I’d like to get back into talking about what we’re currently reading but since we haven’t talked books in a good long while, I’d figure we could talk about books we’re excited about and also some books that we really enjoyed in 2020.
I’ve been touting the books of K.F. Breene for the past year. She’s definitely my favorite author of 2020. She has a nice sized backlist which helps. Her books remind me of some other authors I love, she writes in a few different genres (whatever she’s feeling at the time) and she has a ballsy personality online that I enjoy. I’ve actually received messages from 2 of my friends who checked her out due to my recommendation and really enjoyed her, so that makes me happy. Her Demon Days, Vampire Nights series is my favorite, it’s ongoing and has a very Kate Daniels feel to it. Born in Fire is book 1 in the series. If you want a compete series, then start with her DemiGods of San Francisco series. I don’t normally love books that feature gods, they are too all powerful, but I really enjoyed this series and there are a lot of great characters in it. Sin & Chocolate is the first book in the series.
Another author I want to mention is Darynda Jones. I really loved her Charley Davidson books and was sad when they ended but it looks like the series is going to continue I’m a different way, if you read The Graveyard Shift, a novella featuring Garret Swopes (a must if you’re a fan of the series) you will be very excited. I did a re-listen of the series last year and am looking forward to The Gravedigger’s Son, which is coming out in May and features Quinton and Amber. Sad that it’s also a novella but happy to still be in that world.
That being said, I wanted to do a blog post about A Bad Day For Sunshine, a new series by Darynda and just never got around to it. If you loved the Charley Davidson series, this is a must read. The voice and feel is very similar to Charley Davidson while still being uniquely it’s own. I’m very much looking forward the next book in the series, A Good Day for Chardonnay (I’m also loving the titles).
Both authors released a series starring women over 40 last year. I liked some and loved some. I don’t mind featuring women going thru a change of life but I have some issues with logic that just really throws me off. I need to go back and finish one of the books to see how I feel after I’ve finished it.
Currently I’m in the middle of re-listening to Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series. I have to say, the Navy SEALs series is holding up pretty well. A couple of years back I reread some of my older Julie Garwood’s, books I used to re-read every year, and they did not hold up as well (don’t stone me!). I used to buy the Brockmann’s as soon as they came out but I didn’t read the last book, Izzy Zanella’s because the reviews were so bad. So if you have read the series, should I skip it again? I did skip Jule’s book this time around because while I loved him as a character, I just didn’t enjoy his book the first time around because it felt like Brockmann was trying too hard to teach versus entertain.
And finally, the next book I’m really looking forward to listening to is Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews, one of my favorite authors. I love the Kate Daniels series and am excited to re-visit it with Julie’s story. It came out on the 12th but the audiobook isn’t out yet. I can’t wait!
So, what books did you love last year and what books are you excited for this year (or even this month?).
Also, One Woman’s Junk by my friend and client JB Lynn is currently free. It’s book 1 in her Psychic Consignment Mystery series. If you like cozy mysteries then you’ll enjoy this one.