Ghost Hunter Series from Jayne Castle

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Bridal Jitters (novella)

After Dark

Cadence City – Emmett London, Lydia Smith

The characters from this book have enough unresolved issues that having them show up again in the second part, After Glow, makes perfect sense.

After Glow

Cadence Guild – Emmett London, Lydia Smith

One of my favorite things about this book was getting to discover Emmett’s secrets. I truly enjoyed the longer length of this two book tale.

Lydia Smith still doesn’t know what happened to her during her “lost weekend” while she was trapped in the catacombs beneath Cadence City. Emmett London has a secret past that he’s never bothered to fill Lydia in on. When Lyndia finds an old acquaintance dead of an apparent drug overdose, her dreams of her lost weekend lead her to believe she might be onto a murder.

Ghost Hunter

Aurora City Guild, Cadence City – Cooper Boone, Elly St. Clair

I tend to like the stories where the hero and heroine already know each other at the story’s beginning, at least as written by Jayne Castle (Krentz and Quick). She has a knack for bringing together the storyline without leaving me feeling that I’m missing something important. She does that here.

Elly St. Clair and Cooper Boone are already engaged when the story opens, but that doesn’t last long, as Elly is just about to give Cooper’s ring back to him. She believes he has asked her to marry him because of her family connections. He’s recently been made head of the Aurora City Guild, and Elly is ready to take herself and her broken heart off to Cadence City. She does, but he follows and what ensues is an exciting story of alien catacombs and ghost hunter goodness.

I really enjoyed this one. Cooper is a sexy hero, and Elly is an interesting heroine, quirky as usual for Jayne Castle books, but that’s one of the reasons I love ’em. If I wanted real-to-life I would read more biographies.

Silver Master

Cadence City, Frequency City Guild – Davis Oakes, Celinda Ingram

Silver Master is an excellent addition to the series. Davis Oakes isn’t a rising Guild Boss nor an ex-Guild Boss, which is an interesting change, but he is certainly a sexy investigator. The dust bunnies play an important role in this one, and Detective Alice Martinez from After Glow puts in an appearance. After having read all the books through Dark Light, I can see an interesting pattern of connections between characters and books that has developed. That’s the reason I like series. When an author takes advantage of the possiblities a series offers, she creates a universe for her readers that draws us back again each time a new book is released.

Celinda Ingram is a matchmaker with a powerful talent for reading people’s psi waves. Her abilities allow her to match people successfully. A past scandal very nearly put an end to her career and she’s not ready to end up in the middle of another. Davis Oakes is a security specialist who’s currently working an investigation for Cadence City Guild Boss Mercer Wyatt (introduced in the After Dark and After Glow books). He’s looking for an artifact that Celinda bought and the case has turned deadly.

I really liked Celinda, and she turned out to be a surprising character. This isn’t a book you’ll want to miss in the series.

Dark Light

Crystal City Guild – John Fontana, Sierra McIntyre

The underground rain forest discovered by Elly St. Clair in Ghost Hunter makes an appearance in Dark Light, as Sierra McIntyre and John Fontana work to discover the identities of those behind a conspiracy to distribute a highly addictive drug to burned-out hunters.

This book is a great addition to the series. Although not advertised as an addition to the Arcane Society books, this one does reference the Arcane Society at one point, which I thought was neat.

I picked up Dark Light on Friday evening and read it Saturday. Although the mention of the Arcane Society was interesting, it didn’t change the flavor of the book, which was nice. I like the Arcane Society books, but there’s a definite difference between them and Jayne Castle’s Ghost Hunters books.

I’m a bigger fan of Jayne Krentz’s older Amanda Quick books because the characters of those stories share more in common with the characters of her paranormal series. Strong male leads, intriguing and fascinating female leads, lots of plot, but a definite focus on the romance developing between the characters. Some of the newer Amanda Quick and Jayne Krentz books lack the really strong male leads. The stories are still good overall, but that’s a particular bit that I’ve missed lately. The romance has been downplayed in favor of the story’s plot. To some degree, this story isn’t as romance-centered as some of the other books in the Ghost Hunters series, but it’s fun to read.

Obsidian Prey

I really liked this book but I never got around to writing a review for it.

Midnight Crystal

Part of the Dreamlight Trilogy.

I’ve written a review of Midnight Crystal.

Canyons of Night

Part of the Looking Glass Trilogy.
See a recent post for more information about Canyons of Night.

Recommended Fantasy Series

Favorite Fantasy Series

These fantasy series tend to have one thing in common. They’re long! There are many books in the series and they’re so engrossing that I find myself anxiously awaiting each new addition, and for those that are complete, I only wish the journey wasn’t over. I reread these books and I enjoy the second and subsequent readings as much as the first.

Fantasy series often contain a quest or journey and many of these books have that theme at their core.

