Happy Top 5 Tuesday!
The books I crave rereading frequently change. I feel my mood that month effects what favorites are calling to me. Lately I’ve been craving my favorite couples.
My rule of thumb is, I can’t reread a book/series in the same year. I’m breaking this rule today, because I know I don’t have the willpower to wait until January. I want to reread right now!
Top 5 Tuesday was started by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm!
All for the Game by Nora Sakavic
Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
Foxhole Court is the kind of trilogy that leaves you dying to immediately read it again. From the moment I finished The Kings Men I’ve craved more of the Foxes and it hasn’t let up since. I hate this saying, but in this case it’s true, this trilogy is like a drug. It’s a vice that I don’t mind. I’ll be rereading very soon.
Lover Eternal by JR Ward
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.
Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…
I don’t think I’ll ever get to a place where I’d try to reread this entire series. (Even though I loved the first 5 obsessively.) I have been aching for a reread of Lover Eternal. It was sincerely the best book in the incredibly long series, and it’s also one of the best romantic books I’ve ever read. I need a new dose of Rhage and Mary in my life asap.
Immemorial Year by TJ Klune
Once upon a time, humanity could no longer contain the rage that swelled within, and the world ended in a wave of fire.
One hundred years later, in the wasteland formerly known as America, a broken man who goes only by the name of Cavalo survives. Purposefully cutting himself off from what remains of civilization, Cavalo resides in the crumbling ruins of the Northern Idaho Correctional Institution. A mutt called Bad Dog and a robot on the verge of insanity comprise his only companions. Cavalo himself is deteriorating, his memories rising like ghosts and haunting the prison cells.
It’s not until he makes the dangerous choice of crossing into the irradiated Deadlands that Cavalo comes into contact with a mute psychopath, one who belongs to the murderous group of people known as the Dead Rabbits. Taking the man prisoner, Cavalo is forced not only to face the horrors of his past, but the ramifications of the choices made for his stark present. And it is in the prisoner that he will find a possible future where redemption is but a glimmer that darkly shines.
The world has died.
This is the story of its remains.
Imemorial Year was a brutal duology, but damn I loved it so much. It’s like Foxhole in that I wanted to reread as soon as I’d finished. It only got harder when someone I recommended it to read and finished it. I was so freaking jealous that I wasn’t reading it too. The paperbacks are calling me from my bookshelf!
Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday
A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.
Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…
Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.
When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.
All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be the one for her, and the friend for him.
But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…
Leo Loves Aries makes me so happy. It honestly fills me with such joy, thinking about how light and entertaining this story is. I read it the first time when times were hard, and now even just reading quotes lifts me up when I’m down. I read it only a couple months ago, but I’m going to read it again very very soon.
Good Boy by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen
Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody – absolutely nobody! – can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.
Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor, and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.
But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?
Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is…cheese.
Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.
Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be…love?
Yeah Yeah Yeah, these two aren’t even part of the same series. They aren’t even the same author! I bet your wondering why I’ve included them in the same line. Well, I’ll tell you. I read them close together the first time, and ever since I can’t get the idea that Blake and Natalie would make the perfect brash couple. I mean, they’d be my worst nightmare (as an introvert) but in a book (and not in my house) they would make the most epic and hilarious story ever.
So, I’ve been thinking about rereading them back to back and pretending.