I cannot tell you how excited I am that January is over and February is here. January was hands down was one of the most difficult months of my life. Finding out that I have a chronic disease that I will be dealing with for the rest of my life was not even the worst part of the month which says a lot. So here’s to February bringing all the good things and good reads. I’m going to start with the six books that I have picked for my “main” TBR and then I will be sharing my bonus Romanceopoly picks. Another round of Contemporary-a-thon is also this month but I will be sharing my separate TBR for that closer to the readathon starting (February 10-16). I also saw that Lala from BooksandLala has started her own book club and I plan on participating as much as possible. I love how I started the year saying how I want to simplify my TBR so I can actually attain my goals but I have slowly been adding more stuff to these TBR’s. I have no excuse for this madness other than I just want to read all the things.
Book of the Month
I was so excited that this was a BoTM pick this month because it is one of my Most Anticipated 2020 books.
You probably know someone like Shay Miller.
She wants to find love, but it eludes her.
She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end.
She wants to belong, but her life is so isolated.
You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters.
They have an unbreakable circle of friends.
They live the most glamorous life.
They always get what they desire.
Shay thinks she wants their life.
But what they really want is hers.
I recently bought this book on Amazon because it was only $2.99 and I have wanted to read it since it came out.
These men are dark, bold, and brave. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees…
Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.
LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS
Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.
A widowed father of two little girls. The beautiful nanny he’s hired to raise them. A forbidden romance unlike any other. A Nordic King is the newest standalone royal romance from the New York Times Bestselling author of The Pact and The Swedish Prince.
When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.
Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.
Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn’t easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.
It’s their father.
Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.
Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.
You think it’s bad enough being in love with your boss?
Try falling in love with a king.
A Nordic King is a 100% complete standalone story and a spinoff of The Swedish Prince and The Wild Heir.
This book contains GRAPHIC SEX SCENES AND FOUL LANGUAGE – reader discretion is advised
2020 Five Star Prediction
I don’t think that I have ever mentioned it but I use a random number generator for this category and the next one. I can’t believe this is the book that came up! I have slowly been reading this book over the past couple of years so I’m already 620 pages in. I guess I will finally (hopefully!) be finishing it this month.
To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered, a good place to live. It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, It lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each person’s deepest dread. Sometimes It reached up, seizing, tearing, killing…
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of It was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until the grown-up children were called back, once more to confront It as It stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
Frightening, epic, and brilliant, Stephen King’s It is one of the greatest works of a true storytelling master.
Goodreads Want To Read Shelf
This came up to a book that I recently added to my shelf. Which is the sequel to Little Women since I have never read it. I guess this is a good time for it to come up since I just finished Little Women last month.
With two sons of her own, and twelve rescued orphan boys filling the informal school at Plumfield, Jo March — now Jo Bhaer — couldn’t be happier. But despite the warm and affectionate help of the whole March family, boys have a habit of getting into scrapes, and there are plenty of troubles and adventures in store.
For this I really wanted to pick a book for Black History month so I decided to go with The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I own a paperback of this but it is also on KU right now if you are interested.
Winner of the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, this unforgettable portrait of a young black girl, her friends, family, and lovers is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.
Literally Dead Book Club
I have a Netgalley ARC of this but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet so I’m thrilled to get to it soon. This is also another book on my most anticipated list so I had to fit this on my TBR.
She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .
Three years ago, Gabe saw his daughter taken. In the back of a rusty old car, covered in bumper stickers. He was driving behind the car. He watched her disappear. But no one believes him. Most people believe that his daughter, and wife, are dead. For a while, people believed that Gabe was responsible.
Three years later and Gabe cannot give up hope. Even though he has given up everything else. His home, his job, his old life. He spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, sleeping in his camper van in service stations, searching for the car that took her. Searching for his daughter.
Katie spends a lot of her life in service stations, working as a waitress. She often sees Gabriel, or ‘the thin man’ as she has nicknamed him. She knows his story. She feels for him, because Katie understands what it’s like to lose a loved one. Nine years ago, her father was murdered. It broke her family apart. She hasn’t seen her oldest sister since the day of the funeral; the day she did something terrible.
Fran and her daughter, Alice, put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people that want to hurt them. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows that if they ever find them, they’re dead.
I am doing three rolls and for the first half of the year I am using the sun challenges.
This was a hard choice for me because I wasn’t familiar with any of the books that were recommended. I finally chose this one because it is on KU and sounds fun.
A full-length STANDALONE romantic comedy from USA TODAY bestselling author R.S. Grey.
Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.
When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.
My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.
Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.
Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.
Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.
Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.
Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.
Yes! This one works perfectly for me because it’s an any genre pick to read the longest book on your TBR. I’m so happy that this behemoth will count for more than one TBR pick.
I was so worried about this month’s romanceopoly picks and I am only adding one additional book to my TBR. This is a free space choice so I can use any other book on my TBR. I’m going to choose You Are Not Alone for this just so I have something to write down on my tracking sheet.
This month’s TBR has gone pretty well! I did pick the biggest book ever but I have already done myself the favor of having half read it already so that’s a relief. I also want to mention that I am still plodding my way through my Winter Magical readathon reads. I only managed to read one book on that list so I’m going to try to fit those books in where I can this month.