A NERD GIRL’S WISHLIST: GET KISSED. FIND SOME INTERESTING NEW BOOKS.

A NERD GIRL’S WISHLIST: GET KISSED. FIND SOME INTERESTING NEW BOOKS.

A few weeks ago I wrote about Season for Temptation, Theresa Romain’s fantastically witty debut. Despite it’s obvious charm and desperately romantic story, it hit upon a romance trope that always turns me off: the groom-to-be in love with his fiance’s sister. I admitted to stopping the book half-way through just to make absolutely certain that the jilted fiance got her own HEA. The result: I tore through Louisa’s story, Season for Surrender, in about 2 days.

In the second book in her Holiday Pleasures series, Romain manages to hit upon one of my absolute favorite romance novel tropes OF ALL TIME: the bookish bluestocking and the rake fall in love. Bonus: It’s a Christmas romance. Not only do I get a storyline set up to appeal to my little librarian heart, but I get snow, mistletoe, and mulled wine in paperback form! It’s a WIN-WIN, folks. (more…)

STEPHEN SHAUGHNESSY, ACTUAL MAN

STEPHEN SHAUGHNESSY, ACTUAL MAN

I’m going to dive right in with the spoilers folks so don’t read on unless you want to know what’s what.

In The Suffragette Scandal we’re introduced to the lone male writer at the Women’s Free Press, one Stephen Shaughnessy, author of the outrageously hilarious satirical advice column, Ask a Man. Despite the small part he plays in that fabulous novel, it’s clear he’s just waiting for his own romance to begin. Given Stephen’s charm, wit and genuinely warm personality, I was curious to discover what sort of woman Milan had in store for him. (more…)