Favourite Reads of 2019 – Part Two

So yesterday I revealed the more ‘real life’ favourite books of 2019, even if that real life was firmly fictional. Today I’m showcasing my favourite books from those worlds that definitely could only exist inside a writers ingenious mind. The sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and omegaverse worlds where the ‘normal’ rules don’t apply and pretty much anything goes. They all still fall into the romance genre, because I love me some smut, but I still see them as different and distinct categories.

Sci-Fi Romance


1. Delirium by Myra Danvers.
Iris is hands down my favourite heroine of all times. I may want to marry her, I definitely want to have her children. Sadly Myra Danvers has also struggled with writing, and life, of late, so we are still awaiting the next book in the series. However I remember the days of only knowing my favourite author had released the next book in a series when I found it in the local book shop. I’m happy to wait, and should there never be any more Iris I would still recommend this book because it is simply that good.

Read my review.


2. Deliverance and Her Dark Legion by Pippa DaCosta.
OK, so I’m cheating a lot little here, but I love both of these books for hugely different reasons and can’t even fit a cigarette paper between to separate the pair of them. Deliverance is a much awaited instalment of the 1000 Revolutions series. I totally love Caleb and One and was sooooo happy to catch up with them a little more. I wouldn’t like to say if you could read this stand alone, since I have read the rest of the books, but it was a complete segment of a story, so it’s a possibility.
Her Dark Legion was the final book in the Messenger Chronicles and you definitely need to have read the previous 4 books. This is high on my list of All Time Favourite Series’ Ever, possibly only pipped by the series written under the authors other pen name, Ariana Nash.
Her writing is phenomenal and both books are brim full of feels, have amazing characters and outstanding world building.

My reviews are here and here.


3. Virgin Tribute by Delta James.

Set in a dystopian future this is a dark tale that contains dubious consent and non-consensual power exchanges. It left me speechless and hungering for more, much more, of this world. Especially since Drake had a barbed phallus…. oh the possibilities!
This is another book that could have easily fitted into the Dark catagory, but since I was already having trouble slimming that one down the decision to place it here was an easy one to make.

My review.



Paranormal Romance


1. Happily Ever Crowned by Lexi C Foss and Anna Edwards.

“Wow. Dark, powerful, gut-wrenching, twisted, steamy and amazing. “
Lexi C Foss has the golden touch as far as I am concerned. I can’t believe I only discovered her work this year but am massively grateful that I did. Her writing holds my attention from the first line to the last, and fills me so full of feels like you wouldn’t believe.
It is subtitled as book 1 of a series and I for one can’t wait to join in with more adventures.

Review.


2. Mesmer (and the Dark Hearts Series) by Cari Silverwood.

Whilst Mesmer is a stand alone read, to fully understand and appreciate the story I would recommend having read the super dark, super amazing Dark Hearts series first. It contains a lot of world building that enhances the story in this book.
Mesmers are a group of men who can mind control susceptible women, turning them into sex (or I guess any other kind of) slave. Sadly the mesmer gene, or the power it conveys, causes most of these men to travel down the wrong path. It’s a pretty dark read (co-written by Jennifer Bene what else can you expect?), with lots of boundary pushing kink to boot.
Cari has a unique writing voice, it actually takes on its own character, Greta, in this book and is what makes her my favourite current author.

Review of Mesmer.


3. Sin & Magic by KF Breene.

Actually I should be listing this under it’s series title of Demigod of San Francisco, since the books need to be read in chronological order. Written by the the amazingly talented KF Breene, this is only one of dozens of her must read books. The word awesome was invented to describe this lady and I recommend ALL her work to you.

My review for particular book is here.


Fantasy Romance


1. Silk & Steel Series by Ariana Nash.

Ariana Nash is the brand new MM, steamier version of the author Pippa DaCosta. In the Silk & Steel series she has created a world of dragon shifters, elves and humans. It’s a dark read, very dark and all trigger warnings should be seriously heeded. The romance between natural enemies Lysander (a dragon shifter prince) and Eroan (an elf charged with destroying dragons) develops slowly over the course of the trilogy. And with all great stories the course of true love never does run smooth.
Some reviews talk about plot holes and inconsistent details, however if those reviewers had read books 1-3, they would have found that those questions were answered at some point.

