Ernest Siegfried is successful until he has a heart attack at age Liberty was divorced from her preacher husband and now wonders if her life has meaning, or is her life without purpose and direction? Liberty has some past hurts from her failed marriage and longs for a good marriage and children. Ernest believes that modern science has replaced beliefs in God. Liberty is researching evolution, intelligent design and questions about the Creator to answer some burning doubts.
At age 28, can she be sure of what is real and what are outdated religious beliefs? How does God interface with humans? Does DNA prove intelligent design by the Creator? Did God create mankind in His image, or did humans create gods and goddesses in their image? Additional option from Kenneth: I hope you review the book. I have a few paperbacks for free 10 and if you want one, then send me your physical address. My Email address is bk Sumerford. Author: McKenna Dean. Years later, her grandmother stunned everyone by leaving Sarah her horse farm—worth millions—but with conditions Sarah might not be able to meet.
A former Redclaw agent, Casey Barnes retired when a security assignment went bad, killing his partner and leaving him as a partial amputee. His inner wolf is in hiding. With both of them snowed in at the farm, a series of increasingly serious accidents draws Sarah and Casey closer together, but they each harbor secrets that might tear them apart. Author: Seelie Kay. Blurb: The hours are counting down as investigators try to prove that Dianna Murphy has been snatched.
Unfortunately, without witnesses and solid evidence, all the police really know is that she is missing. When suburban Milwaukee law student Dianna Murphy fails to connect with her roommate, there is no real evidence that she has been snatched. Until Law Professor Janet MacLachlan, a former covert agent, discovers a single clue, one that points to a taking by a slave trafficking cartel. In a race against time, Janet recruits her husband, secret agent Cade Matthews, small-town Police Chief David Manders and his wife, criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant, and other law students to uncover the truth.
Can they prove she has been taken, before Dianna disappears without a trace? Author: Beverly Ovalle. Blurb: They had been searching for their mate, but when they find her she is traumatized and scared to be around strange men. They must get her to accept them before they reveal their true natures. Will their love be strong enough to break down her barriers? Could she truly be destined to love two dragons?
To be the man he was before Operation Enduring Freedom slowly hardened his heart. He needs to reconnect to the values and the reasons he is doing what he does. Saint also needs to try to forget the courageous woman he fell in love with. She survived the blast but now has to deal with the fact that she will never be whole. Digging up her courage, Angelina moves forward hoping against hope that she can live a full life again. Crossing paths again brings their emotions to a full boil.
A coincidence that will have them both reaching for their dreams. Joyce — really ANY of her books. King by T. Frazier — This series grabbed me by the gut. I like to save them up and stay immersed in a world. Author: Skye McNeill. Since this is her first homicide, she has the support of a second-chair attorney—her ex who wants her back. Who knew being surrounded by three hot guys could be so deliciously exhausting?
Caught up in confusion, chaos, and criminal law, how will her heart survive the final verdict? Blurb: Taking a break from screenwriting in New York City, Londyn Bellerose takes a nannying job in Colorado to get away from the hubbub. A summer to live without regrets is all she wants. While her boss is British, gorgeous, and a millionaire, he has no clue how to have fun. Londyn is American and everything Callum Archer swore to never fall for again.
Author: Raegyn Perry. Greye Fields has immersed herself in her literary work, with no desire to chase the inevitable sting of rejection she knows too well. Connor Donovan is perfectly content with his bachelor status. Life is good, teaching middle school English, and being the favorite uncle. He wants for nothing. Can Connor and Greye overcome the obstacles to the love of all time, or is tragedy doomed to be repeated?
Tre Michaels, the new sheriff, has a job to do. He has sworn to serve and protect, with his life if necessary. Though he has no time to pursue the hometown beauty, Angela Donovan, he finds himself gravitating to her. Can Angela and Tre find love, and a happily ever after despite the danger? Or will their fairy tale turn deadly? Author: Alice J Miller. Blurb: Kyle Lawson needs a wife, and he needs one now. With his ailing business on the line, the only woman who can rescue him is the stepdaughter of the man who put him in this precarious position in the first place.
