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TBR Pile Challenge - Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started off this year with some heavy reading (and listening) so I picked a lighter read off my list.  A friend highly recommended this book so I guess at some point I purchased it on my Nook.  I have to say I agreed with my friend that this book is worth a 5 star rating.  It was the perfect light read to balance out the heavy reading on my plate.

Lady Calpurnia is firmly on the shelf and wants some adventure in her life.  She comes up with a list of things that men enjoy but ladies are barred from enjoying. Along the way she comes to the attention of notorious rake Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston. Scandal surrounds the house of Ralston and more is on the way with the arrival of a half-sister. Gabriel needs Callie's perfect reputation in order to bring his sister into society.

I love a good Regency romance.  This one had a lot of the good key characteristics, but it didn't seem over…

Read Harder Challenge - A book by a person whose gender is different from your own

Monster's Chef: A Novel by Jervey Tervalon
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Somewhere along the way in 2014 I had acquired an uncorrected proof of this novel. It had been sitting on my self and I randomly grabbed it when I went away the first weekend of the year.  As we relaxed in our hotel room before heading out for the night I looked at some reviews of the book and found a debate about the influence of Monster. The majority of people feel that Tervalon pulled his inspiration from Michael Jackson and a handful think everyone else is crazy and that's not the case at all. I wasn't 100% sure if this would be my kind of book I was willing to give it a try, at least to see if I would be with the majority of people reviewing the book.

The book follows Gibson as he starts on a new path in his life.  He had been a successful restaurant owner/chef before drugs took it all away from him, including his wife. Gibson is living in a half way house cooking for the residents. The woman who runs …