By Jessica W.
Historical romance can be somewhat limited in where the romance happens. Is it this ballroom or that ballroom? Rotten Row or a country house party? In the public eye, rules can’t be broken. But in the gambling clubs and hells of London, the rules of society take a second place to the rules of chance. When a hero or heroine is no stranger to Lady Luck, their willingness to risk it all can pay off in love.
Sarah MacLean just released the final book of her Rule of Scoundrels quartet, Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover. While it’s a wonderful finale, it really is best appreciated after you’ve read the first three. The series begins with A Rogue By Any Other Name, the story of the Marquess of Bourne and the very proper Lady Penelope. Bourne is a societal outcast with only his title, but has made his way as a co-owner of the most notorious gambling club in London, The Fallen Angel. Penelope has everything he does not: society’s acceptance, and piles of money. He plans their marriage as one of pure convenience for him, but Penelope has other plans, starting with exploring the forbidden pleasures offered at the Angel. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: The Gamblers”
By Eric G.
Library Reads, a website that compiles the favorite books of librarians each month, recently released their “Favorites of the Favorites 2014” list, which highlights the books that have stood out among the favorites this year. I wanted to highlight three titles that made the cut because they also offer sweet, unconventional love stories.
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By Eric G.
Every season is a great season for romance books, but there’s something especially enjoyable about reading them as the leaves change, the days shorten, the temperatures drop and the holidays approach. All that’s missing from the following books is a blanket, a fireplace and a hot beverage – preferably pumpkin-flavored.
In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
On the surface you have probably heard this one before: insecure woman gets dashing local man to accompany her to her ex-fiancee’s wedding. It might be a trope at this point, but with Higgins every story is fresh, charming, witty and absorbing. She is a master of crafting smart but flawed characters who must navigate bumpy roads to self-discovery and romance. This is part of her ongoing Blue Heron series, though you do not have to have read the others to indulge in it.
The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
This is the rare historical romance that deserves to be shared with both historical fiction and romance fans alike, due to Milan’s meticulous detail and smart social commentary. I loved reading about Free Marshall, the fearless editor of a paper devoted to advancing women’s rights (including the right to vote), and her burgeoning relationship with Edward, a self-described scoundrel with a secret past. This whip-smart book deserves heaps of praise and exclamation points (an in-joke you will get once you read it). Don’t forget to pick up the other titles in this noteworthy series as well. Huzzah!
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By Eric G.
It’s that time of year again! The Romance Writers of America (RWA) recently announced the winners of the 2014 RITA Awards, which recognize achievements in romantic fiction.
The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake
Drake’s novel indeed hit the sweet spot, snagging the Best First Book award. The story focuses on bull rider Jimmy and his ex-wife Charla, a divorced middle-aged couple who have had their share of tragedy, and who might be ready to hop in the saddle again. Drake released the second book in the series, Nothing Sweeter, earlier this year. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: 2014 RITA Award Winners”
Posted by Selby G.
Part 2 of our Adult Summer Reading Challenge focusing on subgenres of romance.
Historic romance novels run the gamut of time and place. Pick up one and you could be transported to the bedchamber of a Tang Dynasty courtesan or the castle of a noble lord. Either way, historical romances are filled with drama and delightful details about what it was like to live in the past. The following time periods and regions are particularly popular with romance readers:
Regency – Pomp and circumstance prevailed in this time period when Napoleon was trying to take over Europe but all of the women were apparently trying to bed Dukes. If you like to read about scandalous rogues and fashionable ladies then a regency romance might suit you. Try Mary Balogh, Victoria Alexander or Samantha Grace. Continue reading “Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Historical Romance”