Can he trust her to come through for him, and save his business? Propelled into a bogus marriage, she vows to make up for the mistakes of the past, even if it means breaking her own heart. Can Kyle and Molly put aside their differences and unite, fight for a better future? Amidst the searing heat of Florida, will Molly and Kyle resist their inner desires?
Or, despite their troubled past, can love, forgiveness and redemption find a way to shape their future? Author: Jenny Lynn. Beckett Carter is the last of his family; the head of Carter Enterprises and a reclusive billionaire living in a luxurious Las Vegas penthouse.
While going undercover she puts her life in danger and discovers the secret identity of the Phantom as he ruthlessly eliminates a room full of criminals. This one night sets off a chain of events neither of them expected. Faced with the threat of being exposed, Beckett is left with only one choice. He takes Ella captive, keeping her in a secret room until he can complete his mission. The untouched woman locked away in his penthouse is the greatest temptation he has ever faced. A tense rivalry between the two grows into something so much more than either could have imagined.
When Beckett gives in and shows Ella how dark he can be, can she succeed and show him the light? A Huss. I like a bit of suspense in my romance as a reader and a writer. Author: Sofie Darling. Too bad he broke her heart ten years ago. Can he resist a second chance at the love he lost? When Mariana catches the eye of the man at the center of an assassination plot, Nick puts aside their painful past and enlists her to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it means seducing the enemy agent.
Even if the thought makes his blood boil. Only by keeping his distance from Mariana these last ten years was he able to pretend indifference to her. With every moment spent with her, he feels his tightly held control slipping…. Can she trust the spy who broke her heart? Mariana spent the last decade forgetting Nick.
Increasingly, she wants nothing more than to seduce her own husband …. A passion that insists on surrendering to the yearning of the flesh and, quite possibly, of the heart. Lord Jakob Radclyffe left his past behind in the Far East. The Viscount St. Alban is the perfect name. A bargain is struck. The undeniable spark of awareness that races between them undermines her vow to leave love behind.
Soon, she has no choice but to rid her system of Jake by surrendering to her craving for a single scorching encounter.
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But is once enough? Sometimes once only stokes the flame of desire higher and hotter. And sometimes once is all the heart needs to risk all and follow a mad passion wherever it may lead. Author: Carole McKee. Blurb: Growing up in an unstable home, and then being tossed into the home of her estranged father and his new family, Maddie knows how it feels to be unwanted. All she longs for is a normal family where there is love, peace, and harmony. When she finds the twins hiding in her yard, her heart opens up and love spills all over them. They are running away because their widowed father is going to marry a woman they hate, and they claim she hates them, too.
Maddie is taken in by the twins, and soon becomes good friends with their father. She steps in and helps out when he asks her, and she is glad to do it. When Adam has set a date for his wedding, he backs away from Maddie, hoping to give his future wife a chance to bond with his children. It is then that Maddie realizes that she is in love with Adam, and her heart breaks. The twins are devastated and resort to drastic measures to get Maddie back. In spite of their sad little faces, the wedding day arrives, and it is up to Adam to make it right. Blurb: After breaking up with Derek, Kyla Stanford meets the man of her dreams.
Storm Galloway is the most gorgeous man she has ever seen. They are so right for each other, and they could not be happier. When Derek sees them together he is enraged. Kyla must pay for her lies and infidelity — Derek will see to it. He hatches a plan. Will Storm find her and save her? Will he be on time? Who is poisoned by testosterone? This is Book 1 of the series of three. While she is being treated at a clinic by a pair of doctors, father and son, she begins to fall for the son. The feelings are mutual. The Christmas wedding had been postponed, but Rob encourages her to set another date.
If only she could get her memory back. That may be the answer. Author: Bonnie McCune. Blurb: A feisty single mom clashes with an ex-military, macho corporate star at a business retreat in the wild Colorado mountains, where only one can win a huge prize. But when a massive flood imperils their love and survival, they learn the meaning of true partnership. Enter Desmond Emmett—a fast talker and smooth operator. New to the office, the ex-serviceman possesses every negative quality for a guy Raye should avoid.
