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Review + Excerpt: THE DARKEST TOUCH

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Title & Series: THE DARKEST TOUCH (Lords of the Underworld #11)
Author: Gena Showalter
Release date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Pages: 496
Formats: Mass Market Paperback, audio eBook

Description…

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

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Note: An ARC was provided by the publisher for the review tour in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


The Review

THE DARKEST TOUCH is an absolutely delicious addition to Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld. When the fiercest of heroines, the Red Queen, meets one of the most feared Lords of the Underworld, the keeper of Disease, sparks fly, as do vows of vengeance. Theirs promises to be a relationship that is tumultuous, fraught with danger, and filled with the most exquisite temptation.

Imprisoned for centuries and having her power muted due to having put her trust in the wrong man, Keeleycael is primed for revenge. Almost fully restored to the powerful being she once was, the death of her friend Mari nearly undoes her. So, before seeking out the man who betrayed her, she will make Mari’s killer pay for what he did.

Even if the circumstances that put Mari in his path weren’t his doing. Even if he didn’t want her to die. Even if the guilt he feels for what he did is enough to cause him to tear his own heart out. And even if he’s proved himself to be strong enough to challenge her, bloodthirsty enough to excite her, and handsome enough to entice her, Torin will suffer for destroying the only person who’d shown her kindness, who kept her from turning dark, who bonded with her.

Having chosen battle before romance, always thinking there would be time, never imagining he’d be forced to host a demon that would prevent him from ever coming into physical contact with anyone, Torin was resigned to the fact that he would never know what it was like to be touched by a woman, be with a woman, be loved by a woman.

But when he set eyes on Keeley, The Red Queen, his hatred for his demon and his wish for a different fate was reignited. His desire for her was stronger than it had been for any woman. He could not imagine anyone more beautiful or more tempting. And he was not sure he would be able to resist the temptation to touch her, do more than touch her. Even if she currently wanted to kill him. And even if it was likely that his touch would kill her.

Filled with page after page of sexual tension, sizzling chemistry, the deadliest of touches, ferocious battles, witty and cutting and flirty and seductive banter, steamy romance and a building anticipation for even more heat to come, Gena Showalter has delivered yet another installment in this series that will keep readers riveted. And with a smoking hot, ruthless yet guilt-ridden and indecisive, and incredibly protective warrior and a fierce but fragile, temperamental, and wickedly vicious temptress of a queen, the author has created characters who readers will love getting to know.

THE DARKEST TOUCH is a stormy, sexy and utterly delectable romance that will put readers on one heck of an emotional roller-coaster. It has a lightning-fast pace that will make the nearly five hundred pages fly in an instant. It teases and tantalizes, leaving readers breathless with anticipation. It’s a wildly entertaining read, set in a world that is dark and dangerous and totally addictive.

It’s a must read addition to this series that can be enjoyed whether or not any or all of the previous installments have been read.

The Rating

05


About Gena Showalter

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Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.

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The Excerpts

Excerpt One

They would be a couple, she decided. Touch— pleasure—had been denied her for far too long. A fact his presence had never allowed her to forget. He’d had other girlfriends so he knew how to handle a romantic relationship. They could do this, could make this work. And they would be vigilant, cautious, never courting danger.

All she had to do was get him to agree.

There was no better time to try. “I’m dirty,” she announced. “Absolutely filthy, and I’m going to take a bath.”

“Good for you.”

So mocking.

So unaware of his coming fall.

“Be a dear and help me remove my dress,” she said.

A strangled sound left him. “It has no ties, no zipper. You tug it on and off.”

“Well, good news, then. As strong as you are, you shouldn’t have any problems.”

His gaze swept over her and heated. He licked his lips, as if he could already taste her. “What game are you playing, princess?”

“Does it matter?”

“Yes. And why the hell are you looking at me like that?”

“Like what?”

“Like I’m a hero. I’m not a hero. I’m a villain.”

Did he not realize that only made her want him more? “Well, be a good little villain and help me out of my dress.

“No.” His tone dovetailed into guttural as he added, “I’m not going near you.”

