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Happily Ever After February 19, 2011

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The romance of Valentine’s Day may be over for another year but the love for romance novels continues to run “hot” in the publishing industry. According to the Business of Consumer Book Publishing 2010, romance books had the largest share of the consumer market in 2009 at 13.2 percent with over $1.36 billion dollars in sales! According to data gathered by Bowker, romance novels are now also the fastest growing sector of the e-book market. What’s the appeal of a romance novel? For myself, it is definitely not the gorgeous hunks on the cover (although I will admit that I do drool over some). I enjoy my romances for “the happily ever after.” Yes, during these unstable times, I truly can escape the troubles of the world for awhile by reading a juicy romance with a “happily ever after” ending. Life is good when I know that there will be “a happily ever after.” What about you? Do you read romance?           

            

Having reading as always!                                          Donna

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My Top 10 Favorite Historical Romances December 10, 2010

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I carry paperbacks wherever I go, in my purse and in my car and I have been known to carry a paperback in my coat or sweater pocket. Yes, I love to read paperbacks and especially historical romances. Oh, how I love a good romance with a happy ending for all! These are my top 10 historical paperback romances for 2010 (of course, I have read other hardcover historical romances in 2010 but I’m limiting my top ten list to just paperbacks). For an entertaining, pure escapism read to warm you up on a cold winter’s night, these books won’t disappoint:

How I Met My Countess
by Elizabeth Boyle

Aching for Always
by Gwyn Cready

In Bed with the Duke
by Christina Dodd

A Lady’s Guide to Improper Behavior
by Suzanne Enoch

Wicked Intentions
by Elizabeth Hoyt

A Kiss at Midnight
by Eloisa James

Love in the Afternoon
by Lisa Kleypas

The Year of Living Scandalously
by Julia London

How to Beguile a Beauty
by Kasey Michaels

The Wicked Wyckerly
by Patricia Rice

 

As always…Happy Reading!           ~Donna

The Lure of Romance July 16, 2009

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j0283257I love happy endings and I especially love romances. Here’s an interesting article about the popularity of romance novels during these stressful economic times: http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/46472347.html
I am an obsessive reader because I always have a book nearby and I begin to get panicky if I can’t find a book to read. I read all kinds of books and all types of genres (even though I read the last page of the book first). Books comfort me. However, I find myself lately turning toward romances more when I’m feeling blue or when I want to escape from the world or when I just want a good laugh and cry. Romances with their happy endings make me feel good and I’m certainly not ashamed to tell other people that I read romances!animated-3-hearts-32pt
I have a secret stash….here are a few that I have handy to savor and enjoy when the mood strikes me:
What Happens in London by Julia Quinn
The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood
Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries
This Duchess of Mine by Eloisa James
whATHAPPENS     lionslady     wedhim     duchess

Happy Reading!                                              ~Donna

When Opposites Attract Romance Begins February 5, 2009

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 smart-girls1Cathie Linz is one of my favorite romance authors. She writes funny, ordinary people romances that capture the heart of small-town America. Cathie’s latest Smart Girls Think Twice  is the story of college professor and sociologist Emma Riley who returns to her home town in Pennsylvania to do demographic research for a grant. There, she meets her match in Jake, a sexy bartender who won’t answer her questions. Her two sisters are both getting married within two weeks of each other, so her crazy mother invites Jake to be Emma’s escort. Of course, the rest is happily predictable, but you’ll be laughing out loud all the way.  

big-girls-dont-cry2Emma’s two sisters’ stories are told in previous books.  Big Girls Don’t Cry tells the story of plus-size model Leena Riley whose career stalls and she returns to her hometown of Rock Creek, Pennsylvania to live. To make matters worse, the only job she can find is a receptionist in a veterinarian’s office. The office of Cole Flannigan–the same Cole Flannigan whom she punched in 6th grade for calling her fat.  And, when belly dancer and yoga instructor Skye Wright meets “Studley Do-Right” sheriff Nathan Thornton the sparks fly in Bad Girls Don’t.  They say opposites attract, but…Well, I think you get the picture.

     

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good-girls And of course, the reason I began reading this series was the book Good Girls Do, set in the neighboring town of Serenity Falls, Pennsylvania. Julia Wright couldn’t be more content being a librarian in a nice, quiet small town. That is, until her wacky mother and little niece, “Toni, the biter,” descend back into her life. To make matters worse, bad boy Luke Maguire returns on his Harley to manage his late father’s bar and sets his sights on her.  I can’t wait for Linz’s next “opposites attract” romance.

~Evelyn