Down the TBR Hole #7

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme hosted by Lost in a Story that revolves around clearing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

I’m still at the beginning of my TBR so these are books I added when I was around 17 and oh my lord, my reading tastes have clearly changed a lot since then.

Here’s how it works:

– Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
– Order on ascending date added.
– Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
– Read the synopsesof the books
– Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Pact

The Pact by Jodi Picoult
I’ve been wanting to read this book for years, ever since she became incredibly popular when I was in high school. This was the one that stuck out the most to me from her books and one day I will get to it. Verdict: staying on the list

 

Handle with Care

Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult
This was one of the other books by Picoult that really stuck out to me and I hope to get to it in the new year. Verdict: staying on the list

 

 

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why this was on my TBR list to begin with. I don’t think this is something even teenage me would have been into. Verdict: leaving the list

 

 

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
This was 100% added to my TBR during my Twlight days (ah, youth). However, 24 year old me isn’t feeling this so much. Verdict: leaving the list

 

 

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Another vampire book from a phase that I am very much past. Verdict: leaving the list

 

 

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Yes, I know. It’s insane that I haven’t read any of her books yet. Even though there’s like 800 of them between this one and all of her sub-series, I still want to get to this one day. We’ll see if that happens, but in the mean time I’ll keep it on my TBR. Verdict: staying on the list

 

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
See above. On the plus side, I’ve heard this series is her best. Verdict: staying on the list

 

 

A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Nope. This one is going to go. Read the first part of the synopsis and it’s not for me. Verdict: leaving the list

 

 

Get Well Soon (Anna Bloom, #1)

Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
I’m going to pass on this one as well. After reading a couple of reviews, it seems like the kind of book I could easily do without in my life. Verdict: leaving the list

 

 

Beautiful

Beautiful by Amy Reed
This sounds like something I might like, but not enough to want to keep it on my TBR. Verdict: leaving the list

 

 

Staying on the list: 4
Leaving the list: 6

Are there any books you think I should have given a chance to? Any you think I should be ditching? Let me know what you think down in the comments below!

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Review: Across the Horizon by Aly Martinez

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Title: Across the Horizon
Author: Aly Martinez
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Self-Published by Aly Martinez
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour

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Rating: 4.5 stars

“Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.” That was what my husband’s mistress told me the day I found out about their affair.

I didn’t believe it until five minutes later when mouth-watering celebrity chef Tanner Reese walked up, tossed his arm around my shoulders, and told my cheating husband to take a hike.

Tanner and I couldn’t have been more different. He spent his weekends at clubs, rubbing elbows with fellow A-listers. I spent mine in yoga pants with cheese boards and a glass of wine—or six.

Our relationship shouldn’t have worked, but it did. That is until Tanner proved to me that even though love happens when you least expect it…

So does heartbreak.

Review:

“Good to know I did not fuck the smartass out of you.”
“Honey, nobody’s dick is that big.”

The minute I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I needed it in my life. It sounded like the perfect romance with a fair amount of drama. Going into it, I had really high expectations. And luckily for me, those expectations were exceeded.

Rita spent seven years of her life married to douchebag Greg (Tanner’s words, not mine). Those seven years were up real quick the day she discovered that he was cheating on her with one of the nurses at the practice they work for. Greg was a doctor there and Rita was the office manager. Not long after, their office was hosting a spring fling BBQ event for their patients. At that event Tammy, the mistress, so kindly decided to inform Rita that not only was there the affair, but she was also pregnant with Greg’s child.

At the same time, Tanner was at the BBQ helping his brother Porter with the catering. When he heard Greg and Rita arguing, he decided to step in and tell him to back off. Rita took that moment to pretend that she was seeing him to get back at Greg. And so begins the whirlwind romance of Rita and Tanner.

I loved both Rita and Tanner. Rita’s sass and her banter with Tanner was off the charts hilarious. I would actually be laughing out loud as I read the book. But not only was Rita hilarious, she was a strong character. She went through a terrible time in her life with her head held high and was determined to make it to the other side a better woman for it.

“Whether we’re ready for it or not doesn’t change the fact that I’m in love with you. So you can go ahead and assume that, for the next fifteen years, I won’t be out with someone.”

Man oh man, Aly Martinez knows how to write a romance that not only tugs at your heartstrings, but can also make you laugh like crazy. Her ability to write Rita as such a sarcastic little fire cracker with killer one liners is incredible. Not only that, but the chemisty between Rita and Tanner was pretty dang hot.

The story itself was great. The amount of things that Rita and Tanner had to go through, together and alone, made their love feel that much more authentic. It was obvious from their first meeting that they were meant to be together, but it was just as obvious that they each had personal issues they needed to sort out to an extent before they could truly be the couple that they were meant to be.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book. It’s the perfect mix of a dramatic romance that will break your heart at times but then provide you with comedic relief that will have you laughing so hard.

