Friday, June 8, 2012

Fresh Friday Reads: Cowboys, Paranormal, and Contemporary Goodness.

Here are my top picks of the week! Now tell me, what are you reading today???

Colters' Promise - Maya Banks

Maya Banks was the first threesome author I'd ever read. I LOVE her. This story was a novella set in the Colters' world that I already loved and I am SOOO happy she wrote more for us! I'll read anything she writes and I want my own set of three Colters' men. Come on, you know you want it to.

Return to the captivating storytelling of New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks, and her stirring saga of three brothers and one indomitable woman—of wounded hearts, family, and forgiveness… When it came to overcoming the odds of a tragic past, Lily was determined to move on. The three Colter brothers helped her do it. They taught her new ways to love, new dreams to share, and offered her a new life that she never thought possible.

Now is a time for celebration, and what better way than with a long-awaited family reunion, a homecoming that will bring together the entire Colter family and a few surprises no one anticipated. But first, there’s something from Lily’s past she still needs to reconcile—even when all the while she is holding close to her heart a newfound secret that will change her future, forever enrich the Colter legacy, and make every promise come true.

Chaos Burning - Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane just gets better and better. This book was so cool! I mean, she has kick has characters in a world that gets deeper as time goes on. I highly recommend this series.

From the “always fabulous Lauren Dane”* comes her new novel of a treacherous family legacy, a temptation just as dangerous, and an evil so depraved it can only be spoken of in whispers…

 The life of Lark Jaansen, hunter in Clan Gennessee, has been shaped by violence and unrest—and it defines her future. Well-trained and resilient, she’s met her militaristic match in Simon Leviathan, a warrior not of this world. Locked in mutual admiration, and a desire so hot it burns, Lark and Simon have something else in common: they love the dark, and as a shadow is cast over their world, they’re each coming into their own.

A mysterious war has been waged among the Others. As witches and humans turn against each other, as faes retreat in fear, and as vampires rise, Lark and Simon discover that an unseen force is behind it. A single, hungry entity older than recorded history has returned to gorge on the magick of his victims. It is the Magister, nothing less than the end of time. Finding it is Lark and Simon’s first hope. Surviving it is their last.

Kiss the Dead - Laurell K Hamilton

I've always been a fan of Anita Blake. I know others have given up because she changed the series a bit, but I don't care. I go in knowing how much sex is going to be in it, and I'm fine. As long as I don't have to deal with Richard myself LOL. Great book!

When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…

But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them…

Accidentally Dead Again - Dakota Cassidy

Do you love snark? Because I do! Love this series! If you haven't tried out Dakota, you're missing out! Go on, you know you want to!

After a wild, work-sponsored Halloween party, entomologist Sam McLean wakes up with a spotty memory—and a pointy set of fangs. Somehow, Sam’s unconscious body ends up at the OOPS office, where paranormal crisis counselors Nina, Marty, and Wanda give him the lowdown on accidentally becoming a creature of the night. Sam is speeding through the stages of newbie grief, until a woman named Pheobe Reynolds bursts onto the scene claiming to be Nina’s sister—resulting in a catfight that ends with Pheobe’s luscious behind in the direct path of Sam’s fangs. Now, the OOPS girls have two fledgling vamps on their hands, and their powers—and the attraction building between them—are unlike anything they’ve seen before…

Believe in Me - Rebecca Royce

Short, sexy, and sweet! I want my own Jack Johnson. (The werewolf AND the singer.) Rebecca did so much in such a little amount of works since its a 1NS. I really enjoyed it!

Werewolf Jack Johnson has always known he wanted a human woman to share his intense emotions. When he signs up for a 1Night Stand date, the same service that found a mate for his sister, he knows the odds are against him finding his own—yet he believes he will.

Gloria Powell has been on the run with her six-year old daughter for years, desperate to escape a deranged ex-husband bent on killing her. Tired of running and never having a normal life, she just wants one night to forget everything.

Can Gloria believe in and accept the protective wolf Madame Eve found for her or has she really given up on believing in fantasies?

Mine to Hold - Shayla Black

Sexy, hot, emotional. Perfect. There isn't much to say other than you may need a cool drink of water afterward...and during!

A friend’s duty.

Tyler Murphy was an LAPD detective, single and happy—until a near-fatal tragedy crippled his friend, fellow detective Eric Catalano. While he supported Eric, he also became a shoulder for Eric’s wife, Delaney, to cry on. But with one naughty suggestion from Eric, a drunken night with Delaney spilled into erotic abandon. Before it was over Tyler saw his best friend’s wife as a woman and yearned for more. When Eric struggled to deal with the aftermath, Delaney begged Tyler to leave. Crushed, he fled to Louisiana, hoping to escape his longing for the one woman he could never have again…and unaware of what he’d left behind.

A lover’s desire. 

After two years of living with regret, Tyler finds Delaney on his doorstep, her husband having abandoned her long ago. She’s protecting a shocking secret and desperately needs refuge from a killer determined to see her dead. As they fight to stay alive and catch the stalker, they struggle to resolve the guilt of their past pleasures. But they can’t deny that what was once a spark is now a flame burning out of control. To possess Delaney — body and soul — Tyler must heal her pain and thwart the evil that’s a mere breath behind her…

Blazing the Trail - Deborah Cooke

Love this YA series. Just the right amount of angst, but an actual teenage heroine who can stand up for herself and grow up. Yep, love this series!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and Zoë Sorensson’s love life is heating up. Cute, loyal, and understanding, wolf shifter Derek is pretty much the perfect guy. He likes Zoë, and he knows what it’s like to have to keep a secret. Yet, Zoë can’t help but wish it was rebel rocker Jared asking her to the Valentine’s dance instead. But Jared’s too busy playing hot and cold with her heart, calling Zoë his dragon girl one minute and then taking special interest in her best friend the next.

Zoë is just about ready to breathe fire, especially once she uncovers a new threat that targets her friends. Although Zoë thought the Mages were defeated, they’re back and have invoked an old spell to give them new power—they plan to eliminate all shape shifters on the night of the big dance. Now, Zoë must lead an alliance of young shifters to battle the Mages and figure out exactly what—and who—she wants, before it all goes up in smoke…


  1. Been a little off this week with my health so I only read 4 this week. 3 were GREAT! Laura Kaye's Seduced by a Vampire King, and two that aren't out yet (I got and ARC's) A Demon and His Witch, by Eve Langlais,and Dawn at Birch Crossing, Stephanie Rowe, I highly recommend them all. I won't mention the third one, def not my cup of tea.
    I just started Hot Secrets, by Lisa Renee Jones (another ARC) and have Chaos Burning, Visiona of Chains, Regan Hastings, and Love Bites, Lori Foster on deck.
    Happy Reading!

  2. Just dropped by to see what you were reading. Some interesting books.

  3. I'm reading Untraceable by Laura Griffin, romantic suspence. It's pretty good but suspense isn't my favorite.

    I read Soulless by Gail Carriger earlier this week. OMG! I highly recommend this book. The voice of the main character was nothing short of genius!

  4. I'm reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

  5. What a great blog! I'm so glad I found it!