He’s definitely tempted. How thin was his control?

“Very well. I’ll near you.” Hips swaying, she closed the distance between them. She reached out.

He jerked away only to return—closer.

She wrapped her fingers around his wrists and guided his hands to her hips.

He resisted. At first.

“Relax, warrior. We’re protected by our clothes.”

His fingers clenched around her and held on tight. Did he think she would f loat away like a forgotten balloon?

“What’s…next?” he gritted.

Not exactly surrender, but close enough.

She leaned forward, careful as her breath fanned over his ear. “All you need to do is feel good.”

“I can do that.” He tugged her against him. Suddenly they were f lush, the softest parts of her cradling the hard- est parts of him. A growl rose from low in his chest as if, in this stolen moment, he’d regressed into little more than an animal. “I’m doing it right now.”

The pleasure…thoughts of being careful evaporated like mist. “Would you like to do more?”

“More. Yes.” His lips parted as he fought for breath. Eyes glazing with a wildness she’d never seen from any- one other than condemned prisoners, he squeezed her hard enough to bruise. “I’m going to take more, and you’re going to like it.”

Excerpt Two

She appeared in front of him, displaying more tanned skin than she concealed, her hair falling around her face in lush, golden waves. Her eyes glittered with remnants of her anger. Her lips were slightly swollen and pinker than usual.

“Temper much?” she quipped.

His relief was palpable. She hadn’t forgotten him! But the relief was quickly replaced by concern. “Are you all right? Did someone hit you?”

She blinked with confusion. “No. Why?”

“Your lips are swollen.”

She rubbed them, color heating her cheeks. “Someone didn’t hit me, but someone sure did hit on me.”

Hit on her. As in kissed her.

Already on edge, Torin. Utterly. Erupted.

He forgot everything he’d planned to do and say and got in Keeley’s face, snarling, “Who was it?”

Her eyes widened. “Hades. Why?”

“You dare ask why? You belong to me! We agreed. You do not kiss other men, Keeley. Ever. Have you for- gotten my rules?”

Her jaw dropped, and she gasped out a few unintelligible words as if she couldn’t quite figure out what to say to him.

He stood in place, breathing too quickly, too heavily, his throat and lungs burning. He reached for her, but as so many times before, fisted his hands and dropped them just before contact. This is crazy. I’m crazy. I have to leave.

“Are you…thinking about touching me?” she asked, her eyes widening again.

No, she had to leave. He could not be in public right now. “Go shopping. Buy yourself something pretty. My treat.” He basically tossed his credit card at her. He should be calm by the time she finished. “Come back in an hour. Maybe two. Actually, we’ll reconvene to- morrow.”

“You are,” she said. “You’re thinking… Even craving me. You don’t like the thought of another man’s hands on me, and you want to replace the memory with your hands.”

That. Yes. Hades would die, and Torin…Torin would touch this woman and never stop.

He gnashed his molars. “Last chance, Keeley. I sug-gest you take it and leave.” Soon. His control was almost completely shredded.

“No way. You’re the big bad warrior, yet I’ve had to come on to you time and time again. I’ve had to battle within myself—worth the price or not worth it. Well, it’s your turn.”

“There is no damn way you just suggested I haven’t done the same. I’ve battled.”

“When have you ever caved without prompting from me? You’ve resisted me so easily, always walking away. Sure, you’ve snarled while you’ve done the walking, but still you left me behind. So, tell me. When did you ever—”

“So easily?” he roared. Had she just said so easily? She had no clue about the intensity of his need—but he would teach her better.

Torin cupped her by the nape, yanked her close and smashed his mouth against hers. The kiss was a brutal assault meant to silence her, to dominate and possess. He held her still, making her take it, take everything. But the moment she softened against him, welcomed him inside her mouth, the darkness churning inside him switched gears. From the need to punish and master to the need to seduce and please.

This was Keeley. His princess. She deserved his best. He gentled the pressure, rolling his tongue inside her mouth, learning her all over again, tasting her. Summer berries and melted honey. So sweet. And mine. All mine. He framed her cheeks, angled her head and rolled his tongue just a little deeper. This time, she met him with a roll of her own.

