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Master List - 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge (June Progress)
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming
  • Items in bold were completed this month. I'm going to put this challenge on hold until after COYER.

 

  • Recommend by Librarian                                   
  • On TBR Long Time - Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky                             
  • Book of Letters - With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin                                 
  • Audiobook - Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan                               
  • POC Author - The Sweetest Thing (Just Desserts #1) by D.F. Mello                                  
  • 1 of 4 Seasons in Title - A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart #1) by Amanda Forester                             
  • Story within a Story                               
  • Multiple Authors  - Weddings Under a Western Sky (Anthology)                             
  • Espionage Thriller - Dangerous Allies (WWII Book 1) by Renee Ryan                          
  • Cat on the Cover - Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery #4) by Sofie Kelly                                  
  • Author Pen Name - Apprentice in Death (..In Death #43) by J.D. Robb                           
  • Genre Not Normally Read - Antidote for Night by Marsha De La O                     
  • By/About a Person with a disability

Involving Travel - Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

  1. Subtitle
  2. Published in 2017 - Echoes in Death (...In Death #44) by J.D. Robb
  3. Mythical Creature
  4. Re-read a shelf keeper - Vision Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King
  5. Food - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
  6. Career Advice
  7. Non-human Perspective - Vision Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King
  8. Steampunk
  9. Red Spine
  10. Set in Wilderness
  11. Loved as a Child - Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) by Francine Pascal
  12. Author from a country you’ve never visited - Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
  13. Title with a character name - A Suitor for Jenny (Rocky Creek #2) by Margaret Brownley
  14. War time setting - Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh
  15. Unreliable Narrator - A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay
  16. Book with Pictures - March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  17. MC is different ethnicity than you - Craving Temptation (Just Desserts #2) by D.F. Mello
  18. Interesting Woman
  19. Book with setting in 2 different time periods
  20. Month/Day in title
  21. Set in a hotel - Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers #1) by Sarah Morgan
  22. By someone you admire - The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  23. 2017 movie adaptions
  24. Holiday other than Christmas - Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell
  25. First Book in Series - Enchanted, Inc (Enchanted, Inc #1) by Shanna Swendson
  26. Bought on a trip - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  27. Recommended by an author you like
  28. 2016 Best Seller - The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  29. Family member term in title - Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
  30. Takes place over a character’s lifetime - If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  31. Genre never heard of - Cyberpunk Tales, Book One: Looking Death in the Eye by A.L. Hunt
  32. More than 800 pages - London: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
  33. UBS find
  34. Book mentioned in another book
  35. Difficult topic - The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler

Based on Mythology

About an immigrant or refugee

Book with eccentric character - Alibi in High Heels (High Heels #4) by Gemma Halliday

Due to issues with BL

I'm quitting BL-opoly. I am done with the crappy service of BL on the weekends. I had just finished writing a review when the site crapped out. I won't be participating in the summer swap either....I just can't trust BL lately and will spend more time on GR.

Friday Reads - June 23, 2017
The Bull Rider's Homecoming (Blue Thorn Ranch) - Allie Pleiter Ellis Island - Kate Kerrigan Hell on Wheels - Julie Ann Walker A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo) - Sarah Mallory Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson

For the last week of June, I have a full load to read. All new, fresh reading to juice up my reading mojo.

 

Friday Free Read/COYER Summer 2017: The Bull Rider's Homecoming by Allie Pleiter. This is on my COYER reading list so I figured kill two birds with one book. I have read another book by this author that I enjoyed so I am hoping for another great read.

 

BL-opoly Read/Pop Sugar Challenge: Ellis Island (Ellis Island #1) by Kate Kerrigan. Irish immigrant to NYC during the 1920s satisfies the prompt "book written/about refugees or immigrants".

 

RB Bingo: Hell on Wheels (Black Knights, Inc #1) by Julie Ann Walker. Still trying to find a book that fits in the "Never read genre/subgenre" square. I bailed on the rock star series when it became clear the series was about all the other employees of the band and not about the band members. This book is a combination of motorcycle club and military romance, which are other niches I don't read. Thank goodness for OverDrive.

