Hooray! It’s not yet Halloween and I’ve completed my October challenge from Nat of ReadingRomances.com! That surely qualifies me for a bonus treat right? (Butterfingers or Lindor truffles are gladly accepted).
To review we could choose from the following options:
TOPICS: 1) Read a book with two authors (not an anthology, more like a collaboration.) 2) Read a book where a character is a cop or a detective and/or a murder mystery is being solved.
THEMES: 3) Read a book categorized as romantic suspense (Romantic suspense involves an intrigue or mystery for the protagonists to solve).
And SPECIAL EVENTS: 4) Halloween: Read a book that you consider “scary” or “spooky”, or one that features a typical “Halloween” character (witch, vampire, ghost, etc), or Read a book with a character, or subject matter, that is also a typical, old-fashioned Halloween costume (witch, ghost, vamp, princess, fairy, cowboy, firefighter etc, etc…).
5) Teacher’s Day: Read a book set in a school, college or university, or a character is in the education field (teacher, professor, lecturer, etc).
6) National Book Month Read a book set in the publishing business, or a book about writing, or one with a character that is a writer, publisher, editor, etc.
7) Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Read a book that is Chick-lit or Women’s Fiction, a book with a character dealing with cancer or a book with a strong female lead (“strong” can encompass physical, mental and/or emotional strength) *A virtual high-five for a book with a pink cover.
The romantic suspense, Survive the Night by Vicki Hinze was my choice to fulfill challenge #3. It was stunning. No other word for it. The characters leap off the page and the suspense and danger take you into a plot full of twists and turns. But the emotions make it a book that will stay with me. Della and Paul both have so much to give – and so much to lose – as they risk life and love. It was an absolutely wonderful read. I can’t wait for the next books in this new Lost, Inc. series.
So, from the first book of a series, I met challenge #4 with the third book in Tanya Michaels’ Hill Country Heroes, Rescued by a Ranger. Let me tell you, October reading was good to me. Michaels does family and falling in love so very well and I loved returning to Fredricksburg, Texas for this delightfully romantic read. This book has one of the best first kisses I’ve ever read. The parenting, generations, characterization, and friendships were classic Tanya Michaels as two lost people found their way to becoming a family.
I sure hope you jumped on board with this month’s reading challenges. Be sure to visit ReadingRomances.com and join the fun! You’re sure to enjoy the company of readers and discover terrific new authors.
Live the adventure!