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Snow White Themed Romance Novels
The Fairest of Them All (The Pendletons Book 1) - Leanne Banks
Huntsman's Prey - Marie Hall
Six-Gun Snow White - Catherynne M. Valente
Snow White and the Vampire - Marina Myles
Rose Red - Flora Speer
The Snow White Bride (Jewels of Kinfairlie, #3) - Claire Delacroix
Crave: The Seduction of Snow White - Cathy Yardley
Eight Men And A Lady (Once Upon A Kiss) (Harlequin American Romance #677) - Elizabeth Sinclair
Miss Whiting and the Seven Wards (Fairy Tale Series (Book 1)) - Lynn Collum
The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf - Tia Nevitt

You like the idea of seven men? 


Here are some great Snow White Themed Romances for you! My lists are never in any particular order. 


1. The Fairest of Them All by Leanne Banks


Carly Pendleton doesn't need another overprotective man in her life—she already has seven brothers. So when her old friend Russ Bradford comes courting, she resists. He may be the stuff of feminine fantasies, but he's always been more protective than passionate toward her. And though he's suddenly tempting her to shed her innocence, she's not interested in giving up her hard-won independence—or having her heart broken.


Russ has a well-deserved reputation as a ladies' man, but he's ready to settle down and no one but the beautiful, sexy and kindhearted Carly will do. He's waited to make his move, but can be patient no longer. He's never wanted another woman like this, and so begins an all-out seduction. But can he win her heart?


2. Huntsman's Prey by Marie Hall


Rumors abound in Wonderland, of a dark princess named Chrysalis who bears the Moon's curse. Her beauty is beyond compare, and her madness… even greater than her father’s, The Hatter. Death follows wherever she roams, and Danika—fairy godmother of all villains—knows this task is too great for her to handle on her own. She has no choice but to seek out the one they call Huntsman, his mission is simple: Find the creature, and destroy it.


But nothing is ever so simple in Kingdom. The moment the hunter Aeric steps foot in the mad, twisted realm he's enveloped in a reality that is neither wholly true nor fantasy. The key, the Cheshire explains, to ending the madness is for one to become mad themselves. The Huntsman has one chance to figure out the riddle before the beauty destroys them all…


3. Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente


Forget the dark, enchanted forest. Picture instead a masterfully evoked Old West where you are more likely to find coyotes as the seven dwarves. Insert into this scene a plain-spoken, appealing narrator who relates the history of our heroine’s parents—a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. Although her mother’s life ended as hers began, so begins a remarkable tale: equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, this is an utterly enchanting story…at once familiar and entirely new.


4. Snow White and the Vampire by Marina Myles


Alba Spencer thought her past in Romania and the dark magic that haunted it was behind her forever. She is one of the first female barristers now, safe in London. But London has its dark side, too. A man called the Ripper stalks the midnight streets. There are rumors that her hated stepmother has found her again, suggestions that the nightmares of her childhood are returning. And with them appears the cursed Gypsy boy she once loved, grown into a man more seductive and more terrifying than she ever could have dreamed. . .


Dimitri Grigorescu has become a surgeon, a gentleman—and a vampire. The lusts that drive his body are scarcely under control, and even he does not truly know what he is capable of. To fight evil and confusion, Alba must rely only on her wits—and a desire that overwhelms her doubts. . .


5. Rose Red by Flora Speer


After the murder of their father, sisters Bianca and Rosalinda, with their mother, flee to a villa in the northern Italian Alps, swearing revenge on their enemy, but when the son of the assassin appears at their door one stormy night, Rosalinda discovers her true destiny.


6. The Snow White Bride by Claire Delacroix


The Laird of Kinfairlie has helped his sisters, each a gem in her own right, to find husbands. Now the laird himself seeks to wed, and pins his hopes on The Snow White Bride.


Lady Eleanor knows better than to dream of romance and love. Married twice to secure her father’s alliances, she has learned that she is desirable only for her fortune. When the Laird of Kinfairlie’s sisters ask her to wed their brother, Alexander, Eleanor agrees, expecting only to save herself from danger.


