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What We’re Reading: Anchored by A.J. Larrieu

AJLarrieu_AnchoredOkay so today I wanted to take a moment to give a shout-out to a fellow Paranormal Unbounder, here. I blog with amazing and talented ladies, and I have them all on my to-read list. I started with Anchored because I had a day when I wanted something quick, and I knew A.J. and I shared a love for beta heroes. Beta heroes do it better, people.

I also love the idea of taking something tried and true and making it new again, and I dug this particular twist on angels and vampires. The vampires were evil (I’m willing to let that one slide) and the angels  kicked ass. Jason, the hero, had that funny, sexy good guy thing going on, and I totally enjoyed the tension between him and Susannah. I could picture him easily, and could envision being attracted to him if I met him somewhere in real life. Perfect mix of nice guy and bad boy.

This is the kind of book you can pick up when you haven’t got time to get immersed in a full-length novel, and come out at the end feeling satisfied. Oh, and beta heroes rock. 😉

About Anchored (get it at Amazon):

Fierce, powerful and nearly immortal, Susannah March is a guardian, a winged protector charged with keeping Biloxi and its citizens safe. For decades she’s resisted taking a partner, a healer who would complement her weaknesses. Then Jason Delacourt shows up.

Jason is everything Susannah isn’t: young, impulsive, and unconcerned with rules. Susannah expects him to flake out within a week, but when a nest of vampires threatens her control of the city, Jason proves he’s stronger than he seems. As she fights to take back her territory, Susannah can’t deny that the healer has his uses–in more ways than one. What started out as irritation turns to lust, and then to something stronger. Susannah is used to risking her life, but risking her heart may be more than she can bear, even with the fate of her city at stake.

With deadly angels, a charismatic thief, long-buried secrets and Southern charm, Golden Heart ® Finalist A. J. Larrieu has created a world you’ll want to get lost in.

About the Author:
A. J. Larrieu grew up in a small Louisiana town fifty miles west of New Orleans. She spent every summer knee-deep in mud exploring the swamps or nose-deep in a book exploring other worlds, so it’s no surprise she grew up to be a biologist moonlighting as an urban fantasy and paranormal romance novelist. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. Even though she’s been in the Bay Area for almost a decade, she still misses those pounding Gulf Coast thunderstorms.

A.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and was an RWA Golden Heart ® finalist for her paranormal romance, TWISTED MIRACLES.

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19 thoughts on “What We’re Reading: Anchored by A.J. Larrieu

  1. LOL, Elisabeth. I loved Anchored too and I felt the same way about the vampires–kind of nice for the tortured alpha hero to be the girl, for once. I read this novella when it was published, but after I’d already befriended AJ. I had that delightful relief we writers have when we find we not only love our friend but we love their writing (this does not always come to pass!).

    Anchored is awesome, and I too loved the idea of the guardian angels being anchored to their homeland. AJ and I are both southerners in exile, and I think it’s interesting we both coincidentally found ourselves exploring the idea of being tied to a place (my vampires suffer from a wasting disease when the are exiled from their native soil).

    Speaking of writer friends, I STILL haven’t read one of your book. Should I start with Prince of Power?

    • I know what you mean! And thanks! I recently picked up the first in your series and I’m looking forward to digging in. King of Darkness is my first, that’s sweet of you to think of me. 🙂 Prince of Power is a little like Anchored though, alpha female, beta hero. I get mixed opinions on whether you can read the series out of order, but in theory you should be able to. 🙂

  2. I have this one on my kindle. It has gotten so many great reviews. Will be reading in the future 🙂

    Amber… I read Prince of Darkness first and loved it. You don’t need to read them in order!

  3. Wow, thanks for this Elisabeth!!! I’m so thrilled you liked the book…beta heroes TOTALLY do it better. (Though I do love a sexy alpha vampire every now and then.. 🙂

    • You’re so welcome, AJ!! I DO love me a sexy alpha male. Nothing like a growling vampire to make a gal weak in the knees. Still, when I sob and hand my computer to my husband to be fixed, I know deep down that evolution will favor the betas. 😉

  4. I’ve been wanting to pick this one up for awhile from following this blog, but I’m afraid to read out of order. Sounds like that might not be a problem from the comments above. Love a good beta hero, and all things angel!

    • If you mean AJ’s book, Anchored, I’m pretty sure it’s a standalone. It’s also only .99 cents so I’d definitely check it out! If you’re referring to my books, King of Darkness and Prince of Power are designed, in theory, so they can be read in any order. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Hi Elizabeth, Sorry, I meant Anchored. I keep seeing the cover, and have been wanting to add it to my Goodreads TBR – which I just did after I commented. Hope to see you again at this year’s Create Something Magical Book Fair to pick up copies of your books in person 🙂 Best, LG

    • Yes! I will be at the Create Something Magical con in New Jersey! Caridad Pineiro and I will doing our world-building panel again and I’ll have copies of my new contemporary, One Week! Stop by!

    • Thanks for being interested in the book, LG! It’s 100% stand-alone, so no worries about reading it out of order. And it’s a short novella (~60 pages), so you’ll know pretty quickly if it’s your kind of book. 🙂

      And yes– betas shall inherit the earth!

    • Thanks, Liz! That makes my whole week. 🙂 Susannah and Jason put in a brief appearance in my upcoming release, but they aren’t the main characters. I had so much fun writing Susannah, though, I would love to explore another story with her and Jason. Maybe one day soon!

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