To Read or Not to Read … Read! – August 2019

Posted August 25, 2019 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 32 Comments

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Sophia's To Read or Not

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.

Back to School Theme for this month.

Candidate #1

Back to U by Kathy Dunnehoff
Contemporary Romance

When Gwen hits the big 4-0, her husband leaves and her daughter takes off with a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band. Taking her daughter’s place at the university seems like a good idea until she runs into the reason she dropped out twenty years before… and he’s also found his way Back To U.

Candidate #2

 

The Teacher’s Billionaire by Christina Tetreault
#1 Sherbrookes of Newport
Contemporary Romance

Callie Taylor’s life is turned upside down when she learns the truth about her birth following the death of her mother. Not only is her father alive, but he’s none other than presidential candidate Senator Warren Sherbrooke.

Billionaire and confirmed bachelor, Dylan Talbot, is devoted to his family. When his stepfather Warren Sherbrooke receives a letter from a past love telling him they have a daughter together, Dylan is instantly suspicious. In order to keep the media vultures away and protect Warren’s political aspirations, Dylan convinces Warren to let him handle the situation.

As Callie and Dylan spend time together, they can’t resist the feelings that blossom between them. However, when Callie learns the real reason he has been spending time with her their fledgling romance is put in jeopardy and only complete honesty can save it.

Which book should Sophia read?
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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I couldn’t get the voting thing to work, but my choice is The Teacher’s Billionaire. It has a better rating on GRs and a couple of my GRs friends actually read it and liked it. Once said they liked it enough to pay for it even though it was a freebie. Only 196 pages so a quick read. Love the house on the cover, too. The first one Back to U has a good premise but it sounds like (from reviews) that the writing is odd and there’s mistakes that could’ve been avoided with minimal research. Plus, the book is… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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It’s being difficult. Sorry about that.

Oh look at you picking a nice shorty to help me get through my pile easier. Yeah, agreed that lots of pages of bad writing would definitely be no fun.

Thanks for voting, Rachel!

ROP
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I couldn’t get the voting thing to work out either, sorry! Usually I can figure out right away what sounds good, but both of these look like good reading. I’m leaning towards the Teacher’s Billionaire. Happy Saturday to you! Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
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Sorry about it being a pain, Ro. Thanks so much for voting for Teacher’s Billionaire. Yeah, they both had appeal when I read the blurbs. 🙂

Carole Rae
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Tough pick!

Sophia Rose
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Sorry not sorry, Carole. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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The Teacher’s Billionaire sounds better to me.

Sophia Rose
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I did like the sound of the blurb on it. Thanks, Mary!

Lorna
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Lorna

I voted for Back to U. I like the older heroine concept and just tired of the billionaire thing. I did it anonymously.

Sophia Rose
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I like that she’s middle aged, too. That is what caught my attention when I snagged this one. 🙂

Lover of Romance
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I love a good teacher romance, we just don’t have enough of those in romance….so that would be my vote!! Hope whichever one that you do actually choose that you do love!!

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I don’t see many teacher romances these days. There are plenty in my older book pile. 🙂

Bea
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I can’t get the pool to work,l is it closed?

My vote is The Teacher’s Billionaire. A) I’m a teacher and I want a billionaire, B) I like the cover, and C) it sounds like a steamy soap opera.

Whatever you read, enjoy!

Sophia Rose
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Thanks for trying to vote, Bea. Not sure why its being wonky.

LOL, those are splendid reasons to pick Teacher’s Billionaire. 🙂

Lola
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I wanted to go and vote, but then realized the voting was already over. I hope you’ll enjoy the book that won :).

Sophia Rose
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We’ll still count you if you want to vote, Lola. 🙂 I think it ended a few days early for some reason. Sorry about that.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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Am I too late to vote? I would go with Back to U. I am just trying to figure out how taking a daughter’s place in college would work out? I offered to go back to school and get another degree so that I could be my daughter’s roommate in the dorms but she turned me down. I could have some fun with the idea of that one!

Sophia Rose
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Not too late. I’ll count in your pick, Carole. LOL, that would be funny, but I bet your daughter wouldn’t think so. 😉

vvb
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I lean towards Back to U because of the back-to-school mood this month. Enjoy both 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, it is the best book for the theme. Thanks, Velvet!

Felicity Grace Terry
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Back To U gets my vote if only because I’m intrigued by the thought of anyone taking off with a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band.

Sophia Rose
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That is pretty funny about how her daughter runs off like that.

Melissa
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Back to U sounds cute!

Sophia Rose
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It really does with her slipping into her daughter’s uni schedule and going back to school in middle age.

Melliane
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Oh they’re both new to me there

Sophia Rose
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Same here! I’ll enjoy trying a new to me author at the same time as I get one from off the shelf read. 🙂

Karen
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Back to You sounds like a fun premise but I see that there are a lot of bad reviews. Bummer. I might see if it’s on KU though – I can always return it if it sucks lol

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
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I like to use KU to test drive iffy books, too. 🙂

Naomi Hop
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I’m late to vote, but I wanted to vote for The Teacher’s Billionaire too!

Sophia Rose
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I still enjoy seeing what you would have voted for, Naomi. 🙂

Angie Elle
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Oh my gosh. I missed the boat. But I would have picked the first. I’m anti-billionaire books. LOL

I hope you enjoy your read! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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I thought I was over the billionaire books, too, but realized enough time has passed that I can tolerate one now and then maybe without my eye getting twitchy the second I see ‘billionaire’ in the title. LOL Well, so long as the story is good, I guess I should add that caveat. 🙂