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Books to Read if you like Lisa Kleypas

Top Books to Read if you like Lisa Kleypas- Update

One of my most popular posts is Top Ten Books to Read if You Like Lisa Kleypas. However, that post is now 3 years old and I’ve decided it is time for an update. I had picked Lisa Kleypas for this list because she writes amazing books in multiple sub- genres, including historical and contemporary romance. Also in the last three years, I was lucky enough to actually meet Lisa Kleypas!

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Meeting Lisa Kleypas at The Strand Bookstore in February 2018

This time, I’ve decided to create the list a little differently. I picked my favorite Lisa Kleypas books (11 this time!) and recommended one or two books similar to that book.

 

  1. Dreaming of You        330721

    • If you love Derek Craven like I do, you’ll love Joanna Shupe’s Magnate and if you admire Sara and her writing, you’ll love Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. 26025622110384
  2. Blue Eyed- Devil 1756703

    • If Blue-Eyed Devil breaks your heart and then slowly rebuilds it with Hardy Cates’ love, you’ll appreciate Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us27362503
  3. Mine till Midnight 693016

    • If Cam Rohan makes your heart flutter and you’re looking for more diverse historical romances, you’ll love An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole. 30237404
  4. Smooth Talking Stranger4066312

    • If you admire Ella and her devotion to her nephew as well as manly men heroes like Jack Travis, you’ll love The Hookup by Kristen Ashley.36408499
  5. Devil in Winter 114166

    • If you love redeemable rakes and wallflower heroine with spines of steel, you’ll appreciate A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare. 11738128
  6. Rainshadow Road 8546771

    • If you love small town romance, you’ll enjoy At Peace by Kristen Ashley. 24922638
  7. Prince of Dreams 693033

    • If you like historical romances set in different time periods and ultra alpha heroes with a love that spans centuries, you’ll like Enslaved by Virginia Henley. 327916
  8. Dream Lake 9285100

    • If you like tortured heroes overcoming traumatic pasts in small towns, you’ll appreciate The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter.  21848289
  9. Worth Any Price 114168

    • If you love criminal heroes who are redeemable, you’ll enjoy Sarah MacLean’s Wicked and the Wallflower. 35695972
  10. Marrying Winterbourne 26242354

    • If you like self-made heroes and aristocratic heroines, you’ll like Lorraine Heath’s Between the Devil and Desire.4838188
  11. Devil in Spring30179647

    • If you love revisiting former characters and reading the story of their children, you’ll enjoy Beautiful Tempest by Johanna Lindsey. 32620305
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The Darkest Warrior

 

The Queen of Paranormal Romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter, returns with THE DARKEST WARRIOR, a searing Lords of the Underworld tale featuring a beastly prince and the wife he will wage war to keep. THE DARKEST WARRIOR is now available where all fine books are sold. Grab your copy today!

 

THE DARKEST WARRIOR Synopsis:

He is ice…

Puck the Undefeated, host of the demon of Indifference, cannot experience emotion without punishment, so he allows himself to feel nothing. Until her. According to ancient prophecy, she is the key to avenging his past, saving his realm and ruling as king. All he must do? Steal her from the man she loves—and marry her.

She is fire…

Gillian Shaw has suffered many tragedies in her too-short life, but nothing could have prepared the fragile human for her transition into immortality. To survive, she must wed a horned monster who both intrigues and frightens her…and become the warrior queen she was born to be.

Together they burn.

As a rising sense of possession and obsession overtake Puck, so does insatiable lust. The more he learns about his clever, resourceful wife, the more he craves her. And the more time Gillian spends with her protective husband, the more she aches for him. But the prophecy also predicts an unhappily-ever-after. Can Puck defeat fate itself to keep the woman who brought his deadened heart back to life? Or will they succumb to destiny, losing each other…and everything they’ve been fighting for?

