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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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My TBR Pile: March 2019

Posted March 5, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 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 February.

Previous Month Stats

Books to Read: 10
Books Read: 8
Books Unread: 2
Pages Read: 3,168 | Hours Listened: 18 hours, 86 minutes
Favorite Read: Huge Deal by Lauren Layne, Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas
Least Favorite Read: The Assist by Rebecca Jenshak

Once again, I read all but 2 books from my TBR pile for February. I was on track to read them all but I got really sick last week and took an unexpected week-long hiatus to get back on my feet. In that time, I didn’t read much so I fell behind some. Oh well, I’ll just tack those last two books onto my TBR pile for this month.

My favorite reads of the month go to Huge Deal by Lauren Layne, Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas, and The Risk by Elle Kennedy. I enjoyed all three of these books but I think I enjoyed the first two titles a smidge more than the last but still, all books were fabulous! Loved reading them all so much.

My least favorite read of the month goes to The Assist by Rebecca Jenshak. The writing was a little clunky for me and I didn’t connect with the characters and what happened in the book as much as I was hoping to though I am still planning on reading the next book in the series so that’s something.

I have loads of books to read in March and I’m barely hanging on to my GoodReads Challenge for this year so I need to up my game. I’m looking forward to challenging myself a lot more this coming month than I did last month. Here’s a list of books I plan on reading in March.

March’s TBR Pile

Team Player by Julianna Keyes
Releases on March 28, 2019
Publisher: Self Published
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 291
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Don’t hate the player…

BOTTOM NINE

Gwen Scott wants to love her job with the Charleston Thrashers, the MLB team she’s worshiped since she was a kid, but she can’t. Hateful colleagues and mind-numbing work make her days unbearable—until her head for baseball gets her exclusive access to the Thrashers’ clubhouse and she comes face-to-face with Tyler Ashe, the team’s sexy shortstop and baseball’s most ineligible bachelor.

BASES LOADED

Ty has sworn off relationships in order to focus on his all-star career, but with his best friend gone, his team struggling, and the press blaming him for every loss, the most recognizable man in the majors is in a slump. Until he starts spending his time off the field with a stern blonde who recites baseball stats for kicks and sees through his arrogant façade.

TWO OUT

As the Thrashers’ season gets into full swing and Gwen adjusts to her new job, their fun banter and friendly teasing turns into stolen kisses and countless steamy nights. The team’s strict policy against player-staff relationships throws a curve ball into the mix, but they can’t hide from their feelings any more than the most famous man in baseball can hide from the spotlight…

I need to play catch up this month on my review pile. I read some books outside of my TBR pile last month and then I went through a week or two of not reading much of anything which put me behind so this is going to be one of the first books I pick up off my review pile. I enjoyed the one book that I read by Keyes and this one sounds like my kind of romance so I’m all over this one.

Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris
Releases on March 26, 2019
Publisher: Entangled, Entangled Teen
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Look up the word “nerd” and you’ll find Lily Cooper’s picture. She’s got one goal: first stop valedictorian, next stop Harvard. Until a stint in the hospital from too much stress lands her in the last place a klutz like her ever expected to be: salsa dance lessons.

Look up the word “popular” and you’ll find Stone Torres’s picture. His life seems perfect—star of the football team, straight-A student, lots of friends. But his family is struggling to make ends meet, so if pitching in at the Torres dance studio helps, he’ll do it.

When Lily’s dad offers Stone extra cash to volunteer as Lily’s permanent dance partner, he can’t refuse. But with each dip and turn, each moment her hand is in his, his side job starts to feel all too real. But in dance, as in life, one wrong move and someone could get hurt.

I meant to read this last month but that didn’t happen and I’m blaming the time that I got royally sick over some issues I was having with my new prescription. That put me out of commission for an entire day and the rest of the week, I wasn’t feeling too hot so my desire to do anything was next to nil and reading was included in that mess. I’ll knock this one off this month, definitely.