That was his undoing.

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Review: THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS

TQoZHTHE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS by Gena Showalter will be released in the U.S. on September 30, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS is the third and final book in Author Gena Showalter’s The White Rabbit Chronicles.

Description…

I have a plan.

We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

Alice ‘Ali’ Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

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Note: This review is based on an eARC borrowed from another blogger.


The Review

THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS is an epic finish to an absolutely phenomenal series. There is not a page, not a moment, that isn’t riveting. The action is intense, the story is suspenseful and exciting and heartbreaking, the romance sizzles, the characters are interesting and engaging, lovable and detestable. It’s an all-consuming read that is utterly unputdownable.

Everything has been leading up to the explosive finish pitting the slayers against Anima Industries. But it’s not a battle that will easily be won. There will be casualties along the way. There will be heartbreaking loss.

Even with new allies, their victory isn’t certain. And even with Ali’s new ability she will not be able to save everyone she loves or keep herself safe from the danger that their enemy poses. But she will not go down without a fight, even if the price she has to pay is her own life.

This final installment in the series is filled with even more heart-stopping action, even steamier romance, and even more devastating, heartwrenching loss. THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS introduces new characters as it says goodbye to characters readers have known and loved, it introduces each chapter with a title that will make readers grin, and ratchets up the tension as it builds to its incredibly climactic conclusion.

There will be shocks and surprises accompanied by tears and heartache along the way. But there will be moments that will make readers cheer and others that will make them swoon. Lingering questions will be answered and by the story’s end everything will be wrapped up with a final note from one of the remaining characters.

Gena Showalter pulled out all the stops when writing THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS. She did not hold anything back and in turn delivered an amazing series-ending story that is unequivocally a must, must, must read.

The Rating…

06

 

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a Personal Note…

Best book in the series. That is all.

Oh… I have to say something else? Like why it was the best. Or why when I finished reading it I was a complete wreck. Or why that last little bit at the end made me smile even though I was totally destroyed.

Well, I can’t reveal any of that or it would be super spoiler-y.

So maybe I have to talk about how many times my jaw dropped because of what just happened. Or perhaps I should share just how often I said, “Wait…what? Did that just…? Are you kidding? No way… No way! Noooooooooooo!” Let’s just say it was often enough that by the end of the read my jaw was killing me and the looks I was getting for shouting at an inanimate object weren’t friendly. But I wasn’t embarrassed… not really.

Because THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS tore my heart out. It left me in tatters. It made me scream and sob. But it also made me cheer and smile and I never lost hope for a happy ending for Ali.

There were quite a few twists and turns in this last book. I guessed a few of them correctly, a couple others I did not see coming until I was completely steamrolled by them. As hoped for there was plenty of action. There was a ton of nail-biting, nerve-wracking tension and suspense. I was angst-ridden from page one until the very end.

Of course I would have loved this to be a longer series. I would have loved this series to go on for at least a couple more books. I would still love it if there were spinoff novels planned for certain characters – who I won’t name as I don’t want to reveal what happens to any of the characters in this series.

But it was an amazing ending to an absolutely phenomenal book and series. And even though there were all sorts of tears throughout the read, with moments that left me feeling completely gutted, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

So, yes it was an emotional roller coaster, that often felt more like I was being shoved off a tall building. And yes, it was definitely a bittersweet addition to this series. And, yes, I am devastated about the fact that this has ended. But I couldn’t have loved it more.

Favorite Passage…

As I don’t want to risk spoiling anything about this book, I am not going to reveal my most favorite passage from the story. But this one, from very early in the story, is all sorts of yummy.

“You can look at me now,” he said. “I won’t bite. Very hard.”

Our gazes locked, and I was inexorably trapped by a yearning that had plagued me since moment one. For him…this…more.

A slow grin lifted the corners of his wicked mouth.

