Topplin’ TBR Thursday 9/22/22

I love being able to draw attention to other book lovers out there that are encouraging me to pick up books, and that’s what this weekly meme will be all about. This is a thank you for adding to my toppling TBR pile. So, each week I’ll be sharing books that I added to my TBR along with the blogger, Bookstagrammer, BookTuber, etc. that convinced me to add it.

I ran out of time getting all of my additions onto my post last week, so this week’s post will include some of last week’s adds.

~ This Week’s Additions ~

Who Convinced Me??

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

On the surface, Cameron Hass always seems a bit risky. First to take the dare, last to leave the tracks in the face of an oncoming train, the Boston rebel has always liked to flirt with danger. But underneath, he’s terrified. Not about breaking an arm or getting pulled over for driving twice the speed limit, but about the man he’s going to become when he graduates from Welles Academy. His role models have never really been much to look up to.

Brooklyn Bennett, on the other hand, always appears to have it together. Every button is done, every hair in the perfect place, every grade not just an A, but an A+. Beautiful, smart, and from political royalty, Brooklyn set her future goals at the age of five, and she’s never strayed from the path of following in her parents’ diplomatic footsteps.

Until now.

Surviving a terrifying car crash her junior year left Brooklyn questioning a lot of things. Losing her best friend left her feeling alone. But Cameron’s always been a good listener. And messy or not, his heart has always been in the right place. And when Brooklyn needed someone, he was right there. Maybe . . . he’s been there all along.

But how do chaos and rules go together? And what happens if the rest of the world wants to keep them apart?

Who Convinced Me??

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

Subject: You up?
This is definitely a feeling cute, might want to delete later situation. But isn’t every message sent at two in the morning a precursor to regret?
By the way, I hope you read that subject line as the pun it was intended to be.
Okay, cutting to the chase—neither of us has an interest in cultivating an emotional connection with each other, right? You have your reasons, and I have mine. But none of that keeps us from nearly crossing the line from professional to personal every freaking day.
I mean, what was that almost kiss in the hallway this afternoon?
Something has to give. So this is me, giving in.
I can’t believe I’m suggesting this, but what if you and I had … a fling?
Just a short-lived non-romance. No pretending it will ever be more. We’ll avoid flowers and flirting and get to the f—you know what I mean.
That’s all either of us wants anyway.
Think about it. Let me know.
I’ll see you in the office in the morning.
Oh! One more thing—If you’re not into this, don’t ever mention you saw this email. I’ll pretend I never saw it either.
Okay. Bye.

Who Convinced Me??

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

A sexy firefighter. A much younger Nanny. The heat between them could burn down a small country. He doesn’t believe in forever. And she won’t settle for anything less.

Jace King is a smoking hot firefighter, a single dad and my new boss.
He’s also the most beautiful man I’ve ever laid eyes on.
It’s totally fine to secretly crush on the guy you Nanny for, right?
Did I mention that he’s also a decade older than me, works with my dad
and he’s a close family friend?
If you looked up OFF LIMITS in the dictionary, you’d find an eight by ten photo of my sexy boss.
But something happens every time we’re in a room together.
The attraction is almost overpowering.
Jace is insistent that we can’t act on it.
And I’ve always been a rule follower…
but maybe sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

**This is book 3 in the Honey Mountain Series. Each one can be read as a complete standalone. A HEA is guaranteed!**

Who Convinced Me??

Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books

A charming and wildly funny new romantic comedy by Kerry Rea, author of The Wedding Ringer.

Lucy Rourke has two great loves in her life: the gorilla troop she cares for as a primatologist and the laundry list of reality TV shows she watches to escape the fact that her actual love life doesn’t exist. And like a reality contestant gunning for the final rose, Lucy’s laser-focused on one thing: getting promoted to head keeper. So when a wildlife docuseries hosted by hotshot TV personality Kai Bridges chooses her zoo as its summer filming location, she sees an opportunity to showcase her beloved gorillas to the world and land a starring role in her department.

When Kai and his film crew arrive, however, it’s obvious to Lucy that Kai cares more about sky-high ratings than the gorillas, and he considers her a camera-averse know-it-all whose wardrobe consists entirely of khaki. But she’s surprised to discover there’s more to him than his rugged good looks and cheesy catchphrases…and that maybe a promotion isn’t the only thing she wants. But when secrets from their pasts threaten to complicate everything, Lucy discovers that happiness and success aren’t the same thing—and that finding joy just might mean getting a little wild.

Who Convinced Me??

Books Best Blog

I made a terrible mistake.
Being a mafia princess, I knew my fate was already decided.
But I went ahead and longed for the wrong one.
Creighton King is bad news with a gorgeous exterior.
He’s silent, brooding, and obviously emotionally unavailable.
So I thought it was over.
Until he awakens a beast inside me.
My name is Annika Volkov, and I’m Creighton’s worst enemy.
He won’t stop until he breaks me.
Or I break him.

God of Pain is a complete STANDALONE and can be read on its own.

Who Convinced Me??

