April 2016 - Top Five Must Read Romance/Erotica Novels ***NO SPOILERS***
#5 "Alien Commander's Chosen" By Erin Tate
I purchased this back when it was still a box set called "Accidental Alien."
If you know me at all, then you know that I am a huge fan of both science fiction and fantasy. I absolutely love when authors blend those genres into the romance genre. It's how I write as well. If you can't tell based on the title, this novel is a science fiction romance and most of the book doesn't take place on earth.
The novel is unique because the main character is a BBW, which is seen more and more in romance novels these days, but is still rare.
I like that Erin Tate developed her aliens some and made them different from stereotypical ones. They have a special physical trait that I think sounds really pretty. I wish I could see them in a movie because of it.
Because they state it in the blurb, I'm not really ruining anything by telling you that she turns into an alien eventually and a lot of people react to it pretty poorly, which makes Kede's job a lot harder when it comes to protecting her.
If you're a nerdy girl like me, you'll love this novel.
What does a too nosy secretary have in common with an alien? Nothing. Until she’s turned into an alien, too. And then, well, there’s everything.
Joyce’s life is mapped out: dead end job, after dead end job, until she is dead. At least, that is until Kede Tria—a Doshan alien—shows up and takes her away from it all. Literally. He’s overbearing, possessive, sexy as hell, and everything she never knew she wanted in a man, er, alien.
Of course, life happens and she discovers Death by Chocolate isn’t just a dessert, it’s a reality. Good thing Kede is there to save her… by making her Doshan.
Kede Tria is the Holder of House Tria, commander of the starship Vehly, and one of the most feared Doshan warriors. He’s also Joyce’s life mate—her harau. His curvy, deliciously lush mate just doesn’t know it yet. She was human and now she is Doshan, but through it all she remains one thing: his.
Kede will fight for what belongs to him. So, while others are intent on ending her life, they do not realize he will gladly end theirs.
#4 "The Changeling Encounters Collection" By J.S. Scott
This book is a series of short stories about werewolves falling in love with human women. I read through it pretty quickly. It was easy to read and get lost in.
It had several witty lines here and there and I really liked the last story and how the theme of Christmas was easily integrated into the entire thing. It was probably the best story of the three. Each story was better and longer than the previous one.
Some people might consider these books more of a paranormal erotica series than a paranormal romance series.
Mate Of The Werewolf:
Grace Marin was a veterinarian with a mission. She needed to raise and keep enough funds for her wildlife sanctuary. When she meets her biggest donor at a fundraiser...her world is turned upside down. After a passionate and wild encounter in a bathroom...he drops a bomb. He's a wolf changeling and she is his mate. Unless she agrees to his terms and mates with him...he will pull her funding. The proof of his claim becomes indisputable, but Grace is torn. She is drawn to him...but can't give in to his blackmail. He's a dominating alpha with an attitude and she's a stubborn woman. But her wildlife refuge means everything to her. Can these two destined mates negotiate terms that will satisfy them both?
The Dangers Of Adopting A Werewolf:
Illustrator Zoey Hall had moved out of the city to recover from the last year and a half of losses and traumatic events in her life. All she wanted was a
little peace and to recover from her losses. When she finds a puppy in the
woods and rescues it, any peace and serenity she was looking for is shattered. The pup is a wolf changeling, she is his mate and her life is
about to drastically change.
When Rafe Lancaster shifts into a wolf pup to avoid overzealous hunters, he doesn’t expect his savior to be the woman that is destined to be his mate. However, now that he’s found her…he isn’t letting her go and he’ll do anything to keep her by his side…forever.
All I Want For Christmas Is A Werewolf:
After being dumped by her boyfriend, having her doctoral thesis stolen and losing out on a job she had coveted, Faith Prescott just can't seem to generate any holiday cheer. Her spirits as low as her bank balance, she goes to a Black Friday sale to try to get a computer that she desperately needs to improve her situation. Unfortunately, she finds out that her luck isn't getting any better when she loses the very last one for sale at the bargain price...to the most disturbingly handsome, alluring male she has ever laid eyes on. He's big, he's intense and totally out of her league. Why would a gorgeous millionaire be interested in a mousy, plain woman like her that spends more time with wild animals than people? And Faith really wasn't interested. She had given up on men after her last experience with a loser boyfriend...taking a vacation from dating. Or so she thinks, until she is kidnapped by Mr. Tall, Blond And Intense from the dark parking lot of the mall...
