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Heroines Who Are Unbreakable

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Why is today a most wonderful, glorious occasion, you ask? Because today is the release of the third season of the UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT! With brilliant writing from Queen of Comedy, Tina Fey, and amazing acting from Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess, Kimmy Schmidt is a show that when life beats you up…

“You can either curl up in a ball and die or you can stand up and say we’re different. We’re the strong ones and you cannot break us.” 


1756703BLUE-EYED DEVIL by Lisa Kleypas. At the story’s start, Haven has just escaped an abusive marriage and moved to a new city to start her life anew. She has absolutely no intentions of starting anything with Hardy Cates, successful business-owner, family enemy #1, all-around attractive guy…

“You let him touch you.”

“I do not.”

“Yes you do. Just little touches here and there. He puts his hands on your arms or back, he stands close to you, getting you used to him… it’s a mating ritual. Like March of the Penguins.”


c360eb91e0004e3bcee094b2d71bf738VERONICA MARS, fearless girl detective in Neptune, California. 

So many tragedies have happened in Veronica’s life–and a bunch of them are spoilers, so we’re going to breeze over the details–but let’s just say that the series kicks off with the murder of her best friend, Lily Kane. So she’s already been through hell and it’s STILL THE PILOT, PEOPLE. If you love romance and sassy heroines who’ve come through the other side stronger than ever, you have got to check this show out.

Veronica: You didn’t know what would happen.

Mystery Boy Whose Identity Shall Not Be Revealed On This Here Blog: I’m the one who’s responsible for what happened to you. And I can’t take that I hurt you like that. I can’t take that I hurt you when all I wanna do is protect you.


51xEVa9eBJL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_THE FALLEN CREST SERIES by Tijan.

The series follows Sam, a high school girl with an abundance of problems. Her boyfriend is cheating on her. Her mother has her own problems that trickle into Sam’s life, starting with the move. As in, that time they moved in with her mother’s boyfriend and his two sons, Logan and Mason. This one’s for the angst/drama-lovers out there. It’s also perfect for impatient readers, because the final book FALLEN CREST FOREVER just came out! Binge the entire series here.

In that moment, I realized that he always had that affect on me. The ice façade I reined over myself was plucked away whenever his attention was on me. He reached over and took it away like I was a baby with candy.


imagesCaitlin from DREAMLAND by Sarah Dessen

This may, in fact, be the one and only time you see EverAfter Romance recommending a book that’s… not a romance?! Let me explain. While it’s not a love story, it is a story about relationships. A warning: this story is about an abusive relationship/dating violence (among other things) and can be hard to read. Sarah Dessen has said in interviews that writing this story was particularly difficult for her because she really had to break down her main character, Caitlin, before she could put her back together again. Beautifully written, intricate story, important message. We recommend. (If this book is not up your alley, we also recommend JUST LISTEN by Sarah Dessen. Still heavy but at least there’s a love story to root for!)

Rogerson knew everything. 


Who are some of your favorite heroines who’ve survived ordeals? Let us know in the comments! 

Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
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Our Favorite Single Moms in Romance

In honor of this most glorious holiday, we present to you a list of our favorite single moms in romance!


51xInjIt9ZL(1.) THE COPPERSMITH FARMHOUSE 

One old farmhouse brought them together. It could also tear them apart.

Gigi has just uprooted her whole world to start a new life. The unexpected gift of a farmhouse in small-town Montana is just what she and her daughter need to escape big-city loneliness. The last thing she needs is attitude from the town’s sheriff, the most perfectly attractive and ruggedly handsome man she’s ever laid eyes on—and a complete jerk.

Jess knows all about women like Gigi. Beautiful. Sexy. Scheming. She’s stolen his sanctuary, the farmhouse that should have been his. But along with a face full of freckles, she’s got a sharp wit and a backbone of steel—something he doesn’t discover until after making a complete fool of himself. If he can earn back her trust and win her heart, he might just find the home he’s always needed.


306364(2.)  SUGAR DADDY by Lisa Kleypas

SHE’S FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS
Liberty Jones has dreams and determination that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas—if she can keep her wild heart from ruling her mind. Hardy Cates sees Liberty as completely off-limits. His own ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty Jones is a complication he doesn’t need. But something magical and potent draws them to each other, in a dangerous attraction that is stronger than both of them.

HE’S THE ONE MAN SHE CAN’T HAVE
When Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans, Liberty finds herself alone with a young sister to raise. Soon Liberty finds herself under the spell of a billionaire tycoon—a Sugar Daddy, one might say. But the relationship goes deeper than people think, and Liberty begins to discover secrets about her own family’s past.

WILL THEY FIND THEIR HEARTS’ DESIRES OR WILL HEARTBREAK TEAR THEM APART?
Two men. One woman. A choice that can make her or break her. A woman you’ll root for every step of the way. A love story you’ll never forget.

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Romances Where Someone Swallows an Engagement Ring & Other Recommendations by Laura Jardine

Some Totally Random Romance Recommendations

I love recommending books to fellow romance readers. Instead of recommendations based on sub-genre or tropes, I’m going to suggest some excellent books that have random things in common.  So if you’ve always wanted recommendations for books in which someone swallows an engagement ring…well, keep reading!

 

1) Books set in Portland, Oregon

I realize this is totally the wrong time of year to recommend a Christmas story, but one of my favorite reads of 2016 was Wrapped Together, an m/m romance by Annabeth Albert. It’s part of her Portland Heat series, so you can check out one of the other books in the series if you’re not in the mood to read about Christmas in May. Tawna Fenske’s The List is a lot of fun, too. The heroine has a list of sexual experiences she wants to have and gets the hero to assist her. There’s even a trip to a vegan strip club. My husband and I briefly visited Portland a few years ago on one of our vacations, and I’d love to go back one day.

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster