Top Ten Ways Cowboys and Wine Are Alike

Once TastedGuest Blog by Laura Moore, author of Once Tasted

Hi, Everyone!

First, I’d like to thank Love, Romance and Passion for inviting me to blog today. I’m so glad to be here and to talk about my new release, ONCE TASTED.

So, today I’m going to give you a top ten list. It’s an unusual one, but completely appropriate for my hero, a laidback blue-eyed cowboy by the name of Reid Knowles, and for my heroine, Mia Bodell, who owns a vineyard next to Reid’s ranch. Mia and Reid have known each other forever and, since a mortifying episode in high school, have been doing everything they can to avoid each other…until now, when Mia’s uncle asks Reid to help manage the vineyard.

Mia’s high school crush on Reid is a thing of the past and the budding winemaker knows better than to fall twice for a cowboy with no interest in settling down. But her new business partner has matured into a very seductive man and she can’t help but imagine how his kiss will taste…

So here’s the list I’ve compiled–with my heroine Mia’s help–of the Top Ten Ways Cowboys and Wine Are Alike.

Let’s have a drumroll, please…

  1. Both are best sipped slowly so their unique flavors speak to you.
  2. Both go great with chocolate.
  3. When they leave a bad taste in your mouth, it’s best to toss them.
  4. Both can smell absolutely amazing; both can stink to high heaven.
  5. They can be unforgettable.
  6. Both can make you dizzy, crazy, and leave you with a headache in the morning.
  7. Both can be dark, bold, sweet, and oh-so robust.
  8. They’ll warm you up on a cold night.
  9. The good ones improve with age.
  10. They’re good for the heart.

Hope you enjoyed the list, and I hope I’ve whetted your interest in Once Tasted!

Happy Reading!


Laura Moore’s Bio: I write sexy contemporary romances and love wine, chocolate, and rugged heroes. In a pinch I could give up the wine but never the other two!

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Three siblings, an extraordinary family, a lasting heritage—in the irresistible Silver Creek Ranch trilogy, they’ll fight for the land and the people they love.

Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his neighbor, Thomas Bodell, persuades him to help with the business management of his winery, which he is leaving to his niece, Mia.

In a life marked by loss, nothing has ever come easily to Mia Bodell. Love included. In high school her heart was crushed by Reid. The hurt lingers. When Mia learns of her uncle’s plan, she makes it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles.

A night of unbridled passion changes things. One taste of Mia awakens an unfamiliar yearning in Reid, and he vows to find a way to win her trust.

Mia is achingly aware that her teenage heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome man. But can the budding winemaker trust her heart to a playboy with no interest in settling down? From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could leave her heart in pieces . . . or give her everything she has ever wanted.

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Top 10 “Romance” Books I Don’t Want People to Forget About

paradiseUtopia or the perfect desired world is the exact place where we are transcended to while reading a romantic novel. In the romantic fictions, the writer erects some imaginary characters and situations whereby we are transferred to an ideal world which is full of true love and the characters exhibits all the instincts and thoughts that come unsurprisingly when we are in love. Thus the protagonists in the fiction help us to envision our fantasies and thus making it our all time favorite. In this write the 10 classic romantic fictions is being listed for the avid readers who want to explore more in this genre.

1. Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen tells us the story of Elizabeth and Darcy set in the background of the English society of the 19th century. Society at that time was predominantly patriarchal and women had to oblige to their whims and accommodate themselves. However, Elizabeth and Darcy’s fictional relationship penned by Jane Austen was quite different from the typical ones as the protagonist were not ready to compromise with their integrity that what makes this love story truly unforgettable.

2. Love Story

Erich Segal tells us the Jennifer and Oliver who two young graduate student belonging to two paradoxical class of the society who fell in love with each other and got married. However, their marriage was short-lived and ended tragically. This story was extremely funny, full of emotion that will etch a place for itself in your heart.

3. Rebecca

Rebecca is one of the classic love story that remains the all the favorite of all passionate readers. It is a passionate mystifying novel by Daphne du Maurier where the readers are going encounter with and feel extremely strong emotions like love, hatred, betrayal, enmity and many more.