But Alexander is like no man she’s known before, a man more interested in courting her smile than her obedience, a man who values her counsel as much as her newly awakened passion…and a man unaware that Eleanor is the key to a fortune that could ensure the future of everything he holds dear.


Now, ruthless enemies will stop at nothing to secure Eleanor’s capture. Will she dare to trust her new husband before it’s too late for her, for Alexander, and for Kinfairlie?


8. Crave: The Seduction of Snow White by Cathy Yardley


When a woman is ripe for the picking . . .


Beth Cordova's life is no fairy tale. Having barely escaped the evil grasp of her wicked stepmother, this "missing princess" seeks refuge in a strict commune where carnal pleasures are forbidden.


Sometimes just one bite of the apple . . .


Her world is lonely and void of intimacy, until the charming Stephen Trent arrives at the commune. Suddenly Beth yearns for a man's touch, the feel of his lips on hers . . . and Stephen is eager to show this pure-as-snow princess that she can still be the sensual woman she was once upon a time.


Is all it takes to unleash her desires . . .


But all is not what it seems, and the stunning beauty finds herself again in danger, her stepmother hot on her trail. The commune's founders will not tolerate the pair, yet fleeing its walls could prove fatal. Trapped in a world where passion is outlawed, can Beth live happily ever after?



8. Eight Men And A Lady by Elizabeth Sinclair


Recent lottery winner Jackie Barrett wanted peace and quiet away from the newshounds and the endless stream of suitors who were offering her one absurd marriage proposal after another. So, when she awakened from her nap in her brother's cabin to find seven men staring down at her, she felt more than just a little like Snow White. It was just too bad that bachelor #8 was the prince who kissed her awake—because sexy Mike Hamilton had everything on his mind but marriage!


9. Miss Whiting And the Seven Wards by Lynn Collum


For best friends Sara, Ella, and Rosamond, life thus far has been any-thing but a fairy tale. Left to grow up at Mrs. Parson's Academy for Girls, they have little to look forward to upon graduation--not even a Season in London! But, as each young lady is about to learn, Fate, for all her fickleness, is sometimes kind--and happy endings may be found in the most unexpected places...



For Miss Sara Whiting, the only thing harder than parting ways with her two best school chums is returning to a loveless home. Although she is aware of her stepmother's money-grubbing ways, Sara never suspects that the lady would turn to violence. But after a suspicious assault, she awakens to find herself in a warm bed in a cozy cottage--rescued by seven young boys in need of a savior of their own...



War wounds have effectively retired Sir Evan Beaumont from his soldiering career, while his betrothed has jilted him in favor of a wealthy baron. To make matters worse, he owes a favor to the man who saved his life--namely to evict a widow and her children from his friend's property. But when Evan goes to investigate the tenants, he finds himself charmed by both the cottage and its inhabitants--particularly the lovely young woman whom he can't quite believe is the mother of seven strapping sons. The more time Evan spends with the lady, the more he suspects a secret... and the more he loses his heart.. .


10. The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf by Tia Nevitt


Prince Richard is cursed. Enslaved to a magic mirror, he must truthfully answer the evil queen when she uses it to call on him. To keep from betraying innocents, Richard wanders the countryside and avoids people.


All her life, Gretchen has been teased for being small. When she hears of a hidden farm populated by little people like her, she sets out to find it--and is welcomed by the mostly male inhabitants. Lars in particular woos her with his gentle kindness and quiet strength.


Princess Ange has a year before she is to inherit her throne from her strange and cruel stepmother. She lives as a servant in her own home, and the townsfolk call her the Tattered Princess. She often flees her stepmother's cruelty by visiting her friends at the Little Farm, and there, Gretchen and Ange strike up an unlikely friendship.


When Richard finds the queen of the magic mirror, he never expects to fall in love with a scullery maid that works in the castle. And when he discovers her to be none other than the Tattered Princess, he is determined to help her. Then, Richard is compelled to tell the queen that she is no longer the fairest of them all. Enraged, the queen vows to find and destroy them.


