September 28, 2013

More favorite books in 2013

So, after almost six months I thought it might be a good idea to post a new list with books that made an impression, stayed with me for a long time or which I re-read.

David Edding: The Elenium (The Diamond Throne, The Ruby Knight & The Sapphire Rose)

Now for the first time in one thrilling volume–the three magical novels that make up David Eddings’s epic fantasy The Elenium.

In an ancient kingdom, the legacy of one royal family hangs in the balance, and the fate of a queen–and her empire–lies on the shoulders of one knight.

Sparhawk, Knight and Queen’s Champion, has returned to Elenia after ten years of exile, only to find young Queen Ehlana trapped in a crystalline cocoon. The enchantments of the sorceress Sephrenia have kept the queen alive–but the spell is fading. In the meantime, Elenia is ruled by a prince regent, the puppet of the tyrannical Annias, who vows to seize power over all the land.

Now Sparhawk must find the legendary Bhelliom, a sapphire that holds the key to Ehlana’s cure. Sparhawk and his companions will face monstrous foes and evil creatures on their journey, but even greater dangers lie in wait: for dark legions will stop at nothing to reach the radiant stone, which may possess powers too deadly for any mortal to bear.

Note: I love this book to pieces! The characters and dialogue were so much fun and the story itself gripped me.


Josh Lanyon: Winter (The Haunted Heart #1)

Still grieving over the sudden death of his lover, antiques dealer Flynn Ambrose moves to the old, ramshackle house on Pitch Pine Lane to catalog and sell the large inventory of arcane and oddball items that once filled his late uncle's mysterious museum.

But not all the items are that easy to catalog -- or get rid of.

Note: Josh Lanyon at his best. Loved the prose, the characters and the storyline, and I'm very much looking forward to the next book in this series.

Tali Spencer: Thick as Thieves

 After Vorgell the barbarian fucks himself with a unicorn horn, he ends up in a cell with Maddog, a pretty young thief. It’s lust at first sight for Vorgell—but honestly, he can’t help it. Unicorn horn is a potent aphrodisiac, and now he can’t stop thinking about sex. Luckily, Madd is one male witch who knows how to put Vorgell’s new magical body to good use when he tricks Vorgell into a kiss that helps them escape.

Vorgell may desire sex in general—and Madd in particular—but Madd has no intention of being screwed by a man twice his size. He has problems of his own, including an enchanted collar that causes him to desire his most hated enemy. He wants that collar off as soon as possible, but that requires stealing a basilisk egg from the castle they just escaped.

Drawn together by lust and magic, the two men join forces and soon find themselves up to their necks in witches, wizards, and trouble. Vorgell and Madd might just be perfect for each other, but first they have to survive long enough to find out.

Note: Another book I loved. The world-building is intriguing and the main characters relationship developed in a fantastic manner. Oh, and there's a baby basilisk which steals the show. ;-)

Sean Michael: Pushy Bottom

Darren Black has been watching beautiful, aloof sub Nikolai for some time. Nic is the pushiest bottom he’s ever seen. Doms don’t stick with him for long, but Darren plans on being the one who does.

After spending a night together in one intense scene after another, Darren introduces Nic to the pleasures of waking up with a lover.

Could Darren be the one to claim Nic?

Note: The cover is very eye-catching, right? This story had the right balance between kink and a sweet romance for me. Another book I thoroughly enjoyed.

 Julie Lynn Hayes: Revelations

Judas has never been very popular, not in any incarnation that he and Jesus and the others have lived through. But he doesn't care about that. All he cares about is following the instructions of God as set forth in the script that they follow. And Jesus. For Judas has secretly loved the son of God for over two thousand years.

But now he decides that enough is enough, and he's tired of watching Jesus die far too early, and for what? This time Judas is determined to see that Jesus lives a long and happy life, no matter what price he has to pay to accomplish matter if he has to make a deal with the devil himself.

Revelations is a story of what could be, told by those who play it out, time after time after time, unbeknownst to the rest of mankind. They've come back again, for yet another round. But this time is going to be different.

Note: I hesitated a while before I read this book and while I initially had trouble getting into it, once I did I couldn't stop. A slow-burning romance that left a smile on my face.

That's my list this time. Of course I've read a lot of other books and enjoyed them but these were my favorites. What are your favorite books from the last months?


  1. The Bucolic Plague and I Am Not Myself These Days both by Josh Kilmer-Purcell, A Short History of the World by Christopher Lascelles, Loving Hector and The Poodle Apocalypse both by John Inman. Those are just a few of my favorites of the past year. I like checking out other people's favorites, kind of like a peek into there minds.

    1. Nancy,

      thanks so much for the recommendations. I have to check them out. I've read "The Poodle Apocalypse" too and enjoyed it. :)

      ~ Chris