This book, you guys! It was soooooo good! Swoony but realistic. I won’t say anything more about the end because it would be a huge spoiler, but I will say that the whole thing is just incredible. This book encapsulates everything I love about YA contemporary romance–believable characters with real problems that didn’t feel orchestrated. Their actions were plausible, their voices distinct and youthful (I mean, they sounded like legitimate teenagers to my 30-something ears).
The story for the most part takes place over a single day, but I didn’t doubt for a second that these two fell for each other.
Nicola Yoon has another popular book, Everything, Everything, which I am very interested in reading. And I just saw a movie trailer for it, so that’s exciting!
Back when I was a younger Liza, I was new to the world of paranormal and urban fantasy. Sure, as a teenager I read LJ Smith’s Vampire Diaries series, but when I was an adult, I stumbled across a copy of Kelley Armstrong’s Stolen, it felt like a whole new world had opened up to me.
I read Stolen in probably a single sitting, and then I had to go back and find Bitten. I loved Bitten even more than Stolen, and thus began my decade-long love affair with Kelley Armstrong’s writing.
At the time, she was also posting short stories and novellas from the Women of the Otherworld universe on her website, and I greedily read them–including a delicious prequel to Bitten. Years later, she published those stories in a collection called Men of the Otherworld.
Next week over on my personal blog, I’ll discuss how Season One the television series lives up to the novels.
This lovely book was full of all my favorites: music, wittiness, and slow-burning romance. I’m a sucker for a good historical and even more of a sucker for the second-chance romance trope, so I went in already predisposed to like it.
Basically, the main character, Tessa, is a famous opera singer with a broken heart. Maximilian Hawthorne is an aristocrat who owns an opera house…and he also sports a broken heart. Turns out (and this is not a spoiler) they broke each others’ hearts!
Drama and angst and witty comebacks fly all over the place in a romance that is as sweet as it is seductive.
This book, you guys! So good! In short, it’s about Lola, a graphic novel writer/illustrator who makes it big, and her best friend Oliver, who owns a comic book store. Totally geekery catnip for me. I will say that there weren’t really any major twists or surprises to this one–the story was simple and straightforward, and that actually made it really refreshing. The sexual tension is off the charts, and even though some of the sexytimes scenes went a little long, there weren’t any complaints here. Sexy moments, funny moments, and a few aggravating moments where I wanted to shake some sense into Lola even while I understood where she was coming from. All in all, I thought this one was fantastic and I was so glad I took a chance on a new (to me) author.
Wishing you all a happy Wednesday with some great books,
Although I can’t write them and don’t even want to try, I seriously love historical romance. I love the social rules, the beautiful gowns, the often emotionally repressed dudes. Sarah MacLean’s A Rogue by Any Other Name is one of my favorite historical romances. The hero and heroine were good friends as children, which is one of my favorite, favorite things in a romance (and which you’ll get to see in Fierce Lover when it’s released next month). There are misunderstandings, and a super broody, angsty hero who is nonetheless absolutely lovable. And soooo sexy. I ended up reading every book in this series, but I think this one might have been my favorite. Or maybe it’s tied with Book 2, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. Then again, there were some laugh-out-loud moments in Books 3 and 4…ah, I can’t decide. If you’ve read these, let me know what your favorite was, and maybe I’ll go back and read it again!
Tsavo Pride by Laura Diamond is a stand-alone historical shifter novella and it’s set in roughly the same place as my Pride of Africa. But that’s not why I loved it! Well, partly – I love Kenya. For another thing, look at this cover. So gorgeous. Also, the characters are richly drawn, the setting is vivid, and there’s a heartbreaking love story.
Don’t expect too much heat, but you’ll get an unusual story of love and legend.
Full disclosure: I know Laura IRL as she lives about an hour away from me and we go to book events together upon occasion. She mostly writes young adult fiction which you should also check out.
Have you read Tsavo Pride? Any other Laura Diamond books? Let’s chat!
When it comes to classy romance with a timeless feel, Godspeed by February Grace is one of my ultimate favorites. I usually stick to shorter, steamier, contemporary stories, but this steampunk romance has some of my favorite characters of any book, not to mention its beautiful descriptions and setting.
The heroine, Abigail, is one you root for from the beginning. To put it bluntly, she’s dying, and the only person who has a chance of saving her is the charming but very serious Dr. Quinn Godspeed. The interactions between Abigail and Quinn were without a doubt the best part of the book, but the story’s mystery is also what kept me eagerly flipping pages. Definitely recommended for anyone who loves a newer (2012) romance that reads like a classic.
Note: Although I own a copy of the book, the publisher has since gone out of business, and Ms. Grace has moved her novels to Wattpad. You can read Godspeed for free here.
Kim Harrison’s Every Which Way but Dead and Kelley Armstrong’s Stolen are tied for “First Adult Urban Fantasy” that I read (the tie is because I can’t remember & likely I read them days apart). They basically landed in my lap, and I devoured them like the delicious things they are.
Every Which Way but Dead is the third book in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series, but even reading it without the others, I was completely invested and in love. After finishing it, you can bet I ran right out to buy the first two books–which I also loved. This is urban fantasy with tons of suspense, danger, humor (always a plus), and incredible characters. I was envious of their friendships and I really really wanted to live here in this amazingly well-constructed world.
Has anybody else read these?
Sensual portrait of beautiful young blond woman
Inhale by Kendall Grey is the first book in the Just Breathe trilogy. How to describe this novel? It’s a paranormal that ties the elements to real world Australia. The main character is a whale biologist and the book is chock full of details about whales and the character’s whale tagging project and her co-workers. Obviously Kendall knows what she’s talking about.
And everyone is hot. And the sex is scorching. Like, seriously scorching.
I’ve read several of Kendall’s books, including several of the Just Breathe ephemera (shorts related to the series), and she really knows how to write sex. It’s the kind of book you’re glad you’re reading digitally so no one knows why your face is red and you’re sweating and possibly even fanning yourself.
Then again, knowing what the pages hold, you probably wouldn’t read it in public.
Have you read Inhale or anything else by Kendall Grey? Let’s chat!
I first heard about this book from the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog. Everyone was raving about it. Raving. They looooooved it.
Darn right, they loved it. This book is amazing! Admittedly, the fake relationship trope isn’t usually my thing, but ohmygoodness, none of that mattered in Act Like It. Parker’s characters carry the story to the point where they could have gotten up to any kind of plot hole-ridden crazysauce and I would not have cared in the slightest. I got a very Pride and Prejudice-esque vibe for some reason–maybe the banter between the hero and heroine, maybe because I so loved watching the hero’s growth and change for the better, maybe because the ending was so wholly satisfying. Whatever the reason, I’ll definitely be re-reading this one!