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Make Some Noise- Day 9

When Twilight came out I couldn’t read it. I’ve never been able to read stories written in first person, and so my immediate response was to put the book down. But over the past year I’ve discovered more and more authors are using that writing style so I decide it was time to counter my bias against first person. I’m still a hard sell, but I’ve now come to be able to appreciate the style. enough that when I picked up Ann Aguirre’s Grimspace and saw it was first person, I didn’t flinch. Or not as much. And in the end I LOVED the book. I’ll post a review on it after the anniversary party is over.

In the meantime, today I’m giving away a couple of the books that helped teach me to appreciate first person writing. I’d loved Cheyenne McCray’s earlier works and bought both books without even looking at the blurbs. Imagine my shock–that turned to enjoyment. So I’ve gotten a set of both these books for you to try.

The First Sin

AN ELITE PARTNERSHIP

Alexi Steele is determined, relentless, and driven to protect the innocent. She’s a top agent of the NSA’s clandestine Recovery Enforcement Division, specializing in human trafficking and sex crimes. Her current mission: To infiltrate the inner circle of Boston’s exclusive S&M clubs in order to save thirteen young women who are about to be auctioned off to the highest bidders. But Lexi’s only way in is under the “control” of her new partner in crime, Nicholas Donovan.

AN EROTIC END GAME

Nick will do whatever it takes to bring down the billionaire sex-ring mastermind who’s kidnapped his sister. But the games he must play as Lexi’s “dominant” are burning away his icy control, and blurring the lines between partners. Meanwhile, their enemies are closing in as they enter a devastating race against time…bringing them dangerously close to THE FIRST SIN.

The Second Betrayal

THEY ARE BOUND BY DUTY AND DESIRE.

As an undercover agent for the NSA’s Recovery Enforcement Division, Alexi Steele is no stranger to the ways and means of the country’s most notorious sex criminals. Still, she’s never seen anything quite like this. Girls from across the globe are being recruited for a modeling competition in New York City, only to end up as enslaved prostitutes. Now it’s up to Lexi and her partner—and lover—Nicholas Donovan to infiltrate the operation.

BUT WILL THEIR FIGHT FOR JUSTICE TEAR THEM APART?

Finding the mastermind behind the sex trafficking is only one half of the challenge. The other is Nick. Even though she has always trusted him, Lexi can’t help but wonder whether he’s keeping something from her—a shocking secret from his past on the Special Forces unit. Meanwhile, time running out for the victims…and Lexi may be forced to do the unthinkable to see that the job is done.

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If you need the rules, they are here. To enter today’s contest, tell me if you enjoy first person stories, and if you do, name the ONE book I really should try to read (other than Twilight) You’re expanding my TBB list.

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Virginia C
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“Still Missing” by Chevy Stevens

Unsettling. Unimaginable. Unforgettable.

Caitlin U
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I liked C.E. Murphy’s The Walker Series and I liked Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer series both of those are first person but I do prefer when each chapter is a different characters POV.

Andrea Becraft
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I haven’t really read a whole lot of books in the first person. Twilight not withstanding. SM also wrote The Host in first person and I loved it. Made me cry and its hard to make me cry.

Marlene Breakfield
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JANE EYRE is a classic and a great book.

Joder
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I recently read The Lovely Bones, after seeing the movie, and really liked it. I felt that it makes for a more intimate read with a more emotional outcome.

Patti
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I like 1st person stories; especially if the main character has a quick sense of humor.

Molly Harper’s Nice Girls series (NG Don’t Have Fangs is book 1) is great. She’s the kind of heroine you’d love to have come over and hang out.

Sherry S.
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I’m not very into books written in the first person although I’ve read a few that I really liked. I’ve read almost all of Cheyenne McCray’s books from Ellora’s Cave but I’ve not read very many of her other books.

Anne
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I would have said I hate first person stories, couldn’t remember one I’d read. Then I read the other comments and realized I’ve read a lot of them and enjoyed them. I’ve read all of Harper’s, Chance’s and Murphy’s work. I’ve also read The Lovely Bones, but remember thinking it bored me.

Now that I’m thinking about it, I love the Kitty series by Carrie Vaughn and I think that might be in first person too.

Cathy M
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I am a big fan of Karen Chance’s series, and really enjoyed Midnight’s Daughter.

Fedora
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I’m so-so on first-person, and it’s mainly because of Ann’s Jax series. I really didn’t care for them at all before that, but realize that some stories are very well told that way. I still don’t tend to choose them first though ;)

Beth
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I don’t read a lot of first person, and a few over the years have turned my off the author. But if it is well written I don’t mind a first person story occasionally. Wouldn’t want a library full of it however.
Read one recently that is the first of a three book set that I can’t wait to get my hands on the next two. Spellbent by Lucy A. Snyder. She’s a new to me author and it was one of those reads that you just don’t like to stop til your done.

Jane
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First person stories aren’t my favorite, but I do read and enjoy them. I think my favorite is Lisa Kleypas’ “Sugar Daddy.”

Colleen
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I have read a few first person stories… read the Twilight saga, also read a few of Karen Chance’s books… off hand I can not think of the others… have to search my book shelves…

Ivy
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Moning’s Fever Srs….@ least I think they’re in 1st person…I think the Sookie Stackhouse books are too. Love both of those…
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Estella
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I like first person stories. I have read Twilight, Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer Series and Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville Series.

Sue A.
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Dirty by Megan Hart is a first person story I enjoyed.

Karin
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Like you, I’m not a big fan of first person stories. I haven’t really ever found one that gripped me enough to want to read it again.

Tamsyn T.
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Me too, I don’t really like first person stories. Somehow it puts me off the book.

Tracey D
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I enjoyed Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Nancy Gilliland
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First person can be good in the right author’s hands, but I have read some really baad ones as well. Some of Laurell K Hamilton’s Merry Gentry books are first person, and well done.

kh
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first is ok with me
ipick jen cruise
great books
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