*Friday’s Five Books is a bi-weekly post on Between the Covers that highlights book recommendations from the reading community.
Hi, my name is Samantha Hunter, and I am a Harlequin romance author, as well as an author of several self-pubbed novellas and one mystery series on Kindle. With the books I am currently writing for Harlequin, I will have published over twenty novels for their Blaze (über sexy) line. I also have two Master’s Degrees, and spent a number of years studying classic literature and then writing and rhetoric, which I went on to teach at a local university for twelve years before I became a full-time writer.
My recommendations are geared to share a few of my favorite romance reads. None of these books conform to what people might expect of a “typical” romance novel (if there is any such thing), and these are books I consider worth reading even if you don’t consider yourself a “romance reader.” Enjoy!
Lori Wilde, Addicted to Love (Forever, Grand Central) – This has one of the best opening scenes of any book I have ever read — imagine a bride hanging off of a billboard, defacing it, and where a story can go from there. So much fun, with a sexy hero, engaging subplots, emotional moments, and a quirky kind of love story that I completely enjoyed.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Ain’t She Sweet? (Avon) – Love this one especially because at first, I hated it. I had to put it down, and then returned to it a few months later when I was desperate for something to read, and that time, I couldn’t put it down. The characters are so sharply drawn – sometimes in ways that make you dislike them as much as anything – but it all comes together in the end. This book proves why Phillips is one of the most original and talented romance writers in the business.
Robyn Carr, Harvest Moon (Mira) – This is a long, rich story that is primarily a romance, but also digs extensively into family dynamics, the ways people change their lives when they have to, and how they rebound from life’s crushing blows. Sexy, emotional storytelling that’s well worth the read.
Sarah Mayberry, Her Secret Fling (Harlequin Blaze) – Harlequin publishes amazing books on a regular basis, and this is one of them. It’s intense, sexy and takes some turns one wouldn’t expect with characters who are engaging and originally drawn. I loved every second of it.
Jeannie Watt, Maddie Inherits a Cowboy (Harlequin Super Romance) — A different kind of romance, emotional and heartfelt, as well as romantic and quirky. I couldn’t put it down. Jeannie knows her stuff, living off the grid on a Nevada ranch, and her books are full of details and information about ranch life that are as entertaining as the romance. I also loved her Central New York-based heroine holding her own out on the range.
Thank you for the recommendations, Sam!
**If you choose to purchase any of these titles using the links below, I will receive a small percentage of the sale (to be used toward site maintenance and buying more books).