Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Shelf That I STILL Haven’t Read Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet. 

Ugh. This topic depresses me. I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year, but the list goes back further than that. Some of these are books I bought. Others are books I was given. All are books I own. Sigh.

1.The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

3. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry

7. Ten Beach Road by Wendy Wax

8. The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

9. The Source by J.D. Horn

10. How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren

Have your read any of these books? Are any of them stuck on your TBR list, too?

Review: Wrong Question, Right Answer by Elle Casey

Wrong Question, Right Answer
The Bourbon Street Boys, #3
Author: Elle Casey
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


As a member of the Bourbon Street Boys private security firm, Antoinette “Toni” Delacourte is one strong woman, but despite her reputation for being tough as nails, she is haunted by her past mistakes. Now they’re catching up to her, and throwing her for a loop.

Ten years ago, Toni kissed Lucky, her brother’s best friend. Worried it would break apart the group she’d come to see as family, she walked away—straight into the arms of Charlie, and an abusive relationship.

For the past decade she’s tried to keep her feelings for Lucky platonic—he’s her friend, her colleague, and he’s got his own past to deal with. Free of Charlie but unable to shake his memory, Toni finds herself feeling vulnerable and unable to deny her attraction to Lucky any longer.

She’s always thought that kiss was her first mistake, but now she’s wondering whether the real mistake was running away.

Toni’s story is the one I’ve been most interested in reading since I began reading The Bourbon Street Boys series. Her dark history combined with her bad attitude and kick ass ways have made her an exciting character to read about. I was happy to finally get her story and even happier that it involved Lucky.

As teenagers, Toni and Lucky shared one kiss. Since then, they have been avoiding their feelings for each other. When a drunken night has them reenacting their first and only kiss, they find their attraction to each other has not disappeared over the years. It’s gotten even more intense. Toni knows she doesn’t deserve Lucky, so she does everything she can think of to push him away. Lucky isn’t one to back down from a challenge, though. He’s going to do everything he can to prove to Toni that she is everything he wants.

Honestly, I thought Elle Casey came up with the perfect situation for Toni and Lucky. She brought them closer together in a fun way. Toni wasn’t prepared for her feelings or relationship with Lucky. It brought out her vulnerable side. The confusion and anger she felt created a humorous storyline. It also showed what a strong, amazing character Lucky was. I loved the way their story played out.

Wrong Question, Right Answer was a great addition to The Bourbon Street Boys series. I can’t wait to see what Elle Casey has in store for the next book in the series. I’m really hoping it’s Toni’s brother Thibault’s story.

Review: ’89 Walls by Katie Pierson

’89 Walls
Katie Pierson
Publication Date: June 5, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction
Note: I received this book from the author via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity.

Quinn’s finishing high school on top. But that cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class makes her doubt her old assumptions. Challenging the rules now, though, would a) squander her last summer at home, b) antagonize her conservative dad, and c) make her a hypocrite.

Seth and Quinn’s passionate new romance takes them both by surprise. They keep it a secret: it’s too early to make plans and too late not to care. But it’s 1989. As politics suddenly get personal, they find themselves fighting bare-fisted for their beliefs—and each other—in the clear light of day.

’89 Walls is kind of a hard book to review. It’s categorized as YA, but so much of the story screamed adult fiction to me. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think the multitude historical references may be off-putting to some young adults looking for a coming of age contemporary romance. I grew up in the 80’s and even I found myself overwhelmed by the multitude of historical references peppered throughout the book. They set the timeline and political nature of the characters, but distracted from my emotional connection to the story.

That being said, Katie Pierson’s writing is very good. I never would have guessed this was her début novel. I applaud the way she dealt with some very tough political, social and personal issues. She didn’t shy away from anything.

My favorite thing about ’89 Walls were the relationships between all of the characters. Seth and Quinn had a deep connection for a couple of teenagers on the verge of adulthood. I loved that each stood their ground on their beliefs, but were willing to learn, grow and possibly change their minds. Their relationship wasn’t without turmoil, but the outcome of their problems made them stronger together and apart.

