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My blogging friends and I decided to discuss books that left us feeling shocked or surprised in some way. I tried to break up my picks into a few categories.
And, yes, there will be spoilers, because I have to list at least one pick per category, so read at your own risk!
I won’t put who or what caused the shock or surprise, but I will list title, author and synopsis.
Unexpected Character Connections You Never Saw Coming
These can be people who didn’t realize how they were connected or even crossovers from different books or series that you didn’t see coming. When the connection is made, it leaves you speechless! Typically, you need to be a fan of the author and series to get the full impact of these amazing reveals.
As a side note, both Susan Stoker and Dannika Dark are amazing at providing fans and readers these amazing connections as they often intertwine snippets of characters from other stories and series since they all reside in the same universe.
Rescuing Sadie by Susan Stoker
Sadie Jennings was used to being protected. As the niece of Sean Taggart, and the receptionist at McKay-Taggart Group, she was constantly surrounded by Alpha men more than capable, and willing, to lay down their life for her. But when she visits her friend in San Antonio, and acts on suspicious activity at Milena’s workplace, Sadie puts both of them in the crosshairs of a madman. After several harrowing weeks, her friend is now safe, but for Sadie, the repercussions of her rash act linger on.
Chase Jackson, no stranger to dangerous situations as a captain in the US Army, has volunteered himself as Sadie’s bodyguard. He fell head over heels for the beautiful woman the first time he laid eyes on her. With a Delta Force team at his back, he reassures the Taggart’s that Sadie will be safe. But when the situation in San Antonio catches up with her, Chase has to use everything he’s learned over his career to keep his promise…and to keep Sadie alive long enough to officially make her his.
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2IWKbFi
Ravenheart (Crossbreed Series Book 2) by Dannika Dark
Two weeks after joining Keystone, Raven Black is ready to take on the world as a criminal hunter for hire. If only her partner wasn’t a bloodsucking Vampire with a penchant for getting under her skin. Despite her lavish surroundings, Raven misses the freedom of life without rules. And Keystone’s next assignment is about to test her self-control in more ways than one.
Dead bodies are popping up in the human district, and all signs point to a Breed serial killer. In order to catch him, Raven and Christian embark on a mission that takes their partnership into uncharted waters. Lives are at stake. Can Raven trust her instincts, or will she fall into a web spun from lies and deceit?
Time is running out in this pulse-pounding tale of dark secrets, murder, and forbidden desires.
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2HyRX8F
Unexpected Character Deaths That Left You Reeling
So, this doesn’t really need any further explanation. A favorite character’s death can really leave a reader feeling the loss and these are two books that you definitely need your tissues close by when reading.
Gravity (Mageri Series Book 4) by Dannika Dark
When a choice is made, it will forever alter the course of our destiny. It cannot be undone, for fate is a river changing direction and carving away the bed of our hearts like everlasting fractures.
A turbulent past has left Silver a broken woman, but she is learning to trust again through Logan Cross, a Chitah who has convinced her that a dangerous man can change. Their bond will be put to the ultimate test when an old nemesis reappears and flips her world upside down. Will Logan be able to tame the animal within, or will he succumb to his impulsive nature?
The ongoing investigation into Breed experiments unveils a shocking secret about Silver’s past. Standing at a fork in the road, Silver is forced to make a decision. Each comes with a consequence, and there is no turning back.
Gravity contains romance, passion, twists, and nail-biting drama.
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2HABAbU
Pack Master (Undeadly Secrets Book 4) by Aaron L. Speer
Alexandra Hensley awakens to a world she doesn’t recognise. The city is covered in eternal night and nothing makes sense. As she tries, desperately, to piece the past together, a well funded government sect emerges out of hiding.
They’re heavily armed and packing an arsenal of knowledge about the supernatural forces in Sydney. One question needs answered quickly.
Are they FRIEND or FOE?
In England, Alicia Slade is faced with her own desperate question. Let her infant grandson be used as a pawn in a tyrant’s plans for domination? Or enter a civil war to retrieve him?
