Stacking the Shelves #7 – Feb 18th 2023

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Marlene @ReadingReality and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

This seemed like a great feature to jump onboard with to help me avoid my interminably long monthly posts of all that I’ve bought (and NOT read). So here goes!

Oh dear, it was bad this week. Can I blame Valentine’s Day for turning my head with a surfeit of romances in my social media timeline, plus there were quite a few freebies to be had.

Kindle Purchases

No One Wants That by Donna Schwartze

A spicy and hilarious enemies to lovers romance. Kit’s a newly single woman who’s just looking for a good time. Butch is a playboy who might finally be ready to settle down. When they’re forced together for a summer vacation, the animated citizens in the small mountain town of Blitzen Bay are more than willing to help this fiery couple figure it all out.

There are two things you should know about me up front. First, my boyfriend broke up with me a minute before I left on vacation. Second, I’m a huge fan of the rebound man. Huge fan. Someone so dangerously sexy that he’ll make me forget everything for a night. No feelings. Just straight-up lust.

After my last breakup, I made a new set of rules—no feelings and absolutely no commitment. I haven’t slipped up once in five years. Here’s the problem. My two best buddies just got into serious relationships. They’re so happy that I think it might be time to revisit my rules and start hunting for Ms. Right.

I’m only a few hours into my trip when a rebound candidate presents himself. And he’s perfect for the job—a little rough around the edges, a devilish sense of humor, and a body so burly that I could lose myself in it for hours. Ding, ding, ding. I think I just found my Mr. Wrong.

The Notekeeper by Hannah Treave

‘Those last few words don’t just help the dying; they can help save the lives of those left behind’

Following a tragedy, Zoe flees Australia and makes a life for herself in the UK. Now working as a care nurse in The Oaks hospice, and knowing just how much comfort last words can bring, Zoe has taken it upon herself to become a notekeeper – writing down the final thoughts of her patients and delivering them to their loved ones.

Zoe’s new boss, Ben, isn’t happy about her getting so involved in the residents’ lives. But even as the two clash, they discover they have more in common than either could have ever imagined.

As Zoe learns to confront her past and her own grief, her heart can finally begin to mend. With the broken pieces slowly becoming whole, will she cope when her world is shattered once more?

The One by Nerys McCabe

How can one night change everything?

Matilda has the perfect night with the perfect man. Jamie is heart-breakingly beautiful in every way and the electricity between them is undeniable.

She puts all her trust in him; her heart is instantly his.

But then, he doesn’t call. And she didn’t get his number. How can she have got it so wrong?

Matilda is heart-broken. She thought he was The One and she chastises herself for allowing the stupid, childish belief of love-at-first-sight to consume her.

As she starts to accept that she will never see him again, and gets used to the idea that it was just one wonderful night, he walks right back into her life, unexpectedly and not alone.

What is Jamie hiding?

Can Matilda cope with the truth?

Or will Jamie’s darkest secret have her running for the hills?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

It’s high time for Stella Lane to settle down and find a husband – or so her mother tells her. This is no easy task for a wealthy, successful woman like Stella, who also happens to have Asperger’s. Analyzing data is easy; handling the awkwardness of one-on-one dates is hard. To overcome her lack of dating experience, Stella decides to hire a male escort to teach her how to be a good girlfriend.

Faced with mounting bills, Michael decides to use his good looks and charm to make extra cash on the side. He has a very firm no repeat customer policy, but he’s tempted to bend that rule when Stella approaches him with an unconventional proposal.

The more time they spend together, the harder Michael falls for this disarming woman with a beautiful mind, and Stella discovers that love defies logic.

A Thousand Years by KT Dady

The universe has always worked quite well, thank you very much. However, things can go wrong. Can’t be helped. Anyway, it was only a small glitch. No one even noticed until that woman, Kate Coster, heard her soul speak. Kate had a happy life. She lived on her own, had a job she loved, and hung out with a small circle of friends. She had no idea that something was missing, or rather, someone. The universe knew exactly who was missing. It knew all about Kate Coster’s soulmate, from the past to the present day. Kate was about to get the shock of her life.

All Last Summer by Stephanie J Scott

Sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan.

My summer was planned from packing lists to trip itineraries. Or so I’d thought.

It’s the night before my trip abroad, and my boyfriend Matt showed up at a party with another girl. The boyfriend I’m supposed to spend seven weeks with in Brazil.

No way can I board that plane.

With my trip tickets ripped up and the money down the drain, I owe my parents big-time. The only job hiring is Teed Off!, the driving range that just-so-happens to employ Matt’s trio of best friends.

