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Puppy Love: Laura Caldwell on Canine Inspiration

I never thought I’d write a book with a dog as the main character. Uh no, I would have said if the absurd topic had been raised. I’m a law professor. I run a law school clinic that represents innocent people after exoneration. And as of late, I mostly write suspense novels. So no, thank you. I wouldn’t be writing any kind of pooch mystery. I certainly would not be writing a book where the dog is the number one agent of romance in the book. But a few years ago, I got a dog, a little goldendoodle named Shafer. And I fell completely in love with that fourteen-pound bundle of energy. My agent, and eventually people at my publishers, [...]  Read more

Best of July

Romance@Random welcomes Sara from Harlequin Junkie! The last day of each month she will be posting about her favorite reads of the past four weeks. Hiya all, this is Sara @HarlequinJunkie, stopping by to share with you favorites from July. We’ve been reading up a storm and it has been a great month of summer reading on the blog. If you’ve hit a reading wall and wondering what you should read next, here are a few recommendations that will be sure to lift your spirits. If you’ve read any of the books listed below, let us what you thought of it — and happy reading. Sara is the founder of Harlequin Junkie blog and owner of an endless TBR pile. [...]  Read more

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

After every Colleen Hoover book I think, “Okay, that one was my favorite,” until I read the next one and I think, “No wait, okay this one is definitely my favorite.” Well, I’ve just finished Ugly Love and I can say without a doubt, it is my absolute favorite. While adults would enjoy any of Hoover’s novels, this book is the first I would firmly put in the “adult fiction” category. Hopeless and Losing Hope may deal with more disturbing situations, but Ugly Love is more sexually graphic. But before you start thinking Colleen Hoover has turned into the next great erotica author, I should explain what I mean by graphic. The premise of Ugly Love revolves around the main [...]  Read more


The next book in Molly O’Keefe’s Boys of Bishop setting, BETWEEN THE SHEETS is the tale of Ty and Shelby, two people, trying to redeem themselves from their pasts to find a new life, together. This is the playlist for Ty, my hero in BETWEEN THE SHEETS. Ty’s got a lot on his plate dealing with his son and a new life, but he is at heart – utterly a good guy. And his love affair with Shelby baffles him in so many ways, but when he falls, he falls hard. And this playlist is sort of the progression of his feelings.   Songs for Ty 1.  Do I Wanna Know? -The Arctic Monkeys After they get over their initial [...]  Read more

#HunkDay: Suns Out, Guns Out

The summer weather is good for lots of things–picnics, surfing, hiking, outdoor concerts–but it’s especially good for allowing dudes to show off the muscles they’ve been working on since the cold days of January. We’re celebrating the phrase “suns out, guns out” today for Hunk Day. If you have to be inside working today, at least take a moment to enjoy this roundup of hotties baring their guns (and abs!). Follow the rest of the hunks on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. 1. This looks like some sort of apparition from my daydreams… 2. I’m very rarely speechless, but this man has left me without words.    3. Good Lord, I need to spend more time at the park!    [...]  Read more

JANE’S HARMONY by Ryan Winfield

This installment of Jane and Caleb’s story picks up right where Jane’s Melody ends. The two are living in Caleb’s little apartment, Caleb is working at a beer distribution center while playing shows in the evenings and on weekends, and Jane is trying to figure out where she fits into the entire equation. She is unemployed with no real prospects for work, especially in her given field. They live next door to a psycho neighbor with her equally psychotic dog, so even if she wasn’t tired of being stuck in the tiny apartment, she’s walking on eggshells trying not to disturb her neighbor. Will life in Austin really be what they both imagined it would be? What if Caleb never [...]  Read more

Top Romances With Single Fathers

In Between The Sheets, my hero Ty, found out he has an eleven-year-old son only a few months before the book begins. As you can imagine, this relationship is pretty rocky as Ty and Casey try to figure each other out. I love fathers in romance novels: I love the side of their personality that is revealed with their kids. But I really love single Dads. Because the conflict is just so ripe – the feelings of failure and love and pain and confusion – it’s delicious stuff. So, that is why I’m sharing my favorite single dad romance novels. *And if you need more great reads here are my Honorable Mentions, because I just can’t decide! 1.Wild Iris Ridge, [...]  Read more

The Writer’s Muse Meets Carrie Bradshaw

I’ve never really considered myself a shoe girl. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not above ogling a darling pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toes while walking through Nordstrom. But when it comes to splurging … Give me a Kate Spade handbag any day. Preferably one that’s big enough to fit my 11-inch MacBook Air so I can look oh-so-glam when I need to write “on the road.” Which is why I was surprised to find a startling discovery about my newest romance series, The Best Mistake: both books open with a scene about shoes. In Only With You, a decision over shoes is literally the catalyst for the story (hint: hooker boots are involved!) Which totally wouldn’t be a [...]  Read more

Real-Life Military Inspiration

It’s been a long time since my first novel Because of You published. I know a lot of times, the thing that inspired that first book changes and morphs as the writer grows but it’s funny, that thing hasn’t really changed for me. I started writing back in 2007. My husband was deployed on his second tour for what was going to turn into an eighteen-month separation for us. I was at Fort Benning in Officer Candidate School and I started glomming onto Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series. I remember thinking someone should write about regular soldiers and their families and everything that’s changing with the wars. Well duh, why couldn’t I write those stories. It’s funny because you get the [...]  Read more


This week kicks off with sexy EMT Tommy and Wendy having a lovely picnic of beer and brats. Sadly, the universe seems to be conspiring against these two love birds. Just as their picnic gets going, a creepy rat scurries on the scene and climbs onto Tommy’s shoulder. Wendy grabs it and throws it aside but not before realizing the rat is more than just a rat. Creepy rat scurries back to the basement torture chamber holding Victor and into the arms of her co-conspirator. If the way creepy captor guy’s tongue works over rat girl, Isis, they are more than just friends…so much more. I’ll get to that in a second. Ingrid and Dash are yet again discussing how [...]  Read more
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