Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Club Thursday: Reading Challenge for January 2017

     Hi Readers! It's time for another Book Club Thursday. This week, my friends and I are each doing the first READING CHALLENGE for 2017. This year, we have a larger selection of challenges to choose from. I hope you join us and we look forward to hearing from you.
     Here is our list of Challenges for the year:


Read a new author
Start a new series
Read an anthology 
Read a hardcover
Read a trade
Read a “small town romance”
Re-Read a “suitcase” / desert island book 
Read a book with a favorite romance trope 
Read a book set in another country (any genre)
Read a book with a favorite historical time period
Read a paranormal with a favorite type of character
Read a book that is under 250 pages
Read a book that is over 300 pages
Read a book you keep meaning to read
Read a book set in the Future 
Read or Re-read a favorite author's debut book


Read a book published before 2010
Read a book with a wedding 
Read a book published in the month (not year) you were born
Working Girls 
Read a book set in your home state
Read a book that includes nature on the cover 
Read a book with a cover that you really don’t like (ugly)
Read a book you once gave up on
Read a book with a clever title
Read a book that takes place in Winter
Read a book that includes a Holiday
Read a book set in/around New Orleans
Read a book with a “Food” word in the title
Read a book that includes a food item on the cover
Read a book with a seasonal word in the title 

Super Tricky

Read a book that taught you about a subject you are unfamiliar with 
Read a book with an  "on the run" or road trip theme
Trifecta Books (sounds, cover and title must all …be cute/sexy /etc)
Read a book with an “unconventional” heroine

I chose a book from the TRICKY list: CHOSEN TARGET by Melanie Atkins. My challenge-Read a book set in or near New Orleans.

CHOSEN TARGET by Melanie Atkins
Desert Breeze Publishing
April 29,2010

Straight-laced Jadan Calloway decided to let her hair down when she goes out on the town, and the night ends in the death of the handsome man who charms her off her feet. Now the people who killed Kent are after her, and the only man who can save her is Cole McAlister, the rugged, willful NOPD detective who believes she's behind his twin brother's death. Cole is determined to find enough evidence to prosecute Jadan for Ken'ts murder, yet every thread he finds unravels before he can make his case. She maybe she's not guilty. Either that, or she's the most conniving woman he's ever met. He digs deeper, and the two become wrapped in a web of terrorism and intrigue that just might kill the both and obliterate the New Orleans French Quarter at the heart of carnival season. To survive, they must put aside their anger and distrust and work together. 
     I really, really wanted to love this book. Stories set in the Big Easy always catch my attention. The premise sounded good-a women who spends a lonely  birthday evening in a club breaks out of her box and has sex in the parking lot with a stranger. Only problem, he dies right after the hot sex! Three weeks later there is an incident in her coffee shop and a detective named Cole McAllister is called in-the identical twin of her birthday night lover. The cop knows who she is and is rude and combative, even when she comes up with a clean record. He blames her, evening knowing that his brother Kent was a tomcat. Sure Cole's mourning his twin, but he was an ass and very unprofessional, especially since he was so high-ranking in the police department.
     Bad things keep happening to the woman, Jaden, after the incident in her cafe. She has put her heart and soul into her business after rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. And for a while, the story was okay. Cole doesn't trust her, but he knows she probably is innocent and that her life is in danger.
     Unfortunately, the story falls apart for me. Terrorists, stereotypes, TSTL moments by both sexes. Well, throw in the kitchen sink! I found my eyes rolling more than a few times. :(
     This is the 3rd book in the series. I remember enjoying the first book and was looking forward to reading Cole's story, but he wasn't so hot in his own story. The uneven storytelling just didn't work for me. Color me disappointed.

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  1. I too love books set in NOLA. Sorry this was a miss for you.

  2. I too love books set in NOLA. Sorry this was a miss for you.

  3. I haven't read this author or really heard of her before. Thanks for letting us know how you feel about the book.

    1. I met her at one of the RT conventions.