Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Top Ten Ten Underrated Books I Enjoyed.” In order to qualify, the books have to have under 2000 likes on Goodreads. I looked at the books I’ve read that fit into this category, and discovered ten books (and some series) that fit into this category. These are books I discovered in someway, written by authors that were new to me. Not only was I hooked on these stories, I think they should get a look at from a wider audience. They were that good. So without further ado, here are my “Top Ten Ten Underrated Books I Enjoyed.”
1.) The Unchecked Series by Sybil Bartel
This series is a rear mystery, thriller, and action-packed story from beginning to end. Even though there is love at first sight between the two main characters, Bartel still somehow manages to make the relationship feel earned. Not only d readers root for the main characters, but as they meet more of the secondary characters, you can’t help but become interested in them as well. If you think about checking this out, I’d advise to buy all three books at the same time, because you won’t want to stop after the first novel.
2.) The Cave by Michaela Montgomery
I haven’t completed this trilogy, but the Cave was an exciting read. Montgomery takes the dystopia genre in a different direction with her group of cave climbers who discover that nuclear winter is upon them after a bomb is dropped on the U.S. Wondering whether or not they can survive in the cave, or whether they’ll brave the radiation above.
3.) The Summer Marked by Rebekah L. Purdy
This is the second novel in the series, but I never felt as if I was lost when reading it. This magical story of fairies has lots of political intrigue, romance, and betrayal. I really enjoyed it, and can’t wait to read the third novel in the series to see how it all pans out.
4.) Talon by Sybil Bartel
Talon is the first novel in the spin-off to Bartel’s Unchecked series. Talon is Blaze’s old military buddy. The womanizer with the heart of gold, who’s dealing with his own personal demons. This bad-ass surfer dude has a glorious smile, tight body, and legendary skills. In the bedroom, and on the street. I loved this book, because it allowed me to learn more about this captivating character, but also wanted to reunite with my favorite couple from the other series.
5.) Sunblind by Michael McBride
This thriller kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The tale of Mexican immigrants crossing into the U.S., and being set upon by creatures in the dead of night was the stuff of nightmares. Tense, suspenseful, and action-packed, I highly recommend this horror tale.
6.) Axle Alley Vipers Series by Sherilee Gray
This series about a group of tough chicks running their own auto restoration shop is filled with complex characters, swoon worthy romance, and great story. While you don’t need to read the series from the beginning, it helps. Besides, why wouldn’t you want to? I recently discovered this romance series, and instantly fell in love. The women are strong and likable, while the guys are tough but full of heart. If you’re looking for a rough-riding romance, this is definitely for you.
7.) Hostage Taker by Stefanie Pintoff
I received this novel from the publisher, and found I could not put it down. Hostage Negotiator Eve Rossi is a great heroine. She’s tough, professional, and knows how to play the political game. I found this mystery to be very thrilling, and the villain was Eve’s perfect match. Throw in a few red herrings, twists-and-turns, and you’ve got an amazing story. I can’t wait to read the sequel when it’s released this November.
8.) HORNET by Tonya Burrows
I first discovered this great series when I received an ARC of one of Burrows’ Wilde Security novels, which spun-off this military romance series. While Wilde Security novels are standard HEA stories, HORNET is gritty. The guys are war-torn, suffering from PTSD, and the women they fall for have to learn how to love them in spite of all the guys’ baggage. Each novel deals with a mystery, some gun-toting bad guys, and features loads of action. The characters are well-developed, as are the stories. While you don’t have to read HORNET in conjunction with Wilde, it does help make the universe seem even grander.
9.) The Catch by Taylor Stevens
Like many others on this list, I discovered Taylor Stevens when I received an ARC of The Catch from Random House. When I read the synopsis, it reminded me of a female Jason Bourne, and there was no way I wasn’t going to check it out. I won’t lie, it took a bit to get into, because the main character is so tough, that it’s hard to decide if she’s likable or not. However, once I got into the mystery, I couldn’t put it down. The Catch is the fourth book in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series, yet I never felt lost. Stevens does a great job filling the reader in on any events that happened in prior novels. However, I enjoyed this one so much that I want to read the series from the very beginning.
10.) Stolen Empire Series by Sherry D. Ficklin
Lastly, another series I discovered after receiving an ARC from the publisher. I’m a fan of historical fiction, yet I haven’t read many stories set in Russia. When I came across this compelling story of Catherine the Great, I couldn’t wait to check it out. I’m so glad I did! Ficklin takes readers from Catherine’s early years as a young noblewoman through her rise to Czarina of Russia. Political intrigue, mystery, betrayal, and murder fill this series. If you haven’t gotten around to checking it out, I highly recommend it.