Top 10 Tuesday #1 – Top Ten Books On My TBR List For Winter


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. 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!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

For future Top Ten Tuesday topics through January, can be found right here!
Top Ten Books On My TBR List For Winter
1. Heist Society (Heist Society, #1) This book has been sitting on my bookcase since it came out.  I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.  I’ve heard pretty good things about it though so I’m excited!
2. Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of MeThis one is a new addition to the bookcase but I really want to learn more about Brad.  Personally, I think he’s better looking with the facial hair than without but that’s just me.
3. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers #1) I have this one on my Nook, I’m just soooo behind on my reading it’s not even funny.  Another series that I’ve heard pretty good things about.
4. Taking a Shot (Play by Play, #3) It hasn’t actually been released yet BUT it will be on my e-reader the day it comes out in March.  LOVE this series!  IT’S A HOT SERIES!
5. Chasing Fire LOVE Nora Roberts!  I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while now and I FINALLY found a copy at the used book store.  Naturally I picked up right away.
6. I'm Watching You (book #3)I was turned on to Karen Rose a few years ago and I found that I really liked her books.  I had this one on my shelf for a while but it went missing.  I was lucky enough to find another copy at the used bookstore.
7. You Can't Hide (book #5)I was turned on to Karen Rose a few years ago and I found that I really liked her books.  I had this one on my shelf for a while but it went missing.  I was lucky enough to find another copy at the used bookstore.
8. Against the Wind (The Raines of Wind Canyon, #1)I have all of the books that are currently released in this series waiting for me on my shelf.  So they definately make this list.
9. Cowboy Casanova (Rough Riders, #12) I LOVE this series!  It’s so naughty and I can’t wait for this book to be released!
10. Flat-Out Sexy (Fast Track, #1) Yet another series that I LOVE!  I have all the books that have been released so far so this series definately makes this list.  I’ve heard that there are some pretty HOT love scenes in these books.
Be sure to leave me a link to your Top 10 Tuesday and I’ll be sure to drop by and say Hi!

Monday Musings #3 – Buying Books for the Holidays

Hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week’s musing asks…

Will you be buying books for the holidays, this year? If so, for whom, and why?

This year I will only be buying 1 book.  It’s for my mom for Christmas and it’s a photographic history of the town that we live in.  It looks pretty cool actually, the creators of the book took old historical photographs of our town and then added a picture of what is currently in said location.  I’m looking forward to it.  We’re pretty big history buffs here at our house so it should go over big.


2012 Debut Author Reading Challenge

Hosted by The Story Siren.


  • To read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013.*

*The 2013 extension is so that December Debuts can be read and count toward the challenge.


  • You must have a Blog to post your reviews or be a member of Goodreads. 
  • Your blog must be written in English.
  • Deadline to join is May 31, 2012.


  • Must be a young adult or middle grade title.
  • Must be the author’s YA or MG debut, released in 2012.
  • If an author has a previous novel published for adults or children, they can still qualify for the challenge.
  • If an author has a previous YA or MG title, they do not qualify for the challenge.

Goodreads list of 2012 YA & MG debuts


Guest Review ~ Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith

I’d like to take the time to thank Jamie from The Eclectic Bookshelf for stopping by and taking the time to guest review Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith.

Kiss Crush CollideTitle: Kiss Crush Collide
Author: Christina Meredith
Series: N/A
Release Date: December 27, 2011
Reviewed Format: ARC


Leah has the life most high school girls would kill for—popularity, glowing grades, a rich, athletic boyfriend. So why does she feel like she can’t breathe? And why can’t she stop thinking about the boy from the country club? The one who isn’t her boyfriend, the one that her mother would never, ever approve of, the one that her perfect older sisters would never, ever look at twice. The one who is always looking back at her. Irresistible attraction, smoldering glances, the bad boy and the good girl—Kiss Crush Collide has everything that a steamy forbidden romance should, and then some.

With graceful and honest writing and an electric love story, this is a book about growing into your own skin. For fans of Perfect Chemistry, Sarah Dessen, and John Green.


