The Year So Far

There were a few stories that I was looking forward to in the early days of 2019, and since we are well-past spoiler time I would see what you thought of them.

prisoner of nightLast year, I really enjoyed J.R. Ward‘s Dearest Ivie novella from the Black Dagger Legacy series – and that made me excited for the next one, Prisoner of Night, which was released on January 7th. Unfortunately, I didn’t connect with this one. At all. I tried a few times to get into it, but it just didn’t happen and I DNF’d at about the half-way point. I plan on getting through it when I managed the BDB re-read at some point in my future, but right now I don’t feel any urge.

summoned to thirteenth graveSummoned to Thirteenth Grave was a biggie. The final book in any series has a lot of baggage with it, but I was all for Darynda Jones wrapping this one up. I have said before that as much as I like the Charley Davidson books, I did cool a bit on them once the whole God angle cropped up. It made the storyline more convoluted and hard to follow (at least for me), and didn’t flow as well. And I didn’t feel the connection as much between Charley and Reyes, either. But the supporting gang was great as always, and there was a ton going on. Maybe it was just me, but I almost felt that there was too much going on, and the wrap up felt…rushed? Not sure if that was what it was, but I am still on-board for a Beep and Osh spin off. Hopefully.

9780451490148_VengeanceRoad_FCO_mech.inddAnd my final big read for January was Vengeance Road from Christine Feehan. Yeah. This one is tough. I love everything Sea Haven based, but this story hammered home a couple of truths for me. One is that I am probably not a fan of MC stories. Not sure what doesn’t quite work for me, but the vibe feels off. And I completely, absolutely, utterly despise the term “old lady”. With a burning passion, I hate that expression. I know that in the MC world it is a thing, but it just comes off as so crude and disrespectful (even though it isn’t meant in that way – I think it is meant as a compliment). My father made the mistake of using it once – ONCE – in the presence of my mother, and if he didn’t know what he was before he said it he did when she got done with him. Let’s just say it was never, ever uttered again.

Another thing that I have been realizing for a while now is that I am kind of getting done with the tortured past storyline. I don’t mean something bad in a character’s backstory – that’s a given – but I mean the rape and torture since childhood thing like every Torpedo Ink character has (it was what finally made me give up my Dark-Hunter marathon, too). I am no delicate flower, but to see each character abused worse than the last is putting me through the ringer. And it is giving the characters hang-ups and kinks that I don’t usually go for in my reading, too. I don’t expect unicorns and rainbows, but I think I am hitting the point where enough is enough. Same with the whole human trafficking/kidnapped and raped kids that is going on in the background. I need a break.

But I am still on the Sea Haven train, even though it might not sound like it. I guess it is like an addiction that I just can’t shake – and there is something about them that I do like. But let’s just say I am not sad there there is only one book released a year. And give me a few months, and I will be looking forward to the next one, I’m sure.

Did you check any of these out? What did you think?

Cover Lover – Sapphire Flames

Many thanks to Lidy, who sent over word that Ilona Andrews had upped the cover for the next Hidden Legacy book, Sapphire Flames. It is by a long, long way my most anticipated book of 2019, and it will be released on August 27th.

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In a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.

But behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina’s teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame.

To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her House–and her heart.

What is your most anticipated book for the year so far? Anything you are counting down the days on? I have a few, like the two Nalini Singh releases, but this one tops them all.

 

Pick of the Week

For whatever reason, I completely spazzed out and forgot it was Tuesday. Weird, I know, but it happened. And, my pick of the week isn’t even one that is listed on this site because it doesn’t have any PNR or UF bent. My most anticipated read this week comes from Kelley Armstrong and her Rockton series, and it is called Watcher in the Woods.

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The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge within its Yukon borders. Casey Duncan, the town’s only detective on a police force of three, has already faced murder, arson and falling in love in less than the year that she’s lived there. Yet even she didn’t think it would be possible for an outsider to find and cause trouble in the town she’s come to call home.

When a US Marshal shows up in town demanding the release of one of the residents, Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Dalton, are skeptical. And yet only hours later, the marshal is shot dead and the only visible suspects are the townspeople and her estranged sister, in town for just the weekend. It’s up to Casey to figure out who murdered the marshal, and why they would kill to keep him quiet.

What non-PNR/UF have you been looking forward to? Any good series you follow?

