Waiting on Wednesday: Vengeance of the Demon (Kara Gillian #7)

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Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Vengeance of the DemonThis weeks can’t-wait-to-read is:

Vengeance of the Demon 

Kara Gillian #7 

by Diana Rowland

04 . 07 . 2015

From GoodReads: 

Demon summoner Kara Gillian is on the wrong side of the law, and there’s evidence to prove it. Too bad the courts don’t accept “fighting demonic forces” as justification for murder and mayhem.

Yet Kara has problems that go way beyond her legal woes. When the enemy demonic lords spur their human accomplices into high gear, master summoner Katashi aggressively pursues their goal to establish a permanent gate between Earth and the demon realm. To hell with the consequences for humanity.

The line between ally and enemy blurs as Kara gathers the remnants of her posse to prevent a devastating demonic incursion, but a shattered trust may cost them the war and put Kara behind bars. With treachery rife, and her loved ones in danger, Kara must call upon the essence of who she truly is in order to rally back from a crushing loss.

And if she can’t, the world is going straight to hell

 

Why I am waiting…

So, after a while, long Contemporary Fantast series seem to loose there steam.  Diana Rowland has spun a story that seems to get more exciting with each book.  The series is still going strong and I can’t wait for this next installment. World in peril…check.  Romance…check.  Scoobies (Buffy reference, sorry)…check.  The web of intrigue keeps getting more tangled; it is hard to know which characters to trust.  However, instead of the story getting more convoluted, it is simply getting more interesting!

Waiting on Wednesday: A Match fo Marcus Cynster (Cynsters Next Generation #3)

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t-wait-to-read is:AMatchfor Marcus Cynster

A Match for Marcus Cynster

Cynsters Next Generation #3

by Stephanie Laurens

05 . 26 . 2015

From GoodReads: 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens unveils a dramatic new tale of desire and devotion in her beloved Cynster series.

Marcus Cynster is waiting for Fate to come calling. He knows his destiny lies near his home in Scotland, but what will it be? Who is his fated bride? One fact seems certain: His future won’t lie with Niniver Carrick, a young lady who attracts him mightily and whom he feels compelled to protect—even from himself. Fate, he’s sure, will never be so kind as to decree that Niniver should be his.

Delicate and ethereal, Niniver has vowed to return her clan to prosperity. Having accepted that she can never marry and risk a controlling husband, she needs help fending off unwelcome suitors. Powerful and dangerous, Marcus is perfect for the task. Suppressing her wariness over tangling with a gentleman who so excites her passions, she appeals to him for aid.

Marcus quickly discovers his fated role is to stand by Niniver’s side and, ultimately, claim her hand. Yet in order to convince her to be his bride, they must plunge headlong into a journey full of challenges, unforeseen dangers, passion, and yearning, until Niniver grasps the essential truth—that she is indeed a match for Marcus Cynster.

Laurens’ sprawling series spans multiple generations and families with no end in sight, but with distinctive, engaging storylines and the ever fascinating and uniquely authentic Cynsters, why stop? – Kirkus Reviews

Why I am waiting….

I have no idea why I am such a sucker for these family romance series.  You would think that I would get tired of the same characters…but,  I love it.  Maybe because I am from a big family, and an unusually close one at that!  As romance novels go, these are some of my favorites, sweet, funny, witty and steamy.  Stephanie Laurens was one of the first romance authors that I read, and her Cynster novels are practically perfect.  Enjoy!

Waiting on Wednesday: Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega #4)

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

This week’s can’t-wait-to-read is:

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4)

Dead Heat 

Alpha and Omega #4 

by Patricia Briggs 

03 . 03 . 2015

 

From GoodReads and Amazon:

THE NEW CHARLES AND ANNA NOVEL
Praised as “the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal,”* the Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now, a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

 

Why I am waiting…

The answer is simple.  I love this author; she is simply one of the best paranormal fantasy authors out there.   All you have to do is read one of her books to be hooked forever.  Just, trust me on this one.  If anyone else out there agrees, they should back me up!

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Double Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen #18)

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Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Double Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #18)

 

This week’s can’t-wait-to-read is:

Double Fudge Brownie Murder

Hannah Swensen #18 

by Joanna Fluke 

02 . 24 . 15

From GoodReads: 

Life in tiny Lake Eden, Minnesota, is usually pleasantly uneventful. Lately, though, it seems everyone has more than their fair share of drama–especially the Swensen family. With so much on her plate, Hannah Swensen can hardly find the time to think about her bakery–let alone the town’s most recent murder.  .  .

