“Year One” – Nora Roberts

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2NcYJ69

As someone who has read only 1 Nora Roberts before. All I knew was people think she’s an excellent writer. Now I concur.

This book is NOT A ROMANCE, but this book is Deee-Licious.

Post apocalyptic/Distopian plus some supernatural/paranormal. Walking dead sans Zombie, plus Magick. It reminded me a little of the TV revolution (where the world loses electricity, but people work together to survive).

I. LOVED it. It made me laugh, cry, worry, etc. There’s tension, angst, joy, love, sorrow. It’s delicious. I couldn’t go to bed until I finished it. I’m trying to figure out when I can slot book 2 into my reading schedule.

BUT – It is NOT a Romance, nope, definitely not.

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“Nightchaser” – Amanda Bouchet

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2Lnkvn2 Releases Jan 1 2019
At time of posting Kindle Price: $5.68, Paperback: $5.98

Nightchaser was everything I hoped for and more. The analogy of Star wars meets Robin Hood is a good one. Sci-Fi/Fantasy awesomesauce.

Space set vigilantes working against the “Big Bad”.
Our intrepid crew has their own tragic pasts, but have generated their “found family”.
Our Heroine has big secrets as well as a big heart, both of which she reveals sparingly.
Our Hero isn’t quite who he wants us to believe he is, on multiple levels.

The full rollercoaster of human emotions is here, even if they’re set in an alien world.

The world building we saw in The Kingmaker Chronicles is shining bright again in this new series and even though this book is just released, and was one of my most anticiptated 2019 releases, I am EAGER to get my inky fingers on book 2.

This is definitely the 1st book in a series, there is a HFN, but if you stopped here we will not be getting the whole story.

ARC received from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.

My 2018 5 Star Reads

I had 15 5 Star Reads in 2018 which is pretty good. It’s hard to explain why a book gets a 5 star over a 4 star, something intangible, something that moves me. Often it’s a byproduct of the moment in time that I’m reading it., but the commonality I can find is, it either made me laugh, or think, a lot, and that I end up recommending it frequently.

Did I have any overlaps with you!?

If you click on the picture of each book, it’ll take you to the Amazon buy link.
Wishing You Happy Reading in 2019!

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“Sleight of Hand” – Julie Rowe

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2DS9rwR

3rd Person Dual POV.
Romantic Suspense.
Heroine: Ex Army medic, now CDC Nurse Joy
Hero: CDC Doctor. Curmudgeonly hero Gunnar.
These two are an odd-couple. He’s so acerbic that only Joy’s military training can give her the wherewithal to deal with him.

Turns out they are both suffering from PTSD. His from his Doctor’s without borders service. Her’s from her time in the military.

One of those situations where they are rare combination that works well together where any other pairing would be catastrophic.

3rd book in the series, can be read as a standalone, there is a longer arc across the series. I enjoy the visits by characters from previous books and truly can’t wait for book 4.

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#CurrentRead “Destiny’s Surrender” – Beverly Jenkins.

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2qot5IN  2nd book in series.
3 book series currently $1.99 each

3rd Person, Multi-POV (Mostly MCs).
Historical Romance.
Drew is looking to finally settle down after sowing his wild oats. One of those Oats has grown into a sweet baby boy unbeknownst to Drew.

Billie (Wilhemina) is Drew’s favourite whore from San Francisco. When the life of her child is threatened, she turns to Drew for his sanctuary.

Sweet, Straight shooting (literally) and Sassy, I loved Billie. Destiny Ranch is a favourite place to visit. Can’t wait to finish Noah’s book too.

#CurrentRead “Unspeakable” – Elisabeth Naughton.

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2SyRgk3 Also in Kindle Unlimited with Audio.

3rd Person Multi-POV (Mostly MCs). Romantic Suspense
Hero: Vineyard owner with a secret sideline. Heroine: Legal Investigator, Former Cop

Another McClane Sibling, another adventure. When Rusty McClane gets drawn into the case of a missing teenage girl Harper Blake has to investigate his role in her disappearance. What she discovers could lead to her reinstatement on the force.
Rusty’s been leading a double life, Vineyard owner by day, Vigilante by night. Saving others has meant sacrificing his family life, but doesn’t he need to be rescued too?

#CurrentRead – “Faceoff” – Stephanie Kay

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2PrWWu6

#FinishTheSeries “Faceoff” Book 4 in #SanFranciscoStrikers series. Can stand-alone, but expect previous characters to show up.

3rd Person. Dual POV

Heroine: Chef. Hero: hockey player. these two have been dancing around each other throughout the series and now they get their turn. She’s had her full of athlete boyfriends, can he change her mind?

#CurrentRead “Spring Me Ahead” – Jess Vonn

AMAZON LINK: amzn.to/2QzCNHl

3rd Person, Dual POV

Heroine: Latina, visiting Doctor, discovering her path. Hero: LumberSexual Artist with 747 of baggage needing his redemption story.

ugh the ANGST!!! Tropey and I loved it. Sorta Enemies to lovers, fake relationship, Small Town. I love, love, loved Wyatt. He’s working SO hard on himself, he feels so unworthy and yet, there are people who love him so deeply that they’ll let him find his own way to fight his demons.

Esme is just trying to figure herself out. She needed the space that remote work assignments would give her to find herself.

It’s not that these two “fix” each other, it’s that they turn the mirror a little to see a different perspective of themselves and they grow because of that, and *then* they grow together

#CurrentRead “Hurts to Love You” – Alisha Rai

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2vkmKn

I like to use December to #FinishTheSeries! First up Alisha Rai’s final book in the Forbidden Hearts series

Dual POV. 3rd Person.
Heroine: Baby Daughter of Local Rich Folks.
Hero: Housekeeper’s son & Boy Next Door.

Her decades long unrequited crush gets legs. His Big Secret (TM) is in danger.

 

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“My Favourite Half Night Stand” – Christina Lauren

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2H5TLK0 releases December 4th

This was Christina Lauren perfection.
I loved the nuanced relationships between not only the hero and heroine, but their shared group of friends. I adored that it had fully fleshed out nerds with a full range of nerd behaviours. I am 100% there for each of that group to get their own book, even a novella (each), please and thank you.

There was a sympathetic treatment of modern online dating, although there were less dick pics than I expected.

Millie and Reid both had significant journeys to go on, which was a nice touch. Too often it’s only one of our main characters who has to come out from the chrysalis.

CLo is one of a very few authors who I am guaranteed to enjoy their books and will purchase without reservation.

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