Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Six Fall Romances To Cozy Up With By The Fire

Fall is the perfect time of year to settle into a romance novel! These heart-racing, steamy and opulent romances will be the perfect companion for any pumpkin spice latte.

The Spitfire by Christi Caldwell (Sept. 17)
A former courtesan and madame strikes out on her own and stumbles across as Earl.

Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez (Oct. 14 )
A Mexican-American billionaire businesswoman strikes a baby-making deal with a prince in need of money. This book seems to take all your favorite romance tropes and flips them on their heads!

Awaken The Dragon by AC Arthur (Nov. 4th)
A royal dragon shifter teams up with an African woman who must face an unknown danger.  I've read some of this author's contemporary romance and I can't wait to see what she does with paranormal.

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (Nov. 19)
When Chloe Brown decides it's time to go out and "get a life" she recruits a motorcycled, tattooed handyman to help her out.

Back To September by Melissa Brayden (Nov. 1)
A down-on-her-luck introverted bookstore owner needs the help of a world-famous romance novelist to save her bookshop.

My Fake Rake (Nov. 26)
First book in Eva Leigh's new Union Of The Rakes series inspired by classic 80's movies. Each book follows a group of heroes who met in detention. In this one, Weird Science gets s Regency twist when a scientist turns a man into her fake suitor.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Tropes and Sensibility: Fake Relationships

Welcome to a new feature where we talk about and give romance recommendations based on a much-loved a romance trope.
I love a good fake relationship because it adds a dose of dramatic irony to the story and leaves room for some Three's Company style hijinks! Fake Relationships work best for me when there are real stakes involved with the deception-- which usually means money.  Here are some of my favorite fake relationship books:

 Paid Companion by Nia Forrester
A $10,000 payout to be the fake date for a socialite's family vacation is an opportunity to good for struggling artist Lia to pass up. This is a fun subversion on the fake relationship trope because the man our heroine agrees to be in the fake relationship with isn't the hero--it's his brother!

Mr. Trouble by Nana Malone
Playboy heir Jarred Maloney needs a suitable fiancĂ©e to prove to his father he’s responsible enough for his trust fund. Graduate student Kinsley Wells needs money to buy her apartment that is being turned into a condo. The two decide to play engaged and when Jarred gets his trust fund he'll give Kinsley the down payment for her condo. I thought this one was interesting because Kinsley and Jarred knew of each other but didn't catch feelings until they were really pretending.

Full Throttle by Erin McCarthy
This book probably has a real loose-goosey excuse for a fake marriage but I think the story McCarthy tells is so good. According to her grandfather's will 32-year-old Shawn Hamby can't inherit her family dirt racing track unless she’s married. So she arranges to marry her best friend's 25-year-old brother-in-law. What I really like about this book is that it reckons with the character guilt involved with lying about a fake relationship. Also, mild spoiler alert: At the end of the book her lawyer is just like "lol, you know we can't really enforce that marriage thing."

Let me know some of your favorite fake relationship books below!