Favorites From… Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan

When Jen asked me to share some book recommendations, my first thought was, where to begin? My tastes are so varied. Even within romance, I tend to like just about all subgenres. On top of that, I read about four or five books a week, so the list can get fairly long. So what to pick?

I thought I’d chose two books that stood out for me this summer.

The first book is The Taken by Vicki Pettersson. I would call this an Urban Noir Fantasy with strong romantic elements. And since I’m utter crap at summarizing, here’s the book copy!

“Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he’s an angel, but that doesn’t make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he’s been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul—Katherine “Kit” Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped.

Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder—and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie.

Joining forces, Kit and Grif’s search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn’t Grif’s biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife . . .”

What I love about this book is the fresh story line –hello? guardian angel PI and a Rockabilly investigative reporter- the great banter between the characters –both the main characters and the secondary ones. Excellent sexual tension (always a plus) And the stakes! Here we have a man committed to discovering his wife’s murderer, all he has to do is take Kit’s soul to heaven and he can get back to his quest, and yet his growing feelings for Kit keep Grif from doing just that.

What you end up with is a great murder mystery and a surprisingly intense love story. Which is a win-win for me!

The second book I have to recommend is Meljean Brook’s Riveted.

A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magical–and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom.

Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on an airship, searching for her sister and longing to return home. But that home is threatened when scientific expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard, looking to expose Annika’s secrets. Then disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, with their very survival depending on keeping the heat rising between them–and generating lots of steam…

Ah, how much did I love this story? Let me count the ways. I adored David, sensitive, brave, yet pragmatic David…Sigh. Annika is at once strong, loyal, and yet vulnerable. It was a treat to see these two come together. The world building is fantastic, but more importantly, it supports the story Meljean’s telling –as opposed to creating a lot of flash in order to impress.

Riveted is an over-the-top adventure, a sensitive love story, and underlying it all, a clever social commentary that makes you think. In short, Riveted is everything a great steampunk romance should be. And did I mention the Trolls? The Whale? The freaking rocket? Did I? Why aren’t you reading this right now?

Thank you so much to Kristen Callihan for these recommendations! I asked Kristen to be a part of this feature because, frankly, Firelight is one of the best books I have read this year.   It’s part historical, part paranormal, part faerie tale and all good.  It appears to be just a marriage of convenience between Miranda and the enigmatic Lord Archer… but it’s so much more. Our hero, Archer, is dark and mysterious. He wears a mask covering his face and he is deliciously tortured. The heroine is strong and loyal and the perfect woman to help tear down his walls and save him in every way that matters. I loved this book!!! If you have not read it, you must give it a try.

In the meantime, you can enter to win one of Kristen’s recommendations. Just fill out the Rafflecopter forms below for a chance to win Riveted by Meljean Brook or The Taken by Vicki Pettersson. US Only.

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  1. I read the novella that started off Meljean’s Iron Duke series – Here There Be Monsters, but although haven’t continued it. The novella was great, but as usual, I just have too many books on my TBR pile. I keep meaning to get to The Iron Duke since I do enjoy steampunk.

  2. I really enjoyed the Iron Duke! Heart of Steal is on my TBR list, but if I won Riveted, it would move to the top of the list!

    Also, I really enjoyed Firelight and didn’t think it was possible but I loved Moonglow even more. Daisy is one of my favorite heroines!

  3. Riveted and the entire Iron Seas series is awesome. Great choice Kristen!

  4. I’ve read Meljean before, but I wasn’t impressed. I think it had more to do with my frame of mind at the time (I was in Israel and completely distracted as I tried to read), so I’m very willing to give her another shot. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything of Vicki’s.

  5. I loved The Taken! One of the best books I’ve read this year.

  6. Readsalot81 says:

    I’ve read Meljean’s Iron seas novels & novellas. (With the exception of Riveted) They are excellent. 😀

    I’ve also read Vicki Pettersson’s Zodiac Signs.. and was a little less impressed.. but the Taken looks like a book I’d try. 🙂

  7. I haven’t read either of these, but I really want to someday. Thanks!

  8. I am in love with the Iron Seas series. I added Firelight to my Kindle Wishlist. You guys are killing my TBR pile. I am going to have to stop looking at this blog.

  9. I have read and enjoyed both authors’ works.

  10. 4-5 books a week, a girl after my own heart! Always a great week when I can get that many books in =)

  11. I haven’t yet, but I hope to change my answer soon XD

  12. Hi

    I love Meljean’s books but have not started the Iron Seas series even though I have heard great things. Great choices.


  13. Meljean Brooks has long been on my have to try list. I’d love to win!

  14. Haven’t tried any yet.
    tinyauthor at yahoo dot com

  15. Anonymous says:

    I honestly have read anything by either of these ladies, but I would love to.


  16. Wow, more interesting books to learn about and read. I got a link to this site from Julie at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks. Thanks for doing the reviews and giveaways.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t read books by either authors, but I’m quite interested in jumping into steampunk by reading Meljean Brooks.
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  18. I haven’t read any book from either but I just ordered The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook and can’t wait to get started! I’ve heard such great things about both of these authors

    Jolene A

  19. I would be so excited to win…both of these books are right up my alley!! Steampunk and gumshoes?? Awesome!

  20. I love The Zodiac series and have The Taken already on my tbr list! I love her style

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