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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tell Me Something Tuesday


Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.


Topic: Romantic reads recommendations

Answer: Romance is one of my favorite comfort read genres & I thought this resurgence of rom-coms was going to mean reading heaven for me but most have been disappointing so I’ve been reading as many. But here are a few all time faves and series that I recommend.



The funny and swoony:

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren ~ Goodreads This book still puts a smile on my face just thinking about it. It’s the type of romance I LOVE. Sweet, funny & oh so swoony .

Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase ~ Goodreads I read this back in 2015 and remember laughing my ass off. This story has lots of kids and I don’t typically like kids in my romance but, in this case, it works. Chelsea is taking care of her 6 orphaned nieces and nephews and hard ass defense attorney Jack Becker gets caught up in the whole mess and it’s hilarious.

Magical romance:

The Chocolate Kiss (Amour et Chocolat #2) by Laura Florand ~ Goodreads I love *foodie* romances and this is one of my favorites. I can’t say it much better than this Goodreads blurb – “Parisian princesses, chocolate witches, patissier princes and sweet wishes—an enchanting tale of amour et chocolat.” Simply enchanting romance.

Romance with a dose of social justice:

The Glasgow Lads series by Avery Cockburn ~ Goodreads This LGBQT series does a great job at exploring differences (political, socio economic and other issues) while managing to make me interested in UK politics and sports – soccer/curling. My favorite of the series so far is Playing to Win because…hate to love…my catnip.

*Full disclosure – I beta read this series

The Dreamers series by Adriana Herrera ~ Goodreads Another LGBQT series (M/M pairing for the first 3 books, M/f for book #4) that brilliantly explores the immigrant experience with wonderful, flawed, complex characters, supportive friend groups and is sexy as hell.

YA:

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett ~ Goodreads Bennett is kinda the Queen of swoony YA, IMO, but Starry Eyes was the swooniest with a cast of compelling characters (she always has wonderful families and a realistic/healthy portrayal of teen sex)

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutoski ~ Goodreads Bite your nails, read at the edge of your set – how could this possibly end well – romance in a fantasy setting. This was a stressful roller coaster ride of a series but well worth the stress read. Plus you don’t need to wait a year between books since the entire series is published.

I'm horrible at remembering what I read and surprised I came up with this many lol I’m sure I’ll think of more as soon as I finish this post (Ah! See, I just thought of another one -  The Bromance Bookclub! by Lyssa Kay Adams & A Girl Like Her! by Talia Hibbert ) but let me know your favorite romance recommendations in the comments.

27 comments:

  1. Starry Eyes is one I've been kinda wanting to read ever since it came out. A lot of Jenn Bennet's books seem to get raves but that one in particular, I thought, looked great. The nice cover doesn't hurt, and the camping angle too.

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    1. I know YA romance isn't quite your thing but I think you would like that one. IT's got a little bit of everything - drama, science, danger...

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  2. Sorry, I don't read romance so I don't have any recommendations for you! Just stopping by to say hello! *waves*

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  3. Sustained was my favorite of that series. The interactions between the kids and Jack were the best. Josh & Hazel delighted me to no end as well. And, Jenn Bennett is one of my top YA author. I loved everything about Starry Eyes too. The characters, their story, their moms -- it all worked for me

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    1. I am NOT a fan of kids mucking up my romance but I loved that one - because of the kids lol

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  4. I love me some Emma Chase but haven’t got around to the Legal Briefs series yet. Josh & Hazel was so, so good. I just adored those two together. :) And I really need to get around to Starry Eyes. I loved Alex, Approximately by Bennett.

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    1. Oh Starry Eyes...that's my favorite of hers. Josh & Hazel is basically my idea of a perfect rom-com.

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  5. I have't read any of these but a couple look good.

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    1. I hope you find something good to read - I know you're usually a PNR gal lol

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  6. Oooh, perfect post! I haven't read any of those. Romance is my comfort go-to as well but sometimes they irritate me SO much. I'll read some of these next time.

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    1. Yeah - they have to be JUST right for me lol I seem to be getting pickier.

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  7. I've got American Dreamer on my WorldReads TBR since Olivia recommended it so I hope to read this book this year.
    I'm not a big romance reader, but did just finish The River Jewel by Kathleen Shoop for a blog tour. It's a historical story set in 1870s Iowa and was rather lovely!

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    1. She's the one who turned me on to the series last year. It's great.

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  8. A nice variety! I just finished the first American Dreamer book last week - I enjoyed. Picking recommendations can be hard, and I didn't want to go back too far, so I went with recent reads. I loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn, just to name two.

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    1. I haven't read many recently that I enjoyed. Love Lettering was too sad for me lol

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  9. I have only read one! SAD
    ANd I so want to try Bromance

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  10. YES to The Winner's Trilogy! It's one of my absolute favorites and I'm dying to read The Midnight Lie!

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  11. Sorry you haven't been loving all the romance you've been reading lately, but I'm glad you've found some winners! I really loved Starry Eyes and Winner's Kiss too! And I've heard great things about Bromance.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. That's why I want to go back to re-reads. Fall in love again :-))

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  12. Happy to see American Dreamer on this list. I have to read Starry Eyes and I actually own The Bromance Book Club so I just need to find the perfect time to read it ^.^

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    1. It's such a fantastic series. Starry Eyes is just so perfect to me and TBC is funny!

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  13. I STILL haven't read Josh and Hazel!! I can't believe it, but I WILL read it! I own it and everything... I just need the urge to strike!
    I now have a couple of Bennett's books to read too. Her covers are so pretty.

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    1. Bennett won the cover lottery. They are always gorgeous and right in line with the story.

      I hope you love J&H. They made my heart happy.

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