The story wasn’t just about Seth and Quinn’s relationship, though. It also focused on their relationships with their respective parents. Both were close to their parents and wanted to make them happy, but it wasn’t always possible. Seth and Quinn were fighting for their adulthood and freedom to make important choices in their lives. I loved they way they discovered how to balance their need for independence with their desires to make their parents proud.

Overall, ’89 Walls was a strong début novel. It’s filled with both political and emotional gems. I think readers who were teenagers in the late 1980’s will love and identify with the story.

Review: What’s Left of Me by Jennifer Loring

What’s Left of Me
The Firebird Trilogy, #2
Author: Jennifer Loring
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Recovering from years of living the superstar hockey life wasn’t easy, but now Aleksandr Volynsky finally has everything…

He’s married to the love of his life, expecting a daughter, and has a new job as an assistant coach with his old team, the Buffalo Gladiators. His happiness is short lived, however, when a sexual assault allegation surfaces, and Alex is forced to cooperate with an investigation for a crime he didn’t commit.

Stephanie Hartwell is juggling her dream job with marriage and motherhood, but she’s not convinced she’s doing any of it well…

Stephanie’s stress level goes from bad to worse when she’s diagnosed with a serious illness. Battling declining health and the critics who question her commitment to Alex in light of the allegation, she makes a decision that could change their relationship forever.

Alex is afraid he’s about to lose everything—especially when he sees Stephanie’s friend kiss her…

Devastated that his life is spiraling out of control again, Alex turns to his friend, Natasha, a Russian pop star. Convinced that Stephanie and her friend Brandon are having an affair, Alex resumes his self-destructive behavior.

What Alex doesn’t know is Stephanie has been conducting a secret investigation of her own. She learns the truth behind the sexual assault—a truth no one, especially Alex, expects.

With everything now out in the open, can Stephanie and Alex commit to a fresh start for the sake of their daughter, or will the ghosts of their pasts finally tear apart everything they have left?

This is probably bad to admit, but I could almost just copy and paste my review from Firebird (The Firebird Trilogy, #1) in and call it good. While the story in What’s Left of Me is different than that in the first book, the characters are exactly how I remember them. And that’s a great thing!

What’s Left of Me picks up not too far from where Firebird left off. Stephanie and Alex have finally found their happily ever after with each other, but sadly, it doesn’t last long. Both are under serious stress. Stephanie and Alex are coping with a rape scandal against Alex. It drives a wedge between them that is further widened by the lack of trust they still have in each other and a health scare for Stephanie. The rift between them causes both of them to spiral out of control.

What’s Left of Me was another amazing story that was constantly building. What stood out to me the most about it was the all of the drama in the story. I was completely sucked into it. There were so many raw moments. The characters went through so many real life situations. New struggles were constantly popping up, the way they do sometimes in life, and they just couldn’t catch a break. Their reactions and emotions were honest and relatable.

I continued to love the hotheaded jerk that Aleksandr was. He may not have always handled things well or appropriately, but he loved his girls fiercely. He would have done anything for them.

Stephanie still drove me nuts. She made some tough decisions that I didn’t agree with, but I couldn’t fault her for them. I understood why she needed to do the things she did. But, in the end, I loved what her influence did for Alex.

I absolutely loved the journey this book took me on. It was filled with so many ups and downs, but I couldn’t have been happier with the end. I would highly recommend What’s Left of Me — just make sure to read Firebird first so you don’t miss out on the beginning of Aleksandr and Stephanie’s love story!

Review: Forbidden Fling by Skye Jordan

Forbidden Fling
Wildwood, #1
Author: Skye Jordan
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from Amazon Publishing via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ .5


Delaney Hart has come a long way from her wild youth, dating tattooed bikers at her father’s bar, The Bad Seed. But when his death pulls her back to Wildwood, California, she must stay to renovate the dive he left her. And also face the lies and secrets that sent her running ten years before.

When Wildwood’s chief building inspector, Ethan Hayes, shows up on the property, Delaney doesn’t recognize him. The last thing he wants to do is save the bar where his cousin died in a brawl. But the good boy from her past is all too willing to remind her of the bad girl she used to be. And one night of passion leaves them both in a compromising position.

