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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books Featuring Paranormal Creature of Your Choice

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October 24th:  Top 5 Favorite Books Featuring [Paranormal Creature of Your Choice] This is a repeat topic from last year, but as it’s a good one AND interchangeable so it can be different each year, it’s back again.
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Oh my gosh! Only five books and I can only narrow it down to one paranormal creature?! This is going to be SO hard because I love fantasy books and there are so many different paranormal creatures that I love reading about! But since I can’t go over them all…I’m going to focus on two: fae and dragons!

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1. A Court Of Thorns & Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

Blurb: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

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My thoughts: The entire series of A Court Of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas are my absolute favorite books.  To be honest I really didn’t read a lot of books based on fairies/fae and I was very curious when I started this book and series. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked. Literally one of the best written books/series in the history of mature Young Adult, fantasy and romance. Yes I went THERE and you need to read this book and series ASAP. 

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2. A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas 

Blurb: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

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My thoughts: A Court Of Mist & Fury is my favorite A Court Of Thorns & Roses book. No spoilers but if you took my advice and read A Court Of Thorns & Roses, the world just expands and the story grows even more and A Court Of Mist & Fury will blow you away. 

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#3. Rhapsodic/The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa 

 Blurb: Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects. But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken. 

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

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My thoughts: Again I read this book when I was just starting out reading fae books, it’s a little slow at first but definitely contains a heck of lot of Laura Thalassa magic and Des is hot, hot, hot! Plus it’s not just focused on fae but also the main character is a siren which is pretty cool. 

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#4. Storm Born by Richelle Mead

Blurb: Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants…

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy—one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…

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My thoughts: Richelle Mead was one of my favorite authors growing up with her Vampire Academy series. As much as I loved those books I really like her strength is in fantasy/adult romance. The Dark Swan series features a lot of creatures but one of the main focuses is fae (mmm Dorian!) and all four books are definitely a ride! I need to re-read and review this series soon but I highly recommend if you are interested in fae and other paranormal creatures.  

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#5 Fire In His Blood by Ruby Dixon 

Blurb: Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash. Dragons – once creatures of legend – are the enemy. Vicious and unpredictable, they rule the skies of the ruined cities, forcing humanity to huddle behind barricades for safety.

Claudia’s a survivor. She scrapes by as best as she can in a hard, dangerous world. When she runs afoul of the law, she’s left as bait in dragon territory. She only has one chance to survive – to somehow ‘tame’ a dragon and get it to obey her. Except the dragon that finds her is as wild and brutal as any other…and he’s not interested in obeying. What he is interested in is a mate.

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My thoughts: Ruby Dixon is one of the best paranormal romance authors around and she is some of the best Kindle Unlimited books around. She is known for her alien paranormal romance series but I prefer her dragon series. Fire In His Blood is the first of five books out so far and tells the story of how dragons came from a hole in the sky and destroyed the world. Humans are in hiding while dragons roam around searching and attacking. When a woman finds herself alone with a dragon she finds out the truth of the situation and honestly I wish there were more books out because this story is SO interesting and different! Plus I think dragons are awesome and they deserve more book time when it comes to all genres of books, but especially romance. 
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Those are my top picks for paranormal creature books! I’ve REALLY been into fae books lately and they kind of have taken over my life and that is 100% okay because I really love them. Right now I feel like they are the vampires that were super popular several years back but when it comes to fae there are so many different types of them with different backgrounds and stories that make it really interesting to read about. Plus dragons, do I need to say more? DRAGONS. Anyway, what is your favorite paranormal creature to read about?  

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Top 5 Wednesday: Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly Wednesday discussion focusing on five questions about books run by Goodreads. You can find the thread here ➜ https://bit.ly/1kmldQ6

My Post (56).jpgQuestion for September 19th: Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations. What an interesting question! There are so many books that I could talk about and discuss but I’m definitely going to go with some of my childhood favorites!

