Bookish Thoughts: Series Obsession, Kristen Ashley and Print Reading

Posted January 12, 2017 by Holly in Discussions, Features | 13 Comments

I binge-read Ilona Andrews’ backlist in November. I took a break from F/UF/Sci-Fi for a couple years, so I’m pretty behind when it comes to some popular authors. My latest obsession is the Innkeeper Chronicles. I’m totally in love with Dina, Gertrude Hunt, Sean Evans and the entire world. Now that One Fell Sweep is out, I have no idea what to do with my life.

ComplicatedKristen Ashley is releasing a new BDSM erotic romance series with St. Martin’s. The Honey Series revolves around The Honey Club, a BDSM club and features her typical alpha-males. Book one, The Deep End, releases in March. Although I’m a huge Ashley fan and her books really work for me, I’m on the fence about this new series. Part of it is my aversion to BDSM novels, but a larger part is, I think, the idea of Ashley doing erotic BDSM. I’m jonseing for a new release from her, which is why this is on my mind. Do you plan to read it? She also has an audiobook exclusive releasing in May. Complicated will be available only in audio. I’m not a fan of audiobooks, but I’m kind of tempted by it.

Fire TouchedFire Touched is out in MMP this month. Both the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series are fabulous, but I don’t own them in print, because as with Ilona Andrews, I came late to the Briggs party. Even though I’ve been downsizing my print collection, I feel a compulsive desire to purchase Fire Touched – and the rest of the series – in print for my personal library. Since my J.D. Robb collection is gone, I have shelf space. But I already own them in digital and I doubt I’ll ever read them in print. I just want them because they look pretty.



In November I gave a book from Linda Howard’s backlist away in our Monthly Reads giveaway. The winner said she couldn’t choose and asked us to pick one for her. How are we supposed to do that? Do we go for a classic goodie like Duncan’s Bride, or a thriller like Heart of Fire? That’s like asking us to choose our favorite kid. Which book would you choose?


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13 responses to “Bookish Thoughts: Series Obsession, Kristen Ashley and Print Reading

  1. CelineB

    I’ve only read six of Linda Howard’s books (one she wrote with Lori Wilde) and I’m missing a lot of her highest rated titles including the two mentioned. I would say that I loved Mr. Perfect. It was hands down my favorite of the obviously limited selection of books that I’ve read by her.

      • CelineB

        The other ones I’ve read are Open Season, Dream Man, Mackenzie’s Mountain (probably my second favorite), Mackenzie’s Mission, and Running Wild. I bought Diamond Bay and Heartbreaker when they were re-released at a pretty cheap price, but haven’t read them yet. I also have Cry No More on kindle whispersynced with audio, but every time I pick it up I end up putting it down because I hear it’s an ugly cry book. It may be a while before I get to that one.

  2. Jen

    I haven’t read nearly as much Howard as I’d like, mostly because I’m cheap and her books, even her backlist, are pretty expensive. I save them for when I think I deserve a really special treat, ha. But of the 10 or so I’ve read my hands down favorite is Heart of Fire. I love that book so much. My my second favorite is Midnight Rainbow, though, so I wouldn’t complain if someone gave me that too. 🙂

  3. I think Heart of Fire would be a good pick – a great adventure story and a hero who isn’t law enforcement or a Super Spy!

  4. CelineB

    Heart of Fire is at the top of my wish list for Howard books I haven’t read yet. It sounds right up my alley.

    • The hero in this one was a huge departure from her previous heroes. He was loud, crude and enjoyed people perceiving him as a bit of a wastrel

  5. I’m voting for Ben, I mean, Heart of Fire because of everything Willa said. 🙂

    I can’t really comment on the other stuff because I don’t read those authors the same way that you do. I’m curious about the KA books though. You should read those and tell me if I’m missing out or not. Ha!

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