My TBR Pile: December 2018

Posted November 27, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 6 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 so you guys can keep me honest. Before we get to my list for next month, let’s see how I did in November.

Previous Month Stats

Books to Read: 5
Books Read: 4
Books Unread: 1

Crap, I would have been at 100% if I remembered that I put My Favorite Half Night Stand on last month’s TBR pile. Dammit. I don’t know why I thought that I was going to wait until December to read that one. Oh well. I read all of the other books that I needed to read in November, and that was all while going through a slight reading slump. Go me.

My favorite read of the bunch goes to Wait for It by Mariana Zapata and Fall by Kristen Callihan. Both of those books were great. My least favorite from this bunch is Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas. That one was too slow. It was sweet but super slow.

December’s TBR

Ache for You (Slow Burn #3) by J.T. Geissinger
Released on November 6, 2018
Publisher: Self Published, J.T. Geissinger
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 359
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

In this fairy tale with a sexy twist, she’s a penniless San Francisco seamstress. He’s the king of Italian couture. Who’s got designs on whom?

Boutique owner Kimber DiSanto has seen better days. She’s been dumped at the altar by Prince Charmless, her business went up in flames (literally), and now she’s stuck in Florence, Italy, with an ice-queen stepmother, to try to save her late father’s failing dress shop. Only one thing could make it worse: another man in her life. The arrogant Italian fashion tycoon offering to buy her father’s shop is as rich as he is sexy, and their attraction is off the charts. But Kimber’s not about to get burned again.

Women don’t say no to Matteo Moretti—and certainly not with Kimber’s stinging precision. With all the heat and fury sparking between them, Matteo can’t resist baiting the gorgeous American. His plan? Win her over one scorching kiss at a time.

Kimber tells herself it’s all just a game. That her broken heart isn’t in danger, and that Matteo’s touch does not make her Lady Land dance with joy. But sometimes it takes the fieriest of enemies to turn a fantasy into a real-life romance.

This is one of my buddy reads for December so I’ll be reading and discussing this book with my friend Holly over at our book blog, Book Binge next month so yep, I’ll be reading this one soon.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Released on June 6, 2017
Publisher: Penguin, Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 358
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

I’ll be reading this book for my buddy review here on this blog with Ames. This book has been on our TBR list for the longest time. Since it came out and it came out last year. I think it’s time to get this one read, don’t you think? I can’t even remember the last time that I read anything by Sarah Dessen. I’m due for a read of one of her books.

My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Releases on December 04, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Gallery
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, NetGalley

From the New York Times bestselling author that “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly) comes a sexy romantic comedy about online dating, and its many, many fails.

With a world-famous speaker at their university, Millie Morris and her four woefully single male colleagues make a pact that they’ll all find dates. Unfortunately, Millie has more success helping them make matches online than she does navigating the onslaught of lewd pics in her own feed. But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh.

This is a take two action since I was supposed to read this book last month and it got away from me. I’ll fix that since I need to review this book pronto. On my TBR pile, near the top, it goes.

Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley
Releases on December 11, 2012
Publisher: Self Published, Kristen Ashley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 512
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Night time is the right time…

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He’s hot, he’s sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it’s a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he’s the one, she just can’t turn him away…

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She’s gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene, Hawk’s protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk’s Alpha attitude in the daylight, she’s not so sure he’s the one anymore….

I’ll be reading this next month for my book club. I need to hurry up and get this one read too because we’re having an early book club meeting because we have people going out of town for the holidays and it’s the end of the year book club meeting which means we’re playing our annual book club Jeopardy game, I low key can’t wait.

The Assist (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak
Released on November 1, 2018
Publisher: Self Published, Rebecca Jenshak
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 270
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited


What’s the probability of insulting the one guy on campus I need to help me pass statistics? If I knew, I wouldn’t be standing in front of Wes Reynolds begging him to tutor me.

Basketball player, sexy, arrogant, always sleeping through class… these are the things I knew about him. What I didn’t know is that he is a seriously smart jock.


What’s the best way to get rid of the peppy and unrelenting girl that keeps asking me to tutor her? If I knew, I wouldn’t be staring at her tan legs and attempting to teach her statistics.

Sorority girl, fine as f**k, determined, ball buster… these are the things I knew about her. What I didn’t know is that she is all the things I didn’t realize I wanted or needed.

Or that one semester with her would change everything.

In an effort to actually use my Kindle Unlimited account, I’m going to add some books to my TBR pile each month to remind my ass that they’re there and I need to freaking read it or I’m wasting money. This is the first book that I’m going to read in December from my KU library. Basketball romance? Yes, please!

Red Card by Carrie Aarons
Released on February 14, 2016
Publisher: Self Published, Carrie Aarons
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 227
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited

She spent five years planning a future that will never exist. He spent five years trying to erase a past he can’t forget.

