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September 2016 - Top 5 Must Read Romance/Erotica Novels ***NO SPOILERS***
1. "Roomhate" By Penelope Ward
I originally purchased the title was clever and catchy, especially when I compared it with the description.
I really enjoyed this novel. I couldn't put it down as I was reading it. I loved the dialogue between the characters. It was witty sometimes, funny sometimes, sexy sometimes, and dramatic sometimes.
I also felt like the story went in directions I totally wasn't expecting. I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen and then winding up completely wrong about what was going to happen next. The story had a good amount of twists and turns.
I love the story and the characters.
Another plus is that this novel is about two people who fall in love with each other over the course of many, many years. Not only are the two people childhood friends, but the book itself is about years of their interactions with each other.
I've heard many people complain about romance novels that take place over the course of a couple of days, so if that irritates you, you'll probably like this novel better for not having that.
Personally, I also liked the fact that none of the female characters who were attracted to the love interest were painted as bad people or made into the enemy of the story. That happens to be one of my pet peeves in romance novels.
From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.
Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right?
Not when it's Justin...the only person I'd ever loved...who now hates me.
When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.
The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.
The same teenager who's now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.
I hadn't seen him in years, and now we're living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.
The worst part? He didn't come alone.
I'd soon realize there's a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all...the boy is still there. So is our connection.
The problem is...now that I can't have Justin, I've never wanted him more.
2. "Clarity: Book One" By Loretta Lost
I really like Helen/Winter Rose. I think she's an amazing and admirable main character. She seems so real to me, her reactions to things and her experiences.
I was supposed to read this book before I read the first "End Of Eternity" book, but I didn't realize the two series were related and wound up reading the first book in the other series first.
Even so, even reading them out of order and having some things spoiled for me about the future for these characters, I was still addicted to reading this book. It filled in so many blanks and I enjoyed living in Helen's head.
It's hard to explain it, but Loretta Lost has a very magical way with words that makes me unable to put her books down once I start reading them.
Her world has always been dark, but he might be able to change everything...
Fiercely independent Helen Winters was born completely blind, but she vowed never to let her disability keep her down. She did not expect a traumatic event to devastate her life and force her to drop out of college. Disillusioned by the cruelty of people, Helen retreated from society to live by herself as a reclusive writer in the woods--where no one could ever hurt her again.
When a brilliant young doctor shows up on her doorstep, promising her that his new research can give her the ability to see for the first time, Helen stubbornly refuses. She has learned not to trust anyone, and to rely only on herself. But Dr. Liam Larson will not take no for an answer. He makes it his personal mission to rescue Helen from her loneliness, and bring joy into her world once more--the joy she has denied herself for so long.
When Helen's demons come racing back into her life, threatening to rip her apart and destroy the strength she has carefully rebuilt, Liam is the only one who might be able to save her. Can he reach the broken girl in time, helping her to heal and see the world in a different light? Or will Helen's grief send her spiraling out of control, lost to him forever?
**********This is the first book of a series.**********
3. "End Of Eternity: Book One" By Loretta Lost
I accidentally read this novel before reading any books in the Clarity series. It's my fault for not reading the very end of the blurb for the novel, but I knew I was intrigued by the premise of it as soon as I read the first sentence of the blurb. It hooked me in and Loretta Lost's writing is the same way.
The good news is that the author wrote it in such a way that you don't have to read the original books to understand what is happening in Carmen's life (although you might not understand the impact of certain things if you skip out on it.)
I've only read the first book so far and the books don't really read like romance novels, but it is a four part series, so my view about that might change as I read more. There's romantic interactions, but I may not have gotten to the bulk of the romance so far.
I'm completely addicted to how this author writes, either way. Her words just intrigue me to read more.
She also writes these very interesting characters. They're unique and fully fleshed out. Carmen's kind of crazy and reading about her kind of crazy is interesting. It's also a huge contrast to Helen/Winter Rose and her personality.
She thought her life was getting better. Until she found her new husband hanging from a chandelier...
Six months pregnant and devastated, Carmen Winters is forced to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Before she can even begin to grieve, she finds herself being pursued by Bradford West, her late husband's best friend. Brad's strange behavior puzzles Carmen, but she is too distraught and overwhelmed to push him away.
As she grows obsessed with understanding the madness that took her husband, Carmen finds her own mind unraveling dangerously to the brink of insanity. She is convinced that her sister Helen was the last person to see her husband alive, and might have some information about his death.
When a kind doctor named Owen takes an interest in Carmen's well-being, she finds herself slowly beginning to recover. His infectious sense of humor is able to distract her from her misery, and she finds herself leaning on her new friend for support.
But Carmen doesn't know that there are darker events to unfold that could destroy what little sanity she has left...
***This is book one of a series. Expect cliffhangers. The Clarity series is the prequel to End of Eternity.***
4. "Good Vibrations" By T.J. Loveless
One of T.J. Loveless' strengths in her writing is her humor. There was a lot of that in this novel with her main character's bad luck. In the first scene, you basically learn where the title "good vibrations" comes from and how later it leads to her meeting the hero of the story. I loved it.
One of the best things about this novel is that it's not a typical romance story. The main character is not helpless. She doesn't need a rich guy to take care of her and her love interest is not rich. Instead, they are too highly intelligent people. They are equals who happen to develop an attraction and feelings for one another. They are actually well-matched and seem like if they were real people that they'd last as a couple.
Mix equal parts brilliant, but klutzy, biologist Dr. Catalina Rivera with sexy, alpha, military doctor Colonel Malcolm DuBois, and the solution is sparks flying in a romantic comedy of errors.
*This novella contains some graphic scenes of adult content.*
5. "A Dangerous Bargain" (The Sentinel Demons #1) By J.S. Scott
If you like paranormal romances novels and billionaire romance novels, you'll probably like this novel. It's a mixture of the two and it's a full length novel, unlike some of J.S. Scott's other paranormal stories.
This story heavily focuses on the romance between the two characters. The paranormal aspect is more in the background, making things that much more interesting and complicated between the two characters. It is also how the two of them are brought together and why they are destined to be with one another.
Like a lot of her other books, the romantic scenes are very steamy and well-written.
It's similar to her other books. Her writing is very consistently good, so if you like one of her books, you're going to like the rest of them.
27 year old Kat Larson is haunted by demons. Literally. And how was she to know that there was more than one type of demon? The Evils want to destroy her soul, while billionaire Sentinel demon, Zachary Winston, claims that he wants to protect her. Kat opts for Zach’s protection…but it doesn’t come without a price. It requires a demon bargain…and what he suggests surprises poor Kat almost as much as the fact that demons really do exist. Why would the handsome billionaire want to make such an agreement with a curvy, plain redheaded woman like her?
Billionaire Zachary Winston has a mission and it’s one that he vows to complete. As a Sentinel demon, his task is to protect Kat from the Evils that will corrupt her soul. His only problem is that she is his “radiant,” the one woman who can lighten the darkness of his demon existence and be his eternal mate. Zach has to fight an internal war between man and demon as he protects Kat, not quite sure which one will win. He’s one part demon, one part man, but they both yearn for Kat’s lush, full figured body and kind, compassionate heart. As Zach becomes more and more enchanted with Kat, he’s hoping she can learn to love a lonely man/demon that’s only slightly wicked.
This paranormal romance contains graphic language, steamy love scenes, and lovable alpha males that also happen to be mythological demons.
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