Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan




Publisher – Hodder & Stoughton
GenreRomance | Sci Fi & Fantasy | Teens & YA
Pub Date – 20 Jul 2021 
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53422971-these-hollow-vows

Synopsis
A heart is a dangerous thing to steal.

From New York Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes.


Brie would do anything before making a deal with the Fae; death is better than their vicious schemes. But when her sister is taken by the sadistic king of the Unseelie court, there is nothing Brie wouldn’t do to get her back-including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the rival Seelie court.

Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie’s only choice is to pose as a potential bride for the Seelie Prince, Ronan-a prince who’s not quite as wicked as she once thought. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. But as Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she finds herself struggling to resist his seductive charm.

Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty . . . and with her heart.

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday. See the guidelines at the bottom of the linked post, and jump on board!

Shelf Control – Jack of Hearts (Aces & Eights #1) by Sandra Owens

Genre – Romantic Suspense

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31222830-jack-of-hearts

Synopsis
Alex Gentry doesn’t scare easily. Working as an undercover FBI agent in the biker bar he and his brothers co-own, he hangs with deadly criminals in order to gather information. Danger is just part of the family business. But one thing has him terrified: his attraction to Madison Parker.

Madison is the cousin of Ramon Alonzo, son and second in command to a notorious drug lord Alex is trying to bust. Alex has befriended Ramon as part of his cover, and Madison has unknowingly become his informant. Falling for her could risk this case—and both their lives.

All Madison wants is to get her new bookstore business off the ground, and for her creepy cousin Ramon—to whom she’s unfortunately indebted—to leave her alone. If she could only stop fantasizing about his mysterious new friend, Alex…

As the Alonzo cartel investigation heats up, so does their relationship. But will the secrets they’re keeping tear them apart—or get them both killed?

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – The Wedding Dress by Dani Atkins

Sometimes a title, blurb and cover just totally call to me, and this is one such book. I’ve not read the author before but I’m hoping for great things with this one!


Publisher – Head of Zeus
GenreRomance | Women’s Fiction
Pub Date – 5 Aug 2021 
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56077293-the-wedding-dress


Synopsis
Three women. Three love stories. One dress. The new heartwarming and uplifting romance from award-winning romance writer Dani Atkins.


Suzanne is engaged to be married to the man of her dreams – except the lead up to her wedding is beginning to feel more like a nightmare. Can Suzanne uncover the truth about her fiancé ahead of her big day?

Bella’s life was on track until the day of the hen party when everything changed. Now she must find the strength to rebuild her future – and decide who she wants to spend it with.

Mandy’s grandmother has fallen in love but her family don’t approve. For her grandmother’s dreams to come true, Mandy has a secret wedding to plan, and a very special dress to find.

These are the three strangers whose stories are about to be woven together by one perfect wedding dress.

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

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Shelf Control – Hunted (The Warrior Chronicles Book 2) by K.F. Breene

Chosen (Warrior Chronicles #1) was a huge success with me, so I can’t wait to jump into the next book in the series.

Genre – Fantasy Adventure Fiction

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40874184-hunted

Synopsis
With a new Chosen coming forward, Shanti has lost sight of her duty. With her plans unraveling, she does the only thing she can think of– frees her brother and a mysterious stranger from a Graygual camp before heading back to beg for Cayan’s aid.

Unfortunately, that stranger was precious to the enemy, guarded by one of the elite. A Superior Officer known as the Hunter, this man always catches his prey, and his focus is now on the elusive, violet-eyed girl and the man she ripped from the his hands.

With danger mounting, and one of the best constantly on her heels, Shanti will learn that running will never be enough.

She will unite them with her suffering, and lead them with her love.

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – Traitors of the Black Crown (Black Crown Book 1) by Cate Pearce

I was just totally smitten by the blurb of this one. It’s a new to me author, so I have no idea what to expect but I have heard positive things about it.

Publisher – Hansen House
GenreLGBTQIA | Romance | Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date – 22 Sep 2021 
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55527555-traitors-of-the-black-crown

Synopsis
Three women will betray the black crown. A Knight. A Duchess. A Queen.

