– 2018 –
The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Sadly, I’ve been neglecting Historical Romance for the most part this year, but when I saw that Julia Quinn was releasing a new book, you know that I had to dive right in. This particular book is a little bit different in style from Quinn. It actually reminds me a bit of Elizabeth Hoyt in a way with the pirates theme. Nevertheless, Quinn infuses the book with her trademark charm and I found myself smiling many times while reading this book. So, even if you aren’t a huge Historical Romance reader, this is definitely a series that you must try.
HISTORICAL ROMANCE | PIRATE
Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
It should come as no surprise that my recommendation is the new Ilona Andrews release. I’m a little obsessed. But, the Andrews team only have themselves to blame. They need to stop releasing books that I love so much! Even the novellas like Diamond Fire manage to captivate me. Diamond Fire is part of the Hidden Legacy series and in the space of about 150 pages manages to nicely round out the ending of Nevada and Rogan’s story and start on Catalina’s, Nevada’s younger sister. In this book Catalina is in charge of planning Nevada and Rogan’s wedding, but ends up having to investigate a theft on the side. Although we have met Catalina before, it was great to have a further glimpse of her character before her books are released. It has certainly whetted my appetite for more!
URBAN FANTASY | MAGIC
Widow’s Island Series by Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh
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.
MYSTERY / THRILLER
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
This was a fantastic ending to this series and I am genuinely sad that I will no longer be getting any more books from Kate’s POV. I loved riding along in her brain. Ilona Andrews has developed an amazing world and cast of characters with the Kate Daniels series and it has made an indelible mark on my reading life. No other UF has ever quite reached it. But I am hoping that although it may be the last of the Kate Daniels series, there is still more to come in this world. There’s so much potential for more, especially with characters like Julie and Derek and then we have the Iron Dogs with Hugh and Elara. I’m keeping all my fingers and toes crossed!
URBAN FANTASY | FAVE SERIES | TOP AUTHOR | KICK ASS HEROINE
Promises Decide by Sarah McCarty
Whenever I need a sexy historical western romance, Sarah McCarty is my girl. Her alpha male cowboys know exactly how to rev up a girls engine. It’s been a while since we have had a release in this series so it was great to see some of the previous heroes and heroines who I have grown to love. In Promises Decide, which I believe is the last in the Promises series, we also get a more laid back hero. Laid back, but still determined to claim the stubborn woman and three children that he now views as his. This was a nice end to the series adn I can’t wait to see what McCarty brings out next.
Tossed Into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Sometimes you read the right book at the right time and that’s exactly what happened when I picked up Tossed into Love. I was feeling ill, I needed some comfort and along came Antonio and Libby it was the bibliographic version of chocolate. Like chocolate it was sweet, satisfying and didn’t take long to get through the whole thing. If you are already a fan of Aurora Rose Reynolds then you will love this as much as I did. It doesn’t differ much in tone from her previous books, we have the sexy alpha hero and the feisty smart heroine. Loved it.
Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
It’s always exciting to have a new Nalini Singh book out, but I was particularly looking forward to Ocean Light. Firstly, because I adored Silver Silence it is one of my all time Singh favourites, there’s just something about dem bears! So having the second book out in the Psy-Changeling Trinity was a treat. Secondly, this is the first book in the series with a water changeling! We’ve had mammals galore, but now we get a chance to look at the mysterious under water world of the BlackSea changelings. Thirdly, Bowen Knight. The ruthless human security chief for the Human Alliance, I was excited to finally be getting his story. It didn’t disappoint. This was a great read, we got a glimpse into BlackSea and water changelings, a sensual romance and some intriguing story development.
All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller
I’m normally not a big reader of fairy tale retellings, however, I was lured in by the beautiful cover and interesting premise of Cinderella told from the perspective of the wicked step mother. It was such a compelling story! It had all the familiar elements of Cinderella, only you see things from a slightly different angle. Agnes, the “wicked” step mother is instead a practical woman who has had a difficult life, the ugly stepsisters are friendly and clever and Cinderella is a fragile and spoiled child. There are no pumpkins turning into carriages and the handsome prince isn’t entirely charming, instead we have an interesting and moving tale that reads more like historical fiction and shows the Cinderella story in a new light.
The Elizas by Sara Shepard
I’m going for something completely non-romance this month! I went into The Elizas thinking it was some kind of thriller, with a stalker/killer that only the heroine knew about. In some ways it was the exact opposite of that! But I am not going to say anymore as it will spoil it. This was an intense psychological mystery where nothing was quite as it seemed and the deeper you get into it the more strange it seems. If you are in the mood for something a little different this month you need to give it a try.
Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid
I need a few moments to collect myself…I just can’t believe it…the final book…I don’t know whether to feel happy or sad. I think I’ll settle for a little of both. The Knitting in the City series has been one of my favourites since I picked up Neanderthal Seeks Human, the first in the series a few weeks after its release…on a whim. Which, just proved to me that acting on a whim isn’t necessarily a bad thing as this has turned into one of my favourite ever contemporary romance series. Reid throws in some unforgettable heroines, some unusual heroes and then infuses it with warmth and intelligence, leaving you with a quirky, hilarious and thoughtful romance book. I love it. And now, I must bid it adieu and just be thankful for the memories and all the rereads that will inevitably follow.
CONTEMPORARY ROM. | FAVE AUTHOR | FAVE SERIES | MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE
This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong
Stuck in the wilderness, in a primitive town with a suspected serial killer? Sign up me! To read the book of course, I don’t want to experience that in real life. However, for Casey Duncan, a detective in Rockton a hidden town where the desperate go to stay off the grid, that’s exactly what’s happening. THIS FALLEN PREY is the third in this series and the tension is high as Casey and Eric find themselves with a suspected serial killer, who even though he protests his innocence bodies seem to drop around him. It’s a tense read, you don’t know who to believe or who you can trust…or who will survive. Armstrong delivers a strong installment into the series with a book that is not only action packed but which reveals more secrets about Rockton only it just seems to lead to more questions. A really enjoyable thriller and I can’t wait to read the next book to see what gets thrown at Casey and Eric next!
Through a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee
I’ve started 2018 off with a bang! I really loved Hendee’s YA Fantasy Through a Dark Glass. It was such an interesting idea, 17 year old Megan has a choice of three brothers to marry and just before she has to pick, a magical mirror appears which shows her the consequences of her choice. Her choice of brother has dramatically different consequences for not only her own happiness, but the brothers themselves and the kingdom as a whole. Once Megan has been shown her future with each brother she then has to decide. As soon as she has made her decision the memories from the mirror disappear. Although this is part of series, each story is a standalone and I loved seeing how drastically each decision affected not only Megan, but everything around her. I loved it, and although it was fairly easy to decipher who she would choose, I loved watching each choice as it unfolded. If you want a YA fantasy that’s interesting but not heavy, with a dash of romance and intrigue you have to give Through a Dark Glass a try.
YOUNG ADULT | FANTASY