Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (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 a bit more.
Without further ado, here’s the installment for June 2013 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the related posts section at the bottom of the post):
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh was my most anticipated book of the year. That is saying a lot for a book where I didn’t even know the name of the hero or heroine until a couple of weeks before release day. It didn’t disappoint. Ms. Singh gave us a truly epic love story combined with breakingtaking steps in the fall of the PsyNet. Neither plot nor romance was sacrificed for the other when it came to this book. We were given so many answers; who Kaleb had been looking for, the identity of the Ghost, what will happening to the remaining council members, what happens with Pure Psy, yet we were also left with questions we all are desperate to solve. Ms. Singh totally outdid herself with this one. Now to find out the identity of the next hero...
The Temporary Wife by Jeannie Moon
Great contemporary romance that mixes the trope of marriage of convenience for a child with the rich hero, servant's daughter. Sweet and sexy!
I've always been a romance reader who focuses intently on heroine characterizations, and The First Move by Jennifer Lohmann was right in my wheel-house. A lonely heroine who has isolated herself emotionally from family and friends, finds herself still haunted by a decision she made eighteen years ago. She has little time, inclination or desire for a romantic entanglement, but that's what she gets when she runs into a former high school classmate while working as a wedding photographer. An emotionally heart-wrenching read, my advice is to keep the tissues handy.
After Hours by Cara McKenna
There are plenty of erotic romance books out there that are hot. Steamy kind of goes with the genre there, but what Cara McKenna does elevates the entire reading experience. After Hours is undoubtedly sexy. Super sexy. Like I want to live in that book sexy. But it also strikes emotional chords and dives deep. If you love strong character development alongside your bossy hero and stubborn heroine, oh you will fall for After Hours. I'm not a big re-reader, but I'm already tempted to start this one again. That good.
The best thing I read last month was a comics compilation, Hawkeye Vol. 1: My Life As a Weapon by Matt Fraction and artists David Aja, Javier Pulido, and Alan Davis. Hawkeye (Clint Barton) has been a favorite character of mine since high school and college, and I am really loving this updated version with its dramatic but spare art. The series also features Kate Bishop, Barton's student and the new Hawkeye, who is utterly awesome.
No question that the best book I read this month was Nalini Singh’s Heart of Obsidian. This was the long-awaited book in the Psy-Changeling series featuring Kaleb Krycheck, a very dangerous and very powerful telekinetic Psy. We finally learn that the driving force behind his quest for power is the only person who has ever shown him kindness. Kaleb was powerful even as a child and being raised by a serial killer who was trying to mold young Kaleb into his own image. But she was never afraid of him, she showed him love and caring, and they took her away from him, and he will destroy the entire Net, if necessary, to get her back.
The Seduction Hypothesis by Delphine Dryden
What happens when what brought you together drives you apart? Not an uncommon problem—but what is unusual is a book that addresses it so directly, with humor and sensitivity and a lot of heat. Lindsey and Ben didn’t make it because, in Lindsey’s opinion, Ben “seemed to enjoy her quirks, until one day he’d realized he saw her as too quirky, too different, for him to build a life with.” The issues are comical, seemingly, but not really since they go to the heart of Lindsey’s identity. How she dyes her hair, what she gets pierced, how much she revels in a BDSM comic book—feeling the weight of Ben’s disapproval on these issues, she leaves him. The story—how not-so-nerdy Ben explores and embraces his inner dominant side and shows Lindsey, at a comic-con convention—just how much he’s interested in fulfilling her every fantasy. Not vanilla, at all, but not hard-core either. Just fun and honest.