Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week is: 
Books to Read by the Pool!  

My guest blogger, Jamie, and I have split these in half. She did five, and I did five. 

1) Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon

It was a hell of a longshot...

CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana.

With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.

Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she's not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed.

Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it's too late.

This book takes place mostly in the summer in Louisiana. It is filled with suspense, funny old ladies, a kick-ass heroine, and gators. I think it is an awesome read during the summer sitting out by the pool because it is for sure going to make you want to take a dip in the pool, and check for gators as well! :) 

2) Joni, Underway by Kelly Oram & Jonathan Harrow

Nineteen year old Joni Monday is loving life as an adult—living on her own, dealing with grown-up things like jobs, hook-ups, and doing her own laundry. Best of all: after finishing her first year at ASU, she will never again be called a freshman.

But when her brother is suddenly killed in a car accident, Joni’s adult life is turned upside down. Struggling to cope with loss, guilt, and anger—not to mention the meddling of friends and family trying to “fix” her—Joni is relieved to be presented with an escape in the form of a sailing trip her brother had been planning for months before he died.

With her first step onto the sailing vessel Lady Marguerite, Joni plunges into an adventure that will mark the beginning of her real adult life—a journey across the ominous dark blue of the Atlantic Ocean with a small, eccentric crew, and the young Captain Reid, whose gorgeous looks are only outmatched by his talent for care and kindness. Unfolding through the ups and downs of life at sea is an unforgettable story reminding us that love will always be a work-in-progress and coming of age never gets old.

This book isn't exactly a "light" read, but it is filled with the ocean, and a heroine who is learning what life is really about. It's a beautiful story filled with sadness, and has a happily ever after as well. I really enjoyed this book, and I think it is a great read during summer and by the pool! 

3) Gidget by Frederick Kohner

My English comp teacher Mr. Glicksberg says if you want to be a writer you have to, quote, sit on a window sill and get all pensive and stuff and jot down descriptions. Unquote Glicksberg! I don't know what kind of things he writes but I found my inspiration in Malibu with a radio, my best girlfriends, and absolutely zillions of boys for miles. I absolutely had to write everything down because I heard that when you get older you forget things, and I'd be the most miserable woman in the world if I forgot all about Moondoggie and what happened this summer. I absolutely owe the world my story. (And every word is true. I swear.)
This is Franzie, part Holden Caulfield, part Lolita. The guys call her Gidget--short for "girl midget”--and she’s a girl coming of age in the summer of 1957. Based on the experiences of his own daughter, Frederick Kohner's trend-setting novel became an international sensation and turned its irrepressible heroine into an American pop culture icon whose voice still echoes every thrill, every fear, and every hope that every teenager ever had about growing up.

This is the perfect summer/read by the pool book. It has surfing, an awesome heroine, and cute boys named, "moondoggie." I fell in love with these movies when I was a kid, and then last year I decided I needed to read the book to find out how it all started, and it was actually based of a real girl! So, that was really awesome, and I enjoyed her name, "Gidget." That was the coolest thing ever! 

4) Welcoming Seas by Lily Harper Hart

Rowan Gray is a former photojournalist starting a new life on The Bounding Storm, one of the Atlantic Ocean’s most decadent cruise ships. She’s friendly and excited for her new career … but she’s also hiding a secret.
Quinn Davenport left a career in the military to become head of security on The Bounding Storm. He expected drinking infractions and the occasional pickpocket, but what he gets is so much more.
When a young woman goes missing, Quinn is suspicious of Rowan’s interest in the case. For her part, the worried photographer is desperate to find the girl and keep her secret safe from Quinn’s pointed questions. The problem for both of them is that they’re madly attracted to one another – although neither wants to admit it – and they can’t quite manage to stay away from one another.
Quinn and Rowan find themselves in an unusual situation. They have a missing girl, suspects they can’t pin down and a group of friends that is acting out of sorts. When a second girl appears to be in imminent peril, Quinn isn’t sure how to handle the situation but he’s determined to help … and Rowan refuses to let him do it alone.
Death is haunting The Bounding Storm. Will Rowan make it off her first cruise alive? Quinn pledges to do just that, but when a killer focuses on Rowan, several lives are destined to collide.
Set sail for adventure. It’s going to be a turbulent trip.

This book takes place on a cruise ship, and it is an awesome cozy mystery! I love the main characters, their chemistry, and the fact that the heroine has a strange "power" that gets explained more later on in the series. This is a great read by the pool, and it makes you want to go on a cruise, and get involved with a mystery! 

5) No Sunshine When She's Gone by Kate Angell

Life's a Beach

Though his family owns the charming beachside town of Barefoot William, Aidan Cates is as down-to-earth as the locals. He's also practical to a fault and doesn't believe some psychic on the boardwalk can predict his future.

Jillie Mac is as free as an ocean breeze, so when the hot stranger and his date mistake her for a fortune teller, she's ready to have some fun. But one devastating secret told, one mistaken identity revealed, and numerous long summer nights later, it's Jillie and Aidan who discover that sometimes love comes with a simple twist of fate.

I believe this cover and title sort of make this pick self explanatory. But, I will give you a few details as to why this is a good beach read or by the pool read. It is a pretty easy ready with not too much angst in it, and it takes place in a beachside town! It's a really good read, and I recommend it. 

Well, that's all from me for today's Top Ten. Be sure to check out Jamie's below and stop by and see us next time! 

