My TBR Pile: September 2018

Posted August 28, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 16 Comments

Every month I put a list together of the books that I either need to read for review or the books that I want to get around to reading (finally) and I’m going to post my TBR Pile on the blog for you guys all to share in my hopes and dreams of reading all of the books. Before we get to my list for next month, let’s see how I did in August.

Previous Month Stats

Books to Read: 5
Books Read: 5
Books Unread: 0

I knocked last month’s TBR pile out of the park so go me! I enjoyed all of the books that I read too. They were all fabulous stories that made me laugh, happy sigh and in some cases, even cry. So you know I had a good time with each book. Kudos to all of the authors that wrote these books because they delivered the good stuff. I hope September is good to me as well.

I’m really trying to get ahead in my review pile so I still have some September review books to read and I ohpe to tackle them in September. Here are the books that I plan on reading in September.

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Releases on September 4, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?
This book is getting some great reviews around blog land so I’m really looking forward to digging in. I just need to stop getting distracted by other pretties because Josh & Hazel are calling my name.

Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis
Releases on September 25, 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 256
Format: eARC

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that–but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.
Jill Shalvis writes fabulous small town contemporary romances and I’m really digging her Heartbreaker Bay series. Each book brings about another humorous romance that I can’t seem to get enough of and this month Lucas and Molly are up for their happy ending…I’m so here for it!

For the Duke’s Eyes Only (School for Dukes #2) by Lenora Bell
Releases on September 25, 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

If adventure has a name…it must be Lady India Rochester. The intrepid archaeologist possesses a sharp blade and an even sharper knack for uncovering history’s forgotten women. Unfortunately, she has one annoying weakness: the dangerously handsome Duke of Ravenwood. Former best friend. Current enemy. And the man who dared to break her heart.

Daniel Bonds, the Duke of Ravenwood, is a thrill-seeking antiquities hunter who only plays by one rule: Never fall in love. He’s in it for the fortune and glory. At least that’s what he wants the world to think. He’s sworn to hide his tangled web of secrets, especially from the one woman he cares about and will protect at any cost.

But when a priceless relic is stolen from the British Museum, the rivals must align forces. Racing to recover the stolen antiquity and avert an international disaster? All in a day’s work. Avoiding their buried feelings? More and more impossible. For love is about to become the greatest treasure of all.

The grand adventure begins…now!
Lenora Bell has another historical coming out in her School for Dukes series and I was mighty intrigued about this couple in the first book so I’m looking forward to their shenanigans in this one. It promises to be a fun one and I just recently saw that Nick read and enjoyed it so I’m pretty sure I will too. I can’t wait!

Kulti by Mariana Zapata
Released on March 20, 2015
Publisher: Self Published, Mariana Zapata
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 570
Format: eBook

“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.

It didn’t take a week for 27-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon – why she’d ever had his posters on her wall or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man who hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.
This is the book that Ames and I decided on for our September buddy review so I need to get my ass in gear and get this book read because really, Ames? 570 pages? What in the ever loving world??? Still, it’s been on my TBR pile for ages so it’s time to go in…wish me luck!

Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely
Released on March 20, 2018
Publisher: Self Published, Lauren Blakely
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 300
Format: Audiobook

From #1 NYT bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy new standalone romance!

The first time I met him, his sexy British accent almost talked me into giving him my number on the spot. The second time, he nearly charmed the panties off me with his wit. Then I learned he’s the key to success in my new job in Paris. The man who tempts me into fling-worthy dirty daydreams has turned out to be my personal translator, and his accent is the hottest thing I’ve ever heard.

My mantra is simple — Don’t mix business with pleasure. I do my best to resist him as he teaches me how to converse with my co-workers, navigate the metro and order the perfect bottle of wine at dinner. But I also figure out how to tell the charming and clever man what I most want to say — that I want him to take me back to his flat — tonight.

Except there’s a catch…


One more assignment before I take off on my big adventure…

And it involves the toughest work ever — resisting the fetching American woman I spend all my days with. But you know what they say about best intentions. Soon, we’re spending our nights tangled together, and I don’t want to let her go. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and before we know it I’ll be traveling the globe to fulfill a promise I made long ago.

What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing…unless one of you is leaving.
This is the book that I’m reading (or listening to as the case may be) with my book buddy Holly for our buddy review over at my team book blog, Book Binge. I’m listening to the audiobook at work and Richard Armitage is one of the narrators and can I just say…yum??

Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan
Released on March 22, 2018
Publisher: Self Published, Kennedy Ryan
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 460
Format: eBook


Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl?
You don’t.
My fairy tale is upside down.
A happily never after.
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.
I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold.

Now there’s a new player in the game, August West.
One of the NBA’s brightest stars.
Fine. Forbidden.
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won’t let me go.

*Some aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers.
I just saw that there’s another book in this series coming out this month and the book cover for that one looks so stinkin’ good so it’s brought this book back on to my radar and I’m going to try really hard to get this book read so that I can read the next book too.

The Duke Buys a Bride (The Rogue Files #3) by Sophie Jordan
Released on July 24, 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eBook

A bride wasn’t in his plans . . .