My reviews
Sealed with a Kiss (Book 0.5)
Silk & Steel (Book 1)
Iron & Fire (Book 2)
Blood & Ice (Book 3)
Lost & Found (Book 3.5)
The Black Prince (Book 4)


2. Last Titan Series by Myra Danvers.

An absolutely amazing new author sprang onto the scene this year, though she’s been on literotica for quite a while. I’ve already featured her sci-fi romance, Delirium, but such is my admiration for this author, and her work, that I’m also featuring her fantasy romance series.
Ravenous Innocence, Insatiable Corruption and Lavish Destruction are the first three books of the series. I’m still not Asher’s biggest fan, but I’m slowly being persuaded by Ms Danvers that he deserves his chance with Mila, even if he has taken her power and bound her to him. The balance of power however was slowly shifting to her direction and I am eagerly awaiting more books in the series. Particularly since the writing is so amazing.

Ravenous Innocence, Insatiable Corruption and Lavish Destruction.


3. Condemned by Cari Silverwood.

I do believe that I’ve already mentioned this author is my favourite. Her writing just speaks to me on a level that many others don’t. She’s like a super kinky version of Terry Pratchett, always pushing boundaries but usually making me giggle along the way.
Condemned was one of two books written she published via Stormy Nights, which meant a toning down of the darker elements she usually includes. It’s a RH kink-fest and one of the few stand alone books where the males have distinct characteristics and there is also a well developed plot. Not only did she includes the prerequisite cute and quirky bot in this story (a mouse), but her heroine is half Mauleon, a genetically-engineered leonine type species. And that right there is a huge pointer to Ms Silverwoods off-beat humour right there – the cat relying on and caring for the mouse. Oh and did I mention there are winged horses that “hop-fly”?

Review for Condemned




The final category is Omegaverse, which as been hugely popular within the MM realm, but has seen a huge growth in both the MF and dark romance tropes.

Omegaverse Romance


1. Broken by Eva Dresden.

I think this is one of the best debut novels I have ever read. It’s very dark and is part of the as yet unfinished Omega’s Destruction series. Ms Dresden really does put her heroine, Quinn, through the wringer. I’m surprised she can still function after all that she has endured!
Eva’s writing has a somewhat poetic feel to it, things are often suggested or implied rather than always being blatantly and very obviously told/shown. It provides a breath of fresh air and makes this very much a must-read series. The book does end on a cliff-hanger and whilst book 2 is available (and a highly recommended read too), the final book of the series is currently still in production.

Review.


2. December (Sacred Omegas #1) by Merel Pierce.

Blending Omegaverse with a slightly dystopian feeling organised crime/mafia romance gave this book a VERY unique feel. It took me by surprise with how dark it got, things were trotting along quite nicely and then BAM! it veered straight into darksville. This book is certainly not all sweetness and light, although the acts are not perpetrated by the hero. He is a more than a bit of an alpha-hole at first, but he does treat her with respect and I found myself caring deeply for both December and Nikolai.

Review.


3. Primal Possession by Tabitha Black.

This is the very last book I’m highlighting from 2019 but it is by no means in last place in any other respect. I started of hating the hero of this book, but by the end was totally besotted by him. The author wrote a very convincing story that definitely had it’s own feel and carved it’s own spot within the omegaverse world.
It’s the first book in an interconnected series of stand alones and I’m looking forward to Ms Black releasing more of them.

Review.

LAVISH DESTRUCTION by Myra Danvers

5 STARS – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Bravo Myra Danvers, Lavish Destruction was everything and then some more.

The first two books of The Last Tritan series have had me excitedly on the edge of my seat, whilst also howling in frustration, snarling at shadows and bitter at all the injustices that were served up.  Lavish Destruction elicited all those familiar emotions but also, eventually, it gave me a tiny sliver of hope to temper the agony. 

