I love m/m kink, as well as any kink I can get my hands on. Kink is a huge part of my life, and I take reading and writing about it seriously. Positive queer and kinky representation means the world to me. I’m a picky reader, which I hate to admit in public. I know what works for one person, doesn’t for another, so because I DFN a book, doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t like it or love it. Here are three of my favorites. I hope they speak to you.
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The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock
Hooper’s Crossing, New York, 1952. The post-war boom seems a million miles away . . . especially for a sheltered librarian who longs for the adventure and excitement of the big city.
New York City. The hustle and bustle. The people and the excitement. It’s all Lily Denton dreams about. But ever since her mother died, her overprotective father won’t ease up on her. So she spends her days working at the library and her nights hoping life doesn’t pass her by . . . until the Fall Festival. As tourists fill the streets, the crisp autumn air sneaks in-as does the thrill of a far more dangerous kind.
Wicked Grind by J. Kenner
Sometimes it feels so damn good to be bad.
Photographer Wyatt Royce’s career is on the verge of exploding. All he needs is one perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy, controversial show. Find her, and Wyatt is sure to have a winner.
Then Kelsey Draper walks in. Stunning. Vibrant. And far too fragile for a project like this. Wyatt should know―after all, he remembers only too well how their relationship ended all those years ago.
Desperate for cash and frustrated with her good girl persona, Kelsey sets her sights on Wyatt’s show. But only the show. Because she knows too well that Wyatt Royce is a danger to her heart.
But when Wyatt agrees to give her the job only if he has complete control―on camera and in his bed―Kelsey can’t help but wonder if she’s in too deep. Because how can a good girl like her ever be enough for a man like Wyatt?
Best read while: escaping from the morning commute on a crowded subway
Over the years, I have done a great deal of research, and my six bulging binders crammed with information on everything from types of carriages to women’s undergarments will testify to that. Since I spend so much time reading and writing about England, London, Bath and country estates, I thought about who my favorite British couples are. There are many, but I decided to write about one couple from real life, a book, a movie and TV show.
Let’s see how my list matches up with yours.
Book: When I asked who readers and other authors favorite British regency couple were, the same couple came up over and over. Amazingly enough, they are also one of my favorites. Devil Cynster and Honoria from Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens are a couple who stick in your mind long after you’ve closed the book. They make an appearance in the rest of the Cynster family series, but their own love story sets the bar for romance. If you haven’t read it, do. You will not be sorry.
There are countless romance novels that are either set in the rookeries of the East End or feature a main character who fought their way free of the poverty that marked their beginnings. And just as many more that explore the gambling dens and bordellos where the wealthy and privileged go to experience the pleasurable vices not afforded them in their glittering ballrooms. Choosing favorites amongst these exciting stories of love, desire, transformation, and determination is not an easy task, but there are a few I’ve read over the years that stand out.
Dreaming of You – Lisa Kleypas
Now that I’ve done a few “favorites lists”, I’ve realized this title by Kleypas somehow always manages to find itself included. That’s because it’s a fantastic story! The hero, Derek Craven, is one of my all-time favorite romance novel heroes. He is dark and dangerous and so, so sexy. Born and raised in the London rookeries, he worked his way up to become a king of his own little empire. As the owner of the most exclusive gambling hell in town, he is ruthless, heartless, and so totally in trouble when the novelist, Sarah Fielding, comes to his club to do research.
Sarah is young, idealistic, and open-hearted. A complete contrast to Derek. But when they get near each other the sparks that fly burn super-hot. Though he tries to resist the draw he feels toward the innocent young woman, Derek—for all his intensity and proven fortitude—is helpless against his attraction. This book is one that I re-read over and over. It never gets old and always manages to pull a few tears at the end. (But I’ll admit I’m a bit of a sap!) Still, an iconic romance of two people from totally different worlds who are perfect for each other.
When the love of Lady Isabelle Fairlyn’s life is betrothed to her twin sister, Isabelle vows to find a suitable replacement before the end of the season. He must be a talented dancer, have a keen fashion sense, and be perfectly dashing in every way.
Fallon St. James is the farthest thing from perfectly anything. As head of the secretive Spare Heirs Society, he must stick to the shadows…even as Isabelle’s friendship pulls him reluctantly into the light. But when Isabelle gets involved with the one man who could destroy Spares, Fallon must decide between protecting his life’s work—or risking everything to save the woman whose warm smile leaves him breathless.
Now onto the guest post… Elizabeth Michels shares her most anticipated books of the summer!
Summer is finally here! The sun is bright in the sky and a lounge chair by the water is calling my name. Today I’m filling my beach bag with my sunglasses, a drink with a tiny umbrella in it, and some great books. Here are 5 books I’ve been looking forward to reading all spring!