 

COYER Summer 2017: A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo #1) by Sarah Mallory. This is the first in a trilogy. I am kicking myself for reading that kidnapped romance when I could have just waited for COYER to start and used this book instead.

 

Random Pick: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson because it is due back to the library at the end of the week.

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Sign ups for the summer edition of the #24in48 read-a-thon is now live. I have already signed up, and will be posting updates here and on my IG account.

Review
3.5 Stars
Review: Loose Lips (Dusty Deals #5) by Rae Davies
Loose Lips - Diane Rae Davis

This was another fun installment in the Dusty Deals series. Lucy is prodded into entering a contest for best window display in Helena while the town's newest coffee place is killing her friend's business. This new coffee place is - you guessed it- serving up more than just coffee! When one of the "business" owner winds up dead, several people in Lucy's social circle are suspected of being the murder. There were a few red herrings, but the plotline never got so tangled to be unbelievable. Det. Peter Blake seems more in tune with Lucy's intuitions and schemes, and believes in her instincts more than the new part-time detective the force hired. I hope Blake puts Klein in his place in the next book. I really enjoyed the deepening of Blake and Lucy's relationship. Overall, just a good time reading this book.

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Read for COYER Summer Reading List 2017

Review
1 Stars
Review: Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breed #14.6) by Lara Adrian
Midnight Unbound - Lara Adrian

The new generation of Breeds are not doing it for me. These novellas are really starting to get ridiculous in terms of pacing and an actual plotline.

 

This was a continuation of events in Midnight Untamed (#14.5). Chiara, our dim-witted heroine, is in danger from people who want her as a Breedmate and in payment for her dead shitty ex-husband's debts. We have one plot moppet, which shows up just for one scene in the beginning and then in the epilogue. Scythe, a Hunter-type of Breed, is tasked with protecting Chiara back in her home and luring the bad guys so they can be dealt with once and for all. Scythe cares deeply about his boner; it takes up about a third of the book, all the feelings he has about his boner. Boner, Boner, Boner. Chiara is also mad with horniness that comes from being sans kid duty, in mortal danger, and cooped up with a virile walking boner Breed. The bad guys finally come out to play in the second to last chapter and are dealt with in about 5 pages. Also within those 5 pages, Chiara figures out her power (that is part of the basic world building of the MB series from the original set of books).

 

This was just bad in world building (vineyard in Italy, but it could be a farm in the middle of Iowa for all the descriptions), the Rome office of the Order can't be bothered to help out (which goes against the original Order members' pledge), and I didn't find an iota of chemistry between Chiara and Scythe, although there was ample chemistry between Scythe and his boner.

 

Overall, a very weak effort in the MB series.

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Read for COYER Summer Reading List 2017

Review: Chase (Secret Confessions Backstage #1) by K.M. Golland
Secret Confessions: Backstage - Chase - K.M. Golland

WTAF did I read?

 

Not just NOPE.

 

Not just Aw Hell No.

 

But a FUCKING HELL NO.

 

This is a 38 page short story about Chase, a fan of the band The Screaming Tuesdays, and Jess, also a fan who meet at a concert. During said concert, they are SOOOOOO overcome with hormones that they have a sweaty sex session in the stairwell in the arena. Then they use the restrooms to freshen up, finish watching (or semi-watching) the concert while they declare their everlasting to each other. After knowing each other with their clothes on for about 90 minutes and in the Biblical sense for about another 20.

 

For two American characters, there was a whole lot of Australian and UK slang and word usage. Also both Chase and Jess are very shallow people and I do think they deserve each other so that they can't screw up anyone else's life. More importantly, the story did not meet the requirements for the bingo square I had planned on using it for, so now I have to read the second book in the series.

