May Seal of Excellence

May 2011's RT Seal of Excellence, the RT Editors' pick for best book of the month, is awarded to Thea Harrison's paranormal romance series starter, Dragon Bound. Here are some comments from the editors about why this tale won the honor.


When Pia Giovanni is blackmailed into stealing from the lair of Dragos, the most powerful creature in the city, she knows that as soon as her larcenous mission is completed she will have to flee for her life. However, she does not count on intriguing the dragon's interest rather than incurring his ire. But when Dragos learns that Pia's crime was orchestrated by his nemesis, the evil Dark Fae King, this mismatched pair is plunged into a high-stakes game of paranormal politics that they might not survive.

"This fast-paced series starter will thrill genre fans searching for something new. Harrison incorporates elements of urban fantasy, heats up the story with Pia and Dragos' intense chemistry and takes her characters through a series of twists and turns that lays the groundwork for the rest of the series. This is a book that should be on the keeper shelf of every reader who enjoys paranormal romance." - RT Editor

"Phenomenal! It has been a long time since I have been transported into an author's fictional world so completely. While dragons, witches and other magical creatures have the potential to be unreal, in the hands of master storyteller Thea Harrison, the characters shine against a backdrop of settings you could walk into." - RT Editor

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So what other books were contenders for the May Seal of Excellence? Here is a look at the titles the RT editors considered.


Author Mary Jo Putney writes fantastic, deep characters that readers can really come to care about. And then she sets these stories in worlds that you want to live in. That is definitely the case for her May novel, Nowhere Near Respectable. It is a story that is interesting and different, but believable in historical context. Raves one RT Editor, "This is a Regency with more than drawing room patter!" Historical romance readers will enjoy this tale of two social outcasts who can't keep their hands off each other. 




Bumped by Megan McCafferty is a brilliant tale about teen sexuality. The story is set in the future when a virus has resulted in mass infertility, leaving only people under 18 able to conceive and carry babies to term. Bumped introduces readers to 16-year-old twins Melody and Harmony who were separated at birth. Now they are reunited and each has her own agenda for her sister's future until a case of mistaken identity sets their lives on a very different path. McCafferty weaves a future that is chillingly familiar and will stick in readers' minds long after they have finished this book.

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This month Marcella Burnard follows up her immensely popular debut, last November's Enemy Withinwith this futuristic paranormal romance series second, Enemy Games. Burnard's series second will thrill fans of futuristic romance with as it delves deeper into the author's fictional outer space, filled with intriguing creatures and cultures. The story pits emotionally-scarred scientist Jayleia against the sharp wits of Damen, a multi-faceted member of the spy corps determined to use Jayleia as a tool to get to her very powerful father. Damen believes that during this mission he can overcome his urge to give into the sparks that fly between him and the scientist, but it proves to be more difficult than he ever imagined. The result is a battle of wills that will not soon be forgotten. 

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With its action-packed plot and strong writing, Hush by Cherry Adair is definitely a good read. You will be sucked into the story at the heart of Cherry Adair's new series first, Hush. However, some of the characters' actions seem a bit implausible, especially early on in the story. Also, there were a few things that just seemed a bit too convenient toward the second-half of the book. Readers who are looking for a fast read with plenty of action will enjoy this one.

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“I was nine when I saw my first ghost.” Begins The Restorer, the first book in Amanda Stevens’ new paranormal mystery series The Graveyard Queen. Haunted, both literally and figuratively, Amelia Gray has been warned by her adoptive father never, never, never to communicate with the dead. But what happens when the line between the living and dead become blurred? Amelia is a fascinating character, and very different from other heroines. She is guarded, lonely and lost but she retains an amazing capacity to care for others, even the ghosts that people can’t see. Her job as a graveyard historian fits her perfectly and these macabre settings are the ideal backdrop for this engaging tale. While the ending leaves more questions than it answers, this quiet story will resonate with readers.

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Some of the additional titles that the RT editors nominated were:

Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Midnight's Wild Passion by Anna Campbell

Thou Shalt Kill by Daniel Blake


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