Recommendations: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of the pioneers of supernatural romance.  I’ve loved her work right from the first book I read and she remains one of my absolute favourite authors.  Her characterisations and stories are amazing and I have no idea how she keeps the plotline running through 19+ books but she does and and the results are outstanding.

So what do you do when you have devoured everything she has written?  Here are some recommendations for other authors in the same genre or with a similar style who I also love, and hopefully you might too!

J. R. Ward

Another author with a long running series, who has an amazing ability to bring her characters to life and into your hearts.  Features vampires, hot men and sassy women, who could ask for more?

The following authors also write supernatural romance/urban fantasy but they are not quite as epic in scope as Sherrilyn Kenyon or J. R. Ward.

Keri Arthur

Keri Arthur’s ‘Riley Jensen’ Series are a great addition to the genre, with a gutsy, sexy heroine who is half-werewolf, half-vampire.  The ‘Nikki and Michael’ vampire series has action as well as romance and the ‘Damask Circle Trilogy’ are definitely recommended reading too.

Patricia Briggs

For some werewolf love, Patricia Briggs brings the ‘Mercy Thompson’ Series to life and  is an excellent, engaging, action packed read.  Recently she has started on the ‘Alpha and Omega’ series from the same world, with two great characters who started out in a short story and are proving just as engaging.  Lighter on the romance side than Kenyon but the story makes up for it.

Karen Chance

The ‘Cassie Palmer’ clairvoyant series has a bit of mystery going on, even with the numerous supernatural elements and makes for an exciting, sometimes heated mix. In addition to the main series, Karen Chance has recently begun a spin off series featuring the daughter of one of the main cast, which is shaping up to be a good read.

Kelley Armstrong

The ‘Otherworld’ series is going from strength to strength and Kelley Armstrong has a great way of telling stories through different character’s viewpoints.  It starts with werewolves in Bitten and goes through several great characters who are witches, demons, sorcerors and necromancers.  I love how she crosses their paths with other characters and often sets up the scene for following books as minor plots in the current one.

Rachel Caine

Two excellent series so far – ‘The Weather Wardens’ and their abilities to control the elements along with the enigmatic Djinn and her Young Adult series ‘The Morganville Vampires’.  Both are excellent reads and highly recommended.

Kim Harrison

Witches, vampires, pixies oh my!  The ‘Rachel Morgan’ series is a  good solid read, inspired titles, humerous at times yet has its extremely poignant moments.  Fast paced, full of action and definitely one to read.

Karen MacInerney

‘Tales of an Urban Werewolf’ are an easy, interesting and fun series to read.  Doesn’t take itself too seriously but packs a punch when it needs to.

Carrie Vaughn

The brilliant ‘Kitty’ series (a misnomer since it’s about werewolves) just keeps getting better and Carrie Vaughn brings kick ass Kitty to life with style and panache.

If you have any other authors or books you feel would be enjoyed by people who loved Sherrilyn Kenyon, feel free to comment on this article with your recommendations.

On the Prowl

Still managing to hide her ‘hairier-than-thou’ status while holding down her job as an auditor, Sophie Garou thinks she’s finally getting a handle on her life.  If it wasn’t for the fact her attractive lawyer boyfriend has been working later and later with his beautiful assistant Miranda, life would be perfect.  Almost.  Her most prestigious and handsome client is making it clear he’s interested in more than business and the mysterious hot Tom Fenris confusing her every time he appears complicate things in the worst.. or best way.  The Houston Pack has finally found out about her existence and they now have to make a decision whether she should be killed, made to leave the area, join the pack or come to some arrangement if she carries out a teensy task for them.  Not much to ask at all…

This book was a little different than Howling at the Moon.  The pace was faster, with more action and Sophie gets into more trouble than is good for her but it was a good read.  The only complaint I have is the shaving thing.  Wear trousers girls for goodness sakes!  Also the fact that while when transformed into their wolf selves, they are naturally hairy… except for the shaved bits.  Not sure why that bothers me but it does.  Other than that, like the first book it’s a fun read, not as quite as lighthearted but I think that is better in several ways – more character depth and development which at times can be bittersweet.  I loved the addition of several new characters and Sophie meeting more of her kind, with often hilarious interactions.  I’ll definitely be looking out for the next book in the series.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Karen MacInerney
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Howling at the Moon

Life is anything but ordinary for Sophie Garou.  Her mother is a psychic witch, her father who she’s never met, was a born werewolf.  Being raised by her mother alone, for the first ten years of her life, they had to continually move as Sophie’s werewolf nature would cause her to go furry on a regular basis, not just tied to the moon but emotions too.  Daycares and schools seem to frown on that for some reason.  Having found a place in Austin, Texas without it’s own pack, they finally manage to set down roots and her mother perfects a recipe for a wolfsbane tea which suppresses the urge to change unless she wants to.  Apart from the four equinoxes.  Then she has no choice but to fur up and go wolf.  With a job as an auditor, a hot lawyer boyfriend and a best friend, life should be good but her secret is something she is too scared to share.  Things get very complicated as her boss and boyfriend both have plans for her on the coming equinox.  When her mother is arrested for the murder of a local politician and the police not interested in looking for anyone beyond her, it’s up to Sophie to try and find who the real killer is.  When she meets Tom, the golden haired and powerful born werewolf, her furry side hormones kick in to full.  Yup, life is definitely anything but ordinary.

This is the first book I’ve read by Karen MacInerney and it’s a fun read.  Nothing too deep, the story flows easily and engages you quickly.  Often whimsical and funny, I couldn’t help but like the main character of Sophie.  She’s brave and gutsy and the moments she starts wolfing out in inappropriate places just made me laugh.  The chemistry between her and the mysterious Tom is well written and hot.   In contrast when she is with her boyfriend Heath, while it’s good between them, you know there is something not quite right.  Sophie’s best friend is funny too, acerbic and witty and willing to help solve the murder case and get her mother out of jail. Her mother is really the icing on the cake for the book.  She’s scatty and loves her daughter, wants the best for her but her methods are usually a bit madcap and involve the use of attraction amulets or love potions. As a mix they work really well, their interactions are funny, well written and enjoyable.

The pace of the book is pretty good, and while the plot is fairly simple, it doesn’t really matter as the charm of story is the characters.   There were a few plot devices that were actually pretty funny but it did jerk you out of the story to go hmmm…  But it did keep me reading and entertained and by the end was relieved I have the second book on the shelf waiting.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Karen MacInerney
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