First In a Romance Series by Tammie King
Tammie King here from Night Owl Reviews. I've started a new column called Romance: First In a Series. I know I love to start new series and get wrapped up in a brand new world. With this column I hope to introduce you to different romance series.
The last book I'll be sharing is Becoming Dragon by Eve Langlais. But you can find more first in as series by doing a search of our reviews!
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Eve Langlais is one of my all time favorite paranormal romance authors. I have the pleasure today of sharing the first in a new series by her, "Becoming Dragon - Dragon Point Book 1". Chris enjoyed this book and gave it four stars.
"Brandon is a true southern gentleman, putting women he loves ahead of his own needs. That’s kind of what gets him in the messes he does and allows his uncle to manipulate him. I appreciated Brand’s indulgence of Aimi’s crazy as he fell in love as well as the struggle with the new entity that replaced his gator." ~ Chris of Night Owl Reviews
Becoming Dragon - Dragon Point Book 1
Can he embrace the beast within?
I’m a monster. That’s what Brandon thinks when he flees the medical institute that changed him. Living a normal life isn’t in the cards for him because, while he can hide his scaly skin, his wings are hard to miss. So he runs and lives in the shadows where monsters belong. What he didn’t expect to find were others just like him, and they call themselves dragons. Or so Aimi with the violet eyes tells him when she pins him to the ground.
Seriously, though, dragons?
He doesn’t want to believe, but the evidence is mounting. Not helping his resolve is the fact that the woman with the silver hair doesn’t fear the monster and wants to claim him.
However, before he can think of his own happiness, he has to rescue his little sister. Uncle Theo kidnapped her, and Brandon will do anything to get her back, even if he must embrace the monster to become the dragon.
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Today we have a great contemporary romance written by Teri Wilson and reviewed by Lashea. "His Ballerina Bride" is about a CEO and the girl in the shadows.
"Teri Wilson guided me on a journey of sorrow, hope and winding roads in this inspirational tale of Ophelia Rose." ~ Lashea of Night Owl Reviews
His Ballerina Bride - Drake Diamonds, #1
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Debonair Artem Drake has had tongues wagging all over New York since he became surprise CEO of Drake Diamonds. This playboy hopes to bring new life to the storied old business before those rumored bad investments sink the family ship. He's even plucked an ambitious salesgirl out of the shadows to become the store's new star designer. But Ophelia Rose isn't the ingenue she seems. The swanlike beauty's hiding a past that glimmers as bright as a Drake diamond—she once graced the stage as a professional ballerina…until she was forced to take her final curtsy and hide from the limelight. Now can Artem bring her back to center stage? Or will their glittering future together wither under the secrets of the past?
Today I'm sharing Rebecca Zanetti again. Once you start one her series you will understand why you will be craving more books from her and moving right onto more series by her. My friends ELF and Jessie are HUGE fans of Rebecca's books. So today I'm sharing "Forgotten Sins" with you. Jessie said that the first book is good, but it's when you get into the other books that things get really good.
"Forgotten Sins is the first book in Rebecca Zanetti’s amazing Sin Brothers series. If you are a fan of Romantic Suspense dramas, the Sin Brothers will become instant favorite reads." ~ Jessie of Night Owl Reviews
Forgotten Sins - Sin Brothers, #1
His Secrets Can Destroy Her
From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked when the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.
Her Love Can Save Him
Shane can't remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside-or who he even is-but he knows something isn't right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he's ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew-one who carries such a deadly secret?
If you haven't been reading Jill Shalvis and you love contemporary romance, you should be. Our reviewer Terri has been loving Jill's stuff for years. Her most recently series is the Heartbreaker Bay series and it starts with "Sweet Little Lies".
"This book is about falling in love, the right time to tell someone an important secret and how to have fun. It takes family life and tragedy and makes it into something more." ~ Terri of Night Owl Reviews (Read the Full Review)
Sweet Little Lies - A Heartbreaker Bay Novel, #1
Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .
As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.
Fall for him—hard . . .
Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.
And then tell him the truth.
Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .
I've got a brand new series to share with you from Thea Harrison. If you love PNR ELF highly recommends Moonshadow.
"“Moonshadow” by Thea Harrison embodies the elements I find so fascinating about this genre, fantastical events with people who have extraordinary powers, engaged in a life that…almost…seems like it could be true, while finding that amazing person who completes them." ~ ELF of Night Owl Reviews (Read the Full Review)
Moonshadow - Moonshadow Book 1
From bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the first in an explosive new trilogy set in the Elder Races world….
Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….
Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.
He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….
Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.
When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.
Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.
As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.
Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…
This week I have a contemporary romance to get your blood boiling. BRAZEN, B-Squad, #1, by Avery Flynn has a five star, top pick review on Night Owl Reviews. Arlena Dean says "This book has a little bit of it all. It’s not only a heart pounding ride, but is a fast paced read with lots of fun banter, insults, and revenge plots." If you love contemporaries do give Avery a try. She's been known to put out good stories for many years. Plus if you like this first book you can move right onto book two, BANG.
