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

Posted December 20, 2020 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 10 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.

This month’s theme is a bit of something different.  I’m calling it Primitive Romance aka Me Tarzan You Jane!

Candidate #1


Transcendence by Shay Savage
#1 Transcendence
Time Travel Romance


It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from, she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive but beautiful man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

Candidate #2


Grim by M.K. Eidem
#1 Torians
Sci-Fi Romance


King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire, King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor, but his line will die with him as no female would join with him, for once he was scarred, he was considered ‘unfit’.

The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females. The Emperor’s discovery of a compatible female on a slave ship changed that. He’d ordered Grim to find his Empress’ home world so more ‘unprotected’ females could be obtained, knowing Grim would never be allowed to Join with one.

Lisa Miller is a widowed mother of two little girls, Carly and Miki. Her husband died just a year ago, after a long battle with cancer and she misses him immensely. Friends want her to start dating again but in her heart, she knows there isn’t a man on the planet she could love like her Mark. Who could love their girls like their own. Therefore, she’ll stay alone.

When Lisa is discovered ‘unprotected’ at her husband’s grave, she wakes on an alien ship heading for an alien world. Refusing to accept this she confronts the large males, demanding she be returned to her children. Seeing his chance to have a female, Grim agrees to accept and protect her offspring, if she agrees to Join with him and only him. Realizing this is the only way she can retrieve her children Lisa agrees and the Tornian Empire changes forever.

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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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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
1 year ago

I say Grim because you LOVE sci fi romance 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

You’ve got my back, friend. 🙂

Lover of Romance
1 year ago

oh man you don’t make it easy…..but I LOVED Grim!!! I think you will too. But I need more Tarzan(Wild Man ) romances in my life.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

I’ve read a Pets in Space novella set in the Grim series which I really liked so I could see myself loving this first book.

Ha! Yes, I heard a gal was writing a Tarzan retelling, but I can’t remember hers or the book’s name at the moment.

1 year ago

I loved Transcendence! I hope you do, too! 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

You are not the first person to adore this book. I added it when I got a gift card after seeing some great reviews.

1 year ago

First I heard of Transcendence but it sounds pretty unique. Neanderthal anyone?

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorna

I saw it someone’s top read of their month and then two other reviewers praised it so I bought it on sale a while back. And, then of course let it set on the shelf. LOL

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Candidate #1!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Appreciate your vote, Carole! 🙂