Top Shelf Reads: October 2017

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: October 2017
Haunted Blade
Book Info

Released: October 1st 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Colbana Files #6
Published by Self Published
Pages: 568

Haunted, Hunted…and harassed.

Never let it be said that Kit Colbana had ever been given the easy road. Or even the semi-paved road. Only weeks after dealing with the mysterious—and murderous—being called Puck, she’s got another killer on her hands. Perhaps even two.

Some of the bodies turning up bring up haunting memories of a past she longs to forget, but as always, that past is chasing her at her heels, like a hated shadow.

As the body count racks up, there’s an imbalance of power, particularly among the vampire population, and Kit must yet again deal with ugly memories as one of the monsters who tried to break her is set free to deal with the imbalance of power. Yet while a power struggle rages in East Orlando, there’s another, more subtle battle taking place and Kit feels like the center of it all.

Arrogant? Maybe. But the dead bodies don’t bear the mark of her grandmother’s pet killer by sheer coincidence…and she doubts her nemesis being released is either.

This is a book that I have been looking forward to for ages! I love the Kit Colbana series, it’s just the type of UF I love; full of action, politics and an amazing heroine. Haunted Blade was a good addition to this series that had me glued to the pages as I anticipated what trouble would crop up next and what one of my favourite heroines would do about it. But, this series isn’t just all ass kicking in the requisite leather and a pointy sword, Daniels also gives this an emotional depth that can be missing in other series. Definitely a top shelf read and a series you should pick up if you haven’t already.


Top Shelf Reads: October 2017
Without Merit
Book Info

Released: October 3 2017
Genre: Young Adult
Published by Atria Books
Pages: 384

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us and November 9 comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

The last book I read by Colleen Hoover reignited my love for her writing, so I didn’t hesitate to pick up WITHOUT MERIT even when I saw that the main character was a teenager in high school.  YA Contemporary is not usually my thing but IF I read it, it has to be with a meaningful topic.  Colleen Hoover is really good at digging into her characters emotions and by way of that making us think about a situation from different points of view.  I believe she achieved that with this book.  Without Merit made me think about the importance of perspective, how things are not always necessarily how one thinks, or how they appear, and that we should learn to weight that in when we allow outside circumstances to rule our emotions.  It’s a light approach to the subject of mental health, and I think it was done in a way that will be accessible to readers both young and adult.  And as a bonus, the writing is addictive!  You won’t want to put this one down.


Gummy Bears and Grenades by Charlie CochetGummy Bears & Grenades
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS #9.5
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Released: October 4th 2017
Genres: LGBT
Pages: 102
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher


THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.

Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.

Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.

Although this story might just be a novella, it certainly packs a punch. Brimming with humor and mischief, this book is everything you expect a party to be like. Dex and Sloane are tying the knot very soon but before the wedding is another important event – the bachelor party! You can expect A LOT of fooling around and joking in this book so it’s a perfect read for loyal fans of the series. I guarantee that you will enjoy this short if you’re a fan of the series because these boys just don’t have a limit.


Top Shelf Reads: October 2017
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
Book Info

Released: October 31st 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Charley Davidson #12
Published by St. Martin's Press
Pages: 352

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?


In this installment, Grim Reaper/Investigator, Charley Davidson is looking for the person responsible for attacking humans sensitive to the supernatural world. A hard task if she can’t get any clues much less see anyone in the security cameras. Charley is also tackling the return of her husband Reyes, AKA the son of Satan, who is not quite himself.  He’s bigger, meaner, sexier, and Charly doesn’t know what do do with him.  The ante is up and Charley is left with little choice but to make the hardest decision she will ever make.

I’m going to be honest, when I first received the print ARC for this book, I thought it was too thin. I thought this book is not as long as the others and I was afraid it will not have the same impact as the previous books. I should’ve known better though. Darynda came through and delivered another installment that’s packed with humor, mystery, and emotions that will leave you in awe. This book floored me. I promise you, by the end of this book, you’ll be left with your mouth open as well.

If you haven’t read this series yet, I would like to just ask “why the hell not?” If you like Urban Fantasy, I would really urge you to do so. This series has funny characters, mystery, suspense, sexy hero, snarky heroine, and an amazing storyline. What more could you ask for?


What book are you most anticipating next month?
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Kathleen Bylsma

2th is going to be my primary read! Love this series!

Kathleen Bylsma

12th, not 2th….PC hanging up 🙁


Haunted blade and twelfth grave are on the top of my list!

Kathy Valentine

Some awesome recommendations ladies ty!!! Shared on all my socials!!


Thanks for the recs ladies! I’m looking forward to Juniper Unraveling by Keri Lake

Amy R

Great list, they are all on my wishlist but Charlie Cochet and Darynda Jones are my most anticipated.


Without Merit is definitely an October anticipated read. I’m reading mainly physical books in October and am starting Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series (encouraged by Staci Hart’s Recent Snapchat read-a-long).