The last place Ethan should be is in Delaney’s bed. Guilt, family pressure, and plans for a brewpub of his own make shutting down The Bad Seed his top priority…until his feelings for Delaney interfere. Because her future depends on the success of the bar’s renovation and his dreams are rooted in its failure, their forbidden romance may be destined for heartbreak.

I was very pleased with Forbidden Fling. It’s the first book I’ve read by Skye Jordan and I wasn’t sure what to expect. So many Contemporary Romances resemble each other. It’s sometimes hard to tell them apart. Forbidden Fling was one that stood out from the crowd. The fast-paced story was beautifully written and exciting to read. I loved all the issues the history of Wildwood’s families created.

Forbidden Fling was a forbidden romance. It centers around the small town of Wildwood and family histories of its inhabitants. Delaney and Ethan should hate each other based on one horrible incident in their pasts, but one glorious night together makes that impossible. No matter how many reasons there are to stay away from each other, they can’t fight their growing attraction.

The characters in Forbidden Fling were so well thought out. I loved Delaney and Ethan. Their chemistry was off the charts sexy, and they had such a sweet relationship. But what I loved just as much were all the supporting characters. They added so much to the story! Ethan’s entire scandalous family made the story so much more interesting! For once, it wasn’t the love story that drove me to read the book, but what was going on all around it. I loved it!

My only little complaint about the story was how quickly it wrapped up at the end. I was surprised when it ended. I expected a little more of what the future entailed for Delaney and Ethan. Although, I do have a feeling I’ll get to see more of them in book 2!

Forbidden Fling was a wonderful Contemporary Romance. I would highly recommend it to Contemporary Romance readers who love a great story combined with sensual scenes.

Blog Tour Review: Interference by Mignon Mykel


by Mignon Mykel
Prescott Family #1
Publication Date: August 8, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance

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Hockey’s most eligible bachelor must run interference to get the one girl he can’t have.

I’d never even heard of Caleb Prescott, God’s gift to hockey. Who watches hockey anyways? Not me, I’m too busy with college and work. My part-time just for fun job has now asked me to recruit this player for a new dating show. Sounds easy enough. . .until he insists I become part of the show.

I only agreed to compete on the dating show to get closer to Sydney—the redhead pixie I’d do anything to see again. But unlike the women competing for my affection, or the puck bunnies desperate for my attention, Sydney isn’t impressed by my hockey skills. I never miss a shot, I don’t care if she calls interference, I’ll do anything to win her heart.


Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I have to admit Interference caught my eye with two words in its synopsis: hockey player. I cannot resist a romance with a hockey player as one of the main characters. Hockey romances are one of my favorites! That’s pretty funny considering I don’t even follow hockey, but there’s just something about them.

Interference was different from other hockey romances I’ve read. Instead of revolving around a college or professional hockey season setting, it took place in the off-season. There weren’t really any game scenes. The book mostly took place on a cruise ship. I’ve only read a couple of other books taking place on a cruise ship and Interference was by far my favorite. I think that was because of another super fun aspect of the book — the reality TV show.

Caleb, a famous hockey player, was approached by casting assistant Sydney to star in a new reality dating T.V. show. Caleb’s not really interested in participating or finding the perfect mate, but he finds himself unable to say no to Sydney. There’s something about the petite redhead that does something to him.

The more Caleb gets to know Sydney, the more he doesn’t want to do the reality show. But with no other choice, he’s forced to “date” all of the women Sydney chose for him that are supposed to be “his type”.

I absolutely loved the reality show aspect of this book and how it shaped Sydney and Caleb’s relationship. It added a humorous aspect and I loved how it painted the world of reality dating shows. I could imagine this whole scenario taking place in real life. There were so many barriers to them having a long-term relationship. I loved all the drama that came with the reality dating show.

Caleb was a fun male love interest. Not only was he a sexy hockey star, but he was a good guy. He was nice and respectful. I loved his close family dynamic. It totally cemented his good guy status. Sydney was also a great character. She was a career driven women who was both smart and beautiful.

Caleb and Sydney’s relationship was so much fun to watch unfold.The only thing that bugged me a bit about their romance was the amount of insta-love in the beginning. It was a little hard to believe that Caleb and Sydney would be so connected to each other after a week. The author tried to dispel my disbelief of the situation with a great point by Caleb’s dad, but it still seemed a little out there to me.