If either Gretchen or Richard are to have their happy endings, they must team up to break the mirror's spell before the queen kills them all...


Have any more? Let me know! And vote on my Goodreads list: Snow White Themed Romance Novels

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“Love isn't poison. It won't kill you. It's natural, it's complicated, it's crazy-making, but it's a fact of life.”
Faking It to Making It (Harlequin Kiss) - Ally Blake

― Faking It to Making It, by Ally Blake

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Chiseled: Sculptors in Romance Novels
Drawing Closer (Novella) - Jenny Schwartz
Duchess in Love - Eloisa James
The Reluctant Nude - Meg Maguire
Artistic License - Elle Pierson
Coyote Dream - Jessica Davis Stein
By Kieran Kramer The Earl is Mine (House of Brady, Book 2) [Mass Market Paperback] - Kieran Kramer
Let Me Be The One - Bella Andre
The Secrets of Mia Danvers (Dangerous Liaisons, #1) - Robyn DeHart
Night Embrace - Sherrilyn Kenyon
For His Eyes Only (Harlequin Kiss) - Liz Fielding

Dusty with and eye for detail, patience, and strong hands. Sculptor Boyfriend for the win! Okay, officially I married a potter but he can sculpt. :) Yes, indeed. 


Heroines as sculptors are badass. 


To vote for the best of the best of Sculptors in Romance Novels , go to my Goodreads list: Chiseled: Sculptors in Romance Novels


Here are some wonderful Sculptors in Romance (not in any particular order)


1. Drawing Closer by Jenny Schwartz


Zoe Loyola is keeping a secret between her and her sketchbook. She loves sculptor Nick Gordon. Her drawings of him are hot…and naked!

Nick has a secret, too. He’s being blackmailed. Protecting his family means ignoring his desire for Zoe.

But in the world of art, passion breaks every rule and secrets are made for sharing.


2. Duchess in Love by Eloisa James


A Duke in Retreat

Gina was forced into marriage with the Duke of Girton at an age when she'd have been better off in a schoolroom than a ballroom. Directly after the ceremony her handsome spouse promptly fled to the continent, leaving the marriage unconsummated and Gina quite indignant.


A Lady In the Middle

Now, she is one of the most well-known ladies in London ... living on the edge of scandal—desired by many men, but resisting giving herself to any one.


A Duchess in Love

Finally, Camden, the Duke of Girton, has returned home, to discover that his naïve bride has blossomed into the toast of the ton. Which leaves Cam in the most uncomfortable position of discovering that he has the bad manners to be falling in love—with his own wife!


3. The Reluctant Nude by Meg Maguire


Fallon Frost’s late foster mother had done so much to heal the wounds of her damaged childhood. So when a lecherous developer plans to bulldoze her old home to make room for a strip mall, the practical, ordered life Fallon has built for herself is threatened.


Then he makes a twisted proposal. He’ll leave the land alone if she poses nude for a sculpture that’ll end up in his collection. Seeing no other choice, she heads for Nova Scotia—only to find something totally unexpected. A sexy, hot-blooded, infuriating sculptor.


Guarded, sexually detached Fallon is a challenge Max Emery can’t wait to tackle. Yet with each tap of his chisel, he uncovers a woman who rekindles a dream he thought lost. Home, family…love. And the closer he gets to her core, the harder it becomes to accept that he’s carving her naked body for another man’s eyes.


As progress on the sculpture almost grinds to a halt, their fragile fantasy world collapses under the weight of reality. Threatening Fallon’s one chance to save her foster mother’s land…and any chance she and Max have to find love.


4. Artistic License by Elle Pierson


An art exhibition in Queenstown, New Zealand results in an unlikely friendship and a reluctant love when shy art student Sophy James meets reticent security consultant Mick Hollister. Content with her solitude and independence, Sophy has never desired a long-term relationship. Born with a face that apparently not even a mother could love, Mick has given up hope of having one. They don't have a lot in common; they shouldn't even like one another - and they can't stay away from each other.


