Top Shelf Reads: October 2018

Posted September 28, 2018 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Best Of, Front Page, Under the Covers / 4 Comments

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 for you to get your 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 for you to read next month!

Top Shelf Reads: October 2018
Close to the Bone
by Kendra Elliot


Released: October 23rd 2018
Series: Widow's Island #1

FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest island when she gets the call: a teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on a nearby island.

Together with Tessa Black, a childhood friend turned local deputy, Cate confronts dreary weather and bleak leads to make sense of the death. The complications pile up as Cate is distracted by the coroner on the case—and by nagging memories that draw her twenty years into the past. The remains suggest eerie similarities between this victim, and Cate and Tessa’s friend Samantha, who disappeared when she was fourteen.

Cate finds herself up against closemouthed locals, buried town secrets, and even her own heart. As the case unravels, will she be able to cut through the fog and find justice for the missing and the dead

Top Shelf Reads: October 2018
A Bone to Pick
by Melinda Leigh


Released: October 30th 2018
Series: Widow's Island #2

Deputy Tessa Black gave up her career as a detective with the Seattle PD and returned to the Pacific Northwest island she calls home to care for her ailing mother. Tessa thinks her mother’s illness is the worst thing she’ll face—until she responds to a routine call in the state park and discovers a local man harpooned to a sign.

As the murder investigation unfolds, it becomes clear that the victim harbored secrets. Together with her FBI agent best friend, Cate, and park ranger Logan Wilde, Tessa must connect the pieces before the murderer strikes again. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more she finds herself—and the ones she loves—in harm’s way.

Pressure mounts as Tessa attempts to juggle the current case with her search for the truth behind her childhood friend Samantha’s disappearance twenty years ago. Can Tessa find the murderer and uncover answers about Samantha without jeopardizing everything she holds dear?

I have a double recommendation for October! They are book 1 and 2 for the mystery series Widow’s Island. The first book Close to the Bone is written by Kendra Elliot and the second A Bone to Pick is by Melinda Leigh. This isn’t the first time Leigh and Elliot have co-written a series and they work well together. We get the stories of Cate and Tessa, best friends since their childhood and now both in law enforcement. Them both being law enforcement is no coincidence, when they were teenagers, they were part of a tight knit group of 3 …until Samantha disappeared without a trace. Now Cate and Tessa are adults and back on the small island they grew up on and where Samantha went missing. As they investigate crimes happening on the island, they also start a new investigation into the disappearance of their childhood friend.

I hope that leaves you intrigued! These are great mystery/thriller books, they have a small town feel and a dash of romance. They are both novellas (about 100 pages long) so if you want a really good, but quick mystery to read then make sure you pick these up this October.

Top Shelf Reads: October 2018
Shades of Wicked
by Jeaniene Frost


Released: October 30, 2018
Series: Night Rebel #1
Published by Avon
Pages: 384

In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match!

The Rule Breaker

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long.

The Law Maker

Veritas’ normal role is police, judge and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s devil-may-care, roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers that Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences…

This book needs no introduction but it does have quite a bit of build up.  If you are a longtime fan of the Night Huntress series like me, then you’ll have high expectations for Ian’s story.  I am here to tell you that SHADES OF WICKED delivered!  Ian is …. so Ian!  There’s nothing that bothers me more than when authors change characters when we get to their book and I reaaaaallly didn’t want that to happen with Ian.  He’s the same cocky, flirting, charming, conceited, alpha vampire we’ve come to love.  But we get to see so much more of him and I was a greedy reader soaking it all up.  This book is intense and action packed with a kick ass romance and story.  You won’t want to miss the beginning of Ian’s story.  Now, I can’t wait for the next one.

Top Shelf Reads: October 2018
by J.R. Ward


Released: October 2nd 2018
Series: Firefighters #1
Published by Gallery Books
Pages: 416

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed...

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm.

Talk about October being an intense month.  CONSUMED is the definition of that.  No, seriously.  You’ll need to be emotionally prepared for what J.R. Ward has in store for you!  This isn’t an easy book to read and it’ll take you on a rollercoaster of emotions.  Maybe even make you want to throw things at the author.  But stick with it, it delivers a great story and a great romance.  I’m already in love with this whole set of characters and can’t wait for more.

Top Shelf Reads: October 2018


Released: October 2, 2018
Series: A Scrapbooking Mystery #15
Published by Berkley Books
Pages: 320

An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author.

It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus' float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.

Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member's death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder....and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.

Whenever fall rolls around, I always get excited to read more Cozy Mysteries. And I’m super happy to note that Laura Childs, one of my favorite Cozy Mystery authors, has a new book out this month. GLITTER BOMB is part of the Scrapbooking series, my all-time favorite series from her and I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Lots of fun with some interesting conflicts, I really enjoyed seeing the dynamic between Carmela and her ex-husband, Shamus. He was such a great addition to this series and I honestly never get tired of seeing him whenever he walks across the page.


Top Shelf Reads: October 2018
The Devil's Thief
by Lisa Maxwell


Released: October 9, 2018
Series: The Last Magician #2
Published by Simon Pulse
Pages: 512

In this spellbinding sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Last Magician, Esta and Harte set off on a cross-country chase through time to steal back the elemental stones they need to save the future of magic.
Hunt the Stones.Beware the Thief.Avenge the Past.
Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.
Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.
To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.
In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.
As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.

I’ve got a few anticipated books for the month of October and I hate to say this but I’m in the same boat as last month with only have read one book so far.  Lisa Maxwell’s Devil’s Thief is worth mentioning for the fantasy readers. Maxwell dabbles on magic and time travel in this series which I thought is the best part.  Using time travel, Esta and Harte are on a mission to retrieve the Book of Mysteries and the elemental stone which may be the key to saving the magical world.  I love the back and forth of time and the side characters involvement on the same goal. I will say this book is even better than the first but I do suggest to read book one first.  Both The Last Magician and this book, The Devil’s Thief is worth checking out if you like fantasy and time travel.


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Fall by Kristen Callihan and Loose Ends by KA,


Just added widow’s island ti my tbr


Thanks for the recs!

Kathy Valentine
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Can’t wait to read Shades of wicked because of Ian!! I’m so glad he’s still a bad boy,love this vamp!! Then Consumed! I love this new read What I’ve read so far caught my interested!! But JR ward is the queen!!! And I can’t wait for gena showalters new read Shadow and ice!! Shared on all my socials!!💖😉