Thursday, August 18, 2016

Dog Days of Summer Book Hits and Misses

Summer is nearly at its end, what books stood out? Which ones that didn't? Well here are some books that were sun-sational and some that were total wipe outs.

Here are the top reads of the summer (Number does not state rating)

 5.) Lorn (VLG Series book 3) by Laurann Dohner 

 Lorn is part vampire and part lycan. Since he was young he's been unable to claim her. When her life is put in danger, Lorn is the only one who can keep her safe but can he do it without claiming her? Laurann Dohner has several great series and they are all worth reading. Her VLG series are sultry thrill rides every reader 

 4.) Gabi's Secret by Sara Holland 

 This sweet but sexy story blends hot, hunky, and tormented rock star with a heroine with a secret. Jace Carrington is a rocker who has survived rehab, a divorce, and some pretty gnarly relationships. The only ones he's concerned with are with his daughter and his mother. However, when a woman literally shows up in front of his house looking as if she's been beaten nearly to death, Jace can't help but help. Unable to just walk away, he invites Gabi to come to stay with him. Gabi was sent to do a job but what she didn't expect was losing her heart to Jace. An evil threatens everything but can she trust Jace with her secret? 

 3.) Rock Hard by L J Vickery  

If sexy immortal men who are seeking their one and only Chosen gets the engine running, then look no further than "Rock Hard" by L J Vickery. This is the first book in her Immortals series. Have a cold shower ready. Marduk is the immortal God of Thunder and for centuries has been invisible to everyone but his fellow Gods. When he solidifies into corporeal form, it could mean only one thing; his Chosen is near. Tess has not had an easy life but she's risen from the flames and has taken her life back. Romance is not even on the "to do" list but when she becomes the object of affection for the sexiest man she's ever seen, she, of course, runs like hell. Marduk is determined to win her heart but can Tess trust him with it? When Tess's life is put in danger from the great sea God, Dagon and his Pilgrim Posse, Marduk will do anything to keep her safe. Ladies, get that cold shower running because this is a hot hot read! 

 2.) Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan 

 The latest installment of Feehan's Dark Carpathian Series doesn't disappoint on thrills, chills, a few jump scares, and steamy hot passion throughout. Running from a killer, Charlotte and her friend Vi have been on the run with Charlotte's little niece. In an attempt to draw the killer out, Charlotte enters the club of Tariq Assenguard; a Carpathian Hunter. Tariq has waited centuries for his life mate, and has found his equal in Charlotte. He uses her passion for restoring vintage carousel horses as a means to lure her to his home so he can protect her, Vi, and Charlotte's little niece. Charlotte feels a connection to Tariq but isn't sure she wants to jump into that pool; especially not when there is a killer after her. If you have not discovered Christine Feehan's "Dark Carpathian" series, it is an absolute must! 

 1.) Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon 

 The League is the authority in this futuristic Space Wonderland called the Ichidian Universe. Get ready for one hell of a ride readers! Dagger is the nightmare that Andarions tell their young but it is also the name of a man who is not only on the run for his life from the League and others who want his head on a platter; but from the past that threatens his future. Ushura is part of a race that was nearly exterminated completely and she has risen in the ranks of her station. She lost her husband tragically but her son has become her entire life. Falling for Dagger wasn't easy but it was inevitable for her. She will fight past forever for him but can Dagger quit thinking with his head and trust that not everyone in the Ichidian Universe wants to kill him? This book is top of my list because I read it four times and still laughed, cried, cheered, and cussed in all the same places and then some. The League Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon is more than just paranormal romance; it is a series that Gene Roddenberry and even George Lucas would be proud to read. The series is the total package when it comes to what a reader wants in a story. 

 Here are links to these five great books and their authors: 

 Lorn by Laurann Dohner VLG Series Book 6 

 Gabi's Secret by Sara Holland 

 Rock Hard by L J Vickery 

Dark Carnival by Christine Feehan 

 Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon

 **** Now sadly, the five books that were total misses for me. That is totally not to say they were not written by immensely talented authors. 

 1.) The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter 

 This latest installment of The Lords of the Underworld series was just "okay" for me, however I am still a huge fan of the series and of Gena Showalter's. Baden was once the keeper of Distrust. Now, he's a servant of Hades, the God of the Underworld. Hades has set in motion a contest between Hades and Pandora. On his quest, Baden must retrieve something which puts him in the role of Extreme Wedding Crasher. Katarina has just been wed to a monster but for her beloved dogs, she'd do anything to protect them. When she's taken captive by Baden is where this adventure ride starts. 

 2.) It's In The Blood by Juanita Aydelette 

 Never stare at a shirtless hunk with green eyes. Gabrielle Madsen is drawn in by such a pair of eyes that capture her soul and leave her a prisoner of an addictive kind of love--not that she's complaining. But her educational trip turns out to be more than just a fun-filled summer escapade. She's faced with a life-changing decision that could affect the whole world around her. Her discovery of this ancient, legend-comes-to-life proves to be deadly, but her swooning heart can't break away. She and Josh Van Ness fall in love and must battle all of the forces that want to keep them apart. There were some really great parts but I just didn't connect with the story.  

Well those are my hits and few misses. Comment below and let me know what your hits and misses were this Summer and what reads you are looking forward to.

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