Last night I had my first-ever Read-A-Romance Facebook event, where I hosted eight terrific authors for a night of fun posts, Q&As and giveaways. It was so much fun. These eight authors have great books out right now, or coming out very soon, and they all would be great additions to your to-be-read pile! Let’s dive in.
Kat Meader’s Playing with Fire spotlights Mayor of Chicago Eli Cooper and female firefighter Alex Dempsey. Meader is truly a writer to watch and more than one reader friend says this one especially is a must-read. I’ve added it to my TBR pile and so should you! Alex is a smart, confident woman completely at ease in her own skin. She takes pride in her strong, powerful body, which often intimidates men, but not Eli. Unfortunately, he’s also her boss, which should mean hands off…but when these two realize their attraction is shared, it’s way too tempting not to give in.
You likely know I’m on the Sonali Dev bandwagon (hey, I’m in good company! Kristan Higgins, Susan Andersen, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Robyn Carr, Tessa Dare, Sherry Thomas, and Sarah MacLean have all publicly declared their love for this author), and her second book, The Bollywood Bride, may even be better than her debut. It’s definitely more intense, and the push-and-pull between Vikram and Ria is conflicted attraction at its finest. Highly recommend this one, as do all of those other amazing writers.
Christina Lauren and Nalini Singh are so big I’m sure my tiny little mentions would barely make a blip on their radars, but I was honored to have them take part in my launch party. I just recently finished Lauren’s Sweet Filthy Boy (RT’s 2014 Book of the Year), the first title in her Wild Seasons series. The romance is seriously sexy, and the Paris setting made me happy. But I’ve heard from a couple friends that the third in the series, Dark Wild Night, is their favorite so far, so I’ll have to read that one soon.
I’ve haven’t read Singh’s Rock Kiss series, but I’m a serious fan of her Psy-Changelings. Rock Redemption follows a really angsty drummer, Noah, and Kit, the actress whose heart he broke two years ago. Singh is known for the sizzling chemistry and soul-churning conflict she creates between her characters, and this second-chance-at-love story looks terrific.
Lauren Layne’s books are contemporary catnip, and her Oxford series looks seriously smoky. In Irresistibly Yours, hotshot sports writer Cole Sharpe doesn’t expect the female competition to give him a run for his money, but tomboy Penelope Pope is used to being looked over, personally and professionally. She’s also used to colleagues taking notice of her exceptional writing, while placing her in the “just one of the guys”column, so when she turns Cole’s head in every possible way, she’s not sure who’s more stunned, or where to go from there. Hot conflict and sports! Yum.
Molly O’Keefe (writing as M. O’Keefe) goes in a new, scorching direction with her release of Everything I Left Unsaid, which maintains her elegant writing style while escalating the emotional and sensual intensity. A great read!
Jessica Lemmon’s A Bad Boy for Christmas is a sweet, sexy small-town Christmas romance about Faith, a recently betrayed heroine determined to protect her heart at all costs, and Connor, an ex-military hero determined to win her any way he can. Throw in an enchanting holiday setting and a winter storm which throws them together, and you have a read as steamy and satisfying as a perfect cup of dark hot chocolate.
Kimberly Kincaid’s All Wrapped Up is another small-town Christmas title, with a reluctant hero and a curious reporter. Nick and Ava happen to share a problematic romantic past, and getting to a happily-ever-after is going to be tough for these two, with their trust and self-image issues. Kincaid wraps up her popular Pine Mountain series on a high note with a story that is both hot and heart-wrenching.
Be sure to check out all of these authors if you haven’t already! And if you’d like to see the great posts they shared last night, visit the Read-A-Romance Fall Into Romance event page. (And be sure to follow the RARM page for future Facebook fun!)
By the way, that rumbling groan you hear in the distance is either my house settling under the weight of my ever-growing TBR piles or my husband trying to climb over them.
Happy October, Happy Reading! xo