Joanna @ The Geekish Brunette

Where the lovelight gleams …

A pasture of dead trees. A hostile takeover of the Santa barn by a family of raccoons. And shipments that have mysteriously gone missing. Lovelight Farms is not the magical winter wonderland of Stella Bloom’s dreams.

In an effort to save the Christmas tree farm she’s loved since she was a kid, she enters a contest with instafamous influencer Evelyn St. James. With the added publicity and the $100,000 cash prize, she might just be able to save the farm from its financial woes. There’s just one problem. To make the farm seem like a romantic destination for the holidays, she lied on the application and said she owns Lovelight Farms with her boyfriend. Only … there is no boyfriend.

Enter best friend Luka Peters. He just came home for some hot chocolate, and somehow got a farm and a serious girlfriend in the process.

Who Convinced Me??

Misty @ Misty’s Book Space

They’re perfect for each other
They just don’t know it yet

Becca and Charlie have known each other for years – ever since they met at university.

And for every one of those years, they’ve bickered, argued, offended, mocked and generally rubbed each other up the wrong way.

Until now. Until Ally’s bucket list. The death of their loved one should mean Becca and Charlie can go their separate ways and not look back. But completing the list is something neither Charlie nor Becca can walk away from.
And sometimes, those who bring out the worst in you, also bring out the very best…

Over the course of ten years, Becca and Charlie’s paths collide as they deal with grief, love and life after Ally.

Who Convinced Me??

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

Such a quiet and ordinary wife and mother. Who will even notice what she’s done?

Lillian Smith leads an unexceptional life, writing obituaries and killing time with her inattentive husband and disconnected son. Then she meets David, a handsome stranger, in a coffee shop. Lured into an affair, she invents a new persona, one without strings, deadlines, or brooding husbands.

Lillian has never felt so reckless, unpredictable, or wanted. But as her affair with David intensifies, she withdraws from everything that’s real, even her closest friend. When evidence of her life as a secret lover finds its way onto her son’s social media, she risks ruining much more than her marriage or reputation.

As lies beget lies, Lillian’s two worlds spiral dangerously out of control. And betrayals run deeper than she imagines. Because Lillian isn’t the only one leading a double life.

Who Convinced Me??

Christopher @ Plucked From the Stacks

It’s the most magical time of year, and anything can happen…

Nia Maddison has always believed that wishes come true on Nutcracker Lane. So, when she gets the opportunity to run her own Christmas gift shop on the most magical street in town, it feels like her wishes have been finally granted.

But working late one night, Nia discovers yet another boyfriend has cheated on her. As she trudges home – alone, again – she passes the (supposedly) magical nutcracker and half-joking thinks a wish can’t hurt. Cracking a nut in its mouth, she wishes to find Prince Charming.

The next day Nia gets to work to find another decoration shop has opened directly across the lane from her own, and she can’t resist having a nose around.

Whilst there, she accidentally backs into a human-sized Nutcracker, knocking it over and breaking it. Mortified, she flees from the store but when she gathers her resolve to go back and apologise, she stumbles across the gorgeous shop owner James, who looks exactly like Prince Charming…

Could her Christmas wish from the night before really be coming true? 

Who Convinced Me??

Heather @ Heather Adores Books

The quirky baker. Her best friend’s off-limits older brother. When sparks—and frosting—fly between them, it’ll be a Valentine’s Day to remember.

Bea has been half in love with George since the first time she saw him, at seven years old coming off the soccer field with her best friend, Daphne. His southern charm has always been impossible to resist, despite her determination to do just that.

George wants nothing more than to win Bea’s affection, after all these years. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to make her see the truth, even spend a hectic Valentine’s Day locked in a bakery delivery van.

When two stubborn southerners don’t see eye to eye, it’s bound to cause sparks. But if these two can’t see heart to heart, it might just be the worst mistake the small town of Adele, Georgia has ever seen.

If you love small-town romance with heart, friends to lovers, and a cast chock-full of quirky characters, you’ll fall in love with this sweet series in a second flat. Come on down to Georgia, and bring your sweet tea. It’s time to settle in for a while.

This book was previously published under the pen name K. A. Gandy

Who Convinced Me??

Yvonne @ It’s All About Books

Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder-a world where women tame magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. But each daring feat has a cost. Bound to her family’s strange and magical circus, it’s the only world Cecile Cabot knows-until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate love affair that could cost her everything.

Virginia, 2005: Lara Barnes is on top of the world-until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. Desperate, her search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother’s journals and sweeps her into the story of a dark circus and a generational curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations.

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If you’d like to share what you added this week and who convinced you to add it, just shoot me a link so I can share it with others. 🙂

Battle of the Blogs/Recs/Buddy Reads

To clarify my Battle of the Blogs ~ you don’t have to read anything or do anything on your blog. I’m just reading books you pick for me and seeing which pick is my favorite.

By choosing to participate in Battle of the Blogs, you’re just giving me permission to see how the book you pick for me stacks up against the books other bloggers pick for me – if I get enough bloggers that want to participate by picking a book for me to read.

You can also fill out the form to make a separate recommendation for me or to request a buddy read. I updated the form, so hopefully it’s easier to follow. Just click the button below. 🙂

Happy Reading,

Alison

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