Brazen - B-Squad, #1
Falling in love is the easy part, staying together...now that's the biggest challenge of all. Everything is finally working out for Bianca Sutherland and Taz Hazard. They're in love and running B-Squad Security and Investigations. They've planned the perfect operation to take down the dangerous drug kingpin who's kidnapped one of Bianca's best friends. Then Taz's wife--who was supposed to be his ex-wife--shows up on the eve of the big rescue mission and threatens to blow up his and Bianca's happily ever after.
The last thing Bianca wants after the revelation that Taz might still be married is to have to spend time with her former live-in boyfriend who never told her he'd ever been married in the first place. But it's too late to change plans. To save her friend, she has to swallow her hurt and go undercover with Taz as a newlywed couple at an exclusive resort. The only thing Taz wants is Bianca and he's willing to do whatever it takes to win her back. But when it's his life on the line, will it be too late for him to show her that his past is over and she's the only woman for his future...
Brazen is a stand alone novel and the first full novel in the B-Squad series. However, if you want to find out how Taz and Bianca met, check out Bulletproof, a novella set in Liliana Hart's MacKenzie Security world.
Tammie here wish a sexy cowboy romance for you. In this weeks First in a Romance Series recommendation we have "Those Texas Nights" by Dolores Fossen. This book was recently reviewed by Bemiown. She gave it 4.5 stars and a Top Pick. You can read her review by clicking here. If you like cowboys, don't miss out on this first in a series title.
The author gives you a fast paced read with characters you feel you've know forever. ~ Bemiown of Night Owl Reviews
Those Texas Nights - A Wrangler's Creek Novel, #1
The Granger siblings thought they'd left their ranching days behind, until fate sends them home to Wrangler's Creek, Texas—and into the passionate arms of those they'd least expect…
It's some run of bad luck when Sophie Granger loses her business and gets left at the altar all in one day. Desperate to not appear jilted, Sophie begs Clay McKinnon, Wrangler's Creek's smoking-hot police chief, to pretend they're having an affair. But Clay refuses, leaving Sophie to retreat to the family ranch to lick her wounds.
Hoping to leave his disreputable past behind, Clay moved to Wrangler's Creek for a fresh start. But that looks unlikely when Sophie's ex-fiancé shows up married to Clay's impulsive kid sister. Overcome, Sophie re-suggests the affair—but this time for real. Clay is hesitant. City-girl Sophie isn't usually his type. But he can't deny the desire she elicits—or his yearning to have her plant her cowboy roots for good.
Tammie back with a sixth First in a Romance Series book for you. This week I have a personal favorite to share. C.L. Wilson popped up on the fantasy romance scene several years ago with a debut that just blew readers away. If you haven't read the Tairen Soul series get the first book now. C.L. Wilson will take you on a fantasy adventure. For quite awhile after this series the author didn't publisher anything. But she's now got another series started...but only with a first book released. This Tairen Soul series has five books and they are all released.
Lord of the Fading Lands - Tairen Soul, #1 (3 Five Star Top Pick Reviews on Night Owl Reviews)
Once he had scorched the world. Once he had driven back overwhelming darkness. Once he had loved with such passion, his name was legend... TAIREN SOUL Now a thousand years later, a new threat calls him from the Fading Lands, back into the world that had cost him so dearly. Now an ancient, familiar evil is regaining its strength, and a new voice beckons him--more compelling, more seductive, more maddening than any before. As the power of his most bitter enemy grows and ancient alliances crumble, the wildness in his blood will not be denied. The tairen must claim his truemate and embrace the destiny woven for him in the mists of time.
Re-Issued by HarperCollins Avon 2010 / Prior Issued via Dorchester 2007
This week I've got an awesome First in a Romance Series novel for you. ELF has recommend this for lovers of contemporary romance. This is what she has to say about this first in a series.
"“Inseverable” by Cecy Robson evokes both the joy and sadness of a group of friends experiencing one last summer working together before they all go their separate ways. The author does such a great job of portraying that close-knit connection between a group of people who have grown up together and tolerate each other’s foibles and weaknesses even as they provide support for one another." ~ ELF of Night Owl Reviews
You can read her full review by clicking here.
Inseverable - A Carolina Beach Novel, #1
How can you imagine forever with someone who's leaving everything behind?
Callahan, a former army sniper, wants to make an escape from his past and everything he experienced at war, but most of all, just not feel. Feeling leads to pain and he’s suffered enough. When he inherits a house on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, he packs his bags, lured by the peace and seclusion he thinks it will bring. But, Callahan never counted on meeting anyone like Trinity . . .
