To Be or Not to Be…Read TBR Pile Vote April

To Be or Not to Be…Read TBR Pile Vote April
Posted by Shari on April 24, 2016 / 24 Comments

Each month, I will post up a pair (or more) of books.  I would like you to vote on a choice.  Yes!  You will have the job of telling me what to read from my pile each month.  I welcome your vote no matter what reason you choose (frivolous, serious or otherwise) that particular book and do share your reason in the comments just because I’m nosy.  I will update everyone at the end of the month in my reading […]

Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn #Review

Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn #Review
Posted by Sophia Rose on April 23, 2016 / 10 Comments

This is a tricky scenario for me, but there was something about it that made me want to take the gamble and read it.  So glad I did.  Even if I teared up several times; I smiled, too.  Heartwarming read about a man who has the long road through grief and another chance at love. The story opens with Oliver set to marry the love of his life when it is all snatched away in tragedy.  Ollie is buried in […]

Because You Are Mine by Lena Hart #AfternoonDelight

Because You Are Mine by Lena Hart #AfternoonDelight
Posted by Shari on April 22, 2016 / 6 Comments

Because You Are Mine is a free book I got on All Romance eBooks this month. I didn’t have many expectations going into the story. Didn’t realize how short it would be with a complicated plot. The story starts off abruptly with Cara Sinclair in extreme pain after being beaten. We don’t know much else at this point other than the sheriff has detained Drake Ross as a suspect since he is the own who brought in Cara with her blood on […]

Temptation Has Green Eyes by Lynne Connolly #Review

Temptation Has Green Eyes by Lynne Connolly #Review
Posted by Sophia Rose on April 22, 2016 / 20 Comments

An arranged marriage, class difference, intrigue… sounded fantastic.  I was eager to try this Georgian era romance by a new to me author.  So glad I did.  Started off good and kept my close attention to the end. The book is second in a series, but I had no trouble reading is as a standalone.  I could see the tie-in, but it was a loose one and made it easy to pick up this one with no trouble. The story […]

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs #Review

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs #Review
Posted by Sophia Rose on April 21, 2016 / 24 Comments

Anticipation was high when I took up this latest Mercy Thompson story.  The last one left me wrung out after all the intensity and excitement.  I was a little suspicious and surprised with this one because it’s pacing was different and had a more drawn out tension to it.  I was cautious because I was waiting for the inevitable to happen the way Mercy ends up in deep troubles even if she didn’t intentionally put her foot along that path. […]

The Merchant of Death by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock #AudioReview

The Merchant of Death by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock #AudioReview
Posted by Sophia Rose on April 20, 2016 / 8 Comments

This was another re-read for me, but with an added element of being on audio.  I say it many times, but it bears repeating.  I can’t believe the difference getting a story in audio vs. reading it for myself can make.  There’s a different nuance.  In some cases it’s just different and maybe disappointing, but in other cases- like this one- it’s better.  The narrator, Nick Russo, does a good job particularly with the two main characters.  I was riveted […]

Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein #Review

Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein #Review
Posted by Shari on April 20, 2016 / 13 Comments

This was not the book for me. It deals with bullying even if you don’t get to see it first hand except for a bit at the beginning. You don’t get to see much of what happens after the incident and it leaves you really hating the hero of this story. Letty Carmichael has finally recovered from the brutal accident that was brought on by bullying in high school. She’s in college now hoping to make a new start when […]

Dirty by Kylie Scott #Review

Dirty by Kylie Scott #Review
Posted by Shari on April 19, 2016 / 16 Comments

What can I say? I totally regret turning down a review request from Kylie from a few years ago, but in my defense I was swamped and I couldn’t even work in another book if I wanted too. Now I am a die hard fan of hers and can’t wait for each book that comes from her mind onto paper. I wasn’t expecting this story to grab me the way it did. I was expecting a new band romance with […]

Worth It All by Claudia Connor #Review

Worth It All by Claudia Connor #Review
Posted by Sophia Rose on April 18, 2016 / 18 Comments

I fell in love with this family-oriented romance series from book one.  I love the big, boisterous, accepting, and loving McKinney family and it is fun seeing each brother find their way to romance.  In this one, the McKinney son who has distanced himself from his family, JT, gets his story.  Like Matt, he falls for a ready-made family with a hardworking, single mom who doesn’t believe in fairy tales and her cute as a button daughter who happens to […]

The Rebel by Marta Perry #SweetDelight

The Rebel by Marta Perry #SweetDelight
Posted by Sophia Rose on April 17, 2016 / 8 Comments

The trilogy has been building to this final book.  Of the three Amish Lapp cousins, Barbie was always going to be the one to anchor it with her story, but the surprise was who her historical counterpart would be. I have enjoyed the way the author wove two Amish stories together in each book- one from the past and one from the present- tied together by an old heirloom that Grossmammi Lapp gives each of her granddaughters and the story […]

Solitary Travelers Collection #DelightedByTheSeries

Solitary Travelers Collection #DelightedByTheSeries
Posted by Sophia Rose on April 16, 2016 / 16 Comments

This will be a slightly different series book review in that the series is a group of books loosely associated by publisher, sexual orientation theme, and story length.  Even though they are written by three separate authors and feature three separate stories and genres, they all shared two main things in common.   The Solitary Travelers Collection are all asexual stories and at least one of the characters are a ‘traveler’. I have encountered characters who are asexual in a few […]

Second Skin by Alex Whitehall #AfternoonDelight

Second Skin by Alex Whitehall #AfternoonDelight
Posted by Sophia Rose on April 15, 2016 / 12 Comments

I really need to pay better attention when I’m reading blurbs and checking out new to me books.  And yeah, really that cover should have clued me in (gorgeous, right?)  But sometimes, it’s kind of fun to get startled by the unexpected.  See, I thought I was getting a college age Contemporary Romance and, well, it was… But it had a sci-fi twist.  The story was cruising along doing the expected and then I had a ‘what was that!?!  Oh, […]

Guest Author Alex Whitehall, Second Skin

Guest Author Alex Whitehall, Second Skin
Posted by Shari on April 15, 2016 / 9 Comments

Hello, everybody! I’m Alex Whitehall, and I’m here today touring for my New Adult story, Second Skin, which is about Jay and Roswell, who are on a journey of love, acceptance, and self-discovery. While Second Skin isn’t my first publication, it is my first time publishing with Riptide. As the production manager at Riptide, it would seem like this should be no big deal. But getting to experience Riptide from the other side of the coin was definitely an educational […]

Pulling Leather by LC Chase #AudioReview

Pulling Leather by LC Chase #AudioReview
Posted by Sophia Rose on April 14, 2016 / 12 Comments

For this third installment of the Pickup Men series, I was on the edge of my seat with excitement.  There are just some situations that lend themselves to be tension-packed and curious before a book is even opened or listened to such as when a writer takes a very unlikable characters and sets them up as the hero of the story.  This book takes the story of angry, hating, and mean Scott Gillard from book one and sweet and gentle […]

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen #Review

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen #Review
Posted by Sophia Rose on April 13, 2016 / 28 Comments

So, I was visiting fellow reader, Bloedeudd’s Book Girl of Mur-y Castell blog, and read her review of First Frost.  And it reminded me.  I wanted to read Garden Spells the first book in the series.  And a visit to the library sealed the deal when it was the book that leaped out at me (no, not literally- though if I lived in the author’s Waverley family word it might really happen). And argh, this was another one that was […]

Ruthless by Gillian Archer #Review

Ruthless by Gillian Archer #Review
Posted by Shari on April 12, 2016 / 13 Comments

Yeah, I have a secret liking of bad boys who really know how to love someone once they get over their own hangups. So when I start reading, right off I am a little put off not really knowing what was going on and it’s all in first person. Jessica’s on a blind date with octopus man. He tries to make a move on Jessica and turns into someone who doesn’t know the meaning of no. Never fear the Zag is […]

Guest Author Jaye Frances, Betrayed

Guest Author Jaye Frances, Betrayed
Posted by Shari on April 11, 2016 / 5 Comments

Thank you, Shari and Sophia, for hosting me on The Delighted Reader with Betrayed, book one in the “World Without Love” series. Since its launch last October, I’ve received lots of email from readers and reviewers asking me about the inspiration for the story, as the concept—and adult nature of the theme—is a bit of a departure for me. So here’s the answer, with a few notes on the content that I hope will help readers decide to take the […]

Betrayed by Jaye Frances #Review

Betrayed by Jaye Frances #Review
Posted by Sophia Rose on April 11, 2016 / 22 Comments

After reading the blurb, I settled in for a dark, twisting tale of a woman’s betrayal into the hands of fiends and her survival.  I don’t typically take up a darker erotic story like this and it did indeed push me out of my comfort zone.  I wanted to set it aside and was even shaking when the story really got going, but the writing and the intense story of this brave woman kept me reading through this first segment […]