Interference was a really fun contemporary romance. It had three things I love in a love story: a hockey player, a cute romance and an interesting plot. I would highly recommend it to contemporary romance readers. It would be a great book to end your summer vacation with.

**I received an ARC from IndieSage PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

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As she was about to rush into explaining when I would board the cruise-liner, as if I had agreed to it, I held up my hand. “Miss Meadows.” God that sounded too formal for a woman like her. “Sydney,” I tried again, definitely preferring the taste of it on my tongue. “How about we meet over coffee or something tomorrow? Ten?”

Her eyes widened slightly, just briefly, before she nodded with a fixed smile in place. “Of course. Yes, that will give you more time to let it sink in. So long as you agree to—”

I cut her off with a grin. While yes, this show was against everything I had ever thought for myself, I had a feeling that sitting with Sydney and talking to her about the show, as if I were agreeing to it, would be the only time I’d see this gorgeous redhead again. I didn’t quite know what was drawing me to this short pixie of a woman, but I definitely wanted to see her again. Tomorrow I’d have no time constraints and she could talk all she wanted.

But before I realized the words were out of my mouth though, I said, “I’ll do it,” agreeing to her pitch.

Shit. Fuck.

The smile filling her face wasn’t one I was about to take away, and her amber eyes danced, lightening just slightly to bring out fiery red specks. “We can discuss contestants tomorrow then. Wonderful. Oh, great!”

I had to swallow a chuckle at her obvious excitement. We agreed on a place to meet and I watched her leave out of the corner of my eye while heading toward the ice.

Like I said, I liked her ass.

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Synopsis: Before the Prescott name became big in the hockey world, there was just Noah Prescott, fighting for a spot on an NHL roster. Never did he imagine a simple note from a shy fan would speed up his world.

Ryleigh Scott had an issue talking to men, but she knew she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk to Noah — potentially negative labels, be damned. Never did she imagine a simple note would start what could only be described as the beginning of the rest of her life.

This is Noah and Ryleigh — before the NHL contract, before the kids, before going back home.

This is Noah and Ryleigh from the beginning.


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Mignon Mykel

Mignon is a twenty-something (…getting awfully close to thirty-something) who resides in Wisconsin. An avid reader since her preschool days, she ‘blames’ her mother for teaching her to read during that all-important time during a forming brain. Some of her earlier memories of reading include her mother buying her a book at the mall — and finishing the book before they even returned home.

Writing happened soon after the reading started. Her first writing piece can be found in a box of other important papers from growing up. It’s about an apple who was her friend, but she had to eat.

The first series Mignon started to write was about a close family of one brother and his three younger sisters. She started writing this family and their friends in 2005, but as soon as the Prescott family took over her mind, the Ashbys fell silent. Maybe someday we’ll all hear from the Ashbys, but those Prescotts…. The Prescotts are excited to have their stories told.

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Review: Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe

Tapping the Billionaire
Billionaire Bad Boys, #1
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Blind dates? Online dating profiles? Been there, done that.

Georgia Cummings has zero luck with dating, and the era of the internet is not her friend.
No matter how fast she runs, how many corners she turns, she can’t find her way out of this weird, alternate universe where men think dick pics are a replacement for small talk and getting to know a girl. One more crotch selfie and she might write men off for good…

But why can’t she stop fantasizing about him?

Kline Brooks is the quintessential billionaire bad boy—dark, styled, short hair, muscles for days, and a panty-dropping smile.
Except—he isn’t.

As his employee, he won’t touch her with a ten foot pole.
But she won’t touch him either.

Too bad their hormones missed the memo.

Tapping the Billionaire is one of those books you pick up when you’re looking for a laugh or a good time. It was so hilarious. I can’t tell you how many times I found myself giggling!

Not only was it funny, but it had wonderful characters and a sweet love story. I loved the way neither Georgia or Kline saw their attraction to each other coming. The more they got to know each other and the more the closer they came, the more I fell in love with them both.

I couldn’t put down Tapping the Billionaire. I loved each and every moment I spent with it. It was everything I love in a contemporary romance. Tapping the Billionaire was sexy, funny and heart warming. It’s a book I’ll be telling all my romance loving friends to read.