The author writes with a voice that holds you spellbound. Every single scene and conversation holds a purpose, nothing is as throw away as it may first appear. The sheer brilliance of how she weaves together so many different strands and story elements is astounding. What starts as seemingly random splashes of colour and texture, gradually form into a breathtaking tapestry that warps your mind with it’s beauty and sheer stunning brilliance.

Mila is mired in a twisted web of deceit, half truths and intricate plots. An unwilling pawn in the power struggles of others, she still allows her passions to rule her and still stumbles from one catastrophe to another. In some heroines I might find this an annoying trait, but there is just something so strong and determined, yet fragile and vulnerable, about her that I can’t help but adore Mila.
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Asher continues to be somewhat of an arrogant ass, though he clearly cares for Mila, is it as a person or as a possession? Is he more interested in her power than in her? I’m not sure if he doesn’t know that for himself, he is wilfully blind to the truth or he just has his head shoved up his, well I’m sure you can guess where I mean. We do find that Asher’s position within the Elite is not as assured as first impressions gave. Add in the fact that evil forces are afoot, forces that have their own plans for Mila and Asher and you will understand the title of this book.

This is not a stand alone book, you need to have read both Ravenous Innocence and Insatiable Corruption prior to diving into the glorious depths of this tome. However all three books are absolutely amazing and will have you caught in a world of pain, mystery, despair, hope and magic. This is an amazing series and a definite must read.

GOODREADS / AMAZON US / AMAZON UK

BLURB

“It’s the fight, isn’t it? The struggle. The idea that I’ll pin you down and take what I want…” He smiled, slow and dangerous. Watching me struggle to deny him. Watching me fail

Enslaved to a man I hate, I’m bound.

All that I was is gone. Taken. Stripped away, only to feed the beast who dares to call himself my equal, while having the gall to leave me helpless to his whims. Who offers protection in place of my Goddess-given power.

Protection I didn’t need before him.

Captain Asher Rawlings is a man apart. Relentless. Driven to take and possess.

And he’s winning.

Insatiable Corruption – Myra Danvers

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2

This is an excellent follow up to Ravenous Innocence, Book #1 of The Last Titan series.


I sat and read this in one go, in a non-stop, ignoring-the-world, can’t-put-it-down-until-I’ve-got-to-the-end kind of way. Yet despite all that my brain can’t formulate words adequate enough to do this book justice. I’m struggling to write a review that expresses just how much I loved this book, enjoyed it and wouldn’t change a single thing about it. Not even when those ‘things’ didn’t go the way I wanted them to!

Mila is so strong, though in her naivety? foolishness? isolation? madness? she seems to never learn from her mistakes and over estimates her own cunning. Yet I still loved her and so want to see her succeed. I was equal parts frustrated by how far she fell, yet awed by her strength and determination never to give up, give in or surrender.

At times reading this felt like swimming against the tide, BUT NOT IN A BAD WAY! Just in a ‘everything’s going down the pan’ kind of way. It was never slow or boring, never repetitive or tedious, not once, not at all. In fact there was an awful lot happening, lots of twists and turns, lots of intrigue and not knowing who to trust, virtually non-stop action in fact. And amidst all of that is Mira, fighting a seemingly unwinnable battle, and struggling in vain against her nemesis, Captain Asher Rawlings.

At times I really disliked that man, I mean really, really , disliked him. Disliked him to the point of wanting him hurt in a myriad of untold and painful ways. Yet, as with the best of antiheroes, there was the occasional tiny little glimmer of something else, something better, maybe even something close to caring

Oh and the world building – I haven’t even touched on the amazing world building within these pages. Boy oh boy, am I hooked on this series. I have absolutely no idea how it will proceed from that doozy of an ending. I do know I will be reading the next book in the series and it can’t come out soon enough for me.

Blurb

“It hurts, doesn’t it?” he whispered, letting me strain to the limit of my bonds, maintaining the distance between us with a smirk. “Being so close to what you need, yet unable to take it. Five years I went without, Mila. But don’t worry,” he whispered, flicking a lock of sopping wet hair over my shoulder. “I won’t make you wait that long. No, you can have everything you want, right now…”

It’s been five years since I watched the Goddess burn, since I rejected my sacred-bloody-calling and turned instead to the limitless potential contained in the forest. It alone sustains me, feeding those dark, forbidden urges with ancient power.

