Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tackling the TBR Jar: February Edition

A monthly feature (inspired by The Book Vixen's TBR Jar Project) to help me (and in turn maybe you) get the out of control TBR piles in check.

Hello party people.  Welcome to the February Edition of Tackling the TBR Jar.  As I was setting this post up it occurred to me that this feature could go really well or it could be downright disastrous.  Screw it.  I think either way it's going to be an interesting experience.  Anywhoozle, here are the contenders I ended up pulling out of the TBR jar:

Interesting side note, sticking your hand in a jar full of slips of cardstock paper can be quite dangerous.  *ahem*  Here's a little more detail about the titles:

Lead Me On (Book 3 in the Tumble Creek series) by Victoria Dahl
Raw, animal a big red flag to prim and proper office manager Jane Morgan. After a rough childhood with a mother who liked her men in prison-jumpsuit orange, Jane changed her name, her look and her taste for bad boys. So why is she lusting for William Chase with his tattoo-covered biceps and steel-toed boots? The man blows things up for a living!

She gives herself one explosive, fantasy-filled night with Chase. The next day it's back to plain Jane and safe men.

But when her beloved brother becomes a murder suspect, it's Chase who comes to her rescue. And Jane discovers that a man who's been around the block knows a thing or two about uncovering the truth....

Hourglass (Book 1 in the Hourglass series) by Myra McEntire
One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should've happened?

City of Ghosts (Book 3 in the Downside Ghosts series) by Stacia Kane

Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess's bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city's most notorious crime boss--and Chess's drug dealer--gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn't bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he's not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic--all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.

I think that's a pretty decent draw.  Only problem is I haven't read book 1 in the Tumble Creek series or the Downside Ghosts series.  Yes, I know, I'm lame.  Too many books, too little time and all that jazz.  The way this ends up working is that those particular picks will revert back to the the first books in their respective series.  Those books are:

Talk Me Down (Book 1 in the Tumble Creek series) by Victoria Dahl
Molly Jennings has one naughty little secret: her job as a bestselling erotic fiction author. Until her inspiration runs dry—thanks to a creepy ex—and it's time to skip town and move back to tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado.

One look at former high school hunk chief of police Ben Lawson and Molly is back in business. The town gossip is buzzing at her door and, worse still, a stalker seems to be watching her every move. Thankfully, her very own lawman has taken to coming over, often. The only problem now is that Molly may have to let the cat out of the bag about her chosen profession, and straitlaced Ben will definitely not approve.…

Unholy Ghosts (Book 1 in the Downside Ghosts series) by Stacia Kane

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She's got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump's ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

After a little deliberation I decided to go with Talk Me Down.  I then realized that I don't own a copy so I ended up going with my runner up, Unholy Ghosts.  You guys know I love UF and I hear the book is kick ass.  Where I'm from that's called a win win.  I'll check in at the end of February to share my thoughts.  Until then....happy reading!

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