Books We Want to Read This Spring

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Ah, Spring. The temperature’s finally warming up and there’s nothing better than reading a good book outside. Or if you’re an introvert like us, you’re watching spring come to life from the comfort of your home. Whether you’re into romance, new adult, paranormal, urban fantasy, thrillers or mysteries, there are numerous great new releases coming in the wonderful world of books, just waiting for you to pick up and read. So, here are the books that we have on our must reads this Spring list. Check them out, and then let us know which books you’re looking forward to reading this Spring.

 

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Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras
Release Date: March 20, 2016

Victor Reuben.
Most sought out divorce attorney in LA.

Nicole Alessi.
Soon to be ex-wife of Hollywood’s biggest star, Victor’s latest client and his boss’s daughter.

In such a high profile divorce, they can’t afford any extra drama. Luckily, neither one of them has anything to hide.
Unless you count the mind blowing sex they had…
Once…
Twice…
Three times all those years ago.

As long as they leave the past where it belongs, they’ll be fine. But with her wearing those tight dresses and him giving her those heated glances, keeping their hands to themselves is proving to be more difficult than either one of them realized.

It won’t be long before the paparazzi start to smell smoke, and where there’s smoke…

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

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Collared by Nicole Williams
Release Date: March 22, 2016

When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.

When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.

When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .

Brings her home.

Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.

When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

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Hard Ball by CD Reiss
Release Date: March 29, 2016

Perfect ass.
Perfect arms.
Perfect swagger.
They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.
He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.
When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.
I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.
Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.
My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.
But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.
Until the night I do. And everything changes.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

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Fatal by Evie Harper
Release Date: March 30, 2016

Mackson King’s past is a dark, horror-filled chasm that could swallow the toughest, most dangerous men. A member of the notorious Portland Street Kings, he’s impossible to intimidate—but he can be hurt. He learned that the hard way, thanks to her. Lana. The one woman capable of easing his nightmares, of soothing his demons, was the very woman who shredded his heart. She took away his torments, only to become one of them.

Born into a family who lost their way long before she arrived, Lana Scavello has carefully enforced a steely interior that shields her heart from harm. But that doesn’t mean she can’t cry, and she’s spared Mackson King more tears than he ever deserved. Finding Lana at her most vulnerable, saving her when she felt the most invisible, he burrowed beneath her defenses to carve his own personal door to her soul. Only to decimate it, along with everything she’d ever known.

Now, years later, fate has thrown the couple together once more. Pain, heartbreak and betrayal will explode to the surface, leaving both of them raw, aching, exposed. And that’s when their true love story begins…

Book Links: Goodreads

 

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Down To My Soul by Kennedy Ryan
Release Date: March 31, 2016

RHYSON
She doesn’t wear my ring.
We never stood before a preacher.
The only vows exchanged were between our bodies; between our souls.
But she was mine and I was hers until I ruined it. I have to believe that every day, every step, every breath brings me closer to making things right.
To making her mine again.

KAI
I’ve seen promises broken.
I know love makes no guarantees.
But things were different for Rhys and me, until he lied, and I walked away. Only there’s a chain between our hearts that I can’t break. Even if I forgive him, a shadow from my past hangs over us; over this love that reaches all the way down to my soul.

Book Links: Goodreads

 

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One With You by Sylvia Day
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.

Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

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The Beast by J.R. Ward
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Hardcover

 

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The Player by Kresley Cole
Release Date: April 12, 2016

A madman with a shadowed past . . .
In Las Vegas, Sin City, Dmitri Sevastyan finds her, Victoria Valentine–sexy, vulnerable, and in need of a protector. Obsession takes root deep inside him. Despite a history tainted with violation and betrayal, he will stop at nothing to possess her.

A grifter with nothing to lose . . .
Descended from a long line of con artists, twenty-four-year-old Victoria, a.k.a. Vice, needs the score of a lifetime to keep her loved ones safe. She sets her sights on gorgeous and rich Dmitri Sevastyan. Even as the irresistible Russian toys with her body and mind, he tempts her heart.