5. Coyote Dream by Jessica Davis Stein


For Sarah Friedman - smart, sophisticated, urban woman - the chance to journey to the Southwest to buy American Indian art for her family's successful New York store comes at a time of personal transition. Determined to put aside romantic disappointments, she seeks new perspectives in the serenity of the vast desert landscape. Then her car breaks down on a remote part of the Navajo reservation and fastpaced Sarah finds herself stranded in a slow brown world.

After years of turmoil, Ben Lonefeather has finally gained control of his life. Aloof and tightly wound, he devotes his time to work and caring for the coyotes he rescued as pups. When Sarah Friedman shows up stranded he wants to get rid of her as quickly as possible, and only grudgingly offers help.

The intersection of two lives that would not ordinarily have crossed for more than a moment deepens into a connection that leaves both of them passionately alive and profoundly changed. Within a layered collision of social spheres, Coyote Dream explores the tension between society’s surface and nature’s undercurrent.


6. The Earl is Mine by Kieran Kramer (Sugar Sculptor)


Handsome, charismatic, and on the verge of becoming a successful architect, Gregory Sherwood, Lord Westdale, could have just about any woman he wants. So why rush to marry? So far there’s only been one woman he’s ever truly loved. But that was before she had a secret affair with his best friend…with the help of an unwitting accomplice named Lady Pippa Harrington.


Pippa may not have acted in her old friend Gregory’s best interests, but she’s always believed that the heart sets its own rules. This is why Pippa must escape her arranged marriage—fast—by fleeing to Paris, where she hopes to pursue her artistic passions. To do so, Pippa will need all the help she can get—from Gregory, the one man she isn’t sure she can trust…or resist…



7. Let Me Be The One  by Bella Andre


When Vicki Bennett saved Ryan Sullivan's life as a teenager, it was the beginning of a close friendship that never wavered despite her failed marriage to someone else and Ryan's well-earned reputation as a ladies man. So when she suddenly needs a pretend boyfriend to protect herself and her career from a powerful man's advances, he is the only person she can imagine asking.

Ryan will do anything to protect Vicki from harm, but when their "fake" kisses and caresses lead to an incredibly sensual night that neither of them can resist, will he have made the biggest mistake of all by irreparably jeopardizing their friendship? Or is it possible that what they've both been looking for has been right there the whole time...and the perfect combination of wicked and sweet, friendship and love, is finally within reach?


8. The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart


Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion - until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime.

Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society's expectations for him. He's never met the woman who lives in the cottage at the edge of his property. But when she arrives at his door in the pouring rain terrified and claiming she has witnessed a murder, she seizes his attention.


Mia is determined to help the authorities track down the culprit, even though the only person willing to accept her aid is the handsome, arrogant duke. Working closely together proves difficult as Mia's beauty and independence tempts Alex to ignore convention and follow his desire. But what neither of them know is that this murderer has struck before in Whitechapel, taunting the British press only to vanish - a ruthless killer who knows that Mia is the only living witness to his crime...



9. Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Dear Reader,
Life is great for me. I have my chicory coffee, my warm beignets, and my best friend on the cell phone. Once the sun goes down, I am the baddest thing prowling the night: I command the elements, and I know no fear. For centuries, I've protected the innocent and watched over the mankind, making sure they are safe in a world where nothing is ever certain. All I want in return is a hot babe in a red dress, who wants nothing more from me then one night.

Instead, I get a runaway Mardi Gras float that tries to turn me into roadkill and a beautiful woman who saves my life but can't remember where she put my pants. Flamboyant and extravagant, Sunshine Runningwolf should be the perfect woman for me. She wants nothing past tonight, no ties, no long-term commitments.

But every time I look at her, I start yearning for dreams that I buried centuries ago. With her unconventional ways and ability to baffle me, Sunshine is the one person I find myself needing. But for me to love her would mean her death. I am cursed never to know peace or happiness-not so long as my enemy waits in the night to destroy us both.
--Talon of the Morrigantes


10. For His Eyes Only by Liz Fielding


It's your body that I want to draw, not your clothes."

