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February 21, 2017

Shelley's Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This weeks Feature:

My Top 10 Books I Loved More Than
I thought I would - This was a very hard list for me to come up with. I read so many books, that I had to sift through all the one's I've read over the last several months.

*Clicking on the cover takes you to Goodreads*

10. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

9. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

8. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

February 16, 2017

Loved It: Marry Me, Baby by Elisabeth Staab

Series: Evergreen Grove 4.5
Format: Mobi
Release Date: February 1, 2016 
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Dante Ramos will win at love if it's the last thing he does...

Since I retired from boxing, I’m fighting to keep my life off the damn ropes.

Lately, one thing after another’s falling apart. First there’s the road-trip on Valentine’s weekend that coulda gotten me and my girl both killed. Then came the unspoken secrets that keep putting so much distance between us.

My love for Michelle is everything that keeps me human. I can feel her slipping away. I’ve got one last shot. A desperate proposal.

And it’s all about to go wrong.

MARRY ME, BABY by Elisabeth Staab is the perfect (post) Valentine read. Dante and Michelle's love story told in Acts of Creation is possibly the most heart-wrenching one in the series. These two fought each other, fought for each other, went against expectations, and managed to remain together, stronger than ever. I'm not surprised that EStaab chose this couple to treat us fans with something special for Valentine's Day. 

From the title alone, you can tell what the novella is about. Dante and Michelle are still in the midst of tying up loose ends. I commend Michelle for staying strong because Dante needed someone to lean on and she proved to be one rock-solid wall for him. It's so sweet to read Dante's inner musings about how much he appreciates Michelle and all the ways he loves her which didn't go unnoticed. As for the proposal, I love how heartfelt it is. There are no grand gestures of any kind, it's so romantic in its unromantic way, if that makes sense. It's every bit, Dante and Michelle, in that it's all heart and the expected pizazz is unnecessary. MARRY ME, BABY gave me the warm fuzzies and totally made my Valentine's Day better. Of course, the candy helped too. 

Talk Supe

February 15, 2017

Wednesday Wants

Putting our own spin on the classic
Waiting on Wednesday
hosted by Breaking The Spine

Here are our most anticipated releases for
February 21-March 7
(cover arts linked to Goodreads)

It's quite the mix of genres. Lala Pettibone's Act Two sounds like a chick-lit with substance so I'm hoping that it'll have me laughing out loud.
Souljacker... well what can I say? It's a new series by Galenorn, how could I possibly skip that?!
And finally, The Illusionist's Apprentice's setting is a huge draw for me: Harry Houdini in 1926?! Yes please! I hope that it'll give me feels like that movie, The Prestige

Talk Supe

February 12, 2017

Loved It: A Study in Scarlet by Sherry Thomas

Series: Lady Sherlock 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Historical Mystery

USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down…

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

I'm sure a lot of you have either heard or have had the pleasure of reading Sherry Thomas' A STUDY IN SCARLET, the debut novel in her new historical mystery series, Lady Sherlock. I'm sure you've also seen rave reviews for it, endless praises, and a variety of critiques. Allow me to add my bit to the pile, I promise I'll make it short and sweet.