UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017

Posted September 29, 2017 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Reading on the Dark Side, Under the Covers / 4 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 you the books we are most excited about for the season 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 | 2017
Her Last Goodbye
by Melinda Leigh

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Released: September 26th 2017
Series: Morgan Dane #2
Published by Montlake Romance
 

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s Morgan Dane series continues as the fearless attorney and her partner, investigator Lance Kruger, take on a disturbing disappearance…

Young mother Chelsea Clark leaves the house for a girls’ night out…and vanishes. Her family knows she would never voluntarily leave her two small children. Her desperate husband—also the prime suspect—hires Morgan to find his wife and prove his innocence.

As a single mother, Morgan sympathizes with Chelsea’s family and is determined to find her. She teams up with private investigator Lance Kruger. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier their investigation gets. When Morgan is stalked by a violent predator, everything—and everyone—she holds dear is in grave danger.

Now, Morgan must track down a deranged criminal to protect her own family…but she won’t need to leave home to find him. She’s his next target.

This is my discovery so far of 2017, I love this series. This romantic suspense/thriller has all the intriguing elements of a detective story with some romance and family drama thrown in. I can’t wait to read more, not only of this series but of Melinda Leigh. 

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
Without Merit
by Colleen Hoover

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Released: October 3 2017
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.

I’ve talked a bit about this book in my Top Shelf Reads recommendation, so you know one of the things I enjoyed about this book (and some of Hoover’s previous work) is how it makes you take a step back and just think.  A simple narrative, addictive words, and emotionally engaging.  I think this is a book that will be enjoyed by a wide range of readers.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
Haunted Blade
by J.C. Daniels

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Released: October 1st 2017
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 something to get your blood pumping and your heart racing! Not only because of the action that Daniels puts in, but the steamy romance and all the intrigue going on. Love this book and this series, it’s a great addition to my Fall reading.  

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
Bountiful
by Sarina Bowen

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Released: October 20, 2017
Series: True North #4
Published by Self Published
 

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.

I’m a huge fan of this series and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.  We’ve met the heroine in previous books in the series.  She owns the local bar and has become a good friend to the women of this series.  I’ve always liked her and can’t wait to see what her story will be like.  Plus… baby fever!  I’ve been reading a ton of unexpected pregnancy books lately. LOL

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
The Ghostwriter
by Alessandra Torre

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Released: September 30 2017
Published by Self Published
Pages: 356
 

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn't a romance, no Happily Ever After in place. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.

This final book?

It's my confession.

I enjoy Alessandra Torre’s writing and I think she excels at writing darkly seductive plots.  This one just sounds so alluring I’m drawn like a moth.  Must read!

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
Holiday Wishes
by Jill Shalvis

BOOK INFO


Released: November 7 2017
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4.5
Published by Avon Impulse
Pages: 128
 

It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!

When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate.

But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air.

Shalvis is always a great author to read if you’re looking for a fun and cozy read. This novella is packed with holiday fun and endless banter. A feel good read to keep your spirits up until the Christmas holidays, this is definitely a book you need to check out!

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
Duke of Desire
by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Released: October 17th 2017
Series: Maiden Lane #12
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 364
 

Mysterious, brooding, and horrifically scarred, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has spent his adult life in exile from England. When he returns home after his father's death, he's enraged to find that the Lords of Chaos are still active---and holding their revels in a ruined abbey on one of his estates. The members wear masks during their ceremonies, so Raphael must join the secret society in order to destroy it from the inside. All of his plans are in place, until he catches a glimpse of that night's sacrifice.

Iris Daniels, Lady Jordan, has been mistaken for a duchess and kidnapped by the Lords of Chaos. But before they can torture and kill her, a bag is thrown over her head, and she's dragged into a carriage. She has the presence of mind to struggle out of the bag, search the carriage, and find a pistol under one of the seats. When the door opens again, she shoots her attacker, only to discover she might have made slight mistake. The man she just shot was the Duke of Dyemore, and he was rescuing her.

Iris takes it upon herself to nurse Dyemore back to health, and hidden away in his hunting lodge, they begin to fall in love. But Dyemore can't give in to his feelings, not until the Lords of Chaos are destroyed and Iris is safe.