Hannah is nervous about the upcoming trial for her involvement in a tragic accident. She’s eager to clear her name once and for all, but her troubles only double when she finds the judge bludgeoned to death with his own gavel–and Hannah is the number one suspect. Now on trial in the court of public opinion, she sets out in search of the culprit and discovers that the judge made more than a few enemies during his career. With time running out, Hannah will have to whip up her most clever recipe yet to find a killer more elusive than the perfect brownie.

 

Why I am waiting…

So, interestlingly enough back in 2013 I saw a post by someone who was Waiting On a Hannah Swensen novel.  It looks intriguing…bright colored covers, mysteries, and who DOESN’T love cookies?!  I picked up the first book, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, and was hooked. And not just on the books, the recipes are pretty great too.  This series has everything from an over bearing mother, co-conspirator sister, crazy cats, a love triangle, small town shenanigans, sweets and murder.

After book 16 and change (there were some “.5s” in there) the formula was getting a bit repetitive.  However, Fluke really shook things up in book 17 and I cannot wait to see how it plays out in this book.

Also — I always look forward to the new recipes.

Note:  If you do try some of the recipes, which I would definitely recommend, make sure to pay attention to how many cookies or desserts they make and maybe cut the recipe in half.  So many cookies!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Tempting of Thomas Carrick (Cynster)

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Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The Tempting of Thomas Carrick (Cynster, #22)

This week’s can’t-wait-to-read is:

The Tempting of Thomas Carrick

Cynster #…I’ve lost count…

by Stephanie Laurens

02 . 24 . 15

 

From GoodReads: 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to Scotland, where destiny and passion intertwine…

Thomas Carrick is determined to make his own life in the bustling port city of Glasgow, far from the demands of the Carrick clan, eventually with an appropriate wife on his arm. But disturbing events on his family’s estate force Thomas to return to the Scottish countryside—where he is forced to ask for help from the last woman he wants to face. Thomas has never forgotten Lucilla Cynster and the connection that seethes between them, but to marry Lucilla would mean embracing a life he’s adamant is not for him.

Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla knows Thomas is hers—her fated lover, husband, protector, mate. He is the only man for her, just as she is his one true love. How can he ignore a bond stronger than reason and choose a different path? She’s determined to fight for their future, and while she cannot command him, she has enticements of her own to wield when it comes to tempting Thomas Carrick.

 

Why I am waiting…

BECAUSE I NEED MORE CYNSTER.

Really that’s just it,  You would think that after so many (There are probably about as many Cynster novels as Stephanie Plum and Hannah Swensen novels ) I would have had my fill of the Cynster family.  However, Laurens has a gift for sweet and exciting romance novels that focus on romantic love and family love.  I really do enjoy how the whole family, especially the “original six” get involved in most of these stories.  Each new novel is an adventure that introduces new character while bringing back beloved older characters. We’ve met both Lucilla and Thomas in the previous novels and I am so excited to learn their story.

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Ruby Circle (A Bloodlines Novel)

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Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

 

This week’s can’t-wait-to-read is:

The Ruby Circle 

A Bloodlines Novel

by Richelle Mead

02 . 10 . 15 

 

From GoodReads: 

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here…
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

 

Why I am waiting…

I am not going to lie — I am both ecstatic that this will being coming out soon and terribly sad.  I have really enjoyed this Bloodlines series, much more than I had anticipated.  I read Mead’s Georgina Kincaid Novels first and they were phenomenal — though a bit more adult / graphic in their content than Vampire Academy Series which I also thoroughly enjoyed (I really wish that they had done a better job with the movie on that one though).

So, though I really want to know how the series is going to end — especially after the cliff hanger at the end of the last book, I simply don’t want the series to actually end.

Perhaps I will have to check out her Game Board of the Gods series after this.  I have heard some good things!

Waiting on Wednesday: Low Midnight (Kitty Norville #13)

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Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

This week’s can’t-wait-to-read is:Low Midnight (Kitty Norville, #13)

 

Low Midnight

Kitty Norville #13

by Carrie Vaughn

12 . 30 . 14

 

From GoodReads: 

Low Midnight spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty’s most popular supporting character, Cormac Bennett, a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes.

In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary… a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty’s world and all who inhabit it.

With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac’s past and lays the groundwork for Kitty’s future.

 

Why I am waiting…

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!  HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?!?

Okay– craziness done.  So — somehow, this completely escaped my notice.  I am really excited to see more from Cormac’s point of view — if you are familiar with the series, then you will know why.  He really was one of my favorite characters in the very beginning of the series.  I feel like there has not been enough of him, and clearly others have felt the same way.

The series has been getting more and more intense as the war with Roman comes closer.  I cannot wait to see what the new adventures bring to light.  I am so invested in the series,  I NEED to know more about what happens.

