A List For Those Who Love A Librarian In Their Romance

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A while ago, I put out a quick request on Twitter for librarian heroes and heroines. My phone nearly exploded with comments and RTs! I love Romance Twitter – everyone is just so enthusiastic about sharing their love of books.

I got so many recs that I decided to make a list and share it. Some I already had, but over 25 came from Twitter. So if you’re in the mood for some sexy librarian action – this is the list for you.

I’ve already read several of these books since they were recommended to me, and they were all great. I particularly loved Anne Calhoun’s ‘The Seal’s Rebel Librarian’.

I hope you find something that you’re looking for…

Enjoy!

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Don’t Stop Believing by Gwen Hayes (m/m)

Olivia Dade’s Lovestruck Librarians series:

Broken Resolutions

My Reckless Valentine

Mayday

Ready To Fall

Driven To Distraction

Hidden Hearts

Taking The Heat by Victoria Dahl

Looking For Trouble by Victoria Dahl

Fanning The Flames by Victoria Dahl

Hard Times by Cara McKenna (m/f)

Breathe by Kristen Ashley (m/f)

Taken with you by Shannon Stacey

Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane

What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss

Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy (fantasy)

The Gift by Tiffany Reisz (can’t find the link for some reason).

Busted by Shiloh Walker

Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss series) by Nalini Singh

A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles (bookseller m/m)

Falling For Trouble by Sarah Title (Librarians in Love series)

Laws of Attraction by Sarah Title (Librarians in Love series)

The Undateable by Sarah Title (Librarians in Love series)

Jaded by Anne Calhoun

The Seal’s Rebel Librarian by Anne Calhoun

Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper

In Too Deep by Portia da Costa

Addicted by Charlotte Stein

Junk by Josephine Myles (m/m)

The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers

Rocky Mountain Devil by Vivian Arend

Deceptions by Cynthia Eden

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

Mister Hockey: Hellions Angels by Lia Riley

 

Top 10 Romance ‘Oldies But Goodies’

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The beauty of reading Romance is that their are millions and millions of books out there. Sub-genres abound: historical, contemporary, paranormal, LGBTQ, erotic to sweet, dark to funny just to name a few, and some authors are writing five or six books a year. The reading potential is endless, and I’d like to bet that anyone could find something that they like in Romance. If you need any pointers just let me know and I’ll help if I can.

But as brilliant as the books are now, I still love to read books that were written 10 to 20 years ago. Some of them are historical romances, so they age really well. The writing styles these days might not be quite the same, but the historical settings are, so they’re a good bet.

Some contemporary romance can age badly, or if not badly, a bit weirdly! I read an old Nora Roberts recently called ‘Night Shift’ and the heroine smoked like a chimney and called the hero ‘Slick’. I enjoyed the book, but it felt really dated and all the smoking was off-putting.

But there are some books that never age; the stories are perfect, the romances timeless, and they draw me in every time I read them.

Here are my top 10 oldies but goodies (all with a HEA):

  1. Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer (1989) – set during the Second World War this book is beautiful, tender and heartbreakingly good.
  2. The Return of Rafe McKade (The McKade Brothers #1) by Nora Roberts (1995) – the bad boy returns to town. I loved the whole series except for the last one.
  3. Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay saga #1) by Nora Roberts (1998) – the playboy gives it all up to care for a troubled young boy not unlike he once was… and a social worker brings him to his knees. Brilliant series.
  4. Pretty much anything by Lisa Kleypas who has been writing since 1987 but in the spirit of this list I’ll choose Suddenly You (2001) – set in a world where appearance means everything, passion simmers just below the surface, and a respectable Englishwoman is willing to risk scandal for one night of love.
  5. Slave To Sensation (Psy-Changling #1) by Nalini Singh (2006) – it’s amazing that this wonderful series has been on the go for over 10 years! In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed.
  6. Simply Irrestible (Chinooks Hockey Team #1) by Rachel Gibson (1998) – my first, but by far the last dip into Sports Romance. I loved this whole series.
  7. Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer (1983) – The Bandit and the Gentleman and Abigail McKenzie has to choose between them. Brilliant historical novel – funny, tender and wonderful.
  8. Taming Natasha (The Stanislaskis #1) by Nora Roberts (1990) – fiery heroine lowers her guard for music professor and single father.
  9. It Had To Be You (Chicago Stars #1) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (1994) – a woman who knows nothing about sports inherits a professional football team. The sparks fly between her and the head coach.
  10. Making Chase (Chase Brothers #4) by Lauren Dane (2007) – this one’s not really that old, but I’m just sneaking it in. Well-off guy falls for a woman from the wrong side of the tracks.

Happy reading!

Kx

 

#amreading / #amwriting ~ No. 1

Welcome to my latest reading and writing exploits – including interesting blogs, books, news on social media, alongside my ongoing trials and tribulations as I attempt to write my first book.

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I’ve been having a MASSIVE re-reading session of Nalini Singh’s Psy / Changling novels (see my blog on Nalini here). I’ve re-read the first ten books of the series, plus the collection of short stories (Cooper and Grace be still my beating heart!), over the past couple of weeks. It’s been a while since I read them the first time, so I’ve really enjoyed immersing myself in this world again from the beginning. It’s hard to pick out my favourites but the Alphas’ stories have to be top of the list. Lucas and Hawke are amazing characters and their mates are more than a match for them.

My favourite books are like a comfort blanket, one that I bring out when I need a specific emotional fix, but I also re-read when the current new books that I have on my kindle have proven a disappointment and unfortunately that’s the case at the moment. I’m hoping for better things soon.

Writer’s Digest is a veritable gold mine of information for writers. This post feels relevant to me at the moment: Self-Editing Advice: How to Tackle Character Consistency

Heroes and Heartbreakers is a brilliant blog for all things romance and I’ll be referencing it regularly because their posts are ace. This one caught my eye today and brings a new term to something that I love in my romance novels – the competence kink. 

On Twitter:

@TropeHero and @TropeHeroine are so worth a follow. Clever, funny and perfect for lovers of romance.

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I’ve finished my first draft – yipee! I finished it a week ago actually but for one reason or another (half-term so kids at home / youngest was ill / I was sleep deprived) I’ve only just started to edit it. To be honest, taking the time away from it has been a good thing. The distance from it has made the story clearer to me in a way.

My first job when I begin editing is to layer emotion through the story showing the emotional development of my central character, Helena, but I’m mulling over adding a couple of scenes and keep having startling revelations about the detail – while I’m trying to get to sleep or washing up! The notes app on my phone is full of random, and not so random, thoughts that keep springing into my mind since I finished the first draft.

I edited the first ten pages today and it felt pretty good.

Any good book recommendations this week?

Kx

The Wonderful Worlds of Nalini Singh

I discovered Nalini Singh about 5 years ago when I got my first Kindle. She has 3 series on the go, The Guild Hunter (paranormal), Psy / Changeling (shifter / paranormal) and A Rock Kiss (contemporary romance). I started with The Guild Hunter series and never looked back. She’s an automatic buy for me now and one of my all time favourite authors.

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I love her style of writing, her strong and tender heroes and unstoppable, likeable heroines. There are archangels, vampires, leopards and wolves (just to name a few) plus the intricate and fascinating world of the Psy. The books are so exciting and packed full of action, I can never put them down once I start one.

The worlds that she has created in her paranormal series are impressively detailed and how she keeps track of so many story lines is beyond me. But at the heart of every single book is a romance. Elena and Raphael, Dmitri and Honor (Guild Hunter) are some of my all time favourite characters and their stories are beautiful. I re-read several of her books on a regular basis.

I’ve recommended these books to a few people and they’re hooked just like I am – even my mother-in-law! (Hi Rita) So if you’re looking for some exciting series to get your reading chops into and you haven’t discovered Nalini Singh yet, now’s your chance. Her back catalogue is huge, the Psy / Changeling series alone has 21 books in it. The Guild Hunter series has 8 full length novels and 4 short story collections.

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I really recommend you read the short stories too because they give you a real insight into the world and a host of characters. Plus it helps if you’ve read Ashwini and Janvier’s short story in Angels’ Pawn before their story in Archangel’s Shadows. Ashwini and Janvier’s story is amazing – one of the best in the series.

The Rock Kiss series are contemporary romances based around the members of a rock band, although my favourite book in the series is actually about one of the rock girlfriend’s best friend and her relationship with her CEO boss (Charlotte and Gabriel in Rock Hard). They’re hot and sexy and Nalini Singh writes contemporary as well as she writes paranormal, so it’s a win-win situation. There are currently 4 full length novels in this series.

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If you haven’t read any of these books yet then I’m actually a little envious because that means you’ve got loads of awesome books ahead of you. Here’s Nalini’s website where you can check out the series order and keep up with her latest news. She also has a great newsletter where you get lots of previews of what she’s writing and her insight into characters and where the stories are going http://nalinisingh.com/.

Happy reading!

Kx