Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Romance Recommendations: One Big List Part Two (and Final Part)

   So another 40 romances to go on the last of the list, here we go!

41. To Catch a Bride by Anne Gracie. Rafe goes on the hunt to find a grand daughter of a friend, and is she who he thinks she is? One of my favourite tropes in historical romances where the heroine dresses as a boy. Favourite scene: Alisha taking care of Rafe when he has a fever.

42. Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton. This is very British but I love the method of the putting the two people together. Peter and Mina meet through a insurance claim over the phone and the two soon become more. Favourite scene: where Mina explains her roast dinner.

43. An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn. It's honestly a tie with this book and Penelope's and I love that she starts each chapter with an except from Whistledown. Sophie meets Benedict while in costume. They soon meet again, but will he remember the woman in the masquerade now she is a servant? Favourite scene: Sophie and Benedict in the prison.

44. Gargoyles and Port by Mary Selby. This would be super hard to get hold of outside the UK and the romance between the main characters isn't the whole of the book. Still it's perfect to me. It's also hard for me to give this book justice what with a missing deed, choirs, teddy bear shops. I'd say go with it, and if the tone grabs you, you won't be disappointed. Favourite scene: Where Serena reunites with Will at the very end.

45. Duchess by night by Eloisa James. Harriet decides to give being a man a try at the house of Lord Strange. How long will her disguise fall him? Favourite book with a woman dressed as a boy. Such a good book. Favourite scene: Where they first fence. So good.

46. Night Watch by Suzanne Brockmann. Britney and Wes are stuck together and it get's hard when Britney knows he is in love with someone else. Another trope that I like in romance where one person starts off being unrequited but falls for someone else. Favourite scene: the one in the fog on the beach, it made me cry and laugh.

47. The Ex-Wife's Survival Guide by Debby Holt. Sarah's husband decides to leave her for a much younger woman. Sarah then goes on  a journey of being in the play Rebecca. This is also super British but for me the humour is what makes it a fantastic book. Favourite scene: Sarah, Martin and his brother eating sausages.

48. True by Erin McCarthy. This is one of the first New Adult novels I read so it holds a little nostalgia for me. Rory finds herself involved with a bad boy, with a bet involved. I'm not a fan of secrets but when done well and there being a reason it pulls it off. Bet Me is one of my all time favourite novels and that deals with it beautifully. Favourite scene: Rory and all of her friends going snow sledding.

49. Smiley by Laurann Dohner. I am not a big paranormal reader but I do really like Dohner. Varnie gets drugged accidently but it leads her to a New Species who is ready to fight for her. Favourite scene: them shopping together in the mall.

50. Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey. It is hard to pick a favourite with that author for me. I love how she writes sex and this one is really good. Favourite scene: the first time they have sex.

51. Hotter than Ever by Elle Kennedy. One of the best threesome romances that I've read. It helps that everyone is super hot. Favourite scene: Adam finally admitting that he loves Dylan.

52. Cowgirls Don't Cry by Lorelei James. I am a sucker for James's cowboy erotica and I picked my favourite couple. Favourite scene: At the very end them being a couple.

53. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. I love Echo and Noah as a couple. This is another New Adult that I was first introduced to and it made me realise how well done the genre can be. Favourite scene: them playing pool together.  

54. Thank You Mrs. M by Kate Rothwell. A retelling of Daddy Long Legs with the genders swapped. It really made me happy. Favourite scene: where he explains all the things that he likes about her.

55. Roping the Wind by Kate Pearce. Erotica is hard to do well. This does it well. Favourite scene: where the heroine talks about her past relationships, and she is not ashamed and nor will she allow him to make her feel bad either.

56. Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard. I was really into Howard as a teenager and it's a close call between this and Prey but I loved the survival process in this book. Favourite scene: Bailey and Cam first sleeping together in their make shift shelter.

57. Be My Baby by Susan Andersen. Beauregard it turns out really does need to guard Juliet as accidents become more and more threatening. Favourite scene: Them fighting over their first kiss. It sizzles that scene.

58. Living Dangerously by Katie Fforde. Polly yearns to become a professional Potter and David keeps showing up in her life can she give him a chance? Favourite scene: Polly's awful dinner party. It just makes me laugh way too hard.

59. Head Over Heels by Jill Mansell. I wanted to include a Mansell on a romance list, and she writes about a lot of characters. This is the one that I like the most. I tend to actually like the romance subplots more. Favourite scene: the couple in the park and that first kiss.

60. Hubble Bubble by Christina Jones. Sometimes I like a romance that is sweet and with a little magic in it. I like that this happens to have an older woman and a younger man. Favourite scene: their first kiss.

