Tuesday, 22 May 2018

3 Reasons To Read Melt For You by J.T Geissinger

by J.T Geissinger
Series: Slow Burn #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: May 15th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★

I was pleasantly surprised by Burn for You, the first book in this series last year, and have been eagerly waiting to read more from this author. I couldn't wait to start Melt for You and what a delight it was. Here are 3 reasons why you should pick up Melt For You.

1. It has a lovable heroine

Melt for You has a funny, feisty and very relatable heroine. Joellen is a 30+ woman who has been in love with her boss for the longest time. She thinks that she desperately needs to shed some pounds, is awkward as hell and lives with a grumpy cat. There are lots of shades to Joellen's character and I have to say, I enjoyed every facet of her persona. She definitely had some self-esteem issues stemming from being the ugly duckling of her family. Though she tries not to let her issues to get to her, it does take her a while to realize what a lovely person she is. Joellen is also funny as hell, and she'll have you cackling throughout the book. She was just so easy to warm up to.

2. OOF THE HERO! <3 

Oh man! Cameron has to be one of my favorite romance heroes in a long time. He was just so swoony and great and had me melting into a puddle goo. Oh and he's Scottish! What a charming guy he was! OK, I have to admit that I wasn't entirely into him at first. He seemed like a fuckboi, but the guy totally grew on me. I loved how he pushed Joellen to see herself for the fabulous woman she was. The guy is so positive and endearing - it was easy to forgive his manwhorish ways.

3. The slowest of slow-burn romances

I'm such a sucker for a good slow-burn romance, and J.T Geissinger captured everything I love about them in Melt for You. Joellen and Cameron don't start off on the right foot because he's a terrible neighbor. Their relationship slowly evolves into a comfortable friendship, and then into more. The banter between them was A+, and the chemistry was even better. I couldn't wait for them together, and the author makes all that waiting worth the while. Cameron and Joellen had the type of relationship that was built on making each other better and damn if that didn't have my heart aflutter.

So there you have it! Three solid reasons to check out Melt for You. :)

Have you read anything by J.T Geissinger?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Seasoned romance (& some of Lisa's favourite titles!)

Hi, everyone! How are you doing?

It's been a slow reading week for me so I'm a bit uninspired to write a blog post today, but then I saw that today's #rombklove topic is Seasoned Romance a.k.a romance featuring characters who are 35+ years old. Guys, I squealed because I have lowkey been waiting for this day in the challenge because I'm old and I need more characters my age, demmit! I'm duly grateful to whoever responsible for coming up with the name seasoned romance because Romance Featuring Older Characters is a bit mouthful for a title. You can check out today's post here; most of the titles are new to me and I'm excited to check them out.

Anyway, here are some of my favourites:

Kristen Ashley is one of my ultimate favourite authors, and she's written so many older characters (35+) in her romance it's hard to pick just one, but for the sake of this post let me at least attempt it.

One of my KA favourites, Soaring featured a heiress heroine (47) and a firefighter hero (48), and both of them are single parents and neighbours. Good old KA combining all my favourite tropes in one book--a legend.

For You is also my KA favourite; H/h (in their 40s) were the It Couple in their town once upon a time, and they reconnected again when a dead body was found outside the heroine's bar, and the hero (a police lieutenant) was called upon to investigate. We're talking second chance romance after 20 years here, people!

KA's latest standalone, Complicated also featured older characters; the hero (42) is a recently divorced father of 3, and the heroine (38) is a hairdresser and a part-time lounge singer.

See? I'm literally unable to pick just one KA.

I've talked about my love for Pamela Clare's I-Team in this post. She wrote a seasoned romance novella in this series called Soul Deep. The hero, Jack (63) is a rancher and also a former Army Ranger, and the heroine, Janet (45) is FBI Special Agent. They met for the first time in the previous book in the series, and sufficed to say the meeting did not go well. They met for the second time after Janet got stranded in the snow and Jack rescued her.