Love is the ultimate wild card.
When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a prenup, trusting her with all that he has. But can she trust him? As secrets unfold, the newlyweds share days of doubts and nights of the wickedest pleasures. Yet once Vice discovers her husband’s past, will she stay to fight for her marriage or cut her losses and run?

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

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The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
Release Date: April 12, 2016

How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?

THE PIXIE
Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.
As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

THE PLAYER
Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.
His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

THE PLAN
Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.

Book Links: Goodreads

 

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Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner
Release Date: April 19, 2016

It was wrong for us to be together, but it was even harder to be apart.

The memory of Dallas Sykes burns inside of me.

Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he’s still the one man I desperately crave—yet the one I can never have.

Dallas knows me better than anyone else. We bear the same scars, the same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we’re drawn together once more, I can’t fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine.

We’ve tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we’ve told ourselves no—but now it’s finally time to say yes.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 3, 2016

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Hardcover

 

Charged by Jay Crownover

Charged by Jay Crownover
Release Date: May 24, 2016

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

Book Links: Kindle (US) | Paperback

 

Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett

Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: May 24, 2016

Sela Halstead lost her innocence in a way that no sixteen-year-old should ever have to endure. She’s spent years trying to forget that night even while wondering about the identities of the monsters who brutalized her—until a telltale tattoo flashes across Sela’s TV screen. The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic business partner.

The tech mastermind behind The Sugar Bowl, Beck always gets what he wants, in business and in bed. And yet, for a man who’s done every dirty thing imaginable, there’s something about the naïve, fresh-faced Sela that sparks his hottest fantasies. Because with her, it’s not just about sex. Beck opens up to her in ways he never has with other girls. So why does he get the feeling that she’s hiding something? In a world of pleasure and power, the shocking truth could turn them against each other—or bind them forever.

Book Links: Kindle (US)

 

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Grin & Beard It by Penny Ried
Release Date: May 2016 (TBD)

Sienna Foster is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?

Book Links: Goodreads

 


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Reading Guide to Tillie Cole

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Have you been dying to start reading books by Tillie Cole and don’t know where to start? Did you just finish a Tillie Cole book and want to find more books by her?
 
Black Heart Reviews is here to help you!
 
From contemporary romantic comedy, Russian Bratva, SEC football players, and sexy, bearded bikers, Tillie Cole has a wide range of books to offer you. 

 

 
 
  – Eternally North –

 

Contemporary romantic comedy about a foul-mouthed, voluptuous Brit who moves to Canada and falls for a ‘in-between movies’ Hollywood mega-star.
Book #1 – Eternally North:  Amazon US | Amazon UK 
Book #2 – In His World:  Add to Goodreads TBR
*In the works. No release day set.*
 

 

 
 – Sweet Home –

 

New adult contemporary romance series that tells the romantic tales of University of Alabama football players and the women they fall in love with.
Book #1 – Sweet Home:  Amazon US | Amazon UK  |  iBooks
Book #1.5 – Sweet Rome:  Amazon US | Amazon UK  |  iBooks
Book #2 – Sweet Fall:  Amazon US | Amazon UK  |  iBooks
Book #3 – Sweet Hope:  Amazon US | Amazon UK  |  iBooks
 
 

 

 – Hades Hangmen –
 
Dark and gritty contemporary romance series that tells the intense, tragic, gripping, emotional, and heartbreaking breaking stories about former members of a religious cult and the men of an outlaw MC that they fall in love with. 
Book #1 – It Ain’t Me Babe:  Amazon US | Amazon UK  |  iBooks 
Book #2 – Heart Recaptured:  Amazon US | Amazon UK  |  iBooks
Book #3 – Souls Unfractured:  Amazon US | Amazon UK  |  iBooks
 
 

 

 – Scarred Souls –
 
Scarred Souls is a dark romance series set within the inner workings of a Russian Bratva family and their underground fighting dungeon.
Book #1 – Raze:  Amazon US | Amazon UK  |  iBooks
Book #2 – Reap:  Amazon US | Amazon UK  |  iBooks
 
 
 About the Author
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After years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or in her dream of pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap, Stetson-wearing cowgirl… Ye-haw!
Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
 
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish, which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.
 

