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?

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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?

 

Pick of the Week

Well, there is only a few weeks left in 2017, but there are a still a couple of books to look forward to before the year wraps up. One of them is Amid the Winter Snow, an anthology featuring authors Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Jeffe Kennedy and Elizabeth Hunter.

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THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT, by Grace Draven
The mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of Deyalda, there’s nowhere to escape. Until a handsome stranger promises to teach her to save herself…

THE CHOSEN, by Thea Harrison
In her visions, Lily sees two men fighting for her tiny country’s allegiance: the wolf and the tiger, each deadly, each cunning. One will bring Ys chaos and death, one a gentler path—but she’s destined to love whichever she chooses. The midwinter Masque is upon them, and the wolf is at her door…

THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter
When her soul mate died in a massacre of the half-angelic Irin people, Renata thought she’d never feel happiness again. She’s retreated to the snowy Dolomites to remember her hurts—until determined, irrepressible Maxim arrives to insist on joy, too. And before she can throw him out, they discover a secret the Irin have to know…

THE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN, by Jeffe Kennedy
As a blizzard threatens their mountain keep, the new Queen Amelia of the Twelve Kingdoms and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. But when a surprise attack confines them together in their isolated sanctuary, the feast of midwinter might tempt even Ash into childlike hope…

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Sadly, the only one of these authors I have read is Thea Harrison, but I have the others on my “one day” list. Which of these stories are you most looking forward to? Any favorites?

 

Pick of the Week

Yeah, I know. This post probably isn’t going to come as a big honkin’ mystery to most of you, but my pick of the week is Flame in the Dark from Faith Hunter. I am about 20% into this one and loving it, and I find myself going back and re-reading sections as I go along. Not looking forward to the wait for the next one, but what can you do?

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Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED–the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead–and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more–or less–than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

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What is your favorite spin-off series? I think that this one is mine, but I have high hopes for Heirs of Chicagoland from Chloe Neill. I even hope to like it more than the original series, honestly.

Pick of the Week

November wasn’t a huge month for me for anticipated releases (but I still managed to buy a crap-ton of books, somehow), but one story I was looking forward to was Dangerously Divine from Deborah Blake. It is the second book of the Broken Riders series, the Baba Yaga spin-off.

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Though his physical wounds have healed, Gregori Sun, the eldest of the Riders, remains in spiritual turmoil. His search for his mother, the one person able to heal his soul and save his life, is failing—until he crosses paths with a beautiful and fascinating librarian who might be the key to his salvation…

Ciera Evans’s bookish ways are just a guise. The product of a difficult past, she has dedicated her life to saving lost teens—by any means necessary. She works alone, but when a dark, brooding stranger proposes they team up to solve both their problems, she is tempted—in more ways than one…

After Ciera and Sun’s plans are derailed by dangerous enemies, they find themselves entangled in an ungodly affair—one that will force them to either find new strength together or be forever haunted by their pasts alone.

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Featuring the Riders in their own series made sense once the Baba Yaga trilogy was done, but it does make me wonder what will be next? There is one more book in this series, and then…? Maybe a time jump for the young Babas in training?

 

Pick of the Week

One thing that I have come to love about my newish addition to e-books is that I have found series that I never would’ve stumbled across otherwise. One of the first that I dove into was the fairy-tale retelling Vampire Blood series from Juliette Cross. The third book, The White Lily, is my pick of the week.

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To the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.

Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily. She longs to help the commonwealth and bring justice to the many orphans left behind from the ravages of the blood madness, like the children she lovingly keeps in her care. What she doesn’t plan for is the heart-pounding attraction she feels for the duke, enemy to the Black Lily.

But when Brennalyn’s secret puts her life and the life of her children in danger, Friedrich steps in as her protector, she finds out there’s more to the duke than she thought.

Well, that’s my pick of the week, what was yours?