Dude. He should totally come with a warning. Possible Panty Melting. Moonlight spilled over him, illuminating him, and for a moment, I thought I heard angels singing. His black hair stood out in adorable spikes, as if he’d plowed his hands through it one too many times. Eager to see me, perhaps? His gorgeous violet eyes were framed by lashes so thick and black he always looked like he was wearing eyeliner. (He wasn’t.)

And his body…

Good glory! I knew what waited under his clothing. Skin bronzed to perfection. Muscles honed to perfection. A perfect chest covered by the most perfect tattoos. One of his nipples was pierced—meow!—and it was, you guessed it, perfect.

He feathered his knuckles over my cheek, the slight touch electrifying me. “I missed you.”

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Cover Reveal: THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS + Giveaway

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Coming September 30, 2014

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I am so excited to be able to reveal the amazing cover for Gena Showalter’s THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS on the blog today. This cover is wicked awesome and it makes me really nervous about just how insane things will get in the final book in this series.

***Prepare yourself for the cover love***

I love how all these covers have a three-dimensional feel to them with the playing card framing. I love that this cover differs from the first two with its brighter and bolder color choice for the font and accents, but yet still is visually cohesive.

I love how the cover model’s expression has gone from sweet and innocent to one that is quite mad. Which ties in perfectly with this book’s tagline. I love that in the background behind the model on this cover there is nothing but blackness.

And I just love the fact that each of the covers in this series pays homage to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and are a little bit quirky, a little bit beautiful, a little bit whimsical and a little bit lavish.

From the hairstyle to the ruffled blouse to the ornate chair Ali’s seated upon, this cover screams “mad queen.” And it makes me even more desperate for the days to pass quickly until its September 30th release.

And as these covers are even more amazing in print than on a computer screen, I cannot wait to see just how stunning and vibrant this cover will be.

There is just one thing I’m curious about… On the first book’s cover the tagline ended in a period. On the second book’s cover it ended in an exclamation point. On this third book’s cover there is no end punctuation at all. Is it meant to be unfinished – has madness done away with the need for punctuation? Or is it still to be decided as to whether that statement deserves a a period, an exclamation point, ellipses or perhaps even an interrobang? I await my finished copy to get that answer.

Do I love this cover? Absolutely. Will I love this book more? Of that I have no doubt. Has revealing this cover made me that much more desperate to read it? YES! YES! 100% YES!

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Description…

I have a plan.

We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

Series: The White Rabbit Chronicles #3
Author: Gena Showalter
Publication date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, the Angels of the Dark, the Lords of the Underworld, and the Otherworld Assassins series.  In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.

She lives in Oklahoma with her family and menagerie of dogs, and truly believes love conquers all.

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Other Books in the Series

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Alice in Zombieland

Title: ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND (The White Rabbit Chronicles #1)

Publication date: September 25, 2012
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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Description…

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.

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Through the Zombie GlassTitle: THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS (The White Rabbit Chronicles #2)

Publication date: September 24, 2013
Pages: 480
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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Description…

Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they’ve got mine…
Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.

After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.

She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her…from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole’s secret and learn to fight the darkness.

But the clock is ticking…and if she fails at a single task, they’re all doomed.

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The Giveaway

This reveal includes an amazing giveaway courtesy of the publisher, Harlequin Teen, for a complete set of The White Rabbit Chronicles to ONE WINNER.

The first two books in the series will be sent at the conclusion of the giveaway. The first hardcover copy of THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS will be sent to the winner once it’s available.

Giveaway is US/Canada ONLY.

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Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

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Today is the final day of Top 10 of 2013.

A week of Looking Back…

…and Looking Forward.

And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we’ve been sharing our favorite bookish lists and inviting you to share yours each day for the past five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

It’s not too late to sign up for this event – though today is the last day. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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Today’s topic is…

Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

Last year, it seems, I cheated a little and I changed the post to top ten books in a series I’m dying to continue reading. This year I’m going to do the same.

Because there are already at least 80 books I’m pining for that will be releasing next year and there’s no way I can narrow that list down to ten. So this tens list is in NO way complete. Not by far.

Of course I just had to do an “honorable mentions” section listing a few other books I’m dying to read. And I will be posting a list of Top 10 Debut Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014 on The Annex to fill some of those gaps I’m leaving.