Trinity has always been the cute, and funny one, who most guys overlook in pursuit of her "hot" friends. She became used to being everyone’s pal, until the day the young man she was attracted to, was drawn to her in return. He became her first great love, and first crushing heartbreak when she found him in bed with one of her closest friends.
To move forward, and to carry out her commitment to helping those in need, Trinity enlists in the Peace Corps, but not before returning to Kiawah for one last memorable summer. She just never imagined it would be so unforgettable.
Callahan doesn’t want to get close to anyone—let alone Trinity. He finds her perkiness insufferable and her attempts to entice a smile distracting. After all, he’s in Kiawah to leave all feelings behind. But when it comes to Trinity, who feels everything, it's hard not to feel something.
Neither expected to fall in love. And no one could have predicted how inseverable they’d become.
Tammie here and I have another great First in a Romance Series title for you all. Many years ago I got hooked on Rebecca Zanetti. I just loved her paranormals and then her sci-fi series. So today I want to share an oldie, but goodie. You will love all the stories in the Dark Protector series!
Fated - Dark Protectors, #1
Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she's used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But "whatever it takes" has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem. . .
Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he's there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he's a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he's had that long to practice. .
Tammie here sharing another great first in a Romance series pick. Today I want to share a cute rescue dog romance. If you love doggies then I encourage you to pick up this book. Wild Rayne has given the below book four stars and the second book is currently out for review.
Must Love Wieners - A Rescue Dog Romance, #1
LOVE UNLEASHED. . .
First in a wickedly funny new series brimming with mystery and romance!
Piper Summers works like a dog juggling three jobs to put herself through veterinary school driving taxis, delivering pizzas, and singing telegrams. Thankfully, Piper has her devoted dachshund Colin to help her keep things in line. That is, until she gets fired...and someone throws her a bone that is too good to resist.
Aiden Caldwell is an Armani ad come to life a billionaire CEO who’s just adopted a dachshund from the rescue center where Piper volunteers. He’s hot on Piper’s tail to be his personal dog walker...but he may be after more than a walker for his wiener. The gorgeous, spirited Piper is everything he’s ever wanted from a woman and more. But can Piper ever love, and trust, a man who has never learned to open his heart or has she bitten off more than she can chew?
Must Love Wieners is the first book in Casey Griffin's Rescue Dog Romance series!
Tammie here again for the second week of First in a Romance Series. Today I have a wonderful Contemporary Christmas novel to share. Author Hope Ramsay's new Chapel of Love series kicks off with "A Christmas Bride"! This book released in September 2016. Now that it's December 2016 I feel this is the perfect title to really kick off the holiday spirit. Plus this book has a 5 Star / Top Pick review from Angibabi4. Angi has done over 200 reviews for NOR and we sure appreciate her feedback on books. You can find her full review for this novel by clicking here.
A Christmas Bride - Chapel of Love, #1
A season of hope . . .
'Tis the season in Shenandoah Falls and the first time Willow Peterson has been home in years. But she's determined to fulfill the wishes of her recently deceased best friend and restore Eagle Hill Manor to its former glory-all in time to host the perfect holiday wedding. She just has to get the owner of the historic inn to hire her. Unfortunately, that means dealing with Scrooge himself...
After the death of his wife, David Lyndon has a bah-humbug approach to Christmas. But as December counts down and the wedding planning is in full swing, it's harder and harder to stay immune to the charms of Willow, especially when he sees how much joy she brings his eight-year-old daughter. After a simple kiss under the mistletoe turns into something more, David is hoping he can turn the magic of the holiday season into the love of a lifetime.
Today I have a lovely historical romance to share with you. If you are a fan of Mary Balogh you already know you have a keeper here. "Someone To Love" starts off Mary's new Westcott series.
This book was just reviewed by Terri. Terri is a long-time reviewer on Night Owl Reviews. This is what she has to say about this book.
"This is an excellent historical romance complete with drama and romance. Things aren’t always as they seem and the story will keep you glued to the page." ~ Terri of Night Owl Reviews
Someone To Love - A Westcott Novel, #1
The New York Times bestselling author of Only a Kiss launches a new series with the death of an earl and the revelation of a scandalous secret...
Humphrey Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune that will forever alter the lives of everyone in his family—including the daughter no one knew he had...
Anna Snow grew up in an orphanage in Bath knowing nothing of the family she came from. Now she discovers that the late Earl of Riverdale was her father and that she has inherited his fortune. She is also overjoyed to learn she has siblings. However, they want nothing to do with her or her attempts to share her new wealth. But the new earl’s guardian is interested in Anna…
Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, keeps others at a distance. Yet something prompts him to aid Anna in her transition from orphan to lady. As London society and her newfound relatives threaten to overwhelm Anna, Avery steps in to rescue her and finds himself vulnerable to feelings and desires he has hidden so well and for so long.