10.27.2018

Down The TBR Hole #15


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?

Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys #1) by Elle Casey
Avg rating: 3.85
Release: Sept. 22, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2qeJuQ4 (FREE in KU)

New-to-me author! This plot sounds utterly ridiculous and for some reason it has sparked my interest. I'm sure I won't love the heroine, but I'm still willing to find out.

Verdict: Keep

Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay #1) by Jill Shalvis
Avg rating: 3.90
Release: June 28, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2qlkGGx

One thing I can always count on when I read a novel by Jill Shalvis is a case of the feel-goods. Not many authors share this particular distinction and when I need something to break up the monotony sometimes, authors like her are my go-tos.

Verdict: Keep

The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Avg rating: 3.86
Release: Sept. 6, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EOqmCI

I haven't read a book from this author in SO LONG! I remember falling in love with her This Man series and she gave me a story about a male escort that BLEW MY MIND!

Verdict: Keep

Mind Lies by Harlow Stone
Avg rating: 4.51
Release: July 7, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CI94EG (FREE in KU)

New-to-me author! I don't know anyone who's read this but I came across it when it went live and the blurb grabbed me. An amnesiac desperately searching for her lost love that no one else remembers? Suspense? YUP!

Verdict: Keep


Legal (Legal #1) by Bree Dahlia
Avg rating: 4.03
Release: July 20, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2D7d2aR - currently $0

New-to-me author! After Mid Life Love by Whitney G. I figured I should try another book in this genre, especially because I wanted to try a new author. But I no longer care for it.

Verdict: Delete

Tempting Fate (Serendipity #2) by Brinda Berry
Avg rating: 3.99
Release: Oct. 1, 2014
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CIVGA7

New-to-me author! I actually don't know how or why this book ended up on my TBR. I think I may have clicked on it by mistake. Rather than deleting it outright, I thought I'd share my mistake with all of you lol.

Verdict: Delete

Prey (Marko Delacroix #1) by Alaska Angelini
Avg rating: 3.84
Release: Feb. 18, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2qdoWYk (FREE in KU)

New-to-me author! The author had me adding this from her warning. It's a dark thriller with romantic elements. It's not about the happy ever after although a happy ending is hinted at by the conclusion of the series.

Verdict: Keep

 Assure Her (Assured Distraction #1) by Thia Finn
Avg rating: 4.08
Release: Sept. 1, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DbjD4e

New-to-me author! It's a rock star romance and although I haven't read many, most of the ones I have, I've enjoyed. However, after reading some of the reviews, I'm not sure this one would be a good fit.

Verdict: Delete

A Beautiful Funeral (The Maddox Brothers #5) by Jamie McGuire
Avg rating: 4.17
Release: August 15, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2yBkerS

I haven't read ANY of the Maddox Bros series so I'm not sure why I even added this one. I met Travis so long ago and I'm not sure if I'd love him as much today as I did then. Ah well, I'll start this series from the start.

Verdict: Delete

The F King (Still a Bad Boy #3) by Ada Scott
Avg rating: 3.87
Release: August 5, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Rh84LL

New-to-me author! No one I know has read this but it came up as an Amazon recommendation one day and the blurb spoke to me. Not sure if it's smut with an edge or a crime novel with some hot sex. I'm eager to find out!

Verdict: Keep

Confessions of an Alli Cat (The Cougar Chronicles #1) by Courtney Cole
Avg rating: 4.02
Release: Oct. 23, 2012
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CKAVEs (FREE in KU)

New-to-me author! Who doesn't enjoy a good laugh? I especially like reading books about supposedly mature characters. However, one friend gave me a too taboo spoiler that made me know this book isn't for me.

Verdict: Delete

Prisoned by Marni Mann
Avg rating: 4.03
Release: August 22, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2D7ZIDs (FREE in KU)

I've wanted to read this story soooo badly. This series is a must-read for someone like me. With the book sitting on my kindle right now, I only wish I could get to it sooner.

Verdict: Keep

Shane (Mallick Brothers #1) by Jessica Gadziala
Avg rating: 4.29
Release: Sept. 10, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2D71Zyu (FREE in KU)

I've got a thing for Jessica G's bad boys. Every anti hero is drop dead delicious!

Verdict: Keep

Scarlet by Aria Cole
Avg rating: 3.76
Release: July 18, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CKM2Nl (FREE in KU)

New-to-me author! Have you heard? I'm secretly obsessed with retellings. Especially if they're dark and erotic as fuck! I know nothing about this book but I'm looking forward to see if this will live up to my expectations.

Verdict: Keep

Veiled by Karina Halle
Avg rating: 3.84
Release: July 27, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EWEKc2 (FREE in KU)

I'm a fan of this author's work and I'm always fascinated when an author decides to go outside their usual genre. I wonder what Karina's done with this PNR story?

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. A lot of these books are in KU, which will help my book budget a bit when I finally get the chance to read them, if they're still in the program by then.

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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