Recent Reads (March 2020)

Here’s what I’ve been up to!

Liza's Recent Reads March 2020

In case you can’t read the text on the image, we have…

A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole

Follow Me To Ground, by Sue Rainsford

The Proposal, by Jasmine Guillory

Their Runaway Bride, by Vanessa Vale

Strange Love, by Ann Aguirre

If you tap the image, it will take you to my BookBub author page, where you can find reviews of a couple of these (Strange Love, Follow Me To Ground). I usually post a new BookBub review every couple of weeks, so follow me there for nerdy book chatter!

How about you? What have you been reading? Any new favorites?

The Junkyard Shifters Series

I gotta say, I am having a blast with this crew!

First, Keira Blackwood gave me the freaking best cover for Book 1, Filthy Beast. I couldn’t have even dreamed up this beauty!

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Then, I get a big old group of bad boy shifters full of flaws and angst and guilt. They take their shirts off and fight each other, like, all the time. And what’s not to love about hotties flexing their muscles and showing off their strength?

And THEN a woman shows up and the shit really hits the fan. Nothing makes me feel more wicked than laughing while I watch a shapeshifter hottie lose his mind over his mate.

The process for this series is involving a lot of laps around the park while I think out scenes and characters. I’m talking into my phone as I go, so I don’t forget new ideas, and I probably sound like a crazy lady going on about inner beasts and fated mates and battles for dominance.

But it’s really freaking fun. 🙂

So, Filthy Beast is up for preorder for ONLY 99 PENNIES (coming out May 11th)! The prequel novella, Filthy Vandal, will be released in the Bound to Change anthology on April 17th, so you can get an early taste of these trashy romances. 😉

Two Weeks Until Bound to Forbidden is Out!

Super excited about this one because I LOVE a second-chance romance! The shared history is so freakin’ hot.

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Anna stood in front of me, chin up defiantly.

“What the hell are you doing here?” I asked.

“I’m a paying guest.”

I shook my head. Unbelievable. I was supposed to be working on the basement today. When I’d smelled her, right after getting out of my truck, I’d thought I was mistaken. And I knew I shouldn’t follow her tantalizing scent, but I couldn’t help myself–the wolf had been in control. And I’d followed along like a stupid idiot, thinking there was no way this was actually her.

After all these years, here she was. The woman in the picture.

My mate.

At least, I’d thought she was my mate. But then she’d left, making me doubt everything under the fucking sun.

Ten years had passed, but she looked the same. Beautiful skin, golden eyes. Her black hair was loose around her shoulders.

She wore the towel wrapped around her body like a freaking queen, even though I could smell her nervousness.

No doubt she could smell my anger.

I wondered if she could also smell my repressed lust.

Because as horribly awkward as this was, as pissed as I was, I still wanted her.

“You shouldn’t be here,” I said, my voice low.

“My reservation tells me otherwise.”

“I don’t care about your reservation. You don’t belong in Forbidden. Period.”

She opened her mouth to say something else–some snarky retort, most likely. I bent down, picked up her jeans and t-shirt, and thrust them at her.

She reached out to take them, and the towel fell.

Shrieking, she scrambled to grab the towel, but only ended up flinging it away from her by accident.

Fuck, her body was magnificent. Perfect tits, narrow waist, nice wide hips, perfect for grabbing. I reluctantly flicked my gaze back up to her face. Her cheeks had darkened with a blush and she stared at me with accusation in her gaze.

I snorted and started walking away, then said over my shoulder, “Nothing I haven’t seen before.”

Pre-order your copy on Apple Books, B&N, or Kobo by clicking here!

Bear Shifter Round-Up March 2020

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If you can’t get enough of those ferocious-yet-cuddly bear shifters, you have come to the right place!

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Liza Street – Ruthless Knight

Every princess needs a knight.

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Reina Torres – His UnBearable Touch

He won’t let go of her now that he’s found her.

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J.K. Harper – Silvertip Shifters Books 1-4

Snuggle up with the Silvertip Shifters series! If you love growly bear shifters who have a soft spot for their fated mates, the charming details of a small shifter town, and the power of true love to save the day, this box set is for you.

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C.D. Gorri – Polar Opposites

She’s got a thing for bad boys, and he’s as bad as they come! Bowie Atiqtalaaq was new to Barvale, but not to the prejudices of man and Shifter alike. He’d heard the vicious slurs against him for the way he’d been conceived for most of his life.

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Bianca D’Arc – Bounty Hunter Bear

Sparks fly as Thea and Ezra confront an evil that’s trying to cause bloodshed at a world famous motorcycle rally, and Thea rediscovers the Alpha animal inside her…and that she wants sexy Ezra for her mate.

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Keira Blackwood – I Dream of Grizzly

It can get awkward when dreams and reality collide…especially if the dream guardian you’ve just stripped naked turns out to be real.

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Kimberly Forrest – Soul Deep: A Malsum Pass Novel

Lily’s the prime suspect in a murder investigation. She’ll do anything to clear her name, even team up with an annoying bear shifter who stirs desires within her she never thought she’d feel.

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McKayla Schutt – Landen

Doni’s lost everything back home when she was on a vacation. Now she’s staying to a super tall man holding back secrets.

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Godiva Glenn – Playing With Fire

Chell was born a leader and knows how to make the hard choices. When those choices involves her potential mates, however, things get a bit heated.

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Gina Kincaid – One True Mate

Curvy psychologist—and panther shifter—Tallan Walden gave up on men a long time ago. That is, until the Shifting Hearts Dating Agency sets her up on a blind date with a sexy-as-sin bear shifter. He’s gorgeous, he’s funny, and he’s hot for her generous body.

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Elena Gray – Night Visions

What happens when you inherit a battle with the God of War? You fight like hell …

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Ophelia Bell – April’s Fools

Six sexy bodyguards, three bears and three dragons, might be too much for April to handle while she’s hiding from the primordial entity chasing her. Or maybe they’re just enough.

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❤ I hope you’ve found some new books to keep you so beary happy. (Zero regrets for that pun. Zero.)

An Old Favorite: Dead Until Dark

Dead Until DarkThroughout the 2000s, I was madly in love with vampire fiction. I mostly steered clear of romance at the time and concentrated on urban fantasy or contemporary fantasy. Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books were among my favorites. I would mark the release dates on my calendar and clear my schedule on those days so I could buy the book (in hardcover!) and read all day.

Part of what made Harris’s books work so well, for me, was the mystery. She’s great at penning mysteries, and that shows in these books, primarily through the suspenseful aspects.

Beyond that, the premise is killer. A waitress who can read minds falls in love with a vampire (whose mind she cannot read). Vampires are “out” in society and can drink a blood substitute as easily as they can drink the real thing.

Now, from most accounts (scrolling reviews and ratings on various sites), it seems the series fizzled toward the end. I stopped at book 8 or 9 (had kids and wasn’t able to read as much for a few years). At that point, fairies had been introduced to the series universe and I lost interest. Should I be glad I stopped? Perhaps! But nothing will change my love for the first few books, especially Dead Until Dark, which I have read several times and will probably read again soon.

Have you read this book or the series? Did you read the whole thing, or stop somewhere in the middle? I’d love to hear if your experience was similar to mine. 🙂