Hello Fellow Book-a-holics,
Over the last few weeks, real life has meant that I haven’t been joining in with Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm as often as I used to, but it looks like I’m not alone. Shanah is taking a blogging hiatus for a few weeks this month, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to create my own post for this week.
Now, maybe it’s because I’m getting older (the big 5-0 is looming on the horizon) but I’m picky about what I like and don’t like in the books I read.
I find myself being turned off by so books in my most beloved genre, because authors are doing the unthinkable and creating a heroine that’s TSTL (Too Stupid To Live). And, even worse for me than a character who doesn’t care that she’s deliberately putting herself or her mate in danger for a stupid reason, is a heroine who is…
Too perfect. Too bitchy. Too combative. Too bland.
So, for a book to be one of my favourites, here’s my criteria:
A heroine doesn’t have to be supernatural in any way. She can be mortal to their mates immortal. She can be a shy bookworm with no fighting skills to his battle-hardened warrior. She can be a kick-ass woman in her own right, capable of handling her own business thank you very much. She can be the immortal, bad-ass, dangerous one, having fallen in love with a human who’s all too mortal. She just can’t be stupid. My heroine has to be intelligent, resilient, resourceful and have plenty of gumption! I like female leads with a good sense of humour, but it’s not a deal-breaker but I do need her to deserve the dangerous, world-weary hero who’d sacrifice everything for her.
A Hero can be as alpha as he wants, curse until I blush on the bus, start fights and make crappy decisions to protect his mate and the people he cares about. He just can’t be an arsehole. I need him to deserve the heroine who will pick up a shield – that weighs twice as much as she does – just to protect him. Because that’s what being in love is all about.
A Happy Ever After is a MUST. This is paranormal romance. HEA isn’t optional. It’s mandatory.
I have to feel something while reading. If the story doesn’t engage my emotions, if I don’t close the book and occasionally wonder what happened to that particular couple, or be desperate to read the next book in the series, it didn’t make me feel enough. I want to blubber like a baby, growl like a caged tiger, grip the edge of the sofa and hold my breath in tension. I want the story to make me chuckle out loud – or at least smile occasionally – as well as make me tingle in all the right places. 😉
I’ve got 160 vampire books on my Goodreads shelf, the vast majority of them are part of various series but today I wanted to share some standalone titles with you. As usual, all of the books mentioned have received a 4 or 5 Star Rating from me and have wonderful protagonists that satisfy all my cranky needs. 😉 So, without further ado…
It was one last mission. Rafe, a vampire doing time with the agency, watches it approach with dread weighing heavily in his stomach. Two years of working with Shannon has been difficult, especially since he started falling for her, but he doesn’t want their partnership to end. He has barely a few days to make her face her feelings and stop her from leaving, and he intends to do just that.
When a slimy demon threatens the season of peace and goodwill, it’s the chance Rafe has been waiting for and the moment Shannon secretly fears. Rafe’s determination to prise open her heart and her own resolve to keep it closed clash as violently as they do with the demon, and threatens to end as messily.
Can Rafe make Shannon see that his love for her is real and that she feels something for him too? Can Shannon face her fears and her past, and stop herself from running away from both? Will a wish on a star bring her what her heart truly desires—a vampire for Christmas?
I loved this novella! Vampire for Christmas is a heart-warming romance with titillating passion that also had me holding my breath during some amazing fight scenes as well as chuckling at the humour and blubbering like a baby.
As with all of Ms Heaton’s stories, due to the graphic violence and explicit sexual content, I’d recommend this book to adults who are not offended by content of this nature and are fans of relationship and romance stories with oodles of fire and passion within the paranormal genre.
Becky Adams is living life one day at a time as best she can in a world gone crazy. Maverick Wilder had walked away from the woman he loved above everything. He had no choice. When their worlds collide, will true love heal a broken heart and a life altered beyond repair.
*This book was previously published as part of the “Taming the Vampire” boxed set and has not been altered in any way.
I’m already a fan of Ms Gabelman’s writing style and love her other books. She creates wonderfully complex characters (even in tales this size – quite a skill) and builds worlds and situations that draw you in and become completely real. This novella did not disappoint me. I hope that Ms Gabelman considers writing more stories about these vampire Enforcers.
My final choice isn’t classed as a paranormal romance, but it does have a whole host of vampire characters and warranted a 5 star review from me!
Fear The Light: Who Murdered Dracula? by William Massa
Who Murdered Dracula?
Over the centuries, many had tried to kill the Count. All had failed. Until now…
Eight vampires gather at Dracula’s castle to solve his murder. But as the sun rises outside the chateau, a voice cries out and another creature of the night is slain. Trapped, the sun burning bright outside, the vampires realise they have met their match — a killer who plans on picking them off one by one!
As the daylight reigns and their numbers dwindle, a dark suspicion grows — could Dracula’s murderer be hiding in plain sight?
I wasn’t expecting to like this story as much as I did. The writing style was easy to read, you got to know the characters enough to like or hate them, the pace was good – never a dull moment, the mystery was cleverly written and kept me guessing until practically the last few chapters and there were a few plot twists & turns that came as complete surprises! Excellent book all round – highly recommended!!
So that’s it for my choices this week, what would be on your list?
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Thanks for taking the time to stop by and reading this post. I hope that I’ve tempted you into adding to your ever increasing TBR piles. 😉
Bye for now, my Kindle is calling.