Popular romance blog site Fresh Fiction reviews Sally Eggert’s recent release — 4 Stars for this hot suspense – read more here: One of the reasons I’m a fan of romantic suspense as it serves as the bridge between my love of mysteries and romance novels. The adrenaline rush that readers (and I) receive when an author has us wrapped up in the characters and story is not to be missed, so I’m always on the lookout for new titles and authors in this genre. IN THE DARK: A Loveswept Romantic Suspense by Sally Eggert is one of these titles. I’ll admit that when I first started reading the story, I wasn’t swept up in it, but I persevered and [...]
Hopefully you’re enjoying a day off shopping, going to a movie, taking a yoga class, or just doing whatever you find relaxing — for me, it’s reading. Reading puts me in a zone and no matter what is bothering me transcending into the author’s world always makes me feel better. Below is a sneak peek at a story appropriate for today – YOURS TO KEEP is a captivating story of a woman living on the edge—and the man who’s destined to love her. On sale now for $2.99 – Enjoy! Yours to Keep by Serena Bell (Excerpt) by Romance At Random
Thank you Julie for a fabulous review of an classic Loveswept romance made anew – enjoy!! May Contain Spoilers Review: While surfing the virtual shelves of the library, I came across this blast from the past. Many moons ago, I devoured Loveswept romances like candy. Some of my favorite series romance authors were published under this line; Janet Evanovich, Saundra Brown, Jennifer Crusie (I will NOT admit how much I paid for a few of her out of print titles before they were available digitally), Kay Hooper. I get giddy just thinking about how much I loved discovering these authors. One of my favorite reads were Iris Johansen’s Sedikhan books. I loved how the characters popped up throughout the books, [...]
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak, a novel that tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne. As always, you can head over to Romance at Random’s Giveaway Tab, for any giveaway details you might need, and we’ll remind you every day during this week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!
Kindle Gal & Emily’s Joint Review Kindle Gal: I don’t know about you, Em, but I really like Lauren Layne’s voice. This is the third book of hers I’ve read, and there is something about her writing style that just works for me. Like this: When their eyes met, he grinned, his teeth perfectly white and perfectly even. This man knew what he had going on and was well accustomed to peddling his wares.
Review from Girl Meets Books: I had such a good time reading Lauren Layne’s first book in her Sex, Love, & Stiletto series, After the Kiss, I knew I am going to be reading her succeeding books. I was eagerly awaiting her sequel which features Grace Brighton. Grace is part of the successful Trio of Stiletto‘s most popular department but in the latter part of the 1st book, Grace suffers a big blow courtesy of her cheating boyfriend, a boyfriend she’s been with for 8 years. Not only is her heart in shreds, her pride had taken a hit as well. She was supposed to be a dating expert. She even published an article on how to tell if a [...]
May Contain Spoilers Review by Julie at Manga Maniac Cafe: I haven’t read anything by Lisa Renee Jones before, so I was eager to start Play with Me. From the first sentence I was sucked into the story. I loved Kali’s voice. She’s a no nonsense young woman who knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to work to achieve her goals. After suffering a major setback in her plan to reboot her life, she takes a temporary position as Damion’s personal assistant. She quickly discovers that he’s a beast to work for. An attractive beast, but a beast none the less! Relying on a strong sense of self, though, she quickly lets him know she won’t let him [...]
Only four more days till Thanksgiving. And we all know what that means. The helter-skelter, full-tilt rush to Christmas. It’s a short interval this year—Thanksgiving is late, so Christmas is “early.” Sometimes it’s hard to hang on to the spirit of the season through all the madness. Over time, I’ve learned that the trick to enjoying the holiday season is finding ways to tap back into that spirit. I embrace holiday concerts, holiday-themed plays and musicals, living nativities, lessons and carols celebrations, and holiday anthologies—any event or piece of music or story that makes me stop and think about why I’m doing all this.
A heart-felt and genuine story. Really captivating storyline and an interesting show of cultural diversity and parallel. Aside from the fact that it was a truly great, hot, juicy love story, of course!!!! Very well done, the way the background contexts for both main characters were slowly laid out through the story, rather than all piled up in the beginning. I love when writers let us get to know the characters the way we would in real life………little by litte, as circumstances dictate, in a purely natural flow. That’s what Serena Bell did here with both Ana and Ethan. No big information sheets thrown at us at the beginning, just a progressive ‘getting to know’ process…….wonderfully done!!
A little snow on the ground and I’m already thinking about what to read for the holidays . . . . it’s not too early is it? If you’ve not already obtained a copy do not miss this fun, romantic anthology of romances – one for each holiday:
I wrote a blog post at Smart Bitches Trashy Books about how women learn about sex and how we talk to girls about sex and the important role that romance novels play in that education. This was something I thought a lot about while writing Wild Child, about how sex creates women’s identities, how formative those “birds and bees” conversations can be not only for kids, but for adults having the conversation. Originally, in Wild Child I was planning on Jackson’s sister Gwen, realizing she was gay. But there was already so much going on in the book, I backed off that idea because I knew I wouldn’t be able to give it the word count it needed. I did [...]
I’m so glad to be invited back. The last time I was here I discussed heroines, Regency ones in particular. But today I’ve been thinking a lot about how we communicate. Even with all our electronic devices, and tendency to be blunt, we sometimes have trouble being understood. Everyone probably has that person or persons who take everything we say the wrong way.
