This month I had a time where I really felt like reading only romance books. I read 3 such books which I thought I’d quickly review.
- Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas
I surprised myself by picking this book up, because I am not usually one for historical romance. I’m usually turned off by the gender roles prevalent in that era, however ignoring those just makes it seem unrealistic. Most of the time, the women in that era had little choice whether to get married, so the fact that the romance is spurred on by a necessity just makes the story hard to enjoy. So, when I found out that this was a historical romance with a 30 year old female novelist who is independent, I thought this might be the one historical romance I might enjoy.
The female main character, Amanda, is a famous novelist who never had time or opportunity for relationships or marriage. On her thirtieth birthday, she decides to lose her virginity by hiring a male prostitute. However the man who ends up arriving, who she thinks is a male prostitute, turns out to be Jack Devlin, a famous publisher, notorious for how he acquires writers and makes them write for him. This was an interesting romance, with two interesting, strong characters. It was also pretty high on the steam factor. It was well-written and kept me turning the pages. I would have given this a higher rating if it were not the fact that I found few of the scenes rather uncomfortable. The male main character sometimes ignores consent and such in a couple of scenes and I found that very uncomfortable. There was a trope towards the end which I usually wouldn’t care for, but I thought it worked well in this book. However soon after that came a big reveal, which I felt was unnecessary. The fact that the male main character concealed something like that from the female main character made him look more sketchy, and it did little to the plot.
Maggie finds her Muse by Dee Ernst
Maggie finds her Muse is about Maggie, a 48-year-old romance writer, who is going through writer’s block. She decides to take a trip to Paris, hoping a new place would help get her creative juices flowing, and she meets the attractive Frenchman Max there. At the same time, she also runs into her ex-husband, and their daughter who is hoping her parents would rekindle their relationship. This was a really fun read. Reading from the point of view of an older female character was quite refreshing. I really liked how Maggie went for what she wanted. Another thing I found quite refreshing was how, even though Maggie was reluctant to get with Max at first, she was not coy about acknowledging her attraction the way many romance-book heroines are. My only complaint was the stereotypical setting of Paris as a place of high fashion, beautiful people, great food-not saying that it does not have all that, I haven’t been there, so I wouldn’t know. But I feel that the setting of Paris with an emphasis on that aesthetic has been overdone.
3. Feels like Summer by Six de los Reyes
I had read Beginner’s Guide: Love and other chemical reactions by Six De Los Reyes before and really enjoyed that. This I did not love as much, but nevertheless it was a really enjoyable book. This follows Jett, who works at a science museum, who meets Adrian, a musician in a band during a music festival. Adrian convinces Jett to act like his girlfriend for five minutes for the benefit of his ex. That leads Jett to pursue a casual sexual relationship with Adrian, but Adrian seems to want something more-and Jett seems averse to that because of her bad past experiences with relationship. This was a fun read. It was refreshing to see the girl being the one who is mostly in it for the sex-though I felt that she acted like a jerk at times. I didn’t find the reasons for her behaviour completely convincing. I also kept comparing this book to Beginner’s Guide, which I enjoyed a lot more.