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

Posted October 25, 2020 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 14 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.

Male/Male Historical Romance with a Twist!  One is a historical romantic suspense with a paranormal twist and the other is a sci-fi romance with a historical twist.

Candidate #1


Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk
#1 Whyborne and Griffin

Some things should stay buried.

Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.

So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult which murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real.

As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?

Candidate #2


My Highland Laird by J.L. Langley
#5 Sci-Regency
M/M Sci-fi Historical Romance

Bannon Thompson, talented artist and youngest son of the Duke of Eversleigh, is hastily shipped off to avoid scandal after his latest indiscretion. But after crashing on a rural world, leaving him and his valet the sole survivors of Regelence’s diplomatic mission, Bannon must navigate the complexities of a primitive clan society and take up a role he never wanted: helping a sexy Highlander ensure the safety of both their planets.

Laird Ciaran MacKay wants nothing more than to keep his clan safe, especially from the off-world intruders who killed his father. Suspecting complicity among his own people, he has no choice but to trust outsiders from a spaceship crash—and he can’t seem to fight his attraction to the stubborn redhead.

Drawn to the ruggedly handsome laird, Bannon risks a bold affair that would ruin him in the eyes of his society. But there is more at stake than reputations as Bannon and Ciaran uncover the Intergalactic Navy’s plot and find the secret of what belongs to Regelence that has been hidden on Skye.

When the rescue Bannon longed for threatens to take him away, Ciaran fears their love might not survive beyond the rugged beauty of the Highlands.

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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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Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

I voted for Widdershins. That book sounds really good. I hope you like it.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, a bit of a mystery and magic with it. 🙂

Romance Reader
1 year ago

Sounds like a good book.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Romance Reader

Ha, tough decision, right?

1 year ago

hmmm, I’m kinda interested in seeing what you think of the one with the Highlander….
that sound real intriguing!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharonda

Isn’t that a crazy combo of Highlander Sci Fi? I love the quirkiness of putting the two together.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

I say 1!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I can see it took your fancy. 🙂

1 year ago

Voted for the first one. I like paranormal more than science fiction space stuff. Although I am reading a series with space stuff so I guess that wasn’t a good point. Ha! Whichever one enjoy!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorna

Haha, I always seem to have that one exception to my rules, too. 🙂

1 year ago

Widdershins got a better rating on Goodreads, but I like the sound of My Highland Laird a little better. I can never resist a Highlander romance!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

You sound like me. I see a kilt and I just have to check out the books. 🙂

1 year ago

Oh, I haven’t read J.L. Langley in forever. I look forward to seeing which you pick!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Jen

It will be fun to see which one I end up reading. Yes, it’s been years for me, too.