I read to escape. I read for pleasure. It’s a known fact that I’m usually drawn to the men in the romance novels I read. I’m out to fall in love with the hero. But I think some heroines deserve favoritism as well. And Daenerys Targaryen from the “Game of Thrones” tops my list. Have you read George R,R. Martins “A Song of Ice and Fire” series? Or do you watch the HBO series? The show is fantastic, and the books are wonderfully divine. Seriously. I love-love them. And don’t get me wrong, I sigh dreamily over several of the men in the series Tyrion & Jaime Lannister, Jorah Mormont, The Hound, Jon Snow…okay, okay, I’ll stop. This is about Daenerys Stormborn. She’s experienced all sorts of abuse from her horrid brother, she’s known exile, and despite her arranged marriage to Drogo -a brutal warlord- of a nomad tribe adapts to emerge as a strong, confident and courageous woman. What an incredible character transformation! Daenerys is amazing! She’s gone from submissive sister, to a Khaleesi (the wife of the Khal,) to the mother of dragons. O-m-g…D R A G O N S. How totally-totally cool? And now our Dany is Queen! Oh, let’s not forget, with her own moral code she has no qualms about watching her enemies suffer. Tell me, I’m not alone, in wondering if Jon Snow is her happy-ever-after?
Have you ever wished for a knight in shining armor? Ever prayed to be given a man that would love you forever? As incredibly unbelievable as this may sound in A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux, Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck is just this kind of charming hero. He’s chivalrous and braver.*Wistful dreamy sigh* Talk about a keeper. This is one of the best fairytales ever written. Nicholas was truly delicious in this epic time travel romance. Whether in 1988 England, or rural sixteenth century England, he loved Dougless the way she deserved to be loved. And I loved how he adjusted to “modern” time. I discovered Nicholas back in the early 90s when he landed on my keeper shelf. Knight in Shining Armor is one of those stories that’ll stay with me forever. Now in case you’ve yet to read this page turning gem -please note- the ending of this story was far-far before its time. “My soul will find yours” still makes my knees weak.
Acheron. *wistful sigh* I can’t even explain how much I love the character Acheron. (I’ve loved him forever. Since Fantasy Lover and I discovered the old DH chatroom. Those were the days.) My fellow squires know how completely addicted I was to this series. I’ve loved our fearless, mysterious, and wonderful Ash—since first being introduced to him.
Ash is total sex-on-a-stick dressed as a badass Goth. Throughout 14 or more stories I was literally drawn to his character. I found myself craving every page that he was on and wanting to read more and more about him. Ash has this tough exterior, but is a caring, generous guy, and doesn’t expect anything from anyone.
You see, 11.000 years ago a god -this beloved character- was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime in shame while being terribly abused. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed Earth. Then -brought back-Ash became the sole defender of mankind. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he wants concealed.
Fictional boyfriend, anyone? For me, Christian the Duke of Jervaulx…or the “D of J”, as he’s referred to in the gossip columns, became the stuff of legend. He just never gives up. He is so willful and strong, and with the help of this lowly Quaker woman, he overcomes so much. All he needed was for one person to believe in him. Flowers From the Storm is one of my all time favorite historical romances. It’s one of the most unconventional of them all. Bravo to Laura Kinsale for tackling such a subject, (no spoiler) and what a remarkably insightful, tender way to do it.
Check out my brand new independent release, Cursed by Moonlight! This is a re-released title that has been extensively re-edited and given a hot new cover. I hope you’ll check it out!
By day, Alric is a fearless warrior who rules his people fairly and protects them fiercely. But when the full moon rises, he becomes that which he hates…a beast whose ferocious impulses he cannot control.
Caasi belongs to a wandering superstitious people who have set up camp on Alric’s land. From the moment she first catches sight of the lord of the land, she is enchanted by him.
And he is no better off. It’s no wonder his people call her a witch. Feeding, fighting, and avoiding reproduction has made up his days until Cassi appears. His wolf within is clawing to get to her. Then night begins and her scent calls to him…desire and despair nearly bring him to his knees
Alric is desperate to find an end to his curse, and he calls upon Caasi to help him. But as a mysterious old crone has hinted, only he can free himself.
Hunting a feral werewolf only convinces Alric of how desperate his situation is. Can they find a way to be together when they face not only mortal danger but the fear of their people?
I finished Heartstopper by Joy Fielding. It was a great thriller, mystery. I was totally surprised by the fantastic ending. Right now I’m about halfway through The Silence by (new-to-me-author) Tim Lebbon. The Silence is a good apocalyptic horror story for both young adults and adults. Lebbon sets a great pace with lots of dread and tension as the story builds. Spelunking, anyone? Well, I may not want to visit a cave anytime soon. I’m sure I’ll image a species of eyeless, bat/rat/squid lizards… Oh, the creatures reminded me of the monsters in the movie (one of my favorites) Pitch Black. I’m also reading the medical thriller Shock by Robin Cook. So far, so good. But I already know it’s not going to be among my favorite of Cook novels.