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TBR… why don’t cha?

I often talk, well complain really, about my toppling TBR (to be read) pile. That sad pile of neglected books that never seems to get any smaller but only grows larger the more I hear about another great book or series from a friend, or a blogger or murmurings out there on twitter.

And it’s not just physical books now that I have an e-reader there is a growing digital TBR pile also. It’s quite daunting really.

I was happy when I saw that one of my favorite bloggers Wendy The Super Liberian was hosting a TBR challenge. Head over here to check it out and join if you like.

This month the challenge was to pick up a long neglected category romance. I picked one that hadn’t been hanging on my shelves but on my Sony for a short while. Romancing The Chef by Robyn Amos.

I’ve noticed a surge in chef romance lately and wanted to give this a try. I’m so happy I did. It had a great mix of romance with little of the drama of Top Chef and a touch of Iron Chef tension thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed that though there was a picture perfect heroine, she was new to being perfect after just having lost a significant amount of weight. And having that weight loss being new to her she came to the story with plenty of insecurities to add problems for the romance. This was an enjoyable and quick read and I’m thankful to Wendy for helping to get me to move it from my TBR pile. And that’s one.

As a bit of a bonus I also read another way too long neglected book that literally got buried in my TBR pile. Caitlin Crews’ (aka Megan Crane) Pure Princess, Bartered Bride.

It’s the story of Luc Garnier, the harsh billionaire business magnet on the hunt for his perfect princess titled bride. He meets his match when finds what he’s looking for in Gabrielle, the perfectly well molded princess who has never stepped a toe out of place. But problems arise when Gabrielle finally decides she doesn’t want a life as perfect princess anymore after she becomes shacked to the brooding Luc. A fun and steamy read. You keep turning the paged to see how these two will one up each other and who will win out in the end.

And that’s two! LOL. Thanks Wendy!




  • Kathy

    I have a huge TBR pile need to dust off and find a good neglected book to read. I used to love to read and now have the time to read….ever since I started blogging I lost my desire to read real books. Need to find a book club here to get me back in the groove again.

  • Hannah

    These look like fun reads! I always like chef stories–one of my favorite movies of all time is Mostly Martha which was recently remade with Catherine Zeta-Jones and ??? and it’s very romantic as well.
    I also think I enjoy HQ Presents more than any other category romance line, even though I’ve only read a few of them.

  • Joyce

    Kwana, when I want to find a good book to read I hop on over here to see! I think you can start your own bookclub list called Kwana’s book club! xo

  • Wendy

    Ooooh, I have that Robyn Amos on my Sony Reader! I’m glad to hear you liked it 🙂 I seem to have a perpetual backlog of Harlequins. So many books, so little time!

  • Elen

    Hey Kwana,

    Many thanks for tweeting this challenge. I took it, and I’m looking forward to finding out what the other challengers have in their TBR piles as the months go by.

    Chef romance is hot right now, isn’t it? That’s okay by me, because it combines two of my favorite things — food and romance!

    As for your second choice, I was introduced to HQ Presents by author Lucy Monroe. It’s another category line I enjoy.