1. The story of Persephone and Hades. I don’t know about you but growing up and even now, I love Greek mythology and one of my FAVORITE stories ever is the story of how the Goddess of Spring and the King of the Underworld came to be together. Out of all the Greek Gods stories, Hades really isn’t that bad which has always struck me odd considering he’s the God of the dead but go figure! I think retold as a modern tale, in a modern setting especially in book form would be really, really cool. There isn’t a book about them yet BUT there is this really weekly web comic that is set in modern times that I adore! Check it out here: Lore Olympus

2. One Thousand and One Nights! There are so many different types of stories in here that if you really think about it, COULD connect together to make one epic book! Mix all those stories together like Aladdin, Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves etc and give it a modern twist and I think it would be really, really cool.

3. Pride and Prejudice! I would LOVE to have Pride and Prejudice re-imagined as a rom-com YA book either set in High School or maybe even in college would make the perfect angsty romance book. Plus I feel like there need to be more rom-com movies based on rom com books so let’s produce more of them!

4. Romeo and Juliet. Okay, okay I KNOW what you’re thinking: there is already a modern telling of Romeo and Juliet, the movie that Leonardo Dicaprio did BUT there isn’t a book version! At least not that I know of! But I would love a modern re-telling of a romance book focused on Romeo and Juliet in modern terms. 

5. The Great Gatsby. People either love or can’t stand The Great Gatsby, for me it’s one of those books that made me really fall in love with reading and helped shaped me as a person. Gatsby is about a man who fell so in love with a woman that he literally did everything he thought of to win her heart, add a classic re-telling of that and make it a romance book and BOOM. 

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Those are my picks for Top 5 Wednesday: Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations! What Classics Modern Adaptations would you want to read? Let me know! 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Best Sports Romance Books

Top 5 Wednesday @ Goodreads (moderated by Lainey) – Each week is a different topic to pick 5 of your favorite/best for. There are a lot of topics but this week I wanted to focus on Sports Romance and talk about my favorite ones! 
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#5 Lucky by Carina Adams
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My thoughts: I don’t like football, at all. HOWEVER there is something about sports romance books that focus on football that I actually really like! Weird I know, but bare with me please! Lucky was a huge surprise for me but I loved this story and Adams is a fantastic writer with a great sense of humor. Not to mention the chemistry between Sunshine and Lucian is electric hot and the way they meet is just hilarious but I won’t spoil it for you. Lucien is also super, super sexy and honestly he just made me swoon! If you’re a fan of sports romance and football romance, you definitely need to read or add Lucky to your TBR list!

Blurb:  Everyone loves Lucky # 7.
He’s the whole package – smart, athletic, and sexy as sin.
A filthy talking bad boy, he can have any woman he wants.

Except me. A chance encounter. One unforgettable night.
That’s all we could ever have. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves.
 Fate has other plans.
 
If anyone found out, I would lose my job.
He could lose his scholarship.
Some things are worth the risk.
 
Sometimes, you have to cross your fingers,

Roll the dice, and hope lady luck is on your side.

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About the Author: Carina Adams has been writing and creating characters for as long as she can remember, allowing her to fall in love with the next man of her dreams with every new story. Thankfully, fate stepped in and granted her the ultimate wish – a life full of men. Carina lives in a picturesque New England town with her husband, the man who ruined the thought of all others, and two amazing sons who always keep her on her toes.

Carina received her MBA in May, but would much rather play with her imaginary friends (the voices in her head) than work her 8 to 5. When she isn’t trying to juggle being a working mom with karate and football practices, surprising her children with her sci-fi movie knowledge, or writing, you can find her with her nose pressed against her kindle, laughing with friends, or living life vicariously as her Derby Girl persona, Writers Block.

Carina is the author the of Bastards MC series and best selling Forever Red. She is currently writing Out of The Blue, the follow up to Forever Red. She loves to hear feedback from her readers, no matter what type. You can email her at: carinaadamswrites@gmail.com

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#4: Home Run King by Stacey Lynn
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My thoughts: I was SO excited when I first signed up to review Home Run King because honestly besides football, there wasn’t a lot of versatility when it came to sports romance and a lot of books were focused on just football. So when I saw that Stella was releasing a sports romance book about baseball, I was pumped! Home Run King was such a sweet, funny read and I love books that focus on blossoming relationships. Most of the time you start a book and BOOM! The couple are suddenly in love which isn’t the case for this book and I really liked that change. 