 

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Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST WARRIOR –Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

June 27th

Diane’s Book Blog – Excerpt

NallaReads – Review & Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Excerpt

June 28th

Books, Coffee & Passion – Excerpt

I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Excerpt

Jen’s Reading Obsession – Excerpt

TMBA Corbett Tries to Write – Excerpt

June 29th

Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews – Excerpt

East Coast Book Chicks – Excerpt

The Reading Cafe – Excerpt

Total Book Geek – Excerpt

June 30th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

Deluged with Books Cafe – Excerpt

Feel the Book – Excerpt

I Smell Sheep – Excerpt

My Nook, Books & More – Excerpt

July 1st

Booknerd1107 – Excerpt

Kinky Desires – Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

The Book Disciple – Excerpt

July 2nd

Crazii Bitches Book Bloc – Review & Excerpt

Rantings of a Reading Addict – Excerpt

Reads All the Books – Excerpt

Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog – Excerpt

July 3rd

Moonlight Rendezvous – Excerpt

Sofia Loves Books – Review & Excerpt

Words We Love By – Excerpt

Yvonne-99loving-Books – Excerpt

July 4th

Only One More Page – Excerpt

Rainy Thursdays – Excerpt

Somewhere Lost in Books – Excerpt

July 5th

Evermore Books – Excerpt

Little Red Reading Hood – Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Up All Night with Books – Excerpt

July 6th

Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

Reviews from the Heart – Excerpt

Ruby’s Books – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Excerpt

July 7th

BJ’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Dirty Girl Romance – Review

Excerpt:

Puck eased into the room, silent, and padded forward. Wait. Had he remembered to dress today? A quick glance down revealed his sheepskin pants had been torn so much they resembled a loincloth.

No matter. Barbarian chic really made his horns pop and fit the whole romance-novel-hero mystique he’d hoped to convey. He might even pass for Prince Charming—well, a prince in need of true love’s kiss.

Puck’s pulse points spun into a wild rhythm when he reached the side of the bed and spied his future bride. He wasn’t the only fairy-tale character in the room. Sleeping beauty lies before me.

Dark ribbons of hair spilled over the pale pink of the pillow. Her eyes were closed, long black lashes throwing shadows over her cheeks. A rosy flush spread over her delicate features as she parted her lips.

Practically begging for my kiss.

Focus! Keep this short and sweet. No telling when William would return.

“Gillian,” he rasped, surprised by the husky tone of his voice.

A sweet fragrance wafted from her. Breathing in, he detected a note of poppiberries, and his head fogged. His blood heated. The butterfly tattoo sizzled on his torso, surely melting his skin.

Indifference snarled with more force and slashed at his mind. Trouble brewed.

Fortify ice. Regain control.

Gillian turned her head toward him and blinked rapidly before focusing on him. Panic filled her whiskey-colored eyes before she looked away—anywhere but Puck. Her mouth opened wide, as if she was trying to scream. Only a squeak escaped.

“There’ll be none of that now.” To prove himself harmless, he tucked the covers around her, as he’d seen William do. “I’m not here to hurt you.” Truth.

The movement caused the razors woven into his hair to clink together, drawing her attention. Her gaze darted to him and darkened with shock and dismay. He swallowed a curse. Romance novel heroes didn’t usually smuggle weapons in their hair.

Must proceed anyway. Puck wouldn’t part with his razors; they were his saving grace. Anytime he was challenged, and had no sword or dagger, he plucked a razor free and started slashing.

Tears rained down Gillian’s cheeks, and her chin trembled. So vulnerable. So broken. A pang of…something lanced his chest.

As gently as possible, he wiped her tears away. Skin as soft as silk and hotter than the sun.

The action helped relax her, even as it hardened muscle after muscle inside him. Her panic began to fade—until her gaze snagged on the loincloth. Or rather, the erection underneath the loincloth. With a whimper, she began to thrash atop the bed in a desperate bid to escape.

Thought he would take what she had not offered? Never. “Eyes up here, lass.”

Her gaze lifted up, up…she gasped, as if she’d noticed his face for the very first time. Confusion contorted her features before a deeper shade of rose spilled over her cheeks.

Did she like what she saw?

 

 

About Gena Showalter:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans

 

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Top Ten Reviewed Romances of 2017

Happy New Year Everyone!