The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities #4) by Lucy Parker
Releases on April 22, 2019
Publisher: Carina Press
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

In which experienced West End actress Freddy Carlton takes on an Austen-inspired play, a scandal at a country estate, an enthusiastic search for a passion outside of acting…and the (some people might say icy*) heart of London’s most feared theater critic.

*if those people were being nice

Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on her lines for The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event where viewers choose the outcome of each scene, but her concentration’s been blown. The palatial estate housing the endeavor is now run by the rude (brilliant) critic who’s consistently slammed her performances of late. James “Griff” Ford-Griffin has a penchant for sarcasm, a majestic nose and all the sensitivity of a sledgehammer.

She can’t take her eyes off him.

Griff can hardly focus with a contagious joy fairy flitting about near him, especially when Freddy looks at him like that. His only concern right now should be on shutting down his younger brother’s well-intentioned (disastrous) schemes—or at the very least on the production (not this one) that might save his family home from the banks.

Instead all he can think of is soft skin and vibrant curls.

As he’s reluctantly dragged into her quest to rediscover her passion for the stage and Freddy is drawn into his research on a legendary theater star, the adage about appearances being deceiving proves abundantly true. It’s the unlikely start of something enormous…but a single revelation about the past could derail it all.

We’re getting Freddy’s book and I’m super excited about it. This is on my review pile for March and I’m stoked because I’ve been looking forward to Freddy’s book since the last book in this series. This is a fun and pretty addicting series and I’m so looking forward to more.

You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn
Releases on April 2, 2019
Publisher: Indie Published
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

Erin Hahn’s thrilling debut, You’d Be Mine, asks: can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

I’ve had this book for review for a few months now and it’s time to get this one read. March is the month that this book will be read and reviewed.

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
Releases on April 9, 2019
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Historical, Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life–and heart–to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez–her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro’s inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future–but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything–not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart…

Another review book but it’s also a book that I’ve been seeing such great early reviews for so I’m pretty stoked to be getting to this one. I’ll probably be reading the first book too. I can’t wait.

The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo
Releases on April 23, 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Gallery
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.

I’ve been looking forward to this book for some time as well and it’s up for review so I’ll be knocking this one out, hopefully.

Fumbled (Play Book #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.

T.K. 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.

I love me some sports romances and this one sounds like a good one so I’m going to be all over this one, for sure. If I can fit in a read of the first book before I jump into this one, that will be ideal but more than anything, I need to read this one so wish me luck on that.

Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen
Released on January 22, 2019
Publisher: Indie Published, Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 338
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Everyone knows the girl is off limits. But it’s so good to be bad.

There’s this girl…

Heidi and I have been trading hungry looks all year, and everything she does makes me smile. But I don’t do girlfriends, and I certainly can’t get involved with the league commissioner’s daughter. I need shots on goal, not a hookup and a widely misunderstood paparazzi photo.

Can I resist her, though? The way she teases me should be a game penalty for interference with my libido.

There’s this guy…

Jason wants me, but he won’t admit it. That man looks at me the way a hockey player eyes the lunch buffet after practice—and I love it.

But when victory is finally within my grasp, I blow it and humiliate myself. Even then I can’t even avoid him—as the team intern, I’m in constant view of his hard body and cocky smile.
I need another chance. Jason Castro is about to learn the true meaning of an overnight sensation.

Holly and I will be reading and reviewing this book together on Book Binge next month so be on the lookout for that. I’ve been meaning to read this ever since it showed up on my kindle, on the release day but I never got around to it. Coulda, shoulda, woulda but didn’t but not anymore…I’m reading this shit in March.

The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai
Releases on July 2, 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Alisha Rai returns with the first book in her sizzling new Modern Love series, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom.

Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules:

– Nude pics are by invitation only
– If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice
– Protect your heart

Only there aren’t any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night… and disappears.

Rhi thought she’d buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won’t fumble their second chance, but she’s wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk…

I’m putting this book on my TBR pile for March because dude, I didn’t know that the hero in this book was Samoan. I’m Samoan and I’ve been dying for romances with characters just like me so I’m making room for this one on my TBR pile for next month because finally, my brown folks are getting some love and I’m itching to see how this Samoan character plays out. I’m excited!

The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros
Released on February 26, 2019
Publisher: Entangled, Entangled Amara
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 432
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Beckett,

If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.

Ryan

Ames and I will be reviewing this together here on this blog in the month of March as Ames has chosen it for our buddy review. I’d never heard of this book or this author before so it’ll be a new to me delight, fingers crossed. Stay tuned for that.

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews
Released on March 27, 2007
Publisher: Penguin, Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 260
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

The last book on my TBR pile for this month is my featured review book for Book Binge. Casee, Holly, and I will be reading and reviewing this together over there so I’ll definitely be reading this one. I’m pretty stoked about this read because I’ve been wanting to start the Kate Daniels series for ages and now I have to. Yippy skippy!

What books are on your TBR pile for March? 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: February 2019

Posted January 31, 2019 by Rowena in Books, 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). 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 January.

Previous Month Stats


Books to Read: 7
Books Read: 7
Books Unread: 0
Pages Read: 2,708 | Hours Listened: 0
Favorite TBR Book: The Scoundrel in Her Bed | Least Favorite TBR Book: The Wrong Game

This month, my TBR reading really came down to the wire. I finished the last book on my January TBR pile in the wee hours of this morning. What’s funny is that it is my favorite read of the month. Woot!

My least favorite read from my TBR pile was The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner. The hero was damn near perfect but the heroine’s immature games and the slowness of the second half of the book left me feeling a bit meh about the overall experience. Oh well.

February’s TBR Pile

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
Released on June 5th, 2018
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
Length: 9 hours, 36 minutes

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

For February’s book club, we’ll be reading and discussing The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang and I am not mad about that at all. Mostly I’m not mad about that because that’s the book I chose for us. Yes, it was my turn and if my book club doesn’t like this book, I’m going to be super bummed because they also didn’t love my last book the same way that I did. Wish me luck! Be sure to check out my buddy review with Shy and Tasha of this one later in the month.

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

You know those stories where the smart girl tutors the dumb jock? This isn’t it.

Blair

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.

Wes

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.

My February buddy review book with Ames is this one. I chose our book this month so I hope it’s a good one because if it isn’t, I’m going to feel bad that I made Ames read a trash book. Wish me luck!

Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne
Releases on February 12, 2019
Publisher: Amazon, Montlake Romance
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Even for a top-gun banker, temptation this hot is quite a gamble, in a sexy Wall Street romp from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

An alpha among the wolves of Wall Street, Kennedy Dawson rose to the top of the pack by striking the right contracts at the right times. But there’s one deal that’s been giving him a run for his money—a pact to never again let his assistant, Kate, get under his skin. She may be smart, gorgeous, and sharp as a whip, but she’s definitely off-limits.

Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother.

It’s also making Kennedy think twice. But to win Kate’s heart, he’ll have to broker the deal of a lifetime…and prove he’s worth the risk.

The minute I get my hands on a copy of this book, I’m dropping everything else and reading it. I have been waiting patiently for Kennedy and Kate so everything else will wait.

The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy
Releases on February 18, 2019
Publisher: Self Published
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy.

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

This is another book that I’m probably going to read directly after I get my hands on a copy. I adored Brenna in The Chase and have been crossing my fingers that her hero was going to be Harvard Boy, the enemy QB from the rival school so I’m super happy that HE IS! I can’t wait for this one. There is no doubt that I’m going to read this in February.

Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #) by Lisa Kleypas
Releases on February 19, 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of a beautiful, young widow who finds passion with the one man she shouldn’t…

Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he’s a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband’s life a misery, and she’ll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself…as none other than West Ravenel.

West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire…not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn’t bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She’s the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.

Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?

Only the devil’s daughter knows…

Another book that I’m so looking forward to reading. I got this for review so it’s on my review pile and I need to read this one sooner rather than later to give me enough time to review it. West and Phoebe, yay!

River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs
Released on March 3, 2011
Publisher: Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 351
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. And she’s never known any others of her kind. Until now.

As Mercy comes to terms with this new information, an evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River. Something deadly is coming, facts are thin on the ground and Mercy feels ill at ease. However, her father’s people may know more. To have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need all the resources the shifters can offer. Or death will be the least of their worries.

This is the book that I will be reading for Wendy’s TBR Challenge for February. The prompt is Series (a book in an on-going series you’re reading) so I chose the next book in a series that I’m hoping to finish out this year. Wish me luck!

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzie’s & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley
Released on May 1, 2009
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package

The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family—rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn’t be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them—of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.

The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He’s also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women.

Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama—an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became a constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband.

And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her.

Each month over on Book Binge, the Book Binge team reads a book together that we then review together and it’s Holly’s turn to choose our book so she chose this one. I’m super glad that it’s on the Audible Romance package so I’ll be listening to this one at work.

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
Releases on January 22, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart.

Jesse Lachlin is cursed.

So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland.

Scarlett Copeland is psychic.

Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

So I requested this book a long ass time ago for review but I just got it for review a couple of weeks ago and so this request has come to bite me in the ass because I got it for review like a week before it was released and I’m done with my January review pile so I’ve already moved on…but I’m pretty anal about my review pile these days so this got looped into my February and March review pile, which means I’ll be reading this in February. Sigh. I’m gonna be honest and say that this book fell off my radar and I’m not that jazzed about reading it anymore but it’s a McGarry so hopefully she’ll take care of me anyway. *shrugs*

The Dating Game by Kiley Roache
Releases on April 1, 2019
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

The Social Network gets a romantic twist in this fresh and engaging new read from the author of Frat Girl, Kiley Roache. Experience the whirlwind ups and downs of college life in this authentic and entertaining new novel!

When a notoriously difficult class for future entrepreneurs leads to three freshmen developing the next “it” app for dating on college campuses, all hell breaks loose…

Type A control freak Sara lives by her color-coordinated Post-it notes.

Rich boy Braden wants out from under his billionaire father’s thumb.

Scholarship student Roberto can’t afford for his grades to drop.

When the three are forced to work together in one of the university’s most difficult classes, tension rises to the breaking point…until, shockingly, the silly dating app they create proves to be the most viable project in class. Late nights of app development, interest from investors and unexpected romance are woven into a true-to-life college drama that explores what it means to really connect online and IRL.

This book came onto my radar as I was browsing Edelweiss for new ARC’s. This sounds like a really cute read so I’m all in for it and it’s coming out soon so I’ve got to get this one read in February.

Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris
Releases on March 26, 2019
Publisher: Entangled, Entangled Teen
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Look up the word “nerd” and you’ll find Lily Cooper’s picture. She’s got one goal: first stop valedictorian, next stop Harvard. Until a stint in the hospital from too much stress lands her in the last place a klutz like her ever expected to be: salsa dance lessons.

Look up the word “popular” and you’ll find Stone Torres’s picture. His life seems perfect—star of the football team, straight-A student, lots of friends. But his family is struggling to make ends meet, so if pitching in at the Torres dance studio helps, he’ll do it.

When Lily’s dad offers Stone extra cash to volunteer as Lily’s permanent dance partner, he can’t refuse. But with each dip and turn, each moment her hand is in his, his side job starts to feel all too real. But in dance, as in life, one wrong move and someone could get hurt.

I have enjoyed Rachel Harris’ books in the past and this one looked pretty cute so I requested it for review. It’s a March release but it’s going on my February TBR so that I can stay on top of my review pile. You know how I roll.

What books are on your TBR pile for February? 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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