Category: Contemporary/Historical Romance

Best Reads of 2019

Posted December 29, 2019 by Victoria in Contemporary/Historical Romance, Crime Fiction, My 5-star reads, Rom-Suspense / 0 Comments

 

It was really strange looking back at the books I’ve read in 2019. This year was the year I stepped outside my comfort zone and my usual genre. I’m not sure if this was to avoid a burn out in an attempt to keep my brain fresh and not fully immersed in the same kind of stories I like to write.

Because of this, I rarely had a book slump. I mean, I have a whole backlist of Stephen King I can go through. His book 11/22/63 cemented him in my head as one of my favorite authors and I’m slowly building my SK bookshelf.

Jewel Ann’s book, Perfectly Adequate gave me all the feels and laughs plus one of my favorite heroines I’ve read this year. Proof is that I remember the heroine’s name—Dorothy Mayhem— while I forgot the hero’s.

Another book that gave me all the feels was Jill Shalvis’s book, Rainy Day Friends. This book was perfect in every sense. More than women’s fiction, it had a central romance that was swoony and believable in the way it developed.

It was hard to choose a favorite J.D. Robb or Kendra Elliot book since I’ve read several of their books in the same series this year—many of them five stars.

I was doubtful I would like Where The Crawdad’s Sing by Delia Owens because I wasn’t in the mood to read women’s fiction then, but I was drawn into the words and listened to it on audio soon after reading it.  The setting itself was a character.

Other books by Neil Gaiman, Karin Slaughter, Claire Kent and LJ Shen made my favorites this year.

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Fun reads and the Alpha mal..

Fun reads and the Alpha male

I’ve been waiting forever for Julie James’s book, It Happened One Wedding and it did not disappoint. This book was entirely too much fun and so well-written with the witty dialogue, it left me in a feel-good coma. What a way to yank me out of a reading slump! If you are looking for a gritty book, this is not it. If you are looking for a hero with a dark past that can’t get into a relationship, this is not it. If you are looking for an angsty read caused by stupid miscommunication, this is not it. The plot of “It happened one wedding” is nothing new—a player not looking for a long-term relationship and a woman who had been burned by a past relationship and is hell-bent on looking for Mr. Right—however, the author’s flawless writing and her knack for witty banter will guarantee you an easy read that will have you grinning from ear-to-ear until your jaw hurts. I should know . . . that’s what happened to me. 🙂There was a point when Sidney and Vaughn frustrated me, I mean I wanted to scream into my e-Reader and say “Are you two so freaking blind? You’re […]

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Great Trilogy

Great Trilogy

Here’s a fantastic trilogy for you. It’s different. It has a love triangle. An unusual one. One man is dark, one is light. One is unpredictable, the other is true. It’s romance and suspense, just the way I like it. The trilogy is more of a 4.5 star read for me. Here is my review for Bold Tricks: This was a satisfying and epic finish to this trilogy. This could be one of my favorite series this year. It was action-packed, punctuated with interesting self-reflection and discovery by Ellie—who she really loves and who is the man for her. Camden continues to prove that he would do anything for Ellie whether she chooses him or not, he stayed true, he was her constant as was Gus. There are some big revelations toward the end, although I kind of figured it out. The sex scenes were hot, I will never look at mud the same again. Ahhh, Camden, you are such a swoon-worthy hero. I wasn’t so sure of him in the beginning, I thought he was too wimpy to hack it in book 1, but we’ve seen his growth throughout the books as a soulful tattoo artist to one serious […]

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Military Ops romances

Military Ops romances

I’ve been on a military ops kick lately and I’ve gone through much of Cindy Gerard’s books and some of Lora Leigh. So I’m bringing you my favorites of the bunch. First up. With No Remorse – Cindy Gerard Loved, loved this book. I loved this book. The story, the writing and Luke Colter. I’ve been curious about Luke “Doc Holliday” Colter’s story since Risk No Secrets when he suffered an almost fatal gut shot. Ever since his near-death-experience, Luke believed he’s lost the edge and when some incident happens on a train he had felt like bailing instead of facing the bad guys head on feeling and thought that someone else should play the hero. But, you can never keep an good man down and Luke comes through and puts his life at risk to save a boy … which turns out to be Valentina – an international supermodel whose one name is synonymous with Beyonce and Madonna —instantly recognizable. Funny thing is Luke’s alway been a big fan so this is like a dream come true except bad guys are after her. I found the plot very interesting and it did not lose my interest at all. Sometimes […]

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Pamela Clare I-Team series

Pamela Clare I-Team series

Are you tired of all the cliffhangers? Well, here’s a great series to read. I read this backwards. I started with Breaking Point. My review is here. Naked Edge When I read about Gabe’s fearless stuntman antics in Breaking Point, I just had to read his book. I’m glad I did! Gabe is we they call a rock jock and adrenaline junkie. He’s also sworn off love and marriage and prefers to have meaningless sex. This was because his fiancee died three years ago but there was a little mystery regarding the circumstances of her death. Kat is part Navajo and I really liked her. I usually do not like a damsel in distress but she has her own strengths and I like how she could see through Gabe’s BS. She does not want casual sex and is saving herself for her “other half.” Which doesn’t make Gabe a candidate at all. Gabe wants to protect Kat from whoever is trying to kill her and the situation throws them together. Excellent sexual tension and what a climatic ending. Also a great read was  Extreme Exposure. This was the first of the series, and Kara McMillian is a hard-nosed investigative reporter […]

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Fire and Ice an extended ep..

