Sunday, September 28, 2008

Reviewers Top Picks: September 2008

PNR Reviewers’ Top Picks for September 2008

September 08 Top Read

(The Gods of Tigron: Book 4)
by Rowena Cherry

September 30, 2008
ISBN #0505527405
EAN #9780505527400
336 pages

Synopsis: "Carpe Scrotum. Seize life by the testicles."
The Queen Consort of Volnoth needs a sperm donor, and only one green-eyed god has the right stuff. Little does she know that she has pinned her hopes on the loins of the fabled Royal Saurian Djinn. Not only is he the son of her greatest enemy, but he has taken a vow of chastity.
The Saurian Knight is caught between a father who has all the moral integrity of a Mafia Don, and a married princess who will stop at nothing to have his seed in her belly. No matter which way he turns, he is "forked".
Taking the wrong lover, in the wrong place, at the wrong time is dangerous. And when the High and the Mighty intervene, it can be fatal. Can true love and a pure White Knight's virtue triumph, when society loves a right royal scandal?

Deborah says: “Cherry continues her amazing series of djinn world-building, that is fresh, original and so witty!”

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Deborah also recommends:
February 2008: Saving Tampa by Jo Webnar
September 2008: Enchanted Beauty by Marly Mathews
September 2008: Dragon's Heart by Marly Mathews

September 08 Top Read

(Dark Pantheon: Book 2)
by Sierra Dafoe

Ellora's Cave
August 28, 2008
ISBN #1419917765
EAN #9781419917769

Synopsis: A Multi-Author Series
They are children of the gods. Half-immortal, yet never whole. Until they find the one they burn to possess for all eternity…
For years, Raymond du Sable has chased rumors of a woman shrouded in legend, a woman of unearthly, hypnotic beauty. Finally, on Crusade, he finds her. She is Cytharea, daughter of Aphrodite, irresistible to mortal man — and Raymond's key to grasping the throne of France. To transport her there safely, Raymond hires a Templar Knight, Gerard d'Amiers. Sworn to chastity, Gerard has a deep mistrust of women, born of the infidelity of his boyhood love. Yet Cytharea stirs him in a way no woman ever has. And Cytharea herself is battling a deadly imperative — she must feed from the sexual energy of a man soon, or die.
Together, Gerard and Cytharea discover a passion so overpowering it shakes the very foundations of Gerard's faith. Upon reaching France, he must either abandon every vow he's ever made — or lose Cytharea to the abusive ambitions of a madman.

Melissa says: "If you enjoy hot sex coupled with an intriguing paranormal story, this is a must-read for you."

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Melissa also recommends:
August 22, 2008: Taint of Shadow by Cassandra Moore

September 08 Top Read

(The Anna Strong Chronicles: Book 4)
by Jeanne C. Stein

Ace Books
August 26, 2008
ISBN #044101626X
EAN #9780441016266
304 pages

An Anna Strong, Vampire Novel

Anna has struggled to adapt to her supernatural status while clinging to the vestiges of her humanity. Now she must deal with her legacy. The sinister vampire who transformed her is dead, and Anna is entitled to his vast fortune. But a predatory werewolf comes forward, claiming the inheritance as her own—and she’ll kill to get what she wants most: blood and money.

Amber says: "I have to say that Anna is the female vampire character I would most like to be."

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Amber also recommends:
September 23, 2008: Untamed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
August 26, 2008: Pure Blood by Caitlin Kittredge
August 26, 2008: Hunter's Prayer by Lilith Saintcrow
November 2006: Eyes of Crow by Jeri Ready-Smith (first in a series)

September 08 Top Read

by Hannah Howell, Adrienne Basso, Eve Silver

Kensington Publishing
August 26, 2008
ISBN #0758228465
EAN #9780758228468
304 pages
Trade Size

Surrender to the kiss of the vampire...
In this captivating new collection from Hannah Howell, Adrienne Basso, and Eve Silver, three women meet the irresistible vampires who are their destiny—and discover a passion satisfied only by complete surrender…
Dark Hero by Hannah Howell
Unlike most of his clan, Berawald MacNachton chooses to live in comfortable seclusion, far from the enemies who hunt his kind—until Evanna Massey and her young brother intrude upon his solitude. Beautiful and mysterious, Evanna is unlike any Outsider Berawald has met, spurring a dark longing that echoes in his heart—and his blood.
Bride of the Beast by Adrienne Basso
When Haydn of Gwynedd first met Bethan of Lampeter, she was a brave and fearless young girl, risking her life to save his. Now Bethan has grown into a striking, courageous woman who needs Haydn’s help to defeat her tyrannical stepfather. Haydn’s dark gift compels him to offer marriage in name only, but he cannot deny the passion that sears them both…or his fierce desire to make her his for all time…
Kiss of the Beast by Eve Silver
Devoted to her work at King’s College Hospital, Sarah Lowell is shocked to discover that someone—or something—is killing the weakest patients, draining them of their blood. Killian Thayne, an enigmatic surgeon, offers Sarah his protection, but his sensual, commanding presence presents another kind of danger, urging her to risk everything for the splendor of his eternal embrace…

Karen says: “A Scotsman with a dark secret, a man of honor, and a man as mysterious as the mystery he must solve. Three men, three vampires and three stories of dark passion you don't want to miss.”