Well, that's what she was afraid of! Hardworking estate agent Natasha Gordon finds her reputation in tatters when an ad she created gets bungled. She'll do anything to restore her good name—even beg seriously sexy artist Darius Hadley to give her another chance to sell his ancestral home. Only, he drives a hard bargain: Natasha must pose naked, for his eyes only…!


He's asking Natasha to take him on trust. But she's learned the hard way not to trust men—particularly those she's working with…and let alone men she's taking her clothes off for!


Darius's next outrageous statement? "I will, too—if it will make it easier for you.…"


Please let me know who your favorite Sculptor in Romance is!


Stayed tuned for more Romance Lists focusing on artists. Here is what I have so far in case you missed any.


Blow: Glassworkers in Romance

Shutter: Contemporary Romance Novels with Photographers

Daguerreotype: Photographers in Historical Romance Novels

Living Ink: Tattoo Artists in Paranormal Romance






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Review: White Hot Kiss
White Hot Kiss (Harlequin Teen) by Armentrout, Jennifer L. (2014) Paperback - Jennifer L. Armentrout

This was such a fun book. I've had this on my Kindle for ages, and was really looking forward to it but for some reason just never quite got around to reading it. However, after learning that the author (who is one of my favourites) planned on letting the fans decide the outcome of the last book in the trilogy, I had planned on ignoring it. Letting the fans decide how a series comes out does not sit well with me. 

That being said, I can't remember why but at some point towards the end of last year, I decided to give it a go. And I did really like it. I loved the characters, I loved the writing, and the world building. Once i started reading, I couldn't put it down.

I loved Layla, (and I'm leaning toward Team Roth). I thought she was spunky, fun and while she did some stupid things, most of the time she was fairly logical and reasonable and a very likeable heroine. The world of demons and Wardens was fresh and interesting.

And a great cliffhanger ending. Even though I wasn't planning on reading more of this series, I have bought the next book and whilst I might not agree with the method of fans choosing the ending, morbid curiosity (and the fact I'm a total Jennifer L Armentrout fangirl) I will probably wind up getting the last one as well. What the hell. It's a fun, enjoyable series.

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Contemporary Romances with Unplanned Pregnancies
Dedicated Ink - Ranae Rose
Seducing Simon - Maya Banks
Walk on the Wild Side - Natalie Anderson
Black Ties and Lullabies - Jane Graves
The Pregnancy Test - Erin McCarthy
Undeniably Yours - Shannon Stacey
Everyday, Average Jones - Suzanne Brockmann
Her Ideal Man - Ruth Wind
Perfection - R.L. Mathewson
Harlequin Kiss March 2014 Bundle: Waking Up PregnantHoliday with a StrangerThe Plus-One AgreementFor His Eyes Only - Mira Lyn Kelly,Christy McKellen,Charlotte Phillips,Liz Fielding

This theme is so common in Contemporary Romances I am willing to guess 1 in 10 books have this troupe.


Its okay. I love it. Why? Hmmm. Why? Well, it isn't because the early months of being preggers are so sexy that's for sure. 


I think that in these romances the couples tends to spend lots of time together and aren't getting chased around by bad guys. I like that. Sometimes it is the hero's baby and sometimes its not but its always a surprise and not a plan in this troupe. 


In this vast field of really pretty awful romances with this theme, what are the best books?


Here are some I found particularly good! 


1. Everyday, Average Jones  by Suzanne Brockmann 

2. Her Ideal Man by Ruth Wind 

3. Perfection by R.L. Mathewson 

4. Waking Up Pregnant by Mira Lyn Kelly

5. Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey 

6. The Pregnancy Test by Erin McCarthy

7. Black Ties and Lullabies by Jane Graves

8. Walk on the Wild Side by Natalie Anderson 

9. Seducing Simon by Maya Banks 

10. Dedicated Ink  by Ranae Rose


Do you have a favorite? Let me know!


I left off books that feature miscarriage. While realistic, they always broadside me when I am expecting a lighter kind of romance. 


Vote for the best of the best on my Goodreads list: Contemporary Romances with Unplanned Pregnancies. 

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