Some authors simply can do no wrong in my book, and one of ‘em is Erin McCarthy.  

So...yeah – as my kids say to make a point – McCarthy first knocked me off my erotic romance-loving feet with a sassy ‘n sexy number called “Houston, We Have a Problem  ,” ‘bout an icy-cool surgeon obsessed with a quirky/curvy resident who’s zany in all the right places.  And that makes her perfectly imperfect for our hero, especially when he finds himself out of a job and forced to reevaluate everything he knew about his talent, goals and, ooo, baby, one-night-per-conquest style. Um, yeah.

But as millions of other romance fans and I got to know McCarthy over the next couple years and reads, we realized we were hard pressed to know everything there was about her talent and anything-she-touches-turns-to-sexy-gold storytelling.

First, she wowed us with her Vegas Vampire series, as she intro’d us to the high-stylin’ lives of vampire casino sophisticates to snappy strippers, up-tight campaign managers and even a man-of-the-evening who’s searching for a cure to his blood-sucking condition.  Amidst the backdrop in which Sin City becomes almost a character unto itself, McCarthy weaves sultry sensuality with humor and sweet emotion for a unique riff on the vamp theme we love so well.

Becoming more well loved are novels in which occupations become characters, like the Navy SEALs program, for instance, or a more recent phenom which McCarthy has used to create a wildly romantic and fast-paced celebration of dangerous sex appeal, her Fast Track series surrounding professional racecar drivers.  Fans are eagerly anticipating the third – a “married romance” McCarthy hadn’t planned on writing until readers remarked how much they liked a secondary couple whose marriage is on the skids, yet whom seemed still to have strong feelings for one another.  

My fave in the series is “Flat-Out Sexy  ,” but “Hard and Fast  ” ain’t nobody’s idea of anything but a “do not miss.” And, uh, yeah – they live up to the titles and the covers.

Yet while McCarthy’s Vegas Vamps and Fast Track series are joyful and often humorous sexy love stories, McCarthy also delves into the darker side of romance, while still entertaining the drive of the human spirit toward goodness in her intensely engaging, appropriately macabre and gorgeously sensual Seven Deadly Sins series.  

In her latest, the seductively eerie and erotically charged "The Taking  ," we meet Felix Leblanc, the somewhat unassuming, yet inordinately powerful voodoo priest who made a deal with a demon of greed 150 years before so he could be celebrated throughout 19th Century New Orleans.  During that time, he sensually enslaved wealthy women with his enticing carnality, and happily bilked them of untold fortunes in the process, until he took advantage of the wrong young woman, and evil and misfortune spun out of his control.

In present-day New Orleans, heiress Regan Henry leaves her oppressive, emotionally abusive husband and begins an empowered new life in a gorgeous 19th Century mansion. As macabre visions and doins occur, Regan turns to Felix and his voodoo skill to help make sense of the unsettling power over her which the house seems to hold.

Yet Felix knows first hand the cause of the evil permeating Regan’s new home; he’s met it, been ruled by it and in some ways created it. In trying to rid Regan’s life of the ugly spirits caused by the poisonous greed he nurtured as a younger man, Felix may give up his chance at ever being free of the penance he’s paying.  And even if he could give his life for hers, at best, he might be consigning them to equally horrible fates.

What cities seem like "characters" to you in romances?  What do you love about Erin McCarthy's novels, and what are some of your favorites?

Comments
by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-14-2009 01:44 PM

I've read a LOT of Erin's books but still haven't made it through her entire backlist. I am completely hooked on the series including HARD & FAST and FLAT-OUT SEXY. Like you, I love HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM, and her vampire books are great, too. I recently discovered Erin's paranormals, and I recently finished MY IMMORTAL. She is an amazing author!

by PrincessBumblebee on ‎12-14-2009 01:52 PM

I must admitt that I have never read Erin McCarthy but I will definately have to check her out. You had me at Navy SEAL, hehe.

by 1AnneB on ‎12-14-2009 04:37 PM

Hi Everyone - AnneB here - I also have to admit I've never read Erim McCarthy either, but I too will definitely check her out - she seems to have a VERY broad palette !!! I love that she hasn't stuck to just one thing. As usual, I think I'll start with the series (Big surprise !) Happy Reading...

