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

Posted May 25, 2019 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 30 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.

Romances, Weddings and Kids, yep, we’re celebrating those Single Parent Romances this month for the vote.

Candidate #1

 

Perfect Pitch by Mindy Klasky
#1 Diamond Brides

A hot, contemporary short novel by best-selling author Mindy Klasky.

Reigning beauty queen Samantha Winger is launching her pet project, a music program for kids. All she has to do is follow the pageant’s rules – no smoking, drinking, or “cavorting” in public.

That’s fine, until D.J. Thomas – God’s gift to baseball – throws her a wild pitch. He slams her in an interview, and the video goes viral. Sam’s no shrinking violet. She parlays D.J.’s apology into a national T.V. appearance – and a very unexpected, very public kiss.

Soon, paparazzi catch the couple in a steamy make-out session, and Sam’s music program is on the block. The blazing hot relationship is threatened even more when D.J.’s son begs to trade in Little League for music class.

Can Sam and D.J. sizzle past the sour notes and find their perfect pitch?

 

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Candidate #2

 

Blissed by Jamie Farrell
#1 Misfit Brides

Welcome To Bliss, the Bridal Capitol of the Midwest

Natalie Castellano practically has it all—beauty, brains, and a stellar reputation. Because childbearing hips and exhaustion lines are totally sexy. And knowing when to let go of her family’s failing bridal boutique is smart…right? Plus, who doesn’t want to be that divorced mother in Bliss?

With all she has going for her, it would be selfish to secretly wish for love too. Who needs it? Definitely not Nat. But perhaps she does need to take her wedding dress-obsessed little boy somewhere else for a fresh start.

CJ Blue is on top of the world. At least, he was last week when he stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Now, he’s in an empty confessional, hiding from the hullabaloo of a family wedding. Aka the depths of hell.

His meddling relatives want to poke at the deep psychological wounds he supposedly bears from being a twenty-something widower. But he doesn’t want to talk, he doesn’t want to be fussed over, and he certainly doesn’t want another chance to fail at love. He just wants to get through this wedding and back to his adventurous life.

But when a dark-haired, wounded-eye beauty invades his sanctuary and whispers a secret he was never supposed to know, he gets swept up in her life. Is he brave enough to tackle the adventure of life in Bliss, or will he walk away from the only woman in the world who could offer him love, forgiveness, and a second chance?

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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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Melliane
1 year ago

I did read something by the first one but I didn’t know about the other.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

It is impossible to keep up with all of the authors out there. I’ve enjoyed a different series by Jamie Farrell, but nothing by Mindy Klasky yet. 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

I can’t vote in the widget because ‘access from my area has been limited for security reasons’, whatever they may be!!
I’d suggest the first book though. The second looks a little too frothy for my tastes!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Oh no, sorry about that, Stephanie! I’m not sure why it’s suddenly doing that. Thanks for dropping your vote anyway.
LOL, yes, I can see why the second one looks like a light-weight. 🙂

Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

Blissed looks so cute! I voted for that one 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

It does! I’ve read her other series and there is a good dose of humor in her writing.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I haven’t read either one of these, but I looked them up on GRs and Blissed has a better overall rating, so I’ll vote for that one. Can’t say either story really grabs my attention, so I’m interested to hear what you think. Good luck, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Haha! At least your honest. I will happily report back on whichever one wins. 🙂

Liz @ Bent Bookworm
1 year ago

I voted for Blissed! It sounds cute but not totally fluff, like both MCs have been through some stuff.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yeah, a divorced single mom and a widower have had some tough stuff to deal with, I agree. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

Perfect Pitch was my vote. I hope you like whatever you read.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Thanks, Mary! I’m hoping to enjoy the winner. 🙂

Lola
1 year ago

I voted for Perfect Pitch as it sounds interesting with the set-up.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

Yeah, their conflict does have me curious.

Debbie Haupt
1 year ago

I’m kind of over the shirtless hero on the cover so I’m picking Blissed 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

That works! LOL I know what you mean. Its become so tres passe. 🙂

Greg
1 year ago

I voted Blissed. It sounds kinda fun. 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg

Fun is where its at. 🙂

Sam@WLABB
1 year ago

I am not familiar with either book, but I like sports romances. So, I vote for Perfect Pitch.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam@WLABB

I adore sports romances, too, and its been an age since I picked one up and read it.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

I vote for 1!

And I love that Tiger pillow 😉

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Tis the season for the Boys of Summer, right? I swiped that pillow from my hubby because its perfect for leaning back against. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I vote for Perfect Pitch! I like the book cover, and the story sounds really good! I’m all for the swoony romance!!!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Oh yes, bring on the swoons!!!!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago

Blissed! It sounds so cute and I already want to know what her secret is.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorna

I get curious like that, too. 🙂

ROP
ROP
1 year ago

Blissed sounds like a good one! I love the cover and the title a bunch! Hugs…and Happy Friyay! Did you see the National Spelling Bee? Wow! RO

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  ROP

Cute cover and happy title, for sure.

Woohoo for the weekend, Radiant Ro!

And, yes! I was in awe of the little Asian guy. 🙂

herding cats
1 year ago

I’ve not read either but both look good. Hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  herding cats

It ended up being meh, but that’s okay. 🙂 It’s read and off the pile.