My non-fiction reading is fairly broad, but when it comes to fiction -- and especially romance -- I've not been as diligent about diversity.
I'm therefore making a concerted effort to read more diverse romance stories. I won't necessarily review them all, because I'm not sure I'm qualified to. At least not yet.
The one I started a few nights ago is bothering me. The writing is fine. The author is prolific and has good reviews.
I am just completely turned off by the male main character. He's 17, walks around with a handful of condoms in his pocket, brags about how much he likes sex, refers to his teen-aged girlfriend as his "fuck buddy." He sets his sexual sights on a 24-year-old woman.
For her part, she doesn't brush him off. He's physically attractive, so she lets him proceed with his attempted conquest.
I'm not very far into the book but I'm already uncomfortable. Not because she's older than he is, but because one of them is a minor and the other one doesn't seem to take that into consideration, and because one of them seems to see sexual partners as . . . disposable.
I'm not sure I can set this aside enough to continue reading. Maybe this author can pull it off over the course of the story, or maybe I should try another of her books. But this so far as given me a really negative feeling.
TGIF Readers! Today I am visiting Silver Lake to revisit Kalan Murdoch and Elana Stanley to find out if they can save the connection they've lost! Enjoy and don't forget to add REAWAKENING THEIR BEARS by Vella Day to your shelves!
Catching Her Bear was just the start of Kalan Murdoch and Elana Stanley's story. Follow along as Vella Day revisits this couple from Book 2 of the Weres and Witches series.
To say werebear Detective Kalan Murdoch is stressed out would be an understatement. Between trying to solve murders, muggings, and miscellaneous crimes in Silver Lake, he wants to spend time with his two adorable kids and beautiful mate. Too bad he fails most of the time. If only he could learn to juggle the job and his family, he'd be totally content.
Elana is also frustrated. While her floral shop is going well--okay better than well--things at home are not. Her super sexy mate, Kalan, works late almost every night, and their five-year old son keeps asking why his father isn't home--and she can't blame him for being upset. Elana wants more of Kalan too.
It isn't until their home is broken into that Elana and Kalan have to work together to bring down the group responsible and to help save a friend who's been taken by the Changelings. But will their journey be enough to save what connection they've lost?
Both werebear Detective Kalan Murdoch and his mate Elana is stressed out and frustrated. With work interfering, their home life is suffering and they can’t seem to find a way to juggle all the responsibilities of home and work. When their home is broken into, Kalan and Elana have to work together to bring down the group responsible and to help save a friend. But will their journey be enough to save what connection they’ve lost?
This romance is hot, passionate, emotionally gripping and oh so sweet as Kalan and Elana strive to reconnect as life continuously interferes. The chemistry between the two is definitely still there and still quite electrical so the passion in their lives when they find the time is still hot and steamy but the happy and warm feeling is missing as Elana and their children hardly ever get to spend time with Kalan which has lots of emotions flowing from the pages that readers can’t help but get caught up in.
The story is fast paced and has lots of suspense and excitement as well as a series of crimes has Kalan thinking that the Changelings are back and up to no good once again. Some unexpected twists keeps readers on their toes but it the emotionally gripping and heartwarming romance between Kalan and Elana that keeps readers glued to the pages of this story.
REAWAKENING THEIR BEARS is the 12th book in the WERES and WITCHES OF SILVER LAKE series.
1 A Magical Shift
2 Catching Her Bear
3 Surge of Magic
4 Her Bear's Forbidden Wolf
5 Her Reluctant Bear
6 Freeing His Tiger
7 Protecting His Wolf
8 Waking Her Bear
9 Melting Her Wolf's Heart
10 Her Wolf's Guarded Heart
11 His Rogue Bear
12 Reawakening Their Bears
Part of the Silver Lake Universe
Hidden Realms of Silver Lake #8 - BOUND BY FLAMES - November 2019
Hidden Realms of Silver Lake #9 - FUELED BY FLAMES - January, 2020
Four Sisters of Fate #6 - TANNER - March 2020
Weres and Witches of Silver Lake #13 - HER WOLF'S WARLOCK - May, 2020
AVAILABLE in ebook
Not only do I love to read, write, and dream, I'm an extrovert. I enjoy being around people and am always trying to understand what makes them tick. My books must have a happily ever after, and I need characters I can relate to. My men are wonderful, dynamic, smart, strong, and the best lovers in the world (of course).