 

 

Anne

by on ‎12-14-2009 05:04 PM

She's good, light and funny.

by Joan_P on ‎12-14-2009 09:46 PM

I'm all over that... "Hard and Fast" looks like a delicious place to start! (Still thinking about that cover Michelle showed us all a while back in her "Top This" post!)

Joan

by 1lovealways on ‎12-15-2009 03:30 AM

Hi Everyone!

 

Flat Out Sexy is going on My Wish List.  I haven't read anything by Erin McCarthy either, but I read some good recommendations about her books.  Michelle, my backlists are absolutely atrocious!  You simply must stop recommending all of these great books (laughing)!  I'll be bankrupt!  I'd say New Orleans become the characters in Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kresley Cole's novels, Caldwell, NY in J.R. Ward's novels and Boston, MA in Lara Adrian's novels.  Those are the ones that come to mind off the top of my head.  I can't picture these characters in any other cities.  They seem a part of their personalities and vice versa.

 

Here's a tidbit for everyone.  I rec'd Hot for the Holidays in the mail today.  Another of Michelle's recommendations (smiling).  You ladies know that is a hot, hot cover.  I discovered something else the Art Dept. had did to the cover. It's not very noticeable unless you look at it closely.  Yes, I was inspecting it very closely, when I discovered a piece of caramel in the model's belly button.  I say caramel, because it looked like that to me.  I couldn't believe it!  Those Art Dept. people go all out when they do a cover, don't they? Anyway, I'll never look at another Werther's Hard Caramel the same way again!  LOL!  :smileyhappy:

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-15-2009 10:28 AM

Hmmm. I'm studying my cover and it looks like an outie belly button to me. But then again, I could use new reading glasses!

by Lisa_Kroener on ‎12-15-2009 12:56 PM

Flat-Out Sexy and Hard And Fast are the only McCarthy-books I've read yet and I absolutely LOVED them! Y'all know I'm a fan of the steamy scenes and boy, does she have steamy ones in there! The characters are so ... normal, you can easily relate to their thoughts and feelings, and I can't wait for Ryder and Suzanne's book.

 

I'm a big fan of darker romances and also knew that she had started the Seven Deadly Sin-series, but somehow I didn't really realize it (as in - you could also go to Amazon and buy those!). Will have to remedy that!

 

One little side note (that's utterly unimportant but I have to share it nevertheless): The title of the second NASCAR book always reminds me of a line from Gena Showalter's ... I think it was "The Nymph King", it was something like "Soldiers, we go in hard and we go in fast" (when they're trying to storm a fortress) and then someone says "As XY does with his women!" Haha, that's my out-of-the-gutter-humour, and I love it! :smileywink:

 

Becke, what cover are you talking about? My eyes became worse the last couple o' weeks, maybe I'm seeing a belly button, too. :smileyhappy:

by CULLENCRAZY on ‎12-15-2009 07:30 PM

I'm about half way through High Stakes. I believe the Vegas Vampires are gonna be great. I really like this book so far. I can't wait to read more of her books.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-16-2009 11:04 AM

Lisa - it's the Hot for the Holidays cover we're examining so closely.

by KLBooksAZ on ‎10-14-2010 01:13 PM

"ONLY FLAT OUT SEXY DRIVERS NEED APPLY!!!"

 

Erin's nascar driver's series will literally drive you WILD with fun!!! I laughed so much in Flat Out Sexy and loved all the characters. Hard and Fast & Hot Finish did not disappoint either!! These men make we want to go to every race available in my hometown, hoping to come across someone just like them! ♥

 

Erin is a wonderful, easy to follow writer and I Iook forward to starting on her Vegas Vampires & Immortal series'. I agree - she can do no wrong in my books either!!! ☺

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