Friday, January 3, 2020

First Books of 2020


First Reads of 2020
We are so excited for the new year. Excited to start this new journey sharing our love of reading and the book world with each of you, but we are just as excited for all the books, hundreds of new worlds, adventures and experiences between the pages. Here is what we are reading to start the year off.

Rebecca:

Dangerous Games: A Standalone Second Chance Romance


Dating GamesWicked GamesMind Games
Dangerous Games - Coming 1/7, Royal Games - 6/20
Blurb:
He's the hottest new rockstar on the scene.
I was once engaged to his brother.
Can he convince me he's worth the risk?


Asher York.
Talented musician.
The voice of an angel.
The body of an Adonis.
And the man I happened to have a one-night stand with in Vegas.


No big deal, right? What happens in Vegas... Well, you know how the saying goes.

Did I mention I was once engaged to Asher's brother?

I walked away, hoping my momentary lack of judgment would stay in the past.

I should have known it wouldn't. Not with my luck.

Now Asher York is back in my life, and that flame I hoped would flicker and die still burns brightly.

But can I put my heart on the line, knowing this man has the power to obliterate it?
Can I allow myself to come between two brothers?

There's only one way to find out.

Let the games begin...

Dangerous Games is a standalone forbidden second chance romance with a rockstar twist. Grab your copy today.

The Dating Games Series
Each book in this series can be enjoyed separately and in any order, as each story stands on its own.



A Murder Among Friends by Jennifer Lewis Williams 


Blurb:
Everyone is shocked when Catherine, a pregnant surrogate, goes missing--from the gay couple whose child she was carrying, to her estranged sister Eva-Sue, to her college friend Marcus Agaston, now a Dallas Reporter. When Catherine's body appears on the shoreline of Lake Ray Hubbard seven days later, Marcus vows to find the killer.
However, Marcus has a dark past--one that his husband Sam, a successful lawyer, knows nothing about. And the more clues Marcus uncovers about the killer's identity, the more connections he discovers between a history he'd rather forget and Catherine's mysterious murder. Someone will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried, and as Marcus gets closer to finding the killer, a shocking revelation proves you can't trust anyone...


Hands of the Son #1: Christ Victorious by Michael E. Doren


Blurb:
The Master of Shadows is Brought to the Light.
In the future, much of the world has fallen to Islamic rule, and only Israel and seven other nations remain free of Sharia law.
Language expert Sam Weisman and his friends discover the ancient story of Lucifer’s creation and appointment as king of the First Earth, revealing his full history for the first time.
As they uncover the secrets of the Devil’s early beginnings, the mighty Red Dragon recruits the demon Baal in preparation for Armageddon and his final battle with the Son.
Deep within a Pacific Northwest forest, young Krissa and her dog Pasha enter the Seven Realms to rally the spirits of the First Earth and ready them for war. 
In the mortal world, the Archangel Uriel leads the Seven, a handful of Archangels who’ve Fallen from Heaven to help save God’s people at the final battle of Armageddon. 

In the Islamic version of the End Times, the Mahdi brings the entire Earth under Sharia Law. Is that to be the fate of our world?


Jackie:

Princess Ballot: A Dark College Romance (Royals of Arbon Academy Book 1)

by Jaymin Eve and Tate James

Blurb:
You have been chosen.

Those four words change Violet Spencer’s whole life, when against staggering odds, she's selected in the "princess ballot."

Arbon Academy is affectionately known as the school for Royals. Only the rich, powerful, or heir to a throne gain entry ... except for the one scholarship student accepted every five years. It's a worldwide lottery, and one that Violet entered without giving it any serious thought.

But the media got it wrong and Arbon Academy is much more than a simple college for future leaders.

It’s a dark world of politics, intrigue, and dangerous guys who will stop at nothing to get their own way. Despite her best efforts at remaining off the radar, Violet finds herself a pawn between two of the most powerful monarchies in the world.

Prince Rafe of the Switzerlands and Prince Alex of the Australasias are bitter enemies both on the soccer field and in the political arena. Monarchies rule the world now, and every waking breath is a competition for the princes.

Control the ball.
Control the world.
Control Violet.

Whether it's through love or hate, someone will ultimately win.

*This is book one in a dark college romance. It includes a-hole princes, nasty princesses, and one chick who will take none of their sh!t, all the while doing her best to make it out alive. HEA guaranteed. Eventually. 17+.