I love to sleep in late and write into the wee hours. I also love FB, so you'll find me on there, too!
I believe I am the luckiest woman. I do what I love and I have a wonderful, supportive husband, who happens to be hot!
Fun facts about me
(1) I'm a math nerd who loves spreadsheets. Give me numbers and I'll find a pattern.
(2) My husband and I recently moved to Costa Rica where we are trying to learn Spanish while we enjoy the beautiful beaches!!
(3) I love photos, so check me out on Instagram as @dayvella.
I love hearing from readers either on FB or via email (hint, hint). [firstname.lastname@example.org]
In case you didn't know, I also used to write as Melody Snow Monroe --erotic romance for Siren Publishing.
TGIF Readers! Today I am visiting Minnesota where a young woman discovers that her new dog...isn't a dog! Enjoy and don't forget to add ONCE UPON A SNOWY MOON by Cheyenne Meadows to your shelves!
When her date bails on her, Tara decides she's had it with men. On her way home from the disastrous date, she hits a large dog with her car. There's no question she's keeping him. After all, dogs are faithful—unlike the men in her life.
Max is on the run after he and his alpha escape a violent coup. Exhausted, he doesn't see the car until it's too late, but he does see the woman who mistakenly believes he's a dog. While she takes care of him, Max has to figure out what's next, while keeping the woman he's beginning to fall for safe from his enemies.
Tara's new dog is everything she hoped for, but there's one major problem—he's not a dog. He's a wolf shifter. Now Max must convince her to trust him at the same time that he's trying to save his alpha's life. Until that happens, love is not in the picture—for him or Tara.
Tara has had it with men, so when hits a large dog with her car, there’s no question that she’s keeping him. After all, dogs are faithful – unlike the men in her life. Max is on the run after he and his alpha escape a violent coup, exhausted he doesn’t see the car until it’s too late. While the woman takes care of him, Max has to figure out what his next move is, while keeping the woman he’s beginning to fall for safe.
This paranormal romance is a wonderful story that easily pulls readers in and refuses to let go. The characters are strong and quite captivating and the emotional turmoil of the story is heart tugging while also being sweet. That being said the story also has cheerful and fun side as Tara takes care of her new dog unknowing that he is really a wolf shifter.
The plot is fast paced and keeps readers in suspense throughout as readers wonder how Max is going spring his surprise on Tara, if his enemies will find him and how Tara will handle the surprise once the secret is out. The story also builds excitement and suspense when Max’s enemies do arrive and bring Max to the attention of another pack and then there is the added suspense of Tara having to decide whether to leave her old behind and move forward or sticking it out where she’s at and readers can’t help but become completely caught up in all the thrills and romance of this wonderful story.
AVAILABLE in print or ebook
Growing up in the Midwest, I began reading romance novels in high school, immediately falling in love with the genre, to the point where I decided to write professionally for a career. However, that dream splattered against a brick wall and resulting quick death in my first writing class in college when my professor told me bluntly that I wasn't any good at it.
I shifted gears quickly, and left my writing dreams behind, eventually settling on being a nurse. A few years back, I stumbled across a fan-fiction writing site on a favorite author's webpage. I began to read stories others wrote, not only making some wonderful close friends from the experience, but also, really learning to write for the very first time. Here I was able to share short stories, practice my writing skills, and truly develop into a writer. More than that, the experience allowed me to revitalize my dream, as I rediscovered joy in writing.
When I'm not working or writing, I enjoy working in the garden, canning, and seeing my backyard as a living canvas for my whimsical landscaping, and, of course, reading romance
In Over Head Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety (The Cecily Taylor Series #2)
by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: September 3rd 2019
Clean Reads Publishing
Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she’s dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily’s best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila’s boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she’s never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she’s lost two of the people closest to her. Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?