Stalk Tillie:  Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Amazon

 
 

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Reading Guide to Karina Halle

by Karina Halle
Also by this author: Dust to Dust

Reading-Guide

Have you been dying to start reading books by Karina Halle and don’t know where to start? Did you just finish a Halle book and want to find more books by her?

 Black Heart Reviews is here to help you!

 We all happen to be major fans of Karina Halle and have read most or all of her books. Whether you are looking for horror, sci-fi, romantic suspense, new adult or contemporary romance, Halle has a wide range of books to offer you. You really can’t go wrong on which book or series to start, but we highly recommend that you read them all.

 

– Experiment in Terror –

Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror Series is an nine-part sci-fi/fantasy/horror series that revolves around a pair of ghost hunters. Well, aspir­ing ghost hunters, any­way.

Book #1 – Dark House:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 

Book #2 – Red Fox:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 

Book #2.5 – The Benson:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 

Book #3 – Dead Sky Morning:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 

Book #4 – Lying Season:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 

Book #5 – On Demon Wings:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 

Book #5.5 – Old Blood:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK

Book #5.7 – The Dex-Files:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 

Book #6 – Into the Hollow:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 

Book #6.5 – And With Madness Comes the Light:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 

Book #7 – Come Alive:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 

Book #8 – Ashes to Ashes:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 

Book #9 – Dust to Dust:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK

 

 

– Devils –

Paranormal/Horror rock star romance spin-off from the EIT series.

Book #1 – The Devil’s Metal:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

Book #2 – The Devil’s Reprise:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

 

– The Artists Trilogy –

Romantic suspense trilogy about a female con-artist who gets tired of running the same scams and she heads back to her hometown of Palm Spring, CA. Need to be read sequentially.

Book #0.5 – On Every Street:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

(author recommends reading AFTER reading Sins & Needles)

Book #1 – Sins & Needles:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

Book #2 – Shooting Scars:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

Book #3 – Bold Tricks:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

 

– Dirty Angels – 

A spin-off from the Artists Trilogy series, Dirty Angels is a romantic suspense trilogy that follows or introduces different characters and can be read as standalones, though, we wouldn’t suggest it.

Book #1 – Dirty Angels:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

Book #2 – Dirty Deeds:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

Book #3 – Dirty Promises:  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

*Coming September 15*

 

 

– Love, in English –

A new adult contemporary romance duology about falling in love with someone you can’t have and the heartbreaking mess that unfolds when you take a chance and follow your heart.

Book #1 – Love, in English:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes 

Book #2 – Love, in Spanish:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

 

– Where Sea Meets Sky –

Where Sea Meets Sky series is comprised of contemporary new adult romance standalones that deal with finding love while traveling abroad.

Book #1 – Where Sea Meets Sky:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes 

Book #2 – Racing the Sun:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

 

– Standalones –

Donners of the Dead:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK

The Pact:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

The Offer:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.


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10 YA Paranormal/Fantasy Series You Should Read…

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From Harry Potter to Twilight to the Hunger Games, YA paranormal fantasy has become one of the most incredibly popular sub-categories of the YA fiction genre. The tones of these novels tend to be a bit darker, and the world-building bears a close resemblance to that of adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance. While we mainly read adult fiction, we do have a few YA paranormal fantasy favorites. Here are ten YA paranormal fantasy series we think you should read if you’re in the mood to get lost in a whole new world…

 

– Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare –

Current Number of Books in Series: 3 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
 

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them… Read Clockwork Angel, book one in the Infernal Devices series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Clare brilliantly blends the human world, as we know it, with a fantastical and mythological demon hunting world – all set in Victorian London. She splashes in some Angelical history, science fiction / steampunk and of course heartbreakingly beautiful romance. There is so much going on in these stories, demons, angels, automatons, vampires and warlocks, yet it never feels like too much. Clare also has a knack at writing intrinsically interesting characters and The Infernal Devices is full of them.

 

– Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor –

Current Number of Books in Series: 3 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
 

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
 

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
 

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
 

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?  Read Daughter Smoke & Bone, book one in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series…
 

Why You Should Read It: The Daughter of Smoke and Bones trilogy, will probably be one of the most beautifully written series you’ll ever read. It’s thoughtful and methodical. Taylor definitely takes her time to develop strong characters, intriguing worlds and a slow simmering star crossed romance that leaves your heart skipping beats. Her characters make you laugh, at times, and break your heart at others. 

