Each of us girls have very definite tastes here at Under the Covers. We know what we like and we get excited about sharing this with you. We can’t help but share when our favourite books are coming out and want to share the joy with as many people as we can. And this is one of the ways we want to do it. Each month we will give you our pick of the bunch, the cream of the crop, the top shelf books! Basically, the ones that we are just itching to get our hands on. The kind of books where the year wait is always worth it; where you may have drawn plans to go a little Kathy Bates, but with less sledgehammer action and more hot cups of tea and custard creams – we don’t want to scare the muse away after all. These are the books we are just dying to get our hands on next month!

Top Shelf Reads: August 2017
Ride the Storm
Book Info

Released: August 1st 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Cassandra Palmer #8
Published by Signet
Pages: 432
 

Ever since getting appointed the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up on the training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural politics. Catch up on the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her burned.

But now she realizes all that was just the warm up.

Ancient forces that once terrorized the world want to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them.

A new release in the Cassie Palmer series! It’s definitely something to be excited about. Excited and prepared, this series is so fast paced and exciting that I feel like I need to limber up before I read the first word. I might pull something otherwise. Poor Cassie has been through a lot recently, from obscure on-the-run fortune teller to chief seer in a few short months (and 8 books). It’s quite the ride and choc full of time travel, crazy and crazy interesting characters and a lot of running. Basically it’s Doctor Who but with less aliens and more vampires and mages. If you’re interested in reading this series, which any UF lover certainly should be, then go back and start from book 1, and don’t forget to limber up first! You have been warned.

 

Top Shelf Reads: August 2017
Dragonsworn
Book Info

Released: August 1st 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Dark Hunter #34
Published by St. Martin's Press
 

There is nothing in the universe the cursed dragon, Falcyn, hates more than humanity . . . and in particular, Greek humans. In a war he wanted no part of, they systematically destroyed everything he’d ever cared for. Now he lies in seclusion, away from the world and waits for the day when evolution will finally rid him of the human vermin.

Medea was born the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo, and among the first of his people that he cursed to die. But she will not let anyone rule her life. Not even her notorious grandfather. And when Apollo sends a new plague to destroy what remains of her people, she refuses to standby and watch him take everything she loves from her again.

This time, she knows of a secret weapon that can stop the ancient god and his army of demons. Once and for all. However, said device is in the hands of a dragon who wants nothing to do with politics, the gods, humanity, demons or Greek Apollites. And especially not her. He is the immovable object.

My enemy’s enemy . . .

When Apollo makes a strategic move that backfires, he forces Falcyn back into play. Now Medea either has the weapon she needs to save her people, or she’s unleashed total Armageddon. If she can’t find some way to control the dragon before it’s too late, Falcyn will be an even worse plague on the world than the one Apollo has set loose. But how can anyone control a demonic dragon whose sole birthright is total destruction?

If you know Kenyon works, the series can get very complicated but oh, so good!  Dragonsworn is the second installment of the Dragon Rising series set in the Dark-Hunter world (28th), and part of the Lords of Avalon series.  Also, an anticipated read for me because Falcyn is not only a sexy dragon but the oldest Drakomai dragon with a dry humor, also the grouchiest dragon in this series. Seeing this guy get his HEA will be such a treat!

 

Top Shelf Reads: August 2017
Devil's Cut
Book Info

Released: August 1st 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Bourbon Kings #3
Published by Ballantine Books
 

In #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s thrilling finale of the Bourbon Kings series, the Bradford family dynasty teeters on the edge of collapse after the murder of their patriarch—and a shocking arrest.

At first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom . . . but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company’s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there’s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing.

Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward’s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer—only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing.

As Lane rushes to discover the truth, and Sutton finds herself irresistibly drawn to Edward in spite of his circumstances, the lives of everyone at Easterly will never be the same again. For some, this is good; for others, it could be a tragedy beyond imagining. Only one thing’s for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.

Lets get this out of the way.  It’s J.R. Ward, I mean, come on!  Did you think we would have some kind of rec list without her?  When the first book in this series was released I devoured it because it had everything I wanted in a soap-opera-ish story.  High in drama and angst, secrets and lies, betrayals and even the search for a murderer, all while also giving us plenty of steamy romance.  The second book wasn’t as good for me, sadly, so I was both hesitant and excited to pick the conclusion up.  I shouldn’t have worried.  This book delivered on everything I initially loved about this trilogy and more.  Lots of twisty things that I didn’t see coming (like finding out who the murderer is, and more about their mother!).  And then there’s the romance.  You may know I’ve been waiting for Gin to get her HEA because the poor girl!  I feel so bad for that bitchy woman.  And Ms. Ward did me proud with the parts about her in this book.  I loved every bit of it!  The other romances had obviously been started in the previous two books and just wrapped up in this one, and there’s one more that’s now hinted at but not developed here.  I think it was the perfect conclusion to this story and certainly a perfect beach read that you must have on your TBR this summer.

 

Top Shelf Reads: August 2017
The Duchess Deal
Book Info

Released: August 22, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Girl Meets Duke #1
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
 

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

There’s a new Historical Romance series from Tessa Dare to look forward to! The Girl Meets Duke series promises to be a fun and entertaining series from one of my favorite Historical Romance authors. THE DUCHESS DEAL involves a seamstress who has made a wedding dress for a wedding that isn’t going to happen. Thinking that she deserves to be compensated for her time and effort, she goes to the would-be groom and asks for payment. Despite the fact that the Duke doesn’t have a wedding anymore, he still needs an heir and that means, he needs to marry. When he decides that our heroine is the perfect substitute, this starts a whole slew of fun banter and charm! This book made me swoon and smile and I believe its the perfect read for the summer.

 

 

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Kathleen Bylsma

Haven’t read these authors in years. Thanks for the reminder.

Amy R

Ride the Storm sounds good, I haven’t read this series or author.

Timitra

Thanks for the recs