Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – January 10th 2017

by Maryse on January 10, 2017 · 265 comments

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Happy NEW RELEASE day, everyone!!! Not the biggest release day that we’ve had, but darn good, and if you pair it up with yesterday’s “early bird” list, and it’s phenomenal! Yeah!!!! :D

‘Cause whatever you do, if you missed it… you MUST check out yesterday’s earlybird releases!! ➜ 35 Monday Early Bird Book Releases (this one was insane!! Like a mini “Big Tuesday release list”.

Ela: Wow! What a start to the week!

Amy: Well sh!t… *throws New Year’s book budget in the garbage* Clickety click click CLICK!!!

P.S. Lisa Renee Jones HUGE GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!!!!!! I’m posting this here and on Facebook, and the FIRST 25 TO ENTER will win one. Then the giveaway will end.

Lisa Renee Jones has a brand new book out!! Surrender is the third and final book in her Careless Whispers series and she’d love to gift a few copies of book one in the series, DENIAL!! Everyone wins until all gift copies are claimed!

Enter here ➜ https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/23a36bc3b29b2f0c

P.P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).

AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS

For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Full Package by Lauren Blakely
  2. A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
  3. Surrender: Careless Whispers, Book 3 by Lisa Renee Jones
  4. The Sleepwalker: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
  5. Dragon King of Treoir: Belador, Book 8 by Dianna Love
  6. Gone: Deadly Secret, Book 2 by Elisabeth Naughton
  7. Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1 by Ilona Andrews

      

 

BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart <— WILL SUCKER PUNCH YOU!!! Back on the list ’cause Tasha just LOST it…

Tasha: Oh. My. God. I just finished We Were Liars. Its just awful! SO so good, but just awful! My throats all tight and my eyes are all watery and I did even see something coming and I still got punched!!!

Maryse: Tasha… you’re speaking my Marmy-book language on that book. I want to read it even more badly now.

  • The Providence Trilogy Bundle: Providence; Requiem; Eden by Jamie McGuire <— JAMIE MCGUIRE SERIES BUNDLE ALERT!! OOOOH I LOVED THIS PARANORMAL/ANGELS SERIES!! In fact, I’m a “character” in the third book. Well… er… sorta. ;) Seriously so good! And Kat found it on super-bargain right now!!

Kat: I loved this series! I own it on my Nook now 1 clicking for Amazon

Amy: Oooooh, the Providence series was good! I actually read that *before* Beautiful Disaster. Multitalented, that woman. ;)

Sheena: I just wanted to share with you an amazing series I have just finished. The Infidelity Series by Aleatha Romig, it is not about cheating but just an intense series that has you captured from chapter 1 of Betrayal to the very last page of Fidelity (the last book) I was lucky to get an ARC of this series when the books came out and I would highly recommend them to you and everyone. They are full of love, laughter, angst, twists, turns, deception/betrayal. Such a great series I can’t help shouting about it
  • Mistrust by Margaret McHeyzer <— SHE HAD THE PERFECT LIFE UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENED…My parents adore me, and I absolutely love them. My sister and I have a great relationship too. I’m a cheerleader, I have a high GPA and I’m liked even by the teachers. It was a night which promised to be filled with love and fun until…something happened which changed everything.” It’s super-bargain priced today!!
  • Dirty Work by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert <— HE’S HER COMPLETE OPPOSITE and she’s running against him! “…lucky me, I’m running against him for Senate. But I’ve got plenty of fight in me…” (super-bargain priced!!)
  • RECKLESS: A Rocker Romance Collection <— ROCK STAR ANTHOLOGY SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!!
  • The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon <— FANTASY ROMANCE and Jean just read it and LOVED it!

Jean: But you guys, I finished The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon today and it was AMAZING! YOU MUST READ IT! It was magical, mesmerizing, spellbinding! Maryse, have you read it? Is it on your TBR? I don’t usually beg like some people around here (*coughs bev*), but I’m begging! Come on, it’s Amy Harmon, you know you’ll love it!

Maryse: Jean I did read The Bird and the Sword! Very good indeed! :D

R: Amy Harmon finally got the mushy love letter I wrote her after From Sand and Ash :D It’s going to get awkward if I have to write her another one for this book…

  • Checkmate: This is War (Checkmate Duet Book 1) by Kennedy Fox <— SHE HATES HIM!! And he’s her brother’s best friend… “Travis King is the worst kind of a**hole. He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes. And I hate him. It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable. But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.” (super-bargain priced today!!)
  • The Standout: A Robin Bricker Novel by Laurel Osterkamp <— PSYCH-THRILLER super-bargain alert! Nancy found us this one!! Ballerina on a reality show is being tormented… “Surrounded by backstabbing co-contestants and haunted by mysterious ghosts from her past, Robin can’t trust anyone, including herself. Her only allies are Zelda, a ballerina and model, and her older brother Ted, both of whom have ghosts and secrets of their own…
        

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI/DYSTOPIAN

  1. Dragon King Of Treoir: Belador Book 8 by Dianna Love
  2. A Lady’s Heart (Takhini Shifters Book 3) by Vivian Arend
  3. Scapulimancist (Seven Forbidden Arts Book 7) by Charmaine Pauls
  4. Caught: A Vampire Blood Courtesans Romance by Julia Mills and Michelle Fox
  5. Cursed: Gowns & Crowns, Book 5 by Jennifer Chance
  6. The Collector’s Treasure (A Spellbound Consortium Book 1) by Vivienne Savage, A. Payne, N.D. Taylor
  7. Moonlight (Moonkind Series Book 2) by Ines Johnson
  8. The Blue Lotus Tales by Marisa Chenery
  9. Seven Lamps Were Burning: Book One of the CLOUDWALKER Series by Linda N. Merryman
  10. A Shade of Time by Dana Michelle Burnett
  11. Hunger: Goddesses of Delphi by Gemma Brocato
  12. Forgiving Fate (Lupinski Clan Book 2) by Emmy Gatrell
  13. Control (Bloodlines Book 2) by Crissy Smith
  14. Scattered Souls (Flames of Time Book 2) by Erica Lucke Dean
  15. Marked by Obsession: PSY-IV Teams by Jami Gray
  16. Undying Love (Secrets of Roseville Book 1) by Betty Bolte
  17. The Slave Planet: The Complete Series by Seven Steps
                

 

