3 Alpha Female Romance Novels to Read Today

Even though the outdated damsel in distress romance novel heroine has turned into detectives, cops, veterans, and CEOs, more often than not it’s still the man doing the chasing.

But sometimes you want the females to be the ones pursuing. Even though alpha female romance novels get lost among alpha male and wolf shifter romance novels, they’re still out there and can be a refreshing change of pace. So here are three alpha female books to read now.

1) Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean

Genre: Historical

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.05 out of 5 stars

Page Count: 367 pages

There is no telling where a scandal might lead…

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips… and precisely the kind of woman the Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety.

She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.

Get Eleven Scandals at your local bookstore today.

2) The Belle vs. the BDOC by Amy Jo Cousin

Genre: Contemporary, LGBT

Average Goodreads Rating 3.51 out of 5 stars

Shelby Summerfield is a Southern belle at a northern college in 1993, which is a challenge to begin with. And yes, Florence Truong, the object of Shelby’s lust and the only other woman on campus not wearing flannel, does catch her in what looks like a compromising position with a straight boy at pub trivia night.

But Shelby is a gold star lesbian and Florence’s dapper fashion sense makes her weak in the knees, so her rejection stings hard. To exact her revenge, Shelby cheats a little when putting together her own trivia dream team, because nobody strategizes to win like a Southern girl on a mission. And if trivia can’t settle their rivalry, then maybe the annual campus-wide game of assassin will do the trick.

Shelby’s gonna come out on top of Florence—in bed or out, one way or another. Bless her heart. And her silk pocket squares.

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3) A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai

Genre: Contemporary

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.87 out of 5 stars

Page Count: 262 pages

Shameless. That’s what she was.

Billionaire businesswoman Akira Mori can get anything and anyone her heart desires. Anyone, that is, except for a certain aloof author who has been dominating her dreams for over a decade. Accustomed to Jacob Campbell’s stern disapproval, Akira has turned provocation into an art, using every trick in her arsenal to keep the man from guessing the depth of her filthy fantasies.

Shameless. That’s what she made him.

Since the moment the sexy, sultry socialite sidled up to him years ago, there hasn’t been a time when Jacob didn’t crave Akira. But as guardian to his younger siblings, responsibility has controlled his life. Confining his darkest desires to secret, stolen moments maintains his carefully disciplined world…but a cold bed is the price he pays.

A single touch is all it takes for their simmering need to explode. As secrets and fears are stripped away one by one, shame becomes a thing of the past. They find themselves becoming addicted to each other, in bed and out—a frightening prospect for a man just learning to live…and a woman who thinks she doesn’t know how to love.

Get A Gentleman in the Street at your local bookstore today.

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The Ultimate Indie Book Reading Challenge

I’ve talked to many people who want to read more indie books (books published independently of the Big Five publishing companies) this year, and that’s excellent. There are a lot of indie authors writing high-quality works but remain relatively invisible in the book world. In fact, one-fifth of indie authors never get any income from their writing at all. 

If you want to read more indie books but you’re not sure where to start, then this challenge is for you.

This challenge will help you discover some new reads and maybe even some new favorite authors.  Remember to leave reviews for the books you read. It takes two minutes and helps authors get more visibility.

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Smashwords Browsing Drinking Game

sw_vertical_colorTime for a drinking game! Because what goes better than internet shopping and booze, right? But hey, at least with this game you’ll just have some new books, and not necessarily a home gym. For this game turn off the Adult Content Filter but leave the covers on the book. And of course, please drink responsibly.

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Book Review: DreamZ by A. R. Von

25421901-_uy472_ss472_Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Word Count: 12,470

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.54/5 stars

My rating: 3/5 stars

To be honest, I automatically started to dislike this book because “Dreams” is spelled with a Z. And while it was okay, it was not as good as it could have been.

Wunder has been dreaming about a man for as long as she can remember, always the same man. The dreams leave her aroused to no end at night. Unfortunately, this man doesn’t exist in her life, at least not yet. But her love life is nonexistent and thanks to her being half zombie, that’s not going to change any time soon.

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Servicing the Target: Finally an Alpha Female Romance Worth Reading

51v4pyikabl-_sx331_bo1204203200_The quest to find a good Domme romance can be treacherous and dangerous, full of characterless protagonists, typos, undesirable kinks (for me), cold-hearted women, miserable and psychologically damaged men and women, and did I mention effing typos?

After reading several unsatisfying stories and novels, I concluded that  unlike the saturated alpha male niche, the alpha female niche was just too underserved and risky to keep venturing into.

But sometimes the mood still hits. This time my quest was fruitful. Servicing the Target is without a doubt the best alpha female romance I’ve ever read.

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Boyfriends for Sale: Bad Boy Edition

We all love to read about the bad boys even if we’d never want to date them in real life. There’s something incredibly sexy about the dangerous and mysterious. And come on, we’re all romantics at heart. We always want to see the best in people, no matter how grim their reputations are. Here’s a list of books that can satiate our desire for bad boys.

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

55b8ec90ac556422867ac9e81e5b9178Hey everyone! I’m doing another giveaway, this time for Valentine’s Day. All you need to do is answer this question: What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

I know on Valentine’s Day I’m probably going to be doing homework. My boyfriend is coming down to Boston for that weekend, but he’s leaving on Valentine’s Day because he has work the next day (and we both have homework). My guess is my Valentine’s Day will involve a nice breakfast with my boyfriend, a tearful goodbye, and (in an unromantic turn of events) a major study session in the library wearing my shabbiest yet most comfortable clothes and toting a travel mug and thermos of tea as well as a water bottle. Oh yeah. I live the high life.

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Book Review: The Queen’s Consorts by Kele Moon

51-0wsoakpl-_sx331_bo1204203200_“We should feel nothing toward her, yet I’m drawn to her– as powerfully as I’m drawn to you.”

If you’ve been reading Lover’s Quarrel reviews, then you know how much I love plot and character with my sex scenes. I mean, look at how much I hate The Doctor’s Slave compared to Mine for Tonight when they (very) roughly have the same concept. The scarcity of plot in erotica can be particularly vexing when I’m in the mood for a MMF threesome. (Doesn’t happen often, but even then I want some plot and good characters.)

The Queen’s Consorts definitely delivered.  Continue reading Book Review: The Queen’s Consorts by Kele Moon