For her, the choice is clear. For her potential allies, it’s not so simple. Will Alicia have to face the insurmountable odds alone or is help not as far away as she thinks.
And will it be enough to defeat an entire army?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2HCC8hc
The Unexpected Character Who Wasn’t Who You Thought They Were
These are the characters you thought you knew . . . but when all was revealed by the author, you realize you didn’t have a clue!
Sweet Dreams: A Tucker PI novel by T.J. Spade
Kensei Tucker is a survivor. Ten years ago, she and four other college students were abducted and tortured by a serial killer who went by the name ‘Nightmare’. Kensei was the only survivor of this terrifying ordeal – saved by a grizzled homicide detective named Henry Sloane.
Fast forward and Kensei has moved on with her life. She’s made a home in the sleepy seaside town of Hawkins Landing, where she works as a private investigator at Henry’s agency, and life is good … until her phone rings.
It seems that Nightmare is back and has abducted five new girls. This should be impossible because Nightmare is dead … almost a decade ago, Henry Sloane emptied an entire clip into his chest.
Mac Jacobs works in Intelligence with the NYPD, and his sister, Emily, is one of Nightmare’s new victims. Benched from the case, Mac can think of only one way to find Emily, and this leads him straight to the door of Nightmare’s only survivor.
Will Kensei and Mac outwit an insane killer before it’s too late?
Or will Nightmare finally get what he’s always dreamed of … Kensei Tucker?
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2HsnOub
Savage Beauty by Casey L. Bond
Once upon a time, a beautiful queen was cursed by a dark faery. That curse, inherited by twin princesses, Aura and Luna, binds their lives in the strangest of ways. At an early age, the girls were more than sisters. They were the strongest of allies until a combination of jealousy, anger and dark magic tore their relationship to shreds.
Aura took everything from Luna: her home, her family, and her love by murdering the prince who’d chosen her instead of Aura.
Luna wants revenge, but she’s running out of time. She must sever the magical bond tying her life to Aura’s before their eighteenth birthday or be bound to her forever. In desperation, she seeks help from a dark fae prince, but the price is steep – a piece of her soul.
Fate is a real witch. Luna was willing to give up anything to stop her sister, until Prince Phillip of Grithim, the brother of the only man she’s ever loved, falls into her life. Neither of them can fight their attraction, despite their guilt.
With Aura hell-bent on destroying everything she holds dear, Luna must decide whether she wants revenge or Phillip. She can’t have both, and in the end, this may be a battle both sisters lose.
Savage Beauty is a re-telling of the original Sleeping Beauty story with a few magical twists. Those twists include two feuding half-fae witches and the handsome prince that finds himself caught up in their fight. There are also familiars, because what good witch doesn’t have one. If you love retellings like Cinder from Marissa Meyer or C.J. Redwine’s Ravenspire series… you might love this series as well.
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2HBlZZn
Unexpected Endings That Went Against What You Thought Was Coming
The books have endings you never could have imagined as you read . . .And, the wait is so worth it!
Our Alternate Ending by Kate Fox
She was the hot mess who stumbled through his door.
He was the one who gave her a chance.
When Elle Callihan finds herself on the twenty-sixth floor of the country’s top publishing firm after putting her dreams on hold for five years, she’s not about to allow the opportunity to slip through her fingers.
There’s just one problem.
Her new, humorless, this-needs-to-be-done-right-now, jerk of a boss makes her working life a living hell.
With the minutes on his own clock ticking, CEO and certified workaholic, Owen Caldwell, has no time for anything. Not relationships. Not life. And certainly not the connection that simmers between himself and his new assistant.
As the pair work together, their undeniable attraction draws them closer, bringing a realization that sometimes life and the people in it are worth slowing down for. But when Elle is presented with a plot twist she never saw coming, she quickly learns that crafting her own story may be much harder than she initially thought.
Faced with a difficult decision, she has two choices: write the truth or deliver an alternate ending she knows they both deserve.
