November Wrap Up and December TBR

Did you see this notice on the top of your Goodreads Read page?

"Note: some of our members have reported that not all read dates are showing on this page. While we work on making sure they correctly display on this page, you can still view your dates on your review or on the book page."

This is a problem for me. When I first encountered this 'known bug' (thanks Goodreads for pointing out the obvious) back in Sept and Oct I thought I was going mad. I could NOT find all of my read books. It got worse and worse until almost ALL of my read list books had no read date. Goodreads solution was to go back in and edit the read date again. For 500 books. Because that's convenient. I sent numerous screenshots to Goodreads just to point out my frustration. After dealing with this for months, they finally put that notice on the read list page. I still can't tell if all of my books are showing in the correct order.

In other news, I can't believe it's December! Where has the year gone??

Holiday reading season is upon us, and I managed to read quite a few novellas already. I always enjoy feel-good stories at this time of year, and I plan on reading more Christmas themed books this month.

I was planning to update my Goodreads challenge to 150 books, but since I'm already past that, I'll definitely have to go up to 160 (at least!)
Books Read in November:

My favorite book in November was Kill Game by Cordelia Kingsbridge. I loved the characters and the beginnings of a romance. I can't wait to read more of this series!

I also enjoyed reading Walking on Thin Ice by Jocelynn Drake, which was a lovely little Christmas story. And Warrior's Cross by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux was really good, so I'm hoping I get more info on them in the 5th book in the Cut & Run series (which I plan on reading probably after the new year.)

December TBR:

Comfort and Joy Holiday Anthology
His For The Holidays Christmas Anthology
Men Under the Mistletoe Holiday Anthology

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Waiting On Wednesday (316) Kairos by Mary Calmes

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Expected publication: December 15th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.

Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.

Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for….

Definition of kairos: a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action : the opportune and decisive moment

I really, really want to read this, so I'm glad I don't have to wait much longer.
While I haven't enjoyed every Mary Calmes book that I have read, I know what to expect from her for the most part. This book sounds likes another one that I should like.

What are you waiting on this week?

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Entangled Publishing - 25 Days of Holiday Steals

Entangled Publishing is celebrating the holidays with 25 Days of Holiday Steals. They will be spotlighting a special steal of a deal each day from December 1st through December 25th. So be sure to check back each day to see what special offer is up for grabs that day!

Today's Steal is... 

Are you ready to get Brazen? His to Take by Katee Robert is FREE! So be sure to grab your copy today.

Truth or dare…

Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space.

Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can’t have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent–something neither of them wants. But now that they’re both back in town and she’s right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he’s never been able to resist, he’s questioning everything.

That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin’s sure she’s got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren’s dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there’s no way either of them can win…

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Waiting On Wednesday (315) 63 Days Later: A Holiday Tail (A Wild Novella) by Adrienne Wilder

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Expected publication: December 1st 2017 by self published

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s been almost two years since Keegan and August escaped the Alaskan wilderness, and they finally get to celebrate their very first Christmas together.

But their plans for peace and quiet get turned upside down when Santa leaves more than just presents under the tree.

This is a stand-alone story, so if you haven't read WILD you can still enjoy this little slice of life with Keegan, August, and Daisy.

I gotta get my Holiday reading on!

I read Wild when it was released, and I liked it well enough that I am interested in reading this holiday novella. I'll let you know what I think of it!

What are you waiting on this week?
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Reviews: A Case of Christmas / Halloween is Murder by Josh Lanyon

Halloween is Murder by Josh Lanyon
Published October 30th 2017 by JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.
Page Count: 53
Genre: M/M, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When his enigmatic partner takes off on an annual fishing trip, City of Angeles gumshoe Barry Fitzgerald is left to handle an All Hallows’ Eve kidnapping case on his own.

The victim? A murdered millionaire’s penny-pinching son and heir. The culprit? That’s where it gets tricky. According to the missing man’s sister, vampires are behind Patrick O’Flaherty’s disappearance.

Barry doesn’t believe in ghosts, goblins or vampires, but when the case goes—literally—to hell…well, who you gonna call?

This was a nice, but really short Halloween story. Not scary, although I did find it interesting. I really needed more Mike, since he wasn't on page long enough for me to form an opinion about. There was zero heat, which was disappointing, but not unexpected from this author. And I'm still confused about what year it was supposed to be. Overall, this was an okay read for me.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Published December 13th 2015 by Just Joshin
Page Count: 73
Genre: M/M, Christmas, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Christmas on Catalina Island--it's just what the doctor ordered.

Injured in the line of duty, FBI Special Agent Shane Donovan is longing for a few days of peace and quiet. Some nice meals, a couple of good books, and maybe a bottle of the best. No family, no friends, no Fa la la la la...just a little time on his own to think things through.

