2017 has not been a good reading year for me. So far, I have read only 110 books, while I typically average about 150. The majority of the books I read that were published in 2017 were Women’s Fiction and mystery titles; romances comprised probably a quarter of what I perused. Adding to my woes is the fact that several of my go-to authors published downright lackluster fare this year. But there is some light at the end of this tunnel. Easily the most impressive, scintillating and addictive of the novels I read was Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner. If you haven’t read it yet, rush out and buy it. It’s absolutely fabulous. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a drop of romance. Not one teensy-tiny little bit. Fortunately, I can recommend a few other books which are romantic, if not always romance, and which are well worth reading.
This book is on sale today for 2.99 at all vendors. This was Kubica’s debut and we thought it would be fun to run this 2014 interview again!
“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”
This is what we learn from the back cover of Mary Kubica’s debut novel The Good Girl.
Center to the story is Mia Dennett, a young woman who is a portrait in contradictions. Her upper middle class family seems to have it all. Her father is a prominent Chicago judge, her mother a stunningly beautiful socialite, her sister a successful lawyer. Mia is an inner-city art teacher who is a vibrant, fiery contrast to their well-bred, cool, calm […]
It’s not all that often that there’s a hands-down favourite when it comes to a post like this, but a new book from Loretta Chase is a red-letter day on any romance reader’s calendar and many of us here have put a big red circle around 28th November, which is when her latest release, A Duke in Shining Armor is hitting the shelves and our e-readers. Also coming in November is the next in Mary Balogh’s Westcott series, Someone to Wed, along with Loreth Anne White’s next Angie Pallorino novel and the next instalment – Undercover Attraction – in another favourite series, Katee Robert’s The O’Malleys.
Whatever your preference, there’s a lot to look forward to in November, ready to curl up with on those long, cold winter evenings.
What are you most looking forward to reading in the weeks ahead? Drop by and let us know in the comments.
It’s time once again to look ahead to the books we’re looking forward to getting stuck into next month, and as the nights are drawing in, I’m sure we’re all looking for reads to help us curl up and forget the encroaching cold. AAR staffers have chosen quite a diverse bunch of titles as those we’re most looking forward to in October – some big names and favourite authors (Jackie Ashenden, Karen Harper, Elizabeth Hoyt, Eloisa James) have new books out this month, and maybe our picks of some less familiar names might encourage you to give something new a try.
Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt (17 Oct)
I admit, I’m not quite convinced by the set up for this that we glimpsed at the end of Duke of Pleasure, but what the hell – this is the final full-length Maiden Lane novel and as such marks the end […]
AAR staffers have taken a good look at the wealth of new books being published in August and decided which ones are most likely to make the biggest dents in our bank balances! Joanna Bourne is at the top of several of our lists, closely followed by Tessa Dare, Shana Galen, Layla Reyne and K.J Charles, among others. Here are the books we’re most looking forward to reading next month. How about you? Do you agree with our choices or think we’ve missed out on something really good? Jump into the discussion in the comments.
Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne (1 Aug)
Um. It’s a new book in the Spymasters series by Joanna Bourne. Surely I don’t need to say anything else?! – Caz
Joanna Bourne. That is all. If there’s a stronger series than her Spymasters, I […]
Heading into July, it’s time to take a look at what’s looking good in the next batch of upcoming releases. Staffers have selected a couple of historicals as the most highly anticipated releases of the month, closely followed by the conclusion to Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series and the latest from Jennifer Probst. We’ve got our normal, fairly eclectic mix of the various sub-genres in our list of what we’re looking forward to next month; are any of these on your Wish List? Or have we missed out on something awesome that you’re just dying to tell us about?
Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain (4 July)
I’m a big fan of Theresa Romain’s and despite knowing absolutely nothing about horse racing have thoroughly enjoyed the books in the Romance of the Turf series so far. The plotline of this sounds intriguing – a mysterious death, a handsome […]
It’s time to look ahead to see what books we’re most excited about reading in June. As usual, we’ve a wide variety of choices, although it seems there’s a bit of a consensus about our most looked-forward-to new releases, K.J. Charles’ An Unnatural Vice and Sarah MacLean’s The Day of the Duchess. What are YOU looking forward to reading next month?
An Unnatural Vice by K.J. Charles (June 6)
As a big fan of both K.J. Charles and the Victorian Sensation Fiction which has inspired this series, I can’t wait to read this story of the battle of wits between a former-lawyer-turned-journalist and the man he suspects of being a sham spiritualist. The author’s ability to imbue her stories with a strong sense of time and space is superb, and I do love a good enemies-to-lovers romance. – Caz
I loved An Unseen Attraction (book one in the Sins of the Cities series) and I was intrigued by the characters […]
In another of our series of mini-reviews, AAR staffers BJ, Em, Lisa, Maggie and Sara share their thoughts on some of their recent reads.
Oren’s Right by Blaine D’Arden
This is a beautifully gentle, caring story in the Tales of the Forest series. The world author Blaine D Arden has created is sublime – I could just wish the stories were longer, but this edition has an extra scene at the end, which completes this tale perfectly and is very sexy.
Scarification may not be to everyone’s taste, but the author writes about it so sensitively, you can see how this might be part of a BDSM Master/slave style of loving relationship.
Blaine D’Arden introduces Veld a dark elf from another tribe, and details the prejudice he first encounters on reaching the village around which these stories are set. However, he is a Forester, a tree elf in great demand, […]
In our latest batch of mini reviews, Em, Lisa, Maggie, Maria Rose and Sara share their thoughts on some of their most recent reads:
Back Piece by L. A. Witt
This is the story of two men who fall in love despite vastly different backgrounds and life experiences. Unfortunately, because Ms. Witt has saddled them each with such heavy backstories, it’s mostly sex and angst and very little plot. Once our principals meet, it’s a bit of a never ending (and unsatisfying) cycle of lust and sex, angst, apologies, lust and sex, angst… you know what I mean. I liked this couple but the story drags, and the drama gets old – fast.
Colin Spencer is at the gym readying to workout with his trainer when he spots a group of men enter the gym. One in particular catches his eye, and when he looks […]
Here’s another in our occasional series of mini reviews in which AAR staffers talk about what they’ve read lately. Not all these books are romances (although most of them are), and some were obviously more well-received than others. Here’s what Kristen, Lisa, Maggie, Maria Rose, Melanie have to say about their recent reads.
We Were On A Break by Lindsey Kelk
This one is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella – the humor and cultural settings are very similar. Liv and Adam’s Mexican holiday is sure to end in an engagement, or so Liv thinks. They’ve been dating for an age and surely, SURELY, he wouldn’t take her from England to Mexico without a real purpose, right? Well, imagine her shock when instead of giving her a ring, he asks for a pause. Dejected, confused, and heartbroken, they head back to the UK and to their separated lives.
One of this book’s strength […]