Today I put together a list of the Top Ten Romances I reviewed in 2017. Honestly, this isn’t my top ten list of books I’ve read last year. I’ve read some amazing books like An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole, The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace, and Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai. However, I did not get around to reviewing them or any of the Kristen Ashley books I binge-read this year. Maybe after a re-read I’ll sit down and write the reviews. Anyway, here’s my list of Top Ten Reviewed Romances of 2017! Please click on the titles for links to the reviews!

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  1.  Silver Silence by Nalini Singh- check out my review at Alpha Book Club !
  2. Too Beautiful to Break by Tessa Bailey – check out my review at Alpha Book Club !
  3. Royally Endowed by Emma Chase
  4. Can’t Get Enough by Gena Showalter
  5. Follow by Tessa Bailey
  6. Ride Wild by Laura Kaye
  7. Can’t Hardly Breathe by Gena Showalter
  8. In the Crease by Toni Aleo
  9. Theirs to Take by Laura Kaye
  10. Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

 

 

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Can’t Get Enough

 

 

From New York Times Bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes the next standalone romance in the Original Heartbreakers Series—Can’t Get Enough!

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CAN’T GET ENOUGH Synopsis:

New York Times best selling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers tale, featuring a rough, tough bad boy brought to his knees by… a kindergarten teacher?

The king of one-night stands…
To inherit–and destroy–his father’s business at long last, Brock Hudson needs a temporary wife. The ruthless ex-military heartthrob has always avoided romantic entanglements. Women are sweet, but vengeance will be sweeter. Or so he thinks. Only one woman will do, but the vulnerable beauty is more than he bargained for—sexier, wittier, and utterly irresistible.

The queen of the deep freeze…
After an abusive first marriage, Lyndie Scott has sworn off relationships. But still she longs for a child of her own. Turns out, the brawler who used to frighten her with only a glance is the answer to her problems. She agrees to his proposal, with a caveat: spend every night in bed with her, then walk away for good when it’s time to divorce. Even if she’s pregnant.

A marriage of breathtaking inconvenience…
As the days pass too quickly and the nights heat up, Brock battles a sense of possession and obsession. Will the former commitment-phobe convince his wife they’re better off together, or will she pack her bags and go?

 

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Gena Showalter’s CAN’T GET ENOUGH – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

December 6th

Angelically Devilish Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt

Kayns Book – Review

Literary Misfit – Review & Excerpt

NallaReads – Review & Excerpt

Rainy Thursdays – Excerpt

The Eeny Meanie Neen – Review

December 7th

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt

I Love Romance – Review & Excerpt

It’s All About the Romance – Excerpt

Read. Eat. Love. – Review & Excerpt

Romancing the Laser Pistol – Review & Excerpt

Under the Covers – Review & Excerpt

December 8th

Always a happy ever after – Review

Book Lovers 4Ever – Excerpt

Katlyn’s Life of Books – Review

Lover of Big Books Cannot Lie – Review & Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Review & Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Under The Covers Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

December 9th

A crazy vermonters book reviews – Review

Binding Addiction – Excerpt

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review

E-Romance News – Excerpt

KDRBCK – Review

The Romance Rebels – Review & Excerpt

December 10th

Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Francoise’s Reading Corner – Review & Excerpt

Jen’s Reading Obsession – Review & Excerpt

Nicole’s Book Musings – Review & Excerpt

Polished Bookworm – Review & Excerpt

Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt

The Vagaries of Us – Review & Excerpt

December 11th

Melissa’s Bookworld – Review & Excerpt

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Romancing the Readers – Review

Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

December 12th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt

Bobo’s Book Bank – Excerpt

Loves Great Reads Blog – Review & Excerpt

Panty dropping Book Blog – Review

Read-Love-Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Lovely Books – Review & Excerpt

December 13th

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Review

Never without a book in hand – Review & Excerpt

The Book Addict’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

The Readdicts – Review & Excerpt

December 14th

Dirty Girl Romance – Review

Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt

PBC – Excerpt

One-Click Chocolate Chick – Review & Excerpt

The Book Lover – Review

The wandering bookaholic – Review

December 15th

BJ’s Book Blog – Review

Books, Coffee & Passion – Excerpt

Cutting Muse Blog Review – Review

G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

Heroes & Heartbreakers – Review

Wrapped Up In Reading – Review & Excerpt

 

Excerpt:

“I expect you to be amazing in bed,” she said. “Like, beyond my wildest expectations. You’ll need stamina to keep up with me.” Maybe. Probably not. “I want orgasms!”