But only one can win the prize, and Des needs the money to underwrite medical treatments for his adored younger sister. Seesawing between attraction and antagonism, the mismatched couple, Raye and Des, face their biggest challenge: learning the meaning of true partnership. When a massive flash flood sweeps down the rocky canyon and threatens their love and survival, they must put aside their differences to rescue their colleagues — and their future as a couple. Blurb: Watch out for falling rock! A mountain town and its rugged mayor captivate a woman in search of a new life and love.
Unloved and unemployed. Teetering on the abyss of disaster, she calls an old friend who invites her to a tiny mountain town with fresh prospects. Sparks fly immediately, but major obstacles make a new life on the ashes of the old appear impossible. She must overcome a few obstacles like a broken ankle, an eating disturbance, his stubbornness, and her own fears. I discovered she excelled at historic romances which fully utilized her depth of academic expertise and made readers hungry for her accurate, enchanting stories. In-depth, multi-layered story of three friends, all with weight and psychological problems.
But which caused which? Author: Young Bernard Foong. Blurb: No Distance Between Us is a short, coming-of-age romantic story about a gay teenager in an exclusive English boarding school. I read the entire series within a week in the early s. Although Ms. What was left was an empty repetitious shell of her glorious trilogy. Author: Marie Lavender. Desiree Edwards has a problem. To make matters worse, she finds out more about herself than she ever wanted to know.
Alec has a problem. The animal in him wants Desiree. But, so does the man. The more he learns about her, the harder it is to deny what he wants. Then an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice. His life or hers. Myah Sullivan is suddenly living that nightmare.
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Oliver King is her savior, a vampire who tries to show her the way. Through her journey she learns far more than she ever thought she would about herself, and about the past. Soon, she discovers that there is so much more to meeting Oliver than mere happenstance. Can Myah accept her new reality, or will she retreat into that normal, safe world she once thought was her own?
Blurb: Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for a while. A remote cabin in Montana fits the bill. Colin Fielding is on a mission — scout a planet and return home to Endhivar. Simple really. Little do they know, someone is out to do them harm, as well as the world Brooke holds so dear. Or will the universe lose a perfect gem?
Blurb: An unforgettable, sweeping saga of romance, passion and history rooted in tales of maritime suspense…. Blurb: After a wild storm forces her to take shelter in a small town inn, Dana Nelson thinks that all she has to worry about is a brief stay before she heads back to the city. She gets far more than she bargained for…. The last thing she expects is to run into an old flame, and even worse, the man who broke her heart twelve years ago.
The more time she spends with Vince Reynolds, the more she begins to believe she can trust him again. But, can she put her faith in the one man who captivates her, body and soul, or are some wounds too deep to heal? Author: Cleo Scornavacca. Blurb: Time…escaping his past, struggling with the present, looking towards his future.
Time… a gift, precious, fleeting, ever-changing, moving quickly…too quickly, especially for a man searching for the woman of his dreams. He left everything he knew behind in search of something special…someone special. His plan was clear. He would move to the beach, renovate an old shore house and find the woman that he would ultimately marry…all within six months. Was he delusional? Perhaps…yet after everything that had gone on in his life the last few years, he had to take that chance. Then… as luck would have it, he met Jade Stanton, his new neighbor.
Tommy was immediately drawn to her. He wanted and needed to know more. There was one small problem. She was done…over it. She swore off anything serious with any man that came her way…until she was backed into a corner and Tommy came to her rescue. Due to circumstances beyond her control, Jade needed Tommy to play his part for a little while longer. Tommy was fine with it and they both knew it was all just an act. Tommy realized that the girl he had dreamed of was right there in front of him, and the life he wanted to share with her was finally within his grasp.
Actually, it would be the hardest thing he ever had to do…prove to Jade that she could trust him enough to love him, as much as he loved her. Rain and Raven Medici are identical twins. Raven went to school and was exposed freely to the outside world. Rain, on the other hand, was born with a blood disorder and denied many normal childhood experiences. Rain along with her only childhood friend Tommy Conte, builds a very successful business as professional photographers.
