Pushing aside the all-time great books, I went on a hunt for what I consider to be books more than worth your time and money. Here’s what I discovered. They are not rated or put in any particular order other than what came to mind at the moment! Not all of them are vampire books, or books about dogs. Remember, I said books worth your time!
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forest (Series) Review: “Bella Forrest transports you into a story with many defining moments and an unlikely set of heroes. In a narrative world overrun with supernatural creatures full of angst, A Shade of Vampire puts a new spin on a crowded genre."
The Mageri Book Series by Dannika Dark Review: "This series has it all, romance, mystery, action, humor, and yes even some tragedy. You laugh, you cry and you totally immerse yourself in this extraordinary world the author has built. Urban Fantasy doesn't get much better than this!"
Moon Dance (Book 1) by J.R. Rain Review: "I enjoyed this immensely. The protagonist, Samantha Moon, is a female vampire with a husband and children. Those predate her condition; six years ago she was attacked by a vampire and rendered into one. Now she's trying to carry on with family and private eye business, and she's a feisty, skilled person, so is doing mostly okay. It is not a horror story; she buys animal blood to eat and doesn't generally prey on humans. But her husband has an increasing problem with her coldness--not of spirit, but of body. 'You sicken me and scare the hell out of me,' he tells her. 'And when I touch you it's all I can do to not gag.' She replies, 'Words every wife wants to hear.' I love this! She really doesn't deserve to be frozen out of her marriage, yet his attitude is understandable. In the course of the novel she solves the mystery she is tackling for a client, and finds a new romantic interest. What makes it special are her character and nature."
To Date A Dragon: BBW Dragon Shifter Romance (Weredragon Warriors Book by Natalie Kristen (Okay, love dragons. Had to throw this in.) Review: “This is the first book in the Weredragon Warriors series, and it is good. It is unique from most shifter books in that the dragon shifters are actually aliens who have come to earth. It features a hot Dragon warrior, his adorable daughter, and her likeable teacher (who just happens to also be his mate). This story does have some violence, as they are fighting another alien race that is bent on eliminating them. It is not very graphic, but there are quite a few violent scenes.”
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him By Luis Carlos Montalvan (I adored this book.) Review: "Wow, what a book! I think I was crying on page 3. The collision of man and dog, and the unbreakable bond they form, made my heart leap. Everyone should read this book to better understand not only the ravages of war, but the amazing capacity of the human spirit to rebound. I dare anyone to read this book and not believe in the power of love to heal."
Spilled Milk: Based On A True Story by K.L. Randis Review: “Such a well written, heart-breaking story. For her to write this book with the intention of trying to protect someone else from having this happen to them, is truly remarkable. I read the book in one day and believe that this is a must-read for everyone.”
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah Review: “Just what is a friend? And what would you do for your best friend? What kind of sacrifices would you make? Many of us will never find this out. But some of us will. Some of us already know. Kristin Hannah shows us with this outstanding novel what friendship really is and how it can endure over the years. She shows us the power of friendship.”
When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker Review: “I'm not sure what I expected, but it certainly wasn't the tender, sad, angry, revelatory journey the reader shares with the central character. Anyone with a heart will come away changed.”
Vampire Shift (Book One) (Kiera Hudson Series One 1) by Tim O’Rourke Review: "Vampire Shift will leave you on the edge of your seat, gripping your Kindle."
A Hairy Tale (The Hairy Tale Series Book 1) by Jamie Campbell Review: “This is an outstanding book! It's about a bond between animals and humans. I would definitely recommend it!!”
Bonus Book! I can never make a book list without including this one. It is one very close to my heart. Even though I wrote, Luke’s Tale after reading Garth Stein, he has been such an inspiration to me. If you have not read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, you are missing out on a tremendous book. "This is essentially the story of one man's life struggle, as seen from the perspective of the family dog. The dog, named Enzo, is as intelligent as a human being, and pretty much thinks like one. Most of the humor of the book comes from Enzo's unhappiness with his dog status, and his intense desire to be a human in the next life." This is one of my all-time favorites.
Till Next Time,