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

Posted June 11, 2020 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.

The theme is Pride Month since I’ll be reading the winner in June.  Both are new to me authors though we have hosted Cass for a blog tour interview for the very series I’ve chosen from.

Candidate #1

Finding Tranquility by Laura Hefferman

F/F (trans) Romance

Jess Cooper lost her husband on 9/11. Just not in the way she thought.

On September 11, 2001, Brett Cooper checks into a flight to go on an interview for a job he doesn’t want, in a city where he doesn’t want to live. All to make his wife happy. He loves her, but he’s not happy in his marriage. Or in his body, really. As boarding begins, Brett panics and gives his ticket away. When his plane strikes the World Trade Center, he realizes that he’s been given a second chance to live the life he always wanted.

Brett disappears into the chaos, hoping to figure out who he’s meant to be. With help from some new friends, Brett begins to transition into Christa. A tragedy sends Christa further north to Canada, where she builds a new life. For fifteen years, everything is peaceful and easy until Jess reappears.

Jess used her husband’s life insurance to go to medical school. When she discovers that she’s actually not a widow, it throws her entire future into question. Making matters more complicated is the discovery that all of the love Jess held for her spouse is alive and well. Christa and Jess must figure out what the future holds for them–if Christa has a future at all, with the reemergence of the missing Canadian woman whose identity Christa “borrowed”.

Can love conquer all, or is it sometimes better to let go?

Candidate #2

The Wrong Woman by Cass Lennox

#4 Toronto Connections

F/F Romantic Suspense

As an independent filmmaker, Katie Cherry is used to difficult shoots—but a band’s music video in a tiny lesbian bar is proving worse than most. Stress-busting, expectation-free sex with Zay, the calm, gorgeous bartender, seems just the ticket. But then she and Zay discover the band’s lead singer beaten into a coma in the bar bathroom. They need an alibi, but playing girlfriends is a role Katie’s never excelled at, so she can’t see this ending well.

Zay Fayed-Smith finally getting her life back together after her junkie ex broke it apart. She’s working part-time while pursuing her dream of being a lawyer, and definitely keeping things chill on the girls front. Of course, that’s when a crime happens in her bar and her ex shows up wanting to try again. “Dating” Katie seems like the best way for Zay to keep her head down and teach her ex a lesson.

Except pretty soon, the charade begins to feel less and less like acting. And when the attacker turns his attentions toward Katie, they have to cut through the lies to discover what’s real.


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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
1 year ago

the wrong woman cover doesn’t really look like a romantic suspense one. i love romantic suspense and am curious…so that is my choice. 🙂 is that a detroit tiger pillow i see there? 🙂
sherry @ <a href=””> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

Yeah, I think its a light suspense element since they are tangled up in a crime, but the focus is the relationship.
Oh yes, its a Tiger’s pillow. It was a gift to my hubby who is a fan (I’m a Giant’s fan), but it was just right for leaning back and reading. 😉

1 year ago

I voted for Finding Tranquility as I’ve read that one and really enjoyed it. The other one sounds interesting too and I am curious on hearing your thoughts about that one as well.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

You are the reason I have this lovely option, Lola. 🙂

1 year ago

I would definitely vote for Finding Tranquility. The topic of Trans rights just seems to need so much more exposure and understanding still.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Ethan

For sure, Ethan! You don’t see too many trans romances so I was glad when Lola featured this one on her blog earlier this year. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
1 year ago

Finding Tranquility is my choice for you unfortunately Word Press doesn’t like me so I’m anonymous 🙁

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I’ll make sure to count your vote in, Debbie. It can get ticklish at times.

1 year ago

They both sound good, but I’m going with the Wrong Woman.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  RO P

Tough choice, huh? 😉 They do both sounds good. Thanks, Ro!

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Number 2!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Thanks for the vote, Carole! 🙂