The Riders (duology) by Veronica Rossi

 

Riders was the kind of book that I really could not stop reading. Once I started, I didn’t want to stop, and heaven help any poor soul who tried to interrupt my reading. Chores didn’t matter, I think I ate whatever food was easily made while the book was open on the counter, and I literally could not sleep until I’d finished the novel. I both hate and love books like this. I love them because I fall completely under their spell. I hate them because I get absolutely nothing done.

Riders is about a boy, Gideon, who literally dies but comes back to life as War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He soon meets the other three horsemen, as well as a girl, Daryn, who has a mysterious ability to find them and bring them together.

I don’t want to spoil any of the mysteries in here, but let’s just say the writing is flawless, the plot fast-paced, and the characterization takes my breath away. This was a beautifully written book.

Seeker was also un-put-downable. I started it early in the afternoon and ignored everything around me just so I could keep reading! I love Gideon so, so much, and Daryn, too. I really needed this glimpse into her head. The ending was surprising and fulfilling, and man, Rossi’s dialogue. She’s a master.

I highly recommend these books to any lovers of contemporary fantasy.

Secrets of a Soprano, by Miranda Neville

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This little gem of a book was a delight! It’s about an opera singer and the guy she fell in love with years ago. Teresa Foscari, the heroine, is serious about her art and performing. She’s well-known and admired, and her presence in any opera house would elevate that house in reputation and earnings.

Her former flame, Maximilian Hawthorne, both resents and yearns for her. His internal conflict, and hers, at being thrust together once more are simply delicious.

And the historical detail! Wow! I read this some time ago and I’m still captivated by the setting–I might have to give this one a second read, just to return to those opera houses and the music, and the side characters who made my heart happy.

Trigger warning–the heroine suffered some sexual trauma before the start of the novel.

Book Review: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

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With Penny Reid’s books, I always know I’m gonna get a great laugh. And the opening of Truth or Beard, with the main character, Jessica James, dressed up like a sexy Gandalf–oh, I laughed so hard. I love Reid’s humor and there are tons more laugh-out-loud and giggle moments to this novel (for example, there’s a thing with sausages that I can’t even think about without laughing). Jessica and Winston are believable characters and perfect for each other, & I swooned at the HEA. I am once again impressed by Reid’s work! The rest of the series looks equally as promising, and I’m looking forward to reading it!

Book Review: Yours to Keep

yours-to-keepSuper cute, and with some laugh-out-loud moments. Those LOL moments are why I keep coming back to Stacey’s books–this family is hilarious and I’d totally hang out with them. Especially because it would mean I get to bag a Kowalski man (seriously, they’re everywhere. This is the biggest family I’ve ever read about). (Also, in this daydream, I’m a single woman. In real life I’m happily married!)

I wanted to shake both the hero and heroine at one point near the end because really JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER, but otherwise I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Funny, sexy books with ensemble casts really work for me.

Like in Exclusively Yours, there are zillions (rough estimate) of characters because it’s a big family packed with sequel bait, so I think it would be better to be familiar with the series, but I managed just fine with only having read Exclusively Yours, and I probably didn’t even need the background provided there.

Stacey’s got me hooked on this series, and I’ll be loading up my kindle!

Book Review: Prime Minister

prime-ministerPrime Minister, by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller, is a contemporary erotic romance.

Some readers complained that they got bored midway through, and it’s true that the pacing isn’t super tight–however, I was riveted by the characters! Ellie and Gavin had me cheering for them from the very beginning! Especially fun was the first third or so, when they were figuring each other out. Obviously the prime minister couldn’t come right out and tell her he was kinky.

There’s a LOT of sex in this one and it’s at turns hot and funny. It broke some of my preconceived notions about kink, and I always love a book that challenges my beliefs about sex and sexuality.

Gavin’s best friend makes for excellent sequel bait, so I’ll be reading the next book in the series, Doctor Bad Boy, soon!