Traveling between Europe and Manhattan, and enjoying a world that was kept from her, Rain vows never to be controlled again. Dominick Kane is a product of his upbringing. Nothing gets in his way. There is only one thing he has ever failed at. A relationship with his father Vincent Kane. The events he sets in motion put him on a collision course he himself will be unable to control.
In a bizarre twist of fate, Dominick kidnaps Raven as part of his plan for revenge. Only to discover afterward, he has taken Rain by mistake. Rain knows she can never survive being confined again. So she strikes a bargain with the devil and agrees to help Dominick get back what he feels rightly belongs to him. Dominick decides to use the strong attraction growing between Rain and himself to control her in every way imaginable.
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Nothing could have prepared him for the effect Rain would have on his. Will this plan of revenge turn into unconditional love? Dominick Kane and Rain Medici started their relationship with one another in the most unconventional way. And so does their passion. Familiar faces are not so familiar. The past and the present collide, opening up all of those old wounds and struggles once again.
Or will new discoveries push them even further apart. Will love win out and bring them back together? Or will ghosts of the past ultimately destroy their love once and for all…. When Rain Medici was taken, she never thought in a million years that her captor would be the man of her dreams, but he was. He had no idea that his victim would be the one woman to capture his empty heart, but she did. In that time, they struggled with many emotions and fought constant obstacles.
They discovered new identities, faced ghosts from their pasts and attacks against their family, that to this day remain unsolved. Yet, regardless of the unexpected challenges, some self-inflicted, Dominick and Rain always knew that their undying love for each other had gotten them through everything.
Now, the couple faces a whole new set of challenges. Challenges that bring their pasts forward once again and others which force each of them to examine who they really are and what they have become. They are in the fight of their lives. Will it make them even stronger than before? Or will the delicate threads that held them together…in the end, ultimately pull them apart?
Anyway, I found a book with a blue cover and just a flower on the center. I loved the caring and the heartache in this story. It was compelling and its one of my go-to re-reads of all time. Author: Sable Hunter. Blurb: While vacationing at a cabin in the Ozarks, Scott Walker — Austin neurobiologist, gets snowed-in and has to be rescued by local, Lia Houston.
She brings him food, helps him fix his heat and tries to get his car on the road. Know-It-All until the weather abates. So when he meets Lia, he welcomes the attraction, but fights the tenderness with every breath in his body. Join Sable Hunter as she chronicles their journey from lust to love with a lot of fireworks in between. Blurb: Cade and Abby have a history. Years ago they were in love. Undeclared and unrequited, Cade waited until Abby was old enough for him to declare his love.
Abby wanted nothing more than she wanted Cade. Abby pushed Cade away and he never knew why. Antagonizing one another has become their favorite sport. They bicker because they both want the same thing — each other. Jude Deveraux made me fall in love with the romance genre. This is one book that I fell in love with. New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux will capture your heart with signature classic novel, a time-travel romance featuring a present-day heroine and a dashing hero from the sixteenth century!
Abandoned by a cruel fate, lovely Dougless Montgomery lies weeping upon a cold tombstone in an English church. Suddenly, the most extraordinary man appears. It is Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck…and according to his tombstone he died in Drawn to his side by a bond so sudden and compelling it overshadows reason, Dougless knows that Nicholas is nothing less than a miracle: a man who does not seek to change her, who finds her perfect, fascinating, just as she is. What Dougless never imagined was how strong the chains are that tie them to the past…or the grand adventure that lay before them.
Author: Virginia Babcock. Then one night, a ghostly visitor warns her to go with the handsome stranger who shows up at her door before dawn. Jacob needed a change in his life, so he quit his job.
Before he could head out on his next adventure, his brother reached out to him for help. Will he ever know why a haunting dream told him to leave to help his brother now? On his way, he meets the beautiful Maddy. Together Maddy and Jacob help those they are called to help. Through triumph and tragedy, they find their own way and try to blend two varying paths into one.
The books that got me started on romance were s Harlequin romances. Author: Madison Michael. When her husband publicly cheats on her, Leigh Dobbs trades her humiliating reputation as an ice queen and a hometown that shuns her for the unknown of rural North Carolina. Taking over a small bed and breakfast, Leigh sets out to restore it, her dignity and her life.
