Hot Top Tuesday: The Wicked, The Wild and The Warriors

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Sorry for the late post today! It’s all my fault, Ruthie and Jaimie turned in some really wicked and wild recommendations for your reading pleasure this week. It’s the first week of May and despite a brisk 46 degree morning, summer movies and books are hot, hot, hot. By the way, if you haven’t seen Fast Five, be sure to head to the theater soon.

Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill

Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 4)
Hard Bitten

I hope everyone is excited for the next installment in the Chicagoland Vampire Series, Hard Bitten. If you have not heard about this series, I think you are truly missing out. The Chicagoland Vampire Series is an Urban Fantasy that follows Chicago graduate student, Merit, through the trials and tribulations of being introduced in to the underworld of Chicago after being bit by a rogue vampire. The series is filled with love, war, and all the little things inbetween. All the books in the series hold an impressive 4 star or higher ratings on If you are looking for a new nail bitting series to dive into or are already a fan of the Chicagoland Vampires, I highly suggest picking up Hard Bitten on your next trip to your favorite bookstore.

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Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals–and they’re camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan are … tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.

Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn’t help that she can’t tell who’s on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who’s tall, dark, and part of underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago’s supernatural society–a world full of vampires who seem too ready to fulfill the protesting human’s worst fears, and a place where she’ll learn that you can’t be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands…

Darkfire Kiss by Deborah Cooke

Darkfire Kiss: A Dragonfire Novel
Darkfire Kiss

Oh boy… Can you say Dragons!! And not just any dragons, but some of my favorite dragons currently roaming Paranormal Romance at the moment. It is time for the Dragonfire boys to draw us into the next step of their story. Darkfire Kiss is a story focusing on Rafferty Powell, the lovable elder who has been waiting for centuries for his firestorm. In the middle of a war with Magnus and the Slayers, the last thing Rafferty was expecting was to feel his firestorm ignite. This series is filled with wonderful love stories, heart-wrenching battles, and steamy dragon love making. If you are a lover of PNR and feel the need to branch away from vampires, I highly suggest giving the boys of the Dragonfire Series a try. I do not think you will be disappointed!

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Rafferty Powell has exchanged challenge coins with his arch-nemesis Magnus Montmorency, and their next battle will be their last. But Rafferty never expected to meet a woman whose desire for Magnus’ downfall matches his own—and whose presence sparks Rafferty’s long-awaited firestorm.
Since facing her own mortality, investigative reporter Melissa Smith has resolved to live without fear. She’s determined to make the seemingly untouchable Magnus pay for his role in ending her friend’s life – no matter the price to herself.

When her quest entwines with Rafferty’s, Melissa finds herself risking more than she ever thought possible. Because the heat between them unleashes the darkfire—an awesome force of Pyr legend, one that won’t be sated until everything they know has been tested and remade.

One Whisper Away: Ladies in Waiting by Emma Wildes

One Whisper Away: Ladies in Waiting
One Whisper Away

The latest release from the talented Emma Wildes is a historical romance that takes place in England but has a lovable twist. The lead male character may be an earl but he is also half Native American. One Whisper Away promises readers a new look at the English nobility and the prejudices within while giving you an erotic love story.

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Lady Cecily Francis is resigned to become the wife of Lord Drury, the man she suspects her sister is pining for. But upon her first scandalous encounter with the exotic Earl of Augustine–the American everyone is whispering about–Cecily is intrigued by the possibility of a more exciting life. If only she could contrive some way to marry the unconventional earl instead…

Around town he’s known as Earl Savage. Although he inherited his title legitimately–and with it the responsibility for his three half-sisters–Augustine is half American and part Iroquois. He can’t wait to settle his father’s estate, marry his sisters off, and return to his native soil. Until charming Lady Cecily has him considering a prolonged stay in England…

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)
Dead Reckoning

Hellooooo tall, blonde, and Viking! True Blood definitely increased the following for the Sookie Stackhouse series, but Eric Northman makes it yummy! In case you haven’t read the series…okay I can’t tell you anything without giving it all away, but I love, love, love Sookie. This series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a southern bell with a fiesty side and little secret. The characters in this series are rich and colorful. I cannot wait to see what Harris has in store for Sookie and Eric in this book. So if you’re not excited about this book, please check your pulse. Hope you enjoy!

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With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit – and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can’t ‘read’ vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his ‘child’ Pam well – and she realizes that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human – and that there is a new Queen on the board . . .

Jace by Sarah McCarty

Jace (Shadow Wranglers)

I read Caine’s Reckoning a year ago and I was hooked on McCarty’s books ever since. Her writing A+ hotness! If you love western romances and don’t mind kicking up the steamy factor then McCarty is for you. Her Shadow Wrangler series combine two of my favorite subjects…cowboys and vampires. Who couldn’t love that combination? These vamps are HOT! She has great plots and the steamy scenes are smoking hot. These are fun and quick reads that won’t leave you disappointed. She is the western Lora Leigh in my opinion. Hope you enjoy!

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He had one need.
She had one hope.
Together they have one chance…

Vampire Jace Johnson was not a family man until he met Miri. But their forbidden relationship ended when she disappeared. After a year of searching, Jace finds Miri in a Sanctuary enclave.

After a year of cruel experimentation by the Sanctuary on her werewolf form, Miri is no longer the passionate wife Jace remembers. She only lives to rescue the daughter Jace never knew they had.

Now, they must overcome the tragedy of their pasts if they are to reclaim the future they both desire…

Warrior Betrayed by Addison Fox

Warrior Betrayed: The Sons of the Zodiac
Warrior Betrayed

After meeting this lovely author at Dreamin in Dallas I picked up her first book in the Sons of the Zodiac series. I loved Fox’s mythos with the Greek gods. Her story lines are face paced and exciting. I was entertained the entire book. I look forward to catching up on her series to find out about the other warriors. The romance is extremely well done and very complimentary to the plot. I look forward to reading this new installment.

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As Montana Grant struggles to lead her late father’s company, her estranged mother suddenly reappears, spouting nonsense about Mount Olympus, immortal warriors, and curses. But after an event that puts the company’s future-and Montana’s life-at risk, she decides to take her mother’s last but of advice.

Quinn Tanner is Montana’s security specialist-and a Taurus Warrior. With worldwide peace hanging in the balance, it’s up to Quinn to help Montana rise to her destiny-even as they’re falling in love.

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