CONTEMPORARY

  1. Worth The Wait (A McKinney / Walker Novel Book 1) by Claudia Connor <— FBI AGENT BROKE HER HEART… and he’ll do anything get her back. (P.S. I read book #1 in this series and LOVED it!! Here’s my review for Worth the Fall)
  2. Why Not? (Love Riddles Book 3) by Carey Heywood
  3. Lethal Game (Red Stone Security Series Book 15) by Katie Reus
  4. An Improper Ever After (Elliot & Annabelle #3) (Billionaires’ Brides of Convenience Book 5) by Nadia Lee
  5. Betting on a Hot SEAL: Hot SEALs by Cat Johnson
  6. The SEALS by Anne Calhoun
  7. Royally Deep (Going Deep Book 2) by Virna DePaul <— A FOOTBALL STAR & A PRINCESS ALERT!Yearning for adventure and romance before she devotes herself to her country and marries a man she doesn’t love, Arabella can’t believe her luck when she meets Kyle. Sparks fly between the football player and the princess, and they begin an affair neither of them could’ve imagined…
  8. Fractured Breaths by Zoey Derrick
  9. Blood And Tears (Ashby Holler Book 2) by Jamie Zakian
  10. Sinful Abandon by Jeannine Colette <— SHE MEETS A STRANGER AND they spend the night together… “Ryan Pierson is handsome, fun and doesn’t have a penny to his name. The two embark on a wild night of passion that has Heather questioning what it is she wants out of life. But nothing is as perfect as it seems…”
  11. Half the Distance (Bulldog High Book 1) by Stan Marshall
  12. Escaping With Eve: Justin’s Story (Escape Book 4) by Sydney Holmes
  13. Anne Bonny’s Wake by Dick Elam
  14. Degrees of Acceptance (The Prestian Series Book 2) by Via Mari
  15. After The Break by Andrea Joan <— A BOXER & A FAMOUS ACTRESS ALERT!Every day I struggle to survive. I’ve not felt alive until now. Until her. Skylar Barrett. She is an actress, a millionaire, every man’s wet dream. On the surface she has everything; wants for nothing. But I see what lies beneath her facade. She walks a fine line between the dark and the light. She’s a sinner and a savior. And she has chosen me. She needs my protection and I. Need. Her…
  16. Homecoming (Secrets & Lies Book 1) by T. M. Sullivan
  17. Broken by Kimberley Hatch
  18. The Precious Ruby (The Precious Trilogy Book 1) by Renee, C
  19. Back Check: An Aces Hockey Novel by Kelly Jamieson <— HOCKEY STAR/SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away…
  20. Entrusted: A Drug of Desire Novel by Sidney Bristol
  21. Exposed in Darkness by Heather Sunseri
  22. A Perilous Undertaking (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery) by Deanna Raybourn
  23. ABANDON (Layers of Veronica Book 7) by Emilia I. Rutigliano
  24. Gone (Deadly Secrets Book 2) by Elisabeth Naughton <— THEIR BABY WAS KIDNAPPED ALERT!!Alec suspects his vengeful biological father is behind Emma’s disappearance. But as Raegan investigates other abductions in the area, she sees a pattern—and begins to wonder if Emma’s kidnapping is actually linked to something more sinister...”
  25. Fighting the Flames (Where There’s Smoke Book 1) by Em Petrova
  26. His Forever: Billionaire Alpha by Ali Parker
  27. Giving it Up (Brewhouse Book 1) by Holly Dodd
  28. Safe Bet (The Rules Book 4) by Monica Murphy <— FOOTBALL STAR ALERT! SHE’S THE NANNY BUT he’s married and “…the media is abuzz with rumors that she and her boss Drew Callahan are having a torrid affair. Everyone knows the truth–except the public. So Drew’s wife Fable comes up with the perfect idea. She creates a fake relationship between Sydney and one of the rookie players on Drew’s team…”
  29. Capture of the Defiance: Romantic Suspense (Breaking Free Book 2) by S.E. Smith
  30. Wild Kisses (Wildwood) by Skye Jordan
  31. Midnight Of No Return (Midnight Blue Beach Book 2) by Olivia Jaymes
  32. Baby Blues and Wedding Bells (Marry Me Series, Book 4) by Patricia McLinn
  33. CLAM JAM by RC Boldt <— HE’S HER GAY ROOMMATE & HE KEEPS LAYING CLAIM ON HER MEN ALERT! ”The day I interviewed for the room to rent, everything changed. I knew I had met “the girl”, except there was one small problem: she didn’t want anything to do with men. I recognized a top-notch force field when I saw one. She’d been burned badly and didn’t want to deal with a heterosexual guy as a roommate. I could’ve turned around and found another place to live, but I wanted to live there—with her...” <— *snort*
  34. GUILTY: The Protectors Series — Book Five by Karen Fenech
  35. Safe Harbor (Moanna Island Book 1) by Kristen Terrette
  36. Escape (Tip of the Spear Book 1) by Belle Ami <— KIDNAPPED IN DUBAI ALERT!!When Harvard student, Layla Rose Wallace and her Saudi boyfriend are kidnapped in Dubai and taken to Iran, a deep-cover Mossad agent is activated and given a mission. He is ordered to either get Layla out of Iran, or if failing that—kill her…
  37. In the Light of the Garden: A Novel by Heather Burch
  38. Love Crazy (Welcome To Spartan Book 1) by Ashley Lyn
  39. Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling
  40. Wicked Bride Games (Indecent Games Book 1) by Clarissa Wild <— SHE NEEDS MONEY & HE HAS SOME FOR HER… “Three weeks of her time, no-holds-barred, in exchange for fifty million dollars. With no other means to pay her bills, Naomi has no choice but to accept. However, Naomi isn’t the only one who signs the contract. And Max isn’t alone in his deal. Three brothers … Nine girls … All competing for the ultimate prize … marriage…”
  41. Shelter for Adeline (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 7) by Susan Stoker
  42. Trillionaire Boys’ Club: The Producer by Aubrey Parker
  43. Final Hours: a romantic suspense novel (Heroes of Providence Book 5) by Lisa Mondello
  44. Dancing Hearts by Heather Dahlgren
  45. Inviting Trouble (Happy Endings Book Club, Book 2) by Kylie Gilmore
  46. #Blur (The GearShark Series Book 4) by Cambria Hebert <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!! “He’s swerving onto the road less traveled… and a lot more controversial. He’s opening up about his private struggles with sexuality to tell a story that’s gone unheard until now...”
  47. Binding the Edges (Tales from The Edge Book 8) by L.M. Somerton <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  48. When Thunder Rolls (M/M Romance) (Mile High Romance Book 7) by Aria Grace <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  49. Undercurrent (Sand Dollar Shoal Book 1) by Pandora Pine <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  50. Playing by the Rules by Reese Ryan
  51. HOT BLACKTOP: A Hot Blacktop Novella (Hot Blacktop Series Book 1) by Wendi Knape
  52. The Sweetheart Game (Brash & Brazen) by Cheryl Ann Smith
  53. Claiming the Billionaire (Seattle Bachelors) by JM Stewart
  54. Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble <— HER HUSBAND WAS KILLED & SHE’S PREGNANT…When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left…”
  55. The Sleepwalker: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian <— SHE GOES MISSING AND SHE’S A SLEEPWALKER ALERT!When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating…
  56. Savage Betrayal (The Nickie Savage Series, Book 4) by R.T. Wolfe
  57. The Billionaire’s Virgin: A Billionaire Romance (The Billionaire Fairy Tales) by Jackie Ashenden
  58. I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions: A Contract Killers Novel by Erin Lyon
  59. Obsession by Liz Bower
  60. Hooked on Trouble (Over the Top) by Kelly Siskind
  61. Traveling Light by Lynne Branard <— STRANGERS ON AN IMPROMPTU ROADTRIP ALERT!Posting about their road trip on Facebook, complete with photos of Roger at every stop, Blossom opens Alissa’s eyes to the road in front of her—and to how sometimes the best things in life are the ones you never see coming…
  62. Hale Street: The Sweets Collection: Books 1 – 3 by Emily Leigh, Amy Knupp, Natasha Lake
  63. Seduction: A Bayfront Billionaire Novella (Bayfront Billionaires) by Calista Fox
  64. My Favorite Mistake by Wendi Zwaduk
  65. His Secretary’s Secret by Kim Carmichael
                                                           

 

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R. Renee January 10, 2017 at 1:08 PM

I’m reading Amityville AND Lucian Divine right now. Just one clicked Sinful Abandon! I think I’ll read it alongside!

R. Renee January 10, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Hey!! And I was first! :P

Maryse January 10, 2017 at 1:19 PM

OMG. Amityville??!! Like THE Amityville? Which Amityville?

Maryse January 10, 2017 at 1:19 PM

Congrats on FIRST!!! :P ;)

Fabi January 10, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Remember how I was complaining about the freezing cold a few days ago? Well, it’s going to be 77 here today. :-0

R. Renee January 10, 2017 at 1:21 PM

Thanks! Yes THE Amityville. It’s my January challenge book! (by Jay Anson). So technically, I’m reading about angels and demons simultaneously!

Maryse January 10, 2017 at 2:03 PM

NICE!!!!!!

Maryse January 10, 2017 at 2:03 PM

Fabi!! I’m hoping it gets to that temp today, here too. I just put all of my plants back outside for some sun and warmth.

R. Renee January 10, 2017 at 2:04 PM

I think I lost all my plants :(

Tessa January 10, 2017 at 2:39 PM

They said it’ll be 54 here with flood advisory. Which is why it is currently not raining? Did you all here about the famous tree in the Sequoia? The one with a hole at it’s base big enough for multiple people to stand it? The rain got it and it fell. :( 2000 years old and this storm took it down.

Fabi January 10, 2017 at 2:58 PM

awwww, Tessa. That’s a lot of rain. I’ve been hearing on the news how insane it is.

Maryse January 10, 2017 at 3:50 PM

I’ve grown the majority of my plants from seed or from teeny tiny babies, so… yeah. I baby them hard.

I have a tomato plant that I’ve had since last May, that NEVER produced ANY tomatoes for me because it was too hot… grew and grew, and I kept having to chop it down and reroot it to keep it alive, and replant all of its rooted branches and over and over again… nothing, all through spring, summer and fall… nothing.

Guess what? Now? TOMATOES!!!!!! I have tomatoes coming up like crazy now.

Babied. :P

Maryse January 10, 2017 at 3:50 PM

OH NO TESSA!!!!!!!

That makes me SO SAD.

bev January 10, 2017 at 4:24 PM

Heard about the tree. Made me sad, but a storm felt like a natural way for it to go, if that makes sense?
Flood watch here to. I will build a boat and float down to say,”Hi”.

Tessa January 10, 2017 at 4:28 PM

Same here. I was sad to see that.

It’s back to raining. Thankfully, this city isn’t getting hit as hard. There is a creek near us, but it’s not in any danger of flooding. Heck, if it sees more than a foot of water, I’ll be impressed.

Back to books, next week is the beginning of insanity. Feverborn and Next to Never? *squees* Week after that, the eleventh Charlie Davidson book. All of which makes me happy.

Tessa January 10, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Sounds good Bev. Though, once you hit San Jose, go west. We are in a little not flooded zone. Weird, but I’m grateful.

Kathy P January 10, 2017 at 7:06 PM

My favorite used book store went out of business this summer :( but not before I grabbed up a TON of paperback books and some series that I have wanted to start. So with all of the rain, I have been binge reading the Lora Leigh Breed Series. It is strange but a good thing to read paperbacks again. It had been forever!

Fabi January 10, 2017 at 7:10 PM

Kathy, I used to love Lora Leigh’s Breed Series. mmm, brings back good reading times.

Nowadays though, I have a really hard time reading paper books. They feel so uncomfortable to me. Even though I still like to look and smell them. :-/

Maryse January 10, 2017 at 7:32 PM

You guys!!!

Did you see the book giveaway (above) that I added. It’s immediate until all 25 books have been won!!!

Melanie January 10, 2017 at 7:41 PM

Yay! Won my copy!! Also, in case there are any other Brightest Kind of Darkness fans, P. T. Michelle has finally announced a release date of January 24th for the final book!!

Maryse January 10, 2017 at 7:55 PM

YAY!!!!! :D

Grey January 10, 2017 at 8:13 PM

I won too! Thanks Maryse and Ms. Jones for the opportunity!

