Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created by The Broke and the Bookish for list addicts. This week’s list is…
Top Ten Best Sequels Ever
Well, this is a fairly contentious topic, isn’t it? Here are ten books that proved I was onto a winner with the series or sequels that I connected with better than the original. I’ve tried to go for a range of genres but there romance predominates. These books are in no particular order.
1. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
I loved the first in the series, A Discovery of Witches, but in #2 we go back to the Elizabethan Era and get to meet all manner of famous people including Kit Marlowe. Character development takes a back-seat to an incredible amount of period detail. I’m into ancient and medieval history so I enjoyed the journey.
2. A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare (my review)
Dare’s first novel didn’t really set my heart aflame so I debated picking this one up. I’m glad I did as it was a very enjoyable Regency romp brimming with humour and romance. I still giggle whenever I think of the scene where they share naughty-sounding mathematical terms.
3. Hot Zone by Catherine Mann (my review)
This one was really intense. Our heroine is trapped in a building after an earthquake and our hero rescues her. There is a smuggling ring, 3 separate relationships unfolding and a desperate escape with a child in tow.
4. To Catch a Vampire by Jennifer Harlow
Bea and Oliver go undercover in order to investigate the vamp scene in Dallas. Oliver proves to be far more three dimensional than I gave him credit for in the first novel and Bea is a delight when she’s in kick-ass mode.
5. Dead Guilty by Beverly Connor
A really gritty murder mystery. Our protagonist, Diane, is a forensic anthropologist who worked on mass graves in South America before becoming the head of a private museum and the head of a forensic lab. When three hanged bodies are found in the woods, she and her team investigate.
6. A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett (my review)
Bobbi Gallagher wants to make it as a film maker. One mistake ruined her career and to get her foot back in the door, she agrees to film a tacky tv show about cowboys falling in love. She’s interested in Trey for the show and he’s interested in her. Tragic pasts abound.
7. Rock Chick Rescue by Kristen Ashley
I loved Ashley’s Rock Chick series even though I couldn’t get into her latest, Chaos. Jet’s dad is in a wee bit of trouble but luckily Eddie’s there to ensure he doesn’t drag Jet down with him. Mayhem abounds!
8. The Better to See You by Kate SeRine (my review)
Love, love, love the tale of Cinderella’s former fairy godmother and Seth, the big bad wolf. When the body count starts rising, Seth once again finds himself under suspicion. I’m an absolute sucker for fairy tale adaptations so this one really buttered my parsnips 🙂
9. Immortal Surrender by Claire Ashgrove (my review)
Farran isn’t interested in finding or romancing his seraph and Noelle’s atheism means she refuses to accept anything the Knights Templar says. Watching two very stubborn people who are ideologically opposed start to fall in love is fun.
10. A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson (my review)
Celia really comes into her own in this book and from the moment a were-racoon exploded, I loved it. Nuff said.