Review: Glens Falls: Book 2 by Malynda Schlegel

Glens Falls: Book 2
Glens Falls, #2
Author: Malynda Schlegel
Publication Date: June 11, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


“…we’re all longing for something, whether we know what it is or we have yet to figure it out…we should just throw ourselves into it…and find out.”

“I want something serious, man. I want love and everything that comes with that.”

“I don’t even really know who I am. What kind of person do I really want to be?”

“You’re my first choice. I’d choose you if you said you wanted this with me.”

“Feelings are out of our control. They make us do stupid things, things we end up regretting.”

“I know my son…but I don’t really know my daughter.”

“I wanted to make it seem like I did something great, because I don’t do a lot of great things.”

“Let’s get married.”

“What has to happen for you to start worrying?”
“He dies.”

“I like the way I feel when I jump. I like the rush. I feel free from everything.”

“I never wanted to tell you, but it’s the right thing to do. You deserve the truth.”

“I want you to help me find my father.”

“Relationships fall apart all the time, because one or both stop trying to hold it together.”

“I know you’re playing games, and I’m gonna find out who the hell you are.”

“Our life as we know it is ending.”
“It’s beginning.”

***This series must be read in order.

It’s hard to tell what Glens Falls: Book Two is about by simply reading the synopsis, so let me tell you a little about this series. In Glens Falls: Book One (review here), we met the Amherst family and their friends. Their stories and struggles are revealed slowly throughout the book in snippets. Each chapter includes more than one character’s point of view. This creates a soap opera-like reveal of the story. The story continues in Glens Falls: Book Two where book one left off. In order to understand the storylines of the characters, reading the first book is a must.

Glens Falls: Book Two was a more enjoyable read for me than the first book. I found myself more amused by the characters and their storylines. There were a ton of surprises in store for them. It was fun to see all of the relationships develop throughout this book. I still couldn’t stand Alexia’s standoff-ish personality or Breanne and her mom, but I found myself liking Travis and Connor more. Wesley was probably still my favorite character because I was intrigued by his story in the first book.

I would continue to recommend this book and series to readers who enjoy dramatic books with interconnected characters and plots. It truly is like watching a soap opera unfold.

WWW Wednesday: August 17, 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…

Currently reading:

I am beginning to read Glens Falls: Books Two. You can find my reviews for the first book in the series, Glens Falls: Book One, here.

Recently finished:

I have been seriously tackling my TBR list this week.

Forbidden Fling (Wildwood, #1)
’89 Walls
For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles, #2)
Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance
What’s Left of Me (The Firebird Trilogy, #2)

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.

Reading Next:


Up next is This Adventure Ends. 

Review: Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

Five Ways to Fall
Ten Tiny Breaths, #4
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.

Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.

If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…

I’ve wanted to read Five Ways to Fall for a while now, but I kept putting it off because I didn’t want this series to end. I’ve loved all of the characters and the way they’ve found their ways to each other. Now that I’ve finished Five Ways to Fall, I wish I hadn’t put it off.

Five Ways to Fall was a different experience than the rest of the Ten Tiny Breaths series, but it was just as good. Instead of containing that typical New Adult angst, Five Ways to Fall felt more fun and a lot more carefree. Yes, the characters had dark parts of their past, but they didn’t take over the story as much as in the past books. There was a lightness to Ben and Reese’s relationship. That feel was perfect for Ben’s book because he’s always been portrayed as an upbeat, happy character.

I’ve always loved Ben’s character throughout the series. He just seemed like a nice, happy guy who was always down for anything. I loved getting more of that and exploring a more serious side of him. But the character I really loved was Reese. She was so badass! Even in her moments of stupidity, I loved her. I got her craziness. And I loved Ben and Reese together. They were so different, yet they brought out the best sides of each other. They were just so much fun!

Five Ways to Fall was the perfect way to end the Ten Tiny Breaths series. It might just be my favorite book out of the four. I absolutely loved it. It made me laugh and smile so much. I would highly recommend this book and the entire series to New Adult fans. K.A. Tucker is an amazing writer and this is a series that shouldn’t be missed.

You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below.

Ten Tiny Breaths
One Tiny Lie
Four Seconds to Lose