4. His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials is a trilogy consisting of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman. It tells the story of Will and Lyra, the two protagonists of the story who are very different from each other but they compliment each others quality.

5. Sabriel

This is a passionate love story of Sabriel and Touchstone who set out on the pursuit of rescuing Sabriel’s father and on the journey they fell in love with each other while accomplishing their mission. This gripping romantic novel by Garth Pix is an all time favorite irrespective of their age.

6. Seraphina

If you are interested in passionate love triangles, then you surely should read Serphina. It is very sensible and practical love story of Serphina and Lucian by Rachel Hartman. The novel is unique as the main characters were not ready to compromise with their professions for their love that what makes this story realistic.

7. Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell shares with us the story of Scarlett o Hara and Rhett Butler during the Civil War and it’s after effects. It is an eternal tale of endurance and survival which is presented before us through the story of Rhett and Scarlett.

8. A Knight in Shining Armor

In this romantic novel Jude Devereaux let the readers to travel back in time from the 20th century to the 16th century as an actress from the 20th century fells in love with an Earl of the 16th century during their quest to restore his reputation.

9. Whitney, My Love

Two teenage lovers have been separated from each other due to their affection for each other by their parents. But even after years of separation, they could not forget each other. This is a enthralling love story of two true lovers.

10. Paradise

Paradise by Judith McNaught is a spellbinding story of Meredith and Matt who secretly got married to each other after a short courtship period but the marriage was extremely short lived as the two belonged to two opposite class of the society. After several years they met each other when they have evolved as two extremely successful personnel but their future plans clashes.

These are ten best must read romantic novels. If you not read any of these, then you must buy these immediately and start enjoying them.

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Best Romantic Short Stories

scottishbridesGuest Post by Sandra Scholes

Picture the scene, you don’t have much time at work; so in your break you can only do one thing to keep you happy while your friends have gone out shopping or come back from their dinner – read! But because you don’t have much time you want something you can devour quickly and enjoy immensely.

Here are my top ten short stories:

  1. Gretna Green by Julia Quinn in Scottish Brides
  2. Make a Joyful Noise by Carla Kelly in A Regency Christmas Carol
  3. A Tale of Two Sisters by Julia Quinn in Where’s My Hero?
  4. The Christmas Ornament by Carla Kelly in Carla Kelly’s Christmas Collection
  5. The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole in Playing Easy to Get
  6. A Lady’s Pleasure by Robin Schone in Captivated
  7. White Out by Linda Howard in Upon a Midnight Clear
  8. Miracles by Judith McNaught in A Holiday of Love
  9. The Demon’s Mistress by Jo Beverley in In Praise of Younger Men
  10. The Mad Earl’s Bride by Loretta Chase in Three Weddings and a Kiss

What are your favorite romantic short stories?

Best Romance Ebooks of 2011

What I Did For a DukeGuest Blog by Sandra Scholes

We all love reading, and over the past ten or so years, ebooks have become more of a staple part of our reading diet in more ways than we can imagine. Romance titles also make up a huge part of women’s reading, so these ten novels below make up the sort of romance e-books we might normally like.

Writers like Nora Roberts, Loretta Chase and Nalini Singh have also written other romance novels for sub-genres such as fantasy and
horror, but they have all written novels with a romantic tone to them, and we all know why…romance novels are fun to read and take a person away from the rigours of our daily working lives.

  1. Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark Series, Book 9) by Kresley Cole
  2. Dragon Bound (A Novel of the Elder Races) by Thea Harrison
  3. Heart of Steel (A Novel of the Iron Seas) by Meljean Brook
  4. What I Did For a Duke (Pennyroyal Green Series) by Julie Ann Long
  5. Breaking Point (An I-Team Novel) by Pamela Clare
  6. The Next Always (Book One of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy) by Nora Roberts
  7. Unveiled by Courtney Milan
  8. Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter) by Nalini Singh
  9. Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy) by Maya Banks
  10. Silk Is For Seduction by Loretta Chase

These are regarded as some of the best novels of 2011, but of course if you have any others in mind that you think are better than this, I would love to hear about them!

