Wednesday, December 3, 2014

November Real Book Challenge

Real Book Challenge on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare

This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson

November Total - 3

This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas is one that's raved about in one of the online book clubs I'm in and I just don't get it yet. I ordered the second book to see if it gets any better. Also, I ended up with the British version I think because it didn't have "double quotes" only 'single quotes' so it took me a few pages to recognize dialogue. :O

Synopsis: Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming and confident. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming affect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?

Captivated by You by Sylvia Day is the fourth book in the Crossfire series and while a lot of people seemed disappointed that the book didn't really do anything, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the fifth and final book that wraps the series up. No pub date on that yet though.

Synopsis: Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we'd worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we'd had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream...

Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson was a library book for me, luckily. It has the word breakfast in it to complete one of the Winter Book Challenge categories. It was a little slow and didn't end the way I was expecting, but I enjoyed it. There were a lot of British'isms so that always slowed me down a little.

Synopsis: When Kendra Tamale returns to England from Australia she rents a room from Kyle, a divorced father of two, and begins a new job. She's looking forward to a fresh start and a simple life. Then she bumps into the man who shares her awful secret, and things fall apart. The only way to fix things is to confess to the terrible mistake she made.

Digital Books I finished this month.

Toxic and Shame both by Rachel Van Dyken. I had read the first in this series last year so it took a while to get back into what was going on and I ended up loving Toxic so much that I gave it 5 stars!
My Skylar by Penelope Ward
Champagne and Lemon Drops by Jean Oram <<< Winter Book Challenge (food)
Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton <<< Winter Book Challenge (book'ish) *Five Stars*
Mai Tai'd Up by Alice Clayton - See the full review here. *Five Stars*

While I wasn't one to complete the Winter Book Challenge already, I think crossing off three out of twelve is pretty good and right on track!!

Also linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books!

What have you been reading lately?


  1. I want to read Captivated by You and Marshmallows for Breakfast. Did you like Champagne and Lemondrops?

  2. Doesn't December feel like it should be a month of staying in bed and reading all day?!

  3. I'd love to just stay home and read in December.

  4. I haven't read the crossfire books, I hate getting into series that aren't finished yet so I think I'll wait until the final is released before i read them lol

  5. I have never heard of any of these books! And that is why I love this linkup so much.

    December is a perfect month to do nothing except read. Thanks for linking up!

  6. I'll need to check out those Alice Clayton books!

  7. Good job crossing to many books off your list!


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