Raena Schinen narrowly escaped when the Queen’s guard murdered her entire family. If Raena’s survival is exposed, she’ll be next. For fifteen years Raena has hidden as a male Knight, “Sir Rowan”, consumed by her vengeful desire to assassinate the Queen.

The moment Raena is close enough to exact her revenge, she is unexpectedly exiled to a foreign land. There she serves the common-born Duchess Aven Colby, whose suspicious kinship with the Queen further threatens Raena’s delicate secrets.

Just as they become united in a common goal to curb a looming invasion, unexpected heat and romance blossoms between “Sir Rowan” and Aven. The peril demands they set out on a journey to form clandestine political alliances, risking the Queen’s wrath, and drawing Raena and Aven closer together.

But no one in the kingdom could have imagined the sinister foe rising from below the surface. In order to save themselves and those they love, Raena, Aven, and the Queen must recognize who are the oppressors and who will unite against the Black Crown.

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

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Shelf Control – Chosen (The Warrior Chronicles Book 1) by K.F. Breene

I adore this author’s books, yet have allowed this to sit unread on my kindle for an embarrassing amount of time. Particularly when I know that the heroine will be amazing, because the author won’t stand for anything less! I’m hoping to move it from my TBR list to read next month.

Women’s Adventure Fiction | Fantasy Adventure Fiction

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22668541-chosen

Synopsis
It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen.
~~
Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.

It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey.

But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.

War is coming. The only choice becomes: Which side do you choose?

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – Learning to Talk to Plants by Marta Orriols

I’ve seen this mentioned on a few blogs and I haven’t read an angsty, ugly cry book in a while so am very much looking forward to reading this. It will also be another addition to my “read out of my comfort zone” challenge.

General Fiction

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53294479-learning-to-talk-to-plants

Release Date – 15th June 2021

Synopsis
An immersive, moving novel about complex grief: a woman attempts to rebuild her life after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman, then dies hours later
Paula’s partner has died in a car accident – but no one knows her true grief. Only hours before his death, Mauro revealed that he was leaving her for another woman.
Paula guards this secret and ploughs on with her job as a paediatrician in Barcelona, trying to maintain the outline of their old life. But all of Mauro’s plants are dying, the fridge only contains expired yoghurt and her mind feverishly obsesses over this other, unknown woman.
As the weeks pass, vitality returns to Paula in unexpected ways. She remembers, slowly, how to live. By turns devastating and darkly funny, Learning to Talk to Plants is a piercingly honest portrayal of grief – and of the many ways to lose someone.


Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday. See the guidelines at the bottom of the linked post, and jump on board!

Shelf Control – The Case of the Dragon-Bone Engine by Galadriel Coffeen

OK, so I fell off the wagon big style and requested FOUR books from netgalley. The title and blurb sold this one to me. Plus it has fairies!

Mystery & Thrillers | Sci Fi & Fantasy

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56178350-the-case-of-the-dragon-bone-engine

Synopsis
Dynamite couldn’t cause such a big explosion. It must be something worse, Agent Beka Finley is sure of it.
As she and her partner investigate the devastating train crash, she’s convinced the train was sabotaged. But everyone seems bent on persuading her it was an accident. Just like the crash that killed her father six years ago.
Determined to protect more lives from the growing unrest between humans and fairies, Beka puts her own life and reputation on the line to find the truth. But that truth might lead to more questions than answers.

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – Natural Sorcery Marina Ermakova

Paranormal/ Mythological Alternative Reality

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53180797-natural-sorcery

Release Date – 23rd April 2021

Synopsis
Rome was supposed to be safe–or at least safer than 90% of the planet. That was before the local legends started using their magic to destroy the food supply.
Considered one of Rome’s experts on legends, mostly because she keeps surviving their assassination attempts, Jordan finds herself racing to find the culprits before they strike again. But legends wield powers that aren’t documented, understood, or predictable. And Jordan isn’t even a soldier. She’s just some scientist unlucky enough to stumble over the local political mess.
The chances of getting murdered by magic beyond her comprehension is disconcertingly high. But if this unknown legend goes unchecked, Rome won’t survive the next few years…and Jordan doesn’t have it in her to walk away from that.
Book 2 in the Jordan Sanders series, beginning with Terrestrial Magic.


Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

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Shelf Control – Nepenthe (We Are Nepenthe #1) Octavia Hyde

This has been sitting on my kindle for far too long and since it’s a fairly quick, fun and silly read it might be the perfect piece of brain fluff to get me out of my reading rut.


Colonisation Science Fiction eBooks

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52007089-nepenthe

Synopsis
“It will take the whole night at least,” he said, “to implant all my eggs.”
The colony planet is a death trap. Only the tiniest fraction of humanity survives the gruesome rejection virus.

And then the aliens arrive.

The Nepenthe, too, seek a new home world, but discover instead a species capable of incubating their precious eggs: humans.

The two dying races can either reach an agreement to help each other live on … or prepare for extinction.

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – Fortune Fae Academy #2 by J.R. Thorn

Paranormal Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53945805-fortune-fae-academy

Release Date – 13th May

Synopsis
My Alpha captured me… and now I can’t remember why I ran from him in the first place. Literally.
My memory has been fractured and tossed into the Web. My mission is to reclaim who I used to be. My Alpha? He has other plans.

It’s a race to gather the lost fragments of my soul tossed into the fabric of space and time. He broke me. Now he wants to put me back together how he sees fit. All the while forcing me to take horrendous obedience classes at Fortune Fae Academy like I’m some sort of pet to be trained.

Axel might be my only hope—the lesser of two evils. With his help, my Betas and I might just be able to get out of this mess. There will be a price to pay, but anything is better than being enslaved to my Alpha forever. Even if he does awaken something in me that says this feels right… and my body tends to agree whenever he’s around.

I have to stay strong and remember I ran from him for a reason. Darkness torments my dreams every night and I know something bad is coming. If I don’t figure out a way to run from it in time, I can kiss the shards of my soul goodbye—for good.


Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

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Shelf Control – The Last Girl by Kitty Thomas

Paranormal (Vampire) Erotic Romance

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13483989-the-last-girl

Synopsis
Six years ago strangers broke into Juliette’s house; she was home alone. She kept her eyes closed, praying that if she didn’t see anything, she wouldn’t be killed. No one harmed her. In fact, one of the thieves protected her. Now Juliette’s dreams are haunted by him.
Christian has waited to take her, resisting the urge each night. It always ends badly with human pets. They’re too fragile. The longer he can wait, the better, because the moment he takes her, the clock on her life starts ticking down.
Then she’ll be gone forever.

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – Dawn Breaker (Daybreaker #3) by Pippa DaCosta

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56228917-dawn-breaker
Release Date – December 2021 (though likely to be much earlier than this in reality)

Synopsis
Coming 2021, the Daybreaker series concludes in its explosive finale, Dawn Breaker.

WARNING BOOK 1 & 2 SPOILERS BELOW


With Rafe missing, demons claiming half the night station, and the vampire queen closing in, Lynher and Kensey are left with nowhere to hide. Backed into a corner, they must fight.

But can two human orphans harness the magic of the night station to stand against the vampire queen?


Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

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Shelf Control – Deep Blue Sea

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42901030-deep-blue-sea


Synopsis
On the Night of Bleeding Hearts, when the moon is fat and the ocean calm, Blue and her siren sisters transform.

With poisonous songs on their lips and bloodlust in their hearts, they emerge from the waters to comb the shores, hunting lost souls, thieves and pirates, men with violence in their veins. For each death gifts the sirens a new song to sing.

As the most ruthless and cunning of her sisters, Blue is a legend among her kind. But on this night, when the sea delivers the sirens a stricken merchant vessel, Blue discovers a thief among the crew. A thief with a warm heart and a troubled past.

And now Blue has a choice. Kill a good man or lose her voice.

Forever.