I have a feeling my list will be a little different than others since I don’t really conform to normal book trends. I don’t categorize my books based on season or environment. If I feel a book, I read it. So this means, Christmas in July happens frequently. Lol. So here are the books I could pick up while sitting on a sandy beach with cocktail in hand.

1.) Wallflowers: Three of a Kind (Wallflowers, #1) by C.P. Smith
“Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens, and wallflowers, need ruin to make them grow.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

They say money is the root of all evil, but sometimes, evil lurks in the most unlikely places.

Calla Lily Armstrong spent her whole life shielding her heart. Now she's ready to break down her walls and see what's hiding on the other side. With the help of her new friends, Poppy Gentry and Sienna Miller, the three band together to find their happily ever after. One Wallflower at a time.

Former Atlanta Homicide Detective, Devin Hawthorne, moved to Savannah for a change of pace and a fresh start as a Private Investigator. He finds it right under his nose in the form of a Southern beauty who drives him to distraction, and deadly secrets that threaten her very life.

Rated mature for language and sexual content.

☆I just finished this book, and I definitely think it’s an appropriate beach accessory. There is something about the sand and surf that makes you feel alive. In the book, Calla Lily Armstrong learns to live for the first time in twenty-one years, finding friendship, love, and comfort in family. It even has a few beach scenes to round it out.

2.) Heart of the Witch (Witches of Keating Hollow, #2) by Deanna Chase
Welcome to Keating Hollow, the enchanted village where love, cupcakes, and magic collide.

There are only three things that were ever important to Noel Townsend—love, family, and magic. Two out of three aren’t bad. She’s blessed with a large close-knit family and her magic has never been stronger. But love? That ended three years ago when her husband walked out on her and her daughter and never looked back.

These days Noel only has room in her pieced-together heart for her six-year old daughter. But when Drew Baker shows up on the doorstep of her inn with news of her husband, fate has other plans. And so does Drew. If he can get past her defenses, Drew is going to do everything in his power to heal the heart of a witch.

☆I loved the close-knit family and quirky town that made up book one of this series, so I was highly anticipating the recent release of Heart of the Witch. The Townsend sisters are complex and each have their own struggles to overcome. I can’t say that there’s anything beachy about it unless you count an enchanted lake and the town’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, but it does have interesting characters, romance, and magic.

3.) Tossed Into Love (Fluke My Life, #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Can the best of enemies become the hottest of lovers? New York Times bestselling author Aurora Rose Reynolds proves that opposites can be compatible—and twice as combustible…

Libby Reed is over it. Or that’s what she tells herself. She’s lusted after one of New York’s bravest for years, but firefighter Antonio Moretti has doused her interest for the last time. As much as she wants the arrogant jerk (in a bad, bad way), they can’t even be in the same room without setting each other off…which might be a problem now that she’s volunteered to help out in his family’s restaurant.

Antonio’s been burned before. Now he knows better than to trust a pretty face and follow another pair of long, beautiful legs into heartbreak. But while Libby might rub him the wrong way, he can’t deny the heat between them. And it only burns hotter when she steps up in his time of need. The closer they get, the more he realizes he may have misjudged her. Then again, he doesn’t know the secret Libby’s keeping that could send their relationship up in flames before it’s even begun.

☆This series is so fun. The Reed sisters are a hoot, and I really enjoy watching them find love. Every book is light and funny with a sexy alpha male ready to sweep you off your feet. For me, the perfect accessory to accompany a bit of sunning and delicious cocktails. I cannot wait for confident, outspoken Libby’s book. Her and Antonio are sure to ratchet up the heat in August.

4.) Wrecking Ball (Hard to Love, #1) by P. Dangelico
Cam DeSantis’ life is a mess. How else would you describe losing your husband, your job, and your money all at once? Desperate times call for desperate measures. So when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable jerk, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a nanny for his eight year old nephew. Now all she has to do is find a way to ignore him for the next three months. Which is easier said than done.

NFL quarterback Calvin Shaw has zero interest in women. It’s not that he doesn’t like women. In fact, he loves women. He just doesn’t want anything to do with them. What he needs to do is focus on winning another Super Bowl before he retires. Problem is, the woman living in his house is a major distraction. And he doesn’t know what’s worse, that he promised to be civil, or that he’s attracted to her.

Best laid plans are going to get wrecked when a reclusive football star is forced to live with a reluctant nanny.

☆Our fearless blog leader,  Whitney, recommended this book to me ages ago, and I just haven’t ever sunk in. I love a good sports romance, so it’s surprising I haven’t. I could definitely see myself sitting poolside wading through Cam and Calvin’s issues while they find who and what they want.

5.) Playing for Keeps (Neighbor From Hell, #1) by R.L. Mathewson
Done with being the world's biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn't expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won't let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.

The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can't help but that notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.
☆I love R.L.’s books, so this would be a reread for me. This series is so funny and the characters some of my favorites out of all the books I’ve read. I plan on rereading the entire series this summer, as I’ve fallen behind on a few of the more recent books. The hilarious dialogue and fun antics the Bradfords get up to are perfect for a light summer read.

by Shooting Stars Reviews 10:41 AM 2 comments


  1. Oh Jamie I love some of your picks! Neighbor from Hell series is GREAT!

  2. @Samantha, it is good. I liked that one as well. :)


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