Top Ten LGBT Romance Novels That Have Set My World on Fire

nowhere ranchGuest blog by Sandra Scholes

Years ago LGBT themed novels were few and far between and were only available where gay men and women could buy them, among the various movies, toys and magazines, and as a result, were not as mainstream as some would like. This had happened for a long time, and for those who were in the minority, there weren’t many novels around that would cater to their needs.

Nowadays you can find novels in any theme at all, and any genre, from gay vampires to werewolves, cat men, lion men, demons and mummies on the rampage, LGBT has it all these days and it is all the better for it.

  1. GhosTV (Psy Cop #6) by Jordan Castillo Price
  2. The Locker Room by Amy Lane
  3. Hot Head by Damon Suede
  4. Between Sinners And Saints by Marie Sexton
  5. Bear, Otter, and the Kid by T.J. Klune
  6. Muscling Through by J. L. Merrow
  7. Divide & Conquer (Cut & Run Series) by Abigail Roux
  8. Come Unto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon
  9. Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan
  10. He Completes Me (Home Series) by Cardeno C

If you have read some really steamy LGBT novels then I would love to hear from you. Why not post your favorites for all to see?

Top Ten Romantic Heroines of Literature

Forget damsels in distress — we take a look at some of romantic literature’s most feisty females — classic and contemporary fiction’s most complex women characters, from the bright and beautiful to the tearful and tragic.

1. Elizabeth Bennett

Both playful and pragmatic, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice protagonist has won over millions of readers with her good nature and sharp wit. Her outspoken opinions are the central source of conflict in this 1813 classic, getting her into hot water when she disastrously misjudges superficial love-rat Mr Wickham and wrongly badmouths the handsome yet aloof Mr Darcy.

2. Bridget Jones

An icon for single women everywhere, this chain-smoking, calorie-obsessed, hapless and hopeless romantic was an Elizabeth Bennett for the nineties. The big-hearted thirty-something delighted readers of Helen Fielding’s fictitious diary, Bridget Jones’s Diary, in which she must decide between love-rat Daniel Cleaver and the uptight Mark Darcy, all executed in a refreshingly honest tone. Why not visit iconic locations from the 2001 film while on a London break, including Borough Market, Clink Street and the ICA?

3. Jane Eyre

Passionate, resilient and morally admirable, Charlotte Brontë’s influential heroine has remained a firm feminist favourite since the book’s first publication in 1847. Despite a loveless childhood and disastrous engagement, Jane continues to bounce back from difficulty, refusing to marry for what she believes to be the wrong reasons, and exercising independence in an age when it was not conventional to do so.

4. Juliet Capulet

Plunged into adulthood over four dramatic days, Shakespeare’s adolescent heroine from Romeo and Juliet is thrust into the tumult of love and death when she and her star-crossed lover are caught amid feuding families. Demonstrating a deep emotional intelligence and capacity for forgiveness, Juliet deals with an unwanted betrothal, disinheritance, and the death of her cousin, alongside the trials and tribulations of love. Why not see Shakespearean heroines on the stage first hand with a theatre break in London?

5. Catherine Earnshaw

Emily Brontë’s wild and wayward Wuthering Heights heroine has become something of an icon in romantic literature. Deeply flawed and full of contradictions, Cathy is as wild and fierce as the Yorkshire moors in which the novel is set. Capricious and spoilt, she is at the centre of a love triangle between her brooding foster brother Heathcliff and the insipid Edgar Linton.

6. Emma Bovary

Despite her countless flaws, it’s hard to dislike Flaubert’s idealistic heroine from Madame Bovary, one of the most complicated characters in literary fiction. Tired of her humdrum home-life, she pursues passionate affairs and a luxury lifestyle, a quest which leads to her eventual downfall. Charming and charismatic, she rebels against the attitudes of the day, refusing to conform to the idea that a woman should stay at home and obey her husband.

7. Estella Havisham

Raised to break hearts by the jilted and vengeful Miss Havisham, this cold-hearted debutante begins Dickens’ Great Expectations as a rather unlikable character. However, through the course of this Victorian masterpiece about love and fortune, she becomes both an object of pity and a tragically noble figure.