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September 08 Top Read

by Linda Mooney

Whiskey Creek Torrid
September 1, 2008
ISBN #1603132937
EAN #9781603132930

Synopsis: They were the Guardians, sixteen special men and women with incredible powers who had sworn their lives to the protection of their galaxy, while upholding the laws of their world.
It was a world that, eons ago, had suffered a devastating plague that had rendered more than half its population unable to reproduce. As a result, in order to assure the survival of their species, the HandFast law was enacted. Every month, twenty couples were drawn by lottery. Couples whose sole purpose would then be procreation, the continuation of the species. For the length of one year, two complete strangers would follow the edicts of the HandFast, until the woman conceived. Once that was accomplished, the couple was no longer bound to each other, and they could go their separate ways while the child was given to a couple unable to bear children.
It was a cold and impersonal law, but it worked.
However, the Guardians were exempt from having their names drawn in the lottery. The very nature of their jobs, risking their lives day in and day out to protect their galaxy, precluded any thought of bearing children.
Which was why, when StarLight and Master Hunter heard their names called out to be HandFasted, their neat, orderly lives were turned upside-down. Gone was the comfortable companionship they'd known. Gone was the brother-sister working relationship and the friendship.
Now they would be forced into an intimacy neither had wanted, nor expected.
Neither would they be prepared for the overwhelming passion they would find in each other's bodies, as well as in their hearts.
And things would only get more complicated and dangerous. Because their names had been deliberately placed on the lottery, and the drawing had not been a fluke. Instead, it was the first step in destroying their world and every Guardian living.

Nancy says: “Well worth the time to read - which won't be too long, as you won't be able to put it down!”

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Nancy also recommends:
August 5, 2008: Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins (Historical)

September 08 Top Read

(The Nightwalkers: Book 5)
by Jacquelyn Frank

Kensington Zebra
September 2, 2008
ISBN #0821780697
EAN #9780821780695
512 pages

Synopsis: The Nightwalkers have lived in the shadows of our world for centuries, gifted with abilities few humans can comprehend. For Noah, duty is all—until he meets the woman who is his destiny…
She Will Take Him Beyond His Wildest Dreams.
As Demon King, Noah is dedicated to protecting his kind from their human and Nightwalker enemies. Yet for six months he has struggled with vivid dreams that threaten his very sanity. Every night he’s tormented by images of a woman both achingly real and tantalizingly beyond his grasp. And his bone-deep need leaves him no choice but to force her to leave the life she’s known and enter a world beyond her imagining…
Every day, Kestra risks her life in perilous missions that veer just shy of the law, but she instinctively knows that the imposingly sensual figure before her is a danger unlike any she’s ever faced. Kestra has sworn never to trust or need another man, but Noah’s lightest touch scorches her with fevered desire, branding her as his mate, blinding them both to the terrifying truth. For within the ranks of their own people lies an adversary growing in number and power. And nothing and no one will be safe again…
Desire awakens at night…

Marlene says: “NOAH is a wonderful, greatly anticipated addition to the Nightwalkers series, and I highly recommend it.”

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Marlene also recommends:
September 2, 2008: Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

September 08 Top Read

(Cin Craven: Book 1)
by Jenna Maclaine

St. Martin's Press
July 29, 2008
ISBN #0312946163
EAN #9780312946166
352 pages

Synopsis: Dulcinea Craven descends from a long line of witches, and she has just inherited wild, untrained magical powers that she has no idea how to control. Now a ruthless vampire and an age-old demon are determined to enslave Cin and steal her power for their own. Her only hope is The Righteous, a band of warrior vampires who slay the rogue undead. Among them is Michael, a fierce swordsman who inflames Cin’s most primal hungers. Showing her a sensual pleasure beyond anything in the mortal realm, she must choose between the human existence she has always known, and immortality as a vampire—a new life filled with forbidden urges, dark yearning, and unearthly passions…

Judi says: "A wonderful debut mixing magic and vampires"

Judi’s Review:

Judi also recommends:
August 2, 2008: Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
August 26, 2008: Hunter's Prayer by Lilith Saintcrow
July 2007: StoneMaster: A Vampire's Reckoning by V.M.K. Fewings
January 2007: Hell's Belles by Jackie Kessler



Blogger RowenaBCherry said...

I love this feature, also the glorious logo. Thank you so much, everyone involved, and especially Deborah for choosing Knight's Fork.

October 31, 2008 6:38 AM


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