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Books I Will Have Read by June

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This week’s topic is: Spring TBR books. Since you can include books you hope to read and those that are being released, I’ve included both. What’s on your list?

In no particular order:

entwinedSylvia Day’s Entwined With You
From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

jordanNicole Jordan’s Lover Be Mine
The last thing Sophie Fortin expects at a masquerade ball is a dazzling kiss from a pirate. Her desire quickly falters when she learns that her masked gentleman is devilishly scandalous Lord Jack, a member of the captivating Wilde clan—and a man she’s forbidden to acknowledge. But when Jack begins a breathtaking seduction, Sophie can barely resist.

Jack never imagined that the daughter of his family’s mortal enemy would awaken such fierce passion within him—until one unforgettable kiss changes his mind forever. Soon, Jack is hell-bent on winning Sophie’s hand, going so far as to abduct her to save her from marrying a rival nobleman. Determined to woo Sophie and her unyielding parents, Jack is faced with the one decision he’d sworn never to make. The secret heir to a prince, Jack has spurned his royal heritage for years . . . but for Sophie he’ll risk all to turn a legacy of heartbreak into love ever after.

kingsjarSusan C Shea’s The King’s Jar
When the renowned archaeologist who authenticated the King s Jar turns up dead, and the invaluable relic vanishes, Dani suddenly finds herself trapped in a real-life game of Clue with a gallery of glittering suspects, and a killer who s playing for keeps. But drumming up donations from society swells is a far cry from matching wits with homicidal thieves. And juggling the amorous advances of a police detective, a TV celebrity, and her own playboy ex-husband while sparring with an African ambassador, an obsessed archaeologist-in-training, a millionaire and his trophy wife certainly doesn t make it any easier to figure out who s lying…or keep anyone else from dying.

mysterywomanAmanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman
Beatrice Lockwood, one of the intrepid ladies of Lantern Street, is in the middle of a case when her past comes back to haunt her. Joshua Gage, a former spy for the Crown, has come out of a self-imposed retirement after a disastrous case that left him scarred and forced to use a cane. He is hunting the villain who is blackmailing his sister.

The trail leads him to Beatrice who is his chief suspect. But when he realizes that she is not the blackmailer they set out to find the real extortionist. Passion flares between them as they dodge a professional assassin. Meanwhile a mysterious scientist intent on resurrecting his dead lover using an ancient Egyptian formula for preserving the bodies of the dead is also hunting Beatrice. He is keeping his dead love perfectly preserved in a special, crystal-topped sarcophagus filled with the special fluid. But he needs Beatrice’s paranormal talent to activate the reviving properties of the preservative in the coffin. Time is running out for everyone involved.

The two cases collide at a mysterious country-house filled with artifacts from ancient Egyptian tombs. The drama concludes in the mad scientist’s laboratory where Joshua discovers that the past he thought was dead is still very much alive — sort of.

somebodyLynnette Austin’s Somebody Like You

Cash Hardeman thought he’d have all the time in the world to find the right woman…until he discovered that his gold digging step-grandmother will inherit the family ranch if he’s not married by his 30th birthday. With the deadline just around the corner and no prospects in sight, Cash knows it’s only a matter of time before he loses everything. But when Boston beauty Annelise blows into his life, Cash can’t help but wonder if she’s what he’s been looking for all along.

Giving her bodyguards and the paparazzi the slip, heiress Annelise Montjoy has come to Maverick Junction on a life-or-death mission. But living incognito in the small Texas town is nothing like she expected, and she’s finding it difficult to keep her identity a secret–especially with a rough and tumble cowboy like Cash tempting her. It’s not long before Annelise starts to wonder if she’s finally found the man who can love her for herself rather than her money. But will Annelise’s secrets catch up with her before she and Cash can ride off into the Texas sunset?

studioAnia Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex
Set in Manhattan and Quebec City in 1943, Studio Saint-Ex is a fictionalized account of the love triangle among Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, his mercurial wife, Consuelo, and a young fashion designer. Mignonne Lachapelle leaves Montreal for New York to make her name, but is swept away by the charms of France’s greatest living writer. Nothing about their relationship is simple—not Antoine’s estranged wife who entangles Mig in her schemes to reclaim her husband, not his turmoil, and certainly not their tempestuous trysts or the blurring boundaries of their artistic pursuits. Yet the greatest complication comes in the form of a deceptively simple manuscript: Antoine’s work-in-progress, The Little Prince, a tender tale of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss in the form of a young prince fallen to earth.

Studio Saint-Ex is a deeply evocative love story of a literary giant caught between two talented and mesmerizing women, set in the glittering world of French expatriates in Manhattan during World War II. Reminiscent of The Paris Wife, Loving Frank, and The Rules of Civility, Studio Saint-Ex explores themes of love, passion, and creativity in sophisticated, literary prose.

afterMichael Hainey’s After Visiting Friends
Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family’s back door one morning with the tragic news: Bob Hainey, Michael’s father, was found alone near his car on Chicago’s North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-five years old, a young assistant copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob was a bright and shining star in the competitive, hard-living world of newspapers, one that involved booze-soaked nights that bled into dawn. And then suddenly he was gone, leaving behind a young widow, two sons, a fractured family—and questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his death that would obsess Michael throughout adolescence and long into adulthood. Finally, roughly his father’s age when he died, and a seasoned reporter himself, Michael set out to learn what happened that night. Died “after visiting friends,” the obituaries said. But the details beyond that were inconsistent. What friends? Where? At the heart of his quest is Michael’s all-too-silent, opaque mother, a woman of great courage and tenacity—and a steely determination not to look back. Prodding and cajoling his relatives, and working through a network of his father’s buddies who abide by an honor code of silence and secrecy, Michael sees beyond the long-held myths and ultimately reconciles the father he’d imagined with the one he comes to know—and in the journey discovers new truths about his mother.

