I really wanted to read these books but they’re still on my TBR shelf ~ Top 5 Tuesday

Hello my lovelies,

I’ve been sporadically joining in with Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, as often as I can these past few months and I’ve managed to write a post in time to join in today. Luckily, Shanah comes up with the topics a month at a time so that we’ve got some thinking space. *phew* She’s so kind to us busy book bloggers. 🙂

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 post and not just her blog so she can add you to the list of participants.

So on to this week, as you may guess from the title, Shanah has come up with the topic – Top 5 Books I didn’t get to in 2019.

As a big fan of paranormal romance, I can admit that sometimes my eyes are bigger than my stomach: I buy, borrow and download books that end up languishing on my To Be Read pile. Today, I’m going to be brutally honest with you all and admit to my biggest book failures. *sniff* Please don’t hate me! 😉

I have linked the images to the author’s websites, where you’ll find all the information about their books, purchase links and lots of other fun stuff too. All my links open in a new tab so that you don’t lose your place here. OK, so without further ado, on to my most painful failures …

Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles #4) by Ilona Andrews

Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers—a special group who provide ‘lodging’ to other-planetary visitors—so she knows that a simple life isn’t in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young daughter, Helen, were exiled with him for his treachery to the desolate, savage planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud—completely abandoned by his family—has spent over a year avenging his debts. Rescued by her sister Dina, she’s sworn off all things vampire.

Except… In helping Dina save the world, she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr, one of the most powerful vampire houses. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined. Arland is not used to hearing the word ‘no;’ and try as she might, Maud can’t just walk away from Arland. It doesn’t help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.

To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is extremely influential and Maud knows that a woman—a human, with a very questionable past—who’s turned down a proposal from its most beloved son won’t get a warm reception. Maybe she’s not sure about marrying Arland, but House Krahr isn’t going to decide for her. Maud Demille has never run from a fight, and House Krahr will soon discover that there’s a lot more to Maud than they’re expecting. 

I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet – I even went as far as using my Kindle Unlimited subscription’s free credit to download the audio! I love this series and have read the books and listened to the narrations more than once!

Relic Guardians Boxset (Books 1-3) by Meg Cowley and Victoria DeLuis

Fans of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones will enjoy this fast-paced urban fantasy adventure series filled with magic, action, and kick-ass characters.

Enter the Ley Line World and join the Relic Guardians: Zoe Stark, the no nonsense witch and bounty hunter, and Hayley Bevan, the museum curator newly endowed with magical powers, as they race against time to recover magical artefacts, defeat their enemies, and save the world from impending doom.

Enjoy the first three installments of the Relic Guardians series in one action and magic packed volume.

Ancient Magic Follow the adventures of Zoe Stark as she journeys to the jungles of Mexico to recover a lost artefact that could wreak death and devastation across the world.

Hidden Magic Join Hayley Bevan, struggling to come to terms with her newly endowed magical powers and caught up in a world she never knew existed.

Cursed Magic  Zoe and Jamie are in a race against time to recover Pandora’s Box before the unthinkable happens; it is sold to the highest bidder, and the apocalypse within is unleashed upon the world.

I’m embarrassed to say that this box set was a gift from one of the authors. I tweeted about a discounted sale promotion that they were running and Victoria DeLuis kindly sent this box set to me for free.

A Little Night Magic by Angie Fox

New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox is back with an enchanting collection of six sweet, quirky, laugh-out-loud tales of paranormal mischief. Enter a world of magic with the ever-popular and always rowdy biker witches; take off on a spine tingling adventure with a Southern good girl turned reluctant ghost hunter; and sizzle in the sultry heat of New Orleans as a voodoo mambo makes one very big mistake when casting a love spell. These charming tales of love, friendship, and laughter are a pure delight.

Features six short stories (also available individually on Kindle):
A Ghostly Gift
Ghost of a Chance
Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo
I Brake for Biker Witches
Date with a Demon Slayer
Some Like It Hexed

Back in October, the Goodreads group that I keep raving about – My Vampire Book Obsession – did a “My Secret Vampire” gift exchange and although I’m in the UK and all of the other participants are stateside, this was one of the gifts I got. It wasn’t even from my Secret Vampire, just a lovely friend who knows how much I LOVE reading Angie Fox.

The Darkest Gateway (Booke of the Hidden #4) by Jeri Westerson

With Halloween just a week away, tea-shop proprietor Kylie Strange doesn’t have much in the way of holiday spirit. She’s just learned that the last day of October also heightens the power of magic—which means the potential for a tidal wave of evil creatures to emerge from that supernatural Booke of the Hidden.

Destroying the ancient Booke once and for is the ultimate solution. But the only way to accomplish this task involves a journey to the Netherworld and the help of the only being powerful enough to destroy the Booke: Satan himself. And, though the brooding and elusive Erasmus Dark has captured Kylie’s heart against her better judgment, she ignores his repeated warnings that the mission guarantees her doom.

With Kylie in the Netherworld, her coven must stave off the onslaught of deadly creatures that emerge from the Booke—as well as hold back the encroaching destruction of the maniacal god Baphomet. Luckily, they’re joined by some unlikely friends in their fight against total annihilation.

But now Kylie’s journey becomes a rescue mission, and if she can’t complete her task and return from the Netherworld, all will be lost for the inhabitants of Moody Bog…and the rest of humanity.

Like Sweep of the Blade, I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet! I love this series and have waxed lyrical about it all over the place. This is the final book in the series: perhaps I don’t want it to end … 😉

Afterlife (Afterlife Saga #1) by Stephanie Hudson

Afterlife… just some gothic nightclub where gossip is fuelled by the presence of a rich and unearthly, handsome family or Afterlife…the strange place where time seems to stand still and guests feel the presence of something more powerful held within the confines of the VIP.

Keira is new to this small, cold town and is running from a past that seems to feast on her darkest memories. She finds living with her sister away from English soil to be just the ticket to the new life she is trying desperately to find. So when the offer of a job at the infamous Gothic nightclub Afterlife comes along she thinks that lady luck has finally found her. That is until its seductively dark and forbidding owner Dominic Draven sets eyes on her. All at once she is captivated and plunged into a world she never knew existed but the deeper her obsession with Draven becomes, the harder it is to decide…should she stay and continue to work within the shadows of the supernatural or should she run from a madness she thinks may consume her?

Believe it or not, I still have some paperbacks on my bedside table and ebooks on my Kindle that I bought because the authors were attending the RARE19 book signing event in London and this is one of them. I met Stephanie Hudson and thought she was great fun and very nice: she’s since launched a new book not related to the Afterlife series – Devil in Me – and as it was in Kindle Unlimited, I downloaded! Save me from myself! 😉

Well, that’s it for this week, are you going to embarrass me and say you’ve read these books. Oh, go on then, I’d love to hear what you thought about them if you have. 😉

I can hear an overdue ARC calling me so I’m off to try to catch up! 😉

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. Now that you’ve read mine, why not 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 or just drop me a comment below.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and read some fantastic books.

Bye for now. x


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