But an offshore storm, a geriatric treasure hunter, and the guy who dumped him without a word two years earlier are about to unwrap all Shane's carefully laid holiday plans.

This was a very nice read with characters that were likable. I really, really enjoyed the banter in the first half of this novella. Most of the misunderstanding between these 2 guys was due to the fact that neither could communicate for crap. Once they actually started talking to each other, the story managed to move in a direction that I liked. The story isn't too Christmas-y, but it was perfect for kicking off my holiday reading.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Waiting On Wednesday (314) Ice, Snow, & Mistletoe by Jocelynn Drake

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Published November 21st 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads:

John Sullivan is escaping to Denver. Even with a massive snow storm on his heels, he plans to hide away in his cabin in the mountains and ignore Christmas. It’ll be just him and a bottle of whiskey until the new year when he must return to Cincinnati for his best friend’s wedding.

At least, that’s the plan until he runs into Oz at the airport.

Oz … the man who should have been just a fling. The man who was fun and laughs but quickly turned into so much more before he completely kicked John out of his life.

Oz who desperately needs his help…

John is ready to leave Oz stranded at the Denver airport in the coming blizzard, but he finds himself possibly staring down at the reason Oz pushed him away, and John can’t say no.

Second chances don’t come around often, but John is willing to fight for one with Oz.

This book was released yesterday, and it's waiting for me on my Kindle. I just read this author's Christmas novella from last year, Walking on Thin Ice, and I really enjoyed it. So I'm hoping that I love Ice, Snow, & Mistletoe just as much! Who doesn't love a good Christmas novella?

What are you waiting on this week?
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Waiting On Wednesday (313) Final Fall (Lock & Mori #3) by Heather W. Petty

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Expected publication: November 28th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Mori is out for revenge. Imprisoned in the English countryside, with her brothers held as leverage, she’s never felt angrier or more helpless. When an opportunity for escape arises, Mori takes it and flees back to the streets of London, where she is finally able to plot the demise of her recently freed father and his cohorts.

But after a bittersweet reunion with Lock, she discovers that he may not be the ally he once was. In the face of blackmail, threats, and Lock’s noble attempts to thwart her crusade, Mori has an impossible decision to make.

Can Mori wash the blood from her hands and walk away? Or will her final fall from grace be the end of everyone she loves?

I am SO bad at staying on track and actually reading my tbr and my WoW picks. I'm always finding something else that I'd rather read NOW, so I push everything else back. That's why I almost completely cut out arcs. I can't force myself to read something that I'm not in the mood for.

I'm happy to report that I read my WoW pick from last week! I was all sorts of excited when it was released unexpectedly, so of course I bought it right away and read it. Sigh.

What are you waiting on this week?

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Review: Tequila Sunrise (Agents Irish and Whiskey #4) by Layla Reyne

Published November 13, 2017 by Carina Press
Page Count: 120
Genre: Romance, Suspense

Synopsis from Goodreads:

True love perseveres in this Agents Irish and Whiskey spin-off novella from author Layla Reyne.

Former FBI agent Melissa “Mel” Cruz spent years skirting the line between life and death, knowing the next assignment might be her last. Back from overseas and eager to enjoy life outside the Bureau, she's ready to give Danny Talley a Christmas Eve he'll never forget.

A proven asset in high stakes missions, Danny's known for having the skill and brains to get the job done. When the Talley Flag Ship is hijacked during the company holiday party, he’ll do anything to save his family, his love, and everything they’ve all worked so hard to build. But their enemies have a secondary protocol—leave no survivors—and that plan is already in play.

Navigating through a tangled web of lies and betrayal, Mel and Danny race against the clock to retake the ship before their future goes up in flames. As the seconds tick down, they're forced to face their greatest fear—losing each other.

I really loved the Agents Irish and Whiskey series, so of course I was excited to read Tequila Sunrise. It really was wonderful to catch up with all of the characters again, especially Jamie and Aidan, even though they didn't have much 'together' time in this novella.

I loved getting a first hand look at how Mel and Danny's relationship turned out. They made such a lovely pair, and they worked so well together. It was great seeing what a long term relationship would be like between them. The flashback scenes were a nice way to fill in the gaps in Mel and Danny's relationship, but I have to admit that they pulled me out of the current story too often.

The hijacking plot brought a lot of danger and thrills to my favorite characters on Christmas Eve. I think this action packed story is a perfect addition to the series. I only wish it had been longer.

I'm looking forward to reading more of this series. I particularly need some Nic and Cam action!

**ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

My Rating: 4 Stars
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