We’re having nasty weather here too… ugh. Sleet/ice yuck yuck…

I am reading Too Late by Colleen Hoover… Super excited about next week. Next to Never and Fidelity come out! I haven’t bought ANY books yet this year. Can you believe it?!? I hate being broke LOL! But, reading books off my TBR is keeping me busy (And ARC’s of course!)

Kathy Phelan January 10, 2017 at 8:31 PM

There are a few disadvantages to reading a paperback vs the Kindle that I have discovered since reading the paperbacks: 1. When the dogs jump on the bed and knock over my book and I lose my page that I was on. 2. When I pick up my daughter at school, I have to hide the cover of the book if it is a sexy cover. 3. I have to have the lights on to read when my hubby is trying to sleep. My New Year’s goal is to try and get thru some of these books instead of one clicking but it is so hard!

Cheryl January 10, 2017 at 10:12 PM

We still have snow on the ground, but it’s supposed to start raining tonight and then temps reach 60 by friday. Bye-bye snow!!

Grey, I started reading Into The Light and I am loving it!! Bonus that it’s a kindle unlimited book!! So far, I have several theories on what is going on. ;)

Antonella January 11, 2017 at 4:06 AM

Kathy – point 2 on your list is very valid. I read on the train and with the ipad, it says the title name on top, which depending on the book can be embarrassing.

Cheryl – today it was 104 here in Sydney. So glad a southerly has come to cool it down.

Leslie M January 11, 2017 at 6:24 AM

Cheryl & Grey, Are you talking about Aleatha Romig’s books? I haven’t read either of those yet…I was waiting for them to be complete. Do you know how many in series?

Lisa Aiello January 11, 2017 at 8:46 AM

Not that I’m Cheryl or Grey, but if you haven’t read Aleatha Romig, Into the Light and Away from the Dark are amazing – and it’s a completed series, just the 2 books. Although I’d love to see a 3rd book!!

Cheryl January 11, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Leslie- yes Aletha Romig and what Lisa Aiello said- it’s a complete story at 2 books. I’m at 43% in Into the Light and I’m loving the writing and the twisty-turny nature of the story. It’s rather complex, and I have several theories which are evolving as I read. Several POV’s which leads to kinda a parallel storyline, if that makes sense. No smexy times, yet.

Grey January 11, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Yes, what Cheryl said about Into the Light. It was on my top Ten of 2016 list! It is a complete set with only 2 books which are both out. I am so glad you’re loving it Cheryl!!

Leslie M January 11, 2017 at 2:57 PM

Thanks guys!! I will be bumping Into the LIGHT up the list. :)

Leslie M January 11, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Guys, not to be such a worry wart, but I’m really nervous…has anyone heard from Nay lately?

R. Renee January 11, 2017 at 4:47 PM

No! She hasn’t been on the GR threads?

Maryse January 11, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Not me either… hrmmmm…

Maryse January 11, 2017 at 5:29 PM

Her last comment was January 3rd…

R. Renee January 11, 2017 at 5:31 PM

She did say she’d probably just disappear for a little bit didn’t she? I’m going to go back through the GR threads and see what I can find.

Fabi January 11, 2017 at 6:03 PM

She warned us she would disappear for a while when she got the notice that her transplant was ready. I don’t imagine it will be a short recovery time. Fingers crossed and prayers said.

R. Renee January 11, 2017 at 6:06 PM

The last time Nay was on GR seems to be the 4th. Somewhere she said how long she’d be out but I can’t find it on GR. It must be on here somewhere.

Leslie M January 11, 2017 at 6:33 PM

Oh crap….I hope she is ok. If anyone hears anything (some of you on Facebook or Twitter maybe?) please let me know. My only communication with her was here and Goodreads.

Maryse January 11, 2017 at 6:42 PM

Okay AND!!!!!!!

In December Nay commented:

Submitted on 2016/12/12 at 12:38 PM
“Just talked to my doctor’s office. They are putting me on the list within the next couple of days and their average wait has been 1-2 weeks, so I may get this thing out of the way before the end of the year!!”

Maryse January 11, 2017 at 6:42 PM

You guys… maybe this is good news??!!! Oh I HOPE!!!

R. Renee January 11, 2017 at 6:44 PM

You found it! Thanks Maryse! I bet she’s just recuperating. I messaged her through GR, but if we don’t hear from her soon I have her email.

Maryse January 11, 2017 at 6:45 PM

Okay and I found THESE two Nay comments (also in December):

Submitted on 2016/12/10 at 9:12 PM
They had me do a bunch of tests to make sure I was healthy–which I am. The only reason my heart is crap is because I got a virus in it 13 yrs ago–a fluke, as they said.

But anyway, my final one was the mammogram, and it came back clear on Friday, so I go on Monday and, fingers crossed, I’ll be ‘on the list’ as they say!

I’m so excited, but scared sh!tless, so I REALLY appreciate you all being there for me and sending good thoughts and prayers my way! If I disappear one day, you know I’ve gone in for the operation!

I need to keep doing things just like this, because I can’t put everything on hold while I wait. So buddy reads, challenges, and our wonderful book discussions are perfect for me!

Submitted on 2016/12/10 at 8:58 PM
I may miss one month when I get my transplant, depending on if I feel like reading during the weeks afterward when I’m in the hospital, but besides that, I’m in!

Maryse January 11, 2017 at 6:45 PM

I bet this is the GOOD “It”!!!! YAY!!!!

R. Renee January 11, 2017 at 7:23 PM

Nay resurfaced. No transplant yet, just got busy. She said she’ll pop in in a bit.

Leslie M January 11, 2017 at 7:31 PM

Ok, phew!!! She scared me with no comments for a week.

R. Renee January 11, 2017 at 7:37 PM

Give her heck, Leslie!

Maryse January 11, 2017 at 7:46 PM

YAH!!!!! ROAR!!!
;)

bev January 11, 2017 at 8:03 PM

Just saw her pop up on GR.

I’m cold.

bev January 11, 2017 at 8:36 PM

I feel like a squirrel.

I have two books started. One I’m halfway through and though uneven I intend to finish it.
The other a quarter or so and holds promise.
I do not want to keep halfway read books idling on my tbr anymore. (Does anyone else hear Travis Tritt sing when they type that word?)
But…but…but…There are two other books calling, nay shouting my name.
What’s a well brought up book nerd to do?

Maryse January 11, 2017 at 9:09 PM

I’m having a hard time finishing Wolfsong.

What’s wrong with me? I like the funny parts. Like… REALLY like them. Adorable and fun and cute, and quirky-clever.

But then… it’s just… long, for the rest. But I’m gonna finish. I’m SO far in/almost finished I can’t stop.

Cheryl January 11, 2017 at 9:10 PM

Phew, that got my heart rate up reading the comments about Nay. What a huge waiting game for her and then recovery. *thoughts and prayers*

bev January 11, 2017 at 9:22 PM

How far are you Maryse?

Fabi January 11, 2017 at 9:31 PM

Maryse, TBH, I don’t even know how you can force yourself to go back to a book that didn’t initially hold your interest. Granted, I used to finish most of my books way back when. But they were $20 hard cover and in scarce supply. Nowadays, I can’t even think about going back to a book that doesn’t completely enthrall me.

Maryse January 11, 2017 at 9:37 PM

TOOOOO many readers LOVED it. And I mean LOVED-loved it, so I had to find myself in there, too. And I LOVE TJ’s other series (and his writing).

Still at 75% bev…

I’m thinking something is coming that’s gonna make me go AWWWWW THERE IT IS!!!!

bev January 11, 2017 at 10:49 PM

It is funny how that can happen.
A book can have all the check marks and an author you like and yet…..

R. Renee January 11, 2017 at 10:50 PM

…Lucian happens :(

Let me just finish that sentence for you bev lol.

Tessa January 11, 2017 at 10:52 PM

Lucian?

bev January 11, 2017 at 10:54 PM

He was impotent and had a fungus somewhere.
That is a knock to any new relationship, R.

R. Renee January 11, 2017 at 10:54 PM

Divine. It checked all my boxes, but it was a miss for me. I’m in mourning. I’m making my friend read it because I’m thinking maybe I was drugged or something. I went from stupid grin to WTH in the course of a single chapter. It has to be me. I was tired. I need to re-read.

Fabi January 11, 2017 at 10:57 PM

I’m on my 2nd or 3rd dnf in a row. Fabi is not a happy camper.

R. Renee January 11, 2017 at 10:59 PM

LOL bev!

bev January 11, 2017 at 11:02 PM

Fabi, read Bitter Legacy. I want to.
That and I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and conditions are the two I want to squirrel too.
Or maybe knock Strawberries for Desert off the old tbr.

Fabi January 11, 2017 at 11:05 PM

I think I saving SfD for one of our challenge categories.

I just started an ARC to force myself to finish this next read. I won’t usually dnf one of those unless it’s dire circumstances.

Maryse January 11, 2017 at 11:19 PM

*group hug*

R. Renee January 11, 2017 at 11:36 PM

I wanna join! *hugs*

Wait…are you hugging us to soften the Wolfsong blow? You know we love you either way, right?

bev January 11, 2017 at 11:49 PM

Random group hug.

I’m uneasy.

