Behind the Books – Author Skye Warren shares her favorite books with us!

by Maryse on November 16, 2016 · 10 comments

in Behind The Books

Skye Warren (one of our QUEENS of “Dark Love Stories”) has JUST released a book yesterday! To the Ends of the Earth: A Stripped Standalone has that dark edge to it (it sounds awesome!!). I’ve been a HUGE fan of hers for years now, because she takes me there. Her stories both hooking me, and taking me out of my comfort zone all at the same time, and they stay with me long after I’ve reached “the end”.

I’ve always wondered what HER favorite books were. Those that she absolutely loved (dark and otherwise). After all, she’s a reader, too, and she’s commented many times right here, recommending, or just joining in on our enthusiasm and love for a specific book. AND GUESS WHAT??!! She’s here right now!!!

And she’s going to share a few of her favorites with us today!

Welcome Skye!!! :D !!!

“Thank you so much to Maryse for having me!

I love seeing her new book reviews, so it’s a special honor to get to share my favorite books with everyone here. In particular I love and adore books that are subversive, lyrical, and occasionally dark, so if you do too you might find something amazing in this list…”

1. SUGAR DADDY by Lisa Kleypas

I know that BLUE EYED DEVIL is the fan favorite of the contemporary Travis family books, and really I’m usually a sucker for a rough-around-the-edges hero and a heroine healing from a traumatic past. But even with all that, I’m hung up on Gage Travis and Liberty Jones.

Sugar Daddy is a brilliant book, one that almost grows more layered every time I read it.

Which is… a lot. Many times. I can’t get enough of this deep character study of flawed people, good people, struggling people. It’s a study in love, both familial and unrequited.

Also, this one isn’t really dark, just incredibly compelling, but they get darker…

2. WAKING KISS by Annabel Joseph

Speaking of heroines healing from a traumatic past, I absolutely adore Ashleigh Keaton in this book. She’s both incredibly vulnerable and made of steel, an ordinary girl with extraordinary fortitude. The characters spring to life, including the enigmatic hero Liam and his temperamental friend Rubio.

This is a story of sexy BDSM, of orientation and introduction—but it’s also a life or death story, because both the hero and heroine are living a half-life. The fight they face is whether to trust, whether that’s even possible with the horrors of the past.

Honorable mention goes to Comfort Object and Loaned, both also by Annabel Joseph, for sexy stories that have stuck with me. I’m basically an Annabel Joseph fangirl ;-)

3. ONE LAST SONG by S.K. Falls

Okay, here’s where I make my confession. I’m a sucker for a complicated heroine. I really fall in love with them first, and then require the hero to be worthy of them. I like them deep and even dark and sometimes dangerous. So that’s why Saylor from One Last Song stopped me in my tracks.

When the first line of a book is “I ate my first needle when I was seven,” you know you have something different. Saylor has Munchausen syndrome, a real psychiatric illness where she’s compelled to fake illness. Her psychiatrist suggests that she volunteer at the hospital, which leads to her secretly joining a support group for youth with terminal illness.

From there it’s heartbreaking, gritty, emotional, a nuanced look at both psychological and physical illness and the disaster they wreak. It’s the kind of book you can’t forget.

If you love books that are heartbreaking but also hopeful, that aren’t necessarily a romance, be sure to check out this one, and also We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride.

4. DARK NOTES by Pam Godwin

I’ve been a fan and friend of author Pam Godwin for a while now, but Dark Notes completely shook my world. So dark and so sexy and so utterly romantic – it’s the student teacher book of my dreams!

5. ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood

This is one of my more recent *favorite* reads, and I’m pretty sure I first heard about it from Maryse’s Facebook post. As soon as I read the words “Midwestern meth lab” I was in, but it turned out completely different than I expected in the best way.

Stunning writing. Captivating characters. A spellbinding taboo relationship.

I told my friend Shari that this wasn’t a book I read but one that I experienced.

By the way, if you’re looking for other more literary works with a romance bent, check out The Night Circus.

5. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD by Patricia Gaffney

The absolute best dark romance. Ever. Written.

Yes, I just said that!! And it’s a historical romance that was traditionally published, but damn. Completely cutting edge with brilliant writing and a breathtaking interplay. It captivated me from the first moment the heroine stepped onto the page—I simultaneously hated the hero and knew he was the only one worthy of her.

By the way, if you’re interested in historical romance with a dark bent, I also recommend Seduction by Madeline Hunter, The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh, The Mysterious Miss M by Diane Gaston, and Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran.

Thank you so much for having me!!

Oh, and if you’ve finished reading all of those, be sure to check out Professed by Nicola Rendell, Everything I Left Unsaid: A Novel by M. O’Keefe, and Capture Me by Anna Zaires.

Okay, I’m really done now!! As you can see I really super love books!! It’s a sickness, and I don’t ever want a cure. Have you read any of these? Did I mention any on your favorites shelf? Are you one-clicking any of them? Do you have a book recommendation for me based on the types of books I adore?

And I hope you’ll join me for THE PAWN, which comes out on December 6th!

“Smart, dark, deeply sensual read with characters I fell in love with from the minute they walked onto the page!” – New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips

The price of survival…

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.

There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden auction…

Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

You can find more about me and my books here:

http://www.skyewarren.com

YAY!!! Thank you SO much, Skye, for giving us your own personal recommendations. I know these will be right up our alley!!! In fact I’ve already read three and I can’t wait to devour a few more. :D

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Skye Warren November 16, 2016 at 4:57 PM

Thank you so much for having me, Maryse!! I love talking books ❤️❤️❤️

Jan November 16, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Thank you for sharing your favs, Skye. The Patricia Gaffney is catching my eye. I love a good HR. I had a look at some reviews of it on Good Reads, and one person labelled it a ‘marmite’ book – you either love it or hate it. I’m officially intrigued and I’m going to see whether I can hunt down a copy.

Anna Zaires November 16, 2016 at 10:08 PM

Thank you so much for the shout-out, Skye! I love many of the same books you’ve mentioned, and I’m a huge fan of your books as well!

Kathy P November 16, 2016 at 10:27 PM

Love Lisa Kleypas historical romances. Will definitely add this to my list!

Julie o November 17, 2016 at 6:05 AM

Sugar Daddy is not a historical. One of her few contemporaries. My favorite in that family series is Smooth Talking Stranger but they are all very enjoyable. For some reason Jack just does it for me!

Teri November 17, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Thank you! I’m looking forward to checking these out! It’s fun to know what the authors of our favorite books like to read :-)

Skye Warren November 17, 2016 at 6:32 PM

To Have and To Hold is definitely a love-it-or-hate-it book! I was just jaw-dropping in awe of it the whole time I was reading. I’m not sure I could re-read it, though? Maybe someday. It’s intense!

And yes, I love Lisa Kleypas historicals!! Her Travis series is contemporary, starting with Sugar Daddy – a different voice but totally worth reading. And yes, Jack totally does it for me too!!! Smooth Talking Stranger is a regular re-read for me.

Jan November 17, 2016 at 9:55 PM

I’m reading Sugar Daddy today, and really liking it. So well written. Not a book I had even heard of before, so thanks, Skye.

Maryse November 18, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Jan!! I loved Sugar Daddy! I read that one back in 2011 or 2012 I think. Skye and I have similar book-tastes. ;)

Oh and here’s my review of that one: http://www.maryse.net/books/contemporary-romance/book-review-sugar-daddy-by-lisa-kleypas.html

Rae November 18, 2016 at 1:34 PM

loved the reco of Professed by Skye Warren :)

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