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

Posted November 24, 2019 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 20 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.

Theme for this month is Candy Canes and Snow Flakes.  Let’s warm up those shivering cold holiday nights with a bit of romance.

Candidate #1

The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica RidleyThe Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley
#1 Dukes of War
Historical Romance

Blurb:

Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fête of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time—he needs her!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family’s annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia’s guerrilla tactics, he’s up to his cravat with tinsel . . . and tumbling head over heels in love.

Candidate #2

Her Christmas Earl by Anna CampbellHer Christmas Earl by Anna Campbell
Historical Romance

Blurb:

No good deed goes unpunished…

To save her hen-witted sister from scandal, Philippa Sanders ventures into a rake’s bedroom—and into his power. Now her reputation hangs by a thread and only a hurried marriage can rescue her. Is the Earl of Erskine the heartless libertine the world believes? Or will Philippa discover unexpected honor in a man notorious for his wild ways?

Blair Hume, the dissolute Earl of Erskine, has had his eye on the intriguing Miss Sanders since he arrived at this deadly dull house party. Now a reckless act delivers this beguiling woman into his hands as a delightful Christmas gift. Is fate offering him a fleeting Yuletide diversion? Or will this Christmas Eve encounter spark a passion that lasts a lifetime?

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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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RO P
RO P
6 months ago

They both look like good contenders, but I think I’m going with Erica Ridley’s book. Happy reading! Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
6 months ago
Reply to  RO P

I know, tough decision. Thanks, Ro!

Mary Kirkland
6 months ago

Her Christmas Earl sounds fun. I hope you like it.

Sophia Rose
6 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, it sounds like a fun Christmas romp. Thanks, Mary!

Lorna
Lorna
6 months ago

They both sound good and I’m not familiar with the authors. So anyway, I just clicked on the first one because it sound kinda humorous?

Sophia Rose
6 months ago
Reply to  Lorna

Yeah, I’ve not read either though I’ve seeing positive reviews out on both so I want to give either a try. Humor will get me every time. 🙂 Thanks, Lorna!

Angie Elle
6 months ago

I voted for book two because I liked the blurb. 🙂

Sophia Rose
6 months ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Looks like it might have some great humor, right Angie?

Greg
6 months ago

Ooh I voted for the Viscount one- it looks fun. 🙂

Sophia Rose
6 months ago
Reply to  Greg

Oh yeah, I have a feeling the sparks will fly in that one, Greg. LOL

Carole Rae
6 months ago

Both look good but I vote #1!

Sophia Rose
6 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I made it tough on you all this month. 🙂 Thanks, Carole!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I put my vote in for the Erica Ridley book since I have that one on my tbr as well.

Sophia Rose
6 months ago

Hopefully, I’ll be able to report that its a gem and you have to read it. 🙂

Karen
6 months ago

I’m going to pick book #1 for the completely shallow reason that the cover makes me smile 🙂

Karen @ For What It’s worth

Sophia Rose
6 months ago
Reply to  Karen

LOL, totally worthy reason. Doesn’t that cover just have a zest of life? Thanks, Karen!

Lola
5 months ago

I voted for The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation as I remember seeing that cover before. Both look like fun Christmas themed reads.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Lola

That whole forbidden fruit theme on the cover is very fun. 🙂

vvb
vvb
5 months ago

The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation looks like a fun one. Enjoy.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  vvb

Thank you, Velvet! It does have a humorous blurb so I’m hoping it will be filled with fun.