It’s May 31st and we’ve got romance novel recommendations for you! These are not necessarily books that were released in May. These are books we read in May. It looks like Amy had a fantastic month in books so she wins, she goes first. Here we go…
I kind of blew May out of the water with a record of reading sixteen books so I’m narrowing down the top five that I believe are worth adding to your “to be read” list.
In The Company of Witches by Joey W. Hill– Ms. Hill continues to deliver a creative plot and enticing characters in her second installment of the Arcane Shot Series. After reading and experiencing Mikhael in Something About Witches, I never imagined I would ever come to love his character in such a profound way but man was I totally wrong! Ms. Hill delivered a multifaceted hero full of depth, emotion and sexuality and in the end, I wanted a protector and lover just like Mikhael! Fiction Vixen Review
About Last Night by Ruthie Knox– This is the second book published by Ms. Knox and all I can say is what I wouldn’t give for a long back list! Samantha reviewed her debut release, Ride With Me, and really enjoyed it so that has totally moved up my TBR list after finishing About Last Night. I was completely captivated by this story and Ms. Knox proved to me that she will be a regular author on my auto buy list for the future. My review will post in June closer to the release date but trust me when I say you will want to read this little contemporary slice of sexy goodness.
Several of the ladies at Fiction Vixen, including myself, have ventured into the cracktastic world of author Kristen Ashley. I knocked out several of her books this month and two of my favorites were The Golden Dynasty and Heaven and Hell. Readers who enjoy fantasy and the HBO show Game of Thrones will enjoy The Golden Dynasty and Heaven and Hell proved to be one of the most enjoyable couples I’ve read of Ashley’s to date. I did not want to punch the alpha hero in the face until 3/4 of the way into the story. This was a first! Read Jen’s review and Sophia’s review of Knight.
Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye- This is a short, sexy story I came across about a couple that gets stuck in an elevator and both barely see a glimpse of each other before the lights go out and they are trapped. Both learn that a person’s character should not be judged by what is physically seen on the outside. The sexual tension Ms. Kaye creates as both characters learn more about the other is steamy and explosive and by the time they make it out of the elevator, I was dying for them to explore each other in the most sensual ways in the light of day! I definitely will be reading more of Ms. Kaye’s work.
May gave me my top book of 2012 so far: Armed & Dangerous by Abigail Roux (book 5 in the Cut and Run series). Abigail Roux did an amazing job writing this book – the first one of the series with her as the only author. Secrets are being revealed, Ty and Zane are no longer running away from questions, and the LOVE….the LOVE is off the hook. The crossover with Cam and Julian from Warrior’s Cross? Genius! *whispers* I think I’ve read this six times so far. It’s all I read for almost 2 weeks…over and over again. I might need a Ty and Zane 12 step program. Next book comes out August 13!
I also really enjoyed Frog by Mary Calmes. Any readers of Jake and Jory out there from the Matter of Time series?? Well, I haven’t read much Mary Calmes aside from Matter of Time, so I thought I would give this book a try since @MinnChica highly recommended it. It was a sweet love story of opposites attract and a cowboy hero that won my heart just like he did everyone else in the book. I was happy to see something different from Mary Calmes than the old Jake and Jory drama I’ve been reading for years. I think it’s time I try some more books from this author.
I joined the Kristen Ashley train in May so I think 50% of my books were written by her. They will not all be on my recommendations list but I think at least one was worthy of the list.
Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley– For some reason, I liked the premise of this book. Hawk has been coming to Gwen for a year and a half. How crazy she let a stranger in her bed for that long. Hawk is the pure definition of jerk but I was all over that mess. There is just something about the way KA writes her heroes.
Jacked Up (Fast Track #6) by Erin McCarthy– The story of Eve, Elec and Evan’s sister, was a good one. Nolan was perfect for her. He brought lightheartedness to her life that she desperately needed. Review to come.
Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers #2) by Loretta Chase– The second book in this series and I like it even more than the first. Sophy is a fantastic character. She was so much fun to read about and Longmore complimented her well. His single-minded determination to have her was pretty funny to watch play out. Joint review with Catherine and me to come.
Treachery in Death (In Death #32) by J.D. Robb– My monthly In Death recommendation. I loved how protective Eve was of Peabody in this book. This was one were most of the recurring characters are involved and I always like those the best. And watching Eve go up against another cop is always fun. She is such a badass.
A Little More Scandal by Carrie Lofty: This novella captured me right away. The hero is a self-made man (Scotsman woo-hoo), total alpha male and completely focused on business and the accumulation of wealth. The heroine is a former military nurse who is the only survivor of a tragic shipwreck. She refuses to tell her story and because of that the ton is fascinated with her. She uses the opportunity to snare a husband. They fall into lust and then eventually love. Read my review, and enter to win a copy of Flawless by Carrie Lofty.
After The Night by Linda Howard: Oh Em Gee!! Yes I know this is a blast from the past but wow, I love me some Linda Howard old school romance. The hero was a complete ass and I just couldn’t get enough of him. I know, I know…between this one and Knight, I should have no self respect left. Maybe I don’t. Who cares? There was hot, stand-up, banging against the wall sex. I’m weak.
The Madness of Lord Ian: Another older title I’ve had on my TBR forever. Why did I wait so long to read this book. Ian MacKenzie owns me. I don’t remember when the last time I was so enthralled by a romance hero. Utterly in love. I wanted to cry when the book way over because that meant my time with Ian had ended. Yes, a bit melodramatic but really, this was an amazing book.
It really feels like I didn’t read anything this month, but Goodreads assures me I’m wrong. Thank goodness for GR. I’d never remember anything I read without it.
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch – I had an absolute blast reading this book. I had trouble with the main character in the beginning, but his asshole-ish ways eventually charmed me. The ragtag crew, humor, and hijinks reminded me of all that I enjoyed in the TV show Firefly. This is not my usual read, but I found it refreshing and fun. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Wicked Burn by Beth Kery – Wow. I absolutely loved this one. It was hot, intense, and kept me glued to the pages. The end lost the punch that the rest of the book had, but I still loved it. This was my first book by this author but it won’t be my last.
Barefoot in the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire – I don’t usually read straight CR and I haven’t read this author before, but I’m glad I took a chance and tried this one out. The hero and heroine had their issues, but I really enjoyed watching them fall for each other. The author set them up as the older heroine/younger hero and actually made the hero feel younger–which I was impressed to see!
The Pennyroyal Green series – I finally took the plunge and tried this series out. I say that I tried the ‘series’ instead of just a book because I ended up loving her writing style and going on a marathon reading session where I inhaled the whole series. *sigh* I love a good glom. Some of the books were better than others, but I enjoyed them all. I was stoked to find that so many of them edged toward the A range for me. I can’t wait to try some of her other series to see if I enjoy them as much.