61. Chloe by Freya North. When her godmother dies it sends Chloe on a trip around the UK. Who wouldn't love a book about their own name? Not me. Favourite scene: Chloe sniffing the pots, both times.

62. Mistress of the Groom by Susan Napier. My first ever introduction into romance was Mills and Boon. This is one of those books that I still love. Jane and Rafe were enemies and now they seem to be lovers, will it last? Favourite scene: Jane coping in the house with Rafe as company.

63. Fall With Me by Jennifer L Armentraut. This is New Adult and deals with some pretty intense themes. I think it is my favourite of that series. Favourite scene: The heroine explaining to her parents that she has a stalker, it still makes me laugh.

64. Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas. This also deals with some intense stuff but for the couple at the centre of this book is worth it. Favourite scene: the first time they have sex. So good.

65. Beautiful Stranger by Ruth Wind. Marissa and Red Dog sigh. I just love the couple. Favourite scene: when they go out to dinner at the Mexican restaurant.

66. The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James. James did a series of books rewriting fairy tales. I really like the whole series but this book I thought did such a great job of overturning expectations. Favourite scene: James coming back after being presumed dead.

67. The Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie James. I really like historicals and this one was a new one to me and made me happy. Favourite scene: The heroine getting out of the tree with her hero's help.

68. Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts. I also have another favourite trope which is novels involving mind reading. I just really like this book. Deals with intense stuff too. Favourite scene: The couple setting up her bed.

69. Midnight Run by Lisa Marie Rice. A very sexy book and it shows poetry can be sexy too. Favourite scene: them fucking while reciting poetry. It's a hot scene.

70. Dr. Devastating by Christine Rimmer. What I thought was great about this book is that it goes through the female fantasy and a lot of them. Favourite scene: Acting out one of her fantasies.

71. Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope. I wanted to include a book that updates a classic. It's really hard to do well, but this pulls it off beautifully. Favourite scene: Ellie and Marianne in that bathroom.

72. Bachelor Boys by Kate Saunders. Again this is hard to find even in the UK. Worth it for how deftly Saunders writes it. Favourite scene: Rufa on the train trying to understand the shambles her life has become.

73. Deep by Kylie Scott. I am very tempted to put her whole series on here, but I still love Lizzie and Ben more. This has pregnancy in it, a trope that I am not overly keen on, but Scott makes it work for me. Favourite scene: them in the bathtub.

74. Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis. Grace find that she can hold down a nanny job with an over worked doctor, he seems to be a hunk too. I love the couple in this book, particularly Grace. Favourite scene: the mix up with her phone, makes me giggle.

75. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You can never go wrong with a classic. My favourite scene has always been the confrontation between her and Lady Catherine. It is so good in every version that I have seen.

76. Singled Out by Trisha Ashley. I think this is the one that I re-read the most often of her work. It is in many ways a dark book, and that is on both sides of hero and heroine. Favourite scene: The heroine reading the hero's book.

77. Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Enough said. Favourite scene: Agnes and Shane waking up on the day of the wedding.

78. Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster. Another book I read when I was young. It holds up and is very sex heavy. Favourite scene: Grace translating for Enirico.

79. His Secretary Undone by Melanie Marchande. Secretaries and their bosses seem to be the longest trope of all. This is done with so many twists. It is definitely erotica but the couple captured me. Favourite scene: how he gets the ring. It makes me smile every time.

80. Three Fates by Nora Roberts. I love the three relationships in this book. It also is about stealing and mystery, I am sold! Favourite scene: Carrie changing in on Tia naked. Still makes me smile.

Remind me never to make another list. I am all listed out!


Monday, 21 March 2016

Romance Recommendations: One Big List Part One

   So in honour of lists and Sarah Maclean's list on twitter I am making my own list of romances that I would recommend. And this is going to be two posts.

1. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. All about bets and two people who try to fight the pull of falling love. Favourite scene: Hard to pick but I think the dinner rehearsal if only for the dress :)

2. Tainted Love by Alison Fraser. My favourite Mills and Boon novel. About a woman recovering from coming out of prison and the boy and man she develops a relationship with. Favourite scene: Fen and Clare talking about the close relationship to her and his son. It leads to secret being revealed and it's heart wrenching. 

3. Every Woman For Herself by Trisha Ashley. Charlie recovering from a divorce moves back home to her family, starts a magazine and a relationship develops between her and an actor and his daughter. Favourite scene: Way too many to choose from but if had to pick, I think the scene where she bashes melons and the vicar catches her. 

4. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. Sara a Swedish tourist gets more than she bargained for when she visits the town of Broken Wheel, her love of reading inspires more than herself (for all the book nerds like me). Favourite scene: where Sara picks the names for the sections of the bookstore. 

5. The Nanny by Melissa Nathan. Jo gets a job as a nanny for a family and finds out how complicated family can be. Read this for the Cassie subplot, it knocked my socks off. Favourite scene: the end of term scene, it really made me think about how girls work, and the way weakness is in all of us.

6. Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley. Laurie travels across the country landing in Carnal, where she meets Tate and there is a killer in the town. Favourite scene: the scene in the airport where Tate let's her know he'll beat up her ex-husband. This has scenes of violence and explicit sex. 

7. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah Maclean. Callie wants an adventure and makes a list to get it, Gabriel it seems wants to be in on the list too. First book I read by her and now she is on my automatic read list. Favourite scene: the fencing, so good. 

8. Hot by Julia Harper (also Elizabeth Hoyt). A fugitive on the hunt to solve a mystery is also hunted by an FBI agent. Best book I have read about people who seem opposites but are in fact the same. Favourite scene: where they talk about constellations. 

9. The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt. Anna goes to work for the dark and troubled Earl in his great big house, a pretence leads to great consequences. Favourite scene: where Anna and Edward argue over getting married. 

10. A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare. Minerva decides to go on a adventure of a lifetime and brings Colin into her plan. I love women who are good at something in the book, and love reading. Score! Favourite scene: Colin and Minerva at the fair, in particular her shooting. 

11. Shooter by Dahlia West. Hailey lands in a town and meets a group of military men. There seems to be something mysterious about her as well. One of the first books that I found through self publishing. This was the first book I read by West and I think still my favourite. Favourite scene: Hailey making a fun free cake. This deals with a lot of mature themes, including sexual violence. 

12. Gabe by Lori Foster. Elizabeth a sheltered woman decides to investigate heroes. Gabe seems reluctant to be interviewed but she gets more than she bargained for with him. One of the first I read by Forster. It has a nostalgic factor for me but I like the couple. Favourite scene: The drive through. 

13. The Rose Revived by Katie Fforde. Three women get involved in business after answering an advert, and get a love life too. Favourite scene: Harriet painting Sally in getting her portfolio ready. 

14. Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare.  I love Dare as an author so she is on here for more than one entry. Isolde inherits a castle, it seems an awkward situation since there is a Duke already living there. Favourite scene: so hard to pick but for me the speech at the end that Ransom gives, and it's significance. Be still my heart.

15. Take a Chance on Me by Jennifer Dawson. Maddie runs from her wedding and meets a gorgeous man in a bar. Sexy times ensue. Favourite scene: the first scene they have together in her wedding dress. Still makes me laugh. 

16. Soulless by Gail Carriger. Paranormal romance done well, Alexia investigates a vampire mystery and get's involved with the head werewolf. Favourite scene: Alexia and Conell are found by her family. 

17. The Mysterious Miss Mayhew by Hazel Osmond. Fran moves to a town for mysterious purposes and Tom get's involved. This is a sexy book, and a book that really made me laugh. Favourite scene: Hattie helping Fran with her paper art.

18. Moonshine by Victoria Clayton. This is a doorstep of a book, but worth it for the research of Ireland and the characters. Bobby after a disastrous affair lands a job as housekeeper in Ireland and the family keeps her there. Favourite scene: The first annual dance they have as a family. 

19. The Witness by Nora Roberts. This is way too complicated to shorten. One of my all time favourite heroines she had written and I love the hero too. Favourite scene: Brooks and Abigail talking about broken noses. It illustrates their characters so well.

20. Lead by Kylie Scott. Lena takes a job as an assistant to the complicated Jimmy Ferris. Assholes can be hard to pull off, but Scott made me understand why he is the way he is. Favourite scene: Jimmy asking about his Led Zepplin T-Shirt. It makes me giggle every time.

21. Open Season by Linda Howard. My favourite heroines are librarians and she is one of my favourites of Howard's. Daisy decides to change her life and the chief of police get's in her way of her husband hunt. Favourite scene: When Daisy buys the party pack of condoms and Jack confronts her in the street. Makes me laugh out loud every time.

22. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. Josie for the first time is making friends with people in her closet, and outside, including interacting with the man she is in love with. Favourite scene: Josie and Adam's first date.

23. Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis. My favourite in that series. Maddie decides that she has had enough of being a good girl, and that includes finding a Mr Wrong. Favourite scene: the sex they have on her furniture.