Fire and Ice an extended epilogue

Download PDF Fire and Ice: an extended epilogue Download for free at Smaswords here (for all other readers like iPad and Kindle, Sony etc.) Blurb: Jack takes drastic measures to mitigate his fears with Maia’s risky job and his fiancée is furious. When two strong-willed people clash, sparks will fly. Will his jealousy and overprotectiveness burn their relationship to ashes or will they transcend these challenges and share an extraordinary love? *Strong sexual content and language. Short story erotic romance, 12,800 words. *This is not a standalone and expands on the events at the ending of Fire and Ice that ran concurrently with Beneath the Fire. Q & A about Fire and Ice an extended epilogue Is this book a standalone? No. This book is the only one in the series that is not a standalone. The events here will make more sense if you have read Fire and Ice because the timeline falls under the ending of that book. Some events from Beneath the Fire are also mentioned here. Do I need to read this before Silver Fire? No. All my other books are written as a standalone, however you will realize some foreshadowing in this book that would make […]

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Fire and Ice (an extended e..

Fire and Ice (an extended epilogue) cover

* Book Cover by: Robin Ludwig Design Almost done with my free short story that expands on the events of the four months later at the end of Fire and Ice. 🙂 Folks who’ve read Beneath the Fire probably have an inkling what this may be all about. There is little action in this book and will concentrate more on Jack and Maia’s relationship. Explicit sex scenes and relationship discussions take up almost half of the book.  😉  12,800 words. Blurb: Jack takes drastic measures to mitigate his fears with Maia’s risky job and his fiancée is furious. When two strong-willed people clash, sparks are bound to fly. Will his jealousy and overprotectiveness burn their relationship to ashes or will they transcend these challenges to share an extraordinary love? *Strong sexual content and language. Short story erotic romance, 12,800 words. *This is not a standalone expanding on the events at the ending of Fire and Ice that run concurrently with Beneath the Fire. Excerpt: Maia’s three-inch heels were having trouble keeping up with Jack’s long strides.  Jack had not said a word since they left the bar and simply held her hand tightly as he pulled her beside him on […]

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Silver Fire ~ Cover Reveal ..

Silver Fire ~ Cover Reveal + Excerpt

Here it is! The cover for Silver Fire! I hope you love it as much as I do. My thanks to Robin Ludwig Design for such a beautiful cover. Blurb What if you hold the blueprint to a device that can destroy an entire city? Sophie Marie Leroux is a genius nuclear physicist who runs Silver Fire Research, a laboratory that has developed the technology to enrich Zefinium—an element so versatile, it can be used as an infinite power source. It is also rumored to be an alternative to weaponized plutonium. Certain factions want to see that research buried, and the only way to make it happen is to get rid of Sophie. But greed has brought out sinister forces that may just coerce her into building the most lethal weapon since the nuclear bomb. Derek Lockwood has avoided commitment all his life. His past involvements in high-risk missions with the Army Special Forces and Artemis Guardian Services (AGS) are not exactly building blocks for meaningful relationships. Now an executive for a defense company, he finds himself attracted to his new business partner. An angel with a mind like Einstein—Sophie just may be the one woman who will have him […]

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Super Alphas

Super Alphas

    MacRieve. More like 4.5 stars. Once again, Kresley Cole gives us one sexy lykae in Macrieve. He was seriously messed up not only from his involvement in his parents death but also from his stint at the Order’s research facility. With no one to seek revenge on, he couldn’t wish sooner for death. Enter Chloe Todd and I’m stating right here if it wasn’t for the strength of the heroine I would have hated this book. Because Macrieve really tested my patience and I wanted to scream at him to get over it: “you’re a 900-year old Lykae for heaven’s sake.” I loved, loved Chloe and my heart ached for her almost for the entire book, but she was such a breath of fresh air. The way she handled herself in the face of Macrieve’s assholeness will have you rooting for her the entire time. He wasn’t an asshole in the beginning, you could actually see how sweet he was after finding his mate, but something happened that made him turn against Chloe and he was almost cruel to her. Grrr, I almost wanted to reach into my e-reader and wring his neck. I wanted to scream at Chloe “Make him […]

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Great alpha male reads this..

Great alpha male reads this week

I’ve been on a short book binge lately (200 pages and less). I found a couple of hot steamy reads from Entangled Publishing, the same publishing house that gave us “Officer off Limits”. Listing them this way, I’ve realized that 1-click button on Amazon really gets me into trouble. These were my reads from this week alone. I had some free time because I was waiting for another edit for Silver Fire from a friend who happens to be a trauma counselor and English major.  She gave me some insight into my characters’ development. Great stuff. Yes, I’ve done what I’m calling my merge-edit. And should be starting the main edit today. In the meantime: 1. Private Practice ~ Samantha Becke  I’d been searching all day for a quick and sexy read and Private practice did not disappoint. This book was smart, funny and the writing was engaging. Ellie Swann recently moved back to her home town to find out that Roger—her lifelong crush—was finally free of his engagement but rumor has it that the breakup was because his sexual proclivities had become more intense. Enter Tyler Longfoot—who was always known as the town’s bad boy (and whose nickname is […]

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