Fabi January 11, 2017 at 11:55 PM

Bev is carefully sniffing things out while the rest of us are jumping into the puppy pile. lol

bev January 12, 2017 at 12:05 AM
R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 12:08 AM

That is exactly how I pictured you bev!

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 12:13 AM

LOL Bev! Cute and grouchy hahaha

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 1:06 AM

*huggles into the puppy pile* Hi! Why are we huggling? Is it DNF induced. If so, I’m about to DNF A Court for Fairies.

It should have been good, but the writing is just slow. I mean, if they stuck to present day, that’d be better. However, it’s not just the random chapters set in the past. It keeps changing POV, and not in a good way. Just when you think you are getting somewhere, poof, it’s this person’s POV. I swear it’s like reading Lord of the Rings all over again. Yeah, it’s starting to get interesting. Wait, it’s good. I’m invested and… Why are we over here with the orc’s POV?

All this book needs is a shire and I’m done.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 1:34 AM

I decided that after a rant like that, I obviously don’t want to read the book and DNF’d it. Instead I will be happy with reading Breath of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles) by Amanda Bouchet.

Leslie M January 12, 2017 at 7:44 AM

I need in on this group hug!!! Talk about feeling bad about a book???? I dnf-ed Wolfsong!! *horrified gasp*

Leslie M January 12, 2017 at 7:46 AM

Bev, can I be your BFF in real life if I promise not to ever hug you? You are so freaking funny.

bev January 12, 2017 at 8:13 AM

Well. You know, Jean is my favorite. But ok, Leslie. ;)

Maryse January 12, 2017 at 9:31 AM

bev you’re a cute grumpy puppy!!!

Maryse January 12, 2017 at 9:31 AM

Okay and I’m at 85%

Finally… the sexy times. *snort*

bev January 12, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Well, if your getting to those times, you are very close to the end.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 12:15 PM

FLT (it is Thursday isn’t it?)

“He woke up to gentle fingers carding through his hair, and a raging headache.” Whiteout by Elyse Springer

Yeah for ARCs. :-) I’m only at 22% but it’s really good so far. A mystery, thriller, scary, what’s going on vibe. Crossing fingers that it holds up for the rest of the book. It’s due out 1/23.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 12:22 PM

FLT: I’m reading 3 books right now, but I’ll go with the latest. Jeannine Colette’s Sinful Abandon. “Ten p.m., and the only souls in the building are security.”

Nay January 12, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Guys! I’m so sorry! My life just exploded this last week. My sons have been out for Christmas break AND my oldest has been in some legal trouble (nothing huge, but still) AND my middle has had a stomach virus, AND I’ve been making list after list and cooking/freezing food for my four guys for when I go into the hospital AND I’ve been going through a round of editing for a book whose release will depend almost solely on my situation, so I’m trying to get it done as quickly as possible.

So with all that, the days simply flew by without my realizing I hadn’t posted anywhere. Though I do think I posted on one thread here a few days ago, or I *thought* I did.

Again, I’m so sorry!

When I get “THE CALL”, it will take hubby and me about 45 minutes to get to the hospital and I plan to do 3 things during the drive–group text my family, message the author I edit for and post something here and on GR, so unless something really weird happens, I’ll post something to let y’all know what’s going on.

Nay January 12, 2017 at 12:33 PM

This is how busy I’ve been–I STILL haven’t taken down my extremely dead Christmas tree yet! lol

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 12:43 PM

Nay, so glad to hear you just busy with life happening. Obviously, we worry, so thank you for popping in to say hi.

Nay January 12, 2017 at 12:44 PM

Oh no, Leslie! Does that mean I won’t like Wolfsong??? I still can’t decide whether or not to read it. But right now, I’m just looking forward to next Tuesday and Feversong! I figure I’ll get ‘THE CALL’, about Monday night or Tuesday morning, right when it comes out.

Nay January 12, 2017 at 12:48 PM

Thank, Fabi! I wish I had already gotten the deed over and done with! Since I have a heart pump, I’m automatically on the top of the list as a ’1A’, but they got someone in with my same parameters that needs a heart worse than I do right now, so they downgraded me to a ’1B’.

So…unless they have multiple doners, I’ll be waiting until that other person gets their heart and then I’ll be a ’1A’ again. And the hospital is supposed to call me when that happens.

It figures that my wait is the longest of any of their patients thus far! lol But I figure there must be a reason for it, so I won’t complain!

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Nay read Wolfsong!! Don’t listen to Leslie, she’s crazy! Just kidding! Leslie isn’t crazy. (She is Nay, I swear!)

Leslie M January 12, 2017 at 1:11 PM

Nay, I’m happy nothing is wrong with your health, however, sounds like you’ve had quite stressful time lately. :(

I am in fact crazy, no disputing that. Who would love Twilight with every fiber of their being but not be able to tolerate PNR?!? Makes no sense.

Nay, I bet you’d love Wolfsong since you are PNR fan.

Leslie M January 12, 2017 at 1:15 PM

*gives Jean side-eye for being Bev’s favorite instead of me*

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 2:11 PM

Gah!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TJ Klune’s tweet from earlier:

“I usually like to take a bit of a break after finishing a book, but the wolves are singing packpackpack, and man, do I want to write it.”

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 2:30 PM

my heart goes pitter patter pitter patter

He’s said before that we shouldn’t expect a follow-up until 2018. …

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 2:31 PM

But he TWEETED it Fabi! It has to be truetruetrue! And fastfastfast!

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Has anyone read History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund. I’ve been intrigued by it for a while but can’t quite decide if it’s for me or not.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 2:38 PM

we can hopehopehope

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 2:44 PM

Did ya’ll know that Bad Things (Tristan & Dan​ika Book 1) by R.K. Lilley is free right now? I don’t know if that’s news or not. But I do remember this book/series being a big favorite around here.

Tasha J January 12, 2017 at 4:22 PM

Fabi, I haven’t read it but that’s on my tbr as well and it’s calling to me, big time.
FLT: “They say death aims once and never misses, but I doubt Ty Yorkshire thought it would strike with a scrubbing brush.” – Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. I just finished The Bird and the Sword today, FINALLY, and I loved it!! Even better though, is there’s more to come! Whoo!

Grey January 12, 2017 at 4:44 PM

I was just coming to post about Bad Things being free… because that is definitely post worthy… gah, my heart hurts a little just typing it… Bait by M. Mabie is also free right now. I loved that one too.

FLT- “Hey,” my best friend Julie hissed, tapping my knee repeatedly, rousing me from my half nap. Blurry by Carina Adams

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 5:19 PM

FLT:
Waking up from a deep, healing sleep reminds me of rushing towards the surface of a lake, brightness beckoning from above and bubbles fizzle all around me.
Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

See. Big smiles. So big. So, so happy. This book is not a disappointment after book 1 and I’m only 20% in.

Nay, I’m so glad you’re okay but remember to rest a little. That much stress before having surgery can’t be good. *hugs*

Jan January 12, 2017 at 5:45 PM

Hugz to Nay :) Ooh so many posts to catch pop with! Hey, did anyone else see that Alessandra Torre’s new book Love In Lingerie is coming out on Jan 16? That’s just a few days away! Yayyy. *clicks pre-order button* I wasn’t overly rapt in Monnshot, her last one, but I loved Hollywood Dirt and Blindfolded Innocence.

FLT: ‘A bowling ball landed on his stomach, and he woke with a groan to a room with about a hundred times the light any earthbound room should have.’ Prayer, by Susan Fanetti. It’s a CR in the Pagano family series. Mafia books but mostly not too violent and I’ve been enjoying the series. BTW, the ‘bowling ball’ in the FL is a cat jumping on his stomach……….

Jan January 12, 2017 at 5:46 PM

Grrrr. Catch *up* with. (catch pop with????? WTAH)

Nay January 12, 2017 at 6:05 PM

Thanks everyone!

Leslie–I’ve been meaning to ask you why you had Twilight as your avatar on here but you don’t like PnR. That’s hilarious! Until several years ago, PnR (and UF) was about 90% of what I read. So I probably will enjoy Wolfsong.

FLT:

Her recently manicured nails bit marks into her palms.
Jezebel by K. Larsen

Tasha J January 12, 2017 at 7:19 PM

Oh your reading Jezebel, Nay!! Happy reading!! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! :)

MichelleS January 12, 2017 at 7:57 PM

FLT: “There’s blood on my hands, blood between my toes, blood speckled in my hair. It’s splashed across my chest, and to my horror, I can taste a few droplets on my lips.” – Rhapsodic (The Bargainer Book 1)…

SQUEE! Loving this book so far. The perfect fantasy read. A super hot alpha broody H and a tough, cool h. Reminds me of Mercy Thompson & Fae Chronicles. Really great read so far! Woo Hoo. Slow build up, the FAE (yay), she’s a Siren, and he’s hot as heck!

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 8:22 PM

By Laura Thalassa?

Leslie M January 12, 2017 at 8:27 PM

FLT – “I’m always going to be a sex addict, but I’m more than just sex.” Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie

This is the last book in this FREAKING AWESOME series.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 8:33 PM

I’m not a big PNR fan anymore either and I loved Wolfsong! Maybe it ‘s more a teen thing than a PNR thing, though. Maybe I just *think* I don’t like PNR because most of it is YA…hmmm.

bev January 12, 2017 at 8:53 PM

PNR is mostly YA? R, where you been?
Gosh, how long ago was the first big PNR/UF book deluge?
You know Hamilton, Feehan, Kenyon, ect ect?

