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Sep 14 2012 1:00pm

September 2012 Recommendations: Threesomes, Archangels, and Dark Queens

Archangel’s Storm by Nalini SinghAt the end of last year, we ran our fabulous bloggers’ lists of top reads of the year. Those posts were so fun that we’ve decided to continue, asking our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read each month (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle just a bit more. So here’s this month’s installment for September 2012 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out the JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune, July, and August 2012: 

Lucy Dosch
Archangel Storm by Nalini Singh is definitely the best book I have read this month.  Her characters are so vividly written, with a complex shading of both dark and light, they truly come to life, and with its almost Shakespearean drama, it surpasses the normal paranormal romance selections.  Spymaster Jason goes to India to help the Archangel Neha find her husband Eris's killer.  With the help of Princess Mehiya, they learn the secret behind Eris's death and they also find a love to fill the void left by tragic childhoods. 

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie MacomberJanet Webb
Debbie Macomber's The Inn at Rose Harbor is two treats in one: it's the start of a new series, set in a B&B in the fictitious Cedar Cove, Washington, and it's also set in Cedar Cove, a fictional world populated by characters that Macomber brought to life in her highly popular Cedar Cove series. In case you're wondering, yes, some of those characters make an appearance. 

The heroine, Jo Marie Rose, is a widow looking for a fresh start. She hadn't been married long when her husband, serving in Afghanistan, was killed. The bed and breakfast is not only a place of healing for her but her guests also have their own stories of healing to experience. Unlike the Cedar Cove series, this time the guests' stories conclude at the end of the book but Jo Marie, and Mark, the enigmatic neighborhood jack-of-all-trades, have a burgeoning relationship that is very intriguing. I'll definitely read #2 in the series!

Brie Clementine
Riveted by Meljean Brook – Hands down, one of the best books I’ve read this year. It has a complex world building and a plot that promises adventure. Yet, at its core, it’s nothing but a beautiful love story between two outsiders that find a place to belong in each other. It has one of the most lovable heroines I’ve read in a while, and a beta, virgin-ish hero that truly deserves her. Riveted is part of a series, but it stands alone perfectly well, so anyone can read it.

Hunter’s Season by Thea HarrisonSmash Attack Ash
Thea Harrison’s Hunter’s Season novella — The world-building was minimal, but the love story was one of the most beautiful I've ever read. I was touched beyond belief as I watched Aubrey and Xanthe's love blossom and consume them. Their reactions and inhibitions and emotions were so realistic and palpable.

Myretta Robens
Twilight of a Queen - Susan Carroll: 
When I saw that Susan Carroll is releasing a new book (The Lady of Secrets) in her Dark Queen series in December, I went to check Amazon and discovered that I'd missed Twilight of a Queen, published in 2009 and the fourth in this series.  Like all of these books, it's a beautifully written tale, with an intricate plot involving Catherine Di Medici (the dark queen), compelling characters, and a good, strong romance. Now I can't wait for The Lady of Secrets.

Miss_D
My pick for Best of September is Laid Bear by Eve Vaughn. It's a fast-moving, well-written story of a woman who finds love in the most unexpected of places. Zora had a difficult upbringing devoid of love and affection that caused her to make some bad decisions as she grew older. After a terrible incident with an ex-boyfriend, she decides to move away and start anew. During her move, she accidentally hits a bear in bad weather, rendering her unconscious. What she doesn't know is that she hit one of her future mates while he was in his bear form. Along with his two cousins, they not only become Zora's soulmates, but men who shower her with love, protection, and sense of belonging. It's a great read with engaging characters and an absorbing emotional story; a menage book that works well in showing the deep bond between all the characters.

Full Blooded by Amanda CarlsonChelsea Mueller
Full Blooded  by Amanda Carlson

Ready for something new? Amanda Carlson's debut Full Blooded has quick wit and a plot that unfolds with breakneck speed. The heroine Jessica is the first female werewolf. The boys are less than thrilled, and she makes it damn clear that doesn't matter. Also, there may be a male character who oozes sex. If you're bummed the Women of the Otherworld series is over, this may be your new obsession. 

Dolly Sickles
Julie Anne Walker’s Hell on Wheels

It really reminds me of Tara Janzen’s Steel Street series, which is one of my favorites in the history of ever … but with its own motorcycle twist. We meet Nate “Ghost” Walker and his best friend’s little sister, Ali Morgan. I love the best friend’s little sister being off-limits, so coupled with the aggressive gearhead, motor-speak, Hell on Wheels hit me like catnip. Despite the clichés (everyone has nicknames, like Ghost, Phantom and Rebel; there’s a hidden entrance, a la Batman; and Nate’s conscience kicks in during the middle of a seriously hot, sexy kiss, and he has to tear himself away from the “one woman he ever loved”),  stories like this are to my romantic suspense meter as Commando and The Running Man are to my movie action hero heart. But Walker has begun what promises to be a fresh, sexy series, and one that’ll have me waiting at the door to my local Barnes & Noble on scheduled release days. One great thing concerned me, however: Ali falls asleep against Nate’s back, flying down the highway on the back of a motorcycle. Talk about a death wish.

Temptation’s Edge by Eve BerlinTiffany Tyer
Temptation's Edge by Eve Berlin
The third in her series writing BDSM as Eve Berlin, Temptation's Edge is one of Eden Bradley's best books to date. This is yet another example of books in this vein that far surpass Fifty Shades of Grey. Connor and Mischa test each other's limits emotionally and romantically, but the BDSM is never too heavy. Throughout it all is a beautiful developing love story that really shows the softer side of BDSM and how truly connected two people in the lifestyle can be. 

Victoria Janssen
The best book I read in September was Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch - the sequel to last month's favorite!  Hey, at least I'm consistent. Set in contemporary London, it's the most engaging Urban Fantasy series I've ever read. Plus it's funny.

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2 comments
Lucy D
2. Lucy D
I've just started reading Thea Harrison and I am loving her Elder Races series. She definitely has a great writing style.
Lucy D
3. Katie Guerin
Ali falling asleep on the motorcycle freaked me out, too! I'm glad I'm not the only one. The second book in the series, In Rides Trouble, is great as well.
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