New Series Alert

Well, I only have one new series to mention for today, and it comes from author Michelle M. Pillow. Dragon Prince is the first book of her new Qurilixen Lords series.

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With all that is happening in his land, the upcoming shifter mating ceremony is the least of Grier’s concerns. Even though he is heir prince of the dragonshifters, he doesn’t have the authority needed to help the humans stranded in dragon territory, nor can he banish those who ruthlessly control them. Yet honor demands he finds an opportunity to intervene, and he hopes that doing so won’t start a war the shifters can’t win. Finding his destined mate couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Salena knows what it is like to be a pawn of the Federation. They might have kidnapped her and brought her to this strange territory, but she will never do what they want of her… what everyone wants of her. The last thing the fugitive needs is the very public attention of a fierce dragon prince claiming they’re fated by the gods—even if the sexy man makes her burn in more ways than one.

There you have it. Will you be checking this one out?

Spotlight – The Rogue King

Last year, author Abigail Owen started up a new series called Fire’s Edge which I quite liked. When I was looking to see if there was any info on the second book (which there wasn’t, darn it), I noticed that she has a new series in the works. The new series is called Inferno Rising, and it is described as “A modern-day Game of Thrones meets JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood”. Huh. I could handle that. The first book is called The Rogue King, and it will be released on August 27th.

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Kasia Amon has spent her entire life in hiding, knowing who and what she is makes her a mark for all sorts of creatures–a treasure to be taken and claimed. All she knows for certain is that keeping her secrets safe means avoiding dragon shifters at all costs.

As a rogue dragon shifter, hunted by his own kind, Brand Astarot has only survived thanks to a dangerous reputation as a mercenary. Giving a phoenix to a Dragon King would guarantee him a place in a clan, taking him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take.

But getting his prize to the King is a test of their lives, his skills, and their white-hot chemistry, forcing Brand to have to rethink his plan. Is giving her to the king the right choice? Or should he claim her for himself?

Does this sound like something you might like? I thought it looked interesting, but I am still looking for an update on the next book of Fire’s Edge series, too. Has anyone heard anything about that one?

Pick of the Week

I was thinking that I didn’t have a pick for this week, but then I realized that it is an In Death release day, so that cleared that up. I might not be up to this week’s Connections In Death (I am ready to start Celebrity In Death, so I am only on #34), but I will be there by the end of the year. My goal is to be completely caught up on JD Robb in 2019, and I think it is completely doable. Probably…

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Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.

Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…

So, are you all still going strong on In Death? I put it off for a long time because there were just so damn many books, but once I got started I plugged along and now I have only 14 or so to be completely up to date. That will be a big accomplishment, honestly.

New Series Alerts

Happy February, folks. To kick off this month, we have a couple of new series to take a look at. Let’s start with Mary Abshire‘s The Dragon I Fell in Love With, which is the first book of the Fall in Love series. It will be released on the 7th.

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Love is a dream. And dreams can come true.

Lynn is on a break from her stressful job and the chaos in Chicago to attend her best friend’s wedding. Before arriving, she travels through a Canadian wildlife reserve where her grandparents once lived. Little did she know the reserve is home to creatures other than the typical bear and moose.

Marcel lives a peaceful life on the reserve. Having experienced enough bad relationships, he’d given up hope falling in love. But after he saves the life of a young woman and discovers a deep desire he can’t ignore, he starts to believe he might have found Mrs. Right. Even if she’s just human, he longs to protect her and win her love.

Thrown into a world completely different from what she’s used to, Lynn struggles to accept the truth about Marcel and the reserve. But he’s unlike any man she’s ever met. She starts to wonder if Marcel is the one who can make her truly happy. Can she cast away her fears and doubts for a chance at love and happiness?

Also being released on the 7th is Chris Stoneheart‘s Unhuman Light. It is the first book of the Chronicles of the Light series.

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Bodies keep piling up, but Kaitlin O’Malley refuses to back down, even when threatened by someone once worshipped as a god. Training for a battle between good and evil, she teams up with the Dragon King and a powerful lion, and finds herself protected by a Master Vampire who wants her in his bed.

With a vile enemy ready to destroy her, the men in her life lock her up to keep her safe, but Kaitlin will never let other people fight her battles. She’ll have to break free and venture out on her own, wielding a powerful weapon to protect herself — a weapon her enemies would kill for. To face the enemy alone, Kaitlin must view the world in an Unhuman Light.