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About Aly Martinez:

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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Review: Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey

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Title: Hotshot Doc
Author: R.S. Grey
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Self-Published by R.S. Grey
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4 stars

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

Review:

“I think I’m losing it. I wonder if repressing sexual attraction can turn you into a crazy person.”

Hotshot Doc follows Bailey, a surgical assistant, who is the legal guardian of her younger sister after their parents pass away. When the novel begins, Bailey finds out that the surgeon she has been working with for the past few years is going to retire so she is in need of a new surgeon to work for in order to keep her job.

Enter Dr. Matt Russell who can’t keep a surgical assistant to save his life. He’s gone through so many, definitely making them cry during each of their short stints working with him. He’s in need of a new surgical assistant after his most recent victim quit (working with Matt gave him a stomach ulcer!!!) and Bailey really needs that job to keep a roof over her and Josie’s heads. And so begins the perfect Grey’s-type romance. Makes sense considering the sisters are obsessed with Grey’s and marathon the show together.

My favourite thing about Bailey was how awkwardly relatable she was. Being that lost for words around someone as hot as Matt? Girl, same. Literally. My other favourite thing about Bailey was her relationship with her sister. No matter what, she always took into account what would be the right thing for her. And even when she started dating Matt, she never put Josie off to the side or forgot about her just because she had a guy in her life.

“Standing close to him in a quiet hallway was thrilling in the same way a death-defying rollercoaster is thrilling… maybe one that hasn’t been inspected in a while, made of rickety wood and squeaky iron bars. I was fairly sure I wouldn’t survive the ride, but something made me want to step right up anyway.”

As per usual, R.S. Grey knocks it out of the park with her hilarious one-liners and steamy romance. I’m convinced that if she tried her hardest, she couldn’t write a bad book. She is the ultimate queen of rom-coms and it’ll be pretty dang hard for anyone to ever knock her off her throne.

My one issue (the smallest thing really) is that I was expecting more of the romance. It’s clear the novel was supposed to be enemies-to-lovers, but it seemed like it developped kind of quick. They were enemies for about .2 seconds and then it was overshadowed by their respect for each other career-wise and the fact that the only reason they were staying away from each other was because it may not have been the right decision for Bailey to make when she had to take her job and Josie into account.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. R.S. Grey is still the queen of rom-coms and that isn’t going to change any time soon. I don’t think it was her best, but it was still pretty dang good.

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About R.S. Grey:

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter 2018 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is the top ten books that are on our winter TBR. There’s so many books I plan to get through just over the holiday season. The boy is gone home to England for another three weeks and I have two five day weekends off from my job. That’s a lot of free time. I also have a few days where I’m working 11 hours and one Sunday, but no one is going to be coming to the office looking for a house during the holidays, nor will there be many brokers here, so I have some pretty chill days with lots of reading time ahead for me at reception. Best job ever? I think so.

Here’s my list, sorted by release date, of books sitting at home that I plan to get to this winter.

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson | 2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss | 3. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Caraval (Caraval, #1) Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns, #3) The Light Over London

4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber | 5. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake | 6. The Light Over London by Julia Kelly

Looker Her One Mistake The Cold Is in Her Bones Serious Moonlight

7. Looker by Laura Sims | 8. Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks | 9. The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale | 10. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Review: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

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Title: Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from Simon & Schuster/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 3 stars

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

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Five Feet Apart is a story about Stella and Will, two teens with cystic fibrosis. Because they both have CF, they can never get within six feet of each other. If they do, Stella risks losing her place on the lung transplant list, and they both risk dying.

Reading this book, I was sure that it was going to break my heart into a million unrepairable pieces. It sounded like a mix of The Fault in our Stars (I spent 90% of that movie crying and don’t think I can ever watch it again because of that) and Everything, Everything (read the book in 24 hours, didn’t cry but it still had an impact).

To be completely honest, this book was nothing like either. I never had a connection to either of the characters or their romance. I never felt like I was cheering from them to figure something out or for a mircale cure to drop out of the sky. The only character I was cheering for to find the best happily ever after imaginable was Poe. And we’re not even going to get me started on that storyline.

The story had so much potential to be that deep, emotional kind of story that tugs at every heartstring and leaves the kind of impact that won’t let you forget it. Unfortunately, it didn’t meet that potential. Everything was written very surface level. There were many moments where characters could have been developed further or situations could have been more emotional, but it stayed very basic. This prevented me from having any kind of true attachement to the story.

Overall, I thought it was a good story in the sense that it brought important awareness to cystic fibrosis. However, I personally felt it was lacking in depth.

About Rachael Lippincott:

Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner.