March 2019: Keeper Shelf
~ N.J. Walters ~
Which book is at the top of your keeper shelf, the book you like to re-read over and over? And why?
N.J. Walters said:
Books are like old friends. I have many that I reread time and time again. They never get old or stale. When I’m stressed or need a pick-me-up, these are the books I go to. Some books on my keeper shelf have been there for more than thirty years, while some are brand new. It’s really difficult to pick just one book. But if I have to, I’d have to say Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard. This was one of the first series romances I ever read, and it’s still one of my favorites.
Mackenzie’s Mountain was released in 1989 and is one of the oldest books on my keeper shelf. I have the original Silhouette Intimate Moments edition—love that cover—as well as the ebook version. This is a timeless story of love and hope, sacrifice and redemption. It’s the first book in her Mackenzie Family series. Subsequent books followed the lives of the grown children of the original couple.
In a nutshell…Mary Elizabeth Potter is a teacher and self-proclaimed spinster who has taken a job in a small Wyoming town. Wolf Mackenzie spent time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, but people still believe the worst of him. All he wants is to be left alone. When Mary confronts Wolf about his son’s absence from school, sparks fly. Their budding relationship is causing problems for them both, but when things turn dangerous Wolf will do whatever it takes to protect her.
Now I love a wounded hero story and Wolf Mackenzie has had more than his share of hardships. The book might be over thirty years old, but this is a timeless story of love blooming between two unlikely people. Both characters grow and change as their relationship transforms them in ways they could never have imagined. It’s emotional, touching, action-packed, and shines a light on prejudice.
It’s difficult to have to limit myself to one book. I have a lot of authors on my keeper shelf including: Jayne Ann Krentz, Shelly Laurenston, Julie Garwood, J.R. Ward, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Nalini Singh, Maya Banks, Sharon Sala…the list goes on and on.
That’s the thing about books. They’re always there when you need them. And there are always new keepers to discover.
What’s on your keeper shelf?
Night of the Tiger (Hades’ Carnival, Book 1)
Five thousand years ago, in order to be saved from the horrors of Hell, shapeshifting warrior Roric was imprisoned in his animal form on a carousel. Only one woman’s touch can release him. After that, all he has to do is stay alive for twenty-hours, and his soul is safe from Hades for all eternity. But is the woman who sets him free a distraction sent by Hades?
When graphic novel illustrator Aimee Horner visits a traveling carnival, she’s drawn to an abandoned carousel and its carved white tiger. One touch of her skin against the massive beast, and Aimee’s world is changed forever.
The ancient curse is broken, and Hades and his demons are out for blood…and Roric’s and Aimee’s souls.
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