It’s another do your own thing month here on Bad Girlz Write, and I don’t know if it’s because my brain is fried with my release of Our Love Unhinged three days ago or because I’m feeling uninspired (or perhaps both), but I sat down to write no less than five different topics and none of them wanted to come. (There’s a lesson in there for writers, but as I said, my brain is fried so we’re not going to look too closely at it.)
So what’s an author to do when she doesn’t know what to talk about? Well, she talks about books, obviously. Writers are a voracious bunch of readers, especially romance writers. And whether or not I have 652 books on my to-be read shelf, that doesn’t stop me from searching for recommendations from friends, peers, and authors whose books I love. So without further ado, I give you the recent books that’ve made me swoon:
Sustained by Emma Chase
I decided to give this baby a go, even after reading and not loving Tangled by this author. Well…I’m so glad I did. I absolutely loved this book and all the characters in it.
It’s told in first person, male POV, and I’ll be honest—a book has to really pull this off for me to be a fan. Well, this book pulled it off. I adored Jake and Chelsea and the gaggle of kids they were thrown together with.
You won’t be sorry if you check this one out.
Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl
Sometime last year, I discovered Victoria Dahl and promptly devoured her backlist. Then I got distracted (as you do) and floated away. When someone on Twitter was talking about Cunnilingus Gabe, my ears perked the hell up and I snatched this baby up as quickly as my little fingers could on-click.
He’s a librarian. Who loves going down on the ladies.
I don’t think there’s anything else I need to say.
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
It’s probably no secret I don’t read a lot of YA. Turns out I like my books with a heavy dose of smut. But my BFF told me I had to read this late last year, and I’ll be honest—the start of a new year is the best time for me to venture into a new category.
So at the beginning of the year, I ventured. And I fell. Seriously. I fell so freakin’ hard for this book and these characters. I haven’t swooned this hard in a very, very long time. I promise you this is worth the price tag…or a trip to the library.
Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind
2014 was my first year participating as a mentor in Pitch Wars, and I was blown away by one manuscript in particular. I likened this to Anna and the French Kiss meets Ride with Me (both excellent books, btw). It had major swoons with (*fistpump*) sex, plus laughs. That is my trifecta, folks.
My mentee published her debut novel, Chasing Crazy, in January. It’s amazing. I promise you will laugh and swoon.
Make Me by Tessa Bailey
Tessa Bailey writes two of my favorite things: dirty talkers and swoony, overprotective alpha heroes. Her Broke and Beautiful series is one of my favorites from her.
This book features a rich, virgin heroine and a working class hero. For those like me who don’t like to read about virgin heroines, don’t let that scare you away! I really loved how it was handled in here—it felt realistic and didn’t affect the heat at all. And Russell. OH, RUSSELL.
Hopefully there are one (or three) book recs that sound good to you to add to your never-ending TBR pile. What about you? Any books you’ve read lately that you absolutely loved?