What I read in January: seven books I recommend #SFR #PNR #Historical #amreading

Want to curl up with a good book? Here’s what I read and thoroughly enjoyed in January:

What do you do when you’ve dedicated your military career and your life to fighting the enemy, and now a truce and alliance have been declared, and now you’re on the same side?

Worse, Admiral Brit Bandar finds herself irresistibly attracted to her sworn enemy, former Warleader Finn Rorkken, who now serves under her command.

Amazing characters, tremendous chemistry, an awesome read. Winner of TWO 2018 SFR Galaxy Awards. An absolute must-read!

On Amazon

I can’t recommend the Riley’s Journey series highly enough! In book one, an unsuspecting woman is sent back 40,000 years to provide companionship for a modern man in hiding. Friends come after them. Each book focuses on a particular couple’s romance, while continuing the story of the entire group trying to survive in a dangerous era. Beyond Tomorrow is third in the trilogy. It is so realistic and well done, you forget you’re reading a book. You are there with the characters.

Riley’s Journey
Into the Savage Dawn
Beyond Tomorrow

Another great read in the Fireblood Dragon Romance series. The stories remain engaging from book to book, and I don’t feel like I’m reading the same characters over and over. I didn’t care for Rast as much as the other dragon heroes, but that was just a personal preference and is no reflection on the quality of the story. I loved heroine Amy’s development and growth, and how she takes charge at the end. Each book in the series is a standalone with a new couple getting an HEA, but overall story arc is building, so I recommend reading in order. For dragon shifter romances, these books are surprisingly believable.

Fire in his Fury on Amazon

I like Regency Romances, but they basically follow the same trope: woman of nobility caught in a compromising position is forced to marry. How to Train Your Baron follows that trope, but then offers something fresh and different. Elsinore attempts to bring her new husband to heel by using a dog training manual. Meanwhile, Quin is embroiled in a mystery over the deaths of his late wife and son. So there’s more to this novel than a simple boy-meets-girl. The characters are fun and likable, the dialogue and writing are witty, and the end was exciting. A very enjoyable read!

How to Train Your Baron

Author Michelle Pillow writes humorous sci-fi/paranormal and this book is no exception. The beginning, with the description of the characters, is particularly funny. A quick, fun read for when you don’t want anything too serious or heavy.

Determined Prince

A fun and funny dragon shifter romance. Clever details with likable, engaging characters. The hero finds his beloved, but she refuses to accept she’s his mate–or even that she’s a dragon herself! Loved the beginning when the heroine pepper-sprayed the dragon (not knowing he was a dragon). This is part of the “Not His” paranormal romance series. It’s FREE. Grab it!

Not His Dragon

A woman whose husband and child have died has isolated herself in a cabin. During a blizzard, a stranger with secrets greater than her own, comes knocking on her door. She lets him in. This is a unique, original (long) short story. It has a surreal quality that I found intriguing, but I sometimes had difficulty following the backstory, and I never was sure of the time or place. It has a fantasy and historical feel, but I wasn’t quite sure what genre I was reading.

Still, it was intriguing and I recommend it.

Ice Bound

I’m always looking for great reads. What did you read in January that you recommend? Leave me a comment.

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8 Responses to What I read in January: seven books I recommend #SFR #PNR #Historical #amreading

  1. Gill Kerry says:

    Here’s mine
    Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts. I am really enjoying this series. Set in a dystopian future

    Warlord Sky by Cynthia Sax. Chamelle planet #1. Spin off of the Cyborg/Dark universe. A great addition to her universe

    Touch of Eon by Anna Hackett. I love this new series

    And finally, not sci-fi but Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles. I can highly recommend anything by KJ. I don’t think she can write a bad book.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Good list. I’ll have to check out that Nora Roberts book. I haven’t read Nora Roberts in a long time, but I like the idea of a dystopian. I bought Edge of Eon, the first book in Anna Hackett’s new series. It’s next on my list, after the one I’m reading now (A nonfiction book titled Factfulness).

  2. Some great recs here, Cara. (I love the title How to Train your Baron!) Sharing…

  3. JenM says:

    How To Train Your Baron sounds like a fun book. My favorites in January were:

    – Lionheart by Thea Harrison. Third book of a great PNR series. I’ve loved all of the books because the heroines are totally competent and the heroes find that very sexy.
    – How to Live an Undead Lie by Hailey Edwards. This is the fifth book in a UF series that I’m really enjoying.
    – Illegally Yours by Kate Meader. Features a cheeky British hero who is 7 yrs younger than the heroine and doesn’t give up easily.
    – Play of Passion by Nalini Singh. Ninth book the Psy/Changeling series.

  4. Susan Grant says:

    Thanks you much for your awesome words about Warleader Cara!! I have put almost all your reads on my kindle TBR for post deadline enjoyment. You do a great job of summarizing what you loved. I look forward to your next round up!

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