Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Book Club

It's book club time - all about recommending books. Leave a note in the comments about a good book(s) you've read recently, and if you like, a line or two about why.

My reading this week was hot, hot, hot! You can blame Jaci Burton and Maya Banks for that. I read two novellas by Jaci (Unwrapped, and Unraveled), and an ARC of Sweet Persuasion (June) by Maya.

T
he stories were very different from one another, but one thing's certain - both Jaci and Maya know how to write heat with heart, never forgetting the romance in erotic romance.

To read excepts, check out Maya's site here, and Jaci's site, here.

Okay, your turn - what're your recs?

Edited to add: Maya is giving away a copy of Sweet Persuasion on her blog - contest closes soon, so be quick.

24 comments:

ShellBell said...

I can't wait for Sweet Persuasion - I have pre-ordered the eBook.

4 books I have recently read and enjoyed are:

*Taming the Fire by Sydney Croft
*Lover Avenged by JR Ward
*Forbidden Nights With A Vampire by Kerrilyn Sparks
*Immortal Danger by Cynthia Eden

Chris said...

I just finished reading the collection Queer Wolf for review and was impressed with nearly all the stories. I also read Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series and much enjoyed that.

Tabitha said...

I finished reading Taking Chase and Relentless by Lauren Dane a few days ago. They were both quite enjoyable reads. I just ordered the remaining books in the Chase series and can't wait til those arrive!

Una said...

I have been reading the Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks. I'm still waiting for the last two at the library (Secret life of a Vampire and Forbidden Nights with a Vampire) but I found the series to be lighthearted and a fun paranormal romance.

I also read two anthologies that were really good. One was Sugarplums and Scandals and the other was Over the Moon.

Tina said...

After finally giving into the temptation of trying Patricia Brigg's books when I've heard so many good things about them, I've decided the Mercy series is...awesome!!! In fact, so is Patricia's Alpha and Omega series, set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series. Here's a list of her books (in order):

MERCY SERIES:
Moon Called
Blood Bound
Iron Kissed
Bone Crossed

ALPHA and OMEGA:
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground(coming Aug. 09)

You won't regret trying these books!

Tina

orannia said...

I finished Blue Diablo last week and thought it was very good! I'm currently reading Lover Avenged...

Have a good weekend everyone :)

orannia said...

OOPS! Forgot to say I love Maya Banks! Nalini, you're so lucky!

Ang from Oz said...

Yeah, I agree Tina, Patricia Briggs is great! I am currently reading the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. And awaiting my dvd of True blood which won't arrive for another month! Next up I will be reading Storm Glass by Maria V Snyder. First in a new series from her.

jenyc said...

I absolutely love Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series too!

I've recently enjoyed reading Personal Demons by Stacia Kane. It's about Megan Chase, a psychological counselor with a new call-in radio show where she will slay their personal demons, but the real personal demons think she out to literally slay them and they are pissed. All humans have a demon on their shoulder except Megan. And unbeknownst to her, she also has psychic abilities. Megan's got a soul sucker after her, personal demons trying to take her out, a totally hot demon trying to get her to help out his bosses, and a reporter on her case. For protection she gets three cockney demons guards Malleus, Maleficarum, and Spud, who are really fun!

Bridget Locke said...

Just finished reading Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James and really enjoyed it. It's like War of the Roses w/o the h/h trying to actually do each other harm. It's funny and sexy and there's a great scene dealing with Pride & Prejudice. Made me LOL.

Pissenlit said...

Oh, I love Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series!

Recently, I read and loved Charlaine Harris' Dead and Gone(Sookie Stackhouse #9), Ann Aguirre's Blue Diablo(Corine Solomon #1) and Devon Monk's Magic in the Blood(Allie Beckstrom #2).

Blodeuedd said...

Lately...well I did like Lost in a good book by Jasper Fforde. This alternate kind of history book where literature is really important ;)
very funny

Spirits unveiled by Amanda Cummings was nice, a very steamy fantasy romance

Rianne said...

Recently I read Danger in a red dress by Christina Dodd, the conclusion of two of her series, just one evening was all I needed.

And Nina Bangs, the first book in The Gods of the Night series, Eternal Pleasure. Here the concept is fabulous (and I don't want to tell more, that would be spoiling).

And I read some old Lora Leigh books, they were just great! I think I'm going to look for more of her books...

Anonymous said...

I finished reading "The Cursed One" by Ronda Thompson. I liked it, because it`s not the same story line as in the usual historical stories.

~Eva

Anonymous said...

I just bought your "Desert Warrior" (Lucky break for me) Nalini. - I´m already curious:-).

~Eva

azteclady said...

both Jaci and Maya know how to write heat with heart, never forgetting the romance in erotic romance.


I find that that is the basic thing for me. If I don't believe in the relationship, then I can't buy the rest of the story.

I um... I don't have any recommendations right now *slinking off under rock*

Jory Strong said...

These aren't romance, but they're still fantastic reads.

Duplicate Effort (A Retrieval Artist novel)--Kristine Kathryn Rusch (sci-fi)--I love this series!

Lamentation--Ken Scholes (amazing worldbuilding, probably considered fantasy because it's an alternate world). Can hardly wait for the next book, which comes out in October.

Huge Briggs fan as well.

Karen W. said...

aMy recent recommendations:

IN THE FOREST OF HANDS & TEETH by Carrie Ryan
(YA - zombies) Dark and gritty, and extremely compelling and ultimately, hopeful. I couldn't put it down.

THE FETCH by Laura Whitcomb. Also YA supernatural. Beautifully written and will make you cry, laugh, and think.
(I also recommend Laura's first book, A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT.)

For a change of pace, I also enjoyed Iris Johansen's new one, DEADLOCK. Reminded me of a Linda Howard with the anti-hero hero and damaged heroine who have to team up to stop the bad guy.

Hilcia said...

Slow week for me, but managed to read Sea WItch by Virginia Kantra and really loved both the romance and the paranormal aspects of it -- selkies.

Also finished For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper and laughed all the way through it. A contemperary romantic comedy with great secondary characters -- a comedy of errors. Light and fun. I needed it.

I'm on a contemporary kick, so I'm picking up two more for the weekend. I'll let you know about them next week. :)

Nalini Singh said...

I love Patricia Briggs - can't wait for the new Alpha and Omega book coming out.

Jory - I agree, the Retrieval Artist novels are fantastic. I discovered them last year and inhaled the entire series.

Tammy said...

no recommends here either - been re-reading - you might know the author - Nalini Singh ? :-)

Anonymous said...

I recommend Lisa Shearin's Raine Benares series. They're a really fun read. The heroine is spunky and the heroes are hot :) The books are:
Magic Lost, Trouble Found
Armed and Magical
The Trouble With Demons

Nicole said...

Just finished Burning Alive by Shannon Butcher. Loved it (and it has a quote from Ms Singh on the back!)

The quote and the first line made me buy the book:
"The man who was going to stand by and watch while Helen burned to death liked his coffee black."

I'm so glad I bought it, although I didn't get much sleep last night :)

Heather B. said...

I read Jaci Burton's Paradise books. There are 3 stories that I know of Paradise Awakening, Paradise Revival and Paradise Discovery and they are also Hot!!!!

They were good and I am looking forward to more of her books. Her Demon series is supposed to be really good.