Nalini is back as today’s guest blogger and she shares with us 10 romance novels that she feels you should read-
I’m a huge fan of books with diverse characters and so am always on the hunt for these. From a biracial movie producer in Bollywood to a small town mayor, from an Irish crime family to sleek offices in a glass and steel tower, they all make me tingle with anticipation.
There are virgins, CEOS, ex-soldiers battling with their demons, a shockingly modern child marriage, a jilted bride and a Greek millionaire. A Broadway hopeful, a heroine who can’t swim, a chef obsessed with creating mouth-watering concoctions, an animal shelter worker and a single mother. There are kisses on a ferry, in the dark, kisses where he walks away and kisses leading to something more. There are heroes with chips on their shoulders, heroes dealing with nightmares, and alpha males who fall in love for the first time.
There seems to be a common thread between a few: mothers who are real bitches. When I look at the books I’ve written, I’m happy/sorry to say I’ve carried on this trend. The next books I’ve written and am working on still hold on to this trend. Mothers are either absent or dead. Wonder what’s up with that? These books are as much a reflection of my world as they are of the world we live in today. The settings are equally diverse from small North American towns to sultry Greek islands. A weird explanation for an intact hymen is also to be found. Writing styles and structure are as diverse as the authors themselves. The books in this list offer a wide-range of tropes with the inherent HEA, offering aspiring romance writers a great selection from which to keep their inspiration growing.
10 Romances worth reading.
- Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev: Modern day child marriage and the breaking of traditions.
- Moti on the Water by Leylah Attar: Greek groom’s family and Indian bride’s family get together in Greece. Moti-MOTHI not MOTEE, cannot swim thus the intriguing title. A blend of contemporary romance and women’s fiction.
- Sleeping with her Enemy by Jenny Holiday: Jilted at the altar she’s comforted by her enemy.
- The Engagement Game by Jenny Holiday: Blackmail, a fake engagement and a ball.
- The Billionaire’s Bargain by Naima Simone: They kiss and make out in the dark; he marries her to keep her son (she was married to his friend) near the grandparents.
- Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley: They’re opposites; she’s a Broadway hopeful; with poetic passages.
- Law of Attraction by Alison Bliss: Aggressive come-on from him early on; dirty talk from him early on with lots of sex, on again off again conflict.
- The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert: Irish crime families; explosive confrontations à la The Godfather; about loyalty and commitment.
- A New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns: he’s 10 years older; built on misunderstandings and missed communications; he’s rich she’s not.
- Smoke and Mirrors by Julie Rowe: A soldier plagued by nightmares