Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hot Top Tuesday: Books You Shouldn't Miss

Welcome to Hot Top Tuesday here at the Daily Dose.  I'd like to introduce you to your hostesses: Jaime and Ruthie.  I had the extreme good fortune of meeting these two wonderful women at a reader's event last fall called Readers 'n' Ritas.   Jaime and Ruthie are exceptionally well-read and have fabulous taste in books (and I don't say that just because they happen to like mine, but it doesn't hurt).   With their unique and varied tastes, I've invited them to share their pick of the top buys each week.  If you discover just one book or author to love, then I think it's time well spent.  This week's inaugural post offers up six including one by one of my favorite authors of all time and another by a recently discovered gem and so much more.

So grab your coffee and enjoy a daily dose of what's hot at the bookstore this week!  And feel free to leave your own suggestions as well!

Burning Darkness by Jaime Rush

Burning Darkness (Offspring)
Burning Darkness
I have loved the Offspring series since I picked up the first book, A Perfect Darkness, at a local Half-Price Books because cover caught my eye. Between those pages I found a modern world where everyday twenty-somethings find themselves being hunted by an unknown government agency. There is suspense, action, and steamy sexiness that keeps the reader glued to the pages. This week we see the forth addition of the series hit the bookstores. Our favorite irritable, and sometimes unstable, big brother has found the missing part of his life in Fonda.

Blurb from Jaime Rush's website:

Fonda Raine lives for one thing: killing Eric Aruda for slaying her lover. But she'll have to be careful--Eric can set fires with his mind. Seconds from plunging a knife into his heart, an assassin tries to take them both out. Now, she must choose: join forces with the man who's burning through her defenses or go down in flames.

Burning Darkness is easily my most anticipated release for the week. To read more about the series, please visit www.JaimeRush.com

Dragon Warrior by Janet Chapman

Many know that if I see the word dragon in a blub, I am immediately interested. Dragon Warrior Focuses on independent Maddy Kimble and an Irish nobleman with a dragon wild side, William. With strong personalities, will they butt heads or can a passion build to the point of combustion.

Dragon Warrior (Midnight Bay Trilogy)
Dragon Warrior
Blurb from Amazon.com:

The steamy second book in Janet Chapman’s dazzling Midnight Bay series seduces readers with an enticing tale of a fiery independent woman and an irresistible immortal warrior with a dragon’s courageous heart.

Maddy Kimble has no time for a suitor—not with caring for her spunky nursing home patients, her shy nine-year-old daughter, her widowed mother, and her rebellious teenage brother. William Kilkenny’s stunning lack of modern dating protocol doesn’t help. The man is uncouth and outrageous—a towering, drop-dead, breathtakingly hot warrior. Who refuses to give up.

William is secretly a ninth-century Irish nobleman formerly trapped in a dragon’s body. All Maddy knows is that lately, she can hardly resist the urge to lose herself in his powerful arms. But as their uncontrollable passion grows, eerie occurrences in her small coastal Maine town begin to rouse Maddy’s suspicions about her lover. He begs her to trust him, but how can she surrender—body and soul—when she fears the danger he poses to her yearning heart?

Dragon Warrior received a "Top Pick" award and a 5 star rating from an early reviewer at www.NightOwlRomance.com.

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen (Harlequin Teen)
The Iron Queen
This book is the early present for YA readers. Originally to be released on February 11th, The Iron Queen is to be shelved in bookstores this week. The third book in the Iron Fey series will have the excellent reviews and high rating of its predecessors to live up too. This series is the coming of age story of Megan Chase. A wonderful fairy tale gone astray filled with mythical creatures, danger, and the confusion that comes along with young love. 

Blurb from Julie Kagawa's website:

In less than twenty-four hours I'll be seventeen.

Although, technically, I won't actually be turning seventeen. I've been in the Nevernever too long. When you're in Faery, you don't age. So while a year has passed in the real world, agewise I'm probably only a few days older than when I went in.

In real life, I've changed so much I don't even recognize myself.



I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

I am looking forward to seeing how Megan balances the responsibilities of war approaching and the strong emotions of a forbidden romance. To learn more about the Iron Fey and to watch the trailer for the series visit her website.

The Countess by Lynsay Sands

The Countess
The Countess
If you haven’t read Lynsay’s Argeneau vampire series yet you are missing out. However, Lynsay writes excellent historical fiction. The Countess is the first book in her series the Madison Sisters. I love Lynsay’s super hot writing style and look forward to another clever plot written against a historic background.

Blurb from Bitten by Paranormal Romance blog:

The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily ever after…

Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters’ debuts as well. So Christiana decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing’s happened…

Until the real earl appears. Richard Fairgrave had every intention of confronting his villainous twin who robbed him of his name and title…only to discover that he’d died. Quietly assuming his identity, Richard must now deal with a maddening desire for his ravishing inherited “wife”—certainly a gold digger and possibly a murderess. And Christiana must deal with an unwanted new “husband”…and they both must figure out what to do before the ice melts!

Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Consort (Guild Hunter)
Archangel's Consort
Nalini Singh’s worlds are always so creative. The Guild Hunter series puts a different spin on angels, vampires, and vampire hunters. Like her Psy-Changeling series, Nalini takes the myths and gives us a glimpse into a world that could actually be real. The reader will get drawn in by the excellent character development and creativity. The Guild Hunters series is definitely another must read series. If you like super hot, dominant male figures then Raphael is definitely for you and of course the book includes the super snarky alpha female that refuses to submit easily. I’m looking forward to reading about Elena’s new struggle with her hot angel and the evil that is chasing her.

A blurb from Goodreads.com:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…

A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders. The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson)
Silver Borne
This book is a paperback release, but I want to talk about the series. I am so happy I finally picked up one of books in the Mercy Thompson series. I love these books because Patricia is one of the authors that has thought out every detail of the world she writes. When the detail is so explicit, you can see every facet and understand every part as much as you would if it were all real. If you haven’t had the chance to read this series I hope you will because it’s definitely a must read.

Blub from Goodreads.

When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she’d previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn’t take enough of Mercy’s attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam’s life forfeit. All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she might not have many more to live…

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