Today is my wedding anniversary so I’ll be scarce – my dude and I are getting away for the evening to do adult stuff and eat at a restaurant without paper tablecloths and crayons, nary a chicken tender from the children’s menu in sight!
But I haven’t done a booktalk in a while, mainly because I’ve been writing like crazy – and I wanted to do one today. First so I can talk about Megan Hart’s fantastic new release, Selfish is the Heart
This is Megan’s third book in her Order of Solace series – a fabulous melding of several genres – historical/fantasy/futuristic – into what I think might be my favorite book of the three published so far.
To escape an arranged marriage, Annalise Marony finds a way out of her plight by becoming a Handmaiden of the Order of the Solace. Raised in the faith but long fallen away in its practice, Annalise is determined to play the part of a dedicated novitiate for as long as it takes to nullify her betrothal.But not just anyone is accepted into the Order, and Annalise finds herself thwarted at every turn — particularly by a man who deliberately misleads her as she tries to gain entrance to the Motherhouse. It is all a ruse to test her dedication, for Cassian is an ex-priest who teaches classes on the faith.
Older than most of the girls, Annalise knows that she will be expected to please a patron in pleasures of the flesh—and she is not shy about teasing Cassian. But it is in matters of belief that he challenges her. And as both play out the game of master and student, the secrets in their souls will either tear them apart—or bind them together forever…
Now, Cassian is just, well, broody is a good word, dark. The scenes between Cassian and Annalise are beautiful. Sexy. Taut. They have great energy and back and forth. Annalise is one of my favorite sorts of heroines, she knows what she wants and she is going to have it. The writing, for those of you who are unfamiliar with Megan Hart’s work, is amazing. Tight. Gorgeous.
I love this series. I wish there was more like it out there! I love it so much I’m going to give away a copy of SELFISH IS THE HEART to one lucky winner. You’ll just need to comment here with your favorite kind of heroine and if you have an example, toss one out (because I love reading what other readers like and getting new recommendations for great reads). I’ll choose a winner tomorrow, Saturday October 9 at 5 pm pacific.
The second book I’m going to talk about today is Meljean Brook’s The Iron Duke. This book is blowing me away. Part steampunk, part cyberpunk, a little paranormal and a great deal of amazing writing works together to make this book incredibly hard to put down. Truly it’s another book I really can’t recommend highly enough. I’ll review it next Friday – but wanted to urge you all to run out and grab not only Megan’s wonderful Selfish is the Heart, but Meljean’s The Iron Duke.
Grab some chocolate, some hot tea or iced if you’re still dealing with the heat and settle in – both of these books are truly fabulous.