Favorites From… Amanda Bonilla

Amanda Bonilla

Thanks so much, Jen for having me as a guest today! I think it’s safe to say that I’m an urban fantasy and paranormal romance junkie. I love kick-ass heroines and tough alpha males. Throw in fangs, fur, wings, and magic and I’m sold! I could make a list a mile long of my favorite books and series, but in the interest of not boring you to death as I ramble on, here are five of my favorite series, and go-to reads.

Charley Davidson – Darynda Jones
I’ve yet to read anything by Darynda Jones that wasn’t sexy, funny, and entertaining. Her Charley Davidson series is a great palate cleanser, especially if I’ve been immersed in something dark and serious for too long. Charley is a P.I. and the Grim Reaper. How cool is that? And her hunky love interest, Reyes Farrow, is none other than the son of Satan. Can you say star-crossed lovers? Davidson blends mystery, comedy, and romance perfectly in this fun paranormal romance series. The covers for her books are gorgeous as well, an added plus! Great to display on a shelf. 😉

Immortals After Dark – Kresley Cole 
Oh, how I love Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark! Her Valkyries are among my favorite fictional characters, Regan the Radiant being my all-time fav. Each book features a different couple from Cole’s world of the Lore and you can take your pick of sexy alphas ranging from vampires to berserkers. While humorous at times, the series is still dark and seductive, and I have to say that Cole writes THE BEST sex scenes. Like, ever. Seriously, I bow down to her. I’m sure to pre-order any book in this series and with every installment, Cole leaves me hungry for more.

Lords of Deliverance – Larissa Ione
My sister turned me on to Larissa Ione about a year ago. Wow. I’d been missing out! I enjoy her Demonica series, but I have to say, there’s just something about her Horsemen (and woman) of the Apocalypse that’s so, soooo great. These are characters with extensive pasts, burdens of guilt, and piles of secrets. Their flaws make them such multi-dimensional characters. The fact that the fate of humanity rests on their shoulders, and that they’ve chosen to do good makes them the best heroes and heroine. I’m dying to read the next book in the series, ROGUE RIDER.

Black Dagger Brotherhood – J.R. Ward

I am a J.R. Ward fangirl. Like, I’d seriously pee my pants and blather like an idiot if I ever met her. Vampires, life-long mates, hot sex, and eternal devotion…what more you could possibly ask for in a paranormal romance? Besides writing the best tragic heroes I’ve ever read, her story crafting continues to blow me away with each new release. Her ability to weave story lines with back story, and character development is truly amazing, and I’ve learned a lot about writing a cohesive tale from reading her books.

Mercy Thompson Series – Patricia Briggs
If Patricia Briggs wrote a manual about the care and maintenance of an air conditioning system, I’d buy it. About four years ago, a fireman who works at the hub’s station recommended that I read her series about werewolves and a coyote shifter. He’d been a fan of her other fantasy series and had just made the leap to urban fantasy. I put it off, and he pestered me every time I talked to him. “Did you read it yet? Did you read it yet? WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ IT YET?!?!” So when I came across MOONCALLED at the bookstore one day I thought, hey, why not? I devoured that book. I couldn’t get enough. I read until I’d caught up in the series and then forced (yes, FORCED) all of the readers I knew to buy her books. Briggs’s world building is amazing. Her style and voice pull you into the story from the first word. Mercy Thompson is a great heroine! She’s strong, devoted to her loved-ones, determined, and fierce. And Briggs’s secondary characters shine just as brightly as Mercy. I’ve yet to read anything by Patricia Briggs that I wasn’t completely in love with. Her Alpha and Omega series is just the icing to the Mercy-world cake, and don’t even get me started on her cover art. Dan Dos Santos is amazing! If you haven’t read the Mercy Thompson or Alpha and Omega books, what are waiting for?!? Get to the bookstore! Now! And get to reading. You can thank me later. 😉

Thanks so much to Amanda Bonilla for sharing her recommendations. I asked Amanda to be a part of the feature because her Shaede Assassin books are fantastic.  The heroine, Darian, is an emotionally stunted, immortal killer.  Isolated from her own kind for decades, she is just now learning who/ what she is.  And she is finally learning what it means to love.  Give Shaedes of Gray a try and you’ll know why I swoon when I say “Tyler never disappoints.”