Coming 1/14
Blurb:
“From a little spark may burst a flame.” ~ Dante Alighieri

A simple ember to dried kindling can ignite a raging fire.

I’ve made my mark and proven my loyalty to a man, a city, and a way of life. That loyalty has provided me with all the spoils of success. For the longest time, that hasn’t included a woman at my side.

There is only one beauty that can bring my untapped desire to life.

I shouldn’t have opened the door. Cracking open the stone and striking the flint is my doing. What follows is hers.

With something so intense, will this spark lead to a blazing inferno? Will we make it out of the ashes before everything I hold dear is ravaged?

From New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a brand-new dark romance, Spark, set in the same dangerous world as Secrets and Twisted. You do not need to read the Web of Sin or Tangled Web trilogy to get caught up in this new and intriguing saga, Web of Desire.

SPARK is book one of the WEB OF DESIRE trilogy that continues in FLAME and concludes in ASHES.


Blurb:
Fallen Crest is back with a vengeance!

Samantha, Mason, and Logan are all together and united with one common enemy: Park Sebastian, the king of fraternity douchebags.

With professional football scouts eyeing his every move, Mason Kade has to walk the line for the first time in his life. Any move he makes against Sebastian has to be perfect and under the radar. One mistake, and his career is over.

Sebastian has other plans. Mason’s career isn’t his target—not even close. Wanting to destroy Mason completely, Sebastian knows he must hit him where it hurts the most: Samantha, who doesn’t give a rat’s ass that she’s the target.

Sam is bound and determined to protect Mason herself, no matter the cost, but what if the cost is beyond her imagination? What if this time, the villain wins?


Jackie and I are buddy reading Dark Lover (book 1 of The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series) by J. R. Ward on Audio.  It is a reread for Jackie but in doing my research for the books and authors of the decade The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series was popping up every year. I decided I need to know what I am missing.


Blurb:
See where it all began in the first phenomenal novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series... 

The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both...

INCLUDES A NEW LETTER FROM J. R. WARD


Kaylee:

Witness Protection Widow (A Winchester, Tennessee Thriller Book 5)

by Debra Webb
In Self Defense: A High-Stakes Police Procedural, The Dark Woods, The Stranger Next DoorThe Safest Lies,
Witness Protection Widow 
Coming 2/1

Blurb:
Can the witness protection program keep her identity secret?


After Allison James finally escapes her marriage to a monster, she becomes the star witness in the case against her deceased husband’s powerful crime family. Now it’s up to US Marshal Jaxson Stevens, Ali’s ex-boyfriend, to keep the WITSEC widow safe. But as the danger escalates and sparks fly, will Jax be able to help Ali escape her ruthless in-laws?



Country Strong by Linda Lael Miller
Coming - 1/21
Blurb:
For the men of Painted Pony Creek, it’s never too late for a second chance…

Cord Hollister is a true cowboy at heart. As a man who has devoted his life to training horses under the big skies of Montana, he thrives on the stability of ranch life. But when a girl arrives in Painted Pony Creek with a shocking secret, Cord’s orderly life is upended. She’s the spitting image of the first woman who broke his heart—a woman he hasn’t seen in years—and he’ll do whatever he can to help her. He just can’t do it alone…

Shallie Fletcher left heartbreak where it belongs—in the past. And she’s done everything she can to reinvent herself and move on. But when an opportunity arises to partner with a therapeutic riding program for kids, Shallie can’t resist seeking out Cord for lessons. Back in school, he was the crush she couldn’t forget, even though he only had eyes for her best friend. Seeing him now floods her with memories…and fills her with hope. Could the one who got away be the one who stays?




Her Homecoming Wish by Jo McNally
Coming 2/1
Blurb:
She’s ready to shed her good-girl ways…

“You’re all about following the rules now?

“Pity.”

Mackenzie Wallace hopes there’s still some bad boy lurking beneath single father Danny Adams’s upright exterior. Being the proverbial good girl left her brokenhearted and alone in the past. Now she’s back in town and wants excitement with her high school crush—not love. Dan knows their connection runs deep, despite Mackenzie’s protests. But will their new personas work together—especially when Dan’s secret is exposed?






Conclusion:
This is just the tip of the ice burg really. I know I have a list of 25 or so books that I have started. Right now we are all working on organizing our TBR's with Advanced Reader Copies according to release date and prioritizing New releases that we know are coming. There are so many books I want to read this year. While researching best-of lists I realized how much catching up I need to do. 

Make sure to watch for our reviews of these books coming soon.
- Rebecca 

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