Blurb: My life was what country songs are made of: my Granny died, my girlfriend broke up with me, I knocked up her cousin, and I was inducted into the Major League Hall of Fame. Yup…just like every country song I’ve ever heard.

But let me start over…my name is Gage Nix. That’s all you need to know. Actually, there’s a lot more to Gage than meets the eye. My name’s Katie Crisp, and I had a front row seat and the inside scoop. In a moment of grief and desperation, I allowed the Home Run King to…well, hit a home run on my diamond. He not only knocked it out of the park, but he also knocked me up. 

Raising two babies—the one I was carrying, and Gage—wasn’t what I signed up for. But he gave me no choice. I only wish I hadn’t waited until the end of the season to see that he was my MVP. Oh, and the only hall of fame he’s ever been inducted into is his own. 

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About Stella: When two romance authors, Leddy Harper and Stephie Walls, join forces…you know it’s going to be STELLA

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#3 Filthy Player by Stacey LynnFlithyPlayer-ANMy thoughts: Again another football sports romance but another favorite of mine! Stacey Lynn has this wonderful way of mixing real life problems within her books and it’s so relatable that it makes me feel closer to her characters. Beaux and Paige are one of my favorite fictional contemporary romance couples EVER and Beaux is one steamy, dirty talking, kind man. Definitely one of my favorites and there are other books in the series too! 

Blurb: The Raleigh Rough Riders are back, and this time Super Bowl Quarterback Beaux Hale finds himself playing the most important game of his life.

Every woman knows Beaux Hale is nothing but a player. Yet the first time he walks into Paige Halloway’s restaurant and flashes his sexy grin, she feels a heat between them spark. Too bad he opens his mouth and ruins it.

He may think his money, fame, and sexy looks will attract any woman—but he’s wrong.Paige doesn’t have time for a man. She’s too busy keeping a roof over her head and taking care of her father to care about relationships.

Lucky for Beaux, he’s a man who’s ready to use all the plays at his disposal. He didn’t bring his team a Super Bowl victory by giving up at the first block in his path—and Paige Halloway has just become his new long-game. Beaux also knows that sometimes, in order to win and claim your prize, you have to get a little bit filthy.

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About the Author: Stacey Lynn currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four children. When she’s not conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or on the boat with her family enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful, yet too short, summer.

She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.

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#2 Team Player A Christmas Anthology
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My thoughts: Team Player is a great sports romance read because it is a long read but includes so many different kinds of sports! Baseball, football, MMA fighters, hockey, oh my! Lots of different stories and lots of love storys and hunks to swoon over. Perfect for anyone who wants a little taste of everything when it comes to sports romance. 

Blurb: Hot jocks. We love them all. Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book. The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

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#1 Real by Katy Evans
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My thoughts: If you read my blog and reviews, you should KNOW that I am a Katy Evans fangirl. I’m not afraid to admit it, I am! So it shouldn’t be a surprise to you that Real by Katy Evans is #1 for my Top 5 Wednesday Sports Romance. I love Remington Tate so much, he is the embodiment of athleticism, health goals and oozes sex appeal by just looking at you. Real is my favorite book of all time and every romance reader/sports romance lover should read Real! 

Blurb: Remington Tate has a bad-boy rep in and out of the ring, a granite-hard body, and a raw, animal power that sends his female fans into a frenzy. But from the moment their eyes lock, the only woman he wants is Brooke Dumas. His desire is pure, all-consuming, and REAL.

Hired to keep his perfect body working like a machine, Brooke finally has the lucrative sports therapy job she’s been dreaming of. But as she tours the dangerous underground fighting circuit with Remy and his team, Brooke’s own body becomes alive with the most primal of hungers. If what happens between Brooke and Remy is ever as light as a flirtation, it quickly becomes an erotic obsession for them both, and promises so much more.

But their white-hot lust has a dark side—and when Remy’s deepest secret comes to light and Brooke’s familial duties demand action, will the pair be able to hang on, or will everything that once seemed so real suddenly fade away like an illusion?

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About the Author: Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world

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That’s my Top 5 Wednesday for top Sports Romance! I’m looking forward to doing more of Top 5 Wednesdays in the future! In the meantime, what are some of your favorite sports romance? Comment below and share your picks with me! Xo!
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