Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top 10 Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads.
I was really surprised to find several titles that I enjoyed (or loved) had under 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. Probably the biggest surprise were all the Meljean Brook books! If you’re a fan of paranormal romances, her books are definitely worth checking out. Same with the rest of the books on this list.
My favorite book in the Guardians series, hands-down. The first book in the series is a little slow though. So, I would recommend starting with this one.
Back Cover Description: No one would call vampire Colin Ames-Beaumont kind, but one would call him unnaturally beautiful. For two centuries his tainted blood has kept him isolated from other vampires, sustained only by his beauty and vanity — bitter comforts. since a curse erased his mirror reflection, replacing it with a terrifying glimpse of Chaos.
Savitri Murray’s insatiable curiosity has gotten her into trouble before but she’s always escaped unscathed. Then Colin comes along. In the midst of Heaven, he gives her a taste of ecstasy — and of Chaos, Deadly creatures from that realm herald the return of an imprisoned Nosferatu horde, and Colin and Savi’s bond is their only protection — and their only passion.
Marjorie M. Liu has transitioned to mostly writing comics now, but I still really love her Dirk and Steele series. This is one of my favorites. My guilty pleasure trope is the amnesia plot, so I really got into this one. Plus it has gargoyles, which are always fun.
Back Cover Description: A woman wakes in a strange room, covered in blood, surrounded by the dead. She does not know who she is. Pinned on her jacket is a crumpled note. Run, it reads.
Lannes Hannelore is one of a dying race born to protect mankind against demonic forces. And while those who look upon him see a beautiful man, this illusion is nothing but a prison. His existence is one of pure isolation, hiding in plain sight, with brief solace found in simple pleasures: stretching his wings on a stormy night, long late drives on empty highways, the deep soul of sad songs. But when Lannes finds a young woman covered in blood- desperate and alone, with no memory or past- he will be drawn into a mystery that makes him questions all he knows. And though it goes against his natures and everything he fears, Lannes will risk his heart, his secrets, and his very soul in order to save someone who could be the love of his life… or the end of it.
I was shocked to find a Barbara Michaels book with under 2,000 on Goodreads. For me, she’s a classic writer in the mystery genre. If you’re a fan of gothic romances with a creepy edge, I would highly recommend checking this one out.
Back Cover Description: Andrea Torgesen is certain that hard work is exactly what her younger brother Jim needs to help him recover from the trauma of a serious car accident—and turning a decrepit old mansion into a beautiful country inn seems to be the perfect project. But unearthly voices and eerie visions haunt Jim from almost the first instant he sets foot in the dreary old house. And his strange obsession with a long-neglected graveyard is most troubling to his concerned sibling. There is evil in this place where the unthinkable is possible—a terrifying force that Andrea and Jim must confront . . . or forfeit their lives.
The Magician and the Princess of the Mist Cage by Nesumi Chisato
Number of Ratings: 10
Review: No review
I wasn’t surprised to find this on the list. It’s a quirky little manga about a cynical wizard who collects treasures. He finds a fairy and decides to add her to his collection.
Back Cover Description: A cranky misanthrope sorcerer, Neverheart, reluctantly went into town one day and discovered a fairy that had been injured in a side-show act. With one look at the fairy Neverheart decided that she suited him and claims her as part of his collection.
The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
Number of Ratings: 737
This is a really great vampire story. I’m not sure I would classify it as horror, but it doesn’t really fit in any other genre.
Back Cover Description: The winner of two Lambda Literary Awards (fiction and science fiction) The Gilda Stories is a very American odyssey. Escaping from slavery in the 1850s Gilda’s longing for kinship and community grows over two hundred years. Her induction into a family of benevolent vampires takes her on an adventurous and dangerous journey full of loud laughter and subtle terror.
I think some of the later books in this series haven’t received as much love as the first couple. If you enjoyed “Firelight” or “Moonglow”, I would highly encourage you checking out the rest of the books. This was a great paranormal romance series.
Back Cover Description: Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can’t control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.
Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she’s the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.