Tin – My Review: Lady Charlotte Jepstow dresses not to impress but to stupefy: mixing colors and patterns and embellishments with such exuberance that leaves her mother moaning, her lady’s maid lamenting her professional reputation — and leaving Lord David Marchston (newly-arrived from India) speechless: a rare feat considering he is a diplomat. Lord David Marchston had been asked to return to England to escape the scandal of his indiscretion there. It grates at David to be in England, where he isn’t “Lord David the diplomat” but “Lord David, the incredibly handsome younger brother to a marquess”. He longs to return to India where he is useful, where he is more than just his pretty face. But, first, he must [...]
This week we’re going to try out a new format. I’ve been thinking about how to bring you a glimpse of my “reality” through this column — but the Reality of Ruthie is that I spend most of my time sitting in a purple chair in my office, writing books. (See? There’s my purple chair.) My life this morning consists of thoughts like “I have to throw another load of towels in the wash” and “If I have to transform Kidlet’s insecticon thing one more time I’m going to scream” and “Last night I had a dream about Pete Rose.” My reality is writing this blog post and thinking about the enormous amount of work I have to do this [...]
There is a narrow space in time in which we all set sail and cross treacherous waters. We leave the grassy bank of our teen years and head toward the rocky mountains of adulthood. But between here and there is a vast unknown river we must navigate—the New Adult years. It is an unavoidable journey plagued with doubt, insecurity, fear, spontaneous joy, unexplainable bliss, failure, a solidifying of goals, and accomplishment, etc. Sometimes the best we can do is keep both oars in the water, follow the current toward our dreams (even if it means paddling up-stream), watch for low branches that will knock us for a loop, and hang on for dear life.
Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne 5 Star review from The Chiq Blog Wow, wow, wowie, wow… This book is flipping FANTASTIC! I loved absolutely everything about the characters, storyline, setting, just… Everything! I seriously LOL’d through most of it, and swooned through half of it. Ethan and Stephanie were pure perfection, and I’m going to make a point now to look for and read Lauren Layne’s other books! I cannot gush any more about how much I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! Now that’s an honest review – thanks Chiq!
Reviewed by Clare O’Beara This book in the Star Harbor series brought back some of the characters I’d got to know in Blaze of Winter featuring this Cape Cod town. Theo Grayson, a writer, is collecting an award, and his family are thrilled. Cameron Stahl, who runs a boutique here and another back in Boston, comes to the ceremony but can’t relax, thinking of her demanding schedule. Val Grayson, Theo’s brother, spots her alone and persuades her to dance. Maybe life should have some fun in it.
Beginning September 23 through Friday, October 18 In her Loveswept debut,on sale October 8th, Maggie McGinnis tells the tale of a city girl who’s running on fumes—and the cowboy who shows her all the good things she’s been missing.
Who would have guessed that Nora Roberts could inspire a book? And yet she did. But it didn’t start out that way. Let me back up. My sister, Michelle, is a huge fan of Nora Roberts. Like our other two sisters and I, we’ve been reading Nora since we were young women. I don’t know how often we used to call each other and say, wow, that was an awesome book. Wish I lived in that story. Could date a guy like Cameron Quinn, for example, in Sea Swept.
Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of STARRY NIGHT by Debbie Macomber, a romantic Christmas story of finding happiness in the most surprising places. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below! As always, you can head over to Romance at Random’s Giveaway Tab, for any giveaway details you might need, and we’ll remind you every day during this week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!
Ah, the cliffhanger. I never really encountered them in all the many books I’d read (and trust me, I’ve read plenty). I guess they just weren’t that popular, especially in romance fiction, my typical reading genre of choice. But when I stumbled upon all of these amazing New Adult books last year and started reading them one after another, I saw a pattern emerge. Many of them ended with a cliffhanger.
Review by Abigail: I could not stop reading this story from the first page. These characters are so lovable and relate able that many reader can connect to. Julie is the Dater Queen. She is the perfect girl to have if you are looking for no commitment. However, everything changes when her boss tells her to do an article on relationship. She decides to pursuit Mitchell because he seem the “boring” type. But Mitchell is looking for a change since he made a bet on not being in an relationship. Mitchell and Julie are totally opposite but are totally perfect for each other. They truly begin to fall in love with each other that it freaks them out at first. [...]
As I’m typing this, the Cullen kidlets are getting ready to go back to school. I think I’m more upset by the end of summer than they are. Mainly because I don’t like routine. Even though I’m not a big fan of the heat, summer is my most favorite time of the year because of the lack of routine. There’s no set time to get up in the morning. No set time to go to bed. I love that!
I’ve always been afraid to try writing a novella. I know, it seems easy—it’s shorter! Surely common sense dictates it should take less time and be easier to plot a novella than a full-length novel. In this case, common sense is dead wrong.
Did you know . . . . What started as a holiday in the United Kingdom was quickly adopted worldwide. Today we celebrate the kiss and the simple pleasures associated with it. For more information on this special day visit worldholidays.com Remember your first kiss? Do share, was it as awkward as mine, wet, sloppy and similar to that of my dogs *grins* — tell R@R about yours – Happy Holiday!
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