My 5 Favorite Romance Books of 2018

I read over 100 romance stories this year. Admittedly, there were quite a few books I didn’t finish. There were also a few that unexpectedly ended in cliffhangers (my pet peeve!) or worse, brought in a love triangle. Ugh. It almost made me run back to my keeper shelf and my tried-and-true favorite authors.

But I was determined to break out of my reading comfort zone. I’m glad I stuck with this resolution because my absolute favorites romantic reads this year were written by new-to-me authors. Here are my five favorites of 2018:  Continue reading “My 5 Favorite Romance Books of 2018”

Intro to Category Romance

If you’re new to reading romantic fiction, you might have come across the terms “category romance” or “series romance” while buying books and wonder what they mean.  Continue reading “Intro to Category Romance”

Ready for a Red-Hot and Romantic Read?

If you are looking for a love story that offers off-the-charts chemistry but doesn’t skimp on the romance, then check out these Harlequin Blazes. They all won a Romantic Times award for excellence and the storylines are just as current today as when they were first published. Each book features brazen women, swoon-worthy men, lusty sex and a satisfying romance.
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Amnesia Love Stories: The Angst and the Attraction

Amnesia. It’s a devastating medical condition but the loss of memory is a beloved trope in romance novels. I’m sure many authors use poetic license with the symptoms and details, but this is not the time for realism. Readers want the angst, the challenges, and the ever-present intrigue that that can be found with an amnesia storyline.  Continue reading “Amnesia Love Stories: The Angst and the Attraction”

3 Football Romances You Need to Read before Kickoff

 

Years ago it was difficult to find the professional athlete hero in romance fiction. The common thought (at least what I heard for years while attending conference workshops and editor panels) was that readers didn’t want these characters. The pro athlete was not considered a good romantic partner.

I’m not sure when this opinion started to change. Did the shift occur when the Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips gained popularity? Did readers who were also sports fans asked to see professional athletes in romance fiction? Or did New York editors realize that a team of alpha men in their prime was a perfect built-in series?

Whatever the reason, these days readers enjoy a huge selection of sports romances. One of the popular sports readers enjoy is American football. The hero’s physicality is blatantly masculine and he’s celebrated for his power and brawn. He’s wealthy, famous and enjoys an enviable lifestyle. The football player hero is also driven, competitive and takes care of his team.

If this hero archetype interests you, here are three shining examples of football romance for you to try:  Continue reading “3 Football Romances You Need to Read before Kickoff”