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My TBR Pile: July 2019

Posted June 27, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 6 Comments

So, 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). I’m also trying to be more responsible with my Kindle Unlimited and Audible Romance Package subscriptions so I’m going to post my TBR Pile on the blog so you guys can keep me honest.

I think I’ve finally found my reading mojo for the year. This year has been slow going as far as my reading is concerned and I was a little worried that my reading was going to take a hike for good but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I read all but one of the books on my TBR list from last month and to say that I’m happy is putting it mildly. I’m freaking ecstatic. Here’s how I did this month as far as my TBR pile goes.

Previous Month Stats


Books to Read: 10
Books Read: 8, 1 DNF
Books Unread: 1
Pages Read: 2,862 | Hours Listened: 0
Favorite Read: The Rest of the Story | Least Favorite Read: The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada

July’s TBR PILE

Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards #2) by Sarah MacLean
Releases on July 30, 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

The Lady’s Plan

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune, and to live her own life. But first, she intends to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. Everything is going perfectly…until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin the Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.

The Bastard’s Proposal

When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers she’s headed for a night of pleasure . . . on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.

An Unexpected Passion

Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure. She won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power . . . and neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything . . . including their hearts.

I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about this book and I’m super excited that I still have it to read. I didn’t get around to reading it last month because instead, I jumped back into Mercy Thompson’s world but first up for the month of July will be this one. I can’t wait.

Wolf Rain (Psy-Changeling Trinity #3) by [Author Name]
Released on June 4th, 2019
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us on a new adventure in this next novel of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series…

The end of Silence was supposed to create a better world for future generations. But trust is broken, and the alliance between Psy, Changeling, and human is thin. The problems that led to Silence are back in full force. Because Silence fixed nothing, just hid the problems.

This time, the Psy have to find a real answer to their problems–if one exists. Or their race will soon go extinct in a cascade of violence. The answer begins with an empath who is attuned to monsters–and who is going to charm a wolf into loving her despite his own demons.

Time got away from me and I completely forgot that I got this one for review so I really need to get this read and reviewed this month. I can’t believe that I forgot to read a Psy-Changeling book. What is wrong with me?

The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3) by Tessa Dare
Releases on August 13th, 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Genres: Historical
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he’s just the beast next door.

Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.

Tessa Dare always writes fabulous historical romances so she’s always on my wishlist. I cannot wait to finally jump into this one since it’s already getting great early reviews. I just know this one will be another good one.

The Duchess in His Bed (Sins for All Seasons #4) by Lorraine Heath
Releases on August 20th, 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Genres: Historical
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

For a duchess with practical desires, falling in love is an inconceivable part of her plan…

As owner of the Elysium Club which caters to women’s fantasies, Aiden Trewlove is accustomed to introducing adventurous ladies to sin and vice. But he is uncharacteristically intrigued by the mysterious beauty who visits his club one night, yearning to indulge in the forbidden—with him. Drawn to her indomitable spirit, he breaks his rule of never becoming personally involved with his clientele and is determined to fully awaken her desires.

A recent widow, Selena Sheffield, Duchess of Lushing, has never known passion, not until Aiden’s slow, sensual seduction leads her on a journey of discovery and incredible pleasure. But her reasons for visiting the notorious club are not all that they seem.

As Selena’s motives become complicated by love, she finds herself with a most unexpected choice: forge ahead with a secret plan that could secure her future—or follow her heart which could prove ruinous.

This series is shaping up to be one of my favorites among all of the Lorraine Heath series that I’ve read. She’s pulled at my heartstrings a lot of the last few years since I started reading her stuff and she continues to shine with every single book that I read of hers. I cannot wait to read all about Aiden finding true love for himself. These characters are just so stinkin’ awesome.

Like the Wind by J. Bengtsson
Released on January 15th, 2019
Publisher: Audible Studios
Genres: Contemporary
Length: 9 hours, 23 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Escape

Prepare to laugh, cry, and fall in love with this enthralling new romance from J. Bengtsson – available in audio first!

When a letter from his supposedly deceased mother finds its way into his hands, life changes in an instant for international pop star Bodhi Beckett.

Reeling from the deception of those closest to him, Bodhi spirals out of control and is sent to a secluded mansion in the coastal mountains of Southern California for some rest and relaxation. But the retreat proves to be anything but relaxing when a raging wildfire sets the landscape around him ablaze.