Matt’s friends don’t like my presence on their artificial turf, so pranking me becomes their second part-time job. They definitely don’t want me winning the bonus money our boss is offering for an idea to improve the business.

By chance on a summer night, Matt’s head crony best friend Aidan is there for me when no one else is around. Turns out, he and Matt haven’t been close for a while. Aidan begins to see through to the real me—the me I’d kept from Matt to be the person I’ve always longed to be—popular with a boyfriend, all according to plan.

Now I have a new problem. I’m falling for the enemy.

The Perfect Find by Tia Williams

She’s finally found her soulmate. But he’s completely off-limits . . .

Former fashion editor Jenna Jones is forty, broke and starting over. Dumped by her fiancé and fired from her job, Jenna begs her arch nemesis, Darcy Vale, for a role at her new online magazine. Surrounded by digital-savvy millennials who all speak fluent Twitter, it’s soon clear that Jenna is in way over her head. And, to make matters worse, her ex has a new girlfriend.

But things get even messier, and a whole lot more interesting, when Jenna meets Eric Combs, the film graduate tasked with shooting her new web series. Totally gorgeous and completely off-limits, Jenna knows she should know better – but there’s something about Eric she can’t resist. And what is worth risking everything for, if not love?

Mad About Ewe by Susanna Nix

Dawn Botstein is doing just fine after her divorce, thank you very much.

She’s got her yarn store to run, her house to herself for the first time in her life, and no use for men anymore. That is until the hottie silver fox who walks into her store turns out to be her old high school crush—the guy who rejected her 30 years ago. No way is she going to lose her head over him this time, no matter how well he wears that salt-and-pepper lumberjack beard. Okay, so he’s the opposite of her ex in every way, and his attention gives her a thrill she thought she’d never feel again. She’s not risking her heart again.

Mike Pilota is having a mid-life crisis. Only instead of buying a red sports car he can’t afford and dressing like a 25-year-old who’s time-traveled from the 1990s, he quit his job after his second divorce to move closer to his recently widowed mother. He didn’t expect to run into Dawn again, but as soon as he lays eyes on her he’s utterly smitten. So he sets out to make up for past mistakes and prove he can be the kind of man she deserves. But is it too late for second chances? Or will these two lonely hearts find a way back to each other?

Containment by Vanda Symon

Dunedin’s favourite young police officer Sam Shephard is drawn into a perplexing investigation when a series of shipping containers wash up on a sleepy New Zealand beach, and then a body is discovered…

Chaos reigns in the sleepy village of Aramoana on the New Zealand coast, when a series of shipping containers wash up on the beach and looting begins.

Detective Constable Sam Shephard experiences the desperation of the scavengers first-hand, and ends up in an ambulance, nursing her wounds and puzzling over an assault that left her assailant for dead.

What appears to be a clear-cut case of a cargo ship running aground soon takes a more sinister turn when a skull is found in the sand, and the body of a diver is pulled from the sea … a diver who didn’t die of drowning…

As first officer at the scene, Sam is handed the case, much to the displeasure of her superiors, and she must put together an increasingly confusing series of clues to get to the bottom of a mystery that may still have more victims…

My (Extra) Ordinary Life by Rebecca Ryan

Have you ever wondered how normal you are? 
What if you were perfectly average? 
More than anyone else. 

For Emily – it’s true. When she watches a documentary on the average human she sees her life. Her job, her hair, her favourite food. All of her – plainly, horrifically average. Even her blood group. Right there and then, she decides she wants more

She’ll travel the world (i.e. venture out of her hometown)

She’ll become a vegan (it’s interesting to hate cheese, right?) 

She’ll do something daring (As long as it’s safety tested) 

Nothing will stand in the way of Emily living her best life. Not even Josh and his dimples. Because she absolutely can’t fall in love… that would be too ordinary. 

And from now on, Emily is going to be extraordinary. 

Check Mate by Leah Brunner

How did I find myself sharing a tent with my obnoxious—albeit gorgeous—neighbor, Isabella Romero? It all started with a stupid bet.

All I had to do in order to win was something unpredictable. (Which my brother thought was impossible for the ever-boring David Windell).

Well, I showed him… by booking a trek in the Andes Mountains to see Machu Picchu.

When the brochure for the expedition mysteriously appeared on my front porch, it was like fate interceded: I could win the bet while simultaneously getting a vacation from my irritating neighbor.

Two birds, one stone.

Except, it turns out that was Isabella’s brochure… and she booked the same trip.

So here I am, stuck sharing a tent with the woman who drives me crazy—and makes my heart race like never before.

Happy Reading!!


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