A stirring portrait of a family and its legacy of secrets, After Visiting Friends is the story of a son who goes in search of the truth and finds not only his father, but a rare window into a world of men and newspapers and fierce loyalties that no longer exists.

lifeKate Atkinson’s Life After Life
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.

walkingJamie McGuire’s Walking Disaster
Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

teleportationNed Beauman’s The Teleportation Accident

When you haven’t had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that is happening to anyone anywhere. If you’re living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn’t. But that’s no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, the great Renaissance stage designer Adriano Lavicini; and why a handsome, clever, charming, modest guy like him can’t, just once in a while, get himself laid. From the author of the acclaimed Boxer, Beetle comes a historical novel that doesn’t know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can’t remember what ‘isotope’ means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it.



47 thoughts on “Books I Will Have Read by June

    • Nope not imagining. I’d like to add The Ashford Affair and Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald to my list as well.

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  1. I loved Bared to You. Recently began Reflected in You…liking it so far. Awesome list and thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • I had mixed feelings about Reflected. It just didn’t seem written the way Bared was. That being said, I’m still excited about Entwined.

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    • I look forward to chatting with you about the books if you do read them.

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    • I love lists like these because you find different genres / books and new book to read!

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    • I really want to see what Travis thinks! Mostly because I want to know where the nickname “Pidge” came from.

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    • I’m really looking forward to Life After Life! I hope you if you end up reading it, that you enjoy it.

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    • It’s not really a sequel since Walking Disaster is written from Travis’ POV. Maybe Jamie McGuire will include an epilogue.

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    • I’m suppose to get an ARC of Studio Saint-Ex and have just been waiting for the e-galley to be emailed to me. I may get it more towards to May depending on the publisher. So I’ll look forward to reading your review!

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    • I love these type of lists because you find different genres and it’s always fun to see what everyone is looking forward to reading.

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  2. I don’t really know any of these books, but Life After Life and The Teleportation Accident sound good!

    • One of my favorite things about these type of lists is you get to find books that look interesting, etc.

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  3. I’m so excited for “Walking Disaster” and “Entwined With You” as well. They would have been my 11 and 12 if I had continued my list.

    • I’m excited for them just to see what answers we’re given. I really want to see where Travis gets the “Pidge” nickname.

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    • They both look like great reads. Nicole Jordan hardly disappoints so I’m looking forward to it and I’ve heard some great things about Teleportation Accident.

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  4. I made my TTT on Friday… and read Beautiful Disaster over the weekend. Walking Disaster should totally be on my list. Travis’s POV? OMGOSH YES PLEASE! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • I really want to read Travis’ POV and see if we get an explanation for the “Pidge” nickname.

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  5. I had no idea there was a third Gideon Cross novel or that Beautiful Disaster had a sequel! Adding to my list right now!

    • Yes to the Third Crossfire novel. It answers all the questions with regards to what Gideon did in Reflected. Walking Disaster is told via Travis’ POV.

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  6. Ooh Entwined with You is a good one. I’m looking forward to getting back to that series. The King’s Jar also caught my eye. You’re in for some good spring reading!

    • I agree about The King’s Jar! It just sounds interesting and I can’t wait for Entwined just to see how it wraps up.

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  7. I definitely want to read Walking Disaster. I thought Beautiful Disaster was a little crazy, but there is no way I can pass on reading Walking Disaster!

    Happy Spring Reading 🙂

  8. I need to get into my copy of The Teleportation Accident. And obviously Life After Life — I’m seriously so excited for that book.

    • I almost bought The Teleportation Accident last week, but I was a book signing for a cousin and didn’t have enough cash with me. I’m hoping to pick it up this week. I can’t wait for Life After Life.

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  9. All of these romances sound so interesting. I’m particularly looking forward to Walking Disaster!

    • I’m looking forward to Walking Disaster too! I can’t wait to read Travis’ POV.

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  10. I haven’t heard of any of these before now, but I am really intrigued by After Visiting Friends – and even more so once I realized it is a memoir! Luckily my library has a copy so I can read it soon! Thanks for bringing it to my attention! 🙂

    • Lucky you! My library doesn’t have it yet and I’m hoping they get it soon, but I’ve been checking with the used bookstores. Do tell me what you think and enjoy!

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  11. I’ve heard mixed reviews of the Beautiful Disaster series, but I think I’m going to start it soon! Walking Disaster looks great. Cool list!

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    Annie @ Tar Heel Bibliobabe 🙂

    • I’ll be truthful, Beautiful Disaster is hit or miss. A lot of it I think comes from McGuire’s actions via the internet (author behaving badly along with her husband and agent) and people get put off by that behavior (I don’t blame them). My reasoning for reading her and for reading Walking Disaster is that I had no idea about what was going on UNTIL months after I read it.

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    • I was in the Denver area when I picked it up in July while I was at the hotel. I had a few hours in between the concert my sister and I were attending and I cracked it open and couldn’t put it down! As soon as we returned to the hotel, there I was late at night reading. I can’t wait to see what Travis says.

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