Top Shelf Reads: June 2019

Posted May 31, 2019 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Best Of, Front Page, Recommendations, Under the Covers / 6 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!

JUNE

Top Shelf Reads: June 2019
Wolf Rain
by Nalini Singh

BOOK INFO


Released: June 4th 2019
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #3
Published by Berkley
Pages: 416
 

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us on a new adventure in this next novel of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series…

The end of Silence was supposed to create a better world for future generations. But trust is broken, and the alliance between Psy, Changeling, and human is thin. The problems that led to Silence are back in full force. Because Silence fixed nothing, just hid the problems.

This time, the Psy have to find a real answer to their problems–if one exists. Or their race will soon go extinct in a cascade of violence. The answer begins with an empath who is attuned to monsters–and who is going to charm a wolf into loving her despite his own demons

If you read just one book in June, make sure it is Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh. Once again Singh pens a beautiful romance set in her Psy Changeling world. For this installment we are back with the SnowDancer pack and the very dominant and beautiful SnowDancer Lieutenant Alexei. If I am honest…I don’t remember Alexei that well from previous books, but after reading Wolf Rain I know I’ll never forget him. Memory, our heroine, is an E-Psy who has been kept prisoner by another Psy for most of her life and gains her freedom when Alexei stumbles upon her prison. As usual with Nalini Singh this was an emotional and powerful love story that demonstrates exactly why you will often see her referred to as Queen Nalini.

Check out our series guide and fantasy cast!

 

Top Shelf Reads: June 2019
The Friend Zone
by Abby Jimenez

BOOK INFO


Released: June 11th 2019
Published by Forever
Pages: 384
 

Kristen Petersen doesn't do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don't get her. She's also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.

Planning her best friend's wedding is bittersweet for Kristen--especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He's funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he'd be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it's harder and harder to keep him at arm's length.

The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass

I knew going into this book that the subject matter would be a heart breaker.  And I was also really excited to try out this debut and hopefully find a new author to follow.  You probably know by now that I like to read books that touch on real issues and I was curious about how this would be handled in this book.  I am here to tell you that THE FRIEND ZONE should definitely be on your summer reading plans.  Don’t worry, you’ll get a happy ending!  And if I’m being honest, I didn’t shed any tears like I was expecting.  But that didn’t take anything away from my enjoyment of this book.  I was swept off my feet by the romance and the chemistry between the main characters.  I feel in love with them BOTH individually.  But the heroine stole the show for me.  I found her incredibly relatable and I was cheering for her to get an HEA.

Top Shelf Reads: June 2019
The Book Supremacy
by Kate Carlisle

BOOK INFO


Released: June 4, 2019
Series: Bibliophile Mystery #13
 

In the latest in this New York Times bestselling series, San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright investigates a mysterious spy novel linked to a string of murders...

Newlyweds Brooklyn and Derek are enjoying the final days of their honeymoon in Paris. As they're browsing the book stalls along the Seine, Brooklyn finds the perfect gift for Derek, a first edition James Bond novel, The Spy Who Loved Me. When they bump into Ned, an old friend from Derek’s spy days, Brooklyn shows him her latest treasure.

Once they're back home in San Francisco, they visit a spy shop Ned mentioned. The owner begs them to let him display the book Brooklyn found in Paris as part of the shop's first anniversary celebration. Before they agree, Derek makes sure the security is up to snuff—turns out, the unassuming book is worth a great deal more than sentimental value.

Soon after, Derek is dismayed when he receives a mysterious letter from Paris announcing Ned’s death. Then late one night, someone is killed inside the spy shop. Are the murders connected to Brooklyn's rare, pricey book? Is there something even more sinister afoot? Brooklyn and the spy who loves her will have to delve into the darkest parts of Derek's past to unmask an enemy who's been waiting for the chance to destroy everything they hold dear.

My Topshelf Read this month is a special one because it’s my first 5-star read of the year! Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but it honestly is! I haven’t encountered a book that had completely won me over except this one. With its spy theme, romance, and amazing mystery, this book really blew me off my feet! I had such a great time reading it and I think you will too, especially if you’re a fan of James Bond!

 

What book are you most anticipating in June?
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Friend Zone is on hold at library for me…can’t wait. Thanks!

Timitra
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Thanks for recs! Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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Well, the friend zone is now going to be one of my summer reads! I feel like i’ve been waiting forever for rage by cora cormac and brazen and the beast. I’m also hoping to tackle some of my tbr pile this summer.

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I’ve already devoured and loved Wolf Rain, too, Suzanne. 🙂
No tears? Maybe I can brave up and grab it then, Francesca.
Yay for your first five star, Annie. It does sound fab.

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Thanks for the recs. Some new authors there I haven’t heard of before. Looking forward to Marie Force’s new book, Till There Was You, a Butler, VT story that I have been waiting AGES for.

Amy R
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Wolf Rain and Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey