about me is a bad idea. My mind starts wandering to what he would sound like but not talking to his buddies. That voice I can hear, but then it changes to his dirty talk. Fuck, I have been on my own too long. 

That’s what they call desperation, when you are imagining a guy you have never met talking dirty to you while he fucks you.

“I’m a lost cause,” I mumble to myself as I walk along the beach towards home. Coco just looks back at me with those sad eyes, then turns forward again and keeps walking.

“Great, now even my dog thinks I’m a sad case. My life is a mess.”


Karen Deen has been a lover of romance novels and happily-ever-after stories for as long as she can remember. Reaching a point in her life ready to explore her own dreams, Karen decided now was the time to finally write some of her own stories. For years, all of her characters have been forming story lines in her head, just waiting for the right time to bust free.

Sitting up in the early hours of the morning with her cups of tea, chocolate and music she gets lost in a world of sexy, alpha men who are challenged by some funny, sassy and strong-willed women. Bringing you unexpected laughs, suspense and a little bit of naughty. 

Karen is married to her loving husband and high school sweetheart. Together, they live the crazy life of parents to three children. She is balancing her life between a career as an accountant by day and writer of romance novels by night. Living in a beautiful coastal town two hours south of Sydney, Australia, Karen loves to enjoy time with her family and friends in her beautiful surroundings. Of course, when she is not shut in her writing cave bringing you more words to devour.


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