My personally recommended fantasy series

Series: Recommended Series | Romance Series | Fantasy Series

Recommended Romance Series

Favorite Romance Series

Romance series are usually strikingly different from other series types. Mystery series usually carry on with the same protagonist in each book, and fantasy series can be that way too. Most romance series, however, usually trace a family or a group of friends (for instance The Malorys and Immortals After Dark). The connections are often loose between each book, and sometimes, like in the Arcane Society books and the Curtain books, the characters rarely even know of one another from book to book.

Although some romance series do follow the relationship of a main couple from one book to the next, as in Amanda Quick’s Lavinia Lake and Tobias March series, these aren’t my favorites. I like to explore the relationship between new couples in every new book.

My personally recommended romance series

 

Recommended Series

Favorite Series

I enjoy series because they often have exponentially greater depth than a single stand-alone novel. I like revisiting beloved characters and universes and getting to read as the universe is expanded.

My reading preferences often have me reading romance and fantasy novels, so I recommend romance series here, and I also recommend fantasy series. When I have time or read more series, I’ll add more books to the series recommendations here.

Follow the links for my personally recommended romance and fantasy series.

Recommended Series: Romance Series | Fantasy Series

Elizabeth Boyle Books

Books by Elizabeth Boyle

On this page: Series and Connections | My Favorites

Elizabeth Boyle, author of English historical romance novels, is a more recent addition to my favorites. It’s always nice to find an author who writes great books and also has a backlist large enough to keep me happy for a while. That’s been the case with her.

I read One Night of Passion a few weeks ago and decided I had to read more, especially once I found out many of her books are connected by family and repeat characters. If you’ve spent any time on this site at all, you’ve already figured out that I love series.

So far, Elizabeth Boyle writes only historical, and frankly I hope that’s where she stays. Her writing is fresh and fun and I so enjoy her characters!

Books by series or connection and interconnected stories

My Favorites

Of course, there’s the first book by Elizabeth Boyle that I read, One Night of Passion. How can it not be a favorite since it introduced me to both the author and the Danvers family? I loved Georgie and Colin, and everyone else who played a part in the story.

Another favorite is Something About Emmaline, with a hero who has invented a fake wife for himself to keep marriage-minded females away. I love the way he’s introduced to his suddenly real fake-wife-Emmaline. Emmaline was a lovely character and Sedgwick was totally entertaining.

Available as ebooks:

Elizabeth Boyle Books

There are also quite a few of Elizabeth Boyle’s books available for the Kindle.

Elizabeth Boyle also has one of the best author websites I’ve seen. There you can find family trees, book connections and lots of behind the scenes details about her wonderful books. www.elizabethboyle.com

One Night of Passion bookcover

His Mistress by Morning bookcover

Love Letters from a Duke bookcover

Ly-San-Ter Series from Johanna Lindsey

The Ly-San-Ter Books

Warrior's Woman - a long time favorite
Warrior's Woman, a long time favorite and one of my most loved books. Click the image to buy

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Warrior’s Woman

Tedra and Challen
Book #1

I can’t even begin to describe how much I adore this book. I was a teen when I bought it at my local grocery store. The cover alone was enough to entice me. (See the image on this page. Isn’t it cute?)

The premise is simple. Tedra comes to a planet looking for barbarians who can fight other barbarians who have taken over her homeworld. She finds them. But they’re barbarians, of the sort that that don’t like the clothes she wears or her forward ways. Challen, barbarian extraordinaire, immediately orders her to remove her warrior’s clothes, even if that means she’s got to stand around naked. Tedra refuses. She challenges him to a fight, loses (partly her own doing because she doesn’t actually want to hurt him), and ends up as Challen’s bedroom slave for a month.

The book is too cute to describe accurately. There’s no great science here, and reality is on a planet far far away from Challen’s homeworld, but I have never cared. The characters are so compelling and the storyline so charming that I wouldn’t change a thing.

Keeper of the Heart

Book #2

Tedra’s and Challen’s daughter Shanelle is all grown up and she isn’t that keen to take on life as a warrior’s woman. Although she has plans to escape life with a warrior (if escape becomes necessary), Challen has other ideas for his daughter after it becomes clear that she’s gotten a little too friendly with a visiting warrior.

Although this story in no way compares to Warrior’s Woman for quality and excitement and just plain fun, Keeper of the Heart is a really good book. There’s some spacefaring excitement in this one, and also some fun scenes when Shanelle gets caught in the middle of a gender war.

Heart of a Warrior

Book #3

It’s hard to say how much of a disappointment this particular book was. I expected great things of Dalden’s story–I didn’t expect to find myself reading about Earth and a woman who is so resistant to the idea that life exists out in the universe that she imagines she’s trapped in some kind of habitat with a delusional hero. There was so much potential for this book, and I honestly feel that almost all of it was squandered. Too much description of past events, too little tension between Brittany and Dalden.

However, I am thinking about rereading the book, which I’ve never done, so maybe there was something there that I missed the first time. I’m ever hopeful.

Malory Family Novels from Johanna Lindsey

The Malory Family Series

The Malory Family novels are Johanna Lindsey’s most popular series of books. I hope this list helps you find the books you want. Click any title for more information or to buy the book.

