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”

Partners Against Crime

There’s something about the detective genre that take “office romance” to another level.

It might be the danger, the murder plots or the sweet, sweet justice. Oh, and the slow burn (because TV detectives are Disasters™ in their personal life, okay? All that mystery solving and they can’t make out their partner pining from the corner of the room…)

To make my case, let’s look at some of the “beats” that these couples hit:  Continue reading “Partners Against Crime”

Why Romance Readers Love Cowboys

Browse through the romance section of any brick and mortar bookstore and you will see quite a few cowboys on the covers. Thanks to film and folklore, there is a mythical idea of the cowboy and the legends continue today. Ask anyone to describe a cowboy and they might say he’s a heroic man of action. He could be a charming rogue, a dangerous outlaw or a chivalrous knight.

But almost all of the cowboys in fiction share these traits: they are independent men in charge of their destiny. They make their opportunities and their fortune through hard work and luck.  A cowboy is a dreamer who goes west, untethered by rules and society. His grit is hard-won as he faces adventure and tames nature.

Cowboys are favorites among romance readers because the archetype embodies the American spirit.

If you are interested in reading a cowboy or western romance, try one of these books:  Continue reading “Why Romance Readers Love Cowboys”

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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