As an avid book lover, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book on a rainy day. With the fall season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about stocking up on some great books to have ready for those cozy days ahead.
These amazing fiction books are perfect to enchant you on those dark and stormy days! Some are from friends of Pagan’s Reading Nook, while others are new to me, and finally, we have some of my favorite authors!
So why not take advantage of the upcoming rainy days and treat yourself to some new reading material? Here are a few of my favorites! See which one captivates you!
Hidden Beneath the Embers by Fae Bec
Step into a world where the line between darkness and desire blurs, where hidden secrets dance with supernatural creatures, and survival hinges on a heart-wrenching battle for life itself. Are you ready to fall into this nightmare? Wait…never mind because “Ready or Not… Here I come.”
Hide-and-seek was a game Davyna loved playing as a child because she always won. But after the death of her adopted father, the game became her life’s mission to seek a blood relative to set her free from the cursed deal she made.
When every lead turns up empty, Davyna is forced to seek help from the creatures that hide in the dark.
And when her fairytale dream for her life goes up in flames, Davyna finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew as one secret after another is revealed. As darkness surrounds her, she wonders if there is any chance of waking from this nightmare.
With the help of new allies, will she find her way back to the light, or fall deeper into hell?
What started as a quest for her freedom quickly turns into a fight for her life as Davyna navigates loss, lust, and love. But more importantly, as she seeks answers to who- or what- she is.
Gravebriar by Casey L. Bond
Winner of the 2022 RONE Award for Young Adult Fantasy Romance!
Sometimes witches hunt their own…
Someone knows my secret and they’re wielding it as the weapon of my execution. I stand accused of poisoning my Gravebriar coven mate. To my fatal regret, I can’t prove my innocence without revealing the truth I’ve long kept hidden: while every other Gravebriar witch are green witches and healers, my magic lies in poisons.
There is one witch who believes me – the same boy who was sent to kill me with instructions to pluck the briars that sprouted from my grave – the only cure for a Gravebriar witch. Forge Silverthorn will be my undoing… or my salvation.
He claims there is a malicious plot vining through the witch town of Cauldron that threatens to tighten around my throat in a deadly noose. Promising I can escape by seeking the help of a banished witch who hides our kind in plain sight, he leads me to a dark circus full of witches.
The ringmaster will only help us if we agree to join his circus of uncanny tricks and diabolical feats for two nights only, using our magic to thrill his patrons. In exchange for our participation under the big top, he’ll divulge the information I need to save my coven mate and clear my name.
But when dark secrets emerge from the shadows of this promised sanctuary, I’m forced to decide if I can truly trust anyone, especially Forge… my would-be executioner, my coven’s sworn enemy, and my could-be love.
Vampire's Kiss by Lori-Anne Cohen
Elias Schrader owns Vampire’s Kiss, but he barely runs the place. He’s let the darkness of his past consume his present. So the last thing he needs is the sassy singer as a distraction. Addie is talented, gorgeous, and warm hearted, everything he should stay away from, but he’s unable to resist.
The two are drawn to each other with an electric chemistry neither can deny. As they grow closer, a plot to unseat Elias from power puts Addie in the crosshairs of a dangerous foe, but this vampire is intent on keeping his songbird safe.
Elias will need to stop the threat and make peace with his past in order to ensure that his vampire’s kiss, won’t be Addie’s last.
This book is a steamy 18+ book. Please see author website: loriannecohenwrites.com for CWs, etc.
Crossed by Emily McIntire
From USA TODAY bestselling author Emily McIntire comes a dark and delicious fractured fairy tale reimagining of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
He is righteousness. She is sin.
Father Cade Frédéric is a holy man. Brought up in the streets of Paris, he has dedicated his life to the church. But there’s a monster that lingers just beneath the surface. A sickness. One that bleeds darkness and feeds on the damned. When he’s tasked to become the priest in Festivalé, Vermont, a town both beautiful in architecture and riddled with despair, his sickness sings, demanding he rid the place of evil.
Amaya Paquette is Festivalé’s beautiful mystery. She spends her days caring for her younger brother and her nights transforming into Esmeralda, dancing for greedy eyes and shameless lips. Although she longs for love, she shies away from companionship, afraid of being abandoned again.
When Father Cade lays eyes on Amaya, he finds himself ensnared, convinced she’s using witchcraft to lure him to her. He can’t eat. Can’t breathe. Can’t think unless it’s of her.
And temptation is a devastating mistress.
She’s his weakness, so he decides he’ll be her demise…even if it means killing the only woman he might ever love.
From Storm and Shadow by Rachel Morgan
I will take this secret to my end.
Two years ago, the Guild of Guardians killed my parents for a crime they didn’t commit.
They tried to kill me too, but I got away.
I buried the past and made a new life for myself, hidden in a world not my own.
The human world, where faeries belong in stories and magic is unknown.
But now the Guild has found me.
He’s found me.
(The boy I once loved.) The boy who tried to kill me.
And this time … he wants my help.
With magic, action, and delicious slow-burn tension, you won’t be able to stop turning the pages!
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NOTE: While this series is set in the same fictional world as Rachel Morgan’s bestselling Creepy Hollow Series, you do not have to read that series before reading this one.