~Reader Recommendations~ July 2018

I know I have a lot of fabulous readers following the blog and I wanted to know what their top reads were each month so I can shout them out!

Donna B. recommends Damon (The Protectors Series) Book #1 by Teresa Gabelman.

She says this book has “ Sexy alpha vampire warriors tasked with the protection of vampire and humans alike.”

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Synopsis:

Damon DeMasters is a vampire warrior who has taken an oath to not only protect his own kind, but humans as well. Crimson Rush is the new drug on the streets and it’s their duty to find who is behind the selling of vampire blood and stop it.

As a social worker, Nicole Callahan fights for the right of every child placed in her care. There’s a war now as vampires have stepped out into the spotlight taking their place in society and the children are at the heart of it all.

Damon and his fellow warriors have been ordered by the Vampire Council to train Nicole and her colleagues against the dangers they now face in their new world. Even as sparks fly and tensions mount, Nicole and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races.

Amazon – https://amzn.to/2vkiW23

Natalie the Biblioholic recommends Captivated by Bethany-Kris.

She says “It’s a mafia romance that puts the emphasis on romance. If you like alpha heroes, no nonsense heroines, and characters who like to play games but not on each other, you’ll like this book. It’s full of passion, it’s sexy, and the characters and plot were equally entertaining.”

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Synopsis:

A shadow meets the light …

When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound, and kill without a word, they don’t call him the Shadow for nothing.

This time, it’s a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job.

Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display.

It’s a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again, but it’s the unknown that holds her back.

It takes one look …
One dance …
One word …
One smile to captivate a man.

And one second to kill a woman because of it, too.

Not all monsters hide in the shadows.
How are you supposed to see them coming?

Amazon – https://amzn.to/2NXdGsO

Erin M. recommends The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Bone Driven by Hailey Edwards and Sunburn by Laura Lippman.

She says “I must be in a dark place because none of these are happy books but they are all impossible to put down.”

“The Cruel Prince is a dark fairy tale but anyone who has done the research knows that the land of fairy is much more dangerous than Tinker Bell might have you believe and it reminds you that there is almost always a reason why somebody who seems awful is damaged in their own right.”

“Bone Driven is a sequel and this is one series that has had me captivated from the beginning. Multiple worlds, multiple beings and predictably it’s all about who has the power. But there is a love story/hate story that has so many layers and has the feel of inevitability.”

“Sunburn is the only one approximate in real life and again to damage people that just don’t know how to trust… And how do you learn trust when you’ve never been given a reason to.”

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Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

 

 

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Synopsis:

 

The bayou is burning, the battle is just beginning – and Luce Boudreau is smack in the middle of no-man’s land . . .

Life as a cop in Canton Town, Mississippi, is never dull – particularly when hiding deep within you is a demon bent on the apocalypse. Luce is doing her best to pretend her two worlds aren’t crashing into each other, but what should be a routine arson investigation takes a shocking turn when Luce discovers a link between the suspects and her own dark secrets. There’s no turning back, even though her search for the truth threatens to burn her old life down around her.

Lines are being drawn in a war Luce barely understands, and she just might be on the wrong side of them. Now she must embrace her powerful destiny, or the ones she loves most will pay the ultimate price.

 

 

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Synopsis:

 

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals—and cold-blooded murder.

One is playing a long game. But which one?

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets.

Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away—or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them?

Something—or someone—has to give.

Which one will it be?

Amazon – https://amzn.to/2LR2jWe

Jo L. recommends Undisputed by Aaron L. Speer

She says “Aaron usually writes PNR but this is his first Contemporary Romance (MMA). It takes you through all the feels and is an example of how he adapts and grows as a writer. There’s some hotness (that peeps will get a peek at this Wed) and some tears, and some Laugh-Out-Loud hilarity and it takes place in Sydney (oh the accents…..I dream about it being released on audio). It’s a new genre but still has the Speer feel all over it. It’s still on preorder but it’s worth the wait.”

 

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Synopsis:

Owen Gasnier is a gentleman even inside the Octagon. As much of a gentleman as one can be having an undisputed record with every win by a knock out. People LOVE him.

Overworked barista Tegan Holland doesn’t know he exists. Not until ten minutes before her friend Fiona drags her to the biggest cage fight Sydney has ever seen.

By the time he heads back to his training camp in the States, she’ll never forget him. But should she let him forget her? He’s chasing his dream. He doesn’t have time for her. Does he?

For Owen, the hits just keep coming. Trash talking opponents, sensationalist media, and someone’s out to ruin him for good. He can’t put Tegan in the middle of it. Can he?

Soon, will any of it matter? Cause life has other plans, and NOTHING hits harder than life.

Amazon – https://amzn.to/2Ki1m4w

What was your top read for July?  Shout it out by commenting below!

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