Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by the lovely (and creative!) Jamie of The Broke and the Bookish. After following along since TTT’s inception and because list-making is a die-hard hobby of mine, I figured it was high time I made a Top Ten list of my very own! So I present to you:

Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

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  1. The Hathaways series by Lisa Kleypas — Confession: I don’t read historicals but I’ve been eager to fall in love with them like many of my friends have. I’ve been told Lisa Kleypas is the perfect intro to historical romance and after reading the premise of this series it seems like a great place to start.
  2. Delirium series by Lauren Oliver — After hearing the buzz about this series on Twitter, I bought book 1 when it was a $2.99 Kindle Daily Deal. Now I’ve just got to actually read it!
  3. Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward — A dark paranormal series that is sensual and brooding. As a fan of The Vampire Diaries and True Blood (the TV shows) I think I’d really enjoy these.
  4. Play by Play series by Jaci Burton — I admit, the only reason this series even made it to my radar was because of the HOT covers! Of course, after reading the blurbs and finding them interesting, now I’ve got even more of a reason to give ’em a shot.
  5. Marriage to a Billionaire series by Jennifer Probst — The Marriage Bargain was a hit from Day 1 and after hearing the success story of the author (and how it’s been optioned for film), it’s high time I see what all the hoopla is about.
  6. Adrenaline series by Vivian Arend — After reading Falling, Freestyle, I became hooked on Vivian Arend’s sexy action romances. I’m sure this new series will not disappoint!
  7. Animal Magnetism series by Jill Shalvis — I love Jill Shalvis’ voice and when combined with cute animals that are part of the story, I’m betting I can’t go wrong with this series.
  8. Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa — Another Kindle Daily Deal that I gave into. The fantasy YA genre has piqued my interest in the last few months and I really want to read these to get a taste of what fey life is all about.
  9. Psy-Changling series by Nalini Singh — After witnessing all the crazed reactions to the recent cover reveal of the upcoming book in this series (#12, Heart of Obsidian), I knew I had to give in to peer pressure and see for myself what everyone was getting all worked up about (starting from book 1, obviously).
  10. Because You Are Mine series by Beth Kery — After the Fifty Shades of Grey craze, the Because You Are Mine serial became a hit. So much, in fact, that it’s been combined and turned into a full-length print book. So while technically it’s no longer a series, I’m still counting it as one since it started off that way.

And there you have it — my first Top Ten Tuesday and a list of series I need to read ASAP. Now it’s your turn!

ROAMING QUESTION: What do you think of my list? What series would you like to dive into?

Touchdown-Worthy Football Heroes

Happy Superbowl Sunday! Even though my team didn’t make it to the finals, I’ll be huddled in front of the TV today watching the Ravens and 49ers duke it out for the championship title. What better way to celebrate one of the country’s biggest events than with cookie dough dip and books that feature hunky football heroes!

Whether you’re looking to soothe your ego because your team didn’t make it to the Superbowl, or you’re simply in the mood to read books that feature six-pack hotties in skin-tight athletic pants, I guarantee you’ll see football in a different light after getting your hands on these hot reads.

Summer Solstice Series

Suuuuuuummertime, and the livin’s easy hot. 95º hot, to be exact — at least here in Georgia, that is. Today is the first day of summer, which means we’re in the throes of humid mornings, scorching afternoons and sweltering nights. In honor of the summer solstice, I thought it was only appropriate to ring in the new season with a list of smokin’ hot series to stuff into your beach bag. Why a series? Well, everyone knows that when it comes summer reads, you can’t stop at just one! With so much free time on my hands, I know I need at least three books — per week — to satisfy me during summer vacation. Whether you’re heading out of town or soaking up some indoor A.C., there’s a series to accompany you on whatever type of vacation you’ve got planned.

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Bathing suit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Perfect beach/poolside weather? Check. If you’re spending the day splashing around and under an umbrella, then you’ll want to tuck Carly Phillips’ Hot Zone series into your beach bag. The series is comprised of four books, which pulls back the curtain of a sports PR agency and its oh-so-sexy employees.

Looking for something that’s sure to melt your ice cream cone? Lora Leigh’s Nauti series is for you! There are six books in the series — each focusing on a different smouldering, trouble-is-their-middle-name cousin. Warning: this series is sure to leave you flustered, so be sure you have a bottle of water close by!

If your plans include camping, hiking, or any other type of outdoorsy adventure, Julie Garwood’s Buchanan series is for you. Begin with Heartbreaker, the first of eight sexy romantic suspenses, guaranteed to give you chills and wish for your own hero to snuggle up to for protection. With so many books in the series, it’s likely that you may have to extend your vacation just so you can read them all!

If summer for you means swimming, playing beach volleyball or watching a ball game, then you’ll want to scoop up Rachel Gibson’s Chinook Hockey Team series. In each of the six books, the chemistry between the couples will leave you hot, while the hockey elements are sure to cool you down. Don’t be surprised if you forgo a few games in favor of finishing these delicious reads!

Hopefully one of these series will keep you sated during what is sure to be a very long and very hot summer. And remember, always wear sunscreen!

ROAMING QUESTION: Do you have another series that you think should be included? If so, what and what type of summer plans should they accompany?

Drivers, Start Your Engines

Confession time: I don’t have a car. Correction — my car is currently out of commission, which has made getting around recently a pain in the ass. Running errands and sporadic day trips don’t come as easily any more, since I now have to either get a ride, or wait until the family car is free for use. As someone who’s had convenient, reliable public transportation at their disposal for the last year and a half (and a functioning car prior to that), this sudden retraction is frustrating, to say the least.

Because of my current…situation, I thought it was only appropriate to post a review for a Harlequin freebie I downloaded from Amazon called Speed Dating by Nancy Warren.The book comes from their NASCAR line (hence the car anecdote), which I was originally leery about since I’m not particularly interested in race car driving as a sport; however, I was willing to give it a try because it was free. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t like free?

SYNOPSIS: Kendall Clarke calculates risk for a living, but never takes any. She likes her drab suits and trite fiance, and has no complaints about either, since her safe and steadfast attitude earns her Actuary of the Year and the prestigious Sharpened Pencil Award. Hours before receiving the award, however, Kendall’s fiance tells her that he’s leaving her for a co-worker…and unborn child. In the midst of trying to keep calm and carry on, Kendall runs into celebrity NASCAR driver Dylan Hargreave. For the first time in her life, Kendall decides to throw caution to the wind and joins Dylan on his racing tour.

The next few weeks are a whirlwind, filled with pre-race kissing rituals, adrenaline-pumping laps and intensified chemistry between Kendall and Dylan. Kendall’s having the time of her life, but knows that eventually all good things must come to an end. When the season is over, she plans to resume her normal ho-hum life. But can Dylan convince her that their pre-race kisses span beyond racing superstitions?

Despite having zero knowledge of and interest in race cars, this book was a speed read (I will not apologize for the pun!). The author paints an elaborate picture of tread-marked race tracks and sweaty, screaming fans that puts the reader right alongside the pit crew. Dylan’s modesty is endearing, while Kendall’s snap judgment spirals into hilarious and awkward situations that make this book a riot to read.

The intimacy between Dylan and Kendall was definitely a slow and steady build-up. I actually enjoyed the fact that the tension between them held up through the majority of the book, because it made their unity that much sweeter and realistic. I’m not sure if a NASCAR story would be the first Harlequin I flocked to, but if it’s anywhere near as entertaining as Speed Dating, it would definitely be worth a try.

*Click here to read my review and view my star rating on Goodreads.