Handsome powerhouse Caleb Rausch is a man on a mission, expanding his huge corporation without encroaching on the small town where it resides. His commitment to his products, employees and historic preservation are unwavering. Caleb is the most eligible bachelor in three states, dating celebrities and models, but never settling down.
Until now. So why, after a steamy night together, does Caleb disappear for weeks? Has Leigh put her heart out there again, just to be played? I loved that story. Before that I read classic romance written by legendary writers or historical romance that felt repetitive. The Ring was different for me — approachable writing and a great story. Danielle Steele never let me down, then or now. I think the author may have created the perfect hero in Colton Donovan. One guaranteed to be hot, one guaranteed to be funny and one full of aristocrats.
They should make for great winter entertainment. Author: Vicki-Ann Bush. Blurb: Charlie Murphy and Lillie Whitman are surrounded by the innocence of young love, and the guileless early twentieth century. They fall deeper into each other, intertwining their very different worlds to create a bond that no one can break. When the dawn of World War I comes to their Long Island town, and personal tragedies begin to spiral the lovers into an abyss of darkness, they must fight to hold on to their love.
Knowing their bond will be the only ties that will get them through. And how a garden, a very special garden, can withstand the coldest of winters and give the ultimate symbol of hope. Author: Lisa Doughty. Lady Ella McHenry is a genius like her father. Now alone, she must contemplate marriage in order to keep the fortune her father left her as well as her independence. Her Aunt urges her to add physical attraction to her list of logical and intellectual attributes she wants in a husband. When the handsome rake Lord Dexter St Johns comes to her for help on his artillery project, she makes a bargain with him.
She will help him with his project if he will conduct an experiment with her. Little did the analytical Lady Ella know how much of her heart would become entangled in her conclusion and how important attraction can be. Lord St Johns was in a race to be the first to complete a smaller, more efficient weapon against his nemesis Lord Vanderguard. Desperate to keep such a weapon out of the warmonger hands, he is forced to enlist help from the most unlikely source, Lady Ella McHenry.
Taking a leap of faith, he hands the top secret plans over for her analysis. To his surprise, she turns out to be the one person to solve his issues. When she asks for a favor in return, he could not refuse her and blindly agrees to whatever she needs. To his shock, she wants to conduct an experiment that is beyond scandalous and even more exciting than he could imagine.
As Lady Ella knocks him off balance and steals his heart, his project and her involvement in it puts her in mortal danger. Now he must not only save her, but his heart as well. Lady Letitia Wentworth is no match for her older sister, Lady Deidra Wentworth, either in beauty or popularity. Refusing to be the companion of her self—absorbed and conceited sister during an event at the family estate in Canterbury, she planned to lock herself in the library the whole week. Engrossed in the mystery, she is irritated when the bold, yet handsome, Lord Devin Armstrong interrupts her, determined to introduce himself.
She is also amazed that such a man was interested in her, not her sister. As she loses her heart, she discovers more about the mystery that is herself than she bargained for. The handsome Lord Dexter Armstrong, Earl of Berkeley, was being relentlessly pursued by every husband-hunting lady in the ton. Irritated by the trappings of nobility, he was beyond angry when his parents forced him to escort his sister to Canterbury for the annual summer event.
Dismayed to have to keep company with the vile Lady Deidra Wentworth, who was far and above the most despicable social climber of the ladies, he vowed to keep his distance. When he saw a fiery, bespectacled redheaded beauty stand up to Deidra, his interest is piqued. The more he finds out about her, the more intriguing she becomes. Offering his help to solve her mystery is just a ruse to get to know her at first, but he quickly discovers that the mystery they work on is dangerous.
As the mystery unravels and Devin is losing his heart, he fights to keep Letitia safe and to keep the love they discover along the way. I picked up my first romance novel because Fabio was on the cover. He was bare-chested and looking adoringly at the woman kneeling next to him grasping his thigh. I can remember how I felt at that moment. Oh, to be looked at in that way by such a man!
