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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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TBR Challenge 2018

Review:   Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole

TBR Challenge 2018

Review:   Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole

The TBR Challenge is a year-long event Wendy the Super Librarian runs to get us to “… once a month pull a dormant book out of your TBR pile and read it. On the 3rd Wednesday of the month, talk about that book.”  This post lists all of the participating blogs where you can comment, and if you use social media you can use the hashtag #TBRChallenge. Each month has a specific theme to help you pick your book to

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Review:    Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Review:    Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Hate to Want You ended up on a lot of “Best of ” lists last year, but I didn’t read it until just this past weekend. This is the first book in an as yet unfinished series (the third and final book will be published later this year), and the buzz about this series was so intense I finally gave in and bought it. I have a kind of love/hate relationship with contemporary romance: I have certain authors I enjoy very much, but for the

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Review:    The Emperor’s Arrow by Lauren D. M. Smith

Review:    The Emperor’s Arrow by Lauren D. M. Smith

Lauren D. M. Smith won Harlequin’s 2015 So You Think You Can Write contest with this book. (From what I can determine, it appears that this was the last time that this contest was run.) I had heard some positive buzz about the book at the time the book was published in 2016, so when I saw a deal price on this book last year I bought it and it entered my ever towering TBR list. I picked this book out of the digital pile

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Review:    The Warlord and the Nightingale by Jeannie Lin

Review:    The Warlord and the Nightingale by Jeannie Lin

I have always loved fairy tales. My mother read a lot of them to me as a child, and it is a type of story that I find comforting. Today I was looking for a short, comfort read and came across The Warlord and the Nightingale in my to-be-read pile. I have heard many good things about Jeannie Lin, and I have other of her books waiting to be read, but for some reason I never got around to reading any of them until I read

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