Review
1 Stars
Review: Midnight in Legend, TN (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee #1) by Magdalena Scott
Midnight in Legend, TN: Small Town Romance in the Great Smoky Mountains (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee Book 1) - Magdalena Scott

I got the small town and all the trappings of said small town, I liked the hero, but I could not stand the heroine. Midnight Shelby was a spoiled, entitled brat of heroine; she acted more like 18 than a 42 year old divorcee. She jumps to so many conclusions, opinions nobody asked for, and mood changes at the blink of an eye....and yet all her problems are of someone else's fault. The voodoo doll stuff just showed her to be a bitter pill to boot and wasn't funny in the least.

 

Martin was a decent hero, but really bland. I understood his motivations for wanting to bring in the right kind of economic resurgence into his small town. His family is a bit cloying, but the friends within the community seemed normal. I don't honestly see why Martin would want a relationship with Midnight and there wasn't any chemistry to warrant the relationship. I won't be reading anymore from this series or the author.

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Read for COYER Summer Reading List.

Review
4 Stars
Review: Double Trouble (PJ Sugar #2) by Susan May Warren
Double Trouble  - Susan May Warren

Picking up about 6-8 weeks after book one ended, PJ Sugar is now working as an associate in Jeremy Kane's PI office and studying for her license. Kane still has feelings for PJ, but her high-school boyfriend/town detective Boone and PJ have been dating in those weeks and he has asked her to marry him. PJ hasn't given her answer (and won't until the very end of this book). The book starts off with PJ on her first stake out that gets the criminal but also gets her beloved green VW Bug totaled. Her next assignment involves standing in as a body double for a FBI witness in the days before she is to testify in court. There are other, smaller plotlines that all come together in the end.

 

I honestly did not figure out who was the stalker until the very end. And I still really love being in PJ's head and in the small town of Kellogg, MN. The semi-love triangle that I thought ended in the first book didn't  and continues on in this book and the next. Don't really mind it though in this series. I love that PJ has such an open heart and that she made real friends while doing body double work. Her mother and sister were a little mean to PJ for no good reason, especially Connie. I already have a hold on the third book in OverDrive.

 

Review
4 Stars
Review: Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise #4/Magnolias and Moonshine #18) by Merry Farmer
Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise Book 4) - Merry Farmer

If more contemporary romances were written like this, with characters like Dennis and Angie, I would read a ton more contemporaries! Dennis returns to Atlanta to woo his childhood friend/object of his teenage crush, Angie, to work for his employer, Paradise Space Flight. Angie just graduated with her PhD and is being pursued by different employers, the main ones being Paradise and NASA. Angie hated the way she and Dennis parted and seeing him again both raises her love for him as well as the guilt in the way she handled their friendship. There is a side plotline in that Angie and Dennis' friend Latoya (who needs her own book damnit!) refurbing some of the homes of the senior citizens in their neighborhood to help keep up home property values, make the homes safer for the occupants, and give Latoya's company some PR.

 

The chemistry between Angie and Dennis is intense and the sexy times are pretty damn hot. I also really loved Angie and Latoya's friendship - Latoya doesn't tell Angie what Angie wants to hear, she tells her what she needs to hear but not in a mean way. Angie does so much to redeem herself in her eyes and that helps her let go of past hurts/insecurities and embrace her new job and relationship with Dennis. I enjoyed learning her reasons for choosing the employer she does.  I loved the seniors and the neighborhood vibe of the story. I want to read the entire series!

 

Alternative cover model is closer to what Dennis looks like in the book:

Title: Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise, #4), Author: Merry Farmer

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Read for BL-opoly Free Friday

104 pages = $4.00

Review
1 Stars
Review: The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty by Mary Nichols
The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty. Mary Nichols - Mary Nichols

The book started out on a great note, but about one third into the story it took a lot of turns into ridiculous land, leaving me thinking the hero should have deposited the heroine back to her father's house and then left her for someone else. All those plot twists hinged on the heroine's impulsive, TSTL actions and all revolved around kidnapping - So. Much. Kidnapping. Seriously, after the third time, shouldn't everyone in this damn story keep one eye out for possible stalkers? No? Okay then.