 

Also, this has taught me that not knowing a book is coming out can be kinda great.  It means less time to wait!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet #4)

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Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

This week’s can’t-wait-to-read is:

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #4)

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

Smythe-Smith #4

by Julia Quinn

01 . 27 . 15

From GoodReads: 

Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can’t be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family’s infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She’s the type of girl you don’t notice until the second—or third—look, but there’s something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she’s the one.

Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can’t quite believe it’s all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can’t help thinking that he’s hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.

Why I am waiting…

Having read many of Julia Quinn other novels, I know that she delivers a delightful romance that absolutely sparkles with witty dialogue.  Her books are fantastically amusing and clever.  I always look forward to them and this series has proven to be just as delightful as The Bridgertons, possibly even more so.  If you like historical romance at all — you must read these books.

Waiting on Wednesday: Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2)

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Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This weeks can’t-wait-to-read is:

Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars, #2)

Mr. Kiss and Tell 

Veronica Mars #2

by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham

01 . 26 . 15

From GoodReads:

In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations.

The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman’s story.

The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?

Why I am waiting: 

I am not gonna lie, I came to the Veronica Mars party a bit late. I finally decided to give it a try on Netflix one afternoon.  My sister had been telling me for years that I was going to love it — especially since I lover Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelRoswell, Dark Angel, NCIS…etc.  Anyways — I gave in and less than a week later I had binge watched all three season and the fan-funded movie.  The series is just fantastic.  Though I do hear that there is a possibility for another movie, the story of the Veronica’s adventures is currently being continued through novels.  A friend gave me the first book, The Ten Thousand-Dollar Tan Lineand I finished it in a DAY.  This next book looks like it is going to be just as good and I am so excited.

Waiting on Wednesday: Mortal Heart and By Winter’s Light

 

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week, I could not decide between two pre-publication “can’t-wait-to reads”–so I figured, “Why not both?”

 

Mortal HeartMortal Heart

His Fair Assassins

by Robin LeFevers

11 . 04 . 2014

From Goodreads:

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

Why I am waiting:

I stumbled upon the first book in this series, Grave Mercy several years ago, and I was just amazed by the concept.  So many books focused on the supernatural from the usualy perspective of vampire, witches and magic.  I thought the story behind this series was amazingly refreshing.  This takes place in historical France, and the fantastical part of this story comes from pre-Christian Gods and pagan practices and beliefs.  Also, I happen to be a huge Francophile, so anything that takes place in France is sure to catch my eye.

Its been a bit of a wait for this book, and we finally get to hear Annith’s story.  The second book of the series dragged a bit, but I am still excited for this next installment.  The intrigue in the French court has been building, as the precarious situation of the young ruler has become more and more tenuous.  I have a feeling that they saved the best for last!

 

And the BONUS “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

BY WINTER”S LIGHTBy Winter's Light

Cynster #21

by Stephanie Laurens

11 . 02 . 14

From GoodReads.com

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic, and love.

It’s December 1837, and the young adults of the Cynster clan have succeeded in having the family Christmas celebration held at snow-bound Casphairn Manor, Richard and Catriona Cynster’s home. Led by Sebastian, Marquess of Earith, and by Lucilla, future Lady of the Vale, and her twin brother, Marcus, the upcoming generation has their own plans for the holiday season.

Yet where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind—the festive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster’s sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster’s daughter. Daniel and Claire have met before and the embers of an unexpected passion smolder between them, but once bitten, twice shy, Claire believes a second marriage is not in her stars. Daniel, however, is determined to press his suit. He’s seen the love the Cynsters share, and Claire is the lady with whom he dreams of sharing his life. Assisted by a bevy of Cynsters—innate matchmakers every one—Daniel strives to persuade Claire that trusting him with her hand and her heart is her right path to happiness.

Meanwhile, out riding on Christmas Eve, the young adults of the Cynster clan respond to a plea for help. Summoned to a humble dwelling in ruggedly forested mountains, Lucilla is called on to help with the difficult birth of a child, while the others rise to the challenge of helping her. With a violent storm closing in and severely limited options, the next generation of Cynsters face their first collective test—can they save this mother and child? And themselves, too?

Back at the manor, Claire is increasingly drawn to Daniel and despite her misgivings, against the backdrop of the ongoing festivities their relationship deepens. Yet she remains torn—until catastrophe strikes, and by winter’s light, she learns that love—true love—is worth any risk, any price.

A tale brimming with all the magical delights of a Scottish festive season.

 

Why I am waiting:

It feels like it has been FOREVER since there has been a new Cynster novel… As you can see above, there are A LOT of them.  And while the original 6 were definitely my favorites in the series, the following books were fun as well.  I love that Laurens keeps bringing the original characters back.  These books are always, quick, fun, emotional, and sweet reads.  I am ridiculously excited for one about Christmas in Scotland. It will be the perfect start to the Winter season!