At the June Lady Jane’s Salon I had the pleasure of going to The Ripped Bodice, the only romance bookstore in the US, for the first time. Whoa Nelly. Walls and walls full of romance novels instead of a rack or two at the back of the store near the car magazines and bathrooms. Total romance reader heaven!
At the salon I challenged everyone in attendance to find a new to them author or genre. Taking up the challenge myself I stepped up on the stage where the store had a beautiful display of LGBTQ romances with rainbow flags, a rainbow of stacked books, and the words ‘love wins’ hung in the window. I chose Him by Serena Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I have to admit the cover hooked me and the back cover blurb reeled me in. It’s a reunited friends to lovers centered on the heroes’ love of playing and coaching hockey. It hit all of my YES buttons. Friends to lovers is my catnip. It’s got an average rating of 4.33 on Goodreads with over ten thousand reviews.
GET IN MY TBR PILE.
The great thing about Lady Jane’s Salon is that you get a chance to hear authors read from their work. Stories you might have passed on or waited to buy are suddenly must haves. It’s a great place to find new to you authors and genres. Stacy Wise read from her novel Beyond the Stars. This contemporary, New Adult, famous actor falls for an average girl romance had me at the first line—I try to ignore the pig in the passenger seat. It only got more hilarious from there. I can’t wait to read what other shenanigans the heroine will get up to.
I’m half way through Maggie Marr’s A Convenient Arrangement—confirmed bachelor falls for a woman who has marriage written all over her. After a one-night stand the hero gets a taste of his own medicine and decides he doesn’t like the flavor. He wants more than one night. But not forever. He doesn’t do forever. Or does he…. I love the reformed rake trope. It works for me in both historical and contemporary. This is a fun book where the hero finally gets what he’s got coming to him—his happily ever after.
There you have it. My summer reading list. I challenge you to find a new to you author or genre this summer and I hope to see you at the next Lady Jane’s Salon on July 10th where Kiersten Hallie Krum, Gwendolyn Womack, Mia Hopkins, and Laura Drake will read from their novels. Happy summer reading!
Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and the occasional hilarious tweet. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information about Beth and her novels please visit her website – www.bethyarnall.com
A special note from the Blog Admin: I’ve accepted Beth’s challenge and will be reading her newest release Reclaim (release date July 5, 2016). I’ve got it pre-ordered and am just waiting for download! I don’t normally read Suspense, but who could resist this cover and the blurb?
Brimming with angst and sensuality, Beth Yarnall’s Recovered Innocence series kicks into high gear as a hotheaded P.I. unleashes one lawyer’s deepest passions—and greatest temptations.
Nolan: Nothing’s ever come easy for me, especially not my dream job at Nash Security and Investigations. Righting wrongs is what I’m meant to do . . . except I manage to blow the very first chance I get. So why don’t they fire me on the spot? Hell, I’d fire myself if I could. Instead, my boss hands me an assignment that’s too important to screw up—and partners me with Lila Garcia, a gorgeous attorney with curves so distracting they should be illegal.
Lila: Like my client, a grieving mother charged with the murder of her own son, I know how quickly the American dream can become a nightmare. If anybody can help me clear her name, it’s Nash Security and Investigations. But Nolan Perry is a wild card. Bending the truth, breaking the law—that’s his business. I need to focus on the evidence. Not on how Nolan’s body fits so perfectly against mine. With a case this personal—and this dangerous—losing control is simply not an option . . . no matter how badly I want to give in.
Nolan just sounds delicious and what woman doesn’t want to meet the type of “bad boy” who makes her want to give in despite the danger? Or would that be because of it?
July 5th can’t get here fast enough.