 

Alex is a captain in the Royal Navy when he inherits the marquis estate from his late uncle and cousin. He is a member of this group of gentlemen who bring criminals to justice using spy and detective methods. Charlotte helps her father run their carriage shop; her father has made a lot of money and connections, but wants a title in the family, so he is shopping Charlotte around the marriage mart. Alex would rather keep his captain persona rather than take on the public persona of a marquis. But there is fun banter and a nice chemistry between the two. Charlotte is the victim of an attempted kidnapping (here we go) one morning in Hyde Park; luckily, Alex is there to thwart the kidnapping and extracts a promise from Charlotte to be a crap ton more cautious. Which she then breaks (over and over again).

 

While her father is away in Oxford on business, Charlotte is kidnapped again and held for ransom. The ransom is just for show, because the kidnappers' boss wants Charlotte (read: her dowry, which her father has made quite public) to be his wife. The father calls in Alex, who with his valet/buddy/muscle Davy go undercover and succeeds numerous times to rescue Charlotte, just for her to do something else stupid. Charlotte is on a boat headed to Lisbon to pick up her "suitor" and then onward to India for a honeymoon, leaving enough time to pass for her to be forced to marry her captor to keep her reputation in society's good side. The more she falls in love with Alex, the stupider her actions become. Lisbon is full of easily-bribable people as it turns out. Finally, after Alex proposes to Charlotte a second time on their way back to England and she says yes does he announce his title. Also the father isn't exactly all that smart either; the impulsiveness of Charlotte can also be seen in her father. The British ambassador to Portugal wasn't much help, thankfully his wife was as well as the nuns....yeah, this book had a lot of crazy sauce to it.

 

Alex is a good guy, and pretty smart. Charlotte was a smart woman until she fell in love. I hate this in romance. I read this for RB Bingo "person in uniform on the cover."

BL-opoly (Turn #19)
Ellis Island - Kate Kerrigan

Previously on....TRB's BL-opoly:

 

Space: Frontierland 4 - DNF'd at 20% mark His Very Own Girl by Carrie Lofty. $1.00 to the bank for pages read.

 

Free Friday Book: Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise #4/Magnolias and Moonshine #18) by Merry Farmer. 104 pages = $4.00 to the bank.

 

Current Bank Balance: $87.00

 

 

June 20th Roll: 11 (6+5)

New Space: New Orleans Square Station - Book involves overseas travel or has a suitcase on the cover. Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan. 352 pages = $6.00 to the bank. I am also using this book for a prompt on the Pop Sugar Challenge (book about/written by immigrant or refugee).

 

Blurb:

Already a hit in the United Kingdom, Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan is both a poignant love story and a lyrical, evocative depiction of the immigrant experience in early 20th century America. Set in the 1920s, Kerrigan’s novel tells of a young Irish woman who must choose between her new life in New York City and her husband back home in Ireland, brilliantly capturing these two vastly different worlds in the process. Readers of historical fiction, as well as fans of the novels of Frank Delany and other Irish themed works, will adore their time spent on Ellis Island.  

DNFs
His Very Own Girl - Carrie Lofty The Silent Governess - Julie Klassen

My reading was bogged down because I kept these two boring romances on my currently reading list and just kept finding other books tor read. I gave these books each a day and still couldn't muster the energy to put into reading more. Cutting my losses now so that I can make room for more interesting books.

 

His Very Own Girl at the 20% mark - tried to read this for BL-opoly, so I will take the $1.00 and move on.

 

The Silent Governess at the 29% mark - tried to read this for Pop Sugar challenge, but I have more than enough books that could fit the prompt.

Read 43%
Midnight Unbound - Lara Adrian

I am nicknaming this one "The One with the Endless Hard-On" - 160 pages and most of it about Scythe's hard on. I can handle only so much boner talk before the book needs to be put down and I read something else.

