October Reviewer Recommendations

FV Monthly Recs

Here are our reviewer romance recommendations based on what we read in October 2012.

Amy’s Recommendations

Undeniable by Alison Kent ** [AMZBNSK]
Okay, you all know I went for this book because of two important facts; a HOT cover and the promise of HOT cowboys.  Let me confirm that Ms. Kent delivered on both with an emotional story and enduring characters to grab you in between all the hotness.  Did I mention this book is HOT?!  I really enjoyed the cowboys of Crow Hill and I can’t wait for the next book in The Dalton Gang series. Check out my review here.

PS- This quote alone should have you ready to ride to Crow Hill. 😉

“It’s a stiff rod with a knob on top.  I think I can handle it.”

Starfish and Coffee by Kele Moon ** [AMZBNSK]
I’m not a huge reader of the M/M genre but I’ve spread my wings this year and added several to my list.  The fact is I would pretty much read any thing by Kele Moon because her voice for me is one of a kind.  Starfish and Coffee is emotional, angsty and oh so sexy like only Ms. Moon can deliver.  This story and its setting on the island of Mirabella was such a great escape for me and I’m happy to report Ms. Moon will be returning to Mirabella with another book featuring the secondary couple, Will and Holly. Check out my review here.

Down for the Count by Christine Bell ** [AMZBNSK]
This contemporary gem is a light, fun sexy read and exactly what I needed in between some of the darker, emotional books I tackled this month.  It had many laugh out loud moments and was such a charming, feel good read.  Check out Angela’s review here.

Consequences by Aleatha Romig ** [AMZBNSK]
Jen, Angela and I ventured beyond romance this month into the psychological thriller/suspense genre along with Mandi and Tori from Smexybooks and we were blown away by this story.  I’ve never hated and yet been so riveted by a character like Anthony Rawlings.  I really enjoyed this book and it created so many discussions among my reading friends.  I can’t imagine what is in store for us with the next two books but I’m hoping and craving the ultimate revenge!  Check out Jen’s review here.

Jen’s Recommendations

October seemed to be another good month for me, reading wise.  A sick kiddo has slowed down my end of the month reading but I am pretty happy about what I got in before that.

Son of the Morning by Linda Howard ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
I am on a Linda Howard kick for audiobooks right now.  I had heard so much about Son of the Morning but for some reason I had never read it.  It is a really well developed and complex story.  I liked Grace and Black Niall was yummy.  The couple spends most of the book apart but when they finally do come together it is with a bang!

Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
Definitely my favorite KA book so far.  There were several times that I found myself crying which means a winner in my book.  I cannot wait until Luci and Hap’s story.

Deep Desires by Charlotte Stein ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
This book was ZOMG yummy.  It was voyeuristic pleasure at its best.  I need to read more of Ms. Stein’s work ASAP!  See my review here.

Damaged Goods by Lauren Gallagher ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
This was my first book by Ms. Gallagher too and I will be investing in her backlist.  Damaged Goods stuck with me for a long time afterwards and made me think while reading it.  Very well done book.  See my review here.

Reflected in You by Sylvia Day ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
The much anticipated follow-up to Bared to You did not disappoint and if anything I though it was better than the first book.  Several times during this book I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest and plopped on to the table next to me.  I might give my pinky finger for Entwined to You at this point.  See my review here.

Consequences by Aleatha Romig ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
This book totally blew me away.  I talked about it for weeks afterwards.  I pimped it to everyone I knew.  Just when you thought you had a handle on things, Ms Romig ripped the rug out from under you.  There was an absolutely stunning ending that left me flailing for more.  See my review here.

Truth by Aleatha Romig ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
TRUTH is the second book in the Consequences series.  I wasn’t sure if Ms Romig would be able to duplicate the amazing story of Consequences but I think she does just fine.  TRUTH answered some questions yet left me handing on others.  Too bad the next book won’t be out for a while!  Review.

ICED by Karen Marie Moning ** [AMZ – BN – S – K] Review

Angela’s Recommendations

Consequences by Aleatha Romig ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
Jen recommended Consequences to me, and for some reason I went into it thinking it was a dark romance in the 50 Shades world. Um, no. This isn’t a romance, it’s more like a mystery, suspense, horror book. I spent the first half thinking “what the heck” (that’s the PG rated version anyway) and the second half thinking “no way” and the last fifty pages going “OMG”. Book two Truth comes out this week and I CAN’T WAIT! See Jen’s review here.

Down for the Count by Christine Bell ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
I picked this one mainly because I’m a sucker for a friends to lovers storyline and because I’ve had good luck lately with Entangled Publishing’s Brazen line. This was such a funny, sweet, sexy read. Galen was hilarious and there are several laugh out loud moments involving him and Lacey. I was pumped when I found out that Cat ( Galen’s sister and Lacey’s BFF) is getting her own story. See my review here.

Lord’s Fall by Thea Harrison ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
I couldn’t wait to get my hot little hands on the next Pia and Dragos story, and it ended up making me very happy. Lots of good Pia and Dragos time, some changes in the Wyr world, and a few new characters are introduced. I ended up loving it. **Review to come

Dirty Secret by Rhys Ford ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
This was a very different m/m romantic suspense.  Two gay men, one out and proud who is a private investigator still getting over the shooting death of his lover, the other a Korean man who is afraid of letting his family know he is gay, lots of mystery surrounding how the Korean culture handles homosexuality, shooting, blow up dolls, a Filipino cross dresser and some hot, steamy sexy times. Good stuff. **Review to come

Catherine’s Recommendations

Back To You by Priscilla Glenn ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
I completely fell for the main leads and loved watching their romance unfold. It’s not often that I can say that I loved a YA version of a romance as much as the adult version of it, but I can here. The author did an excellent job with the past and present relationship. Loved it! *Review to come*

The Duke’s Tattoo by Miranda Davis ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
I absolutely adored this book! It is the most flat out delightful book I have read in a long time and I was charmed to my toes while reading it. If you’re in the market for an HR gem featuring a hilarious, oddball romance, then you won’t want to miss this one! *Review to come*

Practically Wicked by Alissa Johnson ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
The dynamic between the leads was so charming. The story had an air of fun mischief and the author neatly avoided any Big Misunderstandings by gifting her characters with a much appreciated propensity to look at things logically and actually discuss them. If you’re in the mood for an adorable romance, look no further. *Review*

Rules To Catch A Devilish Duke by Suzanne Enoch ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
Enoch is a favorite author of mine, so it’s no surprise that I loved her latest release. I really enjoyed the story and had fun watching the heroine draw the hero out of his dukely shell.

Down For The Count by Christine Bell ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
I loved the awkward, adorable heroine and the fun hero. They had a great dynamic together, even before they acted on their attraction. I had so much fun reading this. It could have only been better if it was longer! Angela’s Review.

Samantha’s Recommendations

The Gravedigger’s Brawl by Abigail Roux ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
A month with a new release from Abigail Roux always makes a for a good month if you ask me. The Gravedigger’s Brawl was a scary ghost story that involved a super cool tavern and some hot characters – namely Ash. I need more of this gaslight thing in books. More guy-liner  More tongue piercings. Angela and Samantha’s Joint review.

Laying Down the Law by Delilah Devlin ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
Laying Down the Law by Delilah Devlin was an easy and sexy read and I have to recommend it if you’re looking for something quick and dirty to escape in for a few hours. Review.

Sophia’s Recommendations

ICED by Karen Marie Moning ** [AMZ – BN – S – K]
Freaking awesome. I am really excited that Karen Marie Moning is writing stories in the Fever world from Dani’s perspective. I know a lot of people think she is annoying but I think KMM is portraying her well and we will see great things from Dani. What I loved about this book was it was nothing like what I expected. I was totally thrown off by Ryodan and I can’t wait to see how it all comes out. Jen and I did a post about ICED.


  1. says

    Oh yeah, Jen! Glad you love Son of The Morning, I love it too. First time I read I feel weird when read about h/H that almost not meet for 2/3 book. The second I read, its get better :)

    Also see so many rave reviews for Iced. Guess i must finish Dreamfever and Shadowfever ASAP 😛

    • says

      Normally I don’t like a book where it takes them so long to meet. But this one was so fast paced that I didn’t even mind.

      Yes!! Read those books!

      Did you decide if you were going to read Second Grave?

      • says

        A friend of mine said Charley Davidson series become downhill. But I still want to give it a chance, beside I love the first 😀

  2. says

    Oh, Son of the Morning. That is one of my favorites! It barely even bothered me that they didn’t officially meet for so long. The rest of the book and the connection between them was too engrossing to mind!