#TBRCHALLENGE May 2021 - Fairy Tale or Folktale *REVIEW*

 Welcome back to the #TBRCHALLENGE for May 2021. This month's theme is Fairytale or Folktale, but I didn't know how to search my books for that particular theme. I picked the next closest thing I had - Dukes! This month I read (most of) Duke I'd like to F... A Historical Romance Anthology. I bought this anthology last year. I was unfamiliar with most of the authors. I don't read many novellas because I have a hard time connecting with characters when the format is so short. Each novella was so different, so I want to comment on them individually. The Chasing of Eleanor Vane by Sierra Simone : This novella is the first in the anthology and I had a hard time connecting with the premise. I wasn't convinced that the hero and heroine would actually wind up with a happy ending despite their strong physical, instant attraction to each other. The world in which the duke wanted to live was so far removed from the heroine's life. Duke for Hire by Nicola Davidson - This w

#TBR Challenge April 2021 - Old School *REVIEW*

For the #tbrchallenge for April, I read an Old School novel. I chose A Hunger Like No Other, which was published in 2006. I'd read this book before and I loved it every bit as much the second time. It's such a compelling, dramatic, fun, sexy read. For those new to paranormal romance, the hero is alpha to the extreme. The heroine is a little of a Mary Sue at the beginning of the book, but she finds her own and figures herself out by the end. There's quite a bit of violence on the page and the hero is the definition of torrid and tortured. Having read the rest of the series, I could see the groundwork being laid in the world and met a lot of future heroes/heroines in this one. Want to participate in the #tbrchallenge? Details here . 

#TBR Challenge April 2021 - Old School

 I had to change my original pick for this month. I tried reading a historical romance and I could not get into it ... I think I overdid it on historicals in 2020 and I've burned out on them. Instead, I've decided to do a re-read of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series . I've been saving the first season of the podcast Fated Mates until I could do a refresher on the books. I read them so long ago, a lot of the books are meshing together in my head. From what I recall, there's a fairly complex world of immoral beings with different rules and skills.  I'll be reading A Hunger Like No Other  originally published in 2006. 

#TBRCHALLENGE March 2021 - Book by a Favorite Author *REVIEW*

 For March's #TBRCHALLENGE - book by a favorite author, I read Tessa Bailey's Getaway Girl .  I enjoyed Tessa Bailey's Hot and Hammered series and this book did not disappoint. It had all the hallmarks of a Tessa Bailey book - sassy & strong heroine, dirty-talking hero and heroine, and a winding, twisting, romantic road to their HEA. So many great lines in this book and the conversation between the hero and heroine was playful and poppin'. Addison returns to her hometown after her grandmother's death to wrap up her affairs. When she sneaks into her cousin's wedding, she doesn't expect to be the getaway driver for the jilted groom, the future mayor and man who is powerful, rich, and unbearably sexy. He just wants an escape and finds comfort in Addison's world. I liked that they started out as friends and made the switch into lovers after getting to know each other.  I'll be reading more of Tessa Bailey's books in the future. Find out more abou

#TBRCHALLENGE March - Book by a Favorite Author

I loved Tessa Bailey's Hot and Hammered series, so my pick for March's #TBRCHALLEGE Book by  Favorite Author is Getaway Girl . Want to join the challenge? Details here .  When I look at the books that I haven't read, I sometimes feel overwhelmed. What I love about it this challenge is it helps me to categories my books and pick one by a certain date. Review to follow on March 17th (St. Patrick's Day!).

#TBR Challenge Februrary 2021 - New-To-You Author *REVIEW*

I purchased Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl last summer. I picked it up half a dozen times and could not get into it, but so many romance readers rave about it, so I promised myself I'd finish it. This book took off at 15%. There are so many great things in this story.  The main characters have friendships, hobbies, and jobs they enjoy. The heroine has left NYC after learning it was not for her. I feel like so often heroes/heroines seek city life as an accomplishment, and as someone who loves the quiet of suburbia, I enjoyed reading the opposite. The hero is a hot librarian who likes to read, rock climb, and is very into pleasing his heroine.  They both have issues with their families that they work out and I enjoyed seeing them find strength from each other and within themselves. The chemistry is hot, and the romance is on point. CW: bullying, suicide attempt 

#TBR Challenge Februrary 2021 - New-To-You Author

 In 2020, with so much time at home, I got into podcasts. I'd put on my wireless headphones and go out into the garden and weed, water, and plant. Most of the podcasts I like are romance novel related and one, in particular, Fated Mates, recommends a lot of different authors. They are responsible for at least a dozen books on my TBR. This month's #TBRChallenge pick is a New-To-You Author. I've selected Victoria Dahl's Taking the Heat .  I only started using GoodReads a couple of years ago, but I have no other Victoria Dahl books there, and none of her titles seem familiar. I've started this book several times and had trouble staying focused, but this is the month!