 

– Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee –

Current Number of Books in Series: 3 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. 
 

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. 
 

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back… Read Angelfall, book one in the Penryn and the End of Days series…
 

Why You Should Read It:  These are not the angels you learned about in Sunday School. They’re here to destroy the human world as it stands today. Penryn, a seventeen year old girl, must join forces with one of them to save her baby sister.  This is not just a YA Fantasy, it’s a bit of a horror story as well. Ee did things in this series that will blow your mind a little bit. It’s creepy, gritty and raw but also romantic, brave and funny.  Penryn may end up being one of your favorites after you see just how strong this girl is.

 

– Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow –

Current Number of Books in Series: 5 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—orwhoever— is hunting her?  Read Strange Angels, book one in the Strange Angels series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Strange Angels stands out because it has somewhat of a raw sexiness to it.  Not so much with it’s romantic relationships, though those are quite appealing as well. More for in the sense of the world St. Crow builds. It’s kind of sexy in a dark and dangerous way. The romance plays a strong role in the series as do one special vampire and one special wulfen. Outside of the romance you’ll get some pretty epic fights!

 

– Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent –

Current Number of Books in Series: 7 (Complete)

Synopsis: She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next. Read My Soul to Take, book one in the Soul Screamers series…

Why You Should Read It: Vincent pushes some boundaries, makes some unconventional choices and adds some twists you may not see coming. Soul Screamers is a very human story about things that are not at all human.

 

– Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa –

Current Number of Books in Series: 4 + novellas
 

Synopsis: Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
 

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
 

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
 

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart. Read The Iron King, book one in the Iron Fey series...

Why You Should Read It: Julie Kagawa’s stunningly imaginative fairie world in the Iron Fey is one of the best you’ll ever read. This enthralling tale of Fae and their wicked ways had me gripped from the very beginning. Kagawa’s description of the Fae world is so vivid that you’ll easily get lost in the story. It’s creative, scary, emotional, gripping and all sorts of good. Plus, there’s a hot Fae Prince for you to swoon over. 

 

– Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa –

Current Number of Books in Series: 3 (Complete)

Synopsis: To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…
 

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
 

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again. Read The Immortal Rules, book one in the Blood of Eden series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Because it is one of the most bad ass vampire tellings you’ll ever read. Is that a good enough reason? Okay, how about this: Kagawa creates a world of fear and when you think all is lost, she sprinkles a little tiny bit of hope on it. But the hope comes in another fearful way and it takes battle upon battle to keep hold of it.

 

– Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine –

Current Number of Books in Series: 15 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else? Read Glass Houses, book one in the Morganville Vampires series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Ah, Morganville. This town is not what it seems. Even after you think you’ve figured it out, you haven’t.  Morganville has many of the elements you expect in a YA series and so much more. Claire is brilliant. Like, literally. But she’s also very young and still learning who she is when thrust into a new life full of vampires. And these aren’t the sweet sparkling kind. Morganville has some extremely interesting characters, one in particular that give this series a bit of a leg up on some of the other YA series on the market.

 

– The Inheritance Cycle by Christophe Paoloni –

Current Number of Books in Series: 4 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: One boy . . .One dragon . . .A world of adventure. 

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. 
 

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
 

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. Read Eragon, the first book in The Inheritance Cycle series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Dragons. Need we say more? The Inheritance Cycle is reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. With dragons. I found it hard not to be impressed with Poalini’s talents, especially considering how young he was when he wrote this series. It is fantastical to the core, with Elves and Dwarves and magic and DRAGONS.

 

– Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling –

Current Number of Books in Series: 7 (Complete)
 

Synopsis: Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny. Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, book one in the Harry Potter series…
 

Why You Should Read It: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is the quintessential YA fantasy series that everyone should read. The series is extremely well-written, the characters are very relateable, and Rowling’s world building is top notch. It’s so easy for kids, young adults and adults to get lost in this whimsical world, and it’s the reason why it’s the #1 most read YA fantasy series. 
 

