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Some Books From My TBR List + Why I Love Reading

"Inadequate respect for tomorrow."

 

It’s no secret around here that I love to read, right? I mean I think I’ve been pretty clear on that fact. I’ve loved to read for as long as I can remember- ever since childhood. My mom says I was reading first level books by age 4 and I never got over that love of reading. When I was in middle school it was The Babysitters Club, and Sweet Valley Twins, and anything Judy Blume. Then I graduated to Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew. I put reading on the back burner when soccer took over my life but I found my way back to my first love eventually.

 

Lots of people have asked me why I love to read. I don’t know. I can’t explain it. I love to escape into someone else’s fictional world. It helps me relieve stress. More than once I’ve smacked Matt in the shoulder and remarked “why can’t you say stuff like that?” when I’m reading a book. He always responds “because I’m a real man, not one made up by a woman”. Hmph. And more than one Matt has thrown his hands up in complete exasperation and said “stop trying to turn me into one of your fictional book boyfriends”. Men. 

 

Well that and iced tea!

 

I have probably 1500 books on my Kindle plus I have a small collection of paperback favorites that I’m slowly re-buying on my Kindle. I have some favorite series by different authors that I buy always, no matter what- J.D. Robb, Dianne Duvall, Christine Feehan, Kristen Proby, Janet Evanovich…and then I have a bunch of books that I’ve bought when they drop down to 99 cents on sale. It will take me forever to get through all these books. But I have a book for every mood…more like 500 books for every mood.

 

I have at least 5 different TBR lists on my Kindle just to keep track of the books I want to read. Today I wanted to share some of the books off of my main TBR list. These are the books I plan to read first. As always- the amazon link are not affiliate and I’m not receiving any compensation from anyone. I just really want to read these books.

 

1. Never Surrender by Lindsay McKenna– From Shadow Warrior…to hostage. Despite her sweet nature, Navy medic Bay Thorn’s will is unbreakable. It has earned her not only the respect of her team, but also the love of Navy SEAL Gabe Griffin. And as soon as she wraps up the final six months of Operation Shadow Warriors in Afghanistan, she’ll have her happily ever after…. Until her deployment goes horribly wrong. Bay’s medical expertise is needed by the Taliban, and she is taken hostage. Her captor is ruthless and cruel, and Bay isn’t exempt from his evil intents. All that’s left now is her resolve and the too-distant memory of Gabe—her last and only hope for rescue. And to pull Bay from hell, this SEAL will have to break every rule in the book. But will Gabe find the woman he loves…or a woman broken beyond recognition?

 

2. First Grave On The Right by Darynda Jones– Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

 

3. The Witness by Ginna Gray– In the blink of an eye, Lauren Brownly’s life changed forever. Late one night the concert pianist witnessed a grisly murder, and with it came a devastating truth:Her career had been financed by crime lord Carlo Giovessi. Now Lauren’s testimony against him could finally bring him down. Terrified and utterly alone, Lauren must trust in one man—Sam Grey Wolf Rawlins. She is powerfully drawn to the rugged FBI agent who took her into protective custody, but Wolf cannot dismiss the shocking allegations about Lauren’s personal involvement with the mobster. Their traitorous emotions—and their survival skills—are put to the ultimate test when their plane crashes during a blizzard. Now they are stranded in the mountains with hit men hot on their trail, and danger is closing in on Lauren and Wolf. There’s a traitor in the ranks of the FBI and Wolf knows there is nowhere safe to hide—except in a world he left behind long ago…

 

4. Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West– Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future. But on one fated night, everything changed. Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life. She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal… that is, until she meets Preston. Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits.  But the chemistry between them is instantaneous–and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars. Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for…

 

5. Take Over At Midnight by M.L. Buchman– Nothing sticks to “Crazy” Tim Maloney, until he falls hard for a tall Creole beauty with a haunted past and a penchant for reckless flying. Lola LaRue never thought she’d be susceptible to a man’s desire, but even with Tim igniting her deepest passions, it may be too late now…With the nation under an imminent threat of biological warfare, Tim and Lola are the only ones who can stop the madness–and to do that, they’re going to have to trust each other way beyond their limits.