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 9:03 PM

Who?

bev January 12, 2017 at 9:07 PM

They were some of the adult pnr writers back in the day?
Who were you reading?

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 9:09 PM

Twilight, Shiver, Beautiful Creatures, Hush…I have many. But one day I was just over it and I didn’t pick up another book for a couple years!

MichelleS January 12, 2017 at 9:14 PM

Yes, Tessa, that’s the one!

R, Renee – GIRL! You missed out reading YA PNR! The adult PNR is hot hot & hot! Adding Ward, Cole, Briggs, and Moning to your author list Bev! And soooo many more!!! Still some of my all time favorite reads!

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 9:16 PM

Well there ya go! LOL So what’s something angsty and swoony?

bev January 12, 2017 at 9:18 PM

R, I would respond to that YA list, but it would hurt my bff’s feelings.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 9:18 PM

Your new BFF Leslie?

bev January 12, 2017 at 9:24 PM

Yes, my bff Leslie.

Honestly, I’ve read those too.
Many of the adult ones I read back then (over a decade ago, right?) are not to my taste anymore.
Briggs I still love. She is not angsty though. But Mercy is one of my very favorite heroines.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 9:24 PM

*jumps up and down, waving her hands* I know a BUNCH of awesome adult PNR. Karen Marie Moning is pretty angsty. Start with Dark Fever! *squees*

Alright, now that I got that out (Her next book is coming next week!)
Darynda Jones’ Charlie Davidson series is funny and sexy
OMG, I’m drawing a blank on angsty and those are the ones I’m drawn to the most.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 9:27 PM

Looking them up Tessa! And Swoon trumps angst, would you say these are swoony?

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 9:35 PM

OMG R you opened a hornets nest.

Adult angsty swooney PNR
Black Dagger Brotherhood by Ward
Dark by Feehan
Dark-Hunters (major angst) by Kenyon

Omg I can’t go on, I’m dying just thinking of these

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 9:37 PM

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series – broken guy and angst are usually in each one
The guild hunters series by Nalini Singh
The Hollows by Kim Harrison
Roam series by Kimberly Adams Stedronsky
Dark Light by SL Jennings

Gah, I need to write a list of all the good PNR. Or the classics at least. I’m missing so many still.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 9:38 PM

LOL Fabi! Crack open your wine and talk to me! This is the year to try new things!

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 9:38 PM

Most swoony is Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Honestly, you’ll hear tons of love for the first five. The second half might have some arguments about who loves what, but the first five are pretty much the “first” series, and six plus is kind of the second.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 9:39 PM

Maryse MUST have a list already.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 9:40 PM

That’s what I was thinking!

So I’m looking for a decently priced version of Darkfever. Is that a good place to start? Did anyone confirm swoon on this one?

Leslie M January 12, 2017 at 9:40 PM

I KNOW my BFF would never consider dissing Twilight…just as I would never consider insulting Simon. (well, not to your face anyway) *snort*

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Fabi, we seriously need to make a list! I can do PNR but I know I’d have to add things like Ward, whom everyone loves (And yes, super swoon and angsty!) but I always have issues with. (Don’t judge her on my taste. I’m in a severe minority with this one.)

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 9:41 PM

Most heartbreaking are the Dark-Hunters. By the time you read Acheron your heart is so bruised that it hurts to pump.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 9:42 PM

KMM is full on Swoon. If you aren’t in love with Barrons… How can you not love Barrons? He’s a jerkface guy who’s bossy and you want to slap him, but is super hot and and and… Seriously, BARRONS!!

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 9:43 PM

Fabi is right on that. Poor Acheron. Though, we found out the hard way that one needs to be read in order or you lose the umph of Archeron.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 9:44 PM

Fabi, she has an old one with 9 series on it. I looked to get ideas for more books. :D

bev January 12, 2017 at 9:46 PM

And Leslie, you haven’t even met my original Simon.
From a little book called Written in Red.
Is that on anyone’s list?

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 9:46 PM

OK let’s try to avoid series with over 10 books lol. I need to start slowly…

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 9:47 PM

It should be! THough she said swoony. It’s high in angst, but not as swoony as a lot of them are. It’s just the ULTIMATE slow burn. lol

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 9:49 PM

Ooooh no…no slow burn. Big angst. Bigger swoon. I’ll do I can’t imagine a PNR without an alpha, but if there is one, bonus. And not a ginormous series that I have to read 4 books before I “get it.” Does that help or make it worse? LOL

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 9:51 PM

Fever has a lot of books, but the main story is the first five. Kenyon’s does have a LOT of books, but she’s been writing them forever. (I bought my first one at Crown Books.) JR Ward’s series isn’t that long, I think?

bev January 12, 2017 at 9:54 PM

Pfft.

Yes.

Pfft.

Written in Red is wonderful.
It has adventure buddies, chubby ponies, and scritches by the second book.

Pfft

Even Maryse loved it.

http://www.maryse.net/books/book-review-written-in-red-by-anne-bishop.html

Give love a chance R.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 9:55 PM

BDB
Dark
And
Dark-Hunters
are all stand alone books within the series but I always say start with book 1 because there is an ongoing theme in each series.

Tessa, omg, I know I have a list of PNRs. Probably two lists, one YA and one adult. I’ll have to hunt it down. But someone who does good searches here will likely fund Maryse’s

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 9:56 PM

Depends on what you mean by get it? LIke, trilogy or less, or it makes sense pretty quickly?

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 9:57 PM

BDB does not look like something I’d like. Just the cover scares me and the blurb doesn’t help. Darkfever looks better.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 9:58 PM

the problem Bev is that R says she doesn’t like a slow burn and that series is the mama of slow burns.

She also doesn’t care for alphas which basically is going to limit her in most PNRs. I’d say Dark-Hunter book one or Dark book 1 to minimise the alpha jerkiness.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 9:58 PM

I mean, I want to love book one. I don’t want to start off with a series that the first few are ok but the 4th is awesome. I need book 1 to be awesome.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 9:59 PM

Bev, when she reads Written in Red, I don’t want her disappointed. It’s such an awesome book that you don’t want her looking for swoony (though, yes. Simon is swoony), and getting um… almost nothing in the first book. lol WIR is high angst, but the relationship is slower than average.

*love the poinies, and the crows, and the and the puppies, and the elementals*

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 9:59 PM

Dark fever is the jerkiness aloha of the alphas. (I adore him!) lol

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:00 PM

I can do alpha, it’s just not my preference. But when considering alpha, I’m thinking more Christian Grey and less “guy on the cover of BDB.”

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:00 PM

Rats! LOL

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:00 PM

Ok, my autocorrect decided to do its own thing. :-/

Darkfever has the biggest alpha of them all.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:01 PM

Aloha LMAO!!!

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 10:01 PM

Honestly, if they weren’t good from book one, I won’t recommend it. I’m recommending the highest of calibers. (Again, yes, WIR is one, but it’s not swoony!)

You don’t like alpha males?

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:03 PM

Yup, apparently my autocorrect needs a vacation

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:03 PM

Not particularly Tessa. With exception, I’m more into the boy next door…

Fabi what is the Dark series you mentioned?

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 10:04 PM

Alright, let me see.
Dark Hunters (They are broken. Seriously. That’s the premises for the whole series.)
Let me go through Goodreads.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:05 PM

oooh broken, like Jean’s kind of broken? I like broken.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:05 PM

All PNR heroes are alphas, but a couple of the series make them super sweet to the h. That’s why I keep bringing up Dark and Dark-Hunter. Those guys prize their women.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:06 PM

Dark Series by Christine Feehan.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:06 PM

OK I think I’ll go for one of those.

Who writes Dark? Is that the name of the series?

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:07 PM

thanks lol

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:07 PM

Dark-Hunter is by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Maryse January 12, 2017 at 10:08 PM

I have awesome paranormal lists!!! :D With all of the BDB, Dark and Dark Hunters on ‘em

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:09 PM

Agree Tessa. The only problem with D-H is the first book isn’t really part of the series but should be read anyways.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:09 PM

So Fabi that would be either Night Pleasures or Dark Prince?

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 10:09 PM

Christine Feehan writes the Dark series with Dark Prince being the first.

Maryse January 12, 2017 at 10:09 PM

Maryse DID love it, bev. Exactly. That one was fun, funny and intense.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:09 PM

That’s what I’ve been saying Maryse!!! You’re bound to have the awesomnest list!!!

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 10:10 PM

You can read the first one later. You aren’t missing too much to read the first in the third or fourth. (Though, that’s the one I bought at Crown books. lol)

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:11 PM

That’s right R. Just remember that Night Pleasures is not really the beginning of the series even though it sgoukd be read as book 1. The theme of the series begins in book 2.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 10:12 PM

R. I’m pushing for Dark Pleasure, but Night Prince is also awesome. Both are alphas but super sweet.

OMG, Jeanine Frost’s Night Hunter series. Is Bones too alpha, you think? Because he’s so sweet, but I think at first he was grrr.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:12 PM

hmmm, book 2 already references book 1. I’d read 1 first just to get a peek at the character.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:14 PM

so Night Pleasures IS book one? On GR it says it is, then you click on it and it lists it as book 2. So confusing.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 10:14 PM

But he’s not important. I honestly read two, three and four without realizing that the book I bought years prior was part of the series. Then, I was sorting my paperbacks and boom! The first book. I missed nothing.

bev January 12, 2017 at 10:14 PM

Yes. Yes you did Maryse.

