– 2019 –
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
It was a great introduction to the series. Robb introduced the characters and slightly futuristic world really well. She didn’t bog the book down with too many details and instead just dove straight in with the story and fleshing out her characters. It also didn’t feel too dated. I don’t know if this was because of the future setting or just the genius of J.D. Robb. So, although some of the technological details felt like they were the imaginations of a mind in the 90s, the more important aspects like character and story didn’t. It left me intrigued, addicted to the characters and desperate for more making it an excellent first book.
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE | SCI FI | COP | BILLIONAIRE
Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
I loved this switch in perspectives it opens a whole new world to us readers that Andrews built magnificently as we get more involved in House politics. But, that didn’t mean that there was no action in this book. The world of the magical elite is a dangerous and violent place and this book was a fast paced and exciting read. But for me, what always draws me back to an Ilona Andrews book, apart from the great world building and interesting plot lines, is the characters.
URBAN FANTASY | MAGIC
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
Don’t You Forget About Me did a great job of mixing Georgina’s journey of self-discover with a big dose of humour. The pain of seeing Lucas again brings in sharp relief her life of serially underachieving. But rather then being depressing, Georgina’s voice smooths the edges with her brilliant sense of humour. This is also a book set in the UK and is a great example of British humour. So, if you ever want a taste of the dry self-depreciating wit that often marks British comedy, this is the perfect book.
WOMEN’S FICTION | FUNNY | CHILDHOOD CRUSH
Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean
I went into this book with some sky high expectations. One, because I already love Sarah Maclean and her books and I especially loved the first book in this series. Two, it has a curvy heroine and there’s nothing I love more than a curvy heroine. Three, did I mention it was written by Sarah Maclean and I adore her and her books? Reading Brazen and the Beast just reinforces my aforementioned points. I loved it.
If you want a strong heroine, a broody, grumpy hero (and who doesn’t want that!?) and a fast paced and interesting plot then this is the book you have been craving. It was a fantastic read, so if you haven’t started this series yet you need to bump it up your TBR.
HISTORICAL ROMANCE | CLASS DIFFERENCES | CURVY HEROINE
Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep
This book picks up where the last book finishes, so I think it’s important to read this series in order. Estep packs a lot of action in her books, but with her simplistic writing style, I feel like it’s very easy for readers to get lost in her world.
As I mentioned, this series is meant to be a Fantasy and it definitely has those components compared to her other books. However, I do think that this book does have a strong Urban Fantasy feel to it. This makes sense because Estep’s strongest genre is UF.
Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh
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.
PARANORMAL ROMANCE | SHIFTERS
Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
I try not to go in to any book with pre-conceived expectations, be they good or bad. Mostly I fail pretty spectacularly at this, especially when it comes to series that I love. So, it’s safe to say I went into Storm Cursed with extremely high expectations. I’ve read so many excellent books in the Mercy Thompson series that it didn’t cross my mind that I wouldn’t love this one. And I did. Patricia Briggs is a fantastic writer. Her characters and the relationship between them evolve throughout the series, and not just her main characters, everyone in the Mercy-verse has a degree of development. Next, there’s the world, with each book our understanding grows and deepens as Briggs expertly furnishes us with more information. Finally, there is the story itself. It’s always an exciting and fast paced ride making these books hard to put down. Basically Patricia Briggs is a genius and if you aren’t reading her yet…why not?
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
Well, colour me surprised. If I am honest, I picked up Serious Moonlight because I loved the cover, it’s so cute. However, I was berating myself for letting my id take control and grab the ARC. I don’t like contemporary YA. Too many teenagers with too many feelings, my eyes can’t handle all the rolling. But, what do you know? I loved it. I admit, it took me about 10% to get into it, but once I was past that I raced through. I loved it. I liked both the main couple and the quirky set of secondary characters that made this story such a delight. I liked the mystery that wove the narrative and characters together. It was a great read and I’ll definitely be looking at Bennett’s other YA contemporary books and maybe take another chance.
Wild Country by Anne Bishop
I love Anne Bishop’s world of the Others and so I was excited to read her latest instalment Wild Country. In this book we get to see some familiar faces from previous books in the series as the terre indigene and some select humans work together to rebuild the town of Bennett. This book had Bishop’s typical slow pacing, allowing us to get into all the characters lives whilst at the same time steadily building up the tension…you know something big and terrible is going to happen, you don’t know when. This books had humour, action and a great story, I can’t wait to read more.
Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas
Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas is one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. Not only because Kleypas is one of my favourite authors, but because I have been dying to learn more about the hero since he first appeared in Cold-Hearted Rake. West Ravenel has had quite the character arc in this series and we see it come into glorious fruition in Devil’s Daughter. I guarantee he will be your next book boyfriend. Phoebe our heroine in the daughter of familiar figures if you are a Kleypas fan – Sebastian and Evie from Devil in Winter – and I loved seeing this glimpse into the life of a previous hero and heroine I have adored. She was also a fantastic heroine in her own right. A widow with two young sons, I really loved her strength and her humour. I predict Phoebe and West will be one of my favourite couples of 2019.
HISTORICAL ROMANCE | SINGLE PARENT | FARMER