He made a strangled sound. His pupils expanded, overshadowing all that luscious green. “I will give you orgasms. I will give you more orgasms than you can count.”

“Also,” she continued, as if she weren’t fighting a wave of lust right that second, “I firmly believe in the Ten Commitments.”

He crossed his arms over his chest. “I’m a little light-headed after all that orgasm talk, but I’m also listening. Do tell.”

“A boy shalt not lie to anyone, ever, not even to flatter, cheat with so much as a look, steal even when desperate, harm others in any way, or make excuses for bad behavior. He shalt compliment when merited, help when needed, treat others with kindness, always, consult his girl when making big decisions, and do his best, not just what’s good enough.”

His gaze searched her face. “The commitments are basic human decency for anyone, not just a potential temporary husband and possible sperm donor.  I accept.”

Surprising.  And welcome. “When our relationship ends,” she said, “you can go back to your man-whorish ways with my blessing.” A pang cut through her chest, and she swallowed a moan. Did the pang spring from jealousy? Or regret? No, no. Neither one. Probably came from indigestion. Because of the wine. “While we’re together, we’ll be having unprotected sex—if you agree to my terms—so I’ll need you healthy. Speaking of, you’ll have to get tested. I will too.”

“I won’t want a lifelong commitment because of a child,” he said, his tone soft.

Oh, the gall of this man! “I’m not hoping to trap you, Brock. Believe it or not, being married to you isn’t the bow on top of a gift but a burden to bear in order to get what I want.”

“Burden.” He traced his tongue over his teeth, the very picture of masculine pique. “Stop, please. Your flattery is going straight to my head.”

What, had she hurt is feelings? No way, no how. But…

Maybe? The thought disconcerted her, and her shoulders rolled in. “I’m sorry,” she said, and sighed. “I never meant… it’s just…” Another sigh. “Maybe this is a mistake.”

“Now wait just a second.” He swooped in, kneeling in front of her, placing his big, strong hands on her knees. “Getting naked with you does not strike me as a mistake.”

The warmth of his skin burned through her pajama pants, caressing her skin, and she gasped. Tingles erupted and spread, different parts of her reacting in different ways. Between her legs, liquid heat pooled. Her lower belly quivered. Her breasts ached.

Eyes ablaze, he said, “I want you, Lyndie.”

She gulped.  “You can have me.”

“If I give you a baby and walk away.”

“Yes.”

He stared at her for a long while before nodding.  “Very well.  I’ll get a temporary marriage and you’ll get a baby.”

Review:

I’ve had mixed feeling about Gena Showalter’s Original Heartbreakers series. I’ve enjoyed most of the books but some were a serious miss. Can’t Get Enough, however, was definitely a hit! Brock and Lyndie were both scarred by their past but they came together in a marriage of convenience which is secretly one of my catnip tropes. Their relationship had clear ups and downs but they managed to work through them. There was just something so satisfying about seeing two deserving characters fall in love like they did in this book. I was a fan!

 

About Gena Showalter:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans

 

 

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Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Can’t Hardly Breathe

 

 

From New York Times Bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes the next standalone romance in the Original Heartbreakers Series—Can’t Hardly Breathe

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Can’t Hardly Breathe Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with an irresistible Original Heartbreakers story about a woman who’s never felt desired and the man who wants her more than air to breathe…

Bullied in high school, Dorothea Mathis’s past is full of memories she’d rather forget. But there’s one she can’t seem to shake—her longstanding crush on former Army Ranger Daniel Porter. Now that the sexy bad boy has started using her inn as his personal playground, she should kick him out…but his every heated glance makes her want to join him instead.

Daniel returned to Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma to care for his ailing father and burn off a little steam with no strings attached. Though he craves the curvy Dorothea night and day, he’s as marred by his past as she is by hers. The more he desires her, the more he fears losing her.

But every sizzling encounter leaves him desperate for more, and soon Daniel must make a choice: take a chance on love or walk away forever.

