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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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My TBR Pile: August 2018

Posted July 31, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments

Last month, I started this feature where I put together a list of books that I planned on reading and I wanted to see how close I could get to reading all of them. I got pretty close to reading all of the books on my list but I didn’t quite take the entire cake as I fell one book short. Better luck next time, right??? Here’s what I plan on reading in the month of August. The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby Releases on August 7, 2018 Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Girl Online meets Wild in this emotionally charged story of girl who takes to the wilderness to rediscover herself and escape the superficial persona she created on social media. Mari Turner’s life is perfect. That is, at least to her thousands of followers who have helped her become an internet starlet. But when she breaks down and posts a video confessing she’s been living a lie—that she isn’t the happy, in-love, inspirational online personality she’s been trying so hard to portray—it goes viral and she receives major backlash. To get away from it all, she makes an impulsive decision: to hike the entire John Muir trail. Mari and her late cousin, Bri, were supposed to do it together, to celebrate their shared eighteenth birthday. But that was before Mari got so wrapped up in her online world that she shut anyone out who questioned its worth—like Bri. With Bri’s boots and trail diary, a heart full of regret, and a group of strangers that she meets along the way, Mari tries to navigate the difficult terrain of the hike. But the true challenge lies within, as she searches for the way back to the girl she fears may be too lost to find: herself.
Jessi Kirby has written some great contemporary YA’s and I’m really excited about her new one. Girl Online meets Wild? Yeah, count me in. Down with Love (Laws of Attraction #1) by Kate Meader Releases on August 7, 2018 Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Sparks fly when the hot-shot divorce lawyer meets the high-powered wedding planner. The only question is, what kind? If you ever get married, remember my name: Max Henderson. In my line of work, you acquire a certain perspective on supposedly everlasting unions. . . . 1. Pre-nups are your friend. 2. The person you married is not the person you’re divorcing. 3. And I hope you didn’t spend much on the wedding because that was one helluva waste of hard-earned cash, wasn’t it? But some guys are willing to take a chance. Like my brother, who thinks he’s going to ride off into the sunset with the woman of his dreams in a haze of glitter on unicorns. And the wedding planner—the green-eyed beauty who makes a living convincing suckers to shell out thousands of dollars on centerpieces—is raking it in on this matrimonial monstrosity. The thing is, Charlie Love is not unlike me. We’re both cogs in the wedding-industrial complex. As the best man, I know her game—and I can play it better than her. But after one scorching, unexpected kiss, I’m thinking I might just want to get played.
Kate Meader has clawed her way onto my auto-buy list and I’m pretty stoked about her new series. I will miss the Chicago Rebels folks but I have faith that Kate Meader will bring it with this new book. I’m definitely planning on reading this one early on in the month. When a Duke Loves a Woman (Sins for All Seasons #2) by Lorraine Heath Releases on August 21, 2018 Genres: Historical, Romance
Gillie Trewlove knows what a stranger’s kindness can mean, having been abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. So, when suddenly faced with a soul in need at her door—or the alleyway by her tavern—Gillie doesn’t hesitate. But he’s no infant. He’s a grievously injured, distractingly handsome gentleman who doesn’t belong in Whitechapel, much less recuperating in Gillie’s bed. Being left at the altar is humiliating; being rescued from thugs by a woman—albeit a brave and beautiful one—is the pièce de résistance to the Duke of Thornley’s extraordinarily bad day. After nursing him back from the brink, Gillie agrees to help him comb London’s darker corners for his wayward bride. But every moment together is edged with desire and has Thorne rethinking his choice of wife. Yet Gillie knows the aristocracy would never accept a duchess born in sin. Thorne, however, is determined to prove to her that no obstacle is insurmountable when a duke loves a woman.
Ahh, I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since I finished the first book in this series. I can’t wait to get to know the sister that owns a pub and saves a Duke. Bring on the Trewlove siblings please!!! Under Control (Boston Fire #5) by Shannon Stacey Releases on August 28, 2018 Genres: Contemporary, Romance
When faced with the opportunity to change shifts while staying in the same house, veteran firefighter Derek Gilman jumps at the chance. His new schedule means not working Saturdays, which means more time to spend with his two kids. His divorce may have been amicable, but being a firefighter and a single dad is a lot to juggle. And when fate brings a gorgeous, wealthy woman into his life, he’s pretty sure he can’t handle more than he already is. Olivia McGovern loves plans. She planned to start her own business and planned its growth. It’s earning her seven figures now, but her personal life simply doesn’t exist. Getting trapped in a broken elevator figures in exactly nowhere, and freaking out in front of a sexy firefighter definitely isn’t on the agenda. Especially not one with two kids and an ex. What would have been a random incident with an attractive stranger becomes something more when a charity event brings them back together. They’re from different sides of the tracks, literally—with friends, family and careers to consider. But as Derek and Olivia are discovering, chemistry doesn’t allow for plans, and love doesn’t bother with logistics.
I have been steady in reading every single book that comes out in this series. I can’t help myself. Apparently, I have a thing for firefighters who live in Boston even though I’m a huge Lakers fan and don’t even like Boston. I seem to forget that every time Shannon Stacey releases a book in this series. I blame the covers. They’re too sexy, how can I resist? Also? I’ve enjoyed all of the other books so there’s that as well. Can’t wait to dig into this one. The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare Releases on August 28, 2018 Genres: Historical, Romance
He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson The accidental governess. After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart… without risking her own. The infamous rake. Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling… and he’s in danger of falling, hard.
Tessa Dare writes fantastic historical romances and is one of those authors that I never browse. I read every single word of every single book that she puts out because she’s that good for me. I have every faith that this book will be as good as I’m hoping because some of my favorite bloggers have already read and loved this book so I have such high hopes. I can’t wait to read this one. Are there any books coming out in August that you’re looking forward to? How about books that you just want to read in August? Share your TBR lists in the comments!

