We’ve all gotten sick of the hearts and flowers at one point or another. Eventually the retail exploitation of “love” is nauseating and the splashes of red and pink is migraine-inducing. No, you don’t want to watch The Notebook with a glass of champagne this Valentine’s Day. You want to watch The Walking Dead with a shot of whiskey. Well, Valentine’s Day haters, there are love stories even for you out there. Continue reading “Boyfriends for Sale: Anti-Valentine’s Day Edition”
Skip the chocolate this Valentine’s Day and enjoy some romance novels instead. Not only will they put you in the mood for the big date with your significant other (or that night in front of the TV with all the movies Ryan Gosling has ever made), but they are also a lot of fun (and less calories). Here are some of them from AllRomance and Smashwords that you can enjoy.
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
― Albert Einstein
Well, if Einstein says it….
I can’t say that reading these fairytale retellings will truly make you more intelligent (maybe they will. Who knows?). But they are definitely a lot of fun. I don’t know about you, but I love a good fairytale retelling. Here are a few romance novels retelling fairy tales that are as old as time.
When you are fighting for the freedom of your people, falling in love with your enemy is not a great idea. Or is it? Ayla has to defend her castle and her people all on her own, with nobody to help her but a dark warrior she hates with all her heart.
Sir Reuben, the dreaded robber knight, has long been Ayla’s deadliest enemy. He has prayed on her and her people ever since her father fell ill, and she swore he would hang for his crimes. Now they are both trapped in her castle as the army of a far greater enemy approaches, and they have only one chance: stand together, or fall.
This book wasn’t bad, honestly. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, and it had been awhile since I’ve read a medieval love story, so that was a nice change of pace.
by Helen Scott Taylor
On Fiona Flannigan’s sixteenth birthday Aaron O’Malley kissed her by the wishing fountain at Ballyglass Castle. He said he loved her, then he left and broke her heart. Ten long years later he’s finally back, but his work as an undercover cop has left him fighting inner demons. She wants to help him recover, but dare she let him into her heart again?
You can read my review of Irish Kisses here.
You can find this book on Smashwords.
Alternative title: I Like a Little Character With My Sex
But more on that later
Beth is in trouble. Her fire and brimstone preacher of a father kicked her out of the for having a boyfriend and when Beth reached out for help from said boyfriend, he broke up with her through text. Desperate, she answers an ad for an experimental drug test for a female viagra, looking to make some easy cash. But when she goes to the doctor’s house to sign the contract, he tricks her into becoming his sex slave for six weeks. Yikes!
Normally, I love these types of stories. You know the ones. The plots can also double as episodes of Criminal Minds and yet it’s sexy in these books. Like in Mine for Tonight where the love interest is a stalker but incredibly sexy. But it doesn’t always work out. Continue reading “The Doctor’s Slave (18+)”
Unridden by Cat Johnson
Romance writer Jenna Block is a born New Yorker. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help her with her careers, according to her agent. What she needs to write is a cowboy romance, even though she has no experience with cowboys in her writing or in real life. Luckily there are two cowboys willing to help her with all the research she needs.
Slade Bower and Mustang Jackson are two professional bull riders living the dream. As Continue reading “Boyfriends for Sale: Shirtless Edition”
Prudence isn’t expecting to land a big record deal when she travels to L.A. from Britain with her band. But she’s not planning on going back. Too hurt from her last relationship, she’s preparing for a boring job with her science degree and a life of causal sex. Little does she know that she’s going to meet a guy with just as much trust issues as herself.
Cash is a TV producer, but he doesn’t like telling people that, especially people he sleeps with. But that is one of the few secrets he keeps from Prudences when he starts sleeping with her. Like Prudence, he is against real relationships after getting burned very badly, but despite himself, he is beginning to realize that he wants more with Prudence. So much is that he’s willing to risk everything for her.
For Raven Wells, nothing can be better when a nobleman rescues her from a cruel orphanage when she is ten. But little does she know that her benefactor, Lord Trent, really has a less altruistic motive than what she believes. In reality, his only reason for taking in the fiery and head-strong Raven is to ruin a man named Philip Warrick, who had betrayed him long ago. Seven years later, as Trent finally puts his scheme into play, Raven becomes in danger of ruining herself when she finds herself falling in love with Philip Warrick. Continue reading “Scandal, Mischief, and Heartbreak in Lady Falls”
Treat Braden wasn’t affected by anyone or anything until Max Armstrong, the cool, efficient event planner he had first met and quickly offended. Now, six months later, she still wasn’t out of his mind, and he would do anything to get into his good graces. But Max won’t have anything to do with him. Wary of men as it is after being severely hurt by her last serious boyfriend, the slight from Treat might keep her from ever getting close to him, no matter how much they both want it.
This is the first Melissa Foster book I’ve read, even though she’s been highly recommended to me by many readers, and she has not disappointed. I thought it was a really cute love story. I liked how Max was a strong character but at the same time she was innocent and someone Treat needed to protect. The twist with her ex-boyfriend was unexpected, but I definitely liked that, because it showed that even the villains in the story were not two-dimensional. And even though this wasn’t a PG story, it didn’t rely on sex scenes to make it worth reading, like a lot of romances (even those not listed in erotica) do. It’s definitely a love story worth reading about, and I can’t wait to read the next story in The Bradens series.
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