 

6. Don’t Look Back by M.J. Fredrick– When her best friend is kidnapped in Africa, Dr. Liv Olney must return to the scene of her own horrific captivity. The only man she trusts is former Army Lt. Gerard “Del” Delaney, the man who rescued her. Even with him, she can’t relinquish control of her emotions, needing to keep painful memories at bay. In exile after a court martial that stripped him of everything, Del misses his son and his country. When Liv asks for help, his instinct is to turn away. But her courage reaches out to him and he cannot refuse, especially when she promises that she can help clear his name so he can go home. Together they travel to Africa, where they fight warlords and monsoons, and learn to trust and hope that, together, they can find happiness and peace. 

 

7. The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich– When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it’s love at first sight. While Amanda can’t help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god-build, he doesn’t have a chance of getting to first—or any other—base with her. A successful entrepreneur who’s built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn’t need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn’t interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates. But Chase isn’t about to strike out. A man who isn’t interested in playing the field, he’s a monogamist who wants an independent woman like Amanda. His hopes rally when she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pre-game rituals that turn the smart, headstrong businesswoman on—and into his number one fan. Then a tabloid discovers the truth and turns their spanking good fun into a late- night punchline. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom force them to call it quits?

 

8. It’s Always Been You by Victoria Paige– Former Navy SEAL Travis Blake is a rising star in the security business. In two short years, Blake Security Inc. has become highly sought after by the who’s who in Washington DC. But unbeknownst to many, Travis is haunted by the mysterious death of his wife three years before. He carries with him the guilt of not being there to protect the one person who meant everything to him. He has buried his wife, but his heart refuses to accept that the body six feet under is hers. His obsessive search for her leads him deep into the trenches of covert ops—where everything is not what it seems. Caitlin Kincaid has been on the run for a while. The sum of her memories began three years ago when she awakened with a broken arm and leg and a severe concussion. Hunted down by a secret group within the U.S. government, her companion persuades her to stay off the grid because of the standing kill order on their heads. One night, while fleeing assassins, she is left on the side of the road with a cryptic message: “It’s time for you to stop running. I’m not the one you love.” When Travis receives news that the woman who has turned up at the American Embassy in Berlin could be his wife, he wastes no time getting to her. He is unprepared for the devastation that shreds him when Caitlin looks at him with no recognition in her eyes. Amnesia is a challenging enough obstacle for winning the love of his life back, but with lies defining the past three years of her life, Caitlin becomes wary of anyone’s help. Love was never the problem. A marriage cannot survive without trust. As sinister forces threaten the bond they are trying to rebuild, trust must come quickly or one of them will die. 

 

9. Acts Of Contrition by Jennifer Hanford– Mary Morrissey is living the life of her dreams. She has a loving husband of ten years, Tom, two daughters, and twin boys. Her parents are just down the road. Her three sisters are nearby. Perfect—some might even say she is living the American Dream. But beneath the shiny veneer, Mary hasn’t taken a calm breath in years. She lives in a constant state of panic, afraid that the secret she’s kept hidden for so long will be revealed, that it will shatter the life she’s worked so hard to build. When Mary’s handsome and addictively charismatic ex-boyfriend Landon James reappears during his high profile Senate campaign, she feels the truth bubbling to the surface and knows she’s powerless to stop it. Mary has spent years trying to forget him, and now he’s on every TV she sees. A conditional Catholic, Mary bargains with God, negotiating deals that will keep her happy life undisturbed for another day. She prays for strength and confesses her sins—anything that might let her sleep at night under the weight of the guilt she carries from lying to her husband and family for the entirety of her marriage. When Tom learns what Mary’s been hiding, what once seemed unfathomable—a deep, heartbreaking divide between them—is now their new normal. Can they find a way to rebuild their life together? Is forgiveness possible?

 

10. Plain Jayne by Laura Dewry– Worn out from the long drive back home, Jayne Morgan can only smirk at the irony: Of course the first person she sees from her old life is Nick Scott. Once best friends, they lost touch when Jayne left town at eighteen, but nothing could keep them apart forever. Jayne has returned to take over her grandmother’s bookstore, determined to put all her bittersweet memories and secret disappointments strictly in the past—until, that is, Nick insists she bunk at his place. Nick never did care what people thought about having a girl for a best friend—or the “scandal” she caused by showing up to his wife’s funeral four years earlier—so he’s got no problem with the gossips now. Jayne was always the one person he could count on in his life. Now Nick is starting to realize that he never wants her to leave again . . . and that being “just friends” isn’t going to be enough anymore.

 

Those are just 10 of the fabulous books I’m dying to read on my TBR list. I really need more hours in my day. A lot more hours. If I could find a way to cut out sleep entirely I’d be golden. 

 

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