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My TBR Pile: July 2018

Posted June 28, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

I’m not one of those readers that can pick up books to read on a whim. I plan out what I’m going to read and every month, I know that I will read a huge chunk of the books that I planned on reading. It makes me happy when I accomplish these reading goals. So here are five books that I plan on reading this month. 1. Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison
The next hilarious and heartwarming novel from bestselling author Beth Harbison. Jane Holcomb isn’t exactly a widow, though she feels like one. She divorced her unfaithful husband, Ben, ten months before he died of a heart attack at the beach house he got in the divorce settlement. He was thirty-two. Two years later, Jane returns to the house to clean it up in preparation to sell it. Much to her surprise, Ben arrives soon after her. He has finally learned his lesson, finally realized she’s the love of his life and that he blew things big-time by cheating on her—unfortunately, he’s only learned this after death. Jane has to contend with her ghost of an ex-husband discreetly while also dealing with the coming and going of various guests—including her sister, who wants to know what the heck is going on with suddenly-skittish Jane, and a handsome contractor who sets sparks flying at Jane, much to the consternation of her jealous late husband. Jane will have to find the strength and independence within herself, as well as the forgiveness that will help her move on with her life and Ben move on past this mortal medium where he is stuck trying to atone for his sins with a sassy ex-wife.
I got this book for review a couple of months ago because it sounded like an interesting read. I’m just about caught up on my review pile so this one is up soon. I can’t wait to dig in. 2. The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
Sophie Kinsella meets Jennifer Crusie in your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL! April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on Craigslist since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family’s summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the Craigslist ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play. Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m the REAL DEAL. Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He’s this close to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He’s no gigolo. Please. He’s something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April’s new beau — the bad boy with the heart of gold. Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents’ inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal. She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down. He didn’t expect to have the time of his life at her parent’s home. They didn’t plan on loving every single second of the game. But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?
I’ve had my eye on this book ever since I became aware that it was coming out. I participated in the cover reveal on Book Binge and when I got it for review, I was stoked. I plan on reading the heck out of it this month. 3. A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr. Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice, and his attraction to her, but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project. Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?
I came across this book while searching for diverse romances and holy cow, this sounds like such a cute romance. I’ve heard loads of good things about Alyssa Cole’s writing so I’m seriously looking forward to digging into this one. Woot! 4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
I read this book a few years ago and fell in love with Lara Jean. Ames and I are planning to buddy review this book sometime this month and we chose it to prepare ourselves for the Netflix movie that is coming out in August. Yikky skippy! 5. The Real Thing by Cassie Mae
In this electrifying novel from Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction. Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world. When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.
I’m determined to read my first Polynesian romance and this is going to be the one. I can’t wait to jump right in. This one sounds super intense. Come to mama!
Are there any books coming out in July that you’re looking forward to? How about books that you just want to read in July? Share your TBR lists in the comments!

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