To Be or Not to Be…Read TBR Pile Vote May 2018

Posted May 24, 2018 by Shari in To Read or Not to Read / 19 Comments

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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 of course share my thoughts on the book itself in my review post.

This month I’m going with a couple of standalone contemporaries from New to Me authors.

Candidate #1

Nudging Cupid by Kerri Williams


It’s lights, camera and love on the set of Nudging Cupid- Australia’s new television show and Ivy Mason has big plans. Unfortunately, when it comes to love, nothing goes to plan.
Nudging Cupid was to be Ivy’s first production, the ladder to her success. All she had to do was get three sexy as sin bachelors to find love in a mansion of twelve beautiful woman and capture it all on film for Australia to watch. How hard could that be?
But all Ivy’s plans go awry when she comes into contact with the dark haired, blue eyed, Owen Radcliff. Somehow, against all her best judgment, Ivy falls for one of her bachelors.
Owen Radcliff’s wasn’t looking for love– he was looking for revenge. Infiltrating the latest Australian reality tv show was his only way to do it. But when he saves the life of the show’s producer, Owen is suddenly torn between the vow of revenge for his sister and the need to protect Ivy- even from himself.


Candidate #2

California Sunset by Casey Dawes


Divorced mother Annie Gerhard meets rugged new bookstore owner John Johnson at the worst possible time in her life. Her high tech company is threatening to lay her off if she doesn’t move from California to New Jersey and her 15-year-old son David is causing trouble. The recession has hit Silicon Valley hard and there are no jobs for a middle manager, even if she hates what she does. And this is no time for romance, no matter how good the man looks in his jeans.

John has escaped Montana memories of a deceased wife and betraying girlfriend by buying an independent bookstore in California. He’s got bigger problems than falling for a spunky woman with control issues. Keeping a bookstore afloat in a recession and finding a home where he can stable his horse are all he can handle right now.

Unless . . .

John and Annie must both face their pasts in order to greet the future. Can they risk it?

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


  • I love the look of California Sunset and I happen to love CA and go there every summer to visit family.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I went with Nudging Cupid – I like that it’s set in Australia. Both sound like great summer reads though.


    • I do love the idea of Australia for a setting. Thanks, Lauren!

  • they’re new to me but maybe the first one because I prefer the cover lol

  • I’d say Nudging Cupid because of the Australian setting. I love my WorldReads!

    • Yes, I love reading about other places, too. Thanks, Stephanie!

  • LOL! It called to you.

  • These both look good, but Nudging Cupid sounds perfect for the 3-day weekend!

    • Yep, it’s going to be a good reading weekend. 🙂

  • Hmm both are new to me. Hope whichever it is is a good one!

    • LOL! Yeah, That’s exactly why I do this vote. I hold up both and can’t decide. 🙂

  • Karen

    I’m kind of partial to Australian settings so I picked the first 🙂

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  • I voted for Nudging Cupid as it sounds like a fun one with the television series as a backdrop.

    • The TV show aspect is something different. It looks fun.

  • RO

    I was torn between these two, but ended up choosing California Sunset because he owned a bookstore. Hugs…RO

    • Yep ‘bookstore’ is a buzzword for me, too, Ro. Great reason!

      Have a good Memorial Day weekend!