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – Violent Retaliation (Twisted, Dark and Deadly #3)
by C.P. Mandara

This is like a crazy mix of James Bond and FSoG, with the humour (and luck) of Bridget Jones. I laugh, I cry, I snigger, I roll my eyes and I get all hot and bothered reading these books but I never, ever get bored with them.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57334816-violent-retaliation
Release Date – 25th March 2021

Synopsis
Adie

I have James’ sister right where I want her – screaming my name out and begging for mercy. James is going to piss his pants when he sees the video I’m about to send him. He’ll come running so fast his feet won’t touch the ground.

That’s when I’ll get my hands on his wife. She should rightfully be mine and I always take care of what’s mine.
There’s just one problem – she’s fucking pregnant.

James
I’ve got less than two days to live. My wife has been kidnapped by a crazy-ass bitch of an arms dealer who plans to put a bullet in her head, and I need to speak to my ex best-friend in order to rescue her. It’s a fantastic plan. He’s in love with her and intends to make her his.
I am going to kill him – if someone doesn’t kill me first.


Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

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Shelf Control – Speechless by Kay Elle Parker

This has been on my kindle for quite a while. It was recommended by so many friends, and I have enjoyed a short story by this author – which is no mean feat as they are always difficult to pull of successfully. I’m hoping to get this read in April.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52273088-speechless


Synopsis
Anything that was nothing wasn’t human…
Stolen from her old life.
Stripped of her humanity.
Robbed of her voice.
Nothing but a number…
Lost and alone, she collapsed at the feet of men, silently pleading for help. Only one came forward, protected and defended her from the jackals lusting for blood. With no voice, no ID, no belongings, she was nobody, she was nothing. Inconsequential in the revolving wheel of life.
For Connor O’Malley, she was an angel, fallen from the heavens. Broken and battered, scared spitless of everything and everyone, he knew he had one hell of a job ahead of him. Her wounds were man-made, inflicted by a cruel hand, but the dirty, bloodied girl at his feet couldn’t tell him anything of what happened to her. The brand seared into her flesh spoke volumes, but nothing could prepare him for the full atrocity of what had been done to her.
Death stalks her, wants her back.
How long can she remain speechless?

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – The Belle and The Beard

There aren’t many contemporary romance authors who I will autobuy, but Kate Canterbary is high on that list. Her stories are guaranteed to touch my heart, her characters feel as though they could step out of the pages and move in next door. Her writing snares me with it’s passion, snark and eloquence and I am very much looking forward to this next release.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56938365-the-belle-and-the-beard
Release Date – 22nd April 2021

Synopsis
If you find yourself publicly humiliated, out of work, and unemployable at 35—not to mention newly single—here’s how to salvage your life:

1. Run away. Seriously, there’s no shame in disappearing. Go to that rustic old cottage your aunt left you. Look out for the colony of bats and the leaky roof. Oh, and the barrel-chested neighbor with shoulders like the broad side of a barn. Definitely look out for him.
2. Stop wallowing and stay busy. It doesn’t matter whether you know how to bake or fix things around the house. Do it anyway. Dust off your southern hospitality and feed that burly, bearded neighbor some pecan pie.
3. Meet new people. Chat up the grumpy man-bear, pretend to be his girlfriend when his mother puts you two on the spot, agree to go as his date to a big family party. Don’t worry—it’s only temporary.
4. Cry it out. Screwing up your life entitles you to wine, broody-moody music, and uninterrupted sobbing. 
5. Get over it all by getting under someone. Count on your fake boyfriend to deliver some very real action between the sheets. 
6. Move on. The disappearing act, the cottage, the faux beau–none of it can last forever. 

~~

If a hell-in-heels campaign strategist moves in next door to you, here’s how to survive the invasion:

1. Do not engage. There is no good reason you should chop her wood, haul her boxes, or pick her apples. 
2. Do not accept gifts, especially not the homemade ones. Disconnect the doorbell, toss your phone over a bridge, hide in the basement if you must, but do not eat her pie. 
3. Do not introduce her to your friends and family. They’ll favor her over you and never let you forget it.
4. Do not intervene when she’s crying on the back porch. Ignore every desire to fix the entire world for her. By no means should you take her into your arms and memorize her peach-sweet curves. 
5. Do not take her to bed, even if it’s just to get her out of your system.
6. Do not, under any circumstances, fall in love with her.

