T5W – Favorite Underrated Books

T5w – Favorite Underrated Books

This week (a day late) we are discussing our favorite underrated books. We spent time looking at books that are under appreciated and need some love. We want to share the love and hopefully get these great books some more recognition that they deserve. I thought it was important to include their number of Goodreads ratings, so you could get a feel for how few people have read these books. Let us know which underrated books we should read, so we can spread the love.

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Sugar Daddies by Jade West – Goodreads Ratings 2,950 – Okay. Let me start by saying that the cover and title of this book do not do it justice! We both LOVED this book and put it on our lists for Top Books of 2016. This one also has more ratings than the others on our list because we feel that Sugar Daddies is underrated based on perception. This book is about Carl and Rick and their struggle to find a woman to join their relationship. It’s about a mature, loving, and respectful couple that turns into a polyamorous threesome. I loved the characters and the lack of unnecessary drama. You won’t find monumental problems that could be solved with a simple adult conversation in this one. What you will find is mutual respect, adult conversations and passionate love. Oh, and it’s wicked hot! (Rebecca & Jill)

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The Awakening of Ivy Leavold by Sierra Simone – Goodreads Ratings 1,324 – This is a historical book set in 1879 England. When Ivy is left destitute after her brother’s death, she is taken in by her cousin’s widower, Mr. Markham, and goes to live at Markham Hall. Mr. Markham is under suspicion for the death of his wife at the time. This story is filled with mystery and intrigue surrounding almost every character we encounter, including Markham Hall itself. It is written with such fluidity and sensuality that you find yourself transported to another time and place, and while this is written with an Old World feel, Simone’s writing melds the gap in time with ease. I was absolutely arrested by the eroticism and dark sensuality of this book. (Jill)

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Written in the Stars by Freya Jackson – Goodreads Ratings 3 (Yep, you read that right – 3!) – This is a paranormal romance standalone that takes place in London and the English countryside. The book follows the life of a young woman named Kimi that has unexplained powers. She doesn’t know what to make of them until one day Midnight Shaman Damien shows up and explains that she is a witch and is being chased by the bad guys. Written in the Stars is a classic good vs. evil story with interesting and believable characters. I was extremely pleased to have found this one. It’s definitely worth the read for PNR lovers. (Rebecca)

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The Imdalind Series by Rebecca Ethington – Goodreads Ratings 20K For ENTIRE 7 Book Series – This series is a young adult, paranormal romance with a large helping of intensity and intrigue. The first book of this series is “Kiss of Fire”, and it is merely the stepping stone to the epic adventure of magic and true love that is to come. Love does come with a price and these characters certainly pay it. The Imdalind series is such an intricate, masterfully woven world. It is dark, tender, intense, heart wrenching and utterly spellbinding. Ethington has managed to touch my soul with this story of love, magic and sacrifice. *Parental Warning – There are scenes of torture and intense magical violence throughout the series* (Jill)

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Spotless by Camilla Monk – Goodreads Ratings 1,131 –I recently read and loved this book! LOVED. It’s about a gentleman hitman with an extreme case of OCD. He is charming, distant and dreamy. Island finds herself face-to-face with a strange man on coming home from work early. Her apartment is also strangely clean… The story follows Island and March while they try to hunt down a near priceless diamond Island’s mother stole years ago and hid, leaving clues that only Island can decipher. It’s part spy-thriller and part comedy. I’m absolutely going to read the rest of the series! (Rebecca)

T5W – 2017 Books We Are Excited For

Top 5 Wednesday

We’ve adjusted this week’s topic a little to suit us. The original topic is 2017 Debut Books We Are Excited For. We’ve decided to go with…

T5W – 2017 Books We Are Excited For

We don’t want to take away from debut authors, but it’s not particularly easy to find upcoming debut books in the indie romance world. If you are a debut author, PLEASE post your links in the comments. We would love to find you and love you and stalk you. So without further ado…

 

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Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs

I’m a HUGE fan of this series. Mercy is easily one of my favorite heroines ever. She is clever, independent and strong. She stands up for what she believes in and doesn’t take shit from anyone. This series has everything that makes Urban Fantasy one of my favorite genres – action, heart, mystery and creatures. If you haven’t met this group of characters yet, do it now! Book one in the series is Moon Called. Release date: 03.07.17

Synopsis for Moon Called (the Silence Fallen blurb might contain spoilers if you haven’t read the series):
Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, and while she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she’s turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one-woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State.
But Mercy’s two worlds are colliding. A half-starved teenage boy arrives at her shop looking for work, only to reveal that he’s a newly changed werewolf—on the run and desperately trying to control his animal instincts. Mercy asks her neighbor Adam Hauptman, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, for assistance.
But Mercy’s act of kindness has unexpected consequences that leave her no choice but to seek help from those she once considered family—the werewolves who abandoned her…

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Synopsis:
Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval—Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Wow! #ThatBlurbThough This sounds AWESOME! We are both looking forward to getting our hands on this one. Luckily we don’t have long to wait. This is a debut novel for Stephanie Garber. If the blurb is anything to go by, Garber has the potential to be an extremely talented new voice in the YA fantasy/paranormal world. Release date: 01.31.17

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Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige

Synopsis:
One unexpected and wild weekend with Weston King, and I’m a new woman. He, on the other hand, is the same rich, notorious playboy he’s always been. In other words, not the commitment type.

So even though we had fun those two days and nights, I moved on quickly from our horizontal time together.

Or I thought I did until he offered me a job three months later at his firm in NYC.

Can you blame a girl for thinking we might have a chance together?

What I didn’t anticipate was Donovan Kincaid, Weston’s best friend and business partner. He’s dangerous and dominant and gets under my skin in ways that no other man has.

The worst part? I like it.

From NYT Bestselling author Laurelin Paige, discover a whole new world filled with sex, love, power, romance and dirty, filthy rich men.

Do I honestly need to explain why we can’t wait for this book?! I feel like the blurb is enough. Holy Dirty Filthy Rich Men, Batman! This is exactly the type of book I love to read. I mean it’s no secret that Jill and I LOVE a man in a suit… but 2 of them! Hell yes! Release date: 03.27.17

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The Neighborhood (Twin Estates #2) by Stylo Fantome

The first book in this series, Neighbors, took over our lives, and almost every conversation we had with each other for probably a month after reading it. We have spent so much time think, talking and fantasizing about this book that I almost can’t believe we are less than a week away from release day. Jill is the lucky one of us that received the ARC of this book (make sure you look for her review on release day next Tuesday). We are #TeamWulfy going into this book, but with some of the teasers Fantome has been releasing, we have no CLUE what’s going to happen! Release date: 01.17.17

Synopsis for Neighbors (again, no spoilers!):
Things a good neighbor can do for you:
1. Give you a cup of sugar
2. Let you borrow his lawnmower
3. Water your plants while you’re on vacation
4. Make your eyes roll back in your head

Katya Tocci has never paid much attention to who lives next door – her career always kept her too busy. She’s a good girl, working her way to becoming the most sought after cake designer in all of San Francisco.

But even a good girl’s gotta cut loose once in a while, right? So one fake dating profile later, and she’s ready to tarnish her squeaky clean image. Little does she know, her fun time is closer to home than she ever imagined.

Throw in a neighbor who wants to corrupt her, and another who just wants to own her, and her entire world is flipped upside down.

Who knew neighbors could be so helpful?

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Even with no official cover it’s still so beautiful I could cry. I more than love this series. I’m obsessed. I fangirl about these books waaaayyy more than most of you want to hear, but #CantStopWontStop. Book #2, A Court of Mist and Fury, WRECKED me. Like, I wasn’t sure I could function for a while after I finished it. I think my husband was worried that a book finally broke me. That’s why it was my #1 Book of 2016 and Jill’s #2. This series follows Feyre through the trials and struggles of her very dangerous and ever-changing life. She is strong in ways I’ve never experienced from a character. Maas weaves a gorgeous, mysterious and sometimes brutal tale that you MUST read. It all starts with book #1, A Court of Thorns and Roses. Release date: 05.02.17

Synopsis for A Court of Thorns and Roses (spoiler free):
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

What do you think of our Top 5? Share the links to your T5W in the comments!

