Erica Martirano is the associate director of marketing for Berkley, Celebra, DAW Books, and InterMix. In her spare time she harasses the editors for early manuscripts on her favorite books (a publishing perk!) and has been known to pester the NAL publisher in particular for JR Ward. To date the publisher has not acquiesced.
I’ll admit it—I’m a JR Ward junkie and basically love everything she does—but this is a standout favorite of mine throughout the entire BDB series. Zsadist’s story never fails to literally bring me to tears (something my husband will never stop making fun of me about), and is really where I got hooked on the story of the brothers. Of all the brothers, he’s the most damaged, and before you know it, you’re rooting for Bella to help try to repair him. The series as a whole really just rocks, but if you read nothing else JR Ward you have to read this one!
This book is unfairly good. Like, slap-the-person-who-wants-to-talk-while-you’re-reading good. Pia Giovanni is blackmailed into stealing a relic from one of the most powerful members of the Elder Races, Dragos Cuelebre, and the romance that develops between the two of them basically sets the pages on fire. This is an outstanding start to a series and somehow manages to make DRAGONS sexy!
Before everyone starting thinking I only do the romances…the Chicagoland Vampires series is AMAZING, and Blood Games is no exception. Merit is a vampire, Sentinel of Cadogan House in Chicago, and she basically kicks all sorts of ass, humans and paranormal creatures alike. In this installment, a killer is going after the human population in Chicago and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs.
And okay, she also has a super hot boyfriend, Ethan, who’s the head vampire of the house. But these are completely urban fantasy books, so if you like your heroines bold and with a sword, Chicagoland is for you!
The Mercy Thompson novels are like chips—you can’t have just one! I just started reading this series this year and zipped through the eight of them in what felt like a week. Mercy’s another badass heroine, a shapeshifting VW mechanic who somehow manages to find herself in sticky situations. Here, her mate’s ex is being stalked by a paranormal creature leaving bodies all over the Tri-Cities of Washington state, and Mercy needs to put aside her personal feelings in order to stop him. It also doesn’t hurt that the cover art on these books is absolutely fantastic—Dan Dos Santos is a master!
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