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Top Ten Tuesday #33: Underrated Books

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is all about those books that we think are amazing, but are completely underrated. None of them are from big authors like James Patterson, who gets thousands of ratings before his books are even published. Every book featured here received a five star review from me and all of them have less than 2,000 ratings. In fact, every single one of my books has less than 1,000 ratings. So I urge you, if you see one that looks interesting, please check it out!

Lana's Calling1. Lana’s Calling by Nancy Glynn

Twenty-First birthdays ruined her life, stole her family, and now Lana Stone wants revenge. The evil house that was demolished at her parents’ hands is calling out to her in her dreams, rebuilding itself every year. Stone Manor wants her. Jack Red is coming for her. Her fate is sealed on her 21st birthday…in her dreams.

Hunter Bane is the sexy architect who helped rebuild Golden Hills, who also has a mysterious connection to Jack. He has his reasons for staying away from Lana, but will he give in to her sensual beauty? And will he ever share the true reason he can’t be with her? A dark destiny has claimed Hunter, but will Lana save him?

Being caught between this world and the other side, Lana rises and claims the power she was born with, opening her heart to a man who could destroy it, and a vengeful need to bring Jack to his immortal knees.

Current Goodreads Rating: 4.67

Number of Ratings: 6

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Longreave2. Longreave by Daniel Barnett

Some secrets aren’t kept.
Some secrets keep you.

It’s dark inside Longreave with no electricity. But that doesn’t bother Mark Currier. And the way the faucets keep dripping . . . that doesn’t bother him either. Even if the water has been shut off. He’s got work to do around the hotel. A man has to take care of what’s his, otherwise he doesn’t deserve it. Look at his wife, Alice. He hadn’t taken care of her, and she’d left him. Now she’s living in his house with her off-kilter brother and trying to rebuild her life, and that definitely doesn’t bother him at all. Not a bit. He has his own rebuilding to do, starting with the crumbling wall in Longreave’s cellar.

If only it wasn’t so cold down there.

If only the boiler would just keep quiet.

Mark and Alice’s marriage might be dead, but they’re about to discover some things won’t stay buried forever . . .

Current Goodreads Rating: 4.43

Number of Ratings: 7

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Eve's Amulet3. Eve’s Amulet by Carole Avila

A psychic leaves her a present—but is it a blessing or a curse?

Mandy Ruhe receives a sacred amulet from a mysterious woman she’s never met, and is suddenly swept back in time to Texas 1845, inside the body of Carmena Luebber, owner of the Holiday Ranch. Until she can return to her own time, Mandy must assume Carmena’s role and is caught up in the lives of the people who work for Carmena—their struggles, hopes, and dreams. Mandy ends up torn between the two men in love with the woman she portrays, but she can’t have either one of them, no matter how much her heart wishes otherwise. Trapped in the past, Mandy finds herself hoping that true love can triumph over time, but she must find a way back and return to her own life—before she messes up the future for everyone!

Current Goodreads Rating: 4.33

Number of Ratings: 15

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Deep4. Deep by Jaine Diamond

The more lines they cross, the deeper they get…

Top cadet Lana Marsden lives by the rules. The most important rule of all: no messing around with an officer. She learned that one the hard way.

Now her only desire is to survive the grueling DEEP Training program and leave that scandalous past behind.

When she reports to Station Six amid wild rumors of erotic hazing rituals and sadomasochistic games, she’s not prepared for any of the rumors to be true—or for her insatiable attraction to Sergeant “Catch” Durant, her tattooed rebel of a trainer.

One touch from Catch, and Lana knows she’s in trouble. One night of white-hot ecstasy, and the rules melt away.

Catch knows sweet, sexy Lana is forbidden. She’s his trainee, and her overprotective brother is his best friend. But one taste and Catch knows the last woman he’s supposed to touch will be the one to bring him to his knees. Which is exactly where he wants to be…

A cadet with a secret.
An officer with a secret kink.
A whole lot of rules to be broken.

Current Goodreads Rating: 3.95

Number of Ratings: 21

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Chakana5. Chakana by W.E. Lawrence

Can a romance save the world? Maybe this one could. Chakana is a historical romance novel filled with action, adventure, suspense, and intrigue.

In 1939, before the start of World War II, James Fleming, the original British secret agent, races on a high-stakes chase to track down the ancient lost treasure of King Huascar of the Incas. He must recover it before the Nazis do or the whole world will be in imminent danger.

