I know it’s hard to wait for a new book when you love a series. I’m right there with you, griping and wondering if that precious story I want is ever going to get here. This book, in particular, was one we had to wait on. And I hate to say it, but we should have waited a little bit longer. The story is a good one. As it unfolds, there are some major revelations. It unlocks secrets and it changes Kit’s life. It’s a big deal and the ideas are really good. But the book feels so unfinished. By that, I don’t mean that there’s a problem with the ending. I mean, it needed more work. It needed more time, and maybe as fans, that’s partly our fault for pushing so hard for it to come out. It wasn’t ready, and you’ll be able to tell. [Read more…]
It’s hard to believe we’re leaving another great year of reading behind us. In 2015, I found it more difficult to find books that suit my taste. I don’t care to read about billionaire bachelors, rock stars, step-brothers, biker gangs, or BDSM. Take a minute and think about how many titles fell into those categories last year. I did a lot of backlist reading to fill in the gaps.
There were some really good new releases that I did enjoy; they were just more scarce. Here’s a look at some of the 2015 releases that really satisfied. [Read more…]
There are actually two short novellas inside this ebook. Both are in the Kit’s Colbana world, but only one features Kit as the narrator and that one was previously released.
“Misery’s Way” takes place after the events of Edged Blade and is actually told from the POV of a pain eater and healer named Frankie. She isn’t human and she thrives on the misery of others. But she also feels the need to fix that pain. So she travels around as a faith healer, doing enough to make a difference, but nothing so flashy as to bring too much attention. When Kit and Justin walk into her tent, she senses all the pain Kit carries around and it calls to her. What happens next makes this story an absolute must read for fans of the series. [Read more…]
I went back and forth with myself about whether I wanted to read this after I saw the warning in the blurb about some scenes involving questionable consent. I appreciate the heads-up, but I am glad I decided to go ahead and jump in. As much as I love JC Daniels efforts in Urban Fantasy, I have to say she rocked Sci-Fi pretty hard as well. [Read more…]
Every time I read a new book in the series, it leaves me wanting more. Sometimes, it’s because I’m left crying and broken-hearted; other times, I am just dying to find out what happens next. This time, it was because there’s this great, fast paced story that was just over too soon. It felt short, but that may be because (A) it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and (B) there was a six chapter short story that filled out the last 40 pages or so of my ebook. [Read more…]
Can you believe it’s already time to look ahead to 2015? Here are some of the books on my radar for the coming year:
Burned by Karen Marie Moning – I went back and forth with myself about whether to include this one. The date has been pushed back so many times — and I know the focus has changed drastically over revisions. But the truth is, I’ve inhaled every single book in this series so far. And whether it’s about Dani or Mac or, frankly, whoever, I know I am going to buy it the day it comes out.
Release Date: January 20, 2015 (or so they say) [Read more…]
Kit Colbana considers herself broken. What she endured at the end of Night Blade would break almost anyone. But despite what she believes, her spirit is not beyond repair. That’s what this entire book is about: her journey as she tries to find herself again and rebuild the inner core of strength she fears is gone for good.
The entire first half of the book is focused almost exclusively on Kit’s heartache and struggle. [Read more…]
I knew something was up when I read the Dedication on this book:
I saw this and thought to myself, “Dammit. Kit and Damon are going to break up.” I dreaded it. I steeled myself for it. What I fool I was. Suffice it to say, Shiloh Walker and I have a vastly different understanding of the words “rocky road.”
Let’s back up. As the story begins, Kit and Damon are going strong, though they are both hard at work. Damon is cleaning house in his pack, getting rid of the crazies who thrived under the old Alpha. And Kit is solving cases for her investigative firm. Things are actually kind of… good…. until Kit gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Justin. The witch works for a powerful branch of law enforcement that is investigating Damon. They believe he is behind some unauthorized kills and if Kit can’t prove he didn’t do it, he’ll be slated for execution. To make matters worse, Justin puts a spell on her that prevents her from talking about the case. Kit has to work against the clock to clear the man she is falling in love with, while keeping her mission a secret.
I really, really like Kit. She is tough, but she is also so very vulnerable. She endured so much as a child, and it’s clear we don’t even know the whole story. Entirely new atrocities are hinted at. And the memories still plague her. Still terrify her. But she soldiers on. There is something like steel at her core. She will not break. Her past makes her growing love for Damon even more poignant. She’s always been afraid to love anything, for fear of losing it. Damon shows himself worthy of her and makes me fall for him as she does the same. The characters just strike such a chord.
And then it all goes to shit. Not the book. But everything in Kit’s life.
