Good morning my lovelies,
I had a great time last month joining with Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm and thought I’d take part again this month too. Shanah comes up with the topics a month at a time so that we’ve got some thinking space.
If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.
This month Shanah has been trying something different; each week instead of a topic, she wants us to post books that have titles that start with particular letters of the alphabet!
So, I have been putting on my thinking cap and trawling through my bookshelves to share with you those books that meet the required criteria plus have earned a place on my Goodreads 5 Star Review shelf.
The end is nigh, we’re at the penultimate Alphabet of Books. As you can imagine, some of these were easier to find than others – I hadn’t realised how many of my book titles began with the letter S and I really struggled to find a Q title on my shelves – 😉 but I am happy with the books I’ve chosen to share with you.
As usual clicking on the image will take you directly to my review in a new tab. So without further ado…
P is for The Pirate’s Witch by Jennifer Blackstream
I am already a big fan of Ms Blackstream’s writing style; I love the way she mixes mythology, traditional folk/fairy tales and gives them a new perspective.
I loved the duel nature of our so-called hero in this tale; I spent most of the story hating his guts but it was the glimmers of what Ms Blackstream hid beneath that kept me engaged. Our heroine is exactly what I crave in a leading female character; intelligent, resilient and has plenty of gumption.
This books can be read as a standalone story as the romance between our hero and heroine is self-contained within it’s pages, although the story is set in Ms Blackstream’s Blood Prince world.
Q is for HELP!
I haven’t read a single book on any of my shelves that starts with the letter Q so I’m putting a future read in here from my ARC shelf. I requested this title through NetGalley because it’s a début novel in my favourite genre (paranormal romance) about vampires due to be released on 17th August.
Queen of Vampire Hearts (Fated Loves #1) by Jeanette Rose
A Woman Fleeing Persecution…
Phoebe Atreus is a witch on the run, her carefully crafted rules have kept her alive for the last decade, each one a product of a hard learned lesson. Rule Number One? Trust No One. She’s been betrayed one time too many to put her faith in anyone else’s hands. Even if the legendary vampire king might be the one person who could protect her from the enemies always one step behind.
A Man Whose Abandonment Issues Span Thousands of Years…
Lucien Silvano has been king of the vampires for the last three thousand years, he’s fought in wars that have been reduced to legend, rescued damsels in distress, seduced said damsels, and moved on. Immortal life has become a never-ending battle against boredom. Nothing has truly stirred his interest in years, except her. She’s the exception to every rule, his Queen, his mate, the one-person Fate declared to be his. The problem? She wants nothing to do with him.
What could possibly go wrong?
Phoebe refuses to share her past with Lucien, pushing him away at every opportunity, yet unable to resist the chemistry that explodes whenever they are together. Forced back to his castle in Romania to live as his Queen, she starts to forget the rules that have kept her safe… until the secrets Lucien has been hiding remind her why she created them in the first place.
R is for Ronan (The Protectors #12) by Teresa Gabelman
If you’re a regular follower, you’ll know that I absolutely LOVE this series. I don’t have many list that don’t include one of The Protectors, but I’m including Ronan because when we first met our heroine, Kira Grail, in a previous book – Invisible Warrior – I didn’t really like her; I thought she was very abrasive. However, by the end of Ronan, I admired her gumption and although she doesn’t have combat skills it didn’t mean she didn’t know how to fight! Kira turned into another first class female lead to join the ranks with the other amazing women in this series.
I love the VC Warriors, they all hold a special place in my heart but I was convinced that their usual kickass battle strategy was going to fail miserably reading this book. I had my fingers crossed, hoping that Ms Gabelman didn’t kill any of them off to prove a point; the paranormal world that she created for them was changing and growing, expanding to include more supernatural species such as witches, warlocks and demons. Where magic is involved the Warriors had to evolve and change their tactics to succeed and I didn’t know if they could.
I loved that this story kept me guessing; there are some new story-lines, revelations about some ongoing mysteries and there are a few shocking twists within these pages that I didn’t see coming – I was overjoyed at being taken by surprise! I also loved that Ronan had me shedding tears, got my blood boiling with anger and frustration but also had me laughing my socks off, sent tingles of titillation to all the right spots *blush* and warmed my old romantic heart.
I don’t usually read historical novels; I am very much a woman of the here and now and struggle to engage with stories set in our past. I have read Ms Duvall’s Immortal Guardians series and loved every one, so I put aside my preconceptions and I am so glad that I did.
I found that this book captivated me; the characters were interesting and had me hooked, desperately turning the page to find out what would happen next, the historic setting felt well researched and accurate, the language used throughout added to the authenticity of time and place and the way the story evolved throughout the book never felt rushed, too slow or ill-considered.
This book involved me; I laughed, I cried and I felt fear for our main character, Alyssa. This book helped open my eyes to the world of historic settings for my favourite paranormal romance genre.
I really loved this book; it’s the best story of the series (so far)!
The main romance between Cat and Ronin isn’t the only plot line in this book, I enjoyed all the twists and turns that Ms Lyons’ built into her accompanying stories. I liked getting to know the supporting cast of characters a bit better and meeting some new faces. But, I’ve got to say I REALLY appreciated the cliffhanger-free ending to the murder/thriller aspect and the romance between Cat and Ronin, I wish more authors wrote more complete stories within their books in their series.
I loved the fact that I experienced a myriad of emotions while reading That Killer Smile; the banter and humour made me chuckle, I shed a tear or two during the more emotional revelations, the fighting and action scenes fed my adrenalin fix, the tension and horror around the murder mystery aspect had me on the edge of my seat, the romance warmed my heart and the passion titillated and put fire in my blood. In other words I was gripped and couldn’t stop reading.
So that’s it for this week’s favs, thank you for stopping by. Now that you’ve read my post, why don’t you hop along to some of the other amazing blogs taking part in this week’s Top 5 Tuesday.
Don’t forget to leave a link to your Top 5 Tuesday post so I can visit your blog if you’re joining in the fun this week.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Bye for now. x