And I’m going to say it. Yes I am.
I think R, would end up liking WiR more than the Dark Hunters or the Carpathians.
Yeah I’m throwing that down.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:15 PM

You never know bev! It appears I have no clue what I like.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 10:15 PM

Fantasy Lover characters are referenced in the series, but their story really isn’t important to read. The major need to know is told in the Night Pleasures.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:16 PM

bev, why do you think R would like WiR?

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 10:17 PM

*hugs Bev* She will, if she likes PNR. Let’s get her addicted to PNR first, to the point that she didn’t even realize that there is a slow burn with the sweet alpha who likes special meat.

Jan January 12, 2017 at 10:17 PM

Rhapsodic is calling my name ………..

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:17 PM

Night Pleasures is book 1.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:17 PM

I wish you guys got this excited over CR!

Jan January 12, 2017 at 10:17 PM

Wait, ‘special meat’? LMAO

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:18 PM

Tessa — Bones (dreamy swoon!!!)

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:18 PM

But that series follows the same couple for several books.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:19 PM

which one? I prefer same couple too. I’m not a couple jumper.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:20 PM

OK that sounded bad.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:20 PM

Yes, when the butcher shop puts the sign in the window. You know — special meat available.

Maryse January 12, 2017 at 10:21 PM
Maryse January 12, 2017 at 10:21 PM
Maryse January 12, 2017 at 10:22 PM
R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:22 PM

Thanks Maryse!

Maryse January 12, 2017 at 10:23 PM
Cheryl January 12, 2017 at 10:34 PM

R. you dnf’d Lucian Divine? I’ve been on the fence about that one, because I’m not a pnr fan and not big on alphas either. I did like the Dark Fever series, but it is a SLOW burn and I’m not caught up on all of them. My library had them-maybe your will too.

FLT:
“An impenetrable fog cloaked the woman’s thoughts, seeping into her being, binding and erasing everything she’d ever known.” Into the Light (The Light Series Book 1) by Aleatha Romig. I’m loving this story and trying to figure it out, although I have been able to put it down. At 85% and sure sh!t is going to hit the fan. Then on to book 2!! At least I know what I’m reading next for a change! :)

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 10:39 PM

*bows to Maryse* I only remembered the one. Um… now to find more goodies!

Maryse January 12, 2017 at 10:40 PM

And these ARE GREAT lists if you haven’t already read the books on them. The best of the best!

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:40 PM

Cheryl, no I finished it. At first go, it was just OK for me, but I think that was because of Amazon. I saw reviewers saying they wished it was longer so I looked, and Amazon had it listed as 220 pgs. It’s not, it’s 268 pages, but I felt a bit “had” that I paid full price for a much shorter book from her. So when the beginning moved a little quick, I decided that was why and I never could get over it. THEN, I got my paperback in the mail and realized I was wrong, so I’m going to try again. I will say the first 35% had me swooning like a crazy person! I know it wont be a 5 star for me, but I be it’s at least 3, maybe 4.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:41 PM

Yes they are!!! I’m lost on a trip down memory lane with these lists.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 10:49 PM

OMG my brain hurts.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 10:52 PM

Rachel Vincent and Vicki Peterson are new to me. :D I’ve read the rest, but still. That just makes me so happy. :D Also it reminded me that I was reading the Faith Hunter series and my library was missing the next book, so I need to buy it.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 10:53 PM

I mean, Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. Oops.

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 10:54 PM

I think I’ve read Rachel Vincent but not Vicki Peterson. Or maybe I’m thinking of Richelle Mead?

MichelleS January 12, 2017 at 10:58 PM

R – I’d go Karen Marie Mining LIGHT first – read the Highlander Series – you can stop anytime, because each one is a story of one couple. Major alphas there!!! Adam Black? Daegus Mackekter? I mean COME ON GIRLS!!?? Am I right?? The Fever is series is long & heavy! I love me some Barron’s, but we’ll lose her if she goes there first!

Fabi January 12, 2017 at 11:02 PM

Omg MichelleS. That’s one of my all time favorite series. But it’s time-travel historical romance. Again, one of my big time favorite genres.

Tasha J January 12, 2017 at 11:09 PM

Have you read Karina Halle’s EIT series R.? That’s on Maryse’s list too. I liked book 1, bc it was so different from anything I had read at the time, but it really picked up for me book 2 and after.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 11:10 PM

I love Richelle Mead’s books. She even has a Fae series. Though, I think she needs to right more of that series. lol Because I liked it that much.

Jan, me too. MichelleS is usually right with good new PNR. :D I already grabbed it since it is KU.

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 11:12 PM

I have only read Adam’s story so far. The first book starts a little slow for me, but I haven’t passed the first chapter, so what do I know? lol

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 11:13 PM

It’s crazy confusing. I think I narrow something down, then go to Amazon and it’s like ok, buy this series or buy a car?

Tessa January 12, 2017 at 11:19 PM

Here’s the thing. If there are a lot of books in the series, you will probably find them at a library or used book store. Also, even the ones where the romance is one character, they usually have a Happy for now ending. Most don’t end on a CH.

R. Renee January 12, 2017 at 11:20 PM

I’ve been looking for used ones on Amazon too.

Tessa January 13, 2017 at 12:21 AM

That works as well. That way they are much cheaper. :D

bev January 13, 2017 at 12:25 AM

Hold everything.

Jan…..Please tell me you read WiR. Please.

Fabi,”why would she like it?”
My heart is breaking that you don’t see.
That’s a tear in my eye.
I thought you were an adventure buddy.

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 8:04 AM

Bev, I didn’t know you had another Simon. Interesting…..

bev January 13, 2017 at 8:41 AM

Leslie, a bff needs to know these things. ;)

Fabi January 13, 2017 at 8:47 AM

lol Bev. My question was serious. Knowing what R reads and the stipulations she’s mentioned for a PNR read, why would you think WiR is a good fit?

The question had nothing to do with how much you and I love the book. We read YA, love alpha heroes, and don’t mind a slow burn.

But, if she steps outside of those parameters, then WiR is a really unique PNR book.

MichelleS January 13, 2017 at 8:58 AM

To me the Highlander series fits the bill: PNR because of the paranormal elements: the Fae, their Druid powers, time travel. But it’s light, funny, sexy, with major alpha dudes. Not too heavy on paranormal. No cliffhangers. Stand alones, but better if read in series. Not a long series.

MichelleS January 13, 2017 at 8:59 AM

Also – Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark, funny, sexy, no cliff hangers. Each book about a new couple. Super sexy men – Scottish werewolves???? Rawr!

MichelleS January 13, 2017 at 9:03 AM

I had a friend who had never read any adult PNR. I told her to read Dark Lover the first in the BDB series after that she was hooked. That would probably be the best place to start

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 9:12 AM

Ok Bev, I’m making notes. ;)

Seriously guys…I desperately WANT to like PNR. What’s wrong with me?!? I have tried and wasn’t able to get into the following:

Dark Lover – JR Ward (I want to love this so bad I tried reading twice and audio once)

Kiss of Midnight- Laura Adrian (tried this twice too)

Pleasures of the Night – Sylvia Day

A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

A Quick Bite – Lynsay Sands (tried book & audio)

Glass Houses – Rachel Caine

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs – Molly Harper

Dark fever – Karen Marie Moning

A Werewolf in Manhattan – Vicki Lewis Thompson

Insatiable – Meg Cabot

Wolfsong – TJ Klune

R. Renee January 13, 2017 at 9:28 AM

The problem I have is that all the H’s in these series seem to be big burly alphas. I like Joe and Ox. Where are the PNRs with H’s like them?

bev January 13, 2017 at 9:38 AM

Leslie, I’ve read Wolfsong, Dark Fever, Discovery of Witches, and Dark Lover.
Is there anything that stands out as to why you didn’t like them?
I tried a Sands one time, an HR I think, but her humor and style just didn’t work for me.

bev January 13, 2017 at 9:58 AM

Ok, R and WiR.
She might not like it at all. It could just be my joy in it that makes me believe she will.
Like I thought Jan would.
*stares at Jan*
I do not know R’s taste that we’ll as we have not read many of the same books. It is one one of the reasons I linked to Maryse ‘ s review as I believe their taste are more aligned.
If I thought R only read books set within those parameters then , no, not a good rec.
First I would not classify WiR as YA, at all. There is no sex but I don’t think that’s is the only distinction between YA and Adult, plus a lot of YA does.
It has a alpha hero, but Meg and the others hold their own. Simon listens to them and respects them. He wants Meg to be strong and have her own agency. In a lot of ways I’d say he is an alpha of the pack and courtyard, but not the typical romance alpha.
It is a well written book with wonderful world building.
The characters are interesting and unique. This isn’t the, let’s write a typical hero or heroine and slap on the label werewolf. Simon is a wolf. The crows are crows.
Bishop also is writing about real life issues but setting them in this fantasy world.
It is also funny and R has a good sense of humor.
Again, she may not like it but I had to put it out there. Just like I had to rec Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda even though R thinks you won’t like it. Really, only you can tell us Fabi.

Now if only I can find someone to read Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil.

Tessa January 13, 2017 at 10:16 AM

As far as alphas like Joe and Ox, they are there too. Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series has quite a few. I love her Alpha and Omega series because of Charles and Anna. Charles is an Alpha, and dark and deadly, but his gentleness and kindness with Anna just melts my heart.