24. Top of Her Game by Emma Holly. One of the first I read by her, also one of the first romances that I read with a female dominant. It's one of my favourites of hers. This is one sexy book. Favourite scene: fulfilling one of Zach's fantasies. 

25. Tell me Lies by Jennifer Crusie. Maddie turns over a new leaf by telling the truth. One of the first Crusie's I ever read and I remember being so excited that they had the book in an UK library I had to wait two weeks and it was well worth it. Favourite scene: Maddie and Em at C.L's aunt and uncle's house of the first time. 

26. An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands. Just before becoming a nun Annabel is charged with marrying her sister's betrothed. Annabel and her husband become closer but her sister carries trouble. Favourite scene: Annabel saving her husband on her own out of the barn. 

27. Give in to Me by Lacey Alexander. April manages to get into a sexual submissive relationship with a man she knows very little about. This made me think about why women are attracted to that type of relationship and the negotiation it takes to make fighting what you want ok. An interesting book and a hot book. Favourite scene: the first time they have sex on the sofa and the mixture of fighting herself and giving into herself. It makes it an interesting investigation into sex.  

28. Rock Chick Rescue by Kristen Ashley. Jet manages to catch the eye of several bad people, all the while fighting her attraction to Eddie who she thinks wants to rescue her. Ashley is someone who always makes me laugh, but YMMV. Favourite scene: Jet on the phone while Eddie guides her to bed. I totally want my own Eddie, sigh. 

29. Truly by Ruthie Knox. May sees a different side to a city she hates when she meets Ben. Favourite scene: the first time they have sex. So awkward but sexy. 

30. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Annabel and Owen explore friendship, anger and music in a book about confrontation and hiding. Favourite scene: The ride Annabel gives Owen and their discussion about music. 

31. Luring a Lady by Nora Roberts. Sydney inherits a huge company in charge of several buildings. Mikhail wants his building safe. The two go over the building and each other. Favourite scene: Sydney and his family having dinner. 

32. Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston. Blaine and Bo have something in common after all and not just because they are mixed breeds. Favourite scene: Blaine and Bo dancing half naked.

33. Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning. Rebekah and Eric have more in common than hot sex and music in this off beat book. Favourite scene: Rebekah losing her temper in the control room and Eric supporting her.

34. The Virgin's Guide to Misbehaving by Jessica Clare. Elise takes a ride on the wild side with Rome. Favourite scene: where they first get to know each other during a storm.

35. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. Poppy loses her phone and get's a phone from Sam. They share more than information over the next couple of weeks. Favourite scene: Sam and Poppy texting after the TV interview.

36. The Clouds Among the Stars by Victoria Clayton. Another huge book, but worth it for Harriet. After Harriet's father is arrested there are several things that Harriet has to struggle with, like a job, and trying to cope with life, including Rupert. Favourite scene: Harriet teaching Freddie to skate.

37. Damaged Goods by Lauren Gallagher. Jocelyn gives an escort a try and a relationship develops between them. The first book I've read that deals with a male sex worker that caters towards women. An interesting look at sex and how that is shown.

38. Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas. Leo and Catherine have been at logger heads ever since his family hired her as a governess. Things change when they grow closer and even as Catherine fights, Leo may well win in the end. Favourite scene: where they talk about the Latin for killing ones sister. Another couple that always makes me laugh.

39. Neanderthal seeks Human by Penny Reid. First in the series and it still makes me happy. Jane fired from her job gets another with the mysterious Quinn. Favourite scene: Jane displaying her maths skills in the diner. 

40. Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren. My absolute favourite of her books. Mia and Ansel have a drunken night in Vegas that meant they got married. Mia travel to France and finds more than sex with her new husband. Favourite scene: Mia teaching the small girls dance. 

More to come tomorrow!     

Friday, 4 March 2016

A Boat Load of Stuff

   So this week let's review shall we? My computer imploded and had to buy a new one. Not the worst thing that ever happened still this was bad. I have a shiny new laptop that I am very happy with. It all runs smoothly so all good.

   I managed also this week to get a cold, start my period and trip over something that meant I crashed into my bed and now have a dark purple bruise on my leg. Ouch. So really this week has just managed to make me laugh at how much shit has happened. Still next week cannot possibly be as bad, or maybe that's just alerting the universe.

   I just wanted some level, and I guess that was just a major flag of saying you will always have to cope with life being you know life. Still I am laughing and still working on the chaos that is my work in progress.

   And really I keeping this in mind, this shall pass. Just for fun here is a picture of Susan from the discworld. I want that hair:

   I also want to recommend this song it's sad but the perfect kind of sad. It's Willie Nelson's version of Always on My Mind, you can find it here: