It’s easy for me to identify the type of book I feel like reading on any given day based on how I react to the blurbs of items on my to-read list. After finishing Melinda Gates’s The Moment of Lift, which I recently reviewed, I thought I might be interested in another non-fiction book. That idea belly-flopped quite magnificently when I couldn’t even bring myself to pick a title, let alone read a blurb. SO, I decided a fluffy romance was probably what my brain needed following the weighty material I had just finished. Unfortunately, I fell down a rabbit-hole of entirely uninteresting sounding contemporary romances on my to-read list before I landed on What Would a Duke Do? by Collette Cameron.
After the last book that I read - a contemporary military romantic suspense - I wanted a change of pace. I still wanted to read a romance novel; my boyfriend and I have an anniversary approaching and romance is in the air. So, I chose a period romance set in England and the Scottish Highlands.
October is officially over, so I wanted a change of pace from the paranormal and fantasy books that I have been reading for the past month. The first book to catch my eye in my Kindle queue was Highlander’s Dark Pride by Fiona Faris.
I have a confession to make, Readers: I know that romance novels all end up sounding the same after a while. Just ask my boyfriend! When people ask me what I’m reading, he likes to joke that he can guess what it’s about without even hearing the title...
I really enjoy Julia Quinn’s period romances, and when I get a chance to pick one up I’ll usually do it, but this time I was Extra Super Incredibly Excited (yes, with all caps) because the title is Ten Things I Love About You, which is a play off of my favorite movie of all time (Ten Things I Hate About You, for those of you unaware of the best parts of 90s culture).
Today is my mom’s birthday!!! If you read my review of (LINK!), you’re already aware that my mom is the person who got me hooked on romance novels. The first one she gave me was a period romance, so in honor of her birthday, I am reviewing a period romance for you lovely readers!
I have a confession to make: I am afraid of fire. Honestly, if you were to ask me the way I absolutely DO NOT want to die, the answer will be “Fire” and it will probably be yelled at the top of my lungs in about point-five seconds. I absolutely hate it. So when I tell you that I picked this book up at a thrift store a while ago because I’d already read one of the other books in Susan Wiggs’s Chicago Fire Trilogy, you should know that reading the second book was a complete accident.
As you probably already know, it is the month of my birthday! As such, I’m leaning hard into the romance genre with my list of books to review because...well, I really like reading romance novels. I came across A Rake’s Redemption in one of the email lists I subscribe to and it seemed promising. Here’s a quick synopsis:
I learned about A Week to Be Wicked, by Tessa Dare, from a link that Jeriann sent me. Knowing my love of all things science and of all things fiction, she sent me a list of books about females in science and mathematics. Some of the books are fiction and some are non-fiction, but all are about a woman working in a STEM field. Anyway, this book caught my eye because I haven't read a lot of period romances recently...and also because the main character is a geologist, a subject which I was mildly obsessed with in high school.
I found To Wed His Christmas Lady on Kindle over the summer when I was going through what I call a “fluff book phase.” In other words, my life was full of stressors and I wanted books that I could escape into without any thriller- or suspense-induced tension. My fallback here is period romance novels (as long as they don’t go into any espionage or war settings) because most of the “tension” in these books revolves around emotional understanding, miscommunications, and whether the heroine loses her virginity before or after the wedding - no physical tension. No one is at risk of dying and there is always a Happily Ever After (HEA) in it for me.