TBR Challenge 2019

Review:  Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder

TBR Challenge 2019

Review:  Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder

I haven’t reviewed in a while, but I have missed it, so I am trying again with the TBR Challenge. The month the challenge is “We Love Short Shorts! (shorter reads)”. I was hearing a lot of positive buzz about Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder, so that is what I picked.

This was a fun, short read. Normally I find that most novellas I read end up with a “Yeah, it was ok. 3 stars” rating from me, but this one was better than that. There was a lot of humor, and the world building felt richer than you usually see in such a short story. Pinky is a first generation American whose parents run an Indian restaurant in a small town. She is working there after dropping out of grad school, and it is there she reconnects with Trucker, who was a couple of years ahead of her in high school. He is now a member of the town motorcycle gang, and he likes Indian food so he keeps coming in to her restaurant.

Trucker and Pinky have a very nerdy, banter-heavy relationship. I enjoyed all of their scenes together. It is definitely not your typical motorcycle romance, as Tucker is rather sweet. The romance is quick, and involves lots of hot sex. This story falls on the erotic side of the romance spectrum, so if that is not your cup of tea, this is not the book for you. I enjoyed it a lot and laughed out loud a couple of times. Definitely different for a motorcycle club hero.

We really only see Pinky’s parents through her eyes (the story is pretty short, so not really a lot of room for characters other than the hero and heroine), but I really appreciated Pinky’s comments to herself about, in particular, her mother’s response to “Amrikan” girls. This is one of those cases where the world of the book is not one that I am familiar with, but one I wanted to hear more about. I enjoyed reading about Pinky’s issues with her Desi mom, and would have enjoyed reading about them in a longer story. An author I will definitely read again.
 
Grade: B+
TBR Challenge 2018

Review:  Free Fall by Emma Barry & Genevieve Turner

TBR Challenge 2018

Review:  Free Fall by Emma Barry & Genevieve Turner

Once again I am behind in my blogging, but the #TBRChallenge is getting me back into the groove. (I have been reading, but have not been writing and posting reviews.) Luckily, the theme this month is Series – book that is part of series, and I just happened to be reading such a book: Free Fall by Emma Barry & Genevieve Turner. Free Fall is part of the Fly Me to the Moon series, an alternate history version of the

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Review:  Until We Fall by Jessica Scott

Review:  Until We Fall by Jessica Scott

I think I have read every romance that Jessica Scott has published. She writes contemporary romance that involves members of the U.S. military, and her familiarity with this world really shows. She is an active duty army officer and her knowledge and experience in this world ensure her world building reads as authentic and very real. I know some think that world building applies only to the make-believe worlds in

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TBR Challenge 2018

Review:   Breakaway by Catherine Gayle

TBR Challenge 2018

Review:   Breakaway by Catherine Gayle

It has been a busy month, and I see I haven’t reviewed any books since my last TBR Challenge review. I am trying to write a book of my own and I haven’t had as much spare time to do other things, like reviewing my “fun” reading. In fact, the book I have chosen for this month’s challenge (theme this month: Contemporary) is a book I was assigned to read as part of a plotting course I am taking to improve my

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TBR Challenge 2018

Review:  To Have and To Hold by Patricia Gaffney

TBR Challenge 2018

Review:  To Have and To Hold by Patricia Gaffney

The theme for this month’s TBR Challenge is Kicking it Old School (original publication date older than 10 years). I picked To Have and to Hold by Patricia Gaffney, which was originally published in 1995. It is the second book in the Wyckerley Trilogy. I knew this book was a bit controversial, but I bought it when it was on sale a long time ago and I never got around to reading it. I had previously read and

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Review:  The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Review:  The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind is a big book, with a big reputation. It has been recommended to me a number of times, and I finally decided to listen to it via audiobook. I love reading big books (this is 662 pages in print), and I particularly love listening to a big book – the audiobook version takes 27 hours and 56 minutes to complete. I listen when I am walking my dogs, exercising, and sometimes when cooking or doing

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TBR Challenge 2018

Review: The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere

TBR Challenge 2018

Review: The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere

The theme for this month’s TBR Challenge is Sugar or Spice (closed door romance or spicy romance). I picked The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere. I have read very few books that I would classify as part of the Inspirational or Christian Fiction genre and it is always good to try something new, and it was there waiting for me in my TBR. In trying to come up with the keywords for this review, I

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Review:   Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Review:   Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Burn Bright is the 5th book in Patricia Briggs’ Alpha & Omega series, which right now is my absolute favorite book series. It is set in the same world as her Mercy Thompson series, and I would recommend reading them both: they are truly wonderful books, and the world building is fantastic. You need to read these books in order, however, as the plot does depend on what came before. You could read just this

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TBR Challenge 2018

Review: Turning Up the Heat by Laura Florand

TBR Challenge 2018

Review: Turning Up the Heat by Laura Florand

The Winter Olympics, particularly the figure skating, is messing up my reading and writing schedule. I am way behind in posting any reviews here basically because I haven’t done a lot of reading lately because I am such a figure skating fan. The TBR Challenge is definitely helping to motivate me to get a post up. This month’s theme is Backlist Glom (author with multiple books in your TBR). I have 5 books by

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Review:   Blood Fury by J. R. Ward

Review:   Blood Fury by J. R. Ward

J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books are like chocolate chip cookies – they are really good and no matter how many you have had, you always want more. The main series now has 15 (soon to be 16) books, but Blood Fury is the third book in her spin-off Black Dagger Legacy series. The original series has as its focus the fight between the Brotherhood vampires and the evil Lessers, with many, many characters and

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