But, to make things easier on myself, I decided to leave off the books in 2014 that I am looking forward to but have already read or am reading. Books such as UNHINGED by A.G. Howard, INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau, EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton, PANIC by Lauren Oliver, and A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers.

While this is the hardest list I’ve had to create yet, I think I’m happy with my choices. I just wish some of those “must read” 2014 books had covers… or titles.

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Top Ten Books in a Series I’m Dying to Continue Reading in 2014

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UNTITLED (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

Why Top Ten?

Death. Jack. A deadly game. Sexy times. A killer cliffhanger ending. Even sexier times. A wicked scary and totally fierce heroine. A world in chaos, born of destruction. Edge-of-your-seat suspense. Danger. Bad boys. Mean girls. Creepy villains. Battles of the epic variety. Amazing writing. Fascinating lore. And an insanely creative series that just keeps getting better and better.

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THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter

Why Top Ten?

Action-packed. Zombies a-plenty. A seriously kick-a** heroine. A super sexy and maddeningly frustrating bad boy. An awesome nod to a beloved classic. Fierce, gory and epic zombie slaying battles. A mystery. Tension, tension, tension. Grin-worthy sexy times. Sizzling chemistry. Suspense, suspense, suspense. An awesome and addictive adventure in Zombieland.

3.

Ignite MeIGNITE ME (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Why Top Ten?

Gorgeous, breathtaking, amazingly beautiful writing. A chilling and super scary futuristic world. Deadly powers. Evil rulers. A super sexy but totally redeemable bad boy. A super cute and totally honorable good boy. A cast of characters that is completely and totally adorable… well, except for the evil dudes. A totally addictive and unputdownable, action-filled story. A finish that I just know will be epic, epic, epic.

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City of Heavenly FireCITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

Why Top Ten?

The second ever YA series I discovered and fell in love with. Clary and Jace. A series ending that has been long awaited and greatly feared. Captivating. Amazing. My obsession. A creative and original and unique and brilliant series. An elaborate and intriguing world. Tension-filled. Nerve-wracking. A seriously awesome supporting cast. A forever favorite.

5.

The OneTHE ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

Why Top Ten?

A total guilty pleasure read. Warning: highly addictive. An almost-Cinderella love story. A super nice, super sexy and totally awesome Prince. A fun and vicious competition. Action. Deception. Scheming. Deadly threats. A society in turmoil. An uprising. A love triangle. Another love triangle. A decision I’m just dying to find out. Who is “the one”?

6.

THE FOREVER SONG (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

Why Top Ten?

An epic adventure. An even more epic setting. Vampires + dystopia = instalove. Kanin *sigh*. Zeke *sigh*. Jackal *sigh*. Each boy of the three boys is of the swoon-worthy variety. A daring and kick-a** heroine. Nail-biting suspense. Deadly threats. An insanely torturous killer cliffhanger ending that was scream-inducing. Riveting. Imaginative. Wildly entertaining. Totally brill.

7.

BurnedBURNED (Dani O’Malley #2) by Karen Marie Moning

Why Top Ten?

Mega. Ryo. Christian. A decimated world. Killer fae. Amazing, amazing, amazing writing… and world… and characters. Addictive. Consuming. Epic. Spellbinding. Seductive. Sexy. Electrifying. Action-packed. Unforgettable. Abso-freaking-lutely awesome. One of the best. Series. Ever.

8.

Sisters FateSISTERS’ FATE (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

Why Top Ten?

Bewitching. Nerve-wracking. Insanely appealing. Heartrending. Utterly enchanting. Gripping. Suspenseful. Secrets. Heartbreak. Jealousy. Hidden powers. Deadly consequences. Gorgeous writing. Lovable, detestable, maddening, swoon-worthy characters. A “no freaking way” gut-wrenching ending. A must, must, must read series.

9.

TAKE ME ON (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

Why Top Ten?

