Sophia’s Top Five KU Recommendations

Posted November 4, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Recommendations / 14 Comments

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As Shari pointed out, it’s nice to see what books other people are discovering through the KU program so you get some options to try out.  Here are some of the books/series that I’ve enjoyed so far:

Lessons in Chasing the Wild Goose by Charlie Cochrane from the Cambridge Fellows series

M/M Historical Mystery

This is the latest release in a favorite series.  I was thrilled to see it offered.  This is a cozy mystery series set against the backdrop of a small Cambridge college and the time frame spans just before WWI to post WWI.  There is a romance that develops through several books and is part of the ongoing series though each book offers a new mystery for the detecting pair to solve.

Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith like nothing more than being handed a mystery to solve. But why would anybody murder a man with no enemies? And was it murder in the first place?


Junkyard Druid by MD Massey from the Colin McCool series

New Adult Urban Fantasy

Tough hero, lots of paranormal creatures and races and a strong nod to Celtic Mythology with a dose of mystery and action.

A cursed druid, blackmailed by a faery queen to find a missing magic rock. Let’s just hope they don’t hack the druid off… for everyone’s sake.

Name’s Colin McCool. Folks call me the Junkyard Druid. I hatethat name.

Despite my last name, I’m not “cool” like the other hunters in town. I don’t run an occult bookstore, I’ve never owned a Harley, and I didn’t inherit a family fortune passed down through generations of hunters before me.

And I kind of have this curse on me that’s messed up my life.

So, things have gone to hell since I was cursed. I live in a junkyard, my mentor Finn is a heroin addict, I’ve got the Cold Iron Circle breathing down my neck, and the local Fae Queen Maeve is blackmailing me into doing her dirty work.

Now I’m in way over my head trying to retrieve Maeve’s stolen magic rock, all while helping my friend Belladonna solve a series of murders that may or may not involve the local werewolves.

And did I mention that my girlfriend is a ghost?

If I can just get the Faery Queen’s tathlum back, and help Belladonna solve the murders…

Then I just might live long enough to finish my first year of college.

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon from the Ice Planet Barbarians series.

Sci-Fi Romantic Comedy

I’ve seen a few of my book pals having a good ol’ time with these. Thanks, Renee @ AtR and Suzanne @ UTC  It’s a mash-up of Ice Age with Alien Romance and it was an all-round good time when I just wanted light and fluffy and alien romancing.

You’d think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you’d be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they’ve left their cargo of human women – including me – on an ice planet.

And the only native inhabitant I’ve met? He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me…

The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby from the Magnolia Grove series

Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

And, again, this was me trying an author that I’d seen recommended highly by a blogger pal, Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviews.  I tried this one on audio when I saw it was a narrator I already loved.  This is about sisters and their widowed mother growing close and getting a reset after the man of their family died years before.  It was warm and gentle, a dab of magical and romantic.

One family learns that love is the greatest miracle of all.

Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy—even if that means putting her own dreams on hold.

Tracy couldn’t be more different from her sister. She’s always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother.

As Tracy experiences the difficulties of new motherhood, Meghan faces her own struggle: trying not to fall for the stray puppy she rescued. This is no time for attachments—not to the adorable “Sox,” whose owner is bound to turn up any day, and certainly not to the handsome new vet in town. But as the summer unfolds, she discovers that, like Sox, she may need rescuing, too.

As both sisters navigate unexpected challenges and exciting new relationships, they’ll find that putting the past to rest can make way for beautiful new beginnings.

Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh from the Morgan Dane series

Romantic Suspense

Yep, you guessed it.  Another recommend I had to pursue.  Thanks, Anna @ HCBS!  I loved the tension-filled thriller style story and a new to me narrator.  Characters were engaging as was their case to prove a young man innocent of a crime he was framed for.  Incidentally, the original series this one spins off is also available with the same narrator in KU.

In a new series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh, former prosecutor Morgan Dane faces the most personal—and deadly—case of her lifetime.

After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.


In Conclusion

So, those are my variety pack of romance sub-genres I’ve got for you.  Any of these catch your eye?

Got any recommendations for me?  Obviously, I love recommendations.  Haha!


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

Junkyard Druid and the Summer of New Beginnings sound really good to me. I’ve especially been wanting to try Crosby..glad you enjoyed all of these Sophia,

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Thanks, Lorna! I hope you get the chance to try them. I don’t know if you are subscribed to KU, but there are some real gems. Kimberly noted that they are doing their 3 months for $.99 trial again if you’re interested. 🙂

3 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I just had KU for three months that ended about a month or so back. Do you think you can do the .99 thing again? Because I definitely would!

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

From what I saw when I clicked on it to check it out, I think we can so long as we’re not currently subscribed when we click. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I was really surprised by how many books I found that appealed to me during my 3 month membership. Junkyard Druid sounds really good!

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes! That first book was not meant to be my only one, but I got side tracked binging on the Melnda Leighs for the rest of my subscription. I’ve made a list and plan to go back for the rest of those when I take up KU again.

3 years ago

I had already put 3 of these on my list based on your reviews. Thank you! Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Northwoman

That’s great! Glad I could point you to them, Anne. I’m getting together a sizable list of my own KU wish list. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

I don;t have KU but these sound good.

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yes! They were definitely a nice pile of mostly new authors to me. Oh hey, if you want to try KU, Amazon is still doing the 3 months for $.99 trial and it doesn’t end until Nov 30th.

3 years ago

Junkyard Druid looks interesting. I’ll have to check that one out since I have KU.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Several people compare it unfavorable to Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series (including the author), but I didn’t see so much in common as a lot of differences and it was a fun read at that. I need to keep going with this series when I pick up KU again.

3 years ago

Thanks for the recommendations! I think I’d really like the Cambridge Fellows series. The Junkyard Druid series seems like a fun one too!


Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yay! I haven’t met up with many fans of the series, but I just love them. There are occasional sales and freebies with that series plus the select titles that are part of KU.