Book Club Thursday: Reading Challenge

Welcome back to Book Club Thursday!

This weeks post is...

Clearing Off the Book Shelves 
An author whose books you are +2 behind on 
Read any new to you author 
Any series you are +2 behind on 
Start a new series 
Read a book you’ve had for six months or less 
Read a book you’ve had for over a year 
Read a book you’ve had for over five years 
Read a book you keep meaning to read 

Anything Goes 
Just Because 
Double Dip 
Recommended by 
Second Chance previous read author 
Try again (a book you one gave up on) 
I really tried, but… 

Cover you don’t like 
Mis-match (the cover doesn’t fit book) 
Trifecta (cover title & book theme =perfection) 
Single Person 
Body Parts (head only, torso only, etc ) 

Must Do
Read any Someday…Sunday you featured
Read any Friday or Sunday book featured by the other blogger

I picked this challenge to do:
I really tried, but… (Off the Reader's Choice List)

High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”

Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.

Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.

Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…

As you can see by the date that this one has taken me a while to get to. Unfourtunly it was that I haven't gotten a chance to read it, it's more likeI've tried over and over to get into it and couldn't. So finally I forced myself to sit down and read it. I have 4 other books after this one that goes with the series.

I will admit that I just skimmed read it. I just did enough to understand the story, but not enough to read every line. I just couldn't. The funny part is that she's an author that I really enjoy. Usually. I did like Bash a lot. I thought he was a great guy who spent a lot of time thinking about the future of his business. He wanted more for his life and didn't mind putting in the hours to make it happen.

He also was willing to take in a dog that was dropped in his lap by an ex. Since it wasn't what you'd call a manly man's dog I was pleasantly surprised that he kept it.

It was Chelsea who made the book suck for me. I tried and tried to like her but I just couldn't. She was...I can't even come up with one good word about her and the bad ones shouldn't be said. She just rubbed me the wrong way. She acted like she was all that and everyone, mostly Bash, was beneath her. You could do worse than being with a man who ran his own business and took in animals.

She's the reason it's taken me so long to read the story. I kept picking it up and reading a little bit and stopping when she became too much and let it sit for another month or two. It was killing me so I finally had to do it and finish it.

Now I'm free to move on to the next book in the series. I will give myself a few weeks just so that I can forget about this one. Have any of you read Love After All or any of her other books? I'd really like to know what you think.

May 30th "Giveaway"


  1. Ha!!!!! Look at my challenge! I have not read this author in a long time but she's usually really good

  2. I haven't read this one, sorry to hear you didn't like it more.


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