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My TBR Pile: November 2018

Posted October 30, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 10 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 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 October.

Previous Month Stats


Books to Read: 7
Books Read: 5
Books Unread: 2

I read all but 2 books from my TBR list for last month. I think the reason I didn’t get around to reading Kill the Queen is because I have a print ARC of that book and I just don’t read from print books anymore. Weird, huh? Oh well…I hope to get it read since I’m very interested in reading it. Maybe November will be my month to read it. I went through a couple of weeks of a reading slump. Maybe I read so much in September that I needed to slow my roll in October? I have no clue though it’s probably because of all of the baseball I was watching. Yeah, I’m going to go with that excuse. I’m going to keep Wait for It on my TBR pile for November because I’m reviewing that book with Ames this month. Wish me luck!

My favorite TBR pile reads from last month go to Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks and Iron Kissed Both books were rough and emotional but still so good.

My least favorite TBR pile read is Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter. I spent a lot of that book bored.

Wait for It by Mariana Zapata
Released on December 7, 2016
Publisher: Self Published, Mariana Zapata
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 670
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough. Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard. With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for. Except for a boyfriend. Or a husband. But who needs either one of those?

Every month, my book buddy Ames and I read a book together that we then review together here in my blog. This is our pick for November and though I thought I’d have it read already, I haven’t touched it yet but I will…this is probably going to be the first book that I read in November.

Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #2) by Maya Banks
Released on March 19, 2013
Publisher: Random House, Balantine
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love.

Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.

Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.

My book club enjoyed Never Seduce a Scot so much that they wanted to keep that discussion going into the second book of this series so we’re reading Highlander Most Wanted for discussion this month. I’m pretty anxious myself to get this book read so on my TBR pile this goes.

Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas
Released on April 10, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin, HQN
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

From the beloved and bestselling author of the Ransom Canyon and Harmony, Texas series comes a powerful, heartwarming story about generations of family and the ironclad bonds they forge.

When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she’s definitely not planning to stay–except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family.

Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer’s. And now he has to close Eugenia’s quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he’s out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother’s legacy?

Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her.

An inspiring family saga that asks us to consider what love and chosen family really mean.

Each month, my Book Binge buddies and I will be reading and reviewing a book together and we’re taking turns picking the book. It is the only time that I can force them to read any book that I want them to read and they have to read it. The only downside is that they get to force me to read a book too. Holly was up to choose our buddy book this month and she chose Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas. I’ve only read one book by Thomas and I can’t remember a thing about it so this should be interesting.

Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan
Released on October 23, 2018
Publisher: Self Published, Kristen Callihan
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 436
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

The first time I met Jax Blackwood things went a little sideways.

In my defense, I didn’t know he was Jax Blackwood—who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip.

Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. So I kissed him. And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands.

Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he’d be my new neighbor.

An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room.

Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore—not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun.

Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we’re quickly becoming each other’s addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything.

All we have to do is trust enough to fall.

I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about this book so I need to read this pronto. I read and enjoyed the other books in this series so I’m looking forward to digging into Jax’s story. Kristen Callihan is so good at writing these rock star romances. I am so thirsty for more.

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.

I watched Sierra Burgess is a Loser on Netflix and a huge part of that movie was about a girl catfishing a boy and that was my least favorite part of the movie. I mean, I didn’t like the movie at all because of all the lying and asshole behavior going on but the catfishing part, I really hated that part….so I have no idea why I wanted to read this book so much that I requested it for review. I must have a lot of faith in Christina Lauren’s writing ability because even though I’m not a fan of catfishing and lying, I still really want to read this book. I’ll definitely be reading this book next month for sure.

What books are on your TBR pile for November? 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: October 2018

Posted October 2, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 20 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 September.

Previous Month Stats


Books to Read: 8
Books Read: 7
Books Unread: 1
Favorite Read: Josh & Hazel’s Guide to not Dating, Long Shot
Least Favorite Read: The Duke Buys a Bride

In the month of September, I knocked out all but one book from my TBR pile and I’m sad that by the time I got to the last book on my TBR list, I wasn’t in the mood to read anymore. The only book that I didn’t read was A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert but I’m hoping to get that read either this month or next.

Here are the books that are up on my TBR pile for October. Wish me luck!

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young
Releases on October 9, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eARC

A series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was–until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her….

Yeah, remember last month when I said I wanted to catch up on my review books for October? Well, I didn’t succeed in that endeavor but there’s always this month, right? This is my last review book for October so I need to get this read and reviewed before next week. Wish me luck!

Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep
Releases on October 2, 2018
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: Print ARC

Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.

My friend Holly has got me reading all kinds of fantasy, paranormal and urban fantasy books and honestly? I can’t get enough so I’m on board with reading them all. That being said, I got a print ARC of this book in the mail and while browsing through it, my interest has been piqued and I think I’m going to read it. They had me at Gladiator meets Game of Thrones.

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven
Released on September 25, 2018
Publisher: Ace
Genres: Fantasy,
Pages: 400
Format: eBook

A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital–her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different.

Azarion, the Empire’s most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion–and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. And unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will risk everything to return to the Empire–and burn once more.

We’re reading this book for our Discord book club and I need to up my game on there because I didn’t get around to reading last month’s book (bad Rowena) but I am totally committed to reading this book this month in time to discuss it with all of my discord friends. Are you in the book club? You should be as it’s a lot of fun!

Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs
Released on January 2, 2008
Publisher: Ace
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 287
Format: eBook

I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator…

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…

It’s time to get back to this series. I started it last year and read the first two books but stopped to catch up on my review pile and then never went back to it. I’m committed to reading it this month because I’m doing a buddy review with Holly over at our book blog, Book Binge. That should be fun since I’m hearing that I’ll probably cry. Bring on the water works, I say.

Wait for It) by Mariana Zapata
Released on December 7, 2016
Publisher: Self Published, Mariana Zapata
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 670
Format: eBook

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough. Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard. With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for. Except for a boyfriend. Or a husband. But who needs either one of those?

I bought this book the day that it released back in 2016 and I still haven’t read it. Thanks to Ames, I’m finally going to do it since it’s our buddy review book for next month. I really enjoyed the last book that I read by Mariana Zapata so I’m looking forward to more good things with this book.

Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks
Released on September 25, 2012
Publisher: Random House, Ballantine
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 372
Format: eBook

Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.

Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

This is my in real life book club book of the month. It was my sister Delene’s turn to choose our book and she’s been super obsessed with all things Maya Banks lately as she just finished reading all three books in the McCabe Trilogy and wants to keep that party going. I’m actually really looking forward to reading this book because I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. Holly gave it 5 stars on Goodreads so that’s high praise since she’s really stingy with her 5 stars. I can’t wait to read this one!

Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter
Releases on October 23, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin, HQN
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

Gena Showalter, the New York Times bestselling author who brought you the Lords of the Underworld, introduces a scorching new paranormal romance series… Gods of War.

Knox of Iviland has spent his life competing in the All Wars, where vicious warriors with supernatural powers fight to the death to claim new realms. One winner takes everything—and all losers die. Enslaved as a child for his ability to control shadows, the most ruthless champion in history will stop at nothing to kill his king. But first he must win the battle for Earth. When a fearsome weapon imprisons every combatant in ice, centuries pass without progress…until she walks in.

Vale London craves a fun arctic getaway with her foster sister before settling down to open a bakery. Street-tough but vulnerable, she is unprepared to find ancient gods escaping a frozen cave—merciless beings who target her when she inadvertently enters their war.

Though Vale is now his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can prove victorious, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.

The last book that I have on my TBR pile for this month is Casee’s pick for our blog review that we’re doing together. Kind of like a book club but really, it’s just a way to keep our summer reading challenge going. Each month, one of us will choose a book for all three of us to read together and we’ll review it together on Book Binge. We’re reading Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter and I’m low key looking forward to it.

What books are on your TBR pile for October? 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: 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

A Standalone FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA…

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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