TBR Pile, What’s Good? | October 2015

Over this past summer, I hit a bit of a writing dry spell. It dawned on me, eventually, that I’d hit a reading dry spell as well. Although my one-click muscle was well-exercised, my reading muscle had grown flabby. Work, writing, and life had left me in “Oh, I don’t have time! I’ll read it later!” mode, when really, if you want to do something, you have to make the time. So I vowed to try to get back to reading as much as I could. And to for that I had to throw down a challenge…nicki-minaj-to-miley-cyrus-whats-good

Well, swap in “TBR pile” for “Miley” and and one of my dogs for Rebel Wilson and that would be more accurate. Anyway, I’ve found some really great stuff in my pile, and of course I have to share!

Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot 

When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3)

So, this is Tessa Dare—I knew it was going to be awesome. But I was unprepared for how awesome this book was. Hot Scottish hero, awesome anatomical illustrator heroine, forced marriage of convenience, a life built on a foundation of lies, and lobster voyeurism. What more could a reader ask for? This book made me laugh so much, and squeezed my heart too. As I was reading, I found myself sighing “How does she make me feel this way?!” as a reader, then, as a writer, “No really, how did she make me feel this way?” I still don’t know the answer to that, but if you haven’t checked this book out yet, you should.

Rebekah Weatherspoon’s So Sweet

SO SWEET

So, see this cover? This is perhaps the most accurate representation of how a book has made me feel ever. Kayla, the heroine of So Sweet, is jobless, broke, and desperate. When her friend talks her into joining a sugar daddy website, Kayla does it  grudgingly, and goes to a meet-up event for the site even more grudgingly. There, to her surprise, she meets someone she connects with: the site’s founder, who’s a billionaire hottie to boot. I loved Michael and Kayla’s relationship and the way both character’s knew what they wanted out of life. This book is fun, light, and got me in trouble because I kept bursting out in laughter and waking up Mr. Cole while reading. 😀 If you want something fun, fast, and sweet. I highly recommend.

Tamsen Parker’s Craving Flight

Craving Flight

You should know this by now, but if not, I’m going to let you in on some important insider info: if you want hot, engaging, realistic, and dirrrrrty BDSM romance, Tamsen Parker is your woman. I was intrigued by the concept of the book: Tzipporah is a woman who has committed to her Judaism later in life, a Ba’alat Teshuva. This has caused considerable strain in her life, as has the other aspect of herself that she discovered later in life—a desire for pain and dominance during sex. After her sexual needs and her growing religious observance hastened the end of her first marriage, she isn’t sure she’ll ever be able to have both, especially after joining a conservative Orthodox Jewish community. Enter the widower Elan. Elan, the hot bearded butcher who seems to notice every mistake Tzipporah makes, and is one of the few single men in the community Tzipporaj will consider marriage to. Long story short, they marry and she discovers that Elan knows a thing or to about pain and submission. But will that be enough to bridge the differences between them? This was a lovely, hot, well-crafted short, and it’s FREE. Go get it.

Farrah Rochon’s a A Little Bit Naughty (in Moments In Maplesville Bundle Edition)

A romance with a dildo saleswoman heroine? I’m here for it. 😉 Jada is getting back on her feet after the perfect life she thougth she had turned out to be a sham. Her ex is newly married to a beautiful young bride and flush with the cash he hid during their divorce. Jada is living in a crappy apartment and throwing sex toy parties to keep herself afloat while she searches for a job. When circumstance keeps throwing her into the path of Mason Coleman, her best friend’s brother and her nemesis since high school, Jada feels even worse. However, she soon finds out that Mason might not hate her after all—and he might even know a thing or two about her new line of work. I really enjoyed this novella and, as always, the rich worldbuilding Rochon creates in each of her books. This book is FREE too, so get on it!

Melissa Blue’s Kilted For Pleasure

Kilted For Pleasure (Under the Kilt, #3)
This book. THIS BOOK. This is my fave in the series thus far, although I haven’t read book 4 yet, and that one features rugby thighs so who knows. Our heroine in this book is Victoria, an antiques appraiser sent to Scotland by her bosses (heroes of book one and two) to convince an antiques restorer to take on a big job for them. What they fail to mention is that (a) he is their cousin, (b) he is surly as all get out, and (c) he’s FINE. Victoria struggles to keep things with Callan professional, but their attraction can’t be denied. They decide to have a sex-only arrangement, which works for both of them: she keeps her professional integrity and he keeps his heart, which is buried with his late wife. I loved so much about this: the amazing sex scenes, the way Blue deepens her characters’ relationships, the Baird (you’ll get it when you read it). Highly recommend this, or you can get all the books in the series in one go.
Non-romance
Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti
Binti
Binti is the first of her tribe to leave her home world to go to Oomza University, rated the galaxy’s #1 top pick for colleges. She sneaks away, makes it to the ship that will carry her and her fellow new students to the university…and then all hell breaks loose. The story is an engaging look at intercultural relations, be they between humans or aliens, as well as a hero’s journey for Binti as she finds her purpose. I loved the descriptions of mathematics and algorithms and how they’re a kind of magic in the world Okorafor has created. I hope we see more of Binti’s story in the future.
Alyssa Wong’s Santos de Sampaguitas part 1 and part 2
Wonderful Philippines set fantasy story. Old gods and family obligations, newfound love and the weight of ancestral ties. Free at strangehorizons.com.
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One thought on “TBR Pile, What’s Good? | October 2015

  1. I’ve read Binti and LOVED it, also I literally finished ‘So Sweet’ last night and it was the perfect quick read.

    I’ll be checking out some others on this list.

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