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T5W – Characters We’d Invite To Our NYE Party

Top 5 Wednesday

Characters We’d Invite To Our New Year’s Eve Party!

 

Liam Edenhoff – Neighbors (Twin Estates #1) by Stylo Fantôme

He owns a sex club! How could he NOT be fun at a party? Liam is the guy that we all want to be around because of his infectious positive attitude and sexy charm. He will woo every woman at the party, including our very own Mistress. Maybe she would be willing to moonlight at his club?

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Nora Sutherlin – The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz

Our Mistress in red leather with her red riding crop is a necessity for any good party. She can punish the naughty and reward the good in a very naughty way. We think she would have Liam kissing her boots by midnight. Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that room in his club.

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Rhysand, High Lord of The Night Court – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

Dark, brooding, killer smile. Rhysand will be the mysterious man in the corner, surveying the party. Once he realizes that it’s safe for him to drop his evil persona, his warmth, kindness and smile will light up the room. Back away, ladies! Jill and I get him at midnight for our kisses. Now we just need to figure out who goes first…

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India “Indy” Savage – Rock Chick (Rock Chick #1) by Kristen Ashley

Always one to come to the aid of her friends, regardless of the circumstances, Indy excels at landing herself into trouble. However, she always does it in style. With her classic Rock-N-Roll T-Shirts, flashy belts and cowboy boots, Indy exudes cool. Her over the top personality will make her the life of the party. The fact that she owns an old, retro, cool book store is just icing on the cake.

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Mal Ericson – Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott

Mal is easily one of the most over the top and ridiculous characters I’ve ever read. He is loud, nonsensical and takes almost nothing seriously. I love him. At our NYE party he will be leading the countdown, at the top of his lungs, while standing on a table. Maybe we can talk him and his band mates into putting on an impromptu concert for us!

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Who is on your NYE party list?

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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T5W – Fictional Items We’d Give As Gifts

Top 5 Wednesday

This week, in the spirit of Christmas, our Top 5 Wednesday is…

Fictional Items We’d Give As Gifts

1. Kate Daniels’ Saber, Slayer 

Kate Daniels is the bad ass heroine of Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series of books. Kate doesn’t ever need anyone to fight her battles. She’s independent, courageous and completely fearless, and she doesn’t go anywhere without Slayer. Vampires beware; Slayer will melt your flesh.

And because every girl needs to be able to defend herself from paranormal dangers, Rebecca and I are just going to gift each other with Slayer this year.

Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews

 

2. Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak

Rebecca and I both thought of Harry’s cloak immediately. We can think of a few times that an invisibility cloak would have come in very handy to both of us, especially during the teenage years! I just need to be certain that it remains out of the hands of my children!

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

3. Nora Sutherlin’s Little Red Riding Crop

Nora Sutherlin is known as Mistress Nora, Red Queen in Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series. She’s the most feared Dominatrix in New York’s BDSM Underground.

All of our girlfriend’s are getting one of these! What woman hasn’t fantasized about being a crop wielding femme fatale at least once in her life?

The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz

 

4. Isabelle Lightwood’s Electrum Whip/Serpent Bracelet

Isabelle is a character of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Her primary weapon of choice is her Electrum Whip that is disguised with Glamour as a Serpent Bracelet so that Mundanes are none the wiser. We can think of a few friends that would enjoy a piece of jewelry that transforms into a deadly weapon when needed.

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

 

5. Bella Swan’s Chevy Pickup Truck

I’m not certain who we’re going to gift it to because Rebecca and I both want it for ourselves. We both love old trucks!

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

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