Actually, that would be a great place to start. It starts with a short story, so the first book is not expensive. I think she’s only on book 4. You don’t have to read the Mercy books to get them, though they are the same world. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001IZC3LU/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1484320499&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=alpha+and+omega+patricia+briggs&dpPl=1&dpID=516lrovIR-L&ref=plSrch

Fabi January 13, 2017 at 10:18 AM

Great description of WiR bev. I agree 100%. It’s an out of the box, unique and captivating book. I just think we should explain why we’re recommending a book, especially if the rec doesn’t fit the parameters given. Or at the very least, state that it doesn’t fit the parameters.

Nay January 13, 2017 at 10:34 AM

OMG why did I miss out on this conversation re: PnR for R. last night?! If you love swoony, I’ll 2nd or 3rd whoever told you to read the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (Jericho Barrons is one of my top 2 hot, brooding, swoony heroes!) and the Charley Davidson series (Reyes Farrow is my other top 2 hot, brooding, swoony hero!)

Darn! I just read through it all and see you don’t particularly want the OTT alphas? Well, that explains why you read YA PnR right there! Because almost every PnR series we’ve mentioned revolves around an alpha. I would suggest urban fantasy because the males often aren’t as alpha, but that wouldn’t be swoony enough.

I haven’t read WIR–what does that compare to??

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 10:40 AM

I’m good with alphas so that part of PNR doesn’t bother me. I wish I could put my finger on it (or explain in a coherent manner) what it is that turns me off. I think I cant grasp the unrealistic-ness of it (not able to picture that made up world). I also hate if the story has too much PNR politics/rules going on that take precedence over romance. So much of Twilight took place in real world and mostly focused on Bella/Edward. I want to be swept away in the romance…I don’t care about rival vampires or whatever.

Nay January 13, 2017 at 10:43 AM

I can’t believe no one has mentioned Larissa Ione’s Demonica series! Hot, sexy demons who try to do good in the world. Those are in my top 5 PnR series. My faves are: Fever, Charley Davidson, Demonica, BDB, Dark Hunter, Midnight Breed) There are other, but those come to mind first

After I had read the Twilight series 3 times, I finally got a clue and thought: ‘there must be some more adult PnR series out there?’. So I started researching and found the Black Dagger Brotherhood series was popular, so I got on ebay and bought the first 7 or 8 paperbacks in one lot for less than $20. I was in heaven for a week! Then I did the same thing with the Midnight Breed series.

R–since you like YA, have you read the Vampire Academy series? I’m not big on YA at all, but I LOVED that series. Loved it so much that after I bought a lot of the first five (off ebay again), when the sixth one came out, I drove 30 miles away and paid $25 (or something like that) for it. And that is NOT me at all! lol because I’m a penny-pinching fiend!

Nay January 13, 2017 at 10:53 AM

Leslie–since our reading tastes seem to be so much alike here lately (which is why I’m so SHOCKED you don’t read PnR!), maybe I can help. Personally, I think you’re reading the wrong books.

Re: your list:

Pleasures of the Night – Sylvia Day–haven’t read but as far as I know, this isn’t a ‘favorite’ among those of us who love PnR series reading–maybe I’m wrong??

A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness–good, but long and kind of boring with very little romance. I can totally understand why you didn’t like it.

A Quick Bite – Lynsay Sands (tried book & audio)–I tried this and didn’t like it.

Glass Houses – Rachel Caine–I tried because I thought it might be similar to Vampire Academy, but no. Didn’t like.

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs – Molly Harper–too quirky for me. Didn’t like

A Werewolf in Manhattan – Vicki Lewis Thompson–too quirky for me. Didn’t like

Insatiable – Meg Cabot–haven’t read, but this wasn’t popular among my PnR reading friends.

Wolfsong – TJ Klune–haven’t read, but from what I’ve heard, this is really different from the series PnR that’s being discussed here.

What didn’t you like about:
BDB?
Kiss of Midnight?
Dark Fever?

Nay January 13, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Just saw Bev’s description of WIR. Sounds like urban fantasy to me??

Cheryl January 13, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Grey- I just finished Into The Light and getting ready to start book 2. One of the things I thought, as actually true, but I have some questions. Think I’ll message you on GR.

Grey January 13, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Omg bwahahaha go to amazon to buy this series or buy a car. OMG R. I’m dying over here LMFAO!

Tessa January 13, 2017 at 11:39 AM

BDB, Midnight Breed, and Fever are very political.

Non political PNR is harder to find. I am drawn to the more political books, which is probably why Twilight wasn’t as interesting to me, yet I really liked book 4.

Grey January 13, 2017 at 11:42 AM

OK Cheryl, can’t wait!

Oooh we’re talking Barrons and PNRs… I love me some BDB. The old school ones ones more than the newer. I actually haven’t read any of the Richelle Mead books. I love Amelia Hutchins,especially Playing with Monsters which was on my top 10 list for 2016….I’m making notes for our February challenge…

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 11:44 AM

Thanks for that insight Tessa!! Maybe that’s why I can’t get into them?

Cheryl, I can’t wait to read Into the Light!!!

Nay, you made me feel a little better! :) I also have not tried Vampire Academy. I may give that a shot. Almost all the popular PNR is available at my library, so no money wasted for me.

I have a list of some PNR that I actually finished. I’ll will post it.

Nay January 13, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Tessa–what do you mean by political? I guess I never gave deep thought to it and I like to know how what I’m reading is categorized and why. Makes it easier when I explain/recommend it to others.

Nay January 13, 2017 at 1:03 PM

Leslie–you probably didn’t notice this in my super loooong post, but what didn’t you like about Dark Lover? Kiss of Midnight? Dark Fever?

If I know, it will help me make suggestions.

I will say up front, that many people like Dark Lover the least of the BDB books. To me, it has an entirely different tone than the rest of the series (but I loved it because, after Twilight, I was so happy to read a super sexy grown-up book!) Same goes for A Hunger Like No Other in the Immortals After Dark series.

And I guess I’ve also heard that about Dark Fever, although I think many of the people who didn’t care for it couldn’t get into the storyline because it’s more urban fantasy and that first book has a lot of world building. I was just one of those who was captivated from the beginning.

To me, the Fever series is like a big puzzle with many, many intricate parts, And many of those parts are secrets or the unknown. I think the way KMM has written it all is brilliant!

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Nay, I’m not sure what exactly turned me off… I guess I felt overwhelmed with information that I just didn’t get (I have hard time picturing and understanding other-worldly concepts) so I would tune out or just get bored.

I think I need “PNR-light”. Twilight just didn’t feel so far out of the realm possibility so I was able to picture it. (I didn’t watch the movies til after I read them either)

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 1:22 PM

I also don’t do well when any story in any genre has too many characters or details thrown out at me right in beginning. It stresses me out and feels more like work than enjoyment.

I hope I’m making some sense here.

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 1:25 PM

Nay, that is great to know that BDB gets better after the first one. No one ever told me that before. I have always felt super shunned *sniffles* by romance community for not getting into that one.

They might actually take away my romance-lovers card! Aaaaaand no Bev BFF.

Nay January 13, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Leslie–You’re making perfect sense! So urban fantasy is definitely not for you because it always has world building in the first or first few books.

I think you’ll like Vampire Academy.

What you’re saying about it feeling more like work is how I’ve gotten about Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Darkhunter series. Don’t even try that one! The first books were just each about a different alpha and whatever woman he was paired up with, but with each book, the ‘universe’ (it’s called the Dark Hunter Universe) just grew and grew and has become more complicated and huge. And if you wait too long to read the newest book whenever it comes out, you forget half of what you read in the previous book and get all confused (and it’s also a year between releases, so you forget a bunch anyway). That’s what happened to me.

Kressley Cole’s Immortal’s After Dark series has gotten that way to me to. I’m reading about these people whom I’ve read about before and whom I’m supposed to know about, but I can’t remember them or what they did and I just get stressed!

R. Renee January 13, 2017 at 1:54 PM

Tasha, no, I’ve seen that before though! I need to try more KH anyway!

I’m anti-alpha and anti-YA. Which I think means the PNR I’m looking for has yet to be written! And I’m totally with Leslie on Twilight. I loved it for the same reasons. PNR sent the real world, present day. I just want it to be adults and no HS. I think I’m too picky for this genre!

R. Renee January 13, 2017 at 1:59 PM

In theory, Sylvain Reynard’s The Florentine series should be perfect for me. I loved The Raven, but The Prince and The Shadow had too much vampire politics and too little romance. But feature creature wise, it’s more my type. And William is definitely alpha-ish, but not like the majority of vampires in this genre!

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 2:12 PM

R, I think you are correct, I am probably too picky as well.

I have had a hard time with high school age stuff lately but that’s only super OTT drama filled ones like Paper Princess.

The problem is being introduced to genre by Twilight is not a representation of the genre.

Nay January 13, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Leslie and R–I’d bet at least one of you would like the Blood Curse series by Tessa Dawn. I loved the first three and then just never read the fourth for some reason. From what I can remember, it may be similar to an adult Twilight(ish). I think that’s one of the reasons it was written–for the “mature’ adult women who loved Twilight. Hmmm, I think that’ll be my February challenge book!