 

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Gena Showalter’s CAN’T HARDLY BREATHE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

August 21st

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt

Obsessed by books – Review

once upon a romance blog – Review

Scandalous Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt

August 22nd

Alpha Book Club – Review

Beware Of The Reader – Review & Excerpt

Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt

Melena`s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

The Romance Rebels – Review & Excerpt

August 23rd

Booknerd1107 – Review

East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt

Reads & Reviews – Review

Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt

Under The Covers Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

August 24th

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – Review & Excerpt

Rainy Days and Pajamas – Excerpt

Read. Eat. Love. – Review & Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Shannonbookishlife – Review & Excerpt

August 25th

A geordielass honest blog on reviews – Review

Never without a book in hand – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt

August 26th

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Kayns Book – Review

Ramblings From This Chick – Excerpt

The Lovely Books – Review & Excerpt

With Love for Books – Review & Excerpt

August 27th

From the TBR Pile – Review & Excerpt

Kdrbck – Review & Excerpt

Living in Our Own Story – Review

Nessa’s Book Reviews – Excerpt

August 28th

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

My Nook, Books & More – Excerpt

Read-Love-Blog – Review

The Book Reading Gals – Review & Excerpt

August 30th

As The Book Ends – Review & Excerpt

Nerdy Dirty and Flirty – Review & Excerpt

Red Cheeks Reads – Review & Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt

August 31st

Embrace the Romance – Review & Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Review & Excerpt

Once Upon a Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews – Review

Two Girls with Books – Review

September 1st

BJ’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Books and Things Blog – Review & Excerpt

Foxylutely Books – Review & Excerpt

Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt

September 2nd

A Fortress of Books – Excerpt

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

The bookworms obsession – Review

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

September 3rd

a crazy vermonters book reviews – Review

Bad boys and bedtime stories book blog – Review & Excerpt

Bloggin’ With M. Brennan – Review

Francoise’s Reading Corner – Review & Excerpt

Susan’s Books I Like – Excerpt

September 4th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt

Lover of Big Books Cannot Lie – Review & Excerpt

Rantings of a Reading Addict – Review & Excerpt

September 5th

Escape Inside the Pages – Review & Excerpt

Reading Escape Reviews – Review

Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Review & Excerpt

The Sassy Bookster – Excerpt

September 6th

Romancing the Readers – Review

Travels N Reads – Review & Excerpt

Sassy Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

September 7th

JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt

Lina’s Reviews: A Book Blog – Review

Sofia Loves Books – Review

Wrapped Up In Reading – Review & Excerpt

September 8th

Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt

Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Dirty Girl Romance – Review

Stuck In Books – Excerpt

Shannon’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

September 9th

ContemporaryCween – Review & Excerpt

G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

Ms. Me28 – Review & Excerpt

Relentless Romance – Review & Excerpt

 

Excerpt

Hands trembling, she hooked the vacuum to the cart and rolled the cargo to the supply room…where her younger sister Holly was smoking a cigarette.

Coughing, Dorothea claimed the cigarette and stubbed the tip into an ashtray.

“Hey!” Eighteen-year-old Holly glared at her. “I wasn’t done.”

“You mean you weren’t done giving our guests lung cancer and stinking up the inn?”

“Exactly.” Ever the smart aleck, Holly tossed a piece of gum in her mouth and popped a bubble in Dorothea’s face. “Besides, we don’t really have guests, now, do we? Since you took over, only four people have stayed here. Mayor Trueman and his side slice, and Daniel Porter and whatever bimbo he happens to be banging.”

Not true! A few months ago, Dorothea had hired Har­low Glass, and everyone in town had rented a room to witness the former bully’s downfall.

Good times.

Dorothea hadn’t wanted to like Harlow, but dang it, something bad had happened to the girl in the years since

high school, and she’d changed. More than that, Harlow had done everything in her power to make amends, and eventually Dorothea had warmed up to her.

Now the beautiful brunette was married to reformed playboy Beck Ockley. The happy couple were expect­ing their first child in a few months.

A razor-sharp pang cut through Dorothea. Won’t think about my own—

Nope. Slam the breaks.