I wanted to be her. From then on I was addicted. I wished for more adventure or more sex, or the need to find a stronger female character, one not so resigned and whimpering. A feeling evoked by the imagination, one different for every reader. I could not get enough after that. Approaching my reading from this new perspective, I binged on Johanna Lindsey as well as countless others until I found Julie Garwood. So, if you ask which book made me fall in love with the genre, I could not say it was just one in particular.
I realized that it was the journey that made this genre so addicting. Author: Theresa Sederholt. At twenty-seven, Raven Anderson experienced more heartache than anyone would in their lifetime. Finally, her life seems on track when she starts doing what she loves the most: teaching second grade. However, the best-laid plans are not always the right path as Raven learns when fate puts her in the direct path of mega-billionaire, Jaxson James Phillips, owner of Raiders, Inc. With the spotlight now focused on Raven, her past is threatening her future.
So, she does what she does best—run! This beautiful girl, with the violet eyes, has left Jax, who never gets rattled, totally speechless. As time goes on, he slowly unravels the many layers of Raven. What he finds. New beginnings, so full of promise, are overshadowed by a past that is continuously haunting them.
Secrets are uncovered. Lies are revealed. Raven and Jax will fight for their lives and the ones they hold dear. Will a normal life ever be in their reach? Will anyone truly be safe, again? Too much has happened. How can anyone survive this? Lies are shattered, leaving death and destruction in its path. To save a child, they must make a deal with the devil himself. They had a plan: two days—get in, ask the questions, and get out. Seemed simple enough. But you know what they say about best-laid plans.
Life always seems to get in the way of living. This book contains strong language, violence, and sexual situations. Mature audiences only. Author: Lilly Christine. Shane shows her amazing moves, and not just in the half-pipe. Did she just throw away a career in sports management for a guy who scores new girls at every game? Leave a comment below, or for a private entry, you can email me at marieannlavender gmail. This contest will run for a week, until December 20th at midnight EST.
After that, winners will be selected and contacted. Love, passion, romance and desire…this set of 22 hot and sexy reads has just what you need…. I am pleased to announce a cool book blog tour going on right now, presented by Reviews by Crystal and Madison Michael, an author I met during my journey! Congratulations on your new steamy romance anthology release! Plus, here at the I Love Romance Blog, we love discovering new romance novels!
Such an awesome cover! Love, passion, romance and desire… No matter what your preference, this set of 22 hot and sexy reads has just what you need. Charlotte Roche is escaping a menacing threat in Boston when she moves to Chicago for a new job and a new man. Now he is torn between loving the alluring Charlotte and protecting his dual lives. Can Alex trust Charlotte with the truth or is risking his fortune and family to pursue her?
Can the two fall in love when they are bedeviled by lies and half-truths? When danger follows Charlotte to Chicago, threatening her safety and their futures, Charlotte and Alex a forced to make a hard decision — choose the secrets of their past or a future together. Madison is giving us a peek at her sexy modern romance, Bedeviled , book three of the Beguiling Bachelor Series, today.
His head lowered to hers, pulling her close against him as he leaned back until all her weight was leaning on his and she had no choice but to twine her arms behind his head or the tree trunk. His lips captured her slowly, softly pressing against hers. One hand rested low, on the curve between her back and her behind. The other came up to tangle in her short hair, holding her head still as he deepened the kiss. His lips demanded response, plundering her mouth with his tongue.
He tasted of expensive wine and Alex as his tongue explored the recesses of her mouth, hot and insistent. Her breasts were flattened against his rock-hard chest, her hips tight against his as he held her to him. When he lifted his head, shadowed by moonlight behind him, Charlotte was unable to read his expression. Unsure and unsteady, she waited, catching her breath. Blood was coursing through her veins, hot and urgent. Her heart was pounding from just one kiss. She returned the kiss, opening her lips to his insistent ones, entwining her tongue with his, increasing the pressure against his mouth as she ran her hands up into his hair.
She held fast to him, feeling his hand move from her hair to the nape of her neck, down along her bare arms, tracing a pattern there with his fingers. The feel of his hands on her skin was warm, strong and sure. She had longed for his touch and now desired it everywhere. Alex lifted his head reluctantly. He lifted her away from his body, steadied her and then hefted himself from the tree and wrapped his arm around her shoulders to lead her back to the car.
