Hey, y'all! When the fabulous ladies here invited me to guest blog, I took up the challenge of naming my top five books. Why did I do that? How did I ever think I could name only five out of the thousands I’ve laughed over, cried about, and fell in love with? So, to save myself a road trip to the loony bin, I’m gonna narrow it down by genre.
1. EROTICA: But wait! There’s BDSM, contemporary, historical… Okay, okay. I’m focusing. My number one erotica book is Natural Law by Joey W. Hill. Take one Alpha male, homicide detective named Mac Nighthorse *giggles* and one diminutive, soul-stirring Domme, throw them together in a fetish club during a murder investigation and you have pure win, people. The power play, plot, and hold-onto-your-seat heat in this novel is phenomenal!
2. LITERARY: I’m gonna choose a novel I haven’t talked about for years: The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills. When I first read this, I was living in the UK, and I totally soaked in the dour, dry-wit and sarcasm of this book. Two long-haired, rock music-fan, fence-building dudes sharing a tiny caravan while living quid-to-quid are hilarious without seeming to be. And then they start accidentally killing people…
3. MALE-MALE: I recently finished a book, couldn’t get the characters out of my mind, and read it all over again immediately. It’s Special Forces, by Marquesate and Aleksandr Voinov. This was such a graphic, violent, brutal novel set in Afghanistan during the Cold War, and then it became the most beautiful, haunting and romantic story I have ever read. Vadim is a Soviet spetsnaz officer, Dan is British SAS who thinks he’s as straight as they come, so right from the beginning you just know there’s no way they can ever come together, not in this political climate, in the middle of a war where they fight for opposite sides.
4. PARANORMAL: I have to choose something from JR Ward, there’s no other way around it. Lover Awakened wins for me! Zsadist’s history was captivating and so anguishing I couldn’t put the book down. It’s another one of those ‘there’s no way they’ll ever reach an HEA’ story…and yet they do.
5. YOUNG ADULT: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was a novel that transported me to this other world--a windswept island with a Celtic feel—and into the life of Puck. This teen girl is losing the last of her family, and is fiercely determined to keep them together, even if it means being the only girl to ever take part in the Scorpio Races amid the terrifying, man-eating water horses other racers ride.
There you have it! I hope I’ve piqued your interest with the variety I wrote about. The only thing I love more than reading and talking about books is writing them. Anytime you want to chat, you know where to find me!