To ward off the oncoming pity party, she drew in a deep breath…slowly released it… Good, that was good.

She focused on her sister. Holly had pinned back the sides of her jet-black hair, the remaining locks tumbling all the way to the metal links anchored around her bi­ceps. She’d paired a crimson corset top—her first pop of color in months—with a ruffled black skirt, ripped fishnet stockings and combat boots caked with mud Dor­othea would have to clean from the floors.

In a town as small as Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, Holly was a legend. Unique.

“My inn, my rules,” Dorothea said. “No smoking. Ever.” Besides, she suspected the teenager only ever lit up to aggravate her. Not once had Dorothea witnessed an actual puff.

“You’re worse than a Mogwai that’s been fed after midnight.”

A Gremlins reference? Seriously?

“No wonder Jazz left you,” her sister added.

Air hissed between her teeth. Holly might hate her guts, but the teenager loved to insult her, and this barb hit harder than most.

Rather than waiting for love, as Dorothea had dreamed, she’d settled for companionship, marrying the first guy to pay attention to her. Worse, she’d believed his words rather than his actions. I adore you and only want what’s best for you…for us.

Review:

I adored this book. I laughed and cried in equal measure while reading it. Gena Showalter has totally succeeded in creating relatable characters in an authentic town, dealing with real issues. Dorothea is my new favorite Strawberry Valley heroine. She faces the challenges of her life head on while still being relatable and insecure. Daniel sees her true potential hidden beneath her insecurities and makes for an excellent hero! Both the heroine and hero have a cast of friends who will have their own books, continuing my love for this town! I can’t end this review without mentioning the adorable rescue animals in this book!

 

 

About Gena Showalter:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans

 

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Top Ten Authors Duos You’d Love To See Write A Book Together

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Author Dous You’d Love To See Write A Book Together.”

  1. Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter! 

    I want a Immortals After Dark/ Lords of the Underworld crossover!

  2. Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward

    Dark-Hunter/ Black Dagger Brotherhood crossover!

  3. Eloisa James and Julia Quinn

  4. Sarah MacLean and Lisa Kleypas

    Writing about competing gambling halls

  5. Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins

    That book would be hysterical!

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The Hotter You Burn

The Hotter You Burn (The Original Heartbreakers, #2)The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter

Description: Beck Ockley is ruthless in the boardroom…and the bedroom. He’s never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.

Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck’s home—her ancestral estate—for food, she’s shocked by his early return…and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.

For the first time in Beck’s life, he can’t get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he’ll have to break her heart…or surrender his own

**Warning- This review has spoilers! 

Review: About halfway through this book, tears streaming down my face, I realized something: I didn’t actually like the book I was reading, and crying over. Despite this, I finished the book, staying up a little too late on a work day. I then spent my entire commute into work the next morning trying to pinpoint what bothering me so much about this book. And it did bother me. I had read the novella and the first book of Showalter’s The Original Heartbreakers Series and really liked them. And the first book left me intrigued for Harlow and Beck’s story as well as the third book, West and Jessie Kay’s story. However, The Hotter You Burn left me questioning why I liked the first book and whether it would worth it to read the third. Honestly, I’m a fan of Showalter. I love her Lords of the Underworld Series, her Alien Huntress Series, and even her Atlantis Series, though I read it a while ago. I think that’s why I’m so surprised I didn’t like this book.

This book is mostly character driven. In terms of plot, not much occurs. Beck, as learned in the previous book, bought a house in Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, with his two best friends. This house previously belonged to Harlow Glass and her family but Harlow lost the house after her mother died. Harlow was the town mean girl and basically everyone in the town hates her. She is homeless, jobless,broke and secretly camping on Beck’s land. They meet when Beck catches Harlow breaking into her former house and stealing a pie. The rest of the story revolves on Beck being attracted to Harlow, giving her job and a RV to live in. Harlow is trying to make amends with a town that hates her as well as wanting to create a home and stability, which totally goes against Beck’s One Night Stand policy.

Okay, so let me try to break down my issues with the book. Basically, it’s a lot of small things combined which put me off this book.