She felt bereft without the solid warmth of him hard against her. Neither of them said a word until he opened her car door and closed it again, without allowing her inside. Instead, he pushed her gently against it. He kissed her senseless until she would have happily made love there in the sand, and the world be damned. She wanted this man as she had never wanted anything before. Charlotte kissed him passionately, running her hands up and down his muscular back as she tightened her hold on him, wanting to get closer, to feel his bare skin, until finally they mutually agreed to some restraint and dragged apart from one another.
He kept his fingers touching her lightly until she got in the car and he closed the door behind her. The action is fast paced but not at the expense of feeling rushed or not thought out. The characters are fully formed and all of their own little foibles! It has something for everyone. I would recommend this Box Set to anyone. Plus, the authors are giving away lots of goodies with this tour. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. You may find those locations here. Thank you for telling us about your new sexy romance book collection, Madison! Author Bio. Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings.
Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books. Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots.
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I am pleased to announce a great book release by Mika Jolie, an author I met during my journey! Her wedding-themed romantic comedy, Explicitly Yours , officially released this month! Congrats on your new release! Mika is giving us a look at her comical wedding romance, Explicitly Yours , today.
I bet you every man who is about to take the plunge experiences a wide range of feelings. As a guy, whose wedding day is only seven days away, I know this. Anxiety—Nerves are kicking in. Yeah, even confident, cocky guys like me are bound to face nuptial stage fright. Excitement—Coriander and I are going to make it official. There, we watched the two transition from friends to lovers. In Explicitly Yours —a novella—I invite you to go on another journey with these two beloved characters. This time, they are lovers, friends, and in seven days, husband and wife.
But anything can happen in a week. See that dapper guy in the navy-blue suit, crisp white button-down shirt, blue and silver silk tie, and matching silk pocket square?
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Yeah, I mean the guy standing under the oak tree, with the clean-shaven jaw, neatly trimmed, dark brown hair, and a giant smile on his face. You heard right, no anxious thoughts, no toe-curling fear. All the feelings swirling through me are a combination of crazy-good emotions and impatience.
I feel them in the pounding of my heart, in the calm of my chest. When we step away, I meet brown eyes so much like my own. I see joy, pride, and a nameless emotion that comes from watching his only son marry the love of his life. And it hits me, one day, this will be Cori and me, hugging our child goodbye as they embark on a new journey with their spouse.
A raft of conflicting feelings—happiness, certainly, but also profound sadness—tugs at my heartstrings. With my eyes welling up, I adjust the cuffs of my suit. Guests dressed in formal evening attire move around. Some take their seats at the area facing the breathtaking sunset, others stand, talking. She smiles. I nod and let my gaze sweep over the outdoor decorations. Mellow autumn sunshine lingers warmly. The trees, having lost their green hues, offer a kaleidoscope of autumn red and orange. Burlap bows with large sunflowers and fall leaves decorate the chairs.
What people are saying about this book:. There are plenty of chuckles, happiness and a few tears in this story. This is an author who knows how to write a book that has you captivated from the first chapter and I found myself reading it in one sitting. Thank you for telling us about your book, Mika! Readers, I can truly vouch for this one, as I was a beta reader. So grab it now! A sports fanatic and a wine aficionado, she loves writing about life experiences and matters of the heart.
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I am beyond pleased to announce a very special post today on ILRB. Recently, I asked authors to come to the blog with a little background into their characters. Exactly what is it about them that keeps a writer up at night, composing those romance novels we love? I wanted to dig deep into each of these characters. Today is the next post in this series.
So what happened in book one?
Haggerty, who has some things to say about her character. Hi, D. Describe one of your main characters and why he or she impacts the story. Everly is not actually fat. What she is, is a yo-yo dieter. Something I know more than I little about. You could call me an expert — I certainly do! Most yo-yo dieters consider yo-yo dieting a way of life, but is it possible to break the habit? And what would it take for a person to end their yo-yo dieting ways? Would a break-up be enough?