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10 PNR Series You Should Read

Do you love reading romance? Need a break from all the billionaires, bikers, regular Joe’s and doms? Are you looking to spice up your life with a hot vampire, werewolf, demon or maybe a dragon? Are you new to paranormal romance and need help in picking out which books to read? Don’t fret, we’re here to help you out. Here are ten paranormal romance series we think you should pick up if you’re looking for something with a bite. Don’t worry….these hot, alpha supernaturals are great lovers once you get past the fangs, fur, scales or horns 😉

 

– Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

Current Number of Books in Series: 13

 

Synopsis:  In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.
 
The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead. Read Dark Lover, book one in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series…
 

Why You Should Read It: J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood is the be-all and end-all of paranormal romance. Well, at least in our (Debbie’s) opinion. Her fierce vampire warriors will capture you with their vulnerability, desperation, and raw yearnings. And when these Brothers fall in love, they probe the boundaries of compassion, protectiveness, and unconditional love. Each book focuses on a Brother and his mate, and delves into their trials and tribulations before they reach that HEA. From her take on the vampire lore to the dark and gritty world of Caldwell, NY, J.R. will put you through the wringer with each book; but each one will leave you with a content smile (at least most of the time) and wanting more from this fierce and loveable band of brothers. 
 
 
 

– Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost

Current Number of Books in Series: 7 (complete)
 

Synopsis: Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat. Read Half Way to the Grave, book one in the Night Huntress series…
 

Why You Should Read It: While this series straddles between paranormal romance and urban fantasy, Night Huntress is another “Must Read” series for paranormal romance lovers. The series packs in a lot of exciting action, laugh-out-loud moments and a colorful cast of vampires, ghouls, ghosts, and shifters. Cat is one kick ass half-vampire/half-human heroine who is always ready to catch the bad guys, while our hero Bones always makes sure he keeps Cat safe and sound. I should also mention that Bones has a sexy British accent, was a former prostitute, and that his bites cause such a state euphoria that one time cops had to be called because of Cat’s load moans. Yeah, you really need to introduce yourself to Bones if you haven’t yet.
 
 
 
– Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole

Current Number of Books in Series: 14
 

Synopsis: After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.
 

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings. Read A Hunger Like No Other, book one in the Immortals After Dark series…
 
Why You Should Read It: Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark is the kind of series that will hook you after page one and won’t let go until you’ve plowed through the whole series. This is undoubtedly one of our top favorite paranormal series and one we definitely recommend for all PNR lovers to read. Cole’s world building is top notch and I love her take on all the different supernatural lores. With her various creatures (vampires, werewolves, valkyrie, demons and ghosts) in this alternate world, Cole has created a series that you will want to keep going on forever. And did I mention the hot and steamy sex?! Kresley Cole definitely does not disappoint with all the smexy bedroom activities!
 

 

– Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris

Current Number of Books in Series: 13 (complete)

Synopsis: Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Bon Temps, Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t go out much because of her “disability” to read minds. When she meets her neighbor Bill, Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. Bill exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life, but Bill has his own disability too, he’s a vampire! The kind of vampire that has a pretty bad reputation and hangs with a creepy crowd. When one of Sookie’s coworkers turns up dead, Sookie fears she’ll be next. Read Dead Until Dark, book one in the Sookie Stackhouse series…
 

Why You Should Read It: The book series that inspired HBO’s True Blood series, Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse is another series that has to be staple in any paranormal romance lovers reading list. The series features all kinds of fearsome creatures from vampires, weres, shifters, witches and fae that turns our heroines world upside down and has you laughing-out-oud with every book. And then there’s Eric Northman, the glorious Viking vampire that’ll have you panting like a dog. Seriously, the shower scene in book for is life. Although, we must warn you that the last few books in the series wasn’t as stellar as the first few, but it’s definitely still a must read.
 

