Each month we’ll be sharing our best reads from the previous month. Theses books won’t be limited to new releases, but they will be books we loved and want you guys to know about. So here are our July recommendations.
First up is Rescue Me by Christy Reece (4.5/5). This is the first book in the Last Chance Rescue romantic suspense series and I just loved it. It had the right balance of tension, suspense, sexual chemistry and romance. I read it in one sitting, it was that good. I don’t often read romantic suspense, but I will definitely be reading more in this series.
Next up is Wrecked by Shiloh Walker (5/5). This was such a fun read, and a friends-to-lovers romance. I enjoyed it so much, and liked both the hero and heroine a lot. Sometimes I felt the heroine was a bit slow on the uptake, it seemed to take her so long to realise her friend was in love with her, but it’s still a solid 5 star for me. The sexy moments are smokin’ and the hero is just gorgeous. A must read if you’re a fan of contemporary romance.
But the surprise read for me was You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning (5/5). The cover is just bleh, and really doesn’t portray what a wonderful story this is. I enjoyed the characters and the budding romance – with a story that combined real-life issues of being overweight and what it can do to a person’s life, and a romance that takes the heroine and hero by surprise, I just fell in love with this book. This is another 5 star read from me, and I can’t recommend it enough.
I loved the above book so much I went on to read Unsticky by Sarra Manning (5/5), and although I didn’t quite love it as much as You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, I still loved it. The premise was very much the popular trope of the older, more experienced billionaire and the younger inexperienced woman, but it was brilliantly written with fantastic characters and a delicious angsty romance. Another fab read from an author who is now firmly on my auto-buy list.
I think my favourite has to be Lick by Kylie Scott (4.5/5). I wasn’t really sure what to expect of this book as it’s my first New Adult read, but it swept me away. A fabulous rags to riches story where you see ordinary girl Ev waking up with no memory of the night before to find herself married to famous rock star David Ferris. It’s sexy, sweet, romantic and a really addictive read, I really enjoyed Scott’s writing style. Up there with my top reads of the year.
My second recommendation has to go to Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (4.5/5), you’ve got to love hot and fiery Vlad! This is the second book in her Night Prince series and it’s definitely better then her first. It bridges the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genres nicely, combining awesome supernatural action, with seriously sexy chemistry. Frost remains who of my favourite authors.
My last recommendation and perhaps one I didn’t expect to like as much was I did was The Trouble With Being a Duke by Sophie Barnes (4/5). It’s a historical romance with a Cinderella-esque twist. I do love a bit of a rags-to-riches romance, this one was charming and cute and funny. Definitely a great summer read.
First up, it has to be The Winning Season by Alison Packard (4/5). I have a huge soft spot for American Sports Stories, being a huge fan of Jaci Burtons Play by Play series. Packard also manages to have a very sensitive, yet emotionally charged Love/Hate relationship. True, there was an obvious fly in the ointment near the end, yet it didn’t stop me from really loving this book. So much so, I went and purchased the sort of prequel, Love in The Afternoon, which tells the love story of Kelly’s sister and Nate’s friend.
Secondly, I have to recommend On Every Street by Karina Halle (4/5), which is the prequel to The Artist Trilogy. This was Carolyn’s pick for our next joint review and to be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect. Ha! I devoured this book so quickly. Neither lead is truly likeable, but Ellie is just such a complex and compelling character I was driven to read on. If you are looking for a contemporary romance with a Happy Ever After, keep looking. This tale is just the set up for what looks to be a dark journey, hopefully leading Ellie to her Happy Ending. I’m just half way through to the official first book in the series Sins & Needles. It’s looking to be just as compelling as On Every Street… Oh, and I may have a slight crush on the tattooed and pierced Camden.
I’ve had quite a good reading month this time around, but I have to say that without a doubt, my runaway recommendations for this month are books two and three of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series.
The Well of Ascension (5/5) is book two in the series, and this one picks up with heroine Vin trying to further understand her Mistborn powers and reach the Well of Ascension in the hopes of saving the Final Empire. There are several twists and turns here to keep you hooked, and this was one of the reasons I couldn’t stop myself from immediately moving onto book three.
My emotions were pulled on immensely in The Hero of Ages (5/5), as Vin and Elend were fighting to stop the deterioration of the Final Empire, as ash began to rain down in the day and not just at night. It really was a rush against time to find a solution to the empire’s chaos, with so many twists and turns that I was left feeling shocked and surprised more times than I’d care to count. With the immense size of these books though, this series is definitely one for fantasy fans.
Another book I absolutely loved this month was The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty (4.5/5). This series had everything I look for in urban fantasy, with a variety of supernatural beings, so at least one will be to your liking! The lead character was strong and funny, a human thrown in amidst this strange undercover world of monsters lurking in New York, all with the aims of creating a travel guide of monster hotspots. A concept like no other, this book is sure to please.
Hello, all! This was my first month editing and reviewing for BCC, and I happened to have amazing luck with my book choices. At the beginning of the month, I found a new series, which I quickly fell in love with. Then, I had the pleasure of re-reading an old favorite of mine, which only served to remind me of its brilliance. And while both of the books I reviewed for this month were stellar, the second completely blew me away. The common factor of all of my reads this month was a lack of what seems to have become the creatures of norm in Urban Fantasy: there were no werewolves or vamps in sight. To my surprise, it was thoroughly refreshing.
Whilst wandering aimlessly around Barnes & Noble, I decided to purchase a book that had caught my eye in the past, but whose cover art had turned me off. Luckily, after reading Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler (4.5/5), I am glad to say that the old adage is true: you really can’t judge a book by its cover. Jane True, the protagonist of the series, is a beautifully rendered character, and the foray into the mythology surrounding Peeler’s storytelling was a breath of fresh air from the vamp and werewolf filled books I’ve been reading as of late. I’ll be purchasing the second book in this series as soon as humanly possible. Also, the cover has actually grown on me. Weird.
My mid-month re-reading was of Staying Dead by Laura Anne Gilman (5/5). I just cannot adequately express my love for this series. It was one of the first books I read after my journey from YA to UF, and it will live on my favorites shelf for the rest of time. Wren Velere, the leading lady of the Retrievers series, is a magic-weilding thief with questionable morals and a hilarious personality. I love how she’s not this big, showy character. She’s down to earth, snarkily awesome, and I love living in her mind for a bit. Her partner-in-crime-turned-inevitable-love-interest is swoon worthy, which doesn’t hurt the book, either. Oh, and let’s not forget the polar-bear look alike demon who melted his way straight to my heart. Seriously, I’m gushing, so I’ll stop… but go buy this book. Now.
I just recently finished my third recommendation for July, and I am OBSESSED with it. Broken Elements by Mia Marshall (5/5) is easily the best new book I’ve gotten my hands on in the past year. Seriously, if I am not able to read and review the sequel next month, I may cry. What I loved most about this book was the relationships. And I’m not talking about romantic ones, here; I’m referring to the friendships. The core relationship between Aidan and Sera, best friends estranged for ten years, was flawless. And the rest of the crew had a very scooby-squad-esque vibe to it, which was brilliantly rendered. The mystery in this book was well played, the magic and mythology were new and exciting, and the ending left me with a serious book hangover. As an added bonus, the cover is stunning. Full review to come soon.