TBR Challenge – A Fairytale Romance

cats_tale For this month’s TBR Challenge read, I decided to hit the virtual TBR pile. It’s not as large as the dead tree one, but it still exists. I’m glad I decided to pick something from the Kindle because Bettie Sharpe’s novella Cat’s Tale ended up being wonderful. This inspired retelling of Puss in Boots is definitely a Desert Island Keeper read for me.

The story, told in first person, takes us inside the head of the beautiful and very spoiled Catriona. In the beginning, the scheming, devious Catriona uses her looks as well as a few tricks to catch the eye of the widowed king. This marriage takes her from rural obscurity to a very pampered existence at the palace – until the king dies. At that point, Catriona tries to protect her position by getting mixed up in palace intrigue and after crossing the wizard Galfridus, she finds herself turned into a cat and tossed into a millpond to drown.
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TBR Challenge – Westerns!

homesweetTX I was excited about April’s TBR Challenge theme. I love Westerns! I always read at least a few historical Westerns every year, so for the Challenge I decided to pull out one of the contemporary Westerns that seem to age a little longer in my TBR. I’m not sure how I wound up with Home Sweet Texas, but I seem to recall it coming as a freebie in a Harlequin order of mine. It’s a May 2007 Love Inspired title, and as a reader, I found it something of a mixed bag. Were I reading for review, this would probably be a classic C book for me. It has its good points, but there are some weaknesses there to muddy things up as well.
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TBR Challenge – New to Me Author

practice_makes_perfect Even though I haven’t noticed my TBR pile diminishing in size, I have to say that I’m still looking forward to my TBR Challenge read each month. This month’s theme is New-to-You Authors, and I had a wonderful experience trying a book by an author that I’ve been meaning to read for quite a while. I keep hearing wonderful things about Julie James’ writing both from my colleagues here at AAR and elsewhere in romanceland. As it turns out, I have two of her books in my TBR, but there was one that I just had to read.
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TBR Challenge – The Ugly Duckling Edition

one_unashamed_night It’s been a busy winter here, but I’m sticking with the TBR challenge. This month’s theme is Ugly Ducklings. Even though my TBR pile is huge and AAR’s Special Title listing on the subject is also fairly large, I just couldn’t find anything on the list that was in my stack. So I started digging -and came up with One Unashamed Night by Sophia James. This one is a Harlequin Historical from August 2010, set in 1820s England. It started off slowly for me and it’s uneven enough that I don’t think I could recommend it to others, but I’m personally glad I stuck with it in the end. If I had read this book for review, it would have been about a C+ for me.

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