London is Leah Watson’s fresh start. When she secures the perfect internship during her study abroad semester, with an infamous celebrity public relations firm, she is determined to forge her own path – one that is nothing like her life back in Oklahoma. That plan is tested when British football’s bad boy, Killian Ramsey, decides that she’s the one he wants and he’s playing for keeps.

Will she put her future on hold – again – for the type of man she swore she’d stay away from?

Killian is one bloody good football player. After a tragedy shattered his entire world, the cocky and arrogant face he puts on for the media is a complete lie. When he meets Leah, his heart starts to beat for the first time in years. But when the feelings get too real, his perfectly constructed facade starts to slip.

Will he risk it all to be with her – taking whatever penalties are thrown his way – or will he play it safe?

This book has been on my Kindle Unlimited library for weeks and weeks so I need to get my ass in gear and get it read or return it already. It’s another sports romance and I’m low key here for these so on my list it goes.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Releases on January 29, 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins, William Morrow Paperbacks
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Edelweiss

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

… If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend.

Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts.

Now Darcy’s got three months left to get her life together before her twin insists on selling the tumble-down cottage they inherited from their grandmother. By night, she’s working in a seedy bar, shooting down lame pickups from bikers. By day, she’s sewing underwear for her best friend and wasting her award-winning photography skills on website shots of pens and novelty mugs. She’s enjoying living the messy life, and a glass of wine or ten… until that one night, when she finds a six-foot-six perfect package on her porch.

Tom’s here, he’s bearing power tools—and he’s single for the first time in a decade.

As a house flipper extraordinaire, Tom has been dispatched by Jamie to give the cottage a drastic facelift that will result in a ton of cash. Darcy doesn’t appreciate Tom’s unsentimental approach to knocking down walls, and he really, really doesn’t approve of her current burnout boyfriend. They can’t be in the same room together without sparks flying- and it’s not the faulty wiring. One bedroom wall separates them at night, and even that’s looking flimsy.

Will Tom ever see Darcy as anything other than a little-sister obstacle to get around? And can she stand up to her most formidable opponent—her twin? This time around, she’s determined to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers, and he’s never managed to say no to her yet…

This is one of many of my January review books that I need to get started on. I can’t wait to start this one. I really enjoyed The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and this one promises to be more of the same kind of fun so I’m all in!

Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis
Releases on January 22, 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Edelweiss

If you’re planning on falling in love…

When it comes to the confident, charismatic Caleb Parker, Sadie Lane feels the spark—the kind that comes from rubbing each other the wrong way. She’s yoga pants, he’s a suit. She’s a tattoo artist, he’s a straight-laced mogul. But after they accidentally co-rescue an abandoned dog from a storm, Sadie sees a vulnerable side to the seemingly invincible hottie.

you’d better be sure…

Caleb doesn’t do emotions. Growing up the underdog, he’s learned the hard way to build up an impenetrable wall. Perfect for business. Disastrous for relationships. He’s never worried about it before—not until he finally gets behind Sadie’s armor and begins to fall.

… someone is there to catch you.

Both guarded and vulnerable, Sophie and Caleb are complete opposites. Or are they? Shocked at their undeniable connection, can they ever admit to wanting more? That all depends on what they’re each willing to risk.

Here’s another January review book that I need to get read. I’m invested in this series so I’m going to keep on reading them as they come out. This is Caleb’s book and I can’t wait to read it!

The One You Fight For (The Ones Who Got Away #3) by Roni Loren
Releases on January 22, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Edelweiss

How hard would you fight for the one you love?

Taryn Landry was there that awful night fourteen years ago when Long Acre changed from the name of a town to the title of a national tragedy. Everyone knows she lost her younger sister. No one knows it was her fault. Since then, psychology professor Taryn has dedicated her life’s work to preventing something like that from ever happening again. Falling in love was never part of the plan…

Shaw Miller has spent more than a decade dealing with the fallout of his brother’s horrific actions. After losing everything—his chance at Olympic gold, his family, almost his sanity—he’s changed his name, his look, and he’s finally starting a new life. As long as he keeps a low profile and his identity secret, everything will be okay, right?

When the world and everyone you know defines you by one catastrophic tragedy…

How do you find your happy ending?

This is another January review book that I need to read and it’s another series that I’m really invested in. I believe this is the next to last book in this series and I’m looking forward to Taryn’s happily ever after. I’m sure it’ll be another good one. I enjoyed the last two books so this is me right now…

What books are on your TBR pile for December? Anything good that I should keep my eye out on? Please share the books you have on deck to read next month.

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6 responses to “My TBR Pile: December 2018

  1. Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    You did pretty good in November! I hope The One You Fight For is good!

    I also really liked Once and For All!

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