UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016

Posted October 31, 2016 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Reading on the Dark Side / 7 Comments

Fall is up on us, for those of us from the UK who are always a little fuzzy on what exactly Fall is…it’s Autumn, which means it’s time to say goodbye to the sunshine and to greet cold winds and rain. Again, if you’re from the UK, we’ve been doing that all summer… But, it is the perfect excuse to curl up with your favourite blanket on the darkening evenings and lose yourself in a book. So, we thought we would show your our recommendations for the seasons and give you a peek into what we will be reading this Fall/Autumn.  So settle in with your apple cider or hot chocolate and enjoy some great fall reads.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Lady Claire Is All That
by Maya Rodale

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Released: December 27th 2016
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #3
Published by Avon
Pages: 368
 

Her Brains
Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he?

Plus His Brawn
Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancée jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones. . .

Equals A Study In Seduction
By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love . . .

What better way to greet the Autumn but with a warm and witty historical romance? This series so far has been excellent and I expect the third book to be just as good.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology
by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Stefanie Sloane, Laura Lee Guhrke

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Released: December 27th 2016
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
 

Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laurie Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane bring you the tale of four friends from Madame Rochambeaux's Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings.

"Something Old”
Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine Beatrice Heywood and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence.

“Something New”
In Stefanie Sloane’s unforgettable story, an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her twenty-first birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways.

“Something Borrowed”
Elizabeth Boyle tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she’ll need to borrow one to convince them she’s found her true love.

“Something Blue”
In Laura Lee Guhrke’s story, unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding.

“... and a Sixpence in Her Shoe”
Julia Quinn finishes with the story of Beatrice Heywood, who never believed that the sixpence was anything but a tarnished old coin—until it led all of her friends to true love. But her faith in the coin is tested when it keeps sending her to the wrong man!

It’s always a bit dicey starting an anthology, you are never quite sure what you are going to get…will there just be one gem? Or will you be lucky enough to have a full book of enthralling reads? With such good authors I’m fully expecting to enjoy every novella.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Shadow Silence
by Yasmine Galenorn

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Released: September 27 2016
Series: Whisper Hollow #2
Published by Jove
 

Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead...

Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I'm Kerris Fellwater, and I'm a spirit shaman. It's my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people-and secrets-don't always stay buried.

My best friend Peggin finds herself under a curse after she is almost taken by the Lady of the Lake. As Bryan-my guardian and mate-and I work to break the hex, we stumble over a dark and violent mystery from the past. One the Hounds of Cú Chulainn will do anything to stop us from bringing to light.

Although Yasmine Galernorn has been a round for ages, this is the first series of hers that I have read…and I love it! I can’t wait to get stuck in to the second book in the UF series, the first book was haunting and full of romance, I’m hoping for a similar experience with this book.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Barbarian's Heart
by Ruby Dixon

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Released: October 13th 2016
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians #9
Published by Self Published
Pages: 222
 

I’ve never spent a day without my mate since arriving on the ice planet. I’m happy and in love, and we have a beautiful child together. All that changed when the world shook.

My mate nearly died.

He wakes up from his coma…and he can’t remember me. Or our son. Every memory of the past two years is gone. And that changes everything between us. How can I love someone that doesn’t remember me?

How can I not, when I know he’s still my mate underneath it all?

Ahh, one of my favourite genres, Sci Fi romance, I read the first 8 books in this series in about a week and I loved it. I can’t wait to see what happens in this sexy alien romance series.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Savage Mafia Prince
by Annika Martin

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Released: October 11th 2016
Series: Dark Mafia Prince #3
Published by Annika Martin
 

Where is Kiro?
He’s the lost Dragusha brother, heir to a vast mafia empire—brilliant, violent, and utterly savage…and he’s been missing for years.

Ann
I'm supposed to be doing simple undercover research at the Fancher Institute for the Mentally Ill & Dangerous, but I can’t keep my mind off Patient 34. He’s startlingly young and gorgeous, but it’s not just that. He’s strapped way too tightly to that bed. And there’s no name or criminal history on his chart. What are these people hiding? My reporter’s instincts are screaming.

Here's the other thing: the staffers here believe he’s so sedated that there’s not a thought in his head, but I catch him watching me when nobody’s looking. Our connection sizzles when I enter the room. When our eyes meet, I know he understands me in a way nobody else ever has.

I’m supposed to follow my editor’s orders—I have secrets, too—but everything about Patient 34 is suspicious. How can I not investigate?

Dark, dangerous and sexy. The perfect adjectives for this series and I can’t wait to get stuck in!

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Blood Vow
by J.R. Ward

BOOK INFO


Released: May 23, 2017
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2
Published by Ballantine Books
Pages: 480
 

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns with an all-new tale of paranormal passion in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

This book needs no intro, it’s J.R. Ward and set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world!  But if that wasn’t enough, the first book in this Legacy series was so kick ass and has left us wanting a lot more from the new recruits.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Winter Halo
by Keri Arthur

BOOK INFO


Released: December 6th 2016
Series: Outcast #2
Published by Signet
Pages: 368
 

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Souls of Fire novels comes the second in the futuristic fantasy series that will make you want to keep the lights on...

When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between worlds, they allowed entry to the Others. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay....>/i>

The humanoid supersoldiers known as the déchet were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City’s children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger’s conscience won’t let her look the other way.

The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as she learns more about the facility, Tiger’s mission is derailed by a complication: Winter Halo’s female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force.

Now Tiger must summon all her gifts to stop those responsible for both atrocities—no matter the cost to herself...

I feel like I always know what I can expect from a Keri Arthur book whenever I pick one up. You’re always guaranteed some good worldbuilding and a kickass heroine plus a good dose of sexy time and who doesn’t want that? I’d say this is another definite win from Arthur.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Duke of Pleasure
by Elizabeth Hoyt

BOOK INFO


Released: November 29th 2016
Series: Maiden Lane #11
Published by Grand Central Publishing
 

IN THE ARMS OF DANGER

Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king's secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley—and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.

IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE

Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she's the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation.

ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER

When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be—before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

The Maiden Lane series is the top Historical Romance series to beat. Every book in this series has quickly become a new favorite.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Heartless
by Marissa Meyer

BOOK INFO


Released: November 8th 2016
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Pages: 416
 

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

It’s a new Marissa Meyer book!   And it sounds like so much fun.  A fairy tale inspired, prequel to Alice in Wonderland and about the Queen of Hearts.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Dead Cold Brew
by Cleo Coyle

BOOK INFO


Released: December 6th 2016
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #16
Published by Berkley
Pages: 432
 

Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear...

After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare's finger, Clare's eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. She donates the perfect coffee-colored diamonds to include in the setting and the name of a world-famous jeweler who happens to be an old family friend. But while the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived.

First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a strange, hidden treasure to Clare's daughter. Next, the renowned jeweler who designed Clare's ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a suspiciously charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret. With deadly trouble brewing, Clare must track down clues in some of New York's most secret places before an old vendetta starts producing fresh corpses.

I’d say this is a definite must read if you’re a little more adventurous with your mysteries.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Keepsake
by Sarina Bowen

BOOK INFO


Released: October 25th 2016
Series: True North #3
Published by Self Published
 

Lark Wainright, 23, has nightmares. She used to be fearless. But while overseas for her nonprofit employer, she was kidnapped and held at gunpoint in a dusty shack. Everyone has an opinion about what might have happened to here there, but she's not saying much. She's too consumed by guilt to talk about it.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the Shipley orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps into her little car and heads to Vermont. Unfortunately, the night terrors don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret from those who know her best, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of Orange County, Vermont, to calm her down when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah, 23, is a survivor of a different kind. It’s been three years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult out west, and the only home he’d ever known. In Vermont, he’s found a peaceful place in the bunkhouse at the Shipley’s farm. He’s good with animals, and he’s good with his hands. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. And he doesn’t always know what to make of a world where apps and movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV. He’d never spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are still a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she shoves Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he's good for more than farm labor.

