Out of Your Reading “Comfort” Zone

lovehateIf you’re like me, you have a list of things that you like and hate to read. Sometimes though, you come across a book that you should dislike emphatically because it hits on one major dislike or several minor dislikes… and yet, despite the book containing things you dislike to read you find yourself irresistibly drawn into the author’s world. I call these books the exceptions to the rules. After all, isn’t it a lady’s prerogative to change her mind? In my case, for instance:

  • I don’t like werewolf heroes/heroines in my paranormal romance, but I love Molly Harper’s How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. This book is fun, hilarious, and feel-good.
  • I don’t like sibling’s best friend/best friend’s sibling romances, but I love Grace Callaway’s Her Prodigal Passion. It’s steamy, passionate, and filled with angsty-goodness.
  • I don’t like beta heroes, but I love Julia Quinn’s Just Like Heaven… and it also fits the sibling’s best friend trope too. If you like audiobooks, you should snag this book in that format.
  • I don’t like selfish/whiny heroines, but I love Emma by Jane Austen… I will watch the mini-series over and over because it’s sweet and contains one of my favorite tropes — a May/December romance.
  • I don’t like children in romances, but I love Teresa Medeiros’ Charming the Prince. I especially love that the heroine bonds with the kids and they wage war on the hero.

What are some of the books that have landed on your radar that would normally stay buried? What makes them the exception to the rule for you?

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Fall Back Into Your Favorite Romances

clockSunday the US will end Daylight Savings, so be sure to set your clock back! And because the whole nation will be falling back (gaining) an hour, I say we take this hour and fall back into some of our favorite romances. I know I will have a hard time deciding which one to read first, but I’ve managed to narrow it down to five options. Help me pick!

  • The Endearment I absolutely love this book. I find the hero and heroine to be sweet and genuine. No, really, I mean the heroine too — even if she had to lie excessively to become the hero’s mail order bride. I love their courtship and bedroom scenes. I love the setting. I love that the romance is basically isolated from the rest of the world because they are setting up homestead out in the middle of Montana Territory. The whole watermelon vs blueberries commentary is one of my favorite scenes in any romance.
  • These Old Shades - A dandified English duke in love with a young French miss who masquerades as a boy. Delicious. I would love to wrap a guy around my pinky as she did to her Monseigneur.
  • Just Like Heaven – I could catch up with Lady Honoria Smythe-Smith, one of my favorite heroines and see how her mole holes are doing (I am in fact talking about holes in the ground that the animal makes… What were you thinking? Grin.)
  • Lord of Scoundrels I know this is a favorite among many. I have only sat down to read it once, but it blew me away. I am eager to dive back in and return to some of the most memorable characters ever written. Our hero? He’s fantastically delicious in how he’s presented in looks, character, and personality. I’m ready to meet him again and fall back in love.
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – A spicy Beauty and the Beast retelling. And I have it on audiobook. Rwar!

Now what about you? What are you going to read?

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