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Okay, you caught me. Gimme More is not the official subject of today’s Top Ten Tuesday. It’s actually Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them. But even our wonderful host Jana admits that’s a bit awkward as a title. She’s urging us to think of books we read that immediately made us think, “I want more of that type of book”. I’m going to go with a mix here. I’ll list books that made me want to read more of the genre and more by a particular author.
Katie Ruggle and Wilderness Romantic Suspense
Okay, so I don’t know if Wilderness Romantic Suspense is a thing, but I’m making it so. I had read romantic suspense before and greatly enjoy the genre. But there’s something about Run to Ground that seemed more outdoorsy to me. This book made me want to read everything from this author and I found she had a previous series called Search and Rescue, so the outdoorsy vibe really made more sense that I had realized.
Rebecca Zanetti and Paranormal Romantic Suspense
I honestly didn’t think paranormal romance was something I’d latch onto. I had read some paranormal, but not much. Once I read Deadly Silence I knew I needed more. This paranormal was different than I was used to, in fact the paranormal aspect was almost subtle at first. After looking for more from Rebecca Zanetti I saw there was another series, Sin Brothers, that this one had spun off from. Soon after that I was looking to read whatever I could from this author which led me to…
Look, I had my Twilight phase just like everyone else. Sure, I was Team Jacob. But I still enjoyed reading about the vampires. My husband is a huge fan of the Underworld movies. Again, also dealing with more than vampires, but you get my drift. I was saturated in vampires for a while and didn’t think they were really my thing. Even with Twilight and Underworld, the vampires were not the draw for me. I loved Rebecca Zanetti’s writing so much I had to give her Dark Protectors series a try. And I absolutely LOVE it. Reading the Dark Protector series led me to give Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series a try, and I continue to love vampires, shape shifters, witches, and demons.
Paranormal Romance steeped in Mythology
Around the same time I was learning that I actually really enjoy paranormal romance, one of my nieces asked if I had read the Lords of the Underworld series. I had not and I quickly found another passion…paranormal with mythology. Instead of vampires and shapeshifters, there are more gods and demons and angels. The characters do interact with humans on occasion, some even fall in love with them. For the most part the Lords try to keep their interactions with humans to a minimum, though. I haven’t found anything that fits this niche quite as well as Gena Showalter, but Nicole Edward’s foray into the genre with her Misplaced Halos series shows promise.
For some reason I always think I don’t like MC romance. Yet, I usually end up liking them when I read them. when I read Necessary Evil by Jamie K. Schmidt I was sucked into the story immediately, but still didn’t think I’d want read any other author’s take on the MC. Then I read Laura Kaye‘s Hard Ink series (not a MC romance) which segued into her Raven Riders series. And I found another series to love. I’ve always enjoyed Melissa Foster’s books that dealt with The Dark Knights, but they don’t deal with the MC in the same way as the previous books mentioned. This makes me realize I need to give more MC romance a try since it seems I always end up enjoying them immensely.
Growing up in the Detroit area, I have a pretty good working knowledge of the four main sports leagues. I was partial to hockey and was quite an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings before my kids started playing sports and taking up my spare time. Yet I was never what one would consider a big sports person. I didn’t think I’d have much of an interest in sports romance, especially if the sport featured wasn’t hockey. While I don’t remember for sure that Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series was my first introduction to the genre, she’s the one that kept me reading them. My relationship with this series has been very up and down. Regardless of how much I like or dislike each book individually, this series was my gateway to so many more wonderful (and sometimes wacky) sports romance series. Including the hockey gods I featured in a recent Friday Favorites.
Technically I haven’t listed 10 things, but in a way I’ve actually listed more. It depends on how you look at what I’ve listed. I find as I’m writing this post I have one thing leading to another and I could spend hours adding to this list. A list, I might add, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to put together. Once I got started, I found there was a lot more than I had initially thought.
Next week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a favorite of mine, listing the coming season’s TBR. I don’t know what it is about those posts, but I love seeing all of my upcoming reads laid out for me.