Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tracy Wolff's DIK List

Sorry I'm so late-- things have been nuts around my house this morning.

Anyway, I mentioned on Monday that I have ecclectic reading tastes when it comes to romance, which is why I write four different sub-genres. So today I thought I'd give you a glimpse of just how all over the place my romance reading tastes are. Below are some of my favorite books from my very own DIK bookcase.

Before I Fall has the most beautiful prose I've read in a very long time. Seriously, the book is absolutely gorgeous to read and the plot and premise are really interesting too. If you knew today was your last day, how would you live it?
I'm a big Nora Roberts fan and have been since I was ten or eleven. But of all of her books, this one stands out as one of my absolute favorites. I love the hero and heroine in this book (and don't think that the Lifetime movie did either of them justice, btw). The villain is truly awful and the plot kept me turning the pages long into the night.

Laid Bare is one of those books that you pick up and think the author just got it right-- all the way around. Lauren Dane creates an incredible heroine in this book, one who has been to hell and back, who is down but not out. It's impossible not to root for Erin-- and her happily ever after. Rarely has a romance heroine deserved an HEA more.

Julie James's Practice Makes Perfect is awesome! I've loved all three of her novels, but this one is by far my favorite. The story of two lawyers who go to great lengths to one up each other, I laughed so hard during the courtroom scene (when you read it you'll know which scene I'm talking about) that I nearly cried.

Iron Kissed is the third book in Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson UF series and one of the best UF novels I have ever read. This is the book where Briggs really gets her characters down and they are incredible. From the heroine, Mercy, to the two men in her life, to the incredible cast of characters that goes along with them, this book is a roller coaster ride from start to finish.

Christine Feehan is one of those writers who gets it right almost all the time (IMO) but there's something about this book, Night Game, that really sticks out for me. I love the hero and heroine, really like the plot, love the setting (New Orleans ;) and think the premise of the Ghostwalker books-- especially at the beginning-- is awesome.

Sherry Thomas's Not Quite a Husband: This book is an unusual historical, as it is set in India not England and its heroine is a doctor. Sherry's prose is beautiful in this novel-- rich and powerful and so evocative that it literally paints pictures for the reader. I'm not a big historical reader, but this book is definitely on the top of my DIK list.
Thanks so much to the DIK ladies for having me on the island this week. I so appreciate it-- and you, their wonderful readers. Stop by and see me sometime at my website and blog.
So, these are a few of my DIKs. What are some of yours? Leave a comment for a chance to win my new erotic romance, Tease Me.


runner10 said...

Glad you made it. I like your list of books.
I would include Jane Porter's "Flirting with Forty". I would want to take the book and movie with me.

s7anna said...

That's a great list...I grew up reading a lot of Nora Roberts books as for some other great additions...the Harmony series by Jayne Castle (yes I know that's a lot of books but it's a seriously awesome group of books), Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard, Eternal Hunter by Cynthia Eden...I could go on but I'll resist the impulse.


Lea said...

Hi Tracy:

Great list. I love Lauren Dane's voice and actually have Laid Bare in my stacks to be read.

My favorites would be Wicked Burn, and Sweet Restraint by Beth Kery; Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione (I love the entire Demonica series), I also love Jaci Burton's Wild Rider series, and many of Devyn Quinn's books.

Please don't enter me in the contest Tracy I already have "Tease Me" here.

Thanks for joining us on the island!!

cait045 said...

I loved Laid Bare and I loved the sequel Coming Undone. It was just as good as the first. Can't wait for the rest in this series.

Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series is also I must read. Her newest release Silver Borne was great.

Mary G said...

Hi Tracy
Don't enter me I have all your awesome books. I'm envious - you such varied tatse & it shows in your multi-genre writing.

It's hard to pick only 5 books when I have so many fave authors.

Sweet Restraint(cheating here -anything by Beth Kery)

Dangerous Passion - Lisa Marie Rice

Naked Edge - Pamela Clare(any of hers)

any Shiloh Walker
any Christy Reece
any Jaci Burton

Julie James
Marie Force
Robin Kaye
Lora Leigh
Lauren Dane
Cindy Gerard
Cherry Adair
Jill Shalvis
What? I have to stop now?

But what about Sarah McCarty
Shannon Mckenna
Tracy Wolff
Elle Kennedy

Forget it - I ain't going to stupid island. LOL

Sullivan McPig said...

I agree with you on Iron Kissed!

Some other all time favourite books are:
-American Gods by Neil Gaiman
-Boneshaker by C. Priest
-The Heralds of Valdemar trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
-Crusade in Jeans by Thea Beckman

Unknown said...

Thank you Tracy for the great recommendations, they all sound interesting, will ahve to check them out!

My DIK choices are:

- the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
- the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong
- the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
- Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty
- Can you Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

these are the ones that come to mind right now. :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Tracy Wolff/Tessa Adams said...

Wow, some great books listed. Runner10-- I really liked Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter along with Mrs. Perfect. I haven't read Flirting with Forty, but will remedy that as soon as I'm out of deadline mode.

s7anna-- LOL, the Nora Roberts book I was talking about was Blue Smoke, but I guess without the cover that didn't translate. But I've read them all. Ooooooh, Shades of Twilight was really good!

Lea,I love Lauren, Jaci and Beth's books. And they are such lovely women, too.

cait045-- COming Undone was good. And yes, all 5 Mercy books rock!

Hi Mary! Aren't you the sweetest? And can you believe Elle and I are both up for a Rita-- against each other :(

Sullivan McPig, I haven't read any of those but am writing the names down for my next trip to B and N.

Stella, I love Sophie Kinsella and of course, Diana Gabaldon!

Thanks for having me, DIK Ladies. It's been a lot of fun!

Tracy said...

Thanks again for visiting Tracy!

I absolutely love your list! Iron Kissed,Not Quite a Husband, and Practice Makes perfect are all on my favs list.

Ina said...

Hi Tracy!
oh, quite a few books from your list are on mine too *gg*
further must-reads for me are Nalini Singh, Louise Edwards and Jean Johnson...
have a great day,

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