Friday Reads - June 16, 2017
Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise Book 4) - Merry Farmer His Very Own Girl - Carrie Lofty The Silent Governess - Julie Klassen Midnight Unbound - Lara Adrian Midnight in Legend, TN: Small Town Romance in the Great Smoky Mountains (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee Book 1) - Magdalena Scott The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty. Mary Nichols - Mary Nichols

Free Friday BL-opoly Read: Heat Wave by Merry Farmer, in honor of the heat wave the UK is facing this weekend and into next week. This is one of 30 novellas that RT convention 2017 commissioned for its Magnolias and Moonshine campaign for Atlanta; it is also part of her Nerds of Paradise series. It is a contemporary romance with interracial couple. 104 pages = $2.00.

 

BL-opoly Read (pre-shake up): Trying to get through His Very Own Girl by Carrie Lofty. It's boring me at the 20% mark, so if it doesn't improve by the 50%, I am going to DNF. I can't wait for D-Day so at least something happens.

 

Pop Sugar Read: The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen. This is so boring and a bit unrealistic. Christian romance set in rural Regency England. I'm giving it until 50% to get better before I pull the DNF card.

 

COYER Summer Vacation Reads: Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breeds #14.5) by Lara Adrian, because I wanted something different than historical romance. Since it is a short book, I am also going to try and knock out Midnight in Legend, TN by Magdalena Scott as well.

 

Ripped Bodice Bingo Read: The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty by Mary Nichols. I just finished this one for the "person in uniform on the cover" square. A Georgian-era romance that takes place in Lisbon and London. I borrowed from the library, so a Library Love Challenge book to boot.

 

So my son's last day of Kindergarten was yesterday. I can't believe my little boy is going to be a 1st grader already. I forgot how much energy little boys can have, lol.

Review
2 Stars
Review: An Encounter at Hyde Park (Anthology) by Various Authors
An Encounter at Hyde Park - Ava Stone, Deb Marlowe, Claudia Dain, Karen Hawkins

 The first two stories needed a copy editor stat. Each story involved a meet cute or ending in Hyde Park during the Regency period but not in the same year. The second two stories involve titled members of London society from Scotland.

 

I started reading this book prior to the announcement of #rippedbodicebingo, but it fits a square (an anthology), so I am already making a little progress on the challenge!

 

 

1. Chasing Miss Montford by Claudia Dain - 0 star

UGH. So I remembered some of the characters from another book I read from the author last summer. Hated that book and hated this story, so staying consistent at least. The author thinks gossip is a weapon and the women in the story "outwits" the men due to their use of gossip. All the characters are so shallow, they are the kiddie pools of Regency romance. As for the romance, it's a blink and you miss it kind of insta-love. Finally there is a deep thread of racism against Native Americans in this series.

 

2. A Waltz in the Park by Deb Marlowe - 4 stars

Another great installment in the Half Moon House series. Vickers and Addie made a great team, both in taking down his father and as a couple. Rosamond had a good character arc as well. And it was fun being back in the world of Hestia Wright's Regency.

 

3. Promises Made by Ava Stone - 1 star

A real clunker of a story thanks to an unbearable heroine. Ellie was a spoiled, shallow brat and I saw no redeeming quality in her to make Griffin want to be with her. Griffin could do soooo much better. There was no resolution to the secondary romance between Healyfield and Throssell, so why even have it in the novella?

 

4. Charlotte's Bed by Karen Hawkins - 4 stars

A great story from a new to me author. This story is a reunion story between Angus (Viscount MacThune) and Charlotte twenty years after Angus left for India to make his money. It was rounded out with two side characters who played matchmakers. At times angsty, at times sexy, this was a satisfying end to a very uneven anthology.

 

currently reading

Progress: 25%
Stay a Little Longer - Dorothy Garlock
First Frost - Sarah Addison Allen
Homefront Hero - Allie Pleiter
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin
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