 

Cover Lover and Site Updates

I recently added the info for Summoned to Thirteenth Grave to the Charley Davidson Guide, so that is up-to-date, which is great. But what I noticed was how shoddy the guide actually was. I don’t try and include everything for every character, which is on purpose, but honestly, it read like I had left a ton of stuff out. It didn’t even make sense in parts. I had to do a ton of looking up character names on Kindle to try and make things read a bit better, so hopefully it will have a bit more flow than before. If you notice anything that should be there that I didn’t add, feel free to give me a shout. I would appreciate it.

Onto the cover portion of today’s entertainment. Let’s start with American Witch, the next book from Thea Harrison. Right now, it is scheduled for an end-of-March release date.

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This next one is from Alexandra Ivy. She is going back to her Guardians of Eternity series this April with the release of Darkness Returns. There has also been a redesign of the covers for the original books in the series, too.

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This final one is a young adult release from Gena Showalter. She is starting up a new fairytale retelling series this June called The Forest of Good and Evil, and the first book is called The Evil Queen.

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There you have it. Which of these new books will you be checking out? I don’t do YA anymore (or very, very rarely), but I will definitely be picking up the first two books on release day.

Pick of the Week

Ok. So, I have a weird relationship with Christine Feehan books. As I have said way, way too many times, it was her books that got me both back into reading after a years-long break, and introduced me to the whole idea of Paranormal Romance (I had been a historical romance junkie for years before I quit reading altogether). That means that they have a unique place in my reading life, and no matter how much my tastes and interests change I just can’t shake my Feehan habit. Of all of the series, anything related to the Sea Haven world is my absolute favorite. And that means my pick for this week is Torpedo Ink #2, Vengeance Road.

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Breezy Simmons was born into a ruthless motorcycle club—and now that she’s out, she’s never going to be that girl again. But when her past catches up with her, Breezy must go to Sea Haven to seek out the man who almost destroyed her. The man who chose his club over her and left her feeling used and alone.

As vice president of Torpedo Ink, Steele is ride or die for the brothers he lived through hell with. He never thought he’d find something as pure as his feelings for Breezy, or that keeping her safe would mean driving her away with cruel words that turned her love for him to ash.

Now, Steele won’t let her walk away twice. He’ll do whatever it takes to make Breezy his woman again—especially when he learns the real reason she came to him for help, and that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined…

I actually started this one late last night, and read way, way into this morning. While Vengeance Road has two things that usually completely DO NOT work for me – a redo on a previous relationship and a kid – I’m not minding this one. I am probably about half-way through, and not minding it so far. But…nothing has really happened yet, either. The action probably picks up soon-ish, but to this point it has pretty much been relationship angst and working through old issues. I am interested to see where it goes from here.

Are you checking out Vengeance Road? I’m not sure whose story is up next, but I do know the next book will be called Fury Road, and it will be released next January.

New Series Alerts

I honestly can’t believe that we are staring at the end of January. I must’ve zoned out for a week or two, because I just haven’t seen the time going by. To wrap up this month, we have two new series starting up. The first one is from Heather Hildenbrand. Goddess Ascending is the first book of the Gods and Guardians series.

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Promised to the Light. Hunted by the Dark.

Two things happen the night Elidi Brant is attacked. She learns she’s not human, and she is saved by the impressive and, also definitely not human, Kol Valco. Kol tells her something big and world-breaking is after her, but he promises to protect her until she “ascends.”

Elidi doesn’t know what ascending means or how to access the abilities Kol insists she has, but she trusts him. The claws and fur he can sprout at will make her feel safe. However, safety is a fragile thing and the force after her is more powerful than Elidi can imagine.

With the clock on Elidi’s mortality ticking, she must find a way to access her gifts or kill them both in the process.

The second one comes from Kassandra Lynn. Vampire Hunter is the first book of the series of the same name.

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She’s a two-century-old vampire. He hunts creatures of the dark, like her.

No one is supposed to know vampire Izella had loved a vampire hunter two hundred years ago. But when a magical stake emerges with the power to eradicate even the oldest vampires, leading her on a quest to infiltrate Hunter Academy and destroy the artifact, she’s forced to face the ghosts of her past.

The handsome hunter who guards Hunter Academy bears an uncanny resemblance to the love she has never forgotten.

Immortals clash with hunters, a raging war on the brink of chaos. Can Izella survive the battles and find love with a man sworn to kill her kind?