Not even he can touch me here, where my influence is absolute.

Stalemate or no, Captain Asher Rawlings is a resourceful man, and though it’s been years since he’s so much as set eyes on my face, he hasn’t given up the hunt.

He’ll never stop.

Not until my knees are sullied and my skin is marked.

But he has the one thing capable of luring me from my fortress of ancient power…
… the one thing I can’t resist…

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QCDVHDW/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QCDVHDW/

Delirium by Myra Danvers

5 stars



Shhh! 

That’s the sound of silence, caused by me being in total awe and wonder.


If I knew how to add a gif, I would be adding a ‘mind blown’ one. This is sci-fi ‘romance’ as it should be. No dominant strangely coloured humanoid aliens come to ‘claim their one true mate’. No this is life on the frontier of space, with a deranged heroine, an evil hero, a possible third and also fourth to the story, along with magnificent world building like you wouldn’t believe.

It ends on a soft cliffie, but so what? I used to read Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, David Eddings, Julian May, Marion Zimmer Bradley and they all had cliffies too. We didn’t moan about that AND we had to wait sometimes a year or more for the next book. And yes, I am putting Myra Danvers up there with all those greats of the sci-fi/fantasy world because, goddamn, this woman can write.

I couldn’t read this book quickly enough, I absolutely loved Iris. Forget book boyfriends, she’s the kind of girl I could switch sides for. Bloody hell she is one crazy, f’d-up bitch of the highest order. I want to be her when I grow up. Big Evil, well I don’t think we’ve fully explored all the depths of him yet, so I’m reserving judgement, though I’m liking what I’ve seen so far.

It most also be noted that his has a female supporting character, who isn’t a bitch or a piece of totty and whose sole purpose is not to irritate/upset/annoy the heroine of the piece. I am so looking forward to seeing more of Oriana, not to mention the devilishly sexy Daxx and the intriguing Ben.

Whilst this book might be about Atom (Iris) and Evil (Big Evil), it is about so much more too. It doesn’t rely on cardboard cutout, just-change-the-name characters, identikit plots and a story that could just as easily be set on Earth. I can’t believe this is only the second book this author has released, because *insert whatever swear word you wish* it dragged me down the rabbit hole of insanity, chaos and delicious deceit into a world I didn’t want to leave.

My favourite read of the year.








“We’ll never be done, you and I.” He pushed off her desk. Closed the distance between them with prowling steps, clenched fists, and oh, so much determination. “Too much unfinished business to ever call it over.” He stopped a few steps away from uncomfortably close. Braced his palm on the wall behind her head, forearm brushing the side of her throat. “’Sides”—he licked his lips, glanced down her shirt—“we never got our hate f**k, baby girl.”



Iris knows he’ll come.

He’ll come lookin’ for what she stole, what she refused to give up when everything went to hell.

Won’t find it, of course.

There’s nothing left but a pipe full o’the good stuff and the dregs of the past that refuse to die.

***

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Another amazing book from debut author Myra Danvers. I didn’t know it was possible to write such psychotic and depraved characters, and still make them likable, but she was up for the task.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Myra Danvers delivers once again! The ability of this writer to suck you into a believable alternate universe is un-canny. This time we are sent into space and the not so distant future. You are dropped unceremoniously into Iris’s lap. She is a foul-mouthed space engineer with considerable mechanical talent. I was caught in Iris’s spell from the start. She is a heroine of surprising strength for one so obviously damaged. The plot is deep, twisty and dark, dark, dark…. her nemesis is just as devious as her! As you watch Big Evil (and others) try to manipulate Iris, you can’t help wondering what she will do about it. So, so, so looking forward to book 2!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Holy freakin’ AMAZEBALLS, Catwoman! I LERRRRVED this book so much! The story caught me from the start and I lost a lot of sleep reading way past my bedtime because I just needed to know what came next! Iris is a BOSS. Crazy as a loon, but BOSS nonetheless. Her story is captivating. I want more! More background, more current, more future – just MORE! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!”