5 Romance Books You Need on Your Keeper Shelf

You’re having a great day and you want to celebrate. You’re having a bad day and need to curl up on the couch and shut out the world. You’re bored and looking for some fun. Would you pick the same book for these moods? Probably not. In that case, have a few standbys on your shelf for each mood.  Continue reading “5 Romance Books You Need on Your Keeper Shelf”

Retro Romance: Donna Kauffman

If you want a contemporary romance about explorers and daredevils, spies and agents, or heroic men and women, try a Loveswept classic by Donna Kauffman. Many of these stories offer adventure for the reader yet the romance never gets lost in the action. The characters are shaped by their work, their sacrifices, and the loved ones they have lost, but the stories are focused tightly on the couples falling in love.  Continue reading “Retro Romance: Donna Kauffman”

Discover This Must-Read Author

If you are a fan of sexy contemporary romances, then you must—absolutely, no doubt about it, must—read Amy Andrews.

Whether the romance falls in the sports, medical or rural sub-genre, the characters are what drive the story. Andrews’ heroines are often goal-oriented. The woman’s ambition might be related to career, her family or how she wants to live her life. The heroine works hard to achieve her dreams and she doesn’t allow failure to bring her down.

As for the heroes, they are more than just strong and sexy. These men are fully committed to the heroine’s goals. One of the reasons an Amy Andrews hero is swoon-worthy is the support he gives to the heroine’s dreams. He may get it wrong in the execution but he will do anything—even let her go—if it means she goes after her own dreams or gets the life she wants. He’s on the heroine’s side. Always.

Want to read one of her stories? Here are three recommendations:  Continue reading “Discover This Must-Read Author”

Retro Romance: Linda Howard

Linda Howard is a New York Times bestselling author and she’s a recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement award. If you are a fan of rugged and earthy romance heroes, you should try her work. The men in her stories often exhibit alpha tendencies. They are territorial and protect their own, they are blatantly masculine, and when they fall in love with the heroine, they fall hard.

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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”