Friday, May 13, 2016

Want to Read: Romance, Fantasy, LGBT Spec Fic, UF

I am trying to keep it real these days when it comes to purchasing new books to read. Why? My Kindles are overloaded and my reading time is not what it used to be. So, in May, while some other new releases have been placed in my wish list for later consideration, I am looking forward to reading the following:

ONLY BELOVED by Mary Balogh
The Survivor's Club Series, Book 7
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Category: Historical Romance
From the legendary New York Times bestselling author of Only a Kiss and Only a Promise comes the final book in the rapturous Survivor’s Club series—as the future of one man lies within the heart of a lost but never-forgotten love...

For the first time since the death of his wife, the Duke of Stanbrook is considering remarrying and finally embracing happiness for himself. With that thought comes the treasured image of a woman he met briefly a year ago and never saw again.

Dora Debbins relinquished all hope to marry when a family scandal left her in charge of her younger sister. Earning a modest living as a music teacher, she’s left with only an unfulfilled dream. Then one afternoon, an unexpected visitor makes it come true.

For both George and Dora that brief first encounter was as fleeting as it was unforgettable. Now is the time for a second chance. And while even true love comes with a risk, who are two dreamers to argue with destiny?

THE SUMMER DRAGON by Todd Lockwood
Evertide Trilogy, Book 1
Publisher: DAW
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Category: Fantasy
Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon--one of the rare and mythical High Dragons--makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life.

The bond between dragons and their riders is deep and life-long, and Maia's desire for a dragon of her own to train, ride, fly, and love drives her to take a risk that puts her life at stake. She is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors, thralls of the enemy, and a faceless creature drawn from her fear. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she exposes a conspiracy, unearths an ancient civilization, and challenges her understanding of her world--and of herself.

TRIAD BLOOD by 'Nathan Burgoine
Publisher: Bold Stroke Books
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Category: Speculative Fiction, LGBT
The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.

But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.

Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.

ALL FIXED UP by Linda Grimes
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Category: Urban Fantasy
The hilarious adventures of human chameleon Ciel Halligan continue in the fourth installment of this original urban fantasy series from Linda Grimes, All Fixed Up.

Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, has a lot of experience filling in for her clients--as them. A rare genetic quirk gives her the ability to absorb human energy and project it back out in a flawless imitation. She's hard at work, posing as a well-known and celebrated astronaut, about to make a stunning announcement on behalf of the space program...when the photographer documenting the job sees right through her aura. Worse, it soon becomes apparent that he not only knows Ciel’s not who she's supposed to be, but means her harm.

When Ciel's elderly Aunt Helen―also an aura adaptor―is murdered in Central Park, and the same photographer shows up at the funeral, Ciel starts to feel even more exposed. Then more adaptors are killed in the same way, and she becomes terrified her friends and family are being systematically exterminated ... and it's starting to look like she's the ultimate target. She turns to Billy Doyle, her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, for help, but when an unexpected crisis causes him to take off without a word, she's left to rely on her not-so-former crush, CIA agent Mark Fielding.

Staying alive, keeping control of her romantic life, and unraveling the mystery of why adaptors are being pursued becomes a harder balancing act than ever in this new Ciel Halligan adventure from Linda Grimes.

Publisher: HQN Books
Kindle Ed. Release Date: May 31, 2016
Category: Contemporary Romance
USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan introduces From Manhattan with Love, a sparkling new trilogy about three best friends embracing life—and love—in New York

Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she's now determined to prove herself—and where better to take the world by storm than Manhattan? But when Paige loses the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all—going it alone.

Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano—her brother's best friend, New York's most in-demand date and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige's fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?


  1. Dragons! I've not read anything by Todd Lockwood before but that sounds interesting.

    I've never really gotten on with Sarah Morgan's books - I know a lot of people love her romances, but she's never really worked for me.

    I've the Balogh out from the library right now - surprised my reservation came through so quickly!

    1. Li, I've never read anything by Todd Lockwood either… I believe this may be his first book? But, Dragons!!! I couldn't help myself!

      I'm not sure if I've anything by Morgan. I know I have Suddenly Last Summer in my TBR… But, I really want to read this book! It's set in NYC and it grabbed my attention.

      I have the Balogh in my TBR. I've enjoyed most of the books in this series (not all). I'm curious as to how Balogh goes about this "mature" relationship. I really liked Only a Kiss, the last one. Hopefully, this will be a good ending to the series.

  2. The Todd Lockwood book sounds interesting. It makes me think of the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik. I really loved the first few books in that series, sigh.

    Triad Blood sounds interesting as well... and it takes place in Ottawa! LOL.

    I thought of trying the first Linda Grimes book, but never did. It seems she did find a direction for her series... but do I smell a love triangle? :( It's already annoying when one character has to choose between 2, but the worst is once she's made the choice, to be tempted again? Ugh.

    I just love the cover for Sarah Morgan's new trilogy. However, I feel ever since she switched to writing full-length novel instead of category romance, she's lost something... her books aren't as good in my opinion.

    1. Nath, the Todd Locklook had me at hello! I have to read it…

      And the writer of Triad Blood, 'Nathan Burgoine lives in Ottawa! His other book, Light, is also set there. :) I'm really looking forward to reading it, 'Nathan writes excellent PNR, Spec Fic, AND romance… so… win all around.

      Thanks for the heads up on the Linda Grimes. I know this is the 3rd book of a series. I will let you know if the whole love triangle thing gets annoying. You know I'm not a fan either.

      I checked. I haven't read any full-length novels by Sarah Morgan yet, so this will be my first one! Hopefully, it will work for me.

  3. Like you, I have to be selective when adding to the TBR pile. I did get the Balogh but am a little behind on the series. I have high hopes of catching up soon. :)

    1. Leslie, I skipped a few of the books in this series. There were a couple that just didn't interest me (going by the summary), and one that I began reading and couldn't get into… but, overall, I've enjoyed the books I've read. I'm really interested in George's HEA.


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