Wilder’s Mate by Moria Rogers
Series: Bloodhounds #1
Number of Ratings: 1,313
Review: No review
One of the few erotica series that I’ve actually gone back and re-read. I haven’t ran across many steampunk western paranormal romances, so if you’re looking for something different I would recommend checking this out.
Back Cover Description: Wilder Harding is a bloodhound, created by the Guild to hunt down and kill vampires on America’s frontier. His enhanced abilities come with a high price: on the full moon, he becomes capable of savagery beyond telling, while the new moon brings a sexual hunger that borders on madness.
Rescuing a weapons inventor from undead kidnappers is just another assignment, though one with an added complication—keeping his hands off the man’s pretty young apprentice, who insists on tagging along.
At odds with polite society, Satira’s only constant has been the aging weapons inventor who treats her like a daughter. She isn’t going to trust Wilder with Nathaniel’s life, not when the Guild might decide the old man isn’t worth saving. Besides, if there’s one thing she’s learned, it’s that brains are more important than brawn.
As the search stretches far longer than Wilder planned, he finds himself fighting against time. If Satira is still at his side when the new moon comes, nothing will stop him from claiming her. Worse, she seems all too willing. If their passion unlocks the beast inside, no one will be safe. Not even the man they’re fighting to save.
One of my favorite tropes in romances are rejection plots… I don’t know why. This one hit that mark for me though. There’s a good amount of angst between Moira and Hugo that I enjoyed. If you’re into plots where the heroine is rejected by the hero at first, then this one is for you.
Back Cover Description: Ten years ago, Moira shared one hot night with the bear-shifter of her dreams, but when she took him up on his offer to join him at the Lone Pine Pride, reality landed with a thud. She quickly realized that he was only looking for a momentary distraction, not a happily ever after.She’s been trying to get over him ever since, but no other shifter has measured up to the big bad bear.
When Hugo met Moira in a Yukon bar, he poured out his unrequited love for his alpha’s mate as he pounded down drinks. While Hugo remembers telling Moira he was emotionally unavailable, apparently she only heard his need for sexual healing.
He’s always felt guilty for unintentionally leading her on. But now that the woman he thought he wanted is finally available, he’s beginning to wonder if the one he really needs is the woman with whom he shared one incendiary night—then let slip through his fingers.
A really well written erotica story with a slight paranormal edge.
Back Cover Description: Singer-songwriter Lucy Moore thought her life was perfect. At just twenty-one, she’s already met her soul mate and together they’ve landed a recording contract. But when her father dies and the love of her life betrays her in more ways than one, she returns home to pick up the pieces. On the shores of Mendocino, California, Lucy has some decisions to make. Should she start a solo career? Or should she leave it all behind for some semblance of normalcy in the quiet town she grew up in? And what about Seth, the tortured artist who always seems to be there when she needs him?
Seth Keenan has demons of his own. Eighteen months ago, he was involved in a horrific accident that he never talks about. His career as an accomplished oil-paint artist has been abandoned, replaced by the buzz of his tattoo gun. And women—well, he never sticks around for longer than a few hours of pleasure… until he meets Lucy. After one evening of listening to her seductive voice, he’s pulled under. But what about the vow he made to never get close to anyone again?
I was surprised to see that this collection has only got 731 ratings. It’s well worth the read if you’re a fan of Storm.
Back Cover Description:
Thief. Goddess. Headmistress. Queen. The X-Man called Storm has always defied a single ti tle. And her desire to better the world has never been limited to only her own kind. On an ongoing mission to foster goodwill and safeguard both mankind and mutants, Ororo Munroe will travel the globe, confronting villains, gods, monsters and everything in between. She will overthrow tyrants, quell tsunamis and strive to see her dream for the world realized. She is Storm, a hero like no other…and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake. But now, Storm must handle the fallout caused by familiar faces from her past. Why is Callisto kidnapping wayward youth from the streets of New York? Will Storm’s romance with Forge be reignited? And can Yukio help Storm deal with the recent death of Wolverine?