Gavin Lancaster hates Christmas and anything associated with the holiday season. Coerced into stopping at the mall to pick up a computer for his sister-in-law, all he wants to do is get the computer and get the heck out of the city and away from the mass of crazy holiday shoppers. He might be a wolf Changeling, but the last thing in the world he wants is to bump into his destined mate - literally. Gavin doesn't want a mate, is perfectly happy with his bachelor status, but fate won't be denied.
In a moment of pure desperation, Faith asks Santa for a Christmas miracle...and finds out that old St Nick sometimes grants Holiday wishes in best and most mysterious of ways.
#3 "A Lady's Guide To Ruin" By Kathleen Kimmel
Since this is the first time I am making a list like this, I decided to include a book that I read earlier this year because I enjoyed it so much. This book was unpredictable. I didn't know what was going to happen from moment-to-moment. I also thought the book defied a lot of romance tropes, while still remaining enjoyable.
In most romance novels, it seems like the man runs the show. He's passionate and strong and usually ordering the heroine around (or trying to at least because she's usually resisting him.) Instead, this romance novel felt like it was run by the women in the book. Eventually, the two women form a pact with each other. They are both aware of everything that is going on, while the hero in the book is kind of clueless.
I also liked that the main character wasn't perfect. She was an escapee from a mental asylum. She was manipulative, a thief, and impulsive, but she still remained likeable. I was cheering her on throughout the entire book.
Joan Price is a wanted woman. A thief and a fugitive from the mental hospital where she was falsely committed, she’s now on the run from her former partners in crime. But luck must be on her side—just when it seems all is doomed, she runs straight into the arms of Martin Hargrove, Earl of Fenbrook, who mistakes her for his distant cousin, Daphne.
Lord Fenbrook has no intention of marrying, and certainly doesn't consider his notoriously scatterbrained cousin a prospect. But her flighty persona seems to hide something far more intriguing—a secret self she trusts with no one. And Martin is determined to earn that trust…
When Martin’s sister discovers Joan’s charade, they strike a bargain: Joan can remain within the safe walls of Birch Hall, as long as she doesn’t allow Martin to fall in love with her—for their flirtation would surely ruin them both. She’s convinced she poses no threat to his heart, but she’s beginning to realize that her heart may be the one in danger. Especially as he seems very set on seducing her...
#2 "Mistress Of Pleasure" By Delilah Marvelle
I love this novel so much. I'm definitely going to read more by Delilah Marvelle and those books will probably be added to lists like this on other months. I thought the characters were developed and interesting. I especially love how this is a victorian romance novel, but the main character doesn't care at all how society views her. She's a strong woman in a time where women were supposed to act weak, but the reasons why she is strong are believable. It doesn't feel forced, which I think is hard to pull off. I admire the main character and find her story compelling.
Best of all, this book is available for FREE everywhere, but it's only until July 1, so hurry and get it!
Granddaughter of a renowned courtesan, Maybelle Maitenon has no interest in her grandmother's school in London where gentlemen receive instruction--in the art of seduction. Her only desire in life is to remain independent and free from men and their overbearing expectations. But when Maybelle lays eyes on the Duke of Rutherford, who is well-known for his gentlemanly ways, she can't resist. Neither she or the duke are prepared for what their attraction is about to do not only to their sanity but their hearts.
#1 "Heart Of A Viking" By Samantha Holt
There are a lot of reasons why I really like this book. First of all, it's not very common to see a viking romance novel. I am sure other ones exist, but they aren't all over the place like victorian romance and highlander. I like those genres as well, but it's nice to see different settings every once in awhile.
It feels real and authentic to history. I can tell the author did a lot of research, not only in how they lived their lives, but with terms the characters would have used at the time.
I feel for both of the characters, they've both suffered tragedy in their lives and their stories are compelling. They feel real and I feel like I know them.
Captured as a slave, Keita must use all her wits to survive the brutal world of the Norsemen. After a treacherous journey across the sea to a new world, her new owner bestows a blessing upon her--no man may touch her. Her purity becomes her salvation...and her curse.
Thorarin had planned his revenge for ten years. He does not need his attention diverted by a slave girl. To touch her is to risk everything. Including his life.
The pull between them is strong. Thorarin must fulfil his revenge against Keita's owner and she must remain untouched or risk being tossed aside as nothing more than a tattered sail on a Viking ship. Can they resist one another, knowing that just one touch could mean the end of everything for them both?
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