This series feels like the perfect fall read to enjoy sipping your apple cider, and this book in particular is so sweet and emotional it’ll warm your heart. 

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
The Operator
by Kim Harrison

BOOK INFO


Released: November 22nd 2016
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #2
Published by Piatkus
Pages: 384
 

On-the-run ex-agent Peri Reed returns bigger and bolder than ever in this second highly-anticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's new suspense trilogy, The Peri Reed Chronicles.

Peri Reed’s job eats her mind, but for a special task agent in hiding, forgetting the past can be a blessing.

Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and the agency who turned her into the very thing she fought against, Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self-doubt. But when a highly addictive drug promises to end her dependency on those who’d use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable, or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once left: strong but without will—for whoever holds her next fix, will hold her loyalty.

Yet even now as then, a love based on lies of omission might still save her life.

After the kick ass start of this series, THE OPERATOR is without a doubt one of my most anticipated books of 2016.  Can’t wait to finally get my hands on it.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
When All The Girls Have Gone
by Jayne Ann Krentz

BOOK INFO


Released: November 29th 2016
Published by Berkley
Pages: 304
 

When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished.

Beautiful, brilliant—and reckless—Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames—literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.

After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn’s closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers. But what they find is chilling…

When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life. For the shadows of Jocelyn’s past are threatening to consume her—and anyone else who gets in their way...

I admit I’ve never read this author before, but the blurb and the cover, as well as the fact I’ve wanted to try her forever, has me itching to get this.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Rules of Contact
by Jaci Burton

BOOK INFO


Released: December 6th 2016
Series: Play by Play #12
Published by Berkley
 

In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Unexpected Rush, a football player with all the right moves on the field needs a better game plan for his love life.

A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame…

After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again.

Amelia is genuine and fun and Flynn can’t get enough of her—and Amelia loves every second she spends with the tough but tender Flynn. But trust is a hard fought battle for both of them. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was easy, but are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?

Because we all need a little steam in our fall reading, Jaci Burton and her Play by Play is the book of choice.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide 2016
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis
by Anne Rice

BOOK INFO


Released: November 29th 2016
Series: The Vampire Chronicles #12
Published by Knopf
 

From Anne Rice, conjurer of the beloved best sellers Interview with a Vampire and Prince Lestat, an ambitious and exhilarating new novel of utopian vision and power, uniting the ancient worlds and the legends of the Vampire Chronicles.

"In my dreams, I saw a city fall into the sea. I heard the cries of thousands. I saw flames that outshone the lamps of heaven. And all the world was shaken . . ." --Anne Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.

It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent--and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.

And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.

From the Hardcover edition.

I close out this list with Anne Rice because… ANNE RICE!  This brings me back to my teenage years… sigh.

 

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Looking forward to reading the True North series

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I wasn’t a big fan of book 1 of the Yasmine Galenorn series but I’m going to give book 2 a try.
I want to start Black Dagger Legacy.
I still need to read book 2 and 3 of the True North series by Sarina Bowen.
I won an ARC of Rules of Contact which I plan on reading as soon as I catch up on this series (currently on bk 10).

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All your wishes by cat adams, grim expectations by amanda m lee, shadow marked by jasmine walt

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Just finished Mr President by Katy Evans. Really enjoyed this one. The fact that it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger is tempered by the fact that there is already a release date for the second part!

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That’s a great variety. I’ve of course got the JR Ward on my list already, but I want to read the Jayne Ann Kraetz too.

I’m waiting for Dragonspawn as my big fall release need to read.

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Highly recommend Jayne Ann Krentz. I started off with one book of hers, then had to read everything she ever wrote, including those under her pen names Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle (and Stephanie James to a lesser extent). Particularly liked the Arcane Society series as they’re entertaining and well-written, but particularly because it’s a series with mixed genres – the first one is historical, next is contemporary, next is futuristic/urban fantasy, etc. And that’s just how I like to read! :- )

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