10.21.2018

Down The TBR Hole #14


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?

Combative (Combative #1) by Jay McLean
Avg rating: 3.98
Release: May 16, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2S6aNZV (FREE in KU)

After reading this author's More Than series (and loving it), I decided that I would read anything she created. This book was recommended to me by someone who knows how much I love this author.

Verdict: Keep

Because You're Mine (MINE #1) by K. Langston
Avg rating: 3.76
Release: Sept. 19, 2013
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2q5eClf (ONLY 99c & FREE in KU)

I've been warned... this story is OTT instalove at its worst. But sometimes that's exactly what I need between stories of angst or my beloved dark reads.

Verdict: Keep

Someone Like You (Los Lobos #1) by Susan Mallery
Avg rating: 3.94
Release: Nov. 1, 2010
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PJn84p

To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of this genre of romance anymore. I used to LOVE them, but now their too 'clean' for me. I enjoy lurking in the gutter ;)

Verdict: Delete

Even the Score (Tall, Dark, and Texan #1) by Kate Meader
Avg rating: 3.80
Release: July 21, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CXm2zp

I've never read anything from this author, but she has been recommended to me. I thought it would be a good idea to start at the beginning of this series. I did hear that she has a better series to read, but I think I'll stick with this one.

Verdict: Keep

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Avg rating: 3.67
Release: August 25, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CvrcS8

I was looking for a really good thriller (my fave genre) and this one was recommended to me. However, shortly after this rec, someone else also recommended it to me and proceeded to reveal the big twist. I remember being pissed at the time. Now there's really no point in reading this :(

Verdict: Delete

Anything but Minor (Balls in Play #1) by Kate Stewart
Avg rating: 3.94
Release: July 12, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PLLdYy (FREE in KU)

I think I'm one of the few people anywhere who hasn't read anything from this author. I always meant to but... life. Anyway, I figured this was my best bet because it's a romcom and hard to mess up.

Verdict: Keep

The Hard Count by Ginger Scott
Avg rating: 4.30
Release: July 15, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2R641ly

Another author I've never read from before. The blurb is so confusing so I'm going to go off the reviews of some of my GR mates. It's an angsty sports YA. Not my usual cup of tea, but I'm still willing to try.

Verdict: Keep

Debt by Jessica Gadziala
Avg rating: 4.09
Release: July 5, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2yPFM3l

I've really enjoyed everything I've read from this author but this one sounds a bit different than anything I've tried from her. I'm still looking forward to it.

Verdict: Keep

Packing Heat (Barone Crime Family #4) by B.B. Hamel
Avg rating: 4.19
Release: July 15, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NQhQCF

I've never read from this author but I see their work all over my FB feed. I probably added this one as a placeholder so that I could read this series from the beginning. It seems like good in-between reading.

Verdict: Keep

Stroked (Stroked #1) by Meghan Quinn
Avg rating: 3.91
Release: July 20, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JaDZe6 (FREE in KU)

I've read the second book in the series and LOVED it. Meghan Quinn is a go-to author for me. She has a unique way of writing romcom that just touches me in the right spot.

Verdict: Keep

Kicked by Celia Aaron
Avg rating: 3.92
Release: July 28, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CWWaDR (FREE in KU)

It's Celia Aaron and there isn't a book of hers I won't read.

Verdict: Keep

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes #1) by Beth Flynn
Avg rating: 4.40
Release: Oct. 23, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PHrWHK (FREE in KU)

This book has been recommended to me so many times that I had to add it to my TBR. I've never read from this author before but based on my GR mates reviews, I'm really looking forward to it.

Verdict: Keep

Dirty Dom (Valetti Crime Family #1) by Willow Winters
Avg rating: 3.94
Release: May 28, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2S7XKH4 (ONLY 99c)

This one has been sitting on my kindle for quite some time. This author is a bit hit or miss for me lately. Her books either grab me right from the beginning or they confuse me right from the start. I have no idea what this book will do.

Verdict: Keep

Lies & Lullabies by Courtney Lane
Avg rating: 4.08
Release: July 28, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PLRq6O

Another new-to-me author. I'm not the biggest fan of singular POVs, however, this book has been recommended to me so many times and the reviews are pretty good that I figure I should give it a chance.

Verdict: Keep

The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings #1) by J.R. Ward
Avg rating: 3.88
Release: July 28, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PLxp0b

After getting thoroughly wrapped up in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, I've come to love this author's writing. So when I saw that she had another series out, I jumped right on it. Another one I've started, which is her latest, is her Firefighters series. Danny in Consumed was superb!

Verdict: Keep

The One Awakened (The One Trilogy #1) by Alexandra North
Avg rating: 4.0
Release: July 3. 2014
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PGnMzI (FREE in KU)

First of all... DAYUM!! That cover tho! This is another new-to-me author and another recommendation. It sounds very angsty but I'm a sucker for the friends-to-lovers trope and I hope I don't regret this one.

Verdict: Keep

Perfect Chaos (Unyielding #1) by Nashoda Rose
Avg rating: 4.13
Release: Nov 24, 2014
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PGoddk

Another freaking hot cover! I haven't had the chance to read much from this author, however, everything I've read from her has been fan-freaking-tastic!

Verdict: Keep

Hard to Fall (Take the Fall #4) by Marquita Valentine
Avg rating: 3.98
Release: Oct. 18, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2J84l0n

Another new-to-me author. I'm not even sure why I added the fourth book of a series for an author I've never read. A lot of the reviews speak of a heroine I KNOW will piss me off, so...

Verdict: Delete

Ball Peen Hammer (Morgan Brothers #1) by Lauren Rowe
Avg rating: 4.22
Release: July 25, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CYBADd (FREE in KU)

I read Hero (book 3 of this series) and it was the first book I ever read from this author and I immediately fell in love. I couldn't stop raving about that book and I had to tell the author personally how much of a fan she made of me. I loved that book so much that I one-clicked the paperback on release day. I also gifted a copy to a giveaway winner. Everyone needs to read from this author and I can't wait to read more of her work and add more of her books to my bookshelves.

Verdict: Keep

Going Down Easy (Billionaire Bad Boys #1) by Carly Phillips
Avg rating: 3.83
Release: July 19, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2S7cwhE

Can you really go wrong with Carly Phillips? I haven't read a book from her yet that I didn't like. I've read a couple of books from this series and figured I should start from the beginning.

Verdict: Keep

An Act of Redemption (Acts of Honor #1) by K.C. Lynn
Avg rating: 4.46
Release: August 5, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2R2ZtfG (FREE in KU)

I must admit that this author's books are usually hit or miss for me. However, I've noticed that this one has gotten a lot of high ratings and great reviews, so I'm hoping it will be a winner for me too!

Verdict: Keep

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Avg rating: 4.41
Release: August 2, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CWyteW

I've been warned about possible triggers but it's Colleen Hoover and I'm trusting that she'll take care of my heart. I think I'm one of the last people in the romance world to read this book but I honestly do intend to get to it... some time.

Verdict: Keep


I'm surprised by how many new-to-me authors are sitting on my TBR. I thought I only had a few but I'm sure I'll discover so much more the deeper I get in this dig for books. I also noticed that I kept a lot more books than those I discared. I guess the whole 'cutting down' my TBR list didn't work out so well this time, huh?

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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