Six For Sunday — Recent additions to your TBR

Oh my word, the TBR. That ever growing list that would take four lifetimes to ever get through. I have tried cutting right back on arc reading commitments this year in an attempt to reduce the huge backlog of books that are not only on my TBR list but are also sitting on my ereader. Books that I have paid good money for, books by authors I love, books that *may* just have been sitting on my kindle for 2, 3 or more years. Yes I am hanging my head in shame.

I have made a very, very small dent in that pile, along with clearing a huge swathe of freebie books that I’m probably never going to pick up and read. Lets face it if I downloaded it back in July of 2017 and I still haven’t read the first few lines, I’m highly unlikely to ever do so.

Sometimes I feel like I can barely keep up with the new books released by the authors I read regularly, and for most of them I’m still attempting to catch up on their back list. Then I have friends who keep recommending new books and new authors to me. Are they trying to break me? It makes me wonder just how much of a friend they are when they are gleefully adding to my TBR mountain. Though I have found some amazing reads via these recommendations so I really shouldn’t complain.

Today’s “lets join in some fun” meme is #SixForSunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot. Each week a topic is posted, this weeks is to highlight 6 recent additions to my TBR list. Maybe it will inspire me to clear the list a little, either by reading them or encouraging me to remove them completely!

Recent Addition To Your TBR List

1. Omega Awakening (The Controllers #0.5) by L.V. Lane

This cover was enough to sell me on the book, along with the fact that it’s a fairy tale retelling. It was easy to decide on adding this since I already own a few of this series, those are currently languishing on my owned-and-must-read TBR list. A list that keeps getting bigger and bigger but which I have finally started to chisel away at. I feel quite proud that I’ve read a good 6 or 7 books from it so far this year, though at that rate it will be a century or two before it’s totally cleared. Hmm, must try harder.

If you’re unfamiliar with the genre, Omegaverse is a society based on the three dynamics that exist. Alpha’s are the dominants of the society, strong, fierce, aggressive. Beta’s are the workers, sometimes referred to as drones, the ones most similar to humans. Omega’s are physically weak but are the only ones able to breed with Alphas and accept the male’s knot. Most books in the genre were with MM pregnancy stories (not my cup of tea) or dark, dubious to non-consent M/f dystopian style stories, to which I say “Yes, please”. However the genre now spans all shades from light and airy through to dark and depraved, from settings that feel contemporary through to sci-fi settings, which is where The Controllers series comes in.

Omega Awakening, a dark Cinderella Omegaverse romance…
All things must end.
I learned that lesson the day my mother died.
My step-mother was wicked.
My step-sister, spiteful.
It was a relief when I revealed as an Omega because it was a chance to escape.
But it wasn’t the end of my troubles.
What happens to Omegas is a secret.
And my troubles had just begun.
“I can save you from one monster, Verity,” Lilly had said when she accepted me into the program. “But I cannot save you from them all.”
True to her word, she saved me from my step-mother.
Then Woodrow entered my life.

And I realized he was the other monster Lilly had warned me about.

2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

My eye was caught by a review of this, by a friend, on Goodreads. It’s not a book that would have normally caught my eye but Meggie’s summation of the book, really captured my attention and had me one-clicking before I knew it. At 99p it didn’t seem to big a risk either.

From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six—an entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), in which a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump start her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

3. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

Recommended by the same friend as the previous book, this appealed due to her enthusiasm for how the book focused on female friendship. It clearly passes the Bechdel test and, judging by the number of reviews on Goodreads, is a very well known/popular author, though I’ve not heard of them before.

Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . 

4. Chasing Her Lion (Big Bad Bunnies, #6) by Golden Angel

Who can resist a book with the subtitle of Big Bad Bunnies? Golden Angel is a nerdy, Harry Potter loving, cos-play fan so you can imagine how quirky and irreverent her humour is. I’ve read many of this authors more contemporary work, and some darker work, written under the pen name of Sinistre Ange.

Sometimes all a lion shifter wants is a snuggly bunny to cuddle. And Kasim has been stalking his very kissable prey with the patience of a true hunter. But as the perfect moment to pounce arrives, life throws some obstacles in Kasim’s path and his hopes for something more with a certain some-bunny are dashed quite possibly forever.

The last of her siblings to find a partner, bunny shifter Bailey Bunson has been waiting for her fated mate. But when her dream of predestined love is ripped from her grasp, Bailey fears she’ll never know her own happily-ever-after. That is, until she realizes the unassuming lion shifter who’s been by her side might not be her fated mate, but is everything she’s ever wanted. Will it be too late for Bailey and Kasim?

5. Darkness: The Complete Series (Darkness #1-4) by Nora Ash

Another recommendation by a Goodreads friend, this ticks so many of my boxes that it just HAD to go on my TBR list. Nora Ash is one of the more widely known names from the world of indie publishing. A world where the books are every bit as good, if not even better, than more traditionally published stories.

Two mortal enemies rule this city – and I belong to them both

I once fawned at the supernatural beings in our city. I marveled at their powers and praised them for saving us from murderers, rapists and arsonists.
Then I met him. The city’s most prominent superhuman. Its favored hero.
He saved my life. And then… then he marked me as his pet and taught me that in St. Anthony, there are no such things as heroes.
But with his claim, he caught the attention of everything that is dark and twisted in this city. Their eyes are on me now, and one of them will stop at nothing to take what belongs to his enemy.
Especially me.

No human woman can survive two powerful beings using her body as their battleground, but my city is doomed, corruption eating away at its very core. If I want to save it, I’ll have to submit to both the men determined to own me.
Breed me.

6. Clockwork Stalker (The Dirty Heroes Collection, #7) by Cari Silverwood

The final book recently added to my TBR is different from the rest in two ways. First of all it hasn’t actually been released yet, and secondly I’ve been involved in beta reading the book. This is a gaslight paranormal tale, with some darker elements scattered throughout. There is just something so delicious about a good man who occasionally looses control of the dark and deviant side brought out by exposure to malignant energy. That his victim in this, the wonderfully kinky Willa Moriarty, quietly enjoys his debauched demands only adds to the fun.

What if the storybook hero becomes the villain?

She is my arch enemy’s niece.
I am an arrogant, controlling bastard, an excellent detective, and women are turning up dead and bound, with strange marks on their bodies.
This is the least appropriate time for me to fall in lust with the enemy.
Obsession is the sign of a man who is losing control.

Be punctual for this appointment, Miss Moriarty.

I have things I need to do. Filthy, perverted things.

Note: This is a standalone Dark Romance.