Recommended Series to Binge Read

– by Ashia

It’s the perfect time to binge read series I never had time for. And there are a lot!

Personally, I’m going to binge read Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. I hear you gasping in horror. Yes, I’m the ___ (I’m not sure of the correct word) who hasn’t read the entire series yet. Oh, I’ve read a few of the books, but not enough that would give me an idea of the series arc. So that’s my main goal for this quarantine.

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In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”–the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

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Feature: Best Friends

Contributed by Ashia (Romancing the Books and More)

I’ve always loved the best friend trope in my romances in whatever form–sister/brother’s best friend, best friend’s brother/sister, or the main characters themselves being best friends. There’s something magical in the process of best friends becoming lovers. How did they transition into the new state? What about the angst/conflict they feel?

I’ve read a lot of this trope, and I have to say that not all authors can do it successfully. Or give me so much feelings–good ones.

Here are some romances in 2018 utilizing the “best friend” trope that I’m gonna be checking out:

Check Me Out by Becca Wilhite (Amazon)

Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.

Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local cafe where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts that in his face-to-face conversation.

When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a “battle of the bands” book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.

Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?

Check Me Out is a contemporary romance—with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac—that reminds us to never judge a book by its cover. Continue reading

Feature: Office Romance

Contributed by Jackie

What could be more exciting than finding a lover in the office? There are pro’s and con’s, as we shall see:

Pro:

  1. Makes you look forward to going to the office
  2. Being with your lover the entire day (you can then make sure he/she is not having any on the side)

Con:

  1. Being with your lover the entire day (doesn’t it get tiring after awhile?)
  2. Destroys your concentration

Okay, the above is just for fun, because honestly, I really love office romances. You’re with this person day in and day out, getting closer everyday, so of course it’s no wonder you’d fall in love.

Here are some romances that I’ve been eyeing:

Beta Test by Annabeth Albert (Amazon).

Player vs. Player. Fight!

Brilliant graphic designer Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game—he’s just been asked to present a top secret project at a huge conference in Seattle. All systems are go…until he learns his buttoned-up office nemesis is coming along for the ride.

Tristan Jones isn’t really the gamer type, but he knows the back end of the video game business inside out. Together, he and Ravi will give an awesome presentation. If they survive the cross-country trip first.

Tossed together in close quarters, Ravi’s shocked to see Tristan’s sexy, softer side emerge from such a conservative shell. He’s less shocked to learn his handsome colleague’s prominent family would never support an out-and-proud son. But Ravi didn’t struggle through his own coming out to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan will have to push past his fear and ultimately decide: Does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over before they’ve even begun? Continue reading

Feature: Holiday Recs Part 1

Now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holidays are coming ’round the corner. Have you bought your presents yet? While the crowds haven’t congregated on the malls yet, I’m off to do some holiday shopping this weekend. That includes books for myself, because of course, books are all I want for Christmas. There, easy to get me a present, right? LOL

Oh, or you could get me this T-shirt:

Or any of these. I can’t decide! All of them are pretty funny and cute:

       

They’re also on promotional price right now, if you’re thinking to get one for yourself or your family and friends.

But enough about T-shirts! Here are some holiday reads, recommended by TRR reviewers, to get you in the mood:

Christmas Surprise on MacLean Mountain by Randi Alexander (Amazon)

Doctor Booker MacLean is shocked when his estranged wife calls and asks to talk to him in person. Is Sybil back to finally ask for a divorce? Three days before Christmas? He hardens himself for the blow that’s sure to come

Sybil MacLean has been gone from MacLean Mountain and from her husband for seven long months, and now she’s back to admit that leaving was a terrible mistake. She has a secret, but won’t share it with Booker unless he forgives her and takes her back first.

As a powerful blizzard moves into the Colorado Rockies and Sybil and Booker are stranded together atop MacLean Mountain, will his fierce pride and her need for his understanding keep them from spending Christmas with the one they love most? Continue reading

Feature: Fakeship

Contributed by Ashia (Romancing the Books and More)

Recently, I learned a new term called “fakeship”. This is the story of a pretend girlfriend/boyfriend or fake engagement/marriage storyline, and it’s a trope that I like a lot. It doesn’t matter if it’s between best friends or enemies who needed to call a temporary truce to work together, as long as it’s a fake relationship they have to present to their friends and family. What I love here is the fun, spine-tingling moments when the main characters are forced to be together to keep up the charade.

Here are some upcoming books that feature this trope, books I can’t wait to get into:

Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn (Amazon)

Oh the classic fake engagement for the sake of getting the inheritance.

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This marriage is strictly business . . . until the temptation gets way too real.

Corbin: I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe.

Teagan: First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible . . . yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules . . . and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé. Continue reading

Feature: Royalty Fever

Contributed by Ashia, Romancing the Books and More

Royalty fever is in the air, egged on by cute pictures of Prince George and Princess Charlotte,  Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new pregnancy, and of course the fairy tale romance between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (I was like, wow, when I first heard. I mean, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Rachel Zane from Suits?)

Well, if you’re a Harlequin books junkie, you’d know there have always been royalty stories in contemporary settings for the romance-consuming public since way back. But though I devoured these in ages past, I can’t seem to remember a single one now (I don’t have a lot of storage space in my brain, so sadly, unimportant info have to be thrown out [Remember the movie Inside Out?])…

Aha! I can remember one: The heroine is a commoner working as a waitress when it turns out she’s the princess of this small European country, who was smuggled out when she was baby for her protection. But now they’ve found her, the rightful princess (queen?), and she has to help her poor (literally) country find a way to earn money, and guess what? She found out that her country has a natural resource and she tapped on that to produce flavored mineral water (if I remember right) that they can then sell to other countries! Finances solved! As for the romance, yes, there’s a romance, but I don’t remember with whom. Alas, I can’t even remember the title.

