Shari Mikels

Contemporary Romance - All Lines Lead to Love

Starting from Scratch

Starting from Scratch - Stacy Gail One of the best books I've ever read. Incredibly emotional and amazing.

The Road to Shanhasson (Blood and Shadows #2)

The Road to Shanhasson (Blood and Shadows #2) - Joely Sue Burkhart Another favorite.

Before Midnight

Before Midnight - Jennifer Blackstream This one is an excellent paranormal reimagining of the Cinderella story.
Snowbound with the CEO - Shannon Stacey For me, this short novella is the perfect length to fit into my crazy, busy life. Also, it gave me all sorts of good feelings when I've had a rotten week. For that alone, I'll be grateful for this story.

Yes, I'm completely biased when it comes to Shannon's books, but Adrian and Rachel lifted me out of a funk and that's exactly why I enjoy reading these stories.
Beyond Pain - Kit Rocha For me, this book was just a great read. I tended to read it faster than usual because I know the characters so well. There are parts toward the end (black moment and resulting pain) that were hard to read about because of caring about the characters and wishing they didn't have to go through it.

Bren might be my favorite hero so far. Maybe. I don't know--all the O'Kane guys in Sector Four are awesome.

I read the snippet for Beyond Jealousy (the next book in the series) at the end and I know for certain that book will wreck me.

This series is excellent and this book is a great addition to the series.
Love a Little Sideways - Shannon Stacey I freely admit I'm biased when I come to Shannon Stacey's books. Some I like more than others, but I always like them. Yours to Keep has held on to the "favorite Shannon Stacey book" title since it came out. Post-it Notes. Need I say more?

But Drew and Liz stole that title away and added another one: Favorite Contemporary Romance of All Time.

I smiled through the whole first part of the book. There are some lines throughout that are just...*happy sighs*. There's also a line (well, two sentences), delivered by Mitch, that made me cry. You have to read the book to get a feel for what happens between Drew and Mitch (Mitch is Liz's older brother and a wee bit protective of her...and the guy code) to truly get the impact of the line.

So between the laughs and the tears, and the making-me-love-these-characters, this book is my favorite Shannon Stacey book as well as my favorite contemporary romance of all time.

Keep in mind, this is just my opinion. Your mileage may vary.

Unbreakable (Section 8, #2)

Unbreakable (Section 8, #2) - Stephanie Tyler I love this book so very much. I started reading it after supper one night and didn't want to stop. I thought I loved Gunner in book 1. My love for him knows no bounds after book 2.

The version I read is a very early version and some things will change. But the suspense continued to keep me on the edge of my seat, and I can't wait to reread this when it's closer to its final form.
How Beauty Met the Beast - Jax Garren Knowing that this is just book one of the trilogy allows me to love this book even more. I can have a wonderful happy sigh seeing how they meet and get to know each other, even though they don't have their HEA...yet.

Defiance (Defiance, #1)

Defiance (Defiance, #1) - Stephanie Tyler 4.5/5 stars

I'm completely biased when it comes to Stephanie's books. I like her writing style and her voice.

This is a post-apocalyptic motorcycle club (MC) new adult book. It doesn't feel as new adult (NA) as others in the genre do because the kids are forced to grow up quickly and deal with mature crap very early in life.

One thing that might throw people (it didn't me but I already said I'm biased) is where one character is mute (he signs all of his dialog) and there are some scenes written from his POV in first person. The scenes are short and are pulled out into their own named chapters (at least it should be that way in the final version) so you know you're getting that section from Mathias's POV.

You have the fighting and use of sex for power that you see in many of the post-apoc books. This book gives a different voice to those types of stories.
Midnight Games - Elle Kennedy 4.5/5 stars
Enjoyed the twists and turns.
Play With Me - Alisha Rai This is the perfect erom novella for me. It combines emotion with extremely hot sex scenes. It's just perfect and I loved it.
Diamond Dust - Vivian Arend Toward the end of the book, there were several lol lines for me. I don't normally pick favorite lines from books, but there was a small section that had me laughing so hard, I had to read it out loud to my husband. It was worth having to explain the setup. Excellent story.

Update: I'm rereading this book and it's still just as good the second time around. I love this story. I love the cast of characters, but I especially love Tyler. The way he has to balance his bear brute self with letting Caro be Caro is a pleasure to read. I can picture the setting of this story so easily. There are several scenes where I actually feel I'm there, and that's an awesome accomplishment for an author--writing something in such a way that I can actually "see" it happening in front of my eyes.

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View - Jill Elizabeth Nelson An excellent resource for new/unpublished writers. The examples showing the difference between shallow and deep POV are worth getting the book, even if some of the deep POV rewrites are a little over the top.
Hotter Than Ever - Elle Kennedy This book is sooooo amazing. The sex scenes are fan-yourself-hot and the emotion is very well written. I'll be rereading this one. Definitely.
Haunted Wolves - Moira Rogers Parts of this book are very emotional - at least to me. Colin is an amazing and perfect hero. I love him sooooo much.
Wild Burn - Edie Harris 4.5/5 stars
Excellent book

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