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Down the TBR hole #3

It’s been a little while since I’ve done this but with an evergrowing TBR pile and I’ve not even put half of my books on there

This tag was created by Lia at Lost in a Story, and here are the rules:

• Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
• Order on ascending date added.
• Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
• Read the synopses of the books
• Decide: keep it or should it go?


Book #1: The Only Exception (Only #1) by Magan Vernon

The Only Exception (Only, #1)Monica Remy doesn’t make exceptions.

The fiery nineteen-year-old transferred to Central College to escape her problems, blend into the crowd and forget the past. But escape becomes almost impossible when she attracts the attention of her new and undeniably sexy neighbour: Trey Chapman, the governor’s son.

Despite his vivid green eyes, adorable freckles, and athletic body, Trey is everything that Monica despises – haughty, conservative, bossy. And able to get under her skin in a way no other man ever could. 

A class project forces the unlikely pair together, their chemistry building with each heated debate. But when the ghosts of Monica’s past come back to haunt her, both their beliefs will be tested, and both will be forced to see the world in a new light. 

Their differences threaten to tear them apart unless they can make one another their only exception.

Due to sexual content and heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 16+

I had no idea that this book was on my TBR list on Goodreads. I don’t actually remember seeing it before

Do I own it: Haven’t a clue

Verdict: Remove


Book #2: The Gatekeeper’s Secret (Gatekeeper’s Saga #5) by Eva Pohler

The Gatekeeper's Secret (Gatekeeper's Saga, #5)When Zeus invites Therese and Thanatos to a party on Mount Olympus in their honour, they and the other gods who have formed the Athena Alliance are immediately suspicious of a trap. They fear Zeus has learned of their desire to free Metis and Cybele and to stand up for all the women he has wronged. Although Therese recruits Dione, Amphitrite, and others to the Alliance, Pete has unwittingly sabotaged their plans by revealing to Zeus the prophecy from the ghost of Mr Holt. And now, the day that might have been the most wonderful day of Therese’s life (her wedding day) will be wrought with conflict where someone close to her is fated to die. 

Can Therese and the other gods in the Alliance bind the almighty Zeus and restore justice and true democracy among the Olympians? Or will Zeus succeed in swallowing Therese and separating her from Thanatos for all eternity?

I did start reading this series about two years ago and it started off very promising as I do like stories based on Greek mythology. However, I felt like the story started losing some of its magic the further into the series I got.

Do I own it: Yes

Verdict: Remove


Book #3: Shadow Spell (The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts 

Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #2)Tough, strong-willed Meara Quinn believes that love is for other people. She is certainly not going to fall for the gorgeous but unpredictable Connor O’Dwyer.

Along with his sister Branna and his cousin Iona, Connor shares a dark gift, passed down through generations. They use their powers for good, but they are being hunted by evil. An evil that wants to destroy them – and everyone they care for.

But love can be the strongest magic of all. In the enchanted woods of County Mayo, Meara must fight the only thing she truly fears – her own heart

I read the first one as it was a while since I picked up a Nora Roberts novel since I started to think that a lot of her storeys started going down the same plot hole. I have read the first one in the series and it was okay and they are currently sat on my shelf.

Do I own this: YES

Verdict: KEEP
Book #4: Blood Magick (The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy #3) by Nora Roberts

Blood Magick (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #3)County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life travelling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.


Do I own it: Yes

Verdict: Keep

 Book #5: Snatched by Pamela Burford

Is an uncomplicated divorce and a fresh start at forty too much to ask? Apparently, it is for Lucy Narby, whose life goes from blah to bizarro when competing kidnappers lock horns in her kitchen. And really, does the victor have to be that hot? If this is the Stockholm syndrome, it sure didn’t take her long to catch it!

Lucy’s kidnapper calls himself Will but looks suspiciously like ’80s child TV star Ricky Baines, whose acting career was cut short when he himself was snatched and held for ransom 25 years ago in a notorious cold case that remains unsolved. Will’s gang includes an ageing French bombshell, an outlandish Irish giant with a mysterious past and a thing for Will’s sister, and long-lost Cousin Hal—a charming fellow who neglects to mention that he happens to be the twisted sociopath who kidnapped Will when he was still America’s favourite little star. Hal spent the past quarter-century in the slammer for an unrelated murder, and now he’s out and determined to locate the $2 million ransom Will’s family paid. Someone else dug up the cash while Hal was behind bars, and that sort of thing tends to make twisted sociopaths a tad grouchy.

Fortunately (or not), Lucy’s bigamous ex is on the case. But so are a gay private eye in a fat suit and a bad-tempered parrot with an axe to grind, so no worries. Everyone has a secret and no one is who he seems when Kidnap Fever strikes.

Do I own it: yes
Verdict: Remove

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