In the meantime, here is your chance to check out one of Amanda’s suggestions.  Fill out the Rafflecopter form and enter to win a hardback copy of First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones.  You can also enter win Amanda’s latest book, Blood Before Sunrise. Both giveaways are international.

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  1. “If Patricia Briggs wrote a manual about the care and maintenance of an air conditioning system, I’d buy it.” LMAO! Great choices Amanda! Almost all of your picks are on my favorites list too 🙂

  2. I’ve never read anything by Kresley Cole, but otherwise, fantastic suggestions. I love Patricia Briggs.

  3. great suggestion: i absolutely love Mercy thompson series

    all the best

  4. I love all these series! I’ve not started Lords of Deliverance series yet but I loved her Demonica series. I currently have books 1 & 2 from the Lords series on my shelf but I’m waiting to get them all and then do a read-a-long. LOL

  5. Amanda and I have the same taste in books. We often fangirl together. It can get kind of crazy sometimes lol


  6. I agree almost 100% with Amanda’s list, I can’t agree 100% because I haven’t read Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole, I know, I know… I will, someday, I even have first books, I just need to find the time to read them.

  7. Ileana A. says:

    I have only read J.R Ward’s books and they’re AMAZING! The BDB always make me swoon! Lol! My favorites are Torh, Wrath and Zsadist! I love reading books about kick ass female character, they’re the best! Thanks you so much for the giveaway!
    GFC: Gisele Alvarado (There’s no extra box on the form to put it and my raffle name and GFC are different) ^__^ Fingers crossed!

  8. Thanks Jen, for having me on the blog today! YOU ROCK MY WORLD, LADY!!!!

  9. Oh i love Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione, JR Ward was a fav but i tired of not getting the HEA i need *hmm* and Patricia Briggs is on my TBR list, =) Love the giveaway!

    Happy Wednesday,

  10. I adore Mercy and Charley, I have yet to read the others 🙂

  11. Love the suggestionas Amanda!! I need to read all these books. I think I’m going to read Moon Called next. Sounds amazing!

  12. Well now I am intrigued I haven’t read anything by Patrica Biggs so I need to head out and check out her stuff, thanks for the recommendations, Carin

  13. Great choices! 🙂 I have the first audiobook for Mercy Thompson and Darynda has been on my TBR for far too long! Nice post ladies! 🙂

  14. Great choices! 🙂 I love Patricia Briggs and J.R. Ward… Haven’t read the others so I’ll put them on my TBR list. Waiting eagerly for your next book too!.

  15. I think these are all great suggestions, but somehow I haven’t read any of them. I have most on my TBR shelf, but it’s a matter of so many books, so little time. 😀

  16. Very good suggestions. I’m a fan of the BDB series and love it!!

  17. I have to agree with all of Amanda’s suggestions, as I’ve read and loved mostly all of them except Darynda’s which is on my TBR list. I still have a few to catch up on in IaD & LoD, but I have to say BDB and Mercy are two of my all time favs.

  18. I completely agree on the Patricia Briggs and J.R. Ward novels. I’ve only ever read one Kresley Cole book (and enjoyed it!) – thanks for the other suggestions!

  19. I haven’t read the others yet, but I love the Mercy Thompson series!

  20. I have only read one, but Im looking forward to checking out the others.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Wow! I love everything that was on the list!!! I have not read anything by amanda yet, but I will change that asap!


  22. The only author I’ve read from that list is Larissa Ione and I absolutely love her. The other series are on my wishlist and I’ve heard great things about them! Great giveaway and thanks for the chance to win

    Jolene A

  23. I’ve heard great things about all of Amanda’s suggestions. I think I’m the only bookish person alive who hasn’t read Kresley Cole or JR Ward. Thanks for sharing!

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