I love Jack and Janet's relationship development; they bonded over good food (Jack's an amazing cook) and horses. Jack West is what I hope my future husband would still be when he's old (dude is fit, iykwim).

Pamela Clare also wrote another seasoned romance novel called Close to Heaven in her other series (hero is 47, heroine is 37, and they've been friends and colleagues for 20 years).

Nina Lane's Sweet Life is one of my favourite seasoned romances. The heroine, Julia turned 50 in the beginning of the story, while Warren, the hero, is a few years older, iirc? and a single father of seven grown up children (this book is  #5 in the series; books 1-3 are about his sons'). Also, it might be a deal-breaker for some but Warren is also Julia's brother-in-law (he was married to Julia's older sister until her death a decade or so ago). What I love about this book is how Julia and Warren are a solid team. They both co-parent Warren's kids, and both have high powered careers, but outside of that they have a separate, strong relationship together. 

I still love this quote by Warren, when Julia asked him how dating younger women was for him: "The sex was great. The rest... not so much. They went on about music and movies I didn't care about, and I kept wanting to advise them on their financial portfolio. Not a dynamic that worked."

I laughed so hard at this part. Poor Warren.

I also recently finished Maggie Wells' Play for Keeps, featuring H/h in their 40s (and the heroine is older than the hero!). The heroine, Millie is a PR specialist, while Ty is a basketball coach.I love Ty and Millie together, they're just meant to be. I'm a sucker for relationships where the hero and heroine flirt with and make each other laugh all the time. Their relationship is so easy, I'm a fan. They are also unafraid of confronting each other with their dissatisfactions, I love clear communication in a relationship.

I was told that Maggie also wrote other books with older characters, and I planned to check them out.

Honorable mentions

Okay, now that I'm done, time to check out the Twitter tag for more recs!

Do you read any seasoned romance?
Feel free to rec me titles in the comments!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Cocktales: A Cocky Collective // Cover Reveal!

Hey, guys!

So you might have heard about the latest cockup in Romancelandia: #cockygate. I'm still rolling my eyes every time I remember it. 

But something good came out of it! A whole brigade of your favourite authors have joined forces to come up with:

Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is coming May 26th! 

Cocktales Anthology

Publishing Date: May 26th
Cover Designer: CD Reiss 

Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th. 

Pre-order your copy today:

Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/CockTalesGR

Contributing Authors Include:

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword

Dylan Allen – 'Cocked and Loaded'

Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Double Cocked'

Whitney Barbetti – 'Cocksure Grin'

Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'A Wicked, Cocky Plan' 

K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Magical Cock and Bull'

Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – 'Don’t Get Cocky'

L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal' 

Mariah Dietz – 'Landmines'

Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – 'Cock and Balls'

BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.'

Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – 'The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall'

Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Tricky Bond'

Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – 'Cockamamie'

Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Couture'

Julie Johnson, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Culinary Cock-Up'

Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Crimson Cocktail' 

Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Swag'

Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Love & Hate at the Stallion Station'

Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Going Down'

Katyi McGee - USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocksure Co-Star' 

Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cockblocked'

Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Getting It Up'

Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Her Cocky Russian'

Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman'

Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’

Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – 'Fight or Flight'

CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Capo'

Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Beard and Hen'

Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – 'The Color of Love'

Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Aligned'

Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – 'All'

Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series'

Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Until the Cock Crows'

Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Chocolate and Cockup'

Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – 'The Golden Sombrero'

Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Alpha'

Karla Sorensen – 'Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story'

Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Mafia'

April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Code of Conduct'

*ALL* net profits will be donated to:

Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

*Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

For more information, visit: https://www.cockyauthors.com

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

When Black Romance Authors Slay

Hello, romance-loving friends!

How are you all doing? I'm currently running on very little sleep because SCHOOL. But anyways, enough of that boring stuff. I've read some romance books lately that I can't wait to chat with you all about. In today's post, I'll be talking about two recent romance reads from Black authors, and they were both stellar! Scroll down to find out what the two books are!