Like most authors, I spend so much of my time in the business of writing that my reading time is precious and limited. So I'm kind of picky about what I read. If a book doesn't catch my interest in the first couple of pages I'll set it aside. Sometimes I'll come back to it later and try again, but if the book is really not my cup of tea I might never go back. I read mostly mystery/suspense and paranormal romance. Within these genres, some series that have consistently pulled me in include:
JB Lynn's Hitwoman Series
These are billed as mysteries but in my opinion they really aren't. They're tons of fun though. The main premise is that the heroine (whom I haven't really decided if I like yet) is in a car accident with her sister and her sister's family and as a result ends up the caregiver for her 3 year old niece and gains the ability to talk to animals. The niece ends up in a coma and the heroine needs lots of money to keep her at the place where they can make her better, so she takes a job as a hitwoman, to kill a really bad guy. She subsequently forms a strange bond with the mobster who hired her and has a romantic relationship with the cop slash hitman who is her murder mentor. It's kind of a weird premise and I'm strangely not overly fond of the main human characters, but the animals in the books make reading them worthwhile just on their own.
Liliana Hart's Addison Holmes Mysteries
These books were clearly written in the Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum style. At times I feel like Janet was writing some of the dialogue. Having said that, though, the books are well-written, with some really great dialogue and likable characters. As far as the mystery part of the equation, there really isn't any in most of the books. LOL But the heroine goes through the motions and eventually stumbles upon a bad guy and things find a fairly satisfactory ending.
Darynda Jones's Charlie Davidson Paranormal Mystery Series
The Charlie Davidson paranormal mystery series has a lot of humor, a lot of action, and some pretty steamy romance. The characters are extremely likable and quirky. The premise is really out there, but Jones is a good enough author to pull it off. Charlie Davidson is a Private Investigator by trade, and a grim reaper by birth. Dead people view Charlie as an extremely bright light which they can see from all over the world. They can pass through Charlie to get to Heaven once their issues on Earth are finalized. When they can't pass, Charlie will often help them get closure so they can pass. That's one part of every book. Another feature of every story is the growing romance between Charlie and Son of Satan, Reyes…yeah, you read that right. And there are always a couple of other sidebar issues for Charlie to solve. The result is a book with lots of stuff going on, Charlie usually getting beaten up at some point, and some of the best secondary characters in the genre today. I highly recommend for lovers of paranormal mysteries.
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