While escaping the flames, Bodhi rescues Breeze, a quirky, pet-loving woman, and together the two fight their way to safety. In the aftermath of the fire, Bodhi and Breeze hit the road to uncover the truth about his family. What neither of them expected is to forge a powerful connection that will change their lives forever…but can it survive the real world, or will it disappear like the wind?

I’ll be reading, or actually, I’ll be listening to this book for a buddy read with Casee and Holly for Book Binge. I’ve never even heard of this book so I’m curious about it already. It’s Casee’s turn to choose and she doesn’t normally steer me wrong so I’m not even a little scared, haha.

Count to Ten (Romantic Suspense #6) by Karen Rose
Released on February 1st, 2007
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 564
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

In all his years in the Chicago Fire Department, Lieutenant Reed Solliday has never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires – devastating, vicious and in one case, homicidal. He has another problem – his new partner, Detective Mia Mitchell. She’s brash, bossy, and taking the case in a direction he never imagined.

Mia’s instincts tell her the arsonist is making this personal. And as the infernos become more deadly, one look at the victims’ tortured faces convinces her and Reed that they must work closer to catch the killer. With each new blaze, the villain ups the ante, setting firetraps for the people Reed and Mia love. The truth is almost too hot to handle: This monster’s desire for death and destruction is unquenchable … and for Mia he’s started the countdown to an early grave.

I’ll be reading this book for my book club meeting this month. I haven’t read anything by Karen Rose but a lot of my book besties adore her stuff so I’m looking forward to jumping in. This will also be a nice change of pace for us since we’ve been reading a lot of straight-up historicals or contemporaries. A little suspense should shake things right up!

Water Bound (Sea Haven #1) by Christine Feehan
Released on July 27th, 2010
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 480
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Christine Feehan’s #1 New York Times bestselling Hidden Currents may have closed the Drake Sisters saga—which “brought paranormal romance to a new high”*–but it has opened the door to an all~new series of startling magic, mystery, and the soul~stirring elements of nature….

The last thing Lev Prakenskii remembered was being lost in the swirling currents of the ocean and getting sucked deeper into the nothingness of a freezing black eddy off the coastal town of Sea Haven. Just as quickly, just a miraculously, he was saved—pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. But Lev has no memory of who he is—or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. All he knows is that he fears for his life, and for the life of his unexpected savior.

Her name is Rikki, a sea~urchin diver in Sea Haven. She has always felt an affinity for the ocean, and for the seductive pull of the tides. And now she feels drawn in the same way to the enigmatic man she rescued. But soon they will be bound by something even stronger, and their tantalizing secrets will engulf them both in a whirlpool of dizzying passion and inescapable danger.

Summer is here and I need to get started on my Summer Reading Challenge and first up is this one. It’s one of Casee’s picks for me so I’ll be reading this next month, fingers crossed.

How to Date Your Dragon (Mystic Bayou #1) by Molly Harper
Released on January 23rd, 2018
Publisher: Audible Studios
Genres: Paranormal
Length: 6 hours, 24 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Escape

Anthropologist Jillian Ramsay’s career has taken a turn south.

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they’re preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations. Mermaids and gator shifters swim in the bayou. Spirit bottles light the front porches after twilight. Dragons light the fires under crayfish pots.

Jillian’s first assignment for the League could be her last. Mystic Bayou is wary of outsiders, and she has difficulty getting locals to talk to her. And she can’t get the gruff town sheriff, Bael Boone, off of her back or out of her mind. Bael is the finest male specimen she’s seen in a long time, even though he might not be human. Soon their flirtation is hotter than a dragon’s breath, which Bael just might turn out to be….

This is another Summer Reading Challenge book and it’s the first book that Holly chose for me to read so it’s going to be one of the first books that I tackle for this challenge. I can’t say that I’ve ever been interested in reading this author or this book before but Holly knows me well so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

Blood Magic (Wing Slayer Hunter #1) by Jennifer Lyon
Released on October 5th, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 386
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

A dangerous curse…

Axel Locke is the sinfully sexy leader of the Wing Slayer Hunters-a group of supernatural witch hunters who have vowed to never give into the curse driving them to slaughter innocent witches. But when his little sister is death-cursed by a demon witch, Axel will stop at nothing to save her. He rescues a beautiful witch from a killer, intending to force her to magically cure his sister. The only problem? She has no idea what she is.