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2H0iSxg
Riches to Rags by Casey L. Bond
Most girls dream of being princesses, but one princess just wants to be a normal girl.
Ella Carina, crown princess of Aelawyn, knows brutality and lies—she’s seen the way her father rules. Princess. Possession. To her father, the words had the same meaning. She was only as valuable as the alliance formed with her betrothal. Her freedom comes from an unlikely place: an attack on the castle.
When the conquering King offers to protect her from the betrothal her father arranged for political gain, she consents. Hiding her within a peasant family is the only way to keep her and her secret safe.
In this simpler life, Ella flourishes and catches the eye of the local Blacksmith’s son. For once, she can be herself and make her own choices, but the life of a princess—even one kept secret—was never meant to be easy.
Trevor, crown prince of Galder has been searching for Ella, but not because of their betrothal. She is in grave danger from the very people who hid her away. His plan is to show her the truth and help her to safety.
Nothing goes as planned. When Trevor finds her, it’s to discover she’s fallen in love with a peasant. Now he has two goals: help her regain her throne… and show her that she belongs with him.
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2qAofZ3
OMG and WTF Moments
These are the moments that literally have your jaw dropping. You need to step away from the book to take a minute to process because that seriously just happened and you can’t even process it quickly enough to continue on with the book without taking a moment.
Nobody Does it Better by Lexi Blake
A spy who specializes in seduction
Kayla Summers was an elite CIA double agent, working inside China’s deadly MSS. Now, she works for McKay-Taggart London, but the Agency isn’t quite done with her. Spy master Ezra Fain needs her help on a mission that would send her into Hollywood’s glamorous and dangerous party scene. Intrigued by the mission and the movie star hunk she will be shadowing, she eagerly agrees. When she finds herself in his bed, she realizes she’s not only risking her life, but her heart.
A leading man who doesn’t do romance
Joshua Hunt is a legend of the silver screen. As Hollywood’s highest paid actor, he’s the man everyone wants to be, or be with, but something is missing. After being betrayed more than once, the only romance Josh believes in anymore is on the pages of his scripts. He keeps his relationships transactional, and that’s how he likes it, until he meets his new bodyguard. She was supposed to keep him safe, and satisfied when necessary, but now he’s realizing he may never be able to get enough of her.
An ending neither could have expected
Protecting Joshua started off as a mission, until it suddenly felt like her calling. When the true reason the CIA wanted her for this assignment is revealed, Kayla will have to choose between serving her country or saving the love of her life.
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2HB9Q6S
Day Dreamer (Undeadly Secrets Book 2) by Aaron L. Speer
In this, the sequel to the 2017 IVFAF award winner, Night Walker, Aaron L Speer delivers readers a fresh, scintillating take on an age old rivalry. Werewolves have secretly infiltrated Sydney, a silent yet unmistakable challenge to the vampire monarchy. Combining heart pounding action and sweat inducing sex scenes, Speer draws you deeper into the fascinating Sydney underworld and does not let you go!
Stand alongside Alexandra Hensley and Dante Delavega, as they try desperately to mount a defence, before the invasion that threatens to annihilate all they hold dear. Alex’s very survival still depends on her ability to keep the paranormal secret. Just when Alex believes she has a grip on her new life, Nicholas, the teenage son of her estranged cousin shows up unannounced, and gives her a chilling note from his mother, begging for asylum on his behalf. Though kind and softly spoken, Nicholas has secrets of his own. Son of the fallen British Alpha, yet never having turned himself, Nicholas had hoped to start a new life and a new school to finish his last year, away from the civil war that destroyed his family. Little did he know when he meets a stunning member of staff, his life would change forever.
She unwittingly awakens the beast inside him. But which side will it be on? Where does Nicholas’ heart and loyalty truly lie? Is it with Alex, or his own kind?
BUY NOW to find out who will be victorious in the Battle of Sydney…and who won’t make it out alive.
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2IWmNrj
These are just a few of the most shocking or surprising moments in books I have read. I’d love to hear yours, so please shout them out in a comment!
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