While in a post-Thanksgiving haze, the result of a carb and butter overdose, an idea was concocted among a merry band of Romancelandia peeps on Twitter. Hear ye, hear ye! Let us spend the entire month of December binging on Harlequins! We shall dub it #DeckTheHarlequin and it shall be merriment, joy, and a beacon of light. Naturally, I was all on board with this. Between a pile of print that is now eligible for its own zip code and my Kindle TBR Dumpster of Doom, it’s always a Harlequin-palooza around the Bat Cave. It’s December, I’m a Christmas romance junkie, why not pick titles at random? And so I have. Introducing a friends-to-lovers romance by Gilmore that’s been languishing on my Kindle since 2015.
In which I extol the virtues of renter’s insurance, because I am a boring person. read more…
Alisha Rai is showering us all in an abundance of riches this year. The Forbidden Hearts series follows two intertwined families as they navigate tragedy, heartbreak, and love to get to their happily ever afters. The first book, Hate To Want You, is a phenomenal tale of star-crossed love. Wrong to Need You, a book about coming home and finding your place, is easily my favorite romance of the year.
Seven deep in this series, Paige Tyler delivers a fast-paced, action-packed, solid hit. Readers, this is one series where you really do need to read the books in order to be able to follow and relate to all the references and to identify who’s who in the growing cast of characters.
As the various members of the pack find mates, the single shifters are by turns envious and fearful. The last place Max could have expected to run into his “One” would be the police department’s award ceremony. Plus, if that’s not unexpected, she happens to be their boss’ daughter and a wolf shifter to boot. Now doesn’t that make a nice kettle of fish! Readers, you know it’s going to get nicely complicated and make for a great ride, since these are just the opening chapters. read more…
The Good, the Bad and the Unread is so excited to participate in Berkley Bookmas and we’re hosting Christine Feehan today! Berkley Bookmas is chock full of exclusive content from authors, like exclusive excerpts, deleted scenes, author recipes and more! Check out the calendar of events:
Veena’s review of The Christmas Cowboy Hero (Heart of Texas, Book 1) by Donna Grant
Contemporary Romance published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks 31 Oct 17
A new romance series from paranormal author Donna Grant. In the spirit of the holidays, it’s a feel-good story with just the right touch of spice and suspense. read more…
Cassidy Porter is a young man who has exiled himself because of the legacy of his parentage. The first part of the book goes into this in more detail, but his father was a serial killer who raped, mutilated, and then murdered a number of young women. He was discovered and sent to prison, but Cassidy and his mother are also in a different kind of prison. They are hated by the community for the horrors committed by their husband/father. His mother is very concerned the same kind of animal lives on in Cassidy and takes him to live with her father in the mountains of Maine completely off the grid. They live with no electricity, no running water, none of the modern conveniences we take for granted. First Cassidy’s mother died and then his grandfather, so Cassidy has been living a life of seclusion, afraid himself that he might have the monster gene in him. Any kind of relationship is not in the cards for him.
This is a fun contemporary romance with a lot of steam. Both Vanessa and Josh have been hurt in the past and are wary of venturing into a relationship that might put their heart at risk. But as we readers of romance know, one has to bet the heart in order to have a chance at a happily ever after.
Veena’s review of The Power of a Seal (West Coast Navy Seals, Book 5) by Anne Elizabeth
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 05 Dec 17
While Ms. Elizabeth is a new to me author, I picked this book to read solely based on the merits of the back cover – a story featuring gorgeous Navy SEALs on their home base in San Diego, friendly dolphins and other marine sea life in the region, and an action adventure that are all a recipe for a winner.
I very, very rarely read contemporary romance, even though one might argue that I write it. Confusing, I know. And I’m even less likely to pick up a book featuring (GASP) younger characters, because, now that I’m 40, I’m out of bothers and I want these damn kids off my lawn. But I dig Tamsen Parker’s politics, I’ve heard good things about her books, I have a couple of her (ahem) more intense novels on my Kindle, so why not jump into this Olympic-themed novella before the 2018 Winter Games?