A deadly passion…

Darcy McAllister grew up knowing she was different, but she never imagined she’s a witch. With the life of a child at stake, she agrees to work with the hot, compelling hunter to gain control over her newfound powers. But an irresistible attraction crackles between them, creating a dangerous dilemma–can Darcy trust the man hexed to crave her blood to satisfy her aching desire?

Will their forbidden love destroy them?

As Darcy and Axel race against the clock, their explosive passion deepens to a fiery love. But when Darcy attempts to heal his sister makes her a target for a demon’s revenge, Axel will sacrifice anything, including his immortal soul, to save her.

Another one of Casee’s picks for me for the Summer Reading Challenge. These guys really want me to read paranormals, I guess. I can’t say that I would have ever picked this one up on my own so we’ll see how this goes. Wish me luck!

The Iron Duke (The Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook
Released on October 5th, 2010
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Steampunk
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power – and fear – of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

Another Summer Reading Challenge book, though this is another one of Holly’s picks for me. She’s been trying to get me to read this book for years. I’m actually surprised that she didn’t make me read this book last year but it’s back on my radar so I might as well get it read in the upcoming month.

What books are on your TBR pile for July? 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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My TBR Pile: June 2019

Posted May 30, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

So, 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). I’m also trying to be more responsible with my Kindle Unlimited and Audible Romance Package subscriptions so 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 April (since I didn’t do one for May).

I ran into the biggest reading slump of my life in the month of April and it bled a little into the month of May so I got really behind on my review pile so the game plan for June is to catch up and stay caught up so that I can finish the Mercy Thompson series. Keep your fingers crossed for me, yeah?

Here are the books that were on my TBR pile for last month, how I did and the books that I plan on reading this month for buddy reads, book club, reading challenges and everything else. Enjoy!

Previous Month Stats

Books to Read: 10
Books Read: 9, 1 DNF
Books Unread: 0
Pages Read: 2,926 | Hours Listened: 0
Favorite Read: Hook Shot | Least Favorite Read: Ice Hot

I’m really happy that I finished this entire list of books, got them off of my TBR pile. Sure, it took me two months to do it but I did it and I’m closer to getting caught up than I was just last week.

My favorite read of the bunch goes to Hook Shot because that book hit me in every single one of my feels and I just adored both Keenan and Lotus. They were a great couple and Lotus was the bomb. She was my girl crush of the year so far. My least favorite of the bunch goes to my lone DNF of the last couple of months. I was supposed to buddy read Ice Hot with Holly but 20 pages in and I hated it so I was glad that Holly did too and we chose another book to read instead.

JUNE’S TBR PILE

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Releases on June 4, 2019
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about this book and it comes out in early June so I’ve got to get this one read and reviewed soon. I’m excited since not a lot of people that I’ve seen hated it. Woot!

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
Releases on June 4, 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”

Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?

Holly and I were curious about this one so we added it to our review pile and will be reading it together. Doesn’t it sound like such a cute book? Isn’t Winnie freaking adorable on the cover? I need to know her!

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
Releases on June 4, 2019
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.

For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?

I will always want to read a new Sarah Dessen as she freaking rocks at writing my kind of contemporary YA’s. Her writing style never fails to engage me from beginning to end and I’m pretty anxious to see what she does with this one.

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
Releases on June 11, 2019
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim’s magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.

At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.

The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around–she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.

Another review book that I’m looking forward to reading. I’m all about more diverse romances and this one promises to be a good one so woo hoo, come to Mama!

The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada
Releases on June 11, 2019
Publisher: Macmillan, St. Martin’s Griffin
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Angel Gomez only wants to get through nursing school and earn enough to support her mother and her son, Jose. Her bartending job helps bring in some extra cash, and the last thing she’s interested in is flirting or men in general.

Caleb “The Duke” Lewis is an up and coming star for the Yankees, known for getting around. However, his last breakup left him distracted and made him turn to drink. When he’s caught by the Yankees manager at a party instead of training, he’s suspended and sent back to the Bronx to get his head straight.

Angel and Duke’s worlds collide one night at the club and sparks fly. Though Angel wants nothing to do with Duke, he has no intention of letting her slip through his fingers. She isn’t star-struck by his fame, and this might be just what he needs to get things in order. He’ll do anything to convince her…even make her an offer she can’t refuse.

I’m kind of nervous about reading this one as I don’t think I’ve heard of very many people who liked this one. Wish me luck cause I have to read it.

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfree
Releases on June 11, 2019
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Can a romcom-obssessed romantic finally experience the meet-cute she always dreamed of or will reality never compare to fiction, in this charming debut adult novel from Kerry Winfrey.

Annie is twenty-seven years old, single, and obsessed with romantic comedies (she and her mother watched them religiously, before her mom died). Her dating life is limited by the expectations she’s formed from these movies. She is not as open to new experiences as she might be, because she’s waiting for her Tom Hanks–i.e., a guy she’ll find in the perfect, meet-cute romantic comedy way. When Annie does finally meet her perfect match, it’s not quite in the way she expected, and she’s forced to reckon with the walls she’s built around herself over the years.

This one has been getting some good reviews all around so I’m glad that I have it for real…I’ll definitely be reading this one next month for sure.

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
Releases on June 25, 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

Brigid Kemmerer is an author that a lot of people love. I needed to find out for myself if she is as good as everyone claims so I’m excited to jump into this book this coming month.

Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards #2) by Sarah MacLean
Releases on July 30, 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

The Lady’s Plan

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune, and to live her own life. But first, she intends to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. Everything is going perfectly…until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin the Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.

The Bastard’s Proposal

When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers she’s headed for a night of pleasure . . . on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.

An Unexpected Passion

Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure. She won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power . . . and neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything . . . including their hearts.

This is probably the only July review book that I still have to read so I’ll be reading this one as well and I can’t wait because I really enjoyed the first book in this series. I’m ready for Whit’s book!

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs
Released on March 11, 2014
Publisher: Penguin, Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 341
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s stalker is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

This is another book that I’m really nervous about reading because I’ve heard that a lot of people were pissed off reading this book, Holly included but I need to catch up on the Mercy Thompson series and this is the next book I have to read…I’m going to push through and get this one read. The ex-wife better not piss me off too much to turn me off the series. I’ll be pissed if that happens.

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs
Released on March 8, 2016
Publisher: Penguin, Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 341
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

If I survive Night Broken, I’ll be reading this book next because I am determined to catch up on this series so that I can move on to Kate Daniels. Wish me luck!

What books are on your TBR pile for June? 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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My TBR Pile: April 2019

Posted April 9, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

So, 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). I’m also trying to be more responsible with my Kindle Unlimited and Audible Romance Package subscriptions so 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 March.

This list is coming a little late because I haven’t been in the mood to put it together but I think I’m finally jumping back into this blogging thing so woohoo! Here are the books that were on my TBR pile for last month, how I did and the books that I plan on reading this month for buddy reads, book club, reading challenges and everything else. Enjoy!

Previous Month Stats

Books to Read: 11
Books Read: 7
Books Unread: 4
Pages Read: 2,265 | Hours Listened: 0
Favorite Read: Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen | Least Favorite Read: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

APRIL’s TBR PILE

The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo
Releases on May 14, 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books
Genres: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

A charming romantic comedy about three sisters who are struggling to keep the family wedding planning business afloat—all the while trying to write their own happily-ever-afters in the process.

All’s fair in love and business.

The de la Rosa family and their wedding planning business have been creating happily ever afters in the Washington, DC area for years, making even the most difficult bride’s day a fairytale. But when their parents announce their retirement, the sisters—Marisol, Janelyn, and Pearl—are determined to take over the business themselves.

But the sisters quickly discover that the wedding business isn’t all rings and roses. There are brides whose moods can change at the drop of a hat; grooms who want to control every part of the process; and couples who argue until their big day. As emotions run high, the de la Rosa sisters quickly realize one thing: even when disaster strikes—whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction or a snowmageddon in the middle of a spring wedding—they’ll always have each other.

Perfect for fans of the witty and engaging novels of Amy E. Reichert and Susan Mallery, The Key to Happily Ever After is a fresh romantic comedy that celebrates the crucial and profound power of sisterhood.

Fumbled (The Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin
Releases on April 23, 2019
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

A second chance doesn’t guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she’s built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it’s all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he’s moved on.

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they’ve suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they’ll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.

The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
Releases on May 7, 2019
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews
Released on April 1, 2008
Publisher: , Penguin, Ace
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 260
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…

Hook Shot (Hoops #3) by Kennedy Ryan
Releases on March 28, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published, Kennedy Ryan
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 408
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited

A deeply emotional standalone romance set in the worlds of professional basketball and high fashion.

Divorced. Single dad. Traded to a losing squad.

Cheated on, betrayed, exposed.

My perfect life blew up in my face and I’m still picking up the pieces.
The last thing I need is her.

A wildflower. A storm. A woman I can’t resist.

Lotus DuPree is a kick to my gut and a wrench in my plans from the moment our eyes meet.

I promised myself I wouldn’t trust a woman again, but I’ve never wanted anyone the way I want Lo.
She’s not the plan I made, but she’s the risk I have to take.

A warrior. A baller. The one they call Gladiator.

Kenan Ross charged into my life smelling all good, looking even better and snatching my breath from the moment we met.

The last thing I need is him.

I’m working on me. Facing my pain and conquering my demons.

I’ve seen what trusting a man gets you.

I. Don’t. Have. Time. For. This.

But he just keeps coming for me.

Keeps knocking down my defenses and stealing my excuses one by one.

He never gives up, and now…I’m not sure I want him to.

Ice Hot (New York Nighthawks #1) by Tracy Goodwin
Releases on March 5, 2019
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 248
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

The Nighthawks are hockey’s new expansion team. They’re ice hot. And they’re all about the chase.

Christian: They call me a hockey god because I’m a beast on the ice . . . and off. Men want to be me and women just want me. But now that the New York Nighthawks expect me to lead their team to victory, it’s all work and no play. My eyes are on the prize. Until I meet Serena Ellis, a sexy, curvalicious blonde who doesn’t know me from jack. And just like that, I’m hooked.

Serena: I don’t do one-night stands—especially with celebrity jocks who date models. Lots of models. But the god of hockey is a temptation that’s hard for mere mortals to resist. And after the best kiss of my life, I’m ready to throw my one-night stand rule out the window. Except Christian Chase won’t let me. He doesn’t want a one-night stand. He wants it all.

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs
Released on March 5, 2013
Publisher: Penguin, Ace
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Patricia Briggs’s novel River Marked was praised as “an urban fantasy where our everyday world is believably twisted into the world of fey, werewolves, vampires, and myths made real.” Now Mercy Thompson faces a shapeshifter’s biggest fear as the realm she has embraced is thrown into chaos…

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam – or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. But she fears Adam’s disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

Passion on Park Avenue (The Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne
Releases on May 28, 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Stiletto and Oxford series, the first in a sizzling new series following the unlikely friendship of three Upper East Side women as they struggle to achieve their dreams and find true love and happiness in the city that never sleeps.

For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider.

The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grown son of the very family Naomi’s mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he’s tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them…

Filled with charm and heart and plenty of sex and snark, this entertaining series will hook you from the very first page.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Releases on May 14, 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

Then Came You (Laws of Attraction #3) by Kate Meader
Releases on May 7, 2019
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 200
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

In the courtroom, they’re rivals. In the bedroom, they’re . . . divorced. But could the road trip from hell lead to a second chance at love?

Aubrey Gates is the hottest divorce lawyer in Chicago, a barb-tongued stiletto with legs that go on for miles. When her cool gray eyes meet mine across the battlefield, I want her like I’ve never wanted anyone or anything. Then I remember who she is: the woman who brought me to my knees. The woman who destroyed my faith in relationships.

The woman I used to call . . . wife.

And she needs a favor from me, Grant Lincoln.

It seems my ex forgot to mention the demise of our marriage to her dear old grammie, and now we’re both expected to attend her ninetieth birthday party. In Boston. And because it isn’t already awkward enough, Aubrey and I are driving there together from Chicago. That’s more than a thousand miles of tension, heartbreak, and barely concealed lust.

A little piece of paper might say we’re over, but this road trip is the true test. I intend to get my wife back . . . and I won’t stop until “I do.”

What books are on your TBR pile for April? 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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