But this is no ordinary treasure hunt. The Incas have proven their cunning and intellect in not only how they hid their treasure, but how they protected it. Fleming joins forces in the remote ruins of Peru, South America with Kate Rhodes, a policewoman on leave from the United States, her archaeologist brother, Nick, and their college professor, Dr. Charlie. Together, they must decode, interpret the clues, and face the challenges of the Chakana on their hunt for the treasure.

If this wasn’t difficult enough, the group is hounded throughout their search of the ancient Sacred Valley by international artifact smugglers, familiar with the Chakana and working with the Nazis, who are determined to acquire the treasure to help finance their war effort. Intrigue, danger, suspense, action, adventure, and even romance abound in this brave band’s quest to save the free world.

Current Goodreads Rating: 4.24

Number of Ratings: 21

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Gracie's Song6. Gracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher

“Everything can be undone.” That’s what someone tells Gracie Brannen, but she’s doubtful. After graduation, she walked away from everyone she knew with barely a word. Ten years later, she’s back. Even as familiar places and faces bring back old pain, Gracie finds hope in rebuilding old ties and forging new ones. Maybe everything can’t be undone, but perhaps everything can be overcome.

Current Goodreads Rating: 4.00

Number of Ratings: 31

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Delilah7. Delilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt

A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible’s Baddest Girls

Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself.

When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits.

Current Goodreads Rating: 4.29

Number of Ratings: 49

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best women's erotca8. Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 1 by Various Authors

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 delivers risky, romantic, heart-pounding thrills. Joyful, daring, and authentic, these steamy stories revel in erotic adventure, from the sparks between strangers to the knowing caresses of longtime lovers. These stories are not merely erotic but filled with strong characters and clever narratives showing how sexual experience is different for everyone. This anthology is a glorious celebration of the finest and friskiest female erotic fiction today.

Current Goodreads Rating: 4.32

Number of Ratings: 56

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Wolfen9. Wolfen by Alianne Donnelly

Man’s quest for genetic perfection has led to the creation of new subspecies, evolutionary steps up from humanity. Wolfen were the pinnacle of scientific achievement, redefining the limits of what it means to be human. Their counterparts, in turn, grew into the ultimate predators. Incapable of higher thought, converts were unstoppable in their need to breed and devour, and when they escaped, they brought the world to its knees.

Almost two decades later, humanity is on the brink of extinction and only the heartless survive. Rescued by two Wolfen brothers, Sinna must now brave the treacherous wastelands of North America in order to reach safety and the promise of a better life. But when an unexpected gambit forces them to separate, a genetic advantage becomes a liability, and the worst monsters turn out to be the ones who don’t have claws.

In the game of survival, Wolfen were created to be champions. No longer. The enemy keeps evolving, rendering old tactics ineffective, and the only rule left is to endure at any cost.

Current Goodreads Rating: 4.40

Number of Ratings: 57

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Confessions of a Paris Party Girl10. Confessions of a Paris Party Girl by Vicki Lesage

When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and fall in love. It proved to be much more “difficile” than she’d imagined. In this laugh-out-loud memoir, this cheeky storyteller recounts the highs and lows of her life in the City of Light. Sassy and shamefully honest, Vicki makes you feel as if you’re right there in Paris stumbling along the cobblestones with her.

Current Goodreads Rating: 3.92

Number of Ratings: 167

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The Charm Bracelet11. The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman

Lose yourself to the magic of The Charm Bracelet.

Through an heirloom charm bracelet, three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives.

On her birthday each year, Lolly’s mother gave her a charm, along with the advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories alive, and so Lolly’s charm bracelet would be a constant reminder of that love.

Now seventy and starting to forget things, Lolly knows time is running out to reconnect with a daughter and granddaughter whose lives have become too busy for Lolly or her family stories.

But when Arden, Lolly’s daughter, receives an unexpected phone call about her mother, she and granddaughter Lauren rush home. Over the course of their visit, Lolly reveals the story behind each charm on her bracelet, and one by one the family stories help Lolly, Arden, and Lauren reconnect in a way that brings each woman closer to finding joy, love, and faith.

Current Goodreads Rating: 3.85

Number of Ratings: 892

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I’m afraid that’s all I have for today. Can’t wait to see what you all have listed today!

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

4 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday #33: Underrated Books

  1. The Charm Bracelet sounds good! My TTT

    • I really enjoyed it! It kind of reminds me of The Harvest Moon. It has more of a wholesome feeling to it and sometimes it’s nice to have a book like that!

  2. Wow! These are all totally new to me! Which has been a rather common theme today! LOL!

    Here’s my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

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