December’s noteworthy contemporary reads are riddled with workplace conflict — sexy workplace conflict. You know, the good kind. But sometimes the decision between love and success is a hard one to make, and the characters in this month’s recommendations must figure out which is more important.
Is your wallet feeling the holiday burn? We've got a giveaway to soothe what ails you! Up for grabs today are five copies of Pamela Mingle's The Pursuit of Mary Bennet. It's the story of perhaps the least likable Bennet sister — Mary. Looking back on her life and realizing she may have been a bit judgemental and mean, she's resigned to a spinster life when she discovers that romance may not be an impossibility after all. RT's Kathe Robin calls The Pursuit of Mary Bennet "modern and accessible." Want to give it a try? Enter below! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Please see our full Terms & Conditions in the widget below.
Last week we continued our first RT read-a-long with episode 3 of Ruthie Knox’s Roman Holiday, “Blindsided.” After seven days of (im)patiently waiting, we’re back with episode four, “Ravaged.” If you’re new here, RT’s Elisa and Elissa (aka EV and EP, for your sanity) are reading along with the 10-part serial, which will be released in two chunks, one between now and mid-December, and the second in March. If you’re reading along with us, let us know! We love company.
EP: Well! We’re really getting somewhere now, aren’t we? This episode had sexytimes, backstory and mud.
EV: Finally! I have been wanting some Romand and Ashley sexytimes. Although they don’t go “all the way,” I’m glad they’re getting there.
With so many authors writing so many books, it can be hard to know where to start reading! But we’re here for you with our Into the Archives feature. Today we’ve got series superstar Maisey Yates, who’s been writing for the Harlequin Presents line since 2010. Maisey’s picked out her personal favorite three titles so you know just what to add to your TBR pile. Take it away, Maisey!
A Royal World Apart — This is one of my favorites, and it’s not a secret why. A princess trying to find her value part from her title, forbidden love and a strong sexy Russian bodyguard … who also happens to be a virgin widower. Yeah, you read that right. A Royal World Apart will always stand out in my mind because of Makhail and his determination to keep his vows and pursue honor, even as he falls for the one woman he should never, ever touch.
We know, we know, you should probably be shopping for others this time of year. But maybe you need a new pair of boots? Or your sister, or mom? We at RT are here for you. So we asked our favorite romance author/boot enthusiast, Zoë Archer, to put together a look book of the latest and greatest foot fashions.
My heroines are known for being kick-ass dames — it’s tough to run around, kick bad guy butt, and ravish the hero while tottering around on spindly stilettos. So my boot picks for today’s post are fashionable, but also a little on the functional side, just in case you find yourself in the middle of a romantic adventure.
Ankle boots are hot this season. They’re a perfect everyday choice, and look great paired with a variety of clothing options, from skinny jeans to dresses and tights. This pair from Modcloth is awesome for darting from coffee house to school to hidden underground temple holding priceless artefacts.
Greenhouse Picnic Boot in Berry, $49.99 from ModCloth
High stakes situations and combustible chemistry — what's not to love? All that and more is in Lindsay McKenna's latest, Down Range. A former member of the armed forces, fire figher and more, today Lindsay's here to tell us about her inspiration for her Shadow Warriors series, and how women can be just as tough as men.
As a former member of the Navy, how much of your experiences influenced the Shadow Warriors series?
Last week we continued our first RT read-a-long with episode 2 of Ruthie Knox’s Roman Holiday, “Hitched.” After seven days of (im)patiently waiting, we’re back with episode three, “Blindsided.” If you’re new here, RT’s Elisa and Elissa (aka EV and EP, for your sanity) are reading along with the 10-part serial, which will be released in two chunks, one between now and mid-December, and the second in March. If you’re reading along with us, let us know! We love company.
EP: Well! We’re three parts into the great serial experiment. What do you think so far of reading a piecemeal romance?
EV: I haven’t quite decided yet. On one hand, I want to read the rest of the book ASAP, and on another it’s a nice surprise every week. I also read so much, that it’s nice to have Ruthie’s “Letter From the Author” recapping what’s happened so far to remind me what’s going on.
EP: I’m finding that I like the little bites of story, but I definitely want to Know. What. Happens. Next. C’mon, Knox!
Every year, the review staff at RT Book Reviews reads and rates more than three thousand books. And when each year draws to a close, we pick the best of the bunch for our readers to enjoy — the Reviewers’ Choice Awards. For the next few weeks, leading up to Thanksgiving, we’re going to be celebrating the nominations for many of these awards, across genres. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating all these wonderful authors, and, hey, if you find a great new book to read, all the better! Today, we'll be taking a look at the nominees — and their dashing heroes — for Historical K.I.S.S. Hero — our favorite Knights in Shining Silver!
We live and breathe romance here at RT, so when we began coming up with our holiday gift guides, we couldn't help but spin a love story amidst our suggestions. Sure, maybe our story is trope filled, but we think our gift suggestions are pretty on point. (Feel free to forward these suggestions onto any and all of our loved ones.) Enjoy!
You meet at a party. You’re marveling over the host’s beautiful depression glass tumblers. He pretends to know what you’re talking about.
He invites you to dinner at his place. You bring Brad and Angelina’s rosé (just voted best in the world!) to set the mood.
Miraval Rosé, $24.99 here.
For your first night together …
The December issue of RT Book Reviews featured a letter from reader Karen Ancell, who was frustrated with her experiences in trying to find good — and even great — self-published romance and erotica.
I'm a self-published author myself — although not in either romance or erotica — and the email from Ms. Ancell inspired me to go out and ask some other self-published authors what makes a good self-published book, as well as how to find these standouts.
In this second part, reviewer- (she's nominated for a 2013 Reviewers's Choice Award!) and fan-favorite author Kristen Proby talks about switching between the worlds of self and traditional publishing. She also provides more tips for finding the great stuff in self-published romance and erotica.