Pick of the Week

There was a time when I probably would’ve been a bit…hesitant, I guess, to name a Black Dagger Brotherhood book as my pick of the week. It was never that I didn’t like them, because I always have enjoyed them in one way or the other, but for a while they were so involved and multi-plotlined that it became almost overwhelming. Good, but they put you through the ringer. But for me, J.R. Ward has had a definite resurgence for her last several books, and so my pick of the week is The Thief.

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Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, son of Assail, who never meant to fall in love—and certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them. When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?

As a lethal new enemy of the vampires shows its face, and the Brotherhood needs Assail back on his feet, Sola finds herself not only a target, but a mission-critical force in a war she doesn’t understand. And when Assail’s truth comes out, will she run from the horror . . . or follow her heart into the arms of the male who loves her more than life itself?

Did I mention that Murdher is supposed to make a long-awaited (by me, at least) return? Bonus!

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Pick of the Week…and a Surprise

My pick for this week might be a bit of a surprise, since I would usually point to a Ghostwalker book if it was an option. But instead, I am going with the new one from an old favorite, Jennifer L. Armentrout. This week, the fourth book of the New Adult Titan series hits the shelves, so my pick is The Prophecy.

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History is on repeat.

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that’s standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them — without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him — everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid.

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best — and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she’s not fighting just for herself — she’s fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled.

Aaaand now on to the surprise. Or maybe it was just a surprise to me? But a recent little foray through the wonderful world of Amazon showed up a listing for a Hidden Legacy novella from Ilona Andrews. Yes! Novel. Novella. Short story. A few words written on a napkin. I don’t care – it means more Hidden Legacy! Now the countdown until the November 6th release begins.

 

Pick of the Week

So, my pick for this week is one I am strangely excited for, for some reason. I don’t usually go all fangirl on novellas, but I am looking forward to diving into the Black Dagger Brotherhood story Dearest Ivie from J.R. Ward. I’m not sure why, but I like the thought of the series branching out a bit more, away from the Brothers and trainees, and maybe seeing things from the civilian side for a change. At least that is the vibe I get from the blurb, anyways.

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The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.

Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost.

Your turn. What is your pick for this week?

 

Pick of the Week

Yeah, this really shouldn’t be hard. But what happens when you have not one, not two, but three monster releases coming out on the same day? There are other great books as well, but I am talking about the wait-a-whole-year, read in one sitting books that you have counted down the days for. For me, the big three are Burn Bright from Patricia Briggs, Lake Silence from Anne Bishop, and High Voltage from Karen Marie Moning.

But for me, High Voltage just managed to edge past the other two books to become my pick of the week. In a way, I think that part of my excitement is that Mac and Barrons’ POV in the Fever world finally seems to be over, and we now get to focus on Dani/Jada. I liked Mac, sure, but I thought her story needed to wrap up a couple of years ago, and I was a bit disappointed when the original plan to focus on Dani got pushed back. Until now. And more Dani means more Ryodan, which is what makes it my win.

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There is no action without consequence…

Dani O’Malley was nine years old when the delusional, sadistic Rowena transformed her into a ruthless killer. Years later, she’s tough, hardened, yet achingly vulnerable and fiercely compassionate, living alone by her own exacting code. Despite the scars on her body, driven by deeper ones carved into her soul, no one is more committed to protecting Dublin. By day, she ensures the safety of those she rescues, by night she hunts evil, dispensing justice swiftly and without mercy, determined to give those she cares for the peace she has never known.

There is no power without price…

When the Faerie Queen used the dangerously powerful Song of Making to heal the world from the damage done by the Hoar Frost King, catastrophic magic seeped deep into the earth, giving rise to horrifying, unforeseen consequences–and now deadly enemies plot in the darkness, preparing to enslave the human race and unleash an ancient reign of hell on Earth.

There is no future without sacrifice…

With the lethal, immortal Ryodan at her side, armed with the epic Sword of Light, Dani once again battles to save the world but her past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, demanding an unspeakable price for the power she needs to save the human race and no one—not even Ryodan who’d move the very stars for her—can save her this time…

So, your turn. Which one of the too many to be true great books is your favorite for the week? Do you have a hard time trying to decide which one to read first? One sitting or do you try to make it last, since it is a year until the next one?

Pick of the Week

My pick of the week is a throwback. Like, way back. Lora Leigh has been re-issuing her early Breeds stories for Kindle – with all new covers, thank you to all the cover gods – and today is the day we get the new and improved The Man Within (ok, maybe this cover isn’t one for the ages either, but do you remember the horrific train-wreck that was the original?).

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Now, fifteen months later, the news is out. Taber, the man she loves, is one of the genetically altered Feline Breeds, who have shocked the world with their presence. He’s also her mate. The mark on her neck attests to that. The fire that rages in her heart and in her body further proves it. But he didn’t want her then; does he really want her now?

Deceit and treachery, born in the past, now haunt the present as Taber and Roni fight to make sense of their sudden bonding. The mating of heart, body, and soul as the man and the beast within him merge; both battling the forces raging against the union and dominance over the woman he claimed.

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To be honest, I don’t know if this re-release has any updates or additions to it like Elizabeth’s Wolf was supposed to have, but I did pre-order it anyways. Call me a nerd, but I like having the updated covers and everything matchy-matchy. Do you pick up re-issues when you already have the original, or do you stick with what you have?

