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This week’s topic: What books do you wish you could go back and read for the first time?
This is going to be really hard to break it down to one book. There are so many books flooding my brain now it’s going to be hard to match up a story with the actual title. So here I am, thinking I could just pull up my 5 star reviews in Goodreads and answer right there. I see now that is not going to work. Too many series where I rated like, every one of the books a 5. Hopefully though, it will jog my memory!
My first pick was really hard. I love just about every one of the Immortals After Dark series. I narrowed this down by picking my favorite characters. In this series, I love the Valkrie. Besides Nix, my favorite Valkrie is Regin. The way her story played out was a shocker. I’d love to go back and feel the anxiety of just how these two were going to get an HEA.
Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives.
She Awaits His Return…
When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world.
To Sate A Desire More Powerful Than Death…
Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?
This pick was just for pure fun! Out of the 21 books that are out now, there are a few with situations that still make me giggle. I have slipped on the treadmill a few times over the antics of these characters. In this book, Grandma Mazur plays a great part. She cracks me up and I would love to go back and read this one just for the laughs. Picturing the undercover persona Grandma Mazur takes on… you just have to read it!
Stephanie Plum #19
by Janet Evanovich
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do.
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.
The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory. . . .
I picked this next book because the characters were taken out of their comfort zones, different aspects of the characters were shown and there were surprises. This book in the series would be a good one to reread because it sort of made me think of everyone a little differently. Plus, there was a lot of emotion in it. Reliving the ups and downs with fresh eyes would bring back all those emotions.
Kate Daniels #6
by Ilona Andrews
Mercenary Kate Daniels narrates a surprising trip with her bite-me humor. The pack of her mate Curran, werelion Beast Lord, need rare medicine from Europe to save children who die from stuck shapeshifting. Europe offers them barrels of the drug if they guard a spoiled princess. Knowing the invite is a trap, of course they sail right in.
This one I loved. The book before this left me very unhappy. The way things come together in One Foot In The Grave just made me want to throw a fist in the air. I love Cat & Bones. All the books in this series are great, but this one just made me so emotional!
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.
Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever…and Bones won’t let her get away again. Original.
On the topic of emotional reads, the next one could tear you apart. It was long, brutal and emotional. I actually debated between Acheron and Styxx. Styxx was pretty brutal too. But Acheron came first, so I’m going to go with that one.
Dark Hunters #14
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind.
Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he’ll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.
Now his survival, and ours, hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.
War has never been more deadly… or more fun.
Those were just a few of the books I would pick to read again for the first time. There are just so many. If I could roll back time I think I would read almost everything I have again. I’m not a big re-reader, so all I have are great memories….