Kissing Books

Treachery and Murder. Hooray!

Happy Month of #RomBkLove! It might be Thursday, but I’m still not recovered from my weekend. But I have to get over it because there are ALL THE BOOKS to read.

Sponsored by A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

When Nya returns to Thesolo for a royal wedding, she finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate. Johan von Braustein acts as paparazzi bait to protect his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him. Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after.

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Have you (somehow) still not tried a book by Beverly Jenkins, maybe because you don’t know where to start? Never fear! Amanda gave us a reading pathway, so have at it.

There was some unfortunateness a while back in which someone decided to talk about bad sex scenes, and we discovered that there really are bad sex scenes. Most of the time, though, they’re not the ones written by romance authors. But why are we the ones who get a bad rap? Dana has thoughts.

Did someone say rich girl, poor boy romances?

What was your first romance novel? Or more, what was the book that made you like it?

Do you like book trailers? Check out this one for the newly out Every Last Breath. I’m excited to read this book!

We as romance readers might be a little worse at this than others at holding on to our TBR. But what Abby says is true: it’s okay to weed. I try to do it regularly, though I’m very bad at it. I might still want to read that paranormal fairytale retelling someday, you know?


cover of something real by aja colePlayoffs got hockey on the brain? Aja Cole’s Something Real is 2.99, as is the second in the series, Something Deep. Friends to lovers, fake relationships, single dads, all about in these full-length standalones about smart black women and the men they fall in love with.

Are you ready for KJ Charles’s f/f country estate murder mystery romance, Proper English (which is not yet available on Amazon)? If not, read the book in which we first meet the heroines, Think of England. It’s 99 cents right now, and sooooo very much worth it. It’s set in 1904, which is very different for romance. Also, treachery and murder. Hooray!

New Books!

This is, once again, a hell of a week for new releases. I had hoped to get through a few more, but alas, I have only made it through one since last week, and it was our sponsor, A Prince on Paper.

I am anxious, though, to get to some of the others that came out this week too!

cover of that kind of guy by talia hibbertThat Kind of Guy, by Talia Hibbert, is closing out the Ravenswood series, which has been absolute perfection from beginning to end. Both protagonists are familiar characters from earlier books, but just like the other Ravenswood books, this works as an entry point as well as anything else. I’m so sad about the end of Ravenswood, though! It was very much like we all lived in that weird town together, and I’ll miss hanging out with the Kabbahs and their families.

Every Last Breath by Juno Rushdan is the first in a brand new series by a brand new author, and I’m super curious to read a romantic suspense by someone who has been in the military. I might have already done that, since I’ve only read so many romantic suspense novels, but they’ve made a point to mention that Juno Rushdan was active duty military, and I’d like to see where that comes through. Also it’s apparently stressful and sexy, which is all kinds of stuff for me.

I’ve also heard a lot about Getting Hot with the Scot by Melonie Johnson, so much that I…might have thought it was already out :facepalm: But I love a good kilted prankster (actually, I don’t really like pranksters in real life, but for some reason they’re fun in print) and I look forward to adding another redhead to my repertoire 😀 It’s the first in a new series, and all three are coming out this year, which is always nice to see. Gives a lot of opportunity to just devour all three at any given moment.

Some others I’m looking forward to:

cover of from heiress to mom by therese beharrieFrom Heiress to Mom by Therese Beharrie
Not the Marrying Kind by Jae
The City Girl’s Homecoming by Kathy Douglass
Dealmaker, Heartbreaker by Rochelle Alers
Make Me Yours by Katee Robert
His Convenient Royal Bride by Cara Colter

What are you reading this week?

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