As the last full length book in the Maiden Lane series, I highly suggest checking out this series if you haven’t already. Filled with dark scandal and action-packed scenes, this entire series stand out from all the other Regency Romances I’ve read this year.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
Ready for Wild
by Liora Blake

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Released: October 31st 2017
Series: Grand Valley #3
Published by Gallery Books
Pages: 320
 

Braden Montgomery is certain about three things: one, luck is for suckers; two, time spent outdoors is what keeps him sane; and, three, when it comes to sharing his bed, there’s only one female he’s willing to put up with—his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Charley. Braden’s constructed his life on these beliefs, and he’s quite content with the status quo.

But when a moment of bad luck lands Braden toe-to-toe with a blonde bombshell with her own television show, his stubbornly structured reality begins to unravel.

As for Amber Regan, her brand has been built on camo, cut-offs, and cleavage. With her own hunting show on the foremost sports channel and enough social media followers to garner her plenty of endorsement deals, Amber’s come a long way from the tomboy in a small Texas town she once was. Unfortunately, ratings are down and her contract for next season is in limbo, so she’s in desperate need of a reboot to save her show—and filming a rough and tough archery elk hunt in Colorado might be the way to do just that. Too bad the local game warden grunts more than he speaks, seems determined to despise her—and makes her heart race in all the most inconvenient ways.

This is the third and final book of Liora Blake’s Grand Valley series out at end of October. This is a fun contemporary series that seems to have the city-to-small-town feel. So far the first two books of the series proved to be fun and a good light weekend reads. If you’re looking for a quick feel-good romance to read, give this a go. Blake has become a favorite of mine.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
Renegades
by Marissa Meyer

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Released: November 7th 2017
Series: Renegades #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 416
 

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Although I haven’t personally finished reading the Lunar Chronicles series, I do enjoy Marissa Meyer’s writing a lot.  This one just sounds like a lot of fun!  Extraordinary abilities!! YES!

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
Hardheaded
by Kim Law

BOOK INFO


Released: October 31st 2017
Series: Deep in the Heart #1
Published by Montlake Romance
Pages: 302
 

Construction tip #1: Never anger a hot-tempered woman who knows how to wield a sledgehammer. And right now, Jill Sadler is spitting mad. Her company is competing on the wildly popular show Texas Dream Home, and she intends to give it her all. The opposition: We Nail It Contractors, helmed by the man who once married her…and walked out twenty-four hours later. Jill can’t let Cal Reynolds take this round. Not when she has her foster sisters and years of righteous resentment spurring her on.

Winning the contest would do wonders for Cal’s firm. Getting under Jill’s skin is just a bonus. She paints him as a villain, though Cal had no choice but to leave. Yet being around Jill again—fiery on the outside, vulnerable and warm underneath—is setting off sparks that can’t be blamed on faulty wiring. And the only way to fix the Jill-size hole in his heart is to risk everything and see if this love is built to last…

I love, love Kim Law’s book and I’m so very excited to get more of her work to read. She is one of my go-to authors for contemporary romance. Hardheaded is the first book of Deep in the Heart series and focuses on women empowerment, love, and sisterhood. This one has a home renovation theme as well. I’m betting the settings will be a lot of fun. Can’t wait to read it!

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
Killman Creek
by Rachel Caine

BOOK INFO


Released: December 12th 2017
Series: Gwen Proctor #2
Published by Thomas & Mercer
 

Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away.

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…

You’re not safe anywhere now.

Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.

But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.

It’s all about the thrillers and the action for me this fall and Caine’s Stillhouse Lake series fits that perfectly. This is a creepy thriller about a mother protecting her kids and herself from the serial killer she unknowingly married…even when he’s behind bars. It’s nail biting stuff!

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
A Rancher's Heart
by Vivian Arend

BOOK INFO


Released: November 16 2017
Series: Heart Falls #1
Published by Self Published
 

This cowboy has given up on love, but the new nanny might just make him change his mind. The first in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend.

Caleb Stone is wearing too many hats and it’s making him crankier than usual. He’s a cowboy, a father, and the head of his large family—and has been since tragedy claimed his parents over ten years ago. The ranch is struggling, but it's the title of single dad that’s got him tangled up in knots. He needs a full-time, live-in nanny at the Silver Stone homestead in Heart Falls, Alberta, to help with his two little girls, but the woman about to arrive on his doorstep? Tantalizing, tempting, and trouble with capital T’s.

Tamara Coleman doesn’t regret the choices that led to losing her job, but she definitely needs a fresh start. When a friend recommends her for a nanny position in a new town, she swears this time it’ll be different. No more acting on impulse—except sexy, gruff Caleb is exactly the kind of man who pushes all her buttons. And what’s more, it’s so much fun to push his in return. Sparks fly between Tamara and her gorgeous boss, but she can’t risk her position, and he doesn’t dare risk his heart.

With two people fighting their true natures, something’s going to give. Luckily, there’s more than one way to capture a rancher’s heart.

The Six Pack Ranch series by Vivian Arend is among my fave cowboy romances, so I was really excited to see a new series coming out and it was a no-brainer to add this to my reading list.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
by Darynda Jones

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Released: October 31st 2017
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?

Things have been growing bigger and bigger in Charley Davidson’s world, the biggest being the major twists and turns that have happened in the last few books. Although still lighthearted and funny, Jones has really upped her game with this series and this particular book is amongst my favorites in the series. This series is definitely not one to be missed!

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
Wilde in Love
by Eloisa James

BOOK INFO


Released: October 31st 2017
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #1
Published by Avon
Pages: 416
 

Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father’s castle, but just as he grasps that he’s not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Ffynche.

Willa presents the façade of a serene young lady to the world. Her love of books and bawdy jokes is purely for the delight of her intimate friends. She wants nothing to do with a man whose private life is splashed over every newspaper.

Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own . . . until he meets Willa. He’s never lost a battle.

But a spirited woman like Willa isn’t going to make it easy. . . .

Ah historical romance, I’m such a big fan of the genre, but I haven’t read much Eloisa James! Something I intend to rectify by giving her new series a chance this Fall. I can’t wait to dive in and fall in love with some new heroes and heroines. 

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
So Over You
by Kate Meader

BOOK INFO


Released: December 4th 2017
Series: Chicago Rebels #2
Published by Pocket Star
Pages: 300
 

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels....

Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then... let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.

Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.

That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice...

This is another women empowerment and love themed series.  Three sisters staying afloat in a man’s world of ice hockey and finding love. I love Kate Meader’s realistic approach on women in a man’s world.  Meader is also good with sexy contemporary reads, and this is another series I would recommend for a quick weekend read.

 

UTC’s Fall Reading Guide | 2017
Constant
by Rachel Higginson

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Released: November 16, 2017
Published by Self Published
 

Fifteen years ago I met Sayer Wesley. I fell in love with him. I promised I would never leave him. I swore nothing could break us apart.

Five years ago I broke my promise. I ran away. I took the one secret that could destroy us both and disappeared.

Five days ago I thought I saw him.

I knew it was impossible. Sayer was locked away, serving a deserved sentence in federal prison. He couldn’t find me.

He wouldn’t find me. I was too good at hiding. Too good at surviving.

Because if Sayer ever found me, there would be hell to pay for a plethora of sins. The worst of which, he didn’t even know about.

Five hours ago, I told myself I was crazy.

Five minutes ago, I saw him again.

Five seconds ago, I was too late.

That.Blurb!  I’ve become a fan of Rachel Higginson in the past year or so and this book just sounds like it’ll have a hint of danger that I’m in the mood for at times.  Can’t wait to see what she does with this.

 

Check out our older fall reading lists here: 2016

 

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I have been looking forward to her last goodbye and haunted blade! Can’t wait to read twelfth grave, either. I also like the blurbs for rachel caine and wilde in love. And, yeah, the blurb for constant….wow!

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First, thank you SOOOOO much for the shout out. I’m so honored. Second, OMG! All the wonderful. I’ve pre-ordered 3 books on this list. You guys are NOT good for my bank account. Hehehe. Thank you again. This is an awesome lineup.

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Can’t wait for twelfth grave!!! Shared on my socials!

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A lot of good books I’m looking forward to.