Stocking Stuffer Reads ~ Part 3

Stocking Stuffer Reads ~ Part 3

Parts 3 and 4 (coming on Tuesday the 22nd) are the titles that adult readers would enjoy.  With a   mix of romance, chick lit, mystery, anthologies and even a couple of series favorites, I’ve tried to bring a solid mix of titles.  Please understand that not every book on this list will be a 5 star rave, by the end of the year I will have read and reviewed close to 600 titles, and this list is the books that have stuck with me (a line, a desired re-read, a story that made me want more from the author or series) since I finished reading them. With so many books read, standing out in that crowd tells me there was something that captivated my imagination or attention, and is worth looking at again.

Stocking Stuffer Reads


I’m doing a mix – each genre group will have one or two entries, be linked to my review as well as a small line about why it is special and/ or a quote from the review. Pick up a book or three for the readers in your life – I think there is something here for everyone!

Anthology

A great way to sample several authors: whether tied by concept or storyline, anthologies provide readers with access to an author’s style which hopefully fuels a desire to read more.

burning brightBurning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories by Megan Hart, KK Hendin, Stacey Agdern and Jennifer Gracen
See my complete review here

“Each story is so sweet and heartfelt, it was hard to pick a favorite, and every story fairly screamed with feelings of home, family, tradition and hope that are common to ALL Holiday celebrations, no matter the faith belief behind them.”

 

Purchase: Amazon  B & N  iTunes  Kobo

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Series Reads

Finding a world that intrigues and allows you to dive into the lives of the characters over a span of time, with recurring elements, purpose and history that is clearly defined and described is a wonderful find for a reader.  And, depending on where you enter the series, some are complete and you have hours of reading or listening enjoyment ahead of you.

 

alternate connectionAlternate Connection: Countermeasure #3 by Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey
See my review HERE

“Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another romantic suspense series, nor is it simply a romance: this is a deeply nuanced and twisty tale that manages to combine heart stopping action and emotion with possibilities that have readers scouring the pages for clues.”



Purchase: Amazon  All Romance  B & N  iTunes  Kobo IndieBound Book Depository 

 

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Historic Romance

I’ll admit I’m more than a bit obsessed with historic romance – from the classics of Austen and Bronte to the new entrants that I highlight here today. From the traditions, customs and titles through the moments that sparkle as the old is reinterpreted for the modern eye, I love the moments of escape and enjoyment.

 

Forever your earlForever Your Earl: The Wicked Quills of London #1 by Eva Leigh
See my review here

“Plenty of humor and some truly massacred metaphors showed Daniel’s enjoyment of their banter, and you can almost hear Eleanor’s pained groan.

“That apple,” Ashford said, “didn’t fall close to the tree. In fact, it threw itself off the tree’s branches, rolled down a hill, and straight into the nearest theater box, where is surrounded itself with a variety of strawberries of dubious repute.” “

Purchase: Amazon  Audible  All Romance  B & N  iTunes  Kobo Downpour IndieBound  Book Depository 

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hannah and the highlanderHannah and the Highlander: Untamed Highlanders #1 by Sabrina York
See my Review Here

You can count on a good story no matter the genre from Sabrina York – but I love this start of a new series highlighting all she does well: solid characters, humor, steam and clever twists.
“The gradual development of their relationship from knock your sporran sideways instant attraction to one that is deepening with knowledge and understanding. Both are deeply loyal and loving people, who want nothing more than “the one”, and York brings both heart and heat to the journey. Most importantly, both Hannah and Alexander come to life in the story,”

Purchase: Amazon  All Romance  B & N  iTunes Kobo IndieBound  Book Depository 

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Contemporary Romance

Whether it’s hot or mild, the reinforcing element of love – that everyone does, wants, needs and feels love in all forms is the key. From broken and issue laden characters to that first kiss, no one can resist the pull of love.

 

manwhoreManwhore: Manwhore # 1 by Katy Evans
See my review Here

“The depth of sharing and evidenced intimacy that moved past the Oh So Steamy sexy moments moved this relationship into another level of awesome. And then, Rachel tells Saint WHY she sought him out. Hint here: ALWAYS tell the target of your investigation before you get your heart involved too deeply.”

Purchase: Amazon  Audible  All Romance  B & N  iTunes  Kobo Downpour IndieBound  Book Depository 

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Last First KissLast First Kiss: Brightwater #1 by Lia Riley
See my Review Here

“Witty, great banter and several funny moments (a post it on a chicken pot pie, the cow) the story has heart and humor and that little bit of something that Riley brings to her characters that makes them people you want to know.”

Purchase: Amazon  All Romance  B & N  iTunes  Kobo IndieBound Book Depository 

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Snowed inSnowed In: A Southern Comfort Novella by Sarah Title
See my review Here

“a fast-paced, steam till your ice cream melts read that is loaded with personality, humor and heart.”

Purchase: Amazon  All Romance  B & N  iTunes  Kobo 

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Mystery

From cozy to murder, thriller to suspense this genre packs in stories that make you think.  While not a go-to read for me, the occasional title pops up that demands to be read, and these are some unique and intriguing reads from this year.

 

the unexpected inheritance of inspector chopraThe Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan
See my reviews: Written  and Audio

“Lyrical and near poetic, the writing is smooth and the imagery is solid and evocative. I tend to the lighter side of the mystery genre, it’s often the characters and settings that draw me in and have me returning to an author: I’ll certainly be looking forward to the next from Vaseem Khan.”

Purchase: Amazon  Audible  B & N  iTunes  Kobo IndieBound Book Depository 

 

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the necessary death of lewis winterThe Necessary Death of Lewis Winter: Glasgow Underworld Trilogy #1 by Malcolm Mackay
See my Review here

“You have to appreciate the staccato style writing: short sentences, every word counts for something. While not always an easy style to read, the translation into audiobook and the author’s ability to cram ten words of meaning into a single well-constructed sentence did not fail to impress.  I didn’t LOVE Calum, but I couldn’t get enough of his perspective on his life and those of others, and the revelations in this criminal’s procedural story.”

Purchase: Amazon  Audible  B & N  iTunes  Kobo  Downpour IndieBound  Book Depository 

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Chick Lit

So it may have a romance element, but the majority of the stories here are relationship based: relationships with one another,friendships, common goals and even moments of growth.

 

the great christmas knit offThe Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown
See my Review Here

“Gradual development of characters giving them depth and breadth, settings that ring out to be visited and friendships that show every reader the potential of openness, honesty and true caring made this a read in one sitting book, and I’m now adding others by this author to my shelf.”

Purchase: Amazon  All Romance  B & N  iTunes Kobo  IndieBound  Book Depository 

 

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Borrow a BridesmaidBorrow-A-Bridesmaid by Anne Wagener
See my Review here

A new-adult twist on a rom-com/chick lit story from a debut author!
“Wagener’s sense of the absurd yet plausible situations, her humor and knack for character development and voice make this a wonderful debut romantic comedy novel, giving readers a new author to look forward to reading.”

Purchase: Amazon  B & N  iTunes  Kobo 

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