I won’t spoil it. But I will tell you that dedication should have come with flashing yellow lights and perhaps a skull and crossbones. This book gutted me. Completely and utterly. I cried. I shook my head. I talked to myself. And I cried some more. As I write this, I still feel sucker punched and slightly hollow.
It was amazing, horrible, terrible, wrenching, and utterly consuming. Worth reading, to be sure. But have your Kleenex ready and a support group standing by. You’re gonna need it.
*ARC provided by author for review
Night Bladeby JC DanielsRelease Date: March 4, 2013
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.
Click to purchase: Magic Rises
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
This book left me feeling so emotional. It was the perfect ending to the Guardian series. The romance is exceptional. Michael’s worship of Taylor is so lovely. Meanwhile, her wariness and fear slowly morph into a tentative love, and it’s such an amazing journey to watch. This story broke my heart and made it whole again, while keeping me on the edge of my seat with action and a fabulous master plan. I loved it.
Click to purchase: Guardian Demon
by Nalini Singh
This book got me excited for the Guild Hunter series all over again. Raphael and Elena still have so much fire. But what I really loved about this book is the great pacing. The story just builds and builds until it explodes all over the page.
Click to purchase: Archangel’s Legion
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean (historical romance)
Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (paranormal romance)
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (YA urban fantasy)
Never a Hero by Marie Sexton (m/m contemporary romance)
How Beauty Loved the Beast by Jax Garren (steampunk? sci-fi? romance)
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare (historical romance)
The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan (historical romance)
Romancing Lady Stone by Delilah Marvelle (historical romance)
Secret Unleashed by Sierra Dean (urban fantasy)
The Last Hour of Gann by R Lee Smith (sci-fi with strong romantic elements)
The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn (historical romance)
Long Time Gone by SE Jakes (m/m romantic suspense)
A sick husband and a sick kid this week. Plus the other kid had a birthday. Throw in a cheerleading/ football game event, various sports practices, cupcake making, and school projects –and I am desperately in need of some “me-time.” I have no idea when it will happen, but I can dream. Let’s talk about fun stuff.
5. I have been stalking Sherrilyn Kenyon forever since I found she was planning this Styxx book. Now she’s got more deets about him on her website. She says, in part:
…(I)n many ways, it’s another story of Acheron. You will see events that weren’t in his book and I know Styxx will win you over. In all honesty, he was done wrong and it will break your heart. Misjudged, condemned, betrayed and abandoned… There is a whole side of him that no one knows.
I am so anxious!! Only 11 months to go.
4. Shiloh Walker, aka JC Daniels, has revealed the cover for book two in her Colbana Files series. Take a look at Night Blade:
Kit Colbana is always biting off more than she can chew. She has a knack for finding trouble. This time, though, trouble finds her. Someone from her past drops a case into her lap that she just can’t refuse…literally.
People on the Council are dying left and right and she’s been requested to investigate the deaths. The number one suspect? Her lover, Damon. If she doesn’t clear his name, he gets a death sentence. Even if she succeeds? They still might try to execute him. Oh, and she’s not allowed to tell him about the case, either.
The stakes are high this time around, higher than they’ve ever been. Kit may be forced to pay the ultimate price to save her lover’s life…a price that could destroy her and everything she loves.
I really enjoyed Blade Song so I have high hopes for this one.
3. JR Ward is sharing tidbits on the next Fallen Angel book, Rapture. Every day, she is releasing a new little video on her Facebook page, which is evil and refuses to allow me to embed her clips. However, you can click on the pretend video player below and it will take you to the clip where she is talking about the heroine.
Rapture is out Tuesday. Please, JR, you must fix this Eddie thing.
2. I really loved the ARC of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell. It’s a Beauty & the Beast type of historical romance (also out Tuesday.)
Forever is giving away seven copies. You can win it before you can buy it. Check out the giveaway here.
1. And finally, Karen Marie Moning is answering some of the big questions about the next book in her Fever series, ICED. If I wasn’t nervous before, I definitely am now. (I was totally nervous before, but now it’s worse.)
Here are some of the high points:
- The next three books will be Fever #6-8
- The titles are ICED, BURNED & FLAYED
- They will be Dani POV
- She will be 14 at the beginning of her 3 book arc and 17 when it’s over
- Dani will have sex with one of the guys who is in ICED
- Books #9-10 will be Mac POV
- These are not teen fiction
- ICED will not end in a cliffhanger
Without crossing the line into too much information, I know all too well that teens Dani’s age have sex. But if it’s with a being who is hundreds (or thousands) of years old, I’m out.
I loved the Fever books. Loved. But I am scared. Somebody needs to read this for me and give me the all clear.
I’ve got big news coming next week! I can’t wait to share. Until then… stay to the light!