Gentle Rogue - the best girl-pretends-to-be-cabin-boy ever
Buy Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey if you buy no other Johanna Lindsey book. Click the image to buy!

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Love Only Once

(Regina Ashton and Nicholas Eden)
Book #1

Tender Rebel

(Anthony Malory and Roslynn Chadwick)
Book #2

It seems to me that this book marked a turning point in the types of stories Johanna Lindsey began writing. The books before, I can take or leave, the books after, I have almost always enjoyed tremendously–many of which I still reread every so often.

Gentle Rogue

(James Malory and Georgina Anderson)
Book #3

Gentle Rogue introduced me to the Malory clan–I went back later and read Tender Rebel, which I liked, and Love Only Once, which I didn’t care for much. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that this book is the single most important book in the Malory Family series. Without Georgina and her brothers, three of the following books would be missing their heroes.

I haven’t read tons of pirate romances, but I’ve always enjoyed this one. There are a few others that come to mind, but when I think pirates, I think James Malory–who would remind me to call him a Gentleman Pirate.

Lord James Malory’s pirate days are behind him, but Georgina’s adventures are just beginning. She takes it on herself to travel to England to track down her “impressed” fiancé (taken off an American ship during the war with England). He’s already married; she’s heartbroken (sort of). She determines to get away from England as quickly as possible and that means working her way back home–as James Malory’s cabin boy George. And really, that’s where things get good.

Gentle Rogue overflows with humor. There’s a magical quality to this book that brings me back time and again to James’ and George’s romance. If you never read another Malory book, you shouldn’t miss this one.

The Magic Of You

(Amy Malory and Warren Anderson)
Book #4

Even though I loved The Magic of You and have read it several times, I can’t deny that I have issues with it. Amy is young–seventeen–and she’s bound and determined to have Warren Anderson as her husband. The thing is, she wants to change him back into the man she supposes he was before he became embittered by a love gone wrong.

It’s funny to watch Warren try to deal with Amy, because she wants him and she isn’t afraid to tell him. He, on the other hand, has to deal with the fact that she’s a beloved niece of the Malory men and nearly 18 years younger than him. No matter what happens, if he gives in to his desire, he’s going to look like the seducer of an innocent.

My problems weren’t with the age, or the theme. Amy’s character just seemed to be walking that fine line between impetuous, determined debutante out to get her man, and stalker. In the end, she gets away with it because I loved Warren enough to overlook a few faults with Amy.

Say You Love Me

(Derek Malory and Kelsey Langton)
Book #5

The Present

(Christopher Malory and Anastasia Stephanoff; Jason Malory and Molly)
Book #6

A Loving Scoundrel

(Jeremy Malory and Danny)
Book #7

A Loving Scoundrel brought to an end Jeremy’s scoundrel ways. He needs a thief to pull off a burglary and he gets Danny. When she loses her position with her band of orphans because the leader thinks she’s too pretty for a boy, she goes to Jeremy for a job as a maid. Jeremy agrees, with the absolute intentions of seducing her into his bed.

Danny’s accent/dialect was great and I enjoyed reading Jeremy’s story. The ending was a little rushed, and honestly, there’s a place near the end that didn’t make much sense–it should have taken pages, but it was glossed over in a few paragraphs. However, the rest of the book made up for it on the whole, and I will imagine I’ll be rereading this one sometime.

Captive of My Desires

(Drew Anderson and Gabrielle Brooks)
Book #8

Gabrielle has been sent to London to find herself a husband. When Drew accidentally-on-purpose ruins her chances of making a good match by sullying her reputation, she decides on a little revenge by proving what a pirate she is.

The best parts of this book definitely begin once Gabrielle has set out on her revenge. Unlike many of Lindsey’s past novels, this hero and heroine rarely have any ill befall them and the book loses a lot of steam just from lack of follow-through on what could have been great captor-captive stuff. There are many missed opportunities for Gabrielle to have a little extra revenge, but she seems a bit faint hearted when it comes to carrying it out. So, in the end, there’s not a lot for her and Drew to overcome other than his generic resistance to marriage.

I would have loved to have spent more time seeing the story from Drew’s perspective, although Gabby was a great character and interesting enough that I didn’t ever get bored with her, only occasionally disappointed in her inability to squeeze some remorse out of Drew for what he’d done so thoughtlessly to her reputation.

I got a kick out of several scenes in the book, proving this as one of Lindsey’s more successful humorous novels of late. One scene in particular, where Gabby ends up on her rear, shocked a laugh out of me and I loved that.

Captive of My Desires was a nice addition to the Malory series, but certainly not up to par with Gentle Rogue or Tender Rebel.

No Choice But Seduction

(Boyd Anderson and Katey Tyler)
Book #9

My Favorite Series

Favorite Series

I enjoy series because they often have exponentially greater depth than a single stand-alone novel. I like revisiting beloved characters and universes and getting to read as the universe is expanded.