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

Posted March 25, 2019 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 12 Comments


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.

For this month, we are escaping to the stars with a pair of sci-fi romances for you to pick between.

Candidate #1

When Sparks Fly by Autumn Dawn
#1 Spark

Polaris just got a little hotter. —

Perhaps it was his wild black hair and indigo eyes, or maybe it was his enigmatic aura, but there was something about Hyna Blue that drew Gem. The man had clearly done hard labor, his cybernetic implants gave him increased strength, but he was no longer whole…

— and now he was getting drunk in her tavern.

Yes, Hyna Blue aroused instincts both carnal and nurturing. Gem’’s blood had been fiery to start with. Blue heated it even more.

Of course, since the planet of Polaris discovered its trainum mine, things were hot all over. Prosperity had blown in on a solar wind, along with many disreputable types, the least deceptive of which were the shape-shifting aliens. The ruined beauty of one patron and his drunken proposals were the least of Gem’s worries—and perhaps her one solace. Like her father had named it long ago, this inn was The Spark. Gem had to survive the blaze.

Candidate #2

Colonization by Aubrie Dionne
#1 Paradise Reclaimed

Finding a new home has never been so dangerous. Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned life mate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, the oaf. But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius’s ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus. Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn’t expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus. Can she save the colony and discover her true love?


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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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Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

I picked When Sparks Fly, because I love the cover and I would have to have the romance!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Cover love definitely works. Thanks, Tanya. 🙂

1 year ago

Oh they’re both new to me

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

I’ve read books from the series by both authors and like them. Glad to introduce you to a pair of new to mes, Melliane!

1 year ago

Went with When Sparks Fly. No reason. hehe.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorna

Gut feelings are perfectly acceptable, Lorna. 🙂 I couldn’t choose either. LOL

Candy @ So Little Time...

I picked Colonization because I like this kind of YA story! The adventure, the struggle to survive, and a little romance make a fun combination!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

You’d probably enjoy all her books. This begins a spinoff series from her original which I loved.

Carole rae
1 year ago


Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole rae

Woohoo! Thanks!

herding cats
1 year ago

Hmmm I’d not heard of either. Hope you enjoy the winner!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  herding cats

They both looked good so I figure I can’t lose. 🙂