Romantic. Sexy. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. Deliciously torturous. Yummy. Addictive. Beautiful characters. Beautiful writing. Beautiful stories. A guilt-free guilty pleasure read. Every. Single. Time. Complicated pairings. Challenging relationships. Love stories to root for. Intense. Angst-filled. Ahhh-mazing. And now it’s West’s turn.

10.

Up From the GraveUP FROM THE GRAVE (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost

Why Top Ten?

Cat. Bones. Amazing chemistry. H.O.T. times infinity. Fiery. Electric. Steamy. Sizzling. Wicked battles. Edge-of-your-seat excitement. Seriously fierce heroine. Kicks some major a**. Action. More action. Even more a**-kicking action. All-consuming. Epic. Riv-et-ing. Completely and totally satisfying. Totally re-read worthy. A long, long, long, long, LONG-awaited, highly anticipated, ab-so-lutely must read – dying to read – final installment.

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A Few Other Books I’m Pining For

Continuing Series

SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR by Rachel Vincent

THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

SPLIT SECOND (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

SWEET RECKONING (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

CRESS (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

STEADFAST (Spellcaster #2) by Claudia Gray

UNTITLED (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas

THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross

GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau

EARTHQUAKE (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike

TEASE (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

FRAGILE SPIRITS (Souls #2) by Mary Lindsey

DARKBOUND (Moonset #2) by Scott Tracey

UNTITLED (All Our Yesterdays #2) by Cristin Terrill

WILD THINGS (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill

UNTITLED (Starling #3) by Lesley Livingston

DELIVERANCE (Defiance #3) by C.J. Redwine

OBLIVION (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh

MORTAL HEART (His Fair Assassin #3) by R. L. LaFevers

New Releases

THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost

UNINVITED (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

AFTER THE END (After the End #1) by Amy Plum

THE SHADOW PRINCE (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain

ON THE FENCE by Kasie West

THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski

AFTERPARTY by Ann Redisch Stampler

HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott

AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard

REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins

THE IRON TRIAL (Magisterium #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

MORTAL (A Court of Rose and Thorns #1) by Sarah J. Maas

DEATH SWORN (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess

ELUSION by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

FORGET ME by K.A. Harrington

WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin

ONLY EVERYTHING (True Love #1) by Kieran Scott

SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike

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The Giveaways

We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2013

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Today is the fourth of five days of Top 10 of 2013.

A week of Looking Back…

…and Looking Forward.

And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours each day for the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

It’s not too late to sign up for this event. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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Today’s topic is…

Best Book Boyfriends of 2013

Ack! Once again the rules require that I choose my book boyfriends based upon books that were not only released in 2013 but that I read in 2013. So unfair! That means I can’t choose Barron’s or V’lane from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. *sobs* And I can’t choose Austin from Talia Vance’s GOLD.

A few of last year’s book boyfriends made the cut this year. But there are also a few new adds to the list.

And, yes, some of those bookish boyfriends were from the same book. Who says there has to be just one bookish boyfriend per book?

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Book Boyfriends 2013

1.
Endless KnightDeath

Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

Killer quote:

“Your Touch-of-Death gift doesn’t seem very fair. Is it only in your hands, or is all of your skin deadly?”

Skewering me with his gaze, he enunciated the words: “Every last inch of me.”

Why I adore him:

He’s deadly. He’s sexy. He’s not only the perfect match for Evie, he’s perfect.

2.
Endless KnightJack

Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

Killer quote:

“After we bring down this game, I’m goan to rebuild Haven for you, ma belle. You see if I doan.”

Why I adore him:

He goes after what he wants. He’s driven. He’s moody. He’s got one heck of an accent. He’s sexy.

3.
Through the Zombie GlassCole

Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

Killer quote:

“People are always throwing the word love around, but before you, I never did. And I’d never needed to hear it, either. Then, the other night, you uttered those words to me, and it’s okay if you don’t remember, but I heard them, and it affected me, and now I want to hear the words for real because I love you so much it hurts. I need to hear the words. If you’re ready to give them.”

Why I adore him:

He’s fierce. He’s a kick-a** fighter. He’s moody. And he’s… yes, you guessed it… sexy as heck.