  1. Harlow’s life- We learn, in Harlow’s backstory, about why she was a mean girl in middle school and high school. However, halfway through high school, Harlow is injuried and home-schooled. Then, a time later, her mom dies and Harlow loses her house. That’s it. Harlow is presented as in her 20’s. What did she do between her injury in high school and her mom dying. Didn’t she get a job? Go to college? There’s a giant piece of her life, one which places her in the position she’s in at the beginning of the book, that is completely blank.
  2. Harlow’s job with Beck. Beck gives Harlow a job designing characters for video games. That’s fine, he’s seen her art work and knows she’s a good artist. But he essentially gives her his office at the company and moves into West’s. And then, when they break up, she’s basically fired and homeless again. So she moves back into the woods. Wtf
  3. Harlow and the Woods. Okay, I get the poverty plotline. But living in the woods because you won’t leave the town you grew up in, a town whose people actively hate you, seems a bit ridiculous. And when she goes back into the woods a second time, she has friends, somewhat, or at least people who might be willing to help her. But no, she goes back to living in the woods.
  4. Random odd things that Beck does- He sets up a trust for her early into the book and doesn’t tell Harlow- even after they break up and she moves back into the woods
  5. Beck the Man-Whore – I get the whole childhood sexual assault and friend-went-jail -and-its-partly-my-fault and abandonment by family thing but I’m not sure if that all justifies his fear of commitment. And if it does justify his fear of commitment, I’m not sure his and Harlow’s relationship is enough to get over that.
  6. How easily Harlow takes Beck back- this might be a preference thing but I really like when there’s a good grovel scene and when the heroine doesn’t automatically forgive the hero.

Honestly, I’m just not sure if I like the characters either as individuals or as a couple.

Despite my previous rant, there are pros to the book.

  1. It made me cry- Also personal preference but I’m a huge sucker for books that make me cry. I’m talking to you Midnight Pleasures and Kiss An Angel and Styxx and Blue-Eyed Devil. I’m fan of down-on-their-luck heroines. And I have to say, as many issues I had with this book, there were emotional, poignant scenes which bought my opinion of it back up.
  2. Chemistry- For as many problems I had with Beck and Harlow, both individually and as a couple, Showalter sure knows how to create chemistry between characters. Never did I doubt their chemistry, not for a minute.
  3. The negative side of small towns- I’ve been reading a lot of small town romances, i.e. Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Series, and these books tend to present the positive side of small towns. It was a nice change of pace to see the humanity of Showalter’s Strawberry Valley, even if it was the negative side. It made the town feel more realistic.

Rating: 2 out of 5. I clearly had a lot of issues with the book and I’m not sure if I’m going to continue the series when the next book came out. But it also made me think. And cry. I really do have a soft spot for books that make me cry.

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Susan Mallery Books

Recently I went on a Susan Mallery kick. I’ve read a few of her series throughout the years but I’ve never been as addicted as I was in the last two months. During this time, I read her Bakery Sisters’ Series, her Buchanan’s Series and almost all of her Fool’s Gold Series. Honestly, I’m not sure how I got any work done at all.

I do these bursts of reading/addiction to one author happens every once in a while. I find an author I like and I’ll read his or her entire back-list. A lot of times, it’s with paranormal series, like Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling (my current kick) or Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The League or Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld. By the end, I find myself needing a break from that author, a break which usually lasts until their next book comes out. However, because of the timing with my Susan Mallery frenzy, her most recent Fool’s Gold books started coming out just as I was catching up with the series. So I started her first book of this summer, Hold Me, and liked it. But now I’m reading her second summer release, Kiss Me, and can’t get into it. I was chatting with Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books two weeks ago and was telling her about reading Fool’s Gold, she asked if the
books start to get repetitive. I acknowledged that I noticed, in the Fool’s Gold series, there is that moment where the heroine tells the hero ‘she loves him’ and the hero just walks out. Maybe once I finished rereading Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series I’ll go back and start Kiss Me again. Plus, I just got a copy of the newest Fool’s Gold Book, Thrill Me, from the library.

Anyone experience that predictability when
reading too many books by the same author?

Any recommendations for small-town romances, similar to Fool’s Gold, that I should become addicted to?

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