To Read or Not to Read … Read! – July 2020

Posted July 24, 2020 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 17 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.

This month, my focus is on the New Adult genre.  I don’t read many from this age range, but I need to for my Romanceopoly challenge and I do have a few on the Kindle shelf that need to be read.

Candidate #1

The Deal by Elle KennedyThe Deal by Elle Kennedy
#1 Off Campus

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice… even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Candidate #2

Sweet Rome by Tillie ColeSweet Rome by Tillie Cole
#1.5 Sweet Home

You met Romeo Prince in the Amazon & USA Today bestselling novel, Sweet Home. Now hear the story from his lips: unbarred, uncensored, and raw to the bone.

It makes me laugh when I hear folks think Molly and I rushed into things too fast, spouting that we couldn’t possibly have felt what we did for each other in such a short space of time. I say, how the hell would they know? We made it, didn’t we? She became my whole life, didn’t she? And as for my folks not being real, being true? Tell that to me aged ten, eleven, twelve—damn, all my bastard life—when I was never enough, when I was beaten until I bled for being too good at football and not being everything they’d dreamed: the perfectly dutiful son. Tell that to thousands of kids around the world getting wailed on by asshole parents for whatever stupid reason; tell them evil don’t exist in their eyes.

Fuck Romeo and Juliet. This is the story of me and my girl, from my lips. No mushy sentiment, no cheese, just the plain, hard truth, and, because I’m feeling generous, I’m going to let you in on more of our story too.

Sweet Rome is a New Adult Companion Novel to Sweet Home—contains adult content, sexual situations, and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

 

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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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sherry fundin
10 days ago

i voted for tillie’s book. i am really going to miss football
sherry @ <a href=”http://www.fundinmental.com/”> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
10 days ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

Yeah, college football was a nice Saturday afternoon relaxing entertainment around here in the fall. 🙂 At least I can read about it.

Carole Rae
10 days ago

#2!!

Sophia Rose
10 days ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Two sounds good. Thanks, Carole!

Lola
10 days ago

I voted for The Deal as I’ve seen that one around a few times.

Sophia Rose
9 days ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, it’s gotten some really positive reviews.

Rachel
9 days ago

I loved The Deal! That’s my pick for sure. 🙂

Sophia Rose
9 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

Cool! Knowing you loved it is a big deal since we tend to reach for similar books. 🙂

Sam@wlabb
9 days ago

The Deal was so good. I loved that whole series. I read one of the Rome books. It was bit melodramatic, but ok.

Sophia Rose
9 days ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

Neat that you read them both and loved one, Sam. Oh no, I’m not big on too much drama. LOL

vvb
vvb
9 days ago

The Deal! – loved that one 😉

vvb
vvb
9 days ago
Reply to  vvb

Please consider, if my vote didn’t go through.

Sophia Rose
8 days ago
Reply to  vvb

Will do. I’ll count the votes and make sure it at least equals what are in the comments. 🙂 Thanks, Velvet!

Lorna
Lorna
9 days ago

Voted for The Deal which I have actually read. The other one would fine if you had read book one. If you hadn’t it probably wouldn’t make a lot of sense. It’s a companion book to book 1. So yeah, The Deal.

Sophia Rose
8 days ago
Reply to  Lorna

The Deal is one that has been highly recommended to me.
And, yep, I’ve read the whole series except this companion book so either way I’ll be fine. 🙂

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

I have seen The Deal on quite a few blogs and readers seem to love it, that one has my vote!

Sophia Rose
7 days ago

Oh yes, I’ve seen all the love for it, too, so I’m curious to see what everyone loves about it.