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.

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!

Books for Pride and Prejudice Lovers

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Yes, I realize that so much has been said about Pride and Prejudice (in fact, I wrote about it just last week over at the Pocket Romance blog), it’s hardly a revelation that yet another person loves it. So rather than tell you how delicious Mr. Darcy is or how I revel in every interaction between him and Lizzie, I’ll instead point you to a few books that take their inspiration from P&P.

Elizabeth Aston’s Mr. Darcy’s Daughters (first in a series that I loved so much! Although my suspension of disbelief was tested by the idea that Elizabeth had five daughters when she came from a family of five daughters. I mean, what are the chances?)

P.D. James, Death Comes to Pemberley (popularized on the BBC, which has been on my Netflix queue for ages)

Linda Berdoll, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife (honestly I felt it was too slow. It keeps the Austen feel, and I think I expected more contemporary language. But I might go back to it someday because I’ve heard good things!)

Seth Graham-Smith and Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (I admit, I was skeptical. It was…interesting, I’ll say that much. Probably not something I’d read again, and I’m too much of a chicken to watch the film)

Stacy King, Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice (I didn’t read this one–my daughter stole it from me before I got the chance, and then it had to go back to the library. But the artwork and adaptation looked really good!)

There’s a list on Goodreads of over 300 Pride and Prejudice adaptations, sequels, and variations, so if you’re hungry for more, have at it!