Hmm… sounds like a book idea. Oh, sure, I could have her lose a ton of weight and then she rides off into the sunset with some guy, but what happens after that? Does she go back to her yo-yo dieting ways? Sure, he puts effort into it, but it seems effortless — if that makes any sense. But what does this type of man — the type for which slim fit clothes were invented — think of having a wife who yo-yo diets? He loves me just as I am.
There is one thing that does bother my husband, though. When I was younger, I could be quite emotional about the ups and downs my scale experienced. That bothered him. I thought this could be a good impetus for Everly to learn to deal with her dieting and weight instead of just losing a bunch of weight. Here is the blurb for Fat Girl Begone! My boyfriend dumped me — get this — because I diet too much. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it.
Bookseller Chick blogged about this topic not too long ago and received a very good list of YA reads, not necessarily with romance included. Make sure you get the paperback edition, which has both Crown Duel and Court Duel. How could I forget Robin McKinley? Her Damar books, The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown, were the first fantasy books that I got hooked on and the romantic element was a large factor in my addiction. All have heroes to die for, and heroines who are splendidly strong. Another book I enjoyed as a teen was The Scarlet Pimpernel and my son read it when he was 12, so it still appeals to that age group.
Very cute and witty, with the required HEA. Let me second Sorcery and Cecilia by Stevermor and Wrede! Mahy is a well-known author from New Zealand. Good stuff. Robin McKinley — more of a fantasy writer, but has romantic elements in her books. I love them all, including the short stories. I think the more romantic ones are probably Beauty, Rose Daughter the second and quite different version of Beauty and the Beast and the Blue Sword.
Norma Johnston has a coming-of-age series that I adore. The Keeping Days series is about a young girl named Tish Sterling. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly — not really a romance, but a great read nonetheless. There are some mixed up timelines and memories involved, but it all works out in the end. The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan — Marnie, the heroine, gets married to an older man, whom she dislikes, to save her family. To continue on the theme of witchcraft, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is also a lovely book.
The man she marries is a widower with two children. They slowly fall in love with each other, though a number of things come up to interfere with their relationship. The Blue Castle by L. I never could get into the Anne books, though I tried, but this one I really liked. Both are very good.
viptarif.ru/wp-content/texts/1048.php Excellent-check them out if you like Patricia Wrede. Dianne Wynne Jones is also very good. Her book Howls Moving Castle was made into an animated movie, another good story. The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause is amazingly good and amazingly romantic, though the ending is bittersweet.
The next two books are considerably darker, but that first book is just wow. The Anne of Green Gables series by L. Montgomery is fantastic, and the development of the love between Anne and Gilbert is very sweet. Also, turning Amy into a Mary Sue was kind of lame. Lorna Doone by R. Rosemary Sutcliff has written some excellent historical fiction for teenagers with strong romantic elements. Also, her version of the legend of Tristan and Iseult will break your heart. Kristen D. Not sure how much romance is in them, though.
The first few Princess Diaries titles were cute, before the author started writing to keep up with the movies. I agree with the recommendation for Sarah Dessen books. I also love anything by Meg Cabot. I also like the sequel, Ready or Not. Good heavens, how could I forget Mrs. Mike by Nancy Freeman? I practically wore my copy out! I mean, who can resist a trade paperback for 5. And I liked A College of Magic.
Too busy reading fantasy and thrillers. I really loved Sorcery and Cecelia. Good writing and a nice person to boot. Mike, the Megan McCafferty books…. Totally kick ass. Oh, and the covers are amazing, too. I also read the Pullman books that way. One of my sections is next to the YA, so I browse there a lot. His Midnighters series takes the whole series to develop the romance, but once it does, it takes your breath away. Through the course of the book, you find out why, and you see her heal and grow strong.
His wit and friendship gradually break down her defenses and she starts to care again. Both these books are great examples of well-written YA with tremendous character exploration and development. They write with a real understanding of teenagers and the way teenagers think and feel. In general, the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer is amazing. In terms of books I read when I was an actual YA reader, here are the ones that I remember with great fondness not sure how many of them are still in print. I wish my summer camp experiences had been like this.