Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Staff Top Picks: August 2008

PNR Staff Top Picks for August 2008

August 08 Top Pick
(sequel to GABRIEL'S GHOST)
by Linnea Sinclair

Available: July 29, 2008
ISBN #0553589652
EAN #9780553589658
432 pages

For two fugitive lovers, space has no haven, no mercy, no light - only...SHADES OF DARK...

Before her court-martial, Captain Chasidah "Chaz" Bergren was the pride of the Sixth Fleet. Now she's a fugitive from the "justice" of a corrupt Empire. Along with her lover, the former monk, mercenary, and telepath Gabriel Ross Sullivan, Chaz hoped to leave the past light-years behind...until the news of her brother Thad's arrest and upcoming execution for treason. It's a ploy by Sully's cousin Hayden Burke to force them out of hiding and it works.

With a killer targeting human females and a renegade gen lab breeding jukor war machines, Chaz and Sully already had their hands full of treachery, betrayal - not to mention each other. Throw in Chaz's Imperial ex-husband, Admiral Philip Guthrie, and a Kyi-Ragkiril mentor out to seduce Sully and not just loyalties but lives are at stake. For when Sully makes a fateful choice changing their relationship forever, Chaz must also choose - between what duty demands and what her heart tells her she must do.

Leslie says:
"All I can say is wow, this book should win every literary award on the planet, and then some. If you read one SF romance this year, make it SHADES OF DARK. And if you haven't yet read GABRIEL'S GHOST run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore and read it first. BTW fans of this series - get excited! Ms. Sinclair is working on a story for Admiral Philip Guthrie, which she is calling HOPE'S FOLLY. I personally cannot wait."

Read Leslie's Review:

Leslie also recommends:

August 26, 2008
: DARK LIGHT by Jayne Castle
August 5, 2008:
by Jennifer Estep (Mass Market Reissue)
September 2, 2008:
JINX by Jennifer Estep

August 08 Top Pick

(Final Prophecy: Book 1)
by Jessica Andersen

June 3, 2008
ISBN #045122437X
EAN #9780451224378
464 pages

Synopsis: A Novel of the Final Prophecy

The Mayan doomsday prophecy states that the world will end on December 21, 2012. The NOVELS OF THE FINAL PROPHECY tell of the ancient myths that come to life in the last four years before that end-date, and their opposition by the Nightkeepers, descendants of an ancient magic-wielding race sworn to protect mankind from the apocalypse.

In NIGHTKEEPERS, their last king is forced to team up with a Miami-Dade narcotics detective in order to reunite his scattered warriors and fight Zipacna, god of the Mayan underworld. Wielding ancestral magic based on bloodletting and sex, the king will have to choose between his duty and his love for the human woman who is the gods' destined sacrifice.

Dee Says:
“A unique premise, non-stop action and hot romance, what more could you want?”

More info:

by Nina Bangs

Dorchester (Leisure Books)
July 1, 2008
ISBN #0843959533
EAN #9780843959536
384 pages


THE ELEVEN--an alliance of ultimate predators. Primal, lethal, irresistible.

--an ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on 12-21-12.

--where can you hide from pure evil?

Kelly Maloy opens her car door to much more than a great looking stranger at the Houston airport. Terror, desire, and a horrible truth climb in with him. She's only supposed to drive Ty Endeka around the city for a few weeks. Too bad no one tells her that once day fades she'll become part of a battle fought in the darkened streets with an enemy that isn't human. And the sensual man who feeds her fantasies hides a soul that gives new meaning to animal magnetism.

Eleven Gods of the Night...

The only creatures more deadly are the ones they've been summoned to destroy.

Mippy Says:
“what I really loved about the whole book was how unique both the main heroes and the storyline is. It is a totally fresh and creative idea and it definitely left me with a wow factor that I hadn't expected! I highly recommend Eternal Pleasure to anyone out there who loves paranormal romance and is looking for something different in this ever-growing genre.”

Read Mippy's Review:

Mippy also recommends:

July 29, 2008:
NIGHTWALKER by Jocelyn Drake (Urban Fantasy)
July 29, 2008:
CRY WOLF by Patricia Briggs (Urban Fantasy)
August 5, 2008:
ACHERON by Sherrilyn Kenyon
September 2, 2008:
DARK CURSE by Christine Feehan

August 08 Top Pick
(Psy/Changeling: Book 6)
by Nalini Singh

Berkley Pub Group
September 2, 2008
ISBN #0425223256
EAN #9780425223253
352 pages

Synopsis: Now, as the deadly Psy Council tightens its grip, a rebel Psy scientist finds herself at the mercy of a changeling who has sworn vengeance against her kind...

Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy--cool, calm, least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...

Stephanie says:
Hostage to Pleasure was well worth the wait, you will not be disappointed. Let's face it, Ms. Singh never disappoints. This book is a roller coaster of emotion and just as thrilling as a roller coaster too. I loved every page and hated to see it end. This series is one of the best on the market. Do yourself a favor and read them all, then enjoy Hostage to Pleasure.”

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