Warning: This story includes a meet-burglary, an immortal cat, a biohazard of a banana bread, a meddling mother, fancy toast, and a temporary fling that starts feeling a little too permanent.

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday. See the guidelines at the bottom of the linked post, and jump on board!

Shelf Control Wednesday – Before Girl

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42766457-before-girl

Since I’m on a Kate Canterbary theme, I missed reading this when it released due to having over committed to completing arc books. Little snippets of the story appeared with the tag #manbrick in her Facebook group. These random little insights eventually spawned this book, and I know I’ll be annoyed with myself that I didn’t read it sooner.

Synopsis
She’s the girl next door. He’s the guy who’s loved her from afar.
They’re in for an unexpected tumble into love.
She’ll juggle your balls.
For Stella Allesandro, chaos is good. She’s a rising star at a leading sports publicity firm. She’s known throughout the industry as the jock whisperer—the one who can tame the baddest of the bad boys in professional sports without losing her signature smile.
But Cal Hartshorn is an entirely different kind of chaos.
He’ll fix your broken heart.
This former Army Ranger and now-famous cardiothoracic surgeon fails at nothing…except talking to a woman he’s adored from afar. Whether on the battlefield or operating room, he’s exacting, precise, and efficient, but all of that crumbles when Stella is in sight.
Cal always knows—and gets—what he wants, and now he wants all of her. His forever girl.
But Stella isn’t convinced she’s anyone’s forever.

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – Curse of the Dark Prince
(The Prince’s Assassin #3) by Ariana Nash

The final part of an epic fantasy romance trilogy, I can’t wait to find out what happens to Vasili and Nico. I really enjoy the author’s prose and characterisation – she always manages to make me love the bad guy in the end!

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55940345-curse-of-the-dark-prince
Release Date – 19th March 2021

Synopsis
With the powerful cities of Seran and Loreen having fallen to elves, and the dark flame escaping its bonds, Prince Vasili Caville’s plight has never been more desperate. But for the first time in his lifetime, he’s not alone. With the formidable Nikolas Yazdan at his side, not all is lost.
But Nikolas has changed. The Yazdan legacy has caught up with him, and as strong and stubborn as he is, nobody can resist the flame’s call for long. For all his words of honor and sacrifice, Vasili fears he’s losing Nikolas, and with him any chance of defeating the elves for good.
Love, power, control. To save both himself and Nikolas, Vasili must surrender it all and embrace everything a Caville is destined to be. For beneath the broken palace, hidden inside its heart, lies the answer to everything. And all it will cost, is love.

The Prince’s Assassin series comes to its explosive conclusion in Curse of the Dark Prince, the third and final book. Coming early 2021.

Deep Blue Sea (Heartstone Thief #1.5) by Pippa DaCosta

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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42901030-deep-blue-sea

This book has sat on my kindle for far too long, particularly considering I really enjoy everything Pippa DaCosta writes. I’m planning on reading this during March, making it the 10th TBR book I will have read this year. It doesn’t sound many but it’s already more than I managed in the whole of 2020 so I count it as a huge win!

Synopsis
On the Night of Bleeding Hearts, when the moon is fat and the ocean calm, Blue and her siren sisters transform.
With poisonous songs on their lips and bloodlust in their hearts, they emerge from the waters to comb the shores, hunting lost souls, thieves and pirates, men with violence in their veins. For each death gifts the sirens a new song to sing.
As the most ruthless and cunning of her sisters, Blue is a legend among her kind. But on this night, when the sea delivers the sirens a stricken merchant vessel, Blue discovers a thief among the crew. A thief with a warm heart and a troubled past.
And now Blue has a choice. Kill a good man or lose her voice.
Forever.

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?