When I see a book with the name Amanda Quick on the cover, I always know I’m going to find a great story inside. In THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, we go to a 1930s Hollywood hideaway where the secrets are plentiful. When a beautiful actress is found dead at the bottom of a pool, it’s a young reporter’s job to discover the truth. Add to this an actor who isn’t all that he seems, powerful men determined to cover up the messy details, and a hotel owner whose livelihood hangs in the balance, and you have a page turner for sure! I can’t wait to dive into this one! ☺
In A STARDANCE SUMMER, Emily March takes us Glamping with Grannies! Are you already as hooked as I am? Good! A career-driven woman takes some time to sort things out in her life at Stardance Ranch in Colorado. While enjoying the great outdoors she meets the owner of the resort and a romance begins, until his ex-girlfriend arrives on the scene. I’m really looking forward to escaping into this world of glamour-camping this summer!
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Seriously, Lauren gives good RomCom. Her books are light and fresh and sexy and sizzly, and I always tell myself I’m going to try and make them last, but then end up devouring them in one sitting because they’re impossible to put down.
Meet my all time favorite author, Kresley. I use her first name like we’re best friends. We’ve never OFFICIALLY met, but I’m guessing after all the fan mail, she feels like we have. Like we’re sisters maybe. I bet she’s hoping we’ll get stuck in an elevator for eleven or twelve hours together too some day. She’d tell me stories and I’d give her the bottle of water from my bottomless purse. We’d bond while I recounted all my favorite parts of the books she wrote. It would NOT be creepy.
Anyhoo, this one’s the latest in her crack addictive series IMMORTALS AFTER DARK. But if you’ve already burned through that one, try the ARCANA CHRONICLES. Or if you’re feeling naughty… THE GAME MAKER series.
I wasn’t always a reader. I was way more of a Disney movie TV junky kind of kid. That changed. The first true book I read and couldn’t put down was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Not only was I obsessed with the book I went and purchased the 6 hour DVD, the Bollywood version, the Kiera Knightly, and many more. I couldn’t help it. I loved the thought of a strong independent woman that told off a guy. She was herself. That is always what I wanted in a good story: a woman being herself and the man falling in love with her for it. So Yes, I became obsessed to the point that my best friend and I watched Bridget Jones Diaries ten too many times. We had it memorized and we paused it at the right moments to see Mark Darcy (a.k.a Colin Firth) with his O’ So handsome expressions. I told my husband I would divorce him if Colin Firth ever became available. HA. I know right, such a silly thing to say. Oh but how I love Austen. I enjoy her books so much that I did multiple research papers on her and her characters throughout college. I dissected Emma and provided evidence of her being a feminist. I would compare Persuasion’s Ann and Mansfield Park’s Fanny, to other female protagonist and the silent power they possess. So yes, in my eyes, every one of Jane Austen’s stories and characters has a powerful story to tell us.
So, now that you understand my thinking I am going to share with you my top 5 favorite Pride and Prejudice inspired modern day romances.
Christopher Lucen opened a coffee and sandwich joint in South Philly because he wanted to be part of a community after years of running from place to place, searching for something he could never quite name. Now, he relishes the familiarity of knowing what his customers want, and giving it to them. But what he really wants now is love.
When they meet, Christopher is smitten, but Ginger … isn’t quite so sure. Christopher’s gorgeous, and kind, and their opposites-attract chemistry is off the charts. But hot sex is one thing—truly falling for someone? Terrifying. When her world starts to crumble around her, Ginger has to face the fact that this fight can only be won by being vulnerable—this fight, she can’t win on her own.
Small Change is the first book in a series that will include M/F and M/M romances.
Heroines Rocking Tattoos
In my new romance, Small Change (Small Change #1), Ginger Holtzman is a tattoo artist and the owner of a tattoo shop. No surprise: she’s covered in tattoos. I’m a huge fan of the art form, and I also love to give myself stick and poke tattoos for fun wink. So, to celebrate the beauty of tattoos, here are five awesome tattooed heroines!
Allie Beckstrom, Allie Beckstrom series, by Devon Monk
In this urban fantasy set in a Portland bursting with unevenly distributed magic, Allie is a Hound—she uses magic to track the casters of spells. Allie’s father is rich, powerful, and (you guessed it!) evil. And when Allie finds out how evil, she knows she needs to go it on her own. She’s talented, impulsive, and stubborn as hell, which leads to her making life pretty damn hard for herself, not just because she’s leery of trusting anyone, but because when she meets hottie, Zayvion, she’s convinced that there’s far more to him than meets the eye.
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.”
BLUE-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.”
VERONICA 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.
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.
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!
In honor of this most glorious holiday, we present to you a list of our favorite single moms in romance!
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.
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.