4.
With All My SoulTod

Good boy or bad boy: Good boy

Killer quote:

“…I’m here because of you. I’m as close to human as I can be–as I’ll ever be again–because you’re here with me. Every night. I count down the minutes until I can see you. I hate school because it takes you away from me. I wish I could sleep for more than a few minutes at a time, so I could dream about you.”

Why I adore him:

He’s Tod. He’s perfect. He’s sarcastic. He’s funny. He’s cute. He’s Kaylee’s happily ever after.

5.
EverboundCole

Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

Killer quote:

“Sorry, Nik. I’m really sorry. But there are certain … perks for the Everliving who holds your heart. And I hold yours. Now we’re even.”

“How?”

His face went soft. “You’ve always held mine.”

Why I adore him:

He’s an immortal. He’s a musician. He’s wickedly sexy. He’s devious. He’s driven.

6.
The Eternity CureJackal

Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

Killer quote:

“Oh, come on,” Jackal said, smiling encouragingly. “Just because I staked you and tossed you out a window? Surely we can get past that little misunderstanding.”

Why I adore him:

He’s wicked. He’s sarcastic. He’s kinda hot. He’s definitely dangerous.

7.
The Eternity CureKanin

Good boy or bad boy: Mostly Good boy

Killer quote:

“There are no good choices, Allison,” Kanin offered in a quiet voice. “There are only those you can live with, and those you can work to change.”

Why I adore him:

He’s a hero. He’s smart. He’s fierce. He’s immortal. He’s worth saving.

8.
A Touch MenacingLuke

Good boy or bad boy: Total Bad boy

Killer quote:

“All I ask is your loyalty. All I ask…” He curled his hand tight, pressing his fist against the wall. “Twice you’ve denied me Kristen. Still I am yours. Your secret, your pleasure, your darkest dream. Give yourself to me, and I will give you everything.”

Why I adore him:

He’s the baddest of bad boys. He’s completely and totally H.O.T. He’s dangerous. He’s a little scary. He’s incredible.

9.
ForeplayReece

Good boy or bad boy: Both

Killer quote:

“I wouldn’t have waited this long for you. I would have already showed up at your dorm the minute I decided I wanted you. I wouldn’t leave until I convinced you that you were mine.”

Why I adore him:

He’s totally hot. He’s confident. He goes after what he wants. He isn’t afraid to say what that is. He’s genuine.

10.
The ElitePrince Maxon

Good boy or bad boy: Good boy… I think…

Killer quote:

“…[T]here’s only you. Maybe I’m not really looking, maybe they aren’t right for me. It doesn’t matter. I just know I want you. And that terrifies me. I’ve been waiting for you to take back the words, to beg to leave.”

Why I adore him:

He’s an unexpected surprise. He’s nice. He’s sexy. He’s powerful. He’s a Prince in every sense of the word.

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A Few Other Bookish Boys I Love

I have so many book boyfriends from the books I read. Most of them are the bad boys, but a few of them happen to be good. And if I had just a little more time this week to create these top ten posts, I might have opted to do one list of Bad Boy Book Boyfriends and another of Good Boy Book Boyfriends.

But as I have way too many posts to create and so little time to get them done, for today I’m sticking with just the one list. However, I can’t pass up the chance to list just a few other bookish boys I adore.

Will of Jessa Holbrook’s WHILE YOU’RE AWAY

Colt of Karsten Knight’s AFTERGLOW

Ethan of Chloe Neill’s HOUSE RULES and BITING BAD

Warner of Tahereh Mafi’s DESTROY ME

Logan of C.J. Redwine’s DECEPTION

Fenn of Lesley Livingston’s DESCENDANT

Jules of Amy Plum’s UNTIL I DIE

Kai of Wendy Higgins’ SWEET PERIL

Dante of Victoria Scott’s THE COLLECTOR and THE LIBERATOR

Finn of Jessica Spotswood’s STAR CURSED

And, of course, there are so many more… but this is supposed to just be a Top Ten List and with these extra boys I’m now up to twenty.

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The Giveaways

We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Link Up


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