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.

A duke wasn’t in hers . . .

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

The road to ruin . . .

Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.
This is my book club book of the month and I’m not at all surprised that we’re reading yet another historical since it was my sister’s turn to pick and you can always count on Blanche choosing historical since that’s her jam. I haven’t read any of Sophie Jordan’s historicals so this should be interesting.

A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert
Released on March 14, 2018
Publisher: Indie Published, Nixon House
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 310
Format: eBook

Everyone has secrets. He wants all of hers.

Meet the man next door…

After years of military service, Evan Miller wants a quiet life. The small town of Ravenswood seems perfect—until he stumbles upon a vicious web of lies with his new neighbour at its centre.

Ruth Kabbah is rude, awkward, and, according to everyone in town, bad news. Thing is, no-one will tell Evan why. Does she perform ritual sacrifices? Howl at the moon? Pour the milk before the tea? He has no clue.

But he desperately wants to find out. Because Ruth doesn’t seem evil to him; she seems lonely. And funny, and clumsy, and secretly quite sweet, and really f*%king beautiful…

The more Evan’s isolated, eccentric neighbour pushes him away, the more he wants her. Her—and all her secrets. Because there’s no way a girl like Ruth truly deserves the town’s scorn.

… Is there?

Please note: this book contains mentions of intimate partner violence that could potentially trigger certain audiences.
The last book on my TBR pile for September is my Discord Book Club book. I’m excited because I voted for this book and am pretty stoked about this author. I’ve seen her around Twitter and adore her tweets so I’m looking forward to jumping right into this one.

What books are on your TBR pile for September? Anything good that I should keep my eye out on? Wish me luck on getting all of these books read!

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16 responses to “My TBR Pile: September 2018

  1. Looking forward to seeing what you think of Hot Winter Nights. I didn’t love that one! 🙁
    I did like the Lenora Bell and Hot Shot. So I hope you like those and all the other books on your list.
    Happy reading!

    • Rowena

      Oh man, I’m bummed to hear that you didn’t enjoy it. *shrugs* I’ll keep you posted.

      I’m really looking forward to Hot Shot. I LOVE basketball!

    • Rowena

      I’ve only read two books by Christina Lauren and it was enough to sell me on all of the rest of their books so I’m excited for those too. Happy reading!

  2. Yay for smashing your book TBR! I wish I could say the same. And I have Wanderlust on my maybe Audible list because of Richard Armitage. Is it worth a listen? Should I invest. I am excited for you to read/listen to Kulti though because I love that book and want everyone else to love it too. And I’m totally psyched for our discord book club read, I love the look of it.

    • Rowena

      I would definitely recommend the audio for Wanderlust. Richard Armitage reading to me is a dream. Ha!

      I’m listening to Kulti right now and I can’t stop laughing at their namecalling. German Chocolate Cake, Taco, etc…Hahaha. The beginning was slow going but I’m far enough into the story that I’m enjoying myself now.

  3. ooh I love her list of books to read in September. I really enjoyed Sophie Jordan’s book, and you know I love my HR. But it does revolve around something that really happened –a lot longer than I even though…bride buying. I hope you like it, its not a story that everyone will love, or my favorite of her books but very likable characters and a fun adventure type story. So I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. I LOVED your commentary on Kulti….and really 500 isn’t that long right? I would do it in Audio to be honest. I like her books quite a bit, but they are very strongly slow burn. But I have adored her work that I have tried so far. And YES I am SO so excited for Talia Hibbert’s book too. She is so fun on Twitter, and I hear only good things about her books. Should be a whopper of a read.

    • Rowena

      Hi Renee!

      Yes, I’m pretty excited to read all of these books. Oh yay, I’m glad that you enjoyed the Sophie Jordan book. I haven’t read any of her historicals so I’m low key hesitant but I’m sure it’ll be fine.

      It only took me an entire day to listen to the Kulti audiobook so it wasn’t too bad. I actually really liked that book and will be buddy reviewing it here on this blog with my buddy Ames.

    • Rowena

      I just started Josh and Hazel and already I know that I’m going to enjoy it so I’m excited to continue. Thanks Grace, I hope you have a great week too!

    • Rowena

      Don’t they? I hope Hot Winter Nights is a good one. I haven’t heard good things yet. 🙁 I can’t wait for A Girl Like Her. I adore the author’s voice on Twitter so I’m hoping I’ll love her writing style too. Happy reading!

  4. Veronika Éles

    I *love* Talia Hibbert’s novels – A Girl Like Her is probably my favorite by her, but everything I’ve read by her so far was excellent. Also, yes, she is one of my favorite people on twitter. The Governess Game by Tessa Dare was so much fun – Alex’s friends and the two little girls made it a wholly entertaining novel. I can’t wait to read Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. Good luck on tackling your tbr & congrats on completing your August goals. 🙂

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    • Rowena

      I’m quite looking forward to reading my first Talia Hibbert book so I’m glad to see that you enjoy her work, Veronika. I’m sure I will too. 🙂

      Thanks, I hope September is a good month to you in books!

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