Pick of the Week

Well, my pick of the week is a bit on the weird side, since it is one I will not be picking up – yet. Hopefully by the end of the year, if all goes according to my ever-changing plans. It is hard to believe J.D. Robb‘s In Death series is still such a powerhouse. You would think that there would be a decline in quality, or a lack of story ideas, or, hell, just plain burn out after 46 books, but that just isn’t the case. I am not even half way through the series yet, but I look forward to each new story, and it has become my “go to” when I want something I know I am going to enjoy. So, my pick of the week is In Death #46, Dark In Death.

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It was a stab in the dark.

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama—and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

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I just finished Memory in Death (#22) last night, and I already have the next one lined up for after I finish this week’s new releases. It is so weird – I don’t get tired of them, or bored, and I have never had the urge to start skimming through sections at all. Like, ever. As much as I love many, many other series, I keep coming back to this one and I jump right back into the world no matter how long it has been since I read the last book. It is like seeing old friends, somehow. I like it enough that I buy both the Kindle AND the pretty, pretty UK editions for the shelf. My precious.

New Series Alert

There is only one new series starting up this week, and it comes to us from Christine Warren. Well, there was a prequel novella available earlier this month, but Baby I’m Howling For You is the first full book of the Alphaville series.

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Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?

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Christine Warren was an original favorite of mine, but over the years I parted ways with her after a spell of books that just didn’t match up to the early stories that I loved. That said, I did enjoy the Alphaville novella from earlier this month, so I have hopes I can get back into Christine’s books.

Pick of the Week

I have been looking forward (with some qualifiers) to this week’s Judgment Road from Christine Feehan for a while, but I have already mentioned that one a couple of times in recent posts, and bringing it up again would be overkill. Luckily enough, though, the release date for Keri Arthur‘s second Lizzie Grace book was brought forward by a month, making Hell’s Bell my pick of the week.

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When the church bell tolls thrice in the middle of the night, evil this way comes…

Lizzie Grace and Belle Kent, her witch familiar, are living and working on the Faelan Werewolf Reservation—one that has banned the use of magic within its borders. Although they have their supporters—including ranger Aiden O’Connor, who once hated all things witch—Lizzie and Belle now face possible eviction.

But the Faelan Reservation is a place filled with wild magic which—when left unprotected—quickly becomes a draw to those who walk the darker paths. As Christmas approaches, a new evil comes to town—one that eats the souls of the living and animates the flesh of the dead.

As the body count grows and the trail of clues leads them to the doorstep of the local vampire, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden must find the killer before death comes calling on them.

But the biggest threat of all may come in the form of a witch who sees through the veils of Lizzie’s carefully constructed lies and suspects the truth of who she really is…

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When I read the first Lizzie Grace book, Blood Kissed, I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best thing I had ever read or anything, but it was unique enough for me that it stood out. It was my first Keri Arthur book, my first book set in Australia (which was fun), and there was just enough of a hint of romance to make me interested in seeing how things play out in the second book. If I like this one as much as I did the first, I might even go back and check out some of her many other series. Are there any Keri Arthur fans around? Which series of hers would you recommend trying next?

Pick of the Week

My pick of the week is more like one I am trying to get excited for, but not being completely successful. I have really enjoyed J.R. Ward‘s BDB spin-off Black Dagger Legacy series so far, since I feel like it was a return to the style that made her early books so good. But what is throwing me off is that I can’t quite warm up to Peyton. Novo didn’t make much of an impression either way on me so far, so I have no judgment on her, but Peyton rubbed me wrong. I think I am more interested in finding out more about Ruhn than either of the main characters, so there is that to look forward to. So, my sorta pick of the week is Blood Fury.

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A tough vampire warrior in training and her fellow aristocratic trainee struggle to deny the attraction they feel for one another as they prepare for the looming war ahead. The latest in a new paranormal romance series set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Brothers at the Black Dagger Brotherhood training center push recruits to the limit to become faster and stronger than ever before as they continue preparing for the fight against the lessening society. Novo, a resilient survivor and a bit rough around the edges, has overcome a great deal, including her intense attraction to suave, aristocratic Peyton. The two fighters shared a passionate physical connection. But when Peyton finally comes to terms with and admits his true feelings for Novo she rejects him for a more stable male. Now they must train in close quarters and eventually confront the feelings they still undoubtedly harbor for one another.

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Anyone else a bit wishy washy on Peyton, or is it just me? I have been pleasantly surprised before when I haven’t been that interested in a main character, so hopefully that will hold true here.

 

Pick of the Week

Well, it is time for my very first pick of the week for 2018 – which seems so very weird. My inaugural pick comes from Amanda Bouchet‘s Kingmaker Chronicles series. Heart of Fire is the third (and apparently final) book in the trilogy, but I do hope that the author will branch out and explore some other characters in a spin-off or two. The world is quite interesting, and it would be a shame to see it wrap up so soon.

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Who is Catalia Fisa?

With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin’s role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step—reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn’t kill her will only make her stronger…we hope.

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I also picked up the re-release of Lora Leigh‘s Elizabeth’s Wolf (which I swore I wasn’t going to do), and a Christine Warren novella (who I swore I was done reading a couple of years back). So far, 2018 doesn’t look like it will be the year where I showcase my awesome willpower, does it?