Refusing to entrap and deceive the smitten Pip, she marries the thoroughly unpleasant Bentley Drummle, in order to inflict her icy lack of love on a husband who deserves it.

8. Holly Golightly

Truman Capote’s 1958 New York society girl has become an American cultural icon thanks to her captivating complexity. A seemingly superficial bon vivant and good-time girl, she charms with her outspoken opinions and quirky lifestyle, all of which masks an inner sadness and a fear of being possessed. The death of her brother and her heartfelt affection for the book’s narrator reveal a painful past and a genuine capacity for love. You won’t want to miss Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

9. Lady Brett Ashley

Enigmatic and aristocratic, the sophisticated star of Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises is typical of the Lost Generation, flitting from one glamorous Parisian party to the next. Enchanting every man she encounters, her polished veneer hides a vulnerability that’s glimpsed only briefly in the beautifully-told story. Desperately unfulfilled despite her power and wealth, she reveals a heart-rending emotional depth and sadness through her relationships with war hero Jake Barnes and bullfighter Pedro Romero.

10. Lolita

Nabokov’s teenage temptress is a wonderfully rebellious character, repeatedly sidestepping others’ attempts to refine her wild character. Starting the novel as a wayward twelve-year-old, she ends it as the exhausted pregnant wife of a working-class man, remaining painfully dispassionate throughout. Despite losing her childhood innocence, she demonstrates a remarkable lack of self-awareness and introspection, moving from one powerless situation to another before her tragic and untimely end.

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My Top 10 Favorite Romance Movies


Everyone has movies that they tend to watch over and over and over again. We watch them because they make us happy, because we love the acting and the story. Yesterday I saw for the first time a movie that came out in 2007. It was stunning and has without a moment’s hesitancy, entered my favorites list. That movie was Arranged. Look out for a formal review as I will be writing one.

My Top Ten Favorite Romance Movies

(In order by release date.)

  1. Beauty and the Beast (1991) It’s easy to see that this is most girls’ first introduction into paranormal romance. The Beast and castle are clearly enchanted through magic. The castle itself is very Gothic, and our poor hero is as shaggy as any werewolf, though he certainly cleans up nice!
  2. Walk in the Clouds (1995) This lovely postwar romance follows a young soldier as he attempts to sell chocolates and winds up rescuing a damsel in distress. The grandfather makes this movie and the scene in the vineyard during a frost warning is breathtaking.
  3. Ever After (1998) I am surprised I haven’t worn the finish off this DVD. I used to watch it every day or two many many years ago. Prince Henri is a charming rascal in desperate need of a love match to stop his father’s political matchmaking.
  4. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) Colin Firth as Marc Darcy. Clearly this is an awesome romance. Very strong language warning, but other than that it’s very delightful. If you haven’t seen it, you’re going to love the fight scene. Sigh!
  5. North and South (2004) Four hours is not nearly enough Mr. Thornton or Richard Armitage. I would like more please. Is there an unedited eight hour version hiding somewhere? No? Drat! I guess I will have to settle for one, “Look back at me!”
  6. Pride and Prejudice (2005) My favorite version of Jane Austen’s classic. I know I said Colin Firth and Marc Darcy and it’s true. Colin is great as Darcy, but this version with Keira and Matthew and Donald really yanks at my heart. The scenery is gorgeous too.
  7. Outsourced (2006) This movie is a call center and technical support romance between one yuppy American male and one spunky Indian female. Culture shock to say the very least and wickedly entertaining.
  8. Arranged (2007) One Orthodox Jewish girl and one Muslim girl are getting matched. They know each other from their teaching positions at the same school and as they go through the process of meeting men under watchful family eyes they become fast friends. Very satisfying ending!
  9. Enchanted (2007) I just love the songs in this film, especially “How does she know that you love her?” Patrick Dempsey is devilishly handsome and a treat to watch as he struggles against falling for a loopy girl who thinks she’s in love with a prince. Amy Adams is perfection.
  10. Lost in Austen (2008) Be honest, who hasn’t wanted Mr. Darcy to herself? One English miss from today’s world manages to get stuck in Jane Austen’s ‘fictional’ Georgian England at the start of the story and the rest as they say is history!

So there’s my list. What movies are on yours?

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