We have bears!

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh (Psy Changeling Trinity #1)

We have Bears. Changeling bears.

For as long as I’ve been a fan of paranormal books, Amazon have sent me book deals about shifters. The weirdest are quite possibly the bear shifters.  Hot male alphas turning into dopey enormous sloth like bears?  Creepy and just wrong. Very wrong!

And then Nalini Singh says her next instalment in the long running psy changeling series is about bears.  Bam!  I’ve pre-ordered a book about changeling bears.  It’s a complete testament to my total faith in this author that I don’t even hesitate.

Of course, it was every bit as fabulous as I expected.  After all Nalini Singh is to PNR what glitter and fushia are to fabulousness!

Valentin the Russian teddy bear is my new fave.  His love for Silver was multi dimensional with doses of fun and tragedy.  I loved how different their story was from other romances in the series.  Starting in the middle of their romance was a risk but it gave the story edge.  This is a sparkling and fun romance with a touch of real heart break.  I just loved it.

As always with this amazing series there’s plenty of drama and politics.  But even better there are moments.  Ms Singh excels at giving her readers moments.  My absolute favourite was Kaleb’s dinner invitation.  I both snorted at how funny it was and cringed for poor Kaleb!  It reminded me of his concern at how Sahara collected people making him seem less scary.  Cue the warm fuzzies!

There’s no doubt that Ms Singh is the world’s best paranormal writer with bells on.  And if this is your genre and you’ve not yet read her books, well she’s just done you the biggest favour by re-starting the series so new readers can just dive in.  My only question is why?  This is book 16 of the psy changeling series, why miss such brilliance?!

Gold digger?

Max by Sawyer Bennett (Cold Fury #6)

I love this series.  It’s adorable, thought provoking and feel good reading.  How Sawyer Bennett consistently writes great characters I just don’t know.  Add in that she creates real believable drama that you’re invested in and it kind of blows me away.  Purely fabulous writing.

Of all Ms Bennett’s heroes I imagine that Max is probably the one that most readers will forget.  I admit I’m probably guilty of that.  But having re-read it this week, I can say Max is the sweetest of the Cold Fury stories.  The word heart warming is over used but it’s totally appropriate. In fact heart-warming nails it!

Max asks a simple question how do you prove a negative?  Julianne is accused of being a gold digger.  Is she?  It’s an easy charge to make, especially when a girl struggling financially ends up with a super rich guy.  But just because she’s poor and he’s super rich, does money have to the central tenet of their relationship?  How does she prove she’s not gold digging for his money?  And how do they both move past it so it doesn’t dominate their daily life?

I really felt for her. And for him. It’s a lovely story, that has far more depth than it first seems. Wonderful.

I must also thank Ms Bennett for having not one but TWO new Cold Fury books on the horizon.  Clearly, they’ve been downloaded as this is one series that just gets better and better.

And I haven’t even mentioned the cover!  Who is he?!

Building adventure

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Keith Stuart’s book is a wonderful, charming and slightly edgy story about a family in the middle of a crisis.  I found Alex’s journey from being really unlikeable to someone you want to root for, heart warming but also a bit of a masterclass.  Kudos to the author for that.

It’s a great bookclub choice.  A good bookclub book needs a variety of themes and interesting but relatable characters.  A Boy Made of Blocks nails it.  The disintegration of their marriage had so many layers, I can see readers taking sides and interpreting it differently.  Not to mention the nature of the father and son relationship.  Throw in the minecraft element and its perfect for a good discussion.  After all who doesn’t have a view about kids and gaming? Other people’s divorce? The role of dads?

Afterwards I started wondering what the real story was and what I’d take away from it.  There was one quote that has stayed with me, and summed up the overall story:

“Life is an adventure, not a walk. That’s why it’s so difficult.”

I’m not sure why but it reminds me of the John Lennon line ‘life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’. I love how this reminds me that life never really does what you expect, and that sadly the hard stuff is generally what shapes it.  But it’s always about the path you take.

So, get your bookish friends together read, discuss and enjoy.

And if you’re not in a bookclub, it would make a spot on Father’s Day gift.