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Down the TBR Hole #16

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?

Hardwired (Hacker #1) by Meredith Wild
Avg rating: 4.07
Release: May 12, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Py0kbd

I've only read one series from this author, a second chance love story about an assassin, and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't as sexy as I would like, but the plot definitely kept me engaged. I'm hoping this one goes beyond my expectations.

Verdict: Keep

Ten (Men by Numbers #1) by Ker Dukey
Avg rating: 4.04
Release: December 20, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JAA2Qe (FREE in KU)

First of all, it's Ker Dukey and I love her twisted stories! It's a forbidden love that turned into hate all due to a misunderstanding and before all is communicated, the hero finds ways to torture the heroine. Call me sick but I. CANNOT. WAIT!!

Verdict: Keep

Prisoned by Marni Mann
Avg rating: 4.04
Release: August 22, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2qrQrNO (FREE in KU)

I've been wanting to read this book since its release. It's been sitting on my kindle, waiting to catch my attention. There hasn't been a Marni Mann book I didn't like and I'm very interested in seeing what she's done with this darker read.

Verdict: Keep

Shane (Mallick Brothers #1) by Jessica Gadziala
Avg rating: 4.30
Release: September 10, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RvlXWN (FREE in KU)

She had me at the word "triggers". Can you name a book by this author that you didn't like? I know I can't. I really wanted to start this series when it released, but you already know how that goes 😞

Verdict: Keep

Scarlet by Aria Cole
Avg rating: 3.75
Release: July 8, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2QcQRmF (FREE in KU)

I have mentioned how much I love retellings, right? Well, this one is obviously a play on Little Red Riding Hood. I'm hoping it's as hot as it claims to be.

Verdict: Keep

Grayson's Vow by Mia Sheridan
Avg rating: 4.21
Release: September 8, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RwPD5X (FREE in KU)

I don't think there's a Sign of Love book by this author that didn't get 5 stars from me. I'm suspect this one will be the same. I haven't had a lot of opportunities to enjoy this author, but I've loved the ones I've had.

Verdict: Keep

Savage (London Mob #1) by Michelle St. James
Avg rating: 4.03
Release: February 9, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RxF3eR (Currently $0)

I was going to tell you that I was gonna skip this one, but then I noticed that it was currently free. How can I turn down free? It costs me nothing to love or hate this book, right?

Verdict: Keep

Dare You to Run (Unbroken Heroes #2) by Dawn Ryder
Avg rating: 3.64
Release: August 30, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SE6HZj

I'm sitting here wondering why I added book 2 of a series without reading book 1. I have been told that this can be read as a standalone although it has a continuing storyline from the previous book. I guess I'll just leave this here as a placeholder. I'm told it has tons of hot sex with a sweet story mixed in. I'm a sucker for hot sex and alpha heroes!

Verdict: Keep

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Avg rating: 3.73
Release: August 16, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SCviNU

I really enjoy biographies. I've got some of my favorites saved at my mommy's house and they tell the tales of all the great movie stars from the 40s and 50s. I've watched a few movies with Amy Schumer and found her to be funny for the most part and thought this would have her humor mixed in. However, I've been warned that this book is not what I assumed it to be. It's more about her feelings and things she's gone through and where you would hope to find humor, it's flooded with levity. I don't think I like this woman well enough to want to get so deep into her thoughts. Maybe one day I will.

Verdict: Delete

Out of Bounds (The Summer Games #2) by R.S. Grey
Avg rating: 3.82
Release: August 1, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2QhAQMm (FREE in KU)

I've got this and the first book in the series on my TBR. I'm a little hesitant to start this series. I find this author's books are always hit or miss for me. And while many seem to love one, I'll hate it and vice versa. I'm crossing my fingers that this series, with it's hot covers, is one I come to love.

Verdict: Keep

Craving Trix (The Aces' Sons #1) by Nicole Jacquelyn
Avg rating: 4.09
Release: July 13, 2015
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DhvZI0

I've heard some pretty amazing things about this author. Amazing things. And I've felt left out of the fandom because I haven't read anything from her yet. I'm truly excited to get the chance to read this.

Verdict: Keep

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood 
Avg rating: 4.08
Release: August 9, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2qr5vLH

I heard the word 'taboo' and I was all over it. Well, kinda sorta. I immediately added it to my TBR but I haven't had the chance to voice my opinion amongst the thousands. I know that there are those who have said this book is 'disgusting', but I'm pretty sure I will not be one of them. I've been looking forward to this book for two years and at the time of its release, it was one of my most anticipated reads. I'm enormously disappointed that I didn't get to read it when it came out. That I couldn't adequately defend this story. That I couldn't show my love. But hopefully one day soon I will!

Verdict: Keep

Burn Down the Night (Everything I Left Unsaid #3) by M. O'Keefe
Avg rating: 3.99
Release: August 9, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2yN5zdo

New-to-me author! This is another one of those books I added without reading the previous books in the series. I'm told that they're all standalones but I prefer to start series from the beginning. I guess I'll leave this one as a placeholder and hopefully remember to start from book 1.

Verdict: Keep

Heartless (Amato Brothers #1) by Winter Renshaw
Avg rating: 3.96
Release: August 1, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Fde4nV (FREE in KU)

The plot for this story seems really sweet. But then again, that's something I've come to learn about this author's books. Sweetness with an edge. The blurb outlines a brooding hero and I LOVE that!

Verdict: Keep

Born Sinner (Se7en Sinners #1) by S.L. Jennings
Avg rating: 4.06
Release: August 10, 2016
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JzUzV1 (FREE in KU)

New-to-me author! Hmmm... a paranormal romance about beings with abilities that I'm unfamiliar with... sign me up! I love stories that have a dystopian feel and battles of good vs. evil.

Verdict: Keep

I'm finding it ridiculous how many books I've been keeping lately. This whole challenge is to thin out the herd, but I can't seem to let go of most of them. Ah well, at least I'm having fun!

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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