Recent Romance Reads

Ooh, I love alliteration, sorry. I’ve been reading more romances lately, probably because I need fluffy stories in my life. I am very happy with reading fluff at the moment, though I’m trying to offset it by reading other stuff as well. Just so there’s some balance. Anyway, these are some romances I’ve enjoyed – I can heartily recommend all of them if you need an evening of uncomplicated fun.

what-happens-in-londonWhat Happens in London by Julia Quinn – this is an older title but it’s so good. It was a re-read for me, actually, and I enjoyed it as much as the first time. Harry and Olivia are both intelligent and curious by nature, so their story was a joy to read. I also liked the fact that Harry wasn’t your typical alpha hero, he’s not a rogue or anything, and it’s very refreshing for a historical romance. This is the second part of the series but it definitely can be read separately – I don’t remember a thing about the first book and I had no problem with it. Also, I think it might be one of my favourite Quinn books (if you like historicals and are unfamiliar with Quinn, you should really reassess your priorities). ;) I’d give this one 4/5 stars.

 

Charlie All Nightcharlie-all-night by Jennifer Crusie – despite the horrific cover, this was a fun, fluffy contemporary romance with a bit of a mystery thrown in. I read it because I’ve previously enjoyed Crusie’s Bet Me – and while this one didn’t quite match the fun tone of that great story, I still enjoyed it a lot. I have Becky to thank for pointing me in Crusie’s direction – I think her books are perfect for curling up on the couch when you need some comfort in your life. They’re like the bookish equivalent of good chocolate chip cookies. This one gets 3/5 stars.

 

 

Act Like Itact-like-it by Lucy Parker – this is the most recent title of the three and the one that surprised me the most. Quinn recommended this one recently, she said it was one of her favourite books to re-read and I can definitely see why! It has an enemies-to-lovers plot with a slow-burn romance, which ticks two of my “yes please” boxes. The hero, Richard, is an asshole at first but I thought the transformation/reveal of his true nature was very believable. Lainie is a great heroine and I liked her a lot. The fact that the story is set in London and that both the main characters are theatre actors are just bonus points in its favour. I’m definitely looking out for Parker’s next book! 4/5 stars to this one.

The Goalthe-goal-elle-kennedy by Elle Kennedy – I’ve been waiting for this one and it was pretty good. It’s the last in her Off Campus series that I’ve enjoyed a lot and Tucker’s story was really touching at times. I wished Sabrina would relax a bit and let Tucker help her sooner but we need the drama, of course. Tucker is such a good guy, though! I think he’s my favourite hero of this series. I liked reading about the other “players” but Tucker’s a quiet guy with great manners and a heart of gold. You know I’m partial to good guys. Anyway, the cover is… stunning, if a bit cringe-worthy. I think these covers are the reason I read most of my romances on my Kindle… Also, compared to the other three books of the series, this one features much less hockey! And it definitely should be read last – there’s some overlap of the story. 3/5 stars.

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Do you have any fluffy recs for me? 

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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  • Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    Act Like It and What Happens in London both sound really great! I also think I read most of my romance reads on Kindle because of the covers…

    • Well, they’re usually also cheaper and I can have them THE MOMENT I crave them (as opposed to waiting a week or more for Book Depository to deliver them). So yeah, Kindle rocks.

  • I need to pick up more books by Julia Quinn. I’ve read a couple by her that I’ve really liked. I’m up for a HR who isn’t a rogue or an alpha!

    I really liked Act Like It as well. It was a very pleasant surprise! I’m looking forward to whatever she comes up with next too.

    Haha! I feel you about those covers. I like them a lot but I don’t want anyone catching me with them haha. You already know how I felt about this one. I didn’t love it, but I liked Tucker so much! He made the book for me.

    • If you’ve enjoyed Quinn’s novels before, I highly recommend What Happens in London! It’s one of her best.

      And yeah, Act Like It was great, especially since it looks like it’s her debut!

  • I am so GLAD you enjoyed Act Like It so much. It just hit all the right spots for me. I can’t wait to read more by Lucy Parker. And I agree, What Happens in London is one of my favorite JQ books. It’s just such a fun read.

    • After I finished Act Like It, I immediately went to check whether I could buy more of Parker’s romances and was SHOCKED to see it was her first! So good. I don’t usually like a**hole heroes but Richard was really good nevertheless.

  • I completely get the sinking into romance lately. I have been doing the same because they are books I can easily pick them up and they are so bingeable. I have recently reread Act Like It (as in a couple of days because I forgot how much I loved it) and I’m glad you liked it. It’s one of my favourite romances of 2016. And damn straight I’ve told you about the greatness of Crusie’s books. I agree, most of her earlier books aren’t on par to Bet Me but they are still really fun contemporary reads that normally have a little mystery or side story which keeps it going. I’ve not read Kennedy’s latest Off Campus contribution so I may have to treat myself to that soon. And there is nothing wrong with that cover, yum abs. I mean, it does mean there is no chance you’d read it in a public place but oh well. I hate that about a lot of romances, it’s not that I’m embarrassed to read them it’s more that I am embarrassed by the cover and they are honestly about more than sex but how are you meant to convince anyone of that when you have a half naked man on the cover?

    As for romance recs… erm… I’ve been reading the Legal Briefs series by Emma Chase and The Wedding Belles series by Lauren Layne. I’m enjoying those. Also, I read my first Nora Roberts and turns out that woman knows what’s happening, there is a reason she sells so many books.

    • I’ll definitely be reading more Crusie when I need something soft and fluffy. Some days are just like that. Sometimes you have to have something edgy and sexy and some days are for soft and fluffy.

      I’m not much of an abs person myself. I mean, obviously I don’t *mind* if a man has pretty ones but in terms of romance covers, I prefer back shots. :) And you have to admit this particular cover is absurd. He looks like a body builder, not a hockey player.

      I’ve been thinking about reading a Nora Roberts book – but she just has so many I have no idea where to start! Any ideas?

      • Yay for Crusie. I just read Bet Me as I am seriously lost about what to read. Stupid reading slump.

        And I am not often an abs person (if someone spends that much time making himself look good how are they ever going to have time for me?) but a good abs cover can do no wrong. I do admit it isn’t really the best cover ever and it doesn’t make me think hockey player does it?

        I know, Nora Roberts is crazy with the number of books she’s done. I am no expert but I just read Chasing FIre and really enjoyed it so maybe try that if you want to read about fire jumpers who tackle fires in forests in the US? It’s strange because I wouldn’t look twice at it usually but it was recommend on one of the Smart Bitches podcasts and those women tend to know what they are talking about when it comes to romance.

  • YAASSSS, I love What Happened in London! Definitely the best one out of that series, in my opinion. So freaking funny! Have you read the first book in Quinn’s new series? I’ve heard very good things…if you haven’t, you, Becky, and I should do a read along! If you have time, what with Baby and all. :)

    As for The Goal, yes, I completely agree. Sabrina needed to chill the eff out. Obviously she was in an incredibly stressful and tough situation, but it’s not like Tucker was shirking his responsibility or being a jerk. That drama though….love/hate relationship with it. ;)

    I have GOT to pick up Act Like It! Becky has been raving about it for weeks, but somehow I missed the fact that it’s an enemies to lovers romance…those are my crack. The searing banter! The grudging lust! The dramatic realization of feels! *swoon*

  • I love Jennifer Cruise! She hasn’t had a book out in years, I miss them. My favorites are Agnes and the Hitman, Manhunting, Welcome to Temptation and a few others. Charlie All Night Long was fun :)

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