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 2:38 PM

Ok, I’m torturing you guys with another list. This is the PNR I have actually read:

My Blood Approves Series – Amanda Hocking. I really enjoyed this one, very Twilight-ish.

Fated – Rebecca Zanetti. Also liked this, but hmmmmm… I never continued series…not sure why

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire – Kerreyln Sparks. This was only ok.

Vampire Kiss – Ellen Schreiber. Meh, ok.

Obsidian – J. Armentrout. Ok

Evermore – Alyson Noel. Didn’t like

The Awakening- L.J. Smith. Didn’t like

Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris. Didn’t like

Nay January 13, 2017 at 2:39 PM

I just checked, and I don’t know if this helps at all, but I have the third book in that series available to lend from Amazon if either of you decide to give it a try. I read most of these series in paperback and then traded them, but I still have tons of paperbacks, over 400, that are almost all PnR or urban fantasy. But ever since I got my kindle, I haven’t picked up a one of them!

Nay January 13, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Wow, Leslie! I am amazed that we’ve read so few of the same series!
The only 2 of those Ive read are Fated (loved) and Dead Until Dark (loved Sookie!)

I’m pretty sure I read at least two of the Dark Protector series (Fated and Claimed). I just didn’t rate the 2nd one on GR. (and I didnt pay $9.99 for it. It was $1.00 when I bought it). But I liked the Blood Curse series better.

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 2:51 PM

Nay, you have over 400 paperbacks?!? You should open a used book store.

I’ve never heard of Blood Curse series. Just looked it up and that will go on maybe list. I’m definitely gonna try Vampire Academy though. Perhaps YA PNR will be the way for me.

Nay January 13, 2017 at 2:56 PM

Actually, it’s probably closer to 500. I have 3 bookshelf units that are packed with them.I used to be a member at paperback swap, and I did A LOT of swapping for about 3 or 4 years.

bev January 13, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Leslie, I don’t read BDB anymore so it won’t ruin our BFF status.
KMM…..I’m just NOT happy where she took that series. Not sure i will ever finish or not.

I am kinda thinking WiR would not work for you. If you ever try it and don’t like it, well it’s an even trade, lol.

Nay, WiR is the best. Just is.

Tessa January 13, 2017 at 5:18 PM

R – Alpha and Omega. Yes, he’s an alpha werewolf, but he’s sweet and protective of Anna. She needs it, honestly, and comes into her own, getting stronger emotionally through each book. It’s one of my all time favorite couples because of his gentleness and push they both give each other to be strong, caring, and the best person they can be.

Leslie, looking at that list, try Darynda Jones’ Charlie Davidson series. There aren’t that many characters, each one is a mystery, and it has Reyes.

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 5:47 PM

R, this world of PNR is overwhelming huh?? I hate feeling left out.

Nay January 13, 2017 at 6:06 PM

Yeah, Leslie–like I said early, Charley Davidson IS awesome. And the books are pretty quick reads, I think.

Bev–I do love urban fantasy by I just really need a little sex in mine, or at least some major sexual tension. Most of the series that I’ve stuck with have that in common, and it’s why the Mercy Thompson series, as great as it is, started boring me. I’m just that shallow!

Nay January 13, 2017 at 6:06 PM

like I said **earlIER**

MichelleS January 13, 2017 at 6:16 PM

Okay Okay Okay – I have read all the comments R. Renee and here’s what I think:

1.) PNR is not for you – not the traditional PNR, which is this formula: moody broody alpha male, some big back story that continues through a series, each book is a new couple. All the stuff you DON’T want.

2.) You said in our modern world, and the same couple, and not a major alpha dude – so that says URBAN FANTASY to me, not PNR.

Having said that – I think the very best UF series out there is Patricia Briggs’ Mercedes Thompson Series (Alpha & Omega is a spinoff series). One couple, our world.

I also liked in the UF world: The Mageri Series.

I did NOT like a bunch of the books you mentioned, so I am hoping I’m on the right track here. I happen to like the PNR formula, but the books you mentioned didn’t work for me either – with the exception of only a couple (BDB and IAD). The other were non finishers for me too.

Jan January 13, 2017 at 6:17 PM

Fascinating discussion here today. bev, stop staring at me with those spooky eyes!! I totally agree that KMM killed off her series. It started so well, then after a few books got sooooo boring. And I’m not into BDB either (hey, no peanuts!) *craftily dodges rain of peanuts* And yes bev, I DID read Written in Red. I liked but didn’t love it. Soweee. *dodges chocolate coated peanuts then stops to eat one* Too much like urban fantasy and not enough romance for moi. And did anyone else notice that they actually EAT PEOPLE????? Just no, bev. I MIGHT be tempted to read some more one day, but they’re super-expensive, so I’ll wait till they get cheaper….

Leslie, my rec would be Alpha And Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs. It’s a short, inexpensive read so you get an easy taster, but it’s a fantastic intro to the series. You meet Anna and Charles (OMG what a hottie) and it might just hook you in :) If there’s anyone who’s read the Cry Wolf series but hasn’t read this novella, go and do it now, STAT.

Jan January 13, 2017 at 6:18 PM

Oh yeah Tessa – Alpha and Omega!. Yoand I are book soulmates.

Jan January 13, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Nay I’m with you. I prefer some sex or at least plenty of good ol’ sexual tension in my books and that’s why a lot of urban fantasy leaves me lukewarm. We can play in the shallows together la la la la la *splashes in the shallows*

MichelleS January 13, 2017 at 6:26 PM

Some other oldie but goodies that fit that bill are:

– the Dulcie O’neill Series by HP Mallory – same couple, modern day
– Experiment in Terror series, by Karina Halle (Dex is definitely not some giant brooding alpha – ha! but sexy as heck) same couple, modern day

When I am in the MOOD for it, PNR and UF are the very best things since sliced bread. But I have to be in the mood for it.

Jan January 13, 2017 at 6:34 PM

I loved the Seven series by Dannika Dark. Wolf shifters but it’s not all about the pnr – more about the people and their relationships and adventures.

Fabi January 13, 2017 at 6:36 PM

I’d forgotten about that one Jan. Modern day, UF, not too terribly alpha.

Fabi January 13, 2017 at 6:37 PM

Leslie I’m sorry to say I haven’t read 99% of the ones you’ve listed.

…and I thought I was a PNR buff. Ha!!!

R. Renee January 13, 2017 at 6:42 PM

Thanks you guys!! I’m at La La Land and it’s about to start, but as soon as I’m home I’m diving into this!!

Nay January 13, 2017 at 6:44 PM

Fabi–same goes for me! I’ve hardly read any of those Leslie listed!

Oh, and I was going to start recommending UF’s to R, but she wants swoony, and most of them are not.

R–Duh! I have the pb of Darkfever. Message me your address on GR and I’ll send it to you! That’ll cut my books down to 499! lol

Jan January 13, 2017 at 6:47 PM

Ooh. I’m going to see La La Land next week. Hope it’s good.

Nay January 13, 2017 at 6:54 PM

I guess I’m the only one who doesn’t love the Alpha & Omega series. I liked the first book, and the second one was okay, and I can’t remember if I read the third one or not. I remember Charles and Anna being/hiding in the snow–a lot of snow. Can anyone tell me which one that is? I think that’s the last one I read.

Jan January 13, 2017 at 6:56 PM

I think that’s Cry Wolf, Nay (the first novel after the novella prequel).

Nay January 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Okaay, well maybe I tried to read the 2nd one but never finished it. Because the blurb sounds very familiar. Thanks, Jan!

Leslie M January 13, 2017 at 8:41 PM

I love all this feedback! You guys know your stuff.

I looked up all the different suggestions and have a good place to start now. Hopefully, I end up liking some thing. Will let you know how it goes.

R. Renee January 13, 2017 at 11:51 PM

Tessa, I’m looking into that one now. I think I’ll be checking out some samples this weekend.

Yes, Leslie, overwhelming and I might be in agreement with MichelleS, This may not be the genre for us. We need PNR lite! I’m curious about urban fantasy, but I still think there must be a happy medium out there, more along the lines of Wolfsong or The Florentine series (two totally different experiences, but seemingly polar opposites to most in the genre). I definitely need to check out Karina Halle’s PNR/fantasy stuff.

Thanks Nay! I’m going to check out the sample on that one just to be sure first, but I appreciate it! It can be like Sisterhood of the Travelling Books!

La La Land was awesome! And I saw it at Alamo Drafthouse which makes it all that much better :D

MichelleS January 14, 2017 at 2:50 PM

You know what’s weird? It looks like you really tried hard to find a good PNR and ended up with a pile of stinkers! I mean what are the chances? You haven’t read any of the greats we all love. Who was guiding you my dear??

The saddest part for me is that you didn’t get to book two of BDB – that’s Rhage’s story – Lover Eternal – the most swoony PNR ever! God, I love that big jerk. Sniffle sniffle – for my sweet Rhage and Mary.

Did you at least read Golden Dynasty by KA? It’s definitely fantasy, and I know he’s a big ole’ alpha jerk, and there’s tons of “unbelievable” stuff that happens, but it so FREAKING GOOD that who cares???

Leslie M January 14, 2017 at 5:47 PM

I am gonna keep trying with BDB and hopefully someday I will get into it. Especially since it seems it gets better past book 1.

I havent read Golden Dynasty…not sure that would be my thing as the blurb made my head spin. Hee hee

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