First, I’d like to thank The Keeper for letting me drop by and post a couple of guest reviews on both her blogs.  Thank You!  Now moving on to Kiss Crush Collide….

I was very excited when Kiss Crush Collide arrived in my mailbox.  It’s been toted as a love story from the very beginning, from the cover, to the title, to the synopsis, to the authors and books that it’s being compared too.  The very unfortunate thing about this situation was…that all that information was pretty misleading and I was VERY disappointed to find out that there really wasn’t much romance at all.

I didn’t feel that the book was actually about the characters, Leah and Duffy, themselves.  The fact that their relationship is what the book is being sold on and I felt that there wasn’t really anything going on in the book (chemistry, dialogue, etc.) to build their relationship on left me very frustrated and unhappy.

I did like the premise of the book and the basic idea of the book, it just needed a little more development for my liking. Our main character Leah is the last of three very successful sisters and she feels like she doesn’t even fit in with her own family.  She doesn’t want to be like the rest of her family, she wants to be her own person. Which I liked. 

Overall, I thought that this book came with some pretty high expectations and it didn’t really live up to them.  If you’re looking for a romance, skip this book but if you’re looking for something that is a quick read that is chock full of drama and turmoil pick this one up.


2012 Standalone YA Reading Challenge

Hosted by Iceybooks and I Love These Books.

Why a Standalone Reading Challenge?
There’s a challenge for Debuts, there’s a challenge for Sophomores, why not a challenge for Standalones?

So what’s the challenge?
To read 15 standalone YA books in 2012!

What books count towards the 2012 Standalone Reading Challenge?
Any Young Adult standalone book that is released between December 27, 2011  and December 31, 2012. Any format (paperback, hardcover, e-book, ARC) counts, but they must be read during the time period mentioned above.

Where can I find out which books can be read for the SARC?
We have started a list for you HERE. Please note, this list is public and won’t be 100% accurate. We will try to keep it updated as best as we can. If you know of any standalones we may have missed, please feel free to add to this list.


2012 Contemporary YA Reading Challenge

There are different levels that you can choose to challenge yourself in:
Level 1: 5+ books
Level 2: 10+ books
Level 3: 15+ books
You can read any contemporary YA novel that is published between January 1, 2012and December 30, 2012 but you must read them in 2012! (All formats accepted: paperback, ARC, e-book)
Books included:
We have created a spreadsheet (organized by release date) for contemporary YA books published in 2012. If there is a book that is not on the spreadsheet that you know fits the guidelines, let us know and we will add it.  There is also a Goodreads list.  You can use either one.  Currently the spreadsheet has more books on it.
My List:

On My Wishlist #1


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where we list all the books we desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It’s also an event that you can join in with too – Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own ‘On My Wishlist’ post. If you want to know more click here.
Taking a Shot (Play by Play, #3)
If you want to score, you have to get in the game…

The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she’s vowed to never fall for a jock—even one as hot as Ty.

Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty’s insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too…

But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all—including Ty…

Cowboy Casanova (Rough Riders, #12)
His rough touch makes her lose control…

In Sundance, Wyoming, you can’t throw a boot without hitting a McKay cowboy, so Ben McKay is used to fading into the background. Except on weekends, when he’s Bennett, imposing Dom at The Rawhide Club, surrounded by a bevy of female subs eager for the attention of his long…whip.

As for the curvy brunette eying him from across the room? He’ll eat his Stetson if she’s the experienced Domme she claims to be. Bennett offers her a deal—he’ll let her call the shots for one night. But the next night he gets to prove to her how freeing it’ll be when he takes the reins.

Ainsley Hamilton is amazed by how well Bennett read her every secret yearning during that one explosive weekend—and she’s stunned when they come face to face in their everyday lives as rancher and new bank president. Now Ben’s urging her to explore her submissive side outside the club, and there’s something in his commanding gaze that makes it too easy to let him take control—of her desires and her pleasure.

Can Ben help Ainsley overcome her fear that a relationship built on dark sexual appetites won’t survive the light of day?

A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #4)
He never saw her coming…

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.

Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it’s dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there’s an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero…

Redwood Bend (Virgin River, #18)

Katie Malone and her twin boys’ trip along the beautiful mountain roads to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, the rain has set in, the boys are hungry and Katie doesn’t have the first clue about putting on a spare. As she stands at the side of the road pondering her next move, she hears a distinct rumble. The sight of the sexy, leather-clad bikers who pull up beside her puts her imagination into overdrive.

Dylan Childress and his buddies are on the motorcycle trip of a lifetime. But the site of a woman in distress stops them in their tracks. And while the guys are checking out her car, she and Dylan are checking out one another.

In one brief moment, the world tilts on its axis and any previous plans Katie and Dylan might have had for their futures are left at the side of the road.


Dangerous Race (Adrenaline Highs, #1)
Four years ago, race car driver Tracey Bradshaw almost died in a horrific crash. Now scarred inside and out, she’s making a comeback, but her team is plagued by a series of “accidents”.When the team leader dies under mysterious circumstances, former driver Mac Reynolds takes charge. The pair clash as Trace resents his high-handed attempts to control her, while Mac fears Trace’s recklessness will get her killed. Neither can throttle back the desire that spins out of control whenever they touch. Trace lets herself be seduced when Mac convinces her he finds her beautiful despite her scars, and she begins to hope for more. But Mac knows he’s not nearly good enough for Trace…

Danger Zone (Danger, #2)

Ellie Morgan wants to change careers. Being a stuntwoman was fun for ten years, but after driving her first open wheel racecar for a movie, she discovers her love of racing. But Ellie has a secret holding her back…

Quinn Reynolds has flown a long way to talk his brother into selling their Formula One race company, but talking to Mac is like talking to cinderblock. The last thing Quinn needs is the distraction of a pretty woman, but something about Ellie Morgan holds his attention. When accidents start happening when Quinn is in the vicinity, it becomes clear that someone wants him dead. And it doesn’t matter who gets in the way. Will Ellie survive long enough to see her dream, or will she die when the man after Quinn hits his mark.

Hot Zone

Master sergeant Hugh Franco lives only to save others, until he plucks beautiful attorney Amelia Bailey from the wreckage of an earthquake and finds himself embroiled in ways he never expected. On the run from kidnappers, Hugh must call on all his training to protect them. But Amelia’s fiery touch threatens to crack his world—and his heart—wide open.

 Cover Me


The 300 pararescue jumpers (PJs) in the world are the most elite force in the U.S. military, trained in high-risk rescue, and have never been featured in a romantic suspense series.

PJ Wade Rocha is fast roping from a helicopter into a blizzard to rescue stranded climbers when he meets beautiful Sunny Foster, who insists she can take care of herself just fine. As the snowstorm kicks into overdrive, she and Wade must take to the frozen wilderness in a race against time…and their own explosive passions.




2012 E-Book Reading Challenge


January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012

Here are the rules:
1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.  Create a post about the challenge and link your challenge post up in the linky below.
–Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post.

2. There are four levels:
–The Mini E-Book Challenge – Read 5 E-Books.
–The “Fun Size” E-Book Challenge – Read 10 E-Books.
–The Jumbo Size E-Book Challenge – Read 20 E-Books.
–The Mega Size E-Book Reading Challenge – Read 25+ E-Books.
3. No Audio or Print books.
4. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
5. The Challenge starts on January 1, 2012 and goes until December 31, 2012.

1. All Jacked Up – Lorelei James
2. Cowgirls Don’t Cry – Lorelei James

2012 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge


January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012


  • Anyone can join
  • You don’t need a blog to participate.  For non-bloggers, please leave a comment with a link (if you review somewhere else) to the review or leave a list of the books you read on the monthly link up post.
  • Audio, ebooks, and bound books are ok.
  • No re-reads
  • Create a sign up post and post the link in the linky below.
  • Challenge goes from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
  • Challenge Crossovers are ok.

Level 1 – Read 4 Romantic Suspense novels
Level 2 – Read 10 Romantic Suspense novels
Level 3 – Read 14 Romantic Suspense novels
Level 4 – Read 15+ Romantic Suspense novels