It’s never too early to start keeping up with the amazing books of the New Year! I am sticking with the tradition I started last year of running “Best of” post, so no great book slips through the cracks.
Guys. This is the best installment in the Hollows series to date. It’s not a book for new readers to jump into Rachel Morgan’s world. But for established fans, it’s like hitting the jackpot. The story is more of a continuation of Pale Demon than A Perfect Blood was. It follows Rachel as she tries to repair the damage her ley line made in the ever after a couple of books back. Ku’Sox is trying to get her killed. Ivy is out of town!! It’s heavy on Trent and Al –and delivers the emotional kick to the gut that this series should be known for. Sexy, funny, heartbreaking, and action packed… this one is a can’t miss read.
Click to purchase: Ever After
by JC Daniels
Click to purchase: Night Blade
This is the most unique feeling Urban Fantasy book I have read in ages. The tone is so dark. The monsters aren’t just sexy humans with super-powers… they are beasts. They are killers. And humans are little more than a food source. The heroine, Meg, is woman of beautiful spirit. She shows the “others” the best of what it means to be human. With her simple kindness and goodwill, she begins to change how they view her kind. I loved how Bishop portrays the supernaturals in this world; how they are so alien and she doesn’t try to humanize them. I picked this book up and was glued to the pages until I was done. Very cool.
You may have noticed that historicals don’t feature on my favorites lists quite as often as some other genres. But I really, really enjoyed this third installment in the School of Gallantry series. (Don’t worry; it works great as a standalone.) This book has one of my favorite romance tropes: a tortured hero who thinks he is not good enough for his heroine. Caldwell and Caroline have been friends since she was only 13, but now she is all grown up. Despite his best intentions, Caldwell can’t help the attraction he feels for her, but he doesn’t want to ruin the one good relationship he has ever had by bringing sex into the picture. There is great sexual tension; characters I felt I knew and I loved; and a romance that I could really root for. Plus, a delicious dollop of angst. Good stuff.
Click to purchase: Lady of Pleasure
Touch & Geaux
by Abigail Roux
Just when I think I can’t get any more emotionally invested in Ty and Zane, Abigail Roux writes another book and I only fall deeper. I should have known that this book would take me through the wringer. After all, the last installment ended with everyone so happy. I was feeling so good, I should have known it couldn’t last. This book takes our men to New Orleans to hook up with Ty’s Sidewinder team. There is big trouble with an old nemesis of Grady’s and it leads to danger and… Who am I kidding? The heart of this book is the giant wedge that slams down the center of our beloved couple. It’s dirty and painful and I was a sniveling mass of raw nerves when it was over. And the ending. Killed me. If you are not reading this series, you should be. One of my favorite romance series of any subgenre.
Click to purchase: Touch & Geaux
It’s so rare for a book to live up to the hype. But this one did and then some. For a year, Psy Changeling fans made their best guesses and predictions about who this book would be about and whether we would finally discover the identity of the elusive Ghost. It turns out that this is Kaleb’s story –and he is everything we wanted in a hero and more. It’s a book full of passion and deep emotion, with amazingly hot sex and a romance that grabs onto your heart and doesn’t let go. It was absolutely worth the wait and satisfying in every way. Fans of the series won’t want to miss this one. –And if you’ve never read the series, you could still enjoy it, though you are better off starting the series from the beginning.
Click to purchase: Heart of Obsidian
By Ilona Andrews
There has yet to be an installment in this series that I didn’t enjoy, so I hesitate to call this a “comeback” book. But I can say that this book really reinvigorated my devotion to this series. Kate and Curran are as engaging as ever, maybe even more so, as the future of their relationship is put on the line. What’s so awesome about it, is that I really had no idea how the conflict would be resolved –or if it even could be. That’s a tall order for a series with such an established couple. The book is a road trip for the gang, but most of the core characters are still there. And it continues to advance the overall arc concerning Kate and her father. I am so excited to see where the series goes from here.
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Rise of the Gryphon
by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love
I know these books don’t have the same kind of following as Sherrilyn Keyon’s other series. They are not PNR. But this series is really good Urban Fantasy. It may not be for everybody. It’s complicated and you have to pay attention to the wide palate of characters, races, alliances, and feuds. It’s totally worth it, though. This fourth installment is easily the best in the series to date. Our heroine, Evalle, is finally learning the truth about what she is. She is moving forward in her fragile relationship with Storm. The plot moves fast. There is great action and ass kicking. There is emotional resonance… good sex… and huge arc advancement. I was riveted from beginning to end. Evalle is growing so much. And the ending left me begging for book 5. Really good!
Click to purchase: Rise of the Gryphon