Tuesday, May 28, 2013

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Freebie -- Novellas/Short Stories

Hosted by the ladies at The Broke and Bookish.


I love full-length books just as much as the next reader, but I am also a fan of stories that I can read in one sitting. I believe it takes real skill to write a short story/novella and these are some of the best, in my opinion.

The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5) The Ice Princess (Princes Trilogy, #4) Dead After Dark (Dark-Hunter Universe, #15.6; Companion, #6.5) Supernatural (Lords of Deliverance, #1.5; Demonica, #5.5; Guardians of Eternity, #7.5; Nightwalkers, #1.5; Dragon Kin, #4.5) Unlocked (Turner, #1.6)

1. The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
This is the prequel to Milan's current series (The Brothers Sinister) and it is an amazing story! It deals with a disgraced governess and a former pugilist turned man of business. I loved the way the romance developed with both characters being a bit gun shy yet can't resist the chemistry. Plus it was nice reading about two characters who weren't part of the aristocracy. It can be purchased as a single story.

2. The Ice Princess by Elizabeth Hoyt
This is a novella that relates to Hoyt's Prince trilogy. It focuses on the madam of the infamous Aphrodite's Grotto brothel who first appeared in The Raven Prince and how she deals with a handsome captain who wins seven nights with her in a game of chance. The slow development of the love story is really well done here and Hoyt's signature spicy sex scenes are in full force.
It can be purchased as a single story.

3. The Story of Son by JR Ward
Novella that can be found in the Dead After Dark anthology. It is about a lawyer who is captured and kept in a mysterious house by a client. She then discovers that her client has been keeping her half-vampire son as a prisoner in the house and that she is meant to be his yearly meal. But, what happens is a connection between two people that really showcases JR Ward's romantic side.

4. Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione
Part of the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance universe and can be found in the Supernatural anthology.  It deals directly with Vladlena, a nurse at Underworld General Hospital, who goes undercover at a paranormal fight club to find out who killed her brother.  There she meets Nathan, a day-walking vampire, and tries to put a stop to the club once and for all.  This novella is really intricate and full of cameos from our favorite characters in this universe.  There are also some interesting tidbits that will be important in the series later on.

5. Unlocked by Courtney Milan
Another Milan novella, I know, but she is one of the best at this style in historical romance.  I really connected to this story about a nobleman who returns to England to make amends to a wallflower that he and his cousin tormented for years.  This story runs the gamut of emotions, but readers get to understand how both sides feel and the pay off is wonderful.  It is part of the Turner Family universe, but can be read, and purchased, as a stand-alone.

Tarnished Knight (London Steampunk, #1.5) The Undead in My Bed (Includes: Midnight Liaisons #1.5, Dark Ones #10.5, Half Moon Hollow #1.5) Three Weddings and a Kiss Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) When Tony Met Adam (Troubleshooters, #12.5)

6. Tarnished Knight by Bec McMaster
Part of the London Steampunk series and can be purchased as a single story.  It takes place after the events of Kiss of Steel and focuses on two lonely, tortured souls: Esme and John.  John is a burly, partly metal man who survives a vampire attack, but not without repercussions.  Esme is a widowed housekeeper who has had feelings for John for years.  This story is dark and romantic with some amazing character development and lots of sexual tension.

7. Undead Sublet by Molly Harper
Part of the Half-Moon Hollow series and can be found in the Undead in My Bed anthology.  This hilarious paranormal romance deals with Tess, a prominent chef who has a mental breakdown and takes a leave of absence in Kentucky, and Sam, a newly turned vampire whose ex-wife rents out the house he is staying in to an unsuspecting Tess.  I had tons of fun with this book and really recommend it to fans of Harper's oddball sense of humor.

8. The Mad Earl's Bride by Loretta Chase
Can be found in the Three Weddings and a Kiss anthology, but will soon be available as a single story.  This historical romance features a woman whose life ambition is to be a doctor and a man who believes he has a brain disease that will cause him to go mad and then die like his mother.  The chemistry between these two is amazingly written and I loved the way that Chase handled the medical aspect.

9. Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
This story takes place in between Shatter Me and Unravel Me.  The most intriguing thing about this novella is that it is completely in Warner's point of view.  I love when authors force readers to look at scenes from a different viewpoint especially when it is someone who is considered a villain.  It can be purchased as an individual story.

10. When Tony Met Adam by Suzanne Brockmann 
A Troubleshooters novella written in honor of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  It focuses on Adam, Jules and Robin's ex lover, and the Navy SEAL that takes hold of his heart.  I was not Adam's biggest fan in the other Troubleshooter books, but it was nice to get to know him more and see him finally happy.  It can be purchased as an individual story.


  1. Completely agree with you here. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it is to write a short story! Great choice here :).
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  2. I loved Destroy ME. It was such a great novella and I was thrilled to be inside the head of Warner.
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  3. Thanks for the recommendations! I agree, sometimes, it's really nice to read a shorter story, and the good ones are really hard to find.

    Happy reading.



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