9.15.2018

Down The TBR Hole #9


Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to help cull your reading lists down, or maybe push higher anticipated releases up on your TBR! And maybe you all can help me along the way, and tell me if you’ve loved or hated any of these!

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


Hooker by J.L. Perry
Rating avg: 4.01
Release: May 31, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2p628JE

After going through some of the reviews (spoiler - I don't remember adding this book and wanted to see the general reaction), I realized that it suffered from mixed reviews. I've never read an escort story where it was the woman doing the do.

Verdict: Keep

The Fall (The Reluctant Romantics #1) by Kate Stewart
Rating avg: 3.91
Release: Nov. 28, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Qxe6bt (FREE in KU)

I'm a real sucker for second chance romance and this one sounds full of just the right amount of angst. I won't lie... the warning about explicit sex really swayed me!

Verdict: Keep

The Strongest Steel (Second Circle Tattoos #1) by Scarlett Cole
Rating avg: 4.08
Release: July 7, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Qr3jQl

I'm not sure why books that offer a heroine who suffered abuse have such a huge pull on me, but I can't resist.

Verdict: Keep

Fury (New Species #1) by Laurann Dohner
Rating avg: 4.17
Release: July 27, 2011
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2p6YYFo

I've heard amazing things about this author and her books and I can't wait to join the many in being a fan.

Verdict: Keep

Man Candy (After We Fall #1) by Melanie Harlow
Rating avg: 4.04
Release: June 20, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xgmwve

My favorite book by this author is Some Sort of Happy and I've just about enjoyed everything I've read from her. Her books are emotional and romantic and definite must-reads.

Verdict: Keep

Reaper (Boston Underworld #2) by A. Zavarelli
Rating avg: 4.32
Release: May 19, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xhz8SN (FREE in KU)

I've read this series all out of order. I'm not sure why I did this but this needs to be fixed ASAP!!

Verdict: Keep

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
Rating avg: 3.99
Release: Nov. 15, 2011
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xkTF91

I have heard about this series for years! I keep telling myself I'm going to start it, just like I bought the books of Sarah J. Maas and still haven't started them. But I will. I promise :D

Verdict: Keep

Transcendence by Shay Savage
Rating avg: 4.11
Release: Feb. 13, 2014
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MxUYHo

I actually thought I already read this. I guess I heard so much about it that it felt like I was there.

Verdict: Keep

A Bloody Kingdom (Ruthless People #4) by J.J. McAvoy
Rating avg: 4.46
Release: July 14, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MxyPJd

I've been in love with this series since day one. The fact that the author is Canadian is only a bonus. Liam and Melody are cold, deadly and more passionate than most couples I've read about.

Verdict: Keep

New Life: The Complete Series by Bonnie Dee
Rating avg: 3.65
Release: August 5, 2014
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xkINIm

I'm not sure how this ended up on my list 🤔🤔🤔 The first book sounds interesting, but the second book's blurb turned me off.

Verdict: Delete

Crave Me (The Good Ol' Boys #4) by M. Robinson
Rating avg: 4.5
Release: May 10, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2My0HwH (FREE in KU)

I think I added this one as a place holder. I've been interested in starting this series and didn't want to forget!

Verdict: Keep

Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love #1) by Nicole Jacquelyn
Rating avg: 4.11
Release: June 7, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2QyexTa

I wasn't sure if I should keep this one because I'm not a huge fan of the 'dead ex' idea. However, too many of my GR friends have recommended it to me for me to pass on it.

Verdict: Keep

The Break-up (Full Hearts #5) by MJ Summers
Rating avg: 4.39
Release: May 5, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MB0UiG

This was one of those books that quite a few of my GR friends recommended to me. I've re-read the blurb and it's not immediately grabbing me. Maybe it will come up again and I'll want to dive in.

Verdict: Delete

Inevitable (Harmony #1) by Angela Graham
Rating avg: 4.08
Release: May 25, 2013
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xfTrRi

Even if I wanted to keep this one, it's only available in paperback on Amazon. I didn't even bother to search to see if I could get a digital copy from another vendor.

Verdict: Delete

Filthy Foreign Exchange by S.E. Hall & Angela Graham
Rating avg: 3.81
Release: April 23, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ngqv5C (FREE in KU)

Did I see forbidden romance? Absolutely!

Verdict: Keep

Mafia Protection (Book One: Angelo) by Ali Lee
Rating avg: 4.31
Release: Oct. 1, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Mx8f2N (FREE in KU)

I've heard that this is an amazing mafia romance and I'm a huge fan of the sub-genre so I had to add it. It seems to be a bit underrated and it doesn't have many reviews, but I think I'll still give it a shot.

Verdict: Keep


And that's it for this edition of keeping it real with my TBR. Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? Are any of them on your TBR and do you agree with my verdicts? I hope your TBR continues to flourish!! Happy reading!! xoxo

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