Anyway, enough trips down memory lane, which I seem to be doing lately. I’m just so happy we’ve got new Royalty books to devour and obsess over. Royalty Fever books that are on my radar are:

Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes (Amazon)

What I love about this is the angst. Married to her sister’s ex, the man she’s loved like forever? Lots of conflict and angst there! Yes, squeeze my heart out until I bleed. Can’t wait to get into this. I love storylines like this.

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Notorious for leaping off roofs, maiming foreign royals, and thattwerking incident, Brinley Cantrella of Estau is nobody’s definition of a good princess. She’s fearless and bold, not good and gracious. And after a lifetime of being told she’s unfit to be queen, wearing the crown and helping to usher Estau into a new era is the one dream she’s never dared chase. Continue reading

Feature: Hot, Sexy, Adorable Geeks

Contributed by Ashia

There’s another kind of hero emerging in recent years. They’re not as prevalent as the alpha, dominant hero types yet, but I have hope that we’ll see more of this new type because they’re more of the ordinary men that we can actually have the chance to meet. I mean, how many of us can meet a millionaire, or billionaire, for that matter? Or those sports athletes. But this one–he could be your brother, your best friend, your boss, your officemate, your schoolmate–someone perfectly meet-able and marriage-able. Well, except for the brother.

I’m talking about the geek hero.

*cue fangirl screams*

I have to admit; there is something so sexy about the man who has lots up there, someone who can match you wit for wit or impress you with his vast stock knowledge about obscure stuff. Or scientific stuff. Or computer stuff. If he has body and the muscles, well, that’s a bonus.

If you’re like me, here are some books you might be interested in:

Did I mention how much I love this book? The hero, undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, is totally adorable in his geekiness and cluelessness around women. A stereotypical geek in that he doesn’t have much social skills, which he has to brush up on fast in order to get Cassie, the heroine, in his corner. Here’s my review on this book. (Amazon)

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New Release and Exclusive Excerpt: Dare to Stay by Jen McLaughlin

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Fans of Katie Ashley, Joanna Wylde, Kristen Ashley, Sophie Jackson and Katee Robert will be thrilled by this dark, steamy series, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Out of Line novels, where one gang of criminals knows just how being bad can be so good…

Bruised and bloodied on Boston’s mean streets, Chris O’Brien is reeling from the loss of his childhood best friend. But after barely escaping a hit placed on his head, Chris is desperate to live. A safe haven comes to mind – the home of the perfect girl from his childhood, Molly Lachlan. Before he has fully considered what it would mean to involve her in his mess, he finds himself on her doorstep.

When Molly agrees to let Chris inside her home, she realizes she’s also letting him into her life. Danger and desperation are coming off him like steam, and yet she can’t bring herself to turn him away. His bad boy charm always had a hold on her, but now there’s a soulfulness and sorrow in him that she’s never seen before. And despite the heart-stopping risk of helping him, she hopes against all reason that he’ll stay…

The stakes are dangerously high…and the passion is seriously intense. Follow the exploits of the Sons of Steel Row in Dare To Run and Dare To Stay.

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The man moved forward another step, and another, one unsteady foot in front of the other, holding a scary-looking gun in his right hand. His dark brown hair was the only thing I saw of his features, and he was tall. Easily six foot three. Muscular. Tattoos. Written letters across his knuckles that spelled out Steel Row on both hands and that struck a memory that I couldn’t quite place. As if that wasn’t enough to let me know what gang he belonged to, he wore a dark brown leather jacket that announced him as a member of the Sons of Steel Row as clearly as a red bandanna announced a man as a member of the Bloods. Steel Row was a neighborhood filled with crime and poverty, ruled by a ruthless gang. They called themselves the Sons of Steel Row.

At least I would have an accurate description to give the police . . .

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Into the Fury by Kat Martin – Excerpt and Giveaway

COVER - Into the Fury 800x Note from the Author:

In my new book, INTO THE FURY, meet Ethan Brodie, one of the hot Brodie cousins.  Ethan works with Nick in Seattle, at Brodie Operations Security Services–BOSS, Inc, the guys call it.  Ethan’s current assignment, working as a bodyguard for the La Belle lingerie fashion show tour, is the last thing he wants.  He’s already got more woman-trouble than he can handle.

But when the models begin to get threatening notes and one of them is murdered, it’s Ethan’s job to keep the women safe.  He’s determined to ignore his attraction to blond bombshell, Valentine Hart, but he’s promised Nick’s wife Samantha he’ll protect her super-model friend–which makes Val Ethan’s first priority.

It’s a high-action, romantic adventure filled with passion and intrigue.  I hope you’ll watch for INTO THE FURY.

Very best wishes and happy reading.  Kat

Excerpt:

SINNERS, SLUTS, and WHORES–BEWARE. Your TIME is at HAND.

Standing next to the long mahogany table in the conference room, Ethan Brodie re-read the note he’d just been handed. Printed on a plain sheet of white paper, the words were typed in different fonts and sizes, all of them in big bold letters.

Fairly old-school for the twenty-first century, Ethan thought. But then, email was a helluva lot easier to trace. Continue reading