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Don't Miss Out on Jennifer Crusie

Fast WomenSince I began working with Book Hunters, I have found that there are certain authors that I would recommend to almost any romance reader.   Jennifer Cruisie is one of those authors.   She writes wonderful comedic romances, full of quirky characters with upbeat and sometimes suspenseful plots.  She is also one of the most impassioned defenders of the romance genre (read her defense here.)  So if you haven’t read one of her books, try one today!

New Year, New Books

How To Woo a Reluctant LadyJanuary has come and gone, and it was an exciting month for romance readers.  Many major authors released books during the month of January, including the last book in Karen Marie Moning’s extremely popular paranormal series.  No matter what type of romance you prefer, there is a new book for you.  Request your copy of a new title today!
 

New January Books:

Readers Choose Best in Romance

Devil in WinterAll About Romance, one of my favorite romance websites, just released an updated list of the 100 best romance novels. The books were chosen by romance readers, and include everything from the classic romances of Jane Austen to the paranormal romances of J.R. Ward and Kresley Cole. The author with the most books included, Lisa Kleypas, has an amazing 15 books on the list; first runner up, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, has 9. Many of my personal favorite novels and authors made the cut. Some highlights for me are:

Beyond Twilight: YA Books for Romance Readers

Audrey, Wait!Young adult novels aren’t just for teens anymore! If the popularity of Twilight has proved anything, it’s that stories of first love appeal to readers in all age groups. Whether it’s the epic romance included in a fantasy novel, or a simple story of boy meets girl next door, young adult books can provide great stories to romance readers of all types and ages. 

 

Jennifer’s List of Great YA Romance Reads:  

 

There's Something About Jane

Woman drinking from Mr Darcy coffee mugJane Austen seems to get more and more popular each year. Whether it’s a new film based on one of her novels or a new adaptation that adds zombie violence to a comedy of manners, the six novels she wrote are constantly being adapted and reinvented. I’m constantly on the lookout for authors with a similar style or who can write a good sequel to one of her existing novels. While there’s no one quite like Jane, some of these authors come pretty close so check them out!

Original works similar to Jane’s novels:

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

St. Mary's at nightReading Linda’s last post on tortured heroes made me think of one of my favorite types of romance, the gothic. Stories of tortured men with mysterious pasts and the women who love them have fascinated me since I read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights when I was younger. The gothic romance has been around since the 18th century, and writers continue to use gothic elements in their novels today. If stories set in (possibly) haunted manors or castles with a good mystery appeal to you, try a gothic romance from our collection:

And the Winner Is.....

RITA awardThe Romance Writers of America handed out awards for the best books in romance at the RITA© award ceremony July 31st. The RITA is an award given out during the annual RWA conference to authors of books published the previous year in twelve different categories, including everything from inspirational to paranormal to regency. Up to 1200 books compete for the awards each year!
 

This year some of romance’s best authors received awards, so be sure to check out the winners:

 

Villain Turned Hero

Devil in WinterOne of my favorite character arcs in a novel or series is the redemption of a previously villainous or selfish character. Romance is full of heroes (and sometimes heroines) that start on the dark side only to be redeemed in the next book by the love they feel for their partners. Whether they are villains or “villains” their stories are always interesting.
Check out some of romance's best characters, both as villains and heroes:

 

Love in the Library

Heart in bookIn my (completely unbiased, of course) opinion, librarians are awesome, and I love it when one is a character in the book I am reading. There are many romances where the heroine (or hero) is currently working as a librarian. Whether you like books with characters caught in suspenseful life and death situations, dealing with becoming a vampire or just letting loose and falling in love, these librarian characters will be sure to please. And they won’t even tell you to be quiet!

Be sure to check out these titles:

Halfway to the Grave

Halfway to the GraveI read a lot of vampire romances (seriously, a lot), and it is hard for me to choose one favorite. One of my absolute favorites, though, would be Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. The main characters, Cat, a half-vampire out for revenge, and Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, are a great couple and the plot is a good mix of romance and suspense. Their story continues in three more books (so far), and is one of the best series in paranormal romance. Check it out!

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