Recess Reads – February

Published On February 5, 2014 | By Christa Schueler | Books

The ladies of Recess are sharing more of our favorite reads and since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, our picks will be in the romance genre. But don’t worry if love stories aren’t your thing as our novel choices will also fall into other categories. So grab a fan and prepare to swoon as we present Recess Reads for February.

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon


Published back in 1991, Outlander cannot be put into one literary category. It can be thought of as a sci-fi novel because of the time travel aspect, historical novel because it mostly takes place in 18th century Scotland, and a drama because there’s lots and lots of drama. But many, like myself, think of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander as a romance because that was my favorite part of this book: the love story of Claire and Jamie. Outlander follows Claire Randall who becomes a Sassenach or “Outlander” as she is hurled from her present 1945 back to 1743 Scotland where she encounters intrigue, danger and most surprising of all …. love. Just a side note: Starz is airing a series based on the Outlander series this summer and they did an excellent job casting Jamie Fraser (fans self).

I-Team Series – Pamela Clare

Pamela Clare

For those of you who like contemporary thriller/suspense and don’t mind some steamy action on the side, I highly recommend Pamela Clare’s I-Team series. All of the novels in the series have strong heroines, hot alpha males, nail-biting twists and turns, and witty dialogue. Clare’s writing is superb and her stories will draw you in. The series follows a team of investigative reporters based in Denver as they brave danger trying to unravel the mystery of their latest story. If you also fancy historical romance, Clare also has an outstanding MacKinnon Rangers series that will not disappoint.

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier


Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. I had to read Rebecca written by Daphne du Maurier when I was a Freshman in high school and this classic is still one of my favorite novels to this day. Rebecca is the story of a young woman whose life is transformed when she marries a wealthy and handsome widower, Maxim de Winter. But not all is as it seems as the new Mrs. de Winter realizes she’s living in the shadow of Maxim’s late wife, Rebecca.

Kiss an Angel – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Kiss an Angel

Susan Elizabeth Phillips has many best-selling contemporary romance novels but Kiss an Angel is my favorite. Originally published before payphones were obsolete, Kiss an Angel follows the story of Daisy Devereaux who marries Alex Markov, a man who is her total opposite, just to please her father and wipe out her mounting debt. But Daisy is not prepared for the life that Alex forces her into; one that involves a traveling circus, a scorned ex, a rebellious teenager and the humorless bullwhip-toting man himself.

Darkfever Series – Karen Marie Moning


I haven’t forgotten the paranormal/fantasy fans out there. And no, this series I’m recommending doesn’t have vampires, werewolves or witches but it does have lots of fairies (hey, don’t knock it til you try it). Karen Marie Moning’s Darkfever series follows MacKayla (Mac) Lane in her quest to find out who murdered her older sister after the police in Ireland have given up on catching her killer. Mac’s harrowing journey takes her to the streets of Dublin where she meets a mystery man, Jericho Barrons, finds out she has a unique gift and becomes part of a war between humans and the mysterious and brutal Fae. This series will have you laughing, crying, screaming and guessing from page one until the end of the final book. There are rumors this book will be turned into a movie (crossing fingers).

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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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