Well Valentine's Day is nearly upon us. Whether you'll be dining out with your sweetie or crying while watching Lifetime movies (no judgement either way), we know who'll really be keeping you company — your book boyfriends! All week we've been celebrating our our favorite fictional heroes and crowning our favorites, from alphas to bad boys to antiheroes. It's fitting that our final category of book boyfriends is last but not least — the beta hero.
Alphas are a particular type of romance novel hero with character traits all of their own: possessiveness and arrogance in particular. But even alphas pale in comparison to Doms or dominants in BDSM erotic romance. As uber control freaks (generally both inside and outside of the bedroom), Doms are know-it-all heroes who like to take full responsibility for their heroines. I might be addicted to reading erotic romances with Dom heroes. There are some great ones, but there are also some of these heroes that have made me want to stab them with a hot poker. Either way, I’ve noticed that they say some highly inventive things. As a result, I started a #ShitRomDomsSay hashtag on Twitter in order to capture the most memorable lines that these take-charge heroes say.
Valentine’s Day isn’t all hearts and candy for everyone. So in honor of you folks who are still searching for someone special, here are some notable recent (and one upcoming) non-fiction dating guides. We know “dating guide” is sort of an icky term and maybe you wouldn’t be caught dead reading one, but there’s no shame in looking for guidance. Plus, that’s why they invented ereaders, right?
Ready for a cover reveal? Today we’ve got a fun one for you. New contemporary romance author Abigail Sharpe returns with Who Wants to Marry A Doctor? We are of course thinking who doesn't want to marry a doctor, but romance isn't exactly the first thing on pediatrician Sabrina Bankhead's mind. Check out the back cover blurb:
What do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.
We're halfway through Valentine's Week, and in addition to eating tons of chocolate and wearing lots of pink, we're paying extra special attention to those important men in our lives — our book boyfriends! (Our real-life partners are used to being ignored while we read, it's fine.)
It's hump day, hooray! Only two more days until the glorious weekend. We hope you have something fun planned, whether it be spending time with your sweetie or gorging on Netflix and discounted Valentine's Day candy. To help get you over the midweek slump, we've got a scene from Maya Banks' Letting Go. In this scene widowed heroine Joss is confessing her submissive fantasies to Dom hero Dash — desires she never dared to share with her late husband. Enjoy!
“I’d like to hear what it was you planned as well, Joss,” Dash prompted gently. “What was tonight all about?”
Joss turned away, turning her fingers into tight fists. “I know you don’t think I have a clue what I was getting into, Dash, but I’m not stupid. I didn’t just up and decide to go to The House. It’s something I’ve thought about and researched for months. I talked with Damon Roche a lot. He wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting into and that I wasn’t making a hasty, emotional decision.”
2014 RT Convention Preview: Yasmine Galenorn, Jennifer Estep and Larissa Ione's Favorite Memories and Con AdviceBY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 | PERMALINK
With its many intriguing cemeteries, voodoo shops, and rich history, New Orleans is pretty much a tailor-made setting for a paranormal story. And with so many paranormal and urban fantasy authors attending this year’s RT Convention, we thought we’d check in with Yaasmine Galenorn, Jennifer Estep and Larissa Ione about their fondest convention memories, advice for convention newbies and what they’re most excited to see and do in NOLA.
While I shared some of my highly anticipated YA releases in one of our Book Hankerings posts, there's one debut I'm particularly excited about: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper. With a historical backdrop, witches and a hot, tattooed harpoon boy, what's not to love? The bad news is the book doesn't come out until September. Oh, the agony. But the publishing gods must feel sorry for my because Little, Brown recently released the book's cover and it's so pretty it'll help tide me over until the fall. Let's take a look:
Valentine's Week is underway (yes, it's a week here at RT, we're surrounded by romance novels and giant pictures of Fabio (not kidding), we can't help ourselves) and we're in the midst of our Book Boyfriend Smack Down. Which hero will reign supreme?