If you’ve been following us for some time, you may remember our monthly Pick It for Me challenges on our GoodReads group.  We always had a lot of fun doing them but had to stop them some time ago.  Recently, we were trying to push books on each other and decided to bring this back in a modified way.  Each month one of us girls at UTC will pick a random book for another one to read.  The next month, we will do a mini review and give you guys the opportunity to win one of those three books.  Check out the giveaway at the end of this post!  Feel free to follow along and read one of these three as well this month!

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Suzanne’s pick for Annie…

Pick It For Me Challenge: June 2018
Garden Spells
Book Info

Released: August 28th 2007
Genre: Womens Fiction
Series: Waverley Family #1
Published by Bantam
Pages: 307
 

The women of the Waverley family -- whether they like it or not -- are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them.

For nearly a decade, 34-year-old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother's unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town's constraints. Using her grandmother's mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business -- and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life -- upon the family's peculiar gift for making life-altering delicacies: lilac jelly to engender humility, for instance, or rose geranium wine to call up fond memories. Garden Spells reveals what happens when Sydney returns to Bascom with her young daughter, turning Claire's routine existence upside down. With Sydney's homecoming, the magic that the quiet caterer has measured into recipes to shape the thoughts and moods of others begins to influence Claire's own emotions in terrifying and delightful ways.

As the sisters reconnect and learn to support one another, each finds romance where she least expects it, while Sydney's child, Bay, discovers both the safe home she has longed for and her own surprising gifts. With the help of their elderly cousin Evanelle, endowed with her own uncanny skills, the Waverley women redeem the past, embrace the present, and take a joyful leap into the future.

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Francesca’s pick for Suzanne…

Pick It For Me Challenge: June 2018
Man Hands
Book Info

Released: December 11th 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by Rennie Road Books
Pages: 180
 

He puts the "screw" in screwball comedy...

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don't expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.

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Annie’s pick for Francesca…

Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet

Hell & High Water
by Charlie Cochet

BOOK INFO

Released: July 7th 2014
Series: THIRDS #1
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 296

  

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

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Kathy Valentine

Some great picks here ladies!!! Can’t wait to see what you each think!! Shared on all my socials!!

Trix

Fantastic set of choices!

Elizabeth

These sound like great picks. I can’t wait to read your thoughts.

Timitra

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on them

waxapplelover

Great reviews. I love that you all tried to choose something that the other would like while trying to still end up with something new.

Janie McGaugh

It’s great to hear about books/authors I haven’t run across before.

Sophia Rose

Looks like a pretty good month of Pick It reading. The Jenn Bennett series does look good and I’m a fan of Garden Spells, too. Manhands looks fun. I’ve been meaning to try the Leyla Raine series and I’ve got the first of the Charlie Cochet ones so I’m glad to see those were both read and picked.

Amy R

I loved Hell & High Water it’s one of my favorite series. I enjoyed Man Hands and plan to read Single Malt and Kindling The Moon.

Tammy V

Man Hands is on my summer reading list. Love Bowen’s books and humor.

Joanne Pezzuti

Thn x for the reviews I am adding Garden Spells and Man Hands to THE pile