RT Editors Share Their Favorite Fireworks Reads

Here at RT, we appreciate some great fireworks. Not just the kind you see in the sky on the Fourth of July, but the kind you enjoy on the page as well. From second chances at love to young romance and stubborn couples reluctant to admit their feelings, a great couple creates great chemistry, and what more could you want from a romance? Today the ladies (and gentleman) of RT bring you their favorite stories that feature couples who sizzle, spark and create those fireworks we can't get enough of.




Lindsey Piper's dark and dirty paranormal debut, Caged Warrior, features fireworks of all kinds, as Audrey MacLaren, née Dragon King warrior Nynn, comes into her own and develops startling, explosive powers. But that's not what will make readers sit back and watch the lights this July 4. Nope, the real show is between a stubborn Nynn and badass cage fighter Leto, who is determined to toughen Nynn up into the kind of warrior who can win it all...even as he softens enough to lose his heart to her.

- RT Editor Mala Bhattacharjee




There were many reasons we chose Delilah S. Dawson's Wicked as She Wants to win our May Seal of Excellence — but the sparks between stubborn musician Casper and the demanding (but charming) exiled princess Ahnastasia were what won me over. No shrinking violet, Ahna poses a challenge for Casper, who isn't about to take orders from a sovereign with a bounty on her head. If you're interested in fireworks, their electric chemistry provides plenty.

- RT Editor Regina Small




I'm going to give a shout out to good ole Love in Maine by General Hospital character Connie Falconeri. This book is a most excellent beach read. Set mostly during one summer in, yes, Maine, the relationship that simmers between rich girl Maddie and just-back-from-war Hank is unpredictable yet realistic. Try this one and then join me in obsessing over what romance writer is ghosting as GH character Connie Falconeri.

- RT Editor Elissa Petruzzi




Start with a passion-driven affair with a (much) older man set in a turn-of-the-century coastal town, add some old-fashioned teenage rebellion and self discovery, and you have the beach-worthy Fortune's Rocks. The unconventional fireworks make Anita Shreve's novel the perfect diversion while catching some rays, even more than 10 years after it was first published.

- RT Editor Tricia Carr




My absolute new favorite author has got to be Kristen Ashley. Her tough-as-nails bikers are unlike any other heroes I have encountered — ever. And while Tack from Motorcycle Man will always hold a special place on my “keeper” shelf, Hop from Fire Inside is almost (almost) as memorable. Terrible past relationships for both Hop and his new “old lady” Lanie has the relationship ending almost before it can begin. This, plus an extra serving of crazy from the unusual heroine, makes this one unputdownable book with characters who are flawed to perfection.

- RT Web Director Morgan Doremus



You want fireworks? Grab one of Katie Porter’s Vegas Top Guns novels, they’ll launch you to the moon and back! These stories of fearless air force pilots and the women (and men) who steal their hearts are definitely full of heat with plenty of sparks between couples. Book 1, Double Down, is a good place to start but I recommend book 3, Hold ‘Em, a second chance romance featuring brazen air force captain Leah “Princess” Girardi, who likes to take the lead in the sky as well as in the bedroom, and the laid-back Captain Mike “Strap Happy” Templeton, a man more than willing to submit.
- RT Web Editor Elisa Verna



I may be a bit late to the bandwagon on this one, but Cora Carmack’s Losing It is a quirky, light-hearted, and sizzling story that is perfect for readers looking for their next beach read. Readers will fall in love with Bliss’ funny and heartwarming narration and are sure to swoon over her hot British theatre professor, Garrick. Their relationship is awkward, cute and forbidden, giving the romance an extra spark.

- RT Web Intern DJ DeSmyter



Do you have a favorite foreworks read? Share it with us in the comments. And have a happy 4th of July weekend!