Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club. Unfortunately I am not currently part of a book club but if I was I would want to be part of one that reads Young Adult. So here are my top 10 picks for a YA book club
Author: Violetta Rand
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group- Loveswept
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review.
Series or Stand Alone: Series- Devil’s Den #1
Welcome to the Devil’s Den, a Texas strip club where the air is heavy with desire–and sometimes dreams come true.
Ever since her mother kicked her out, twenty-year-old Robyn Gonzalez has been working the poles at the Devil’s Den, saving up to finish college and travel the world. With only her wits and her gorgeous body to rely on, Robyn has learned to be independent–fiercely independent. She’s never been tempted to let a man distract her from her dreams… until she meets the dead-sexy Garrick Dempsey.
The club’s new head of security, Garrick had walked away from a career as a mechanical engineer to return to his roots in Corpus Christi. He hadn’t planned on getting to know someone like Robyn, with her sinfully sweet combination of vulnerability and strength, at the Devil’s Den. She acts tough, but only because she’s been hurt. Soon Garrick knows he will do anything to win Robyn’s trust. And if that means surrendering to the red-hot chemistry between them, all the better.
Robyn’s kicked her out of the house causing her to grow up at a young age. This left her strong, determined, and a little vulnerable. She’s definitely not what you think of as a typical stripper. Garrick is an alpha male who isn’t afraid to show Robyn his softer side. From the moment they meet, their chemistry is electric.
“My arm brushes against hers. Skin on skin. Something sparks, and I look down at her. She catches my glance, then quickly averts her eyes.”
At first I didn’t like Garrick. The way he spoke to Robyn bothered me. This book is written from both of their perspectives and if it wasn’t for that, I’m not sure I would have liked Garrick. There are some things that he does for Robyn though that made me want to make him my book boyfriend. I love how he doesn’t rush to sleep with her.
“‘Will you trust me?’ Her hands slip up my waist, stopping on my chest. ‘With what?’ ‘Time,’ I say. And you…“
I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure this was gonna be a book I liked with the setting being in a strip club. However, I will definitely be reading the rest of this series as it comes out.
Rating: 4.5 stars
I would say I’m a Reading Challenge Addict. I’ve signed up for 18 reading challenges. My goal is to complete all of them so I’m going for the Out of This World level of 16+. My challenges are:
- 2015 Where Are You Reading? Challenge
- 2015 Contemporary Challenge
- 2015 Historical Romance Reading Challenge
- 2015 Erotic Romance Reading Challenge
- 2015 Alphabet Soup Challenge
- 2015 Books in Translation
- 2015 New to You Challenge
- 2015 Literary Pickers Challenge- completed 11/24/15
- 2015 Back to the Classics Challenge
- 2015 Victorian Bingo
- 2015 Pages Read
- 2015 Banned Books Challenge
- 2015 What’s In a Name? Challenge
- 2015 You Read How Many Books?
- 2015 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge- completed 11/17/15
- 2015 Netgalley Challenge– completed 12/13/15
- 2015 Just For Fun Reading Challenge
#2015HW Reading Assignment Challenge
You can see my progress on each challenge here.
- As Good As Dead by Elizabeth Evans
- Surrender by Violetta Rand
- Playing Doctor by Kate Allure
- Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox
- Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs
- Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi
- Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks
- Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson
- Game Play by Lynda Aicher
- Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy
- Enchantment Lake by Margi Preus
- The Joker’s Dozen by Laurie S. Sutton
- Seduction by Violetta Rand
- Love, Lucy by April Lindner (Invitation)
- A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans
- Sinful by Joan Johnston
- Unforgiven by Lori Adams
- Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford
- Loving Lucas by Violetta Rand
- College Bound by Lilia Ford
- How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks
- Calling Her Bluff by Kaia Danielle
- The Billionaire’s Christmas Proposal by Victoria James
- Compromising Her Position by Samanthe Beck
- The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid
- A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans
- Persuasion by Violetta Rand
- Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey
- His to Take by Katee Robert
- Say You’re Mine by Diane Alberts
Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object, quote, etc. from the books/films/J.K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related. The list of topics can be found here.
Title: Autumn in Carthage
Author: Christopher Zenos
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: eBook (332 pages)
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
The nether side of passion is madness.
Nathan Price is a college professor with crippling impairments, seeking escape from his prison of necessity. One day, in a package of seventeenth-century documents from Salem Village, he stumbles across a letter by his best friend, Jamie, who had disappeared six months before. The document is dated 1692- the height of the Witch Trials. The only potential lead: a single mention of Carthage, a tiny town in the Wisconsin northern highland.
The mystery catapults Nathan from Chicago to the Wisconsin wilderness. There, he meets Alanna, heir to an astonishing Mittel-European legacy of power and sacrifice.In her, and in the gentle townsfolk of Carthage, Nathan finds the refuge for which he has long yearned. But Simon, the town elder, is driven by demons of his own, and may well be entangled in Jamie’s disappearance and that of several Carthaginians. As darkness stretches toward Alanna, Nathan may have no choice but to risk it all.
Moving from the grimness of Chicago’s South Side to the Wisconsin hinterlands to seventeenth-century Salem, this is a story of love, of sacrifice, of terrible passions- and of two wounded souls quietly reaching for the deep peace of sanctuary.
This is a book that I got for free off of Amazon and I’m not really sure what made me get it other than the free part. I don’t normally read science fiction and when I say don’t normally I mean never. Whatever it was that made me choose this book, I am so glad I did. Nathan is a very relatable character for anyone who has a mental disorder or has suffered from depression. Though the author never names what mental disorder Nathan actually has, I think this added to his character. The way he goes looking for his best friend, Jamie, after he goes missing says a lot about the kind of person he is and what that friendship meant to him. He takes a sabbatical from the university and goes to Wisconsin to a tiny town where the locals are mysterious.
Alanna is one of the locals he meets and I just picture her as being this gorgeous elegant woman. I wanted a romance to ensue between Nathan and Alanna from the moment she was introduced and I got just that. I love that the author did parts of the story from her viewpoint.
A major problem I had with this story is the Salem witch trials. From reading the blurb about the book, you would think that the witch trials plays a significant role in the story. This is not the case until closer to the end of the book and even then it’s not a huge part.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I think I may pick up a few more science fiction books to give a try.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a freebie. I decided to write about the Top 10 Classics I’ve Never Read But Plan to This Year. Here they are:
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I’ve picked up this book to read 3 different times and just have never finished it. It’s on my list to start this week. I enjoyed what I did read of it but I always get distracted. Hopefully this time I will finish it.
2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. This novel intimidates me because of its content but I want to give it a try.
3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I started reading this when I was maybe 14 but for some reason never finished it. I think it’s time I gave it another shot.
4. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. This has been at the bottom of my TBR pile for a couple of years.
5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. This is another one that I started but never finished. I think I was still an undergrad at the time and got busy with school and just never picked it back up.
6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I’m not sure why I’ve never read this.
7. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. I’ve always wanted to read these and just never got around to it.
8. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I had never heard of this until the movie came out in 2012. I have no idea why it had never crossed my path but after seeing the movie I knew I wanted to read the novel. In my opinion, the book is always better than the movie.
9. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. This is another that has been at the bottom of my TBR pile for a few years.
10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. This novel intimidates me due to its size. I’ve been wanting to read it for years but I’ve always felt like I didn’t have time. This year I’m going to make time for it.
Are there any Classics that you plan to read this year? Also what topic did you pick for this week’s TTT? I’d love to hop over to your blog and read yours.