Hello, dear readers, do you have a minute? I have a question for you.

My husband and I are about to take a vacation that will involve about two days of travel on either end. We will be on planes for fourteen-hour stretches and I am looking to stuff my Kindle to the brim. I read a lot, but I know I barely scratch the surface when it comes to good stories and that is where you come in! I’d like some recommendations of what you think I should read on the plane. This means nothing that was shortlisted for the Man Booker, and nothing that requires a lexicon to decipher. Plane reads, people.

Here’s my parameters: I’m most partial to contemporary – romance, suspense, or fiction – but historical is my second love. I’m here for anything involving a country house party or a small town where good people are trying to find love and some of them have dogs. I’m trying to get more into romantic suspense, but I will not read paranormal or fantasy. No matter how hard I have tried to get into those, I just can’t.

I love enemies-to-lovers, friends-to-lovers, second chances, and when people are really good at their jobs. I loathe anything where rape is passed off as sex, and I’ve got triggers around drug use of any kind. I will read any and all gender and sex combinations, as long as there is a HEA at the end of it all.

My favorite things I’ve read lately are Penny Reid’s Dr. Strange Beard, Tessa Dare’s The Governess Game, Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient, and Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

My fellow staffers have already recommended that I read everything by K.J. Charles, Alexis Hall, and Sherry Thomas, along with Down for the Count by Christine Bell, the Fifth Avenue trilogy by Maisey Yates, Rachel Grant’s Flashpoint series, Bed of Flowers by Erin Satie, and Katharine Ashe’s The Earl.

So take it away! I’d love to hear what you think I must read. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for a follow-up blog after my travels of what I loved best!

~ Kristen Donnelly

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Voracious reader, with a preference for sassy romances and happily ever afters. In a relationship with coffee, seeing whiskey on the side.