FV Reviewer Recommendations From The October TBR

FV Monthly RecsIt’s time for FV reviewer recs again. These are books we read in October but not necessarily released in October. Here we go…

Amy’s Recommendations

While October is one of my favorite months of the year, it failed to deliver many books to brag about, much less recommend.  I will give you a sneak peak of the two that made my list.  Both books release in November so be sure and check back for my review here at Fiction Vixen. :)

Striking Distance by Pamela Clare ** [AMZBNSK]
I-Team fans will not be disappointed in this latest installment to the series.  Ms. Clare’s I-Team series is one of my all time favorites in romantic suspense.  The books always have a balance of action packed suspense, emotion and a strong, sexy couple.  I would strongly suggest reading the Prequel novella, First Strike, before reading Striking Distance.  It will give you a good foundation of the couple and how they meet which will make reading Striking Distance all the more meaningful and enjoyable.  Review to come.

Crossing the Line by Kele Moon ** [AMZBNSK]
Fans of Kele Moon’s Battered Hearts series, get ready for raw angst and heartbreak in Wyatt and Tabitha’s story.  It’s a darker tone as compared to the prior two books but no less beautiful and riveting.  Witnessing Wyatt and Tabitha’s journey from childhood friends to adult lovers proves in the end it’s good to believe in heroes.  Review and giveaway to come.

Jen’s Recommendations

I read one epic book this month and then a couple of really, really good ones.  If only all months could be this good.

The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith ** [AMZBNSK]
Epic.  Yep, I used that word.  The buzz about this book was incredible and when too many fellow readers I trust started recommending it (Mandi at Smexybooks and  FV Angela), well I couldn’t resist.  And this book is sooooooo good.  It is dense and long (when I first started my kindle told me it would take 23 hours and 55 minutes and I read fast!) but it is completely worth it.  Of course, we can’t forget there is lizard peen!!  See Angela’s WTRW for more information.

Shock & Awe by Abigail Roux ** [AMZBNSK]
Nick and Kelly’s story didn’t disappoint.  They go together so well and it was a pleasure to read about them.  I think I fell head over heels for Kelly though.  He is a charmer.  The sexy times are off the chart too.  😉 Joint review with Angela to come.

Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh ** [AMZBNSK]
Technically I finished this one at the end of August but it was late and didn’t make it into my recommendations.  Arc wise, this book is a game changer.  Singh had me holding my breath for the last 20% and that is a long time to not breathe!  This was the best book of the series and I can’t wait to see what is next.  Review here.

Glitter Baby by Susan Elizabeth Phillips ** [AMZBNSK]
This is my audio recommendation for the month.  This is an older book and you can really tell at parts however I loved it.  The narrator, Julia Gibson, is really good and I loved the voices.  The book has more of a chick lit feel to it but there is some romance.  It is really about Fleur and how she comes into her own.  You can easily hate the bad guys and love the good guys.

No Flag by Liz Borino ** [AMZBNSK]
A very interesting story about power dynamics in a relationship and how to handle having a military spouse.  Mike and Will were fascinating to read as was the Domestic Discipline part of the book.  I learned something new and I was intrigued!  Review here.

Angela’s Recommendations

I loved October. Seriously, October was a badass reading month for me.

The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith ** [AMZBNSK]
I first heard of this book when Mandi at Smexybooks called it her top read of the year. Then I went to GR and read more reviews talking about how fantastic this story was. So I decided to take a chance on this very, very long (and when I say that I mean even if you are normally a three or four book a week reader this will take you at least a week to get through) science fiction romance. I’m no happy I listened to their recs, this is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Everything about this book is epic. From the romance, to the characters, to the long and difficult journey they go through. I fell in love with both Amber and Meoraq. If the thought of  a lizardman as a hero makes you squeamish, don’t worry, by the end you will be in love with not only him, but by his and Amber’s relationship. It was just so beautiful. The only problem I can find is that you will have a book hangover when you finally finish and nothing you start to read will measure up to this stunning love story.

If you need more convincing here is my What-To-Read-Wednesday post.

Shock & Awe by Abigail Roux ** [AMZBNSK]
As a huge Ty & Zane, Cut & Run fan I was highly anticipating this release. Yes, I’m one of those minions who stalk Abi Roux’s tumblr pages and wait anxiously for word of what’s coming next. The Nick & Kelly snippet from earlier this year got me all excited about this new couple and I’m happy to report that Shock & Awe is every bit as good as fans are hoping it will be. Dirty, sweet, funny and romantic. This couple worked for me in a major way. Joint review with Jen to come closer to release date.

Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh ** [AMZBNSK]
Nalini Singh can do no wrong in my book. Her release earlier this year, Heart of Obsidian, was a crazy awesome, intense love story and Archangel’s Legion was another phenomenal read. I loved getting back to Raphael and Elena. I loved the character development and movement of the story arc. The last 20% left me absolutely breathless. Everything about this series just keeps getting better and better. See Jen’s review here.

Bold Tricks by Karina Halle ** [AMZBNSK]
The Javier, Ellie and Camden saga has kept me on the edge of my seat since picking up the first book Sins & Needles. It has been a wild, action packed ride from the beginning and now with the release of Bold Tricks readers finally have the answers they’ve been looking for. Ellie makes decisions on who to trust and what kind of future she wants to have. Camden lovers will rejoice, while Javier fans will be disappointed. Or maybe not. Javier always was a bit of a wild card. This was a fantastic conclusion to the series. See my full review here.


Thank you for your recs ladies. :)



  1. Amy says

    GASP! How could I forget Shock & Awe!!! *smack me* It should be on my list too!!! Nick & Kelly were fantastic!

  2. Alesa says

    So, so jealous you all got to read Shock & Awe already!! I am also a ‘stalker’ and I can’t wait ….;). I am so glad it apparently lives up to its (huge!) expectations.