I’ve taken the challenge…

This year, I’m participating in TBR Challenge 2011 hosted by @SuperWendy. Wendy blogs The Misadventures of… SUPER LIBRARIAN here.

But that’s not how I found out about this challenge. I found out about it through fellow writer and Twitter pal @KwanaWrites. When she’s not on Twitter, you can find her here. Thanks for the tip, Kwana!

What the heck is a TBR Challenge anyway? Glad you asked.

TBR stands for To Be Read — as in a pile of books stacked by the side of your bed, leaning up against a wall in your den or office, or propping open your screen door letting in the summer breeze that you haven’t read… yet. The dustier they are, the longer you’ve had them. Oops. I’ve got a few of those.

It boils down to this. The book reader/lover/hoarder will grab a book from her TBR pile, swipe a little or a lot of dust off the cover (depending on how long it’s been in residence) and read it. And on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, she will comment on it at her blog or Facebook page, on Twitter…

That sounds like a whole lot of fun to me. Each month has a theme, which is strictly voluntary. I’m going to try to hold to that where possible.

Today is the first month, the third Wednesday, and the theme is category romance.

Okay. I love category romance. It’s a short, tight read that runs the gamut from sweet to extra spicy. What’s not to love. This has only been on my TBR pile for a short time, as it is a January 2011 release. Not much dust on it, but it was in the pile nonetheless.

Billionaire Zach Harper is descended from pirates. His family castle, built on an island off the coast of New York, is a living museum and the centerpiece of his heritage. But when he accidentally marries architect Kaitlin Saville at a wild Vegas office party, everything is at risk.

Hello! Right off the bat I’m interested. The hero is descended from pirates. Love the pirate angle. He has a family castle. A castle in a contemporary. That’s like bonus points. Finally, I admit to having a soft spot for the accidental bride, the accidental baby, the secret bride, the secret baby… It’s been done before. It’ll be done again. And I’m always interested to see where the author takes that theme.

This was my first Barbara Dunlop read. The characters were strong. The plot was tight. It was funny and sexy, as you would expect a Silhouette Desire to be. Sil Desire packs a little steamy. Dunlop managed to pull off a subplot with minor characters in a category, which isn’t easy. The hero and heroine were strong, but each had vulnerabilities and obstacles to overcome as they tumbled into love. Highly entertaining and a satisfying read.

Thanks, Kwana, for the heads up on this challenge. I look forward to reading about your TBR adventures as the months go by.

For those who might be interested in participating in this challenge or reading what others have to say about their TBR adventures, you can read all about it here.

Thanks, Wendy, for offering to host the challenge this year. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better.


6 thoughts on “I’ve taken the challenge…

  1. Could have sworn I’d read one of Dunlop’s earlier Temptations (oh, how I miss that line!) – but looking at her web site my memory just isn’t kicking into gear. More likely I’m confusing her with another Harlequin author named Barbara or something. My memory ain’t what she used to be!

    This sounds intriguing! I used to love the Desire line and then sort of gravitated away from it in recent years. Always happy to see reviews for them so I can dip back into the line…..


  2. hm… I am strongly considering jumping into this challenge. I have a stack of neglected books on my shelf 🙂

    I also have an even bigger stack of neglected video games. I wonder if a To Be Played Challenge is practical?


    • Go for it, Matt. A read a month is totally doable, I think. It’s up to you to ponder the possibilities of a To Be Played Challenge. 😉


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