 

– Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones

Current Number of Books in Series: 8

Synopsis: Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. Read First Grave on the Right, book one in the Charley Davidson series…
 

Why You Should Read It: GAH! There are so many reasons why you should read this series but here are my top five reasons 1) Charley, our heroine is a private investigator who also happens to the the Grim Reaper. 2) Charley is a kick-ass, smart-mouthed, hilariously sarcastic heroine. 3) Charley has a sexy as fuck guardian demon “angel” named Reyes. 4) Reyes is the son of Satan! 5) Reyes is sexy as fuck! Each installment of this series just gets better and better and Darynda Jones does not disappoint with all of Charley’s LOL moment. I do recommend you listed to the audiobooks of this series because they are so darn entertaining and worth every penny.
 

 

– Undead Betsy Taylor by MaryJanice Davidson

Current Number of Books in Series: 13
 
Synopsis: First Betsy Taylor loses her job, then she’s killed in a car accident. But what really bites is that she can’t seem to stay dead. And now her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious power-hungry vampire in five centuries. Read Undead and Unwed, book one in the Undead Betsy Taylor series…
 

Why You Should Read It: If you’re looking for a paranormal romance read sans the dark and broody kind of story lines and characters, MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead Betsy Taylor is one you should add to your TBR. From her shoe obsession to her silly antics, Betsy Taylor is one hell of an entertaining heroine. Imagine Elle Woods from Legally Blonde turning into a vampire. That would be Betsy Taylor. This series is brimming with laugh-out-loud funny romance for the undead vampire queen and her friend filled mansion. This series is more of a PNR/Chick-Lit hybrid and the perfect read if your looking for something fast, zippy and entertaining.

 

 

– Dragon Kin by G.A. Aiken

Current Number of Books in Series: 7

Synopsis: It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe-a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fills her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. 

She’s wrong…

And just wait until you meet the rest of the family…

Read Dragon Actually, book one in the Dragon Kin series…
 

Why You Should Read It: We only discovered G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series last year but it quickly turned into a series that we automatically loved. From the kickass heroines, strong but gentle dragons, villains that you love to hate, and meddling but amusing family members, G.A. Aiken will keep you totally engrossed in this magical world. The characters, witty humor, story lines, and all the action makes for one hell of a great series. Who knew dragons could be so sexy?

 

 

– Demonica/Lords of Deliverance by Larissa Ione

Current Number of Books in Series: 11/6

Synopsis: She’s a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul. Read Pleasure Unbound, book one in the Demonica series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Sexy, dark, and thrilling, Larissa Ione’s Demonica series will leave you absolutely breathless. Each book is entertaining, full of action, romance, STEAMY sex, and an intriguing mystery that’ll leave you gripped to the pages. I love the complex world Ione has built for her demons, Aegis (demon hunters), and humans. Her characters have a great mix of broodiness, angst, and eroticism that will keep you wanting more from this series. And did I mention STEAMY SEX?! You’ll also need to check out Ione’s Lords of Deliverance series too, a spin-off of the Demonica series.

 

 

– Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter

Current Number of Books in Series: 11

Synopsis: Long ago, twelve immortal warriors – each more dangerously seductive than the last — stole and opened Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil from within. Now they carry that evil within themselves. Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath. When a powerful enemy returns, they will travel the world in search of a sacred relic of the gods – one that threatens to destroy them all. Read The Darkest Night, book one in the Lords of the Underworld series…
 

Why You Should Read It: Another great series with sexy as hell tortured heroes who have to battle their own personal demons. The depths of these characters are really quite outstanding, and they leave you gripped to the pages as they struggle with good and evil while falling in love. Gena Showalter has created a world and cast of characters with complicated histories that unravels page by page. Gena’s heroes will hook you but the storyline and romance is what makes you stay and keep coming back for more.

 

 

– Eternal Guardians by Elisabeth Naughton

Current Number of Books in Series: 7

Synopsis: Theron – Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.

From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life–silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.

She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendant of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.

As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Read Marked, book one in the Eternal Guardians series…
 

Why You Should Read It: If mythological Gods fascinate you more than vampires and werewolves, then Eternal Guardians should be a series you need to add to your bookshelves. This series is a fresh take on paranormal romance where Naughton magically crafts a world where ancient Greek mythology comes to life during modern times. You’ll meet a stellar cast that includes tortured heroes made of legends (like Hercules), heroines that kick ass, and villains that you’ll love and hate.

 

Have you read any of these series? What did you think of them? 
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