We’re back! It’s November, and it’s time to take a look at the Carina Press titles for October 2011.
And let’s not forget those September titles! As promised, the September list has been updated to add new reviews since the first issue was published. For the books that came out late in the month, or had big blog tours in October, like Elyse Mady’s Something so Right, there were lots of reviews added.
But we’re here for the October titles. And October had some big hits among the 19 titles that Carina Press published during the month.
There were way more contenders for the featured title slots this month. There was significantly more reviewing activity to evaluate, for which I want to give a hearty thank you to my fellow book reviewers. Now on to the featured titles!
Falke’s Captive, part of the Puma Nights series by Anna Leigh Keaton and Madison Layle, was one of three erotica titles from Carina that received 10 or more reviews this month. What sets this story of a female graduate student finding fulfillment with two mountain lion shapeshifter brothers apart from the others was the consistently positive tone to all of the reviews for this book. To quote the Library Journal review, “authors Layle and Keaton craft a balanced tale rife with the requisite romance, eroticism, and fantastical.” This one sounds like not just good erotica, but also a darn good story.
Val’s Rancher by Debra Kayn is the second featured book. This is part of her Sisters of MacDougal Ranch series, and if the first book, Chantilly’s Cowboy, is as good as this one, she’ll win some fans. Val’s Rancher is a story about learning to live with heartbreak, and about finding ways to trust again when your world is falling apart. This is a “coming back to your first love” story, and there are never enough good ones of those. The review at A Snarky Space, which in this case is not snarky at all, is enough to make anyone fall in love with this one.
My last featured book is a biggie. Because it’s four books in one. Carina and C.J. Barry have brought back her incredible science fiction romance series, Unforgettable, and made them available in ebooks. They were well-reviewed when they were originally published and are getting a whole new crop of great reviews now that they are back. If you like science fiction romance, these look like a must read. In order, the Unforgettable series is: 1)Unearthed, 2)Unraveled, 3)Unleashed and 4)Unmasked. Drea at Judging the Book by its Pages has written excellent reviews for the entire series.
Next week, after we’ve all slept off our post-Thanksgiving turkey comas, Ebook Review Central will return with a look at Dreamspinner Press’ October titles.