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My Top 10 Romantic Reads For A Valentine's Day!

I don't know about you, peeps, but this time of year I am quite happy reading romantic books all the time. It might be Valentine's Day itself or it might simply be cold and miserable winter which makes me want to get as comfy and cheerful as possible, but the fact is the same. I read more romance novels than my usual fill.

I am not going to give you Top Ten Romance Novels of all times. That will be unrealistic as our taste changes every few years, but I can share my top ten of the last 5 years and see if it will get you in a romantic mood. *wink*

Get your wine and chocolate, and let's read!
Happy Valentine's to bookworms around the world!

If you are not familiar with the writing of these two wonderful authors. this book is a great chance to find out for yourself if you like Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven. A Very Proper Monster by Elizabeth Hunter made me cry it was so piercingly romantic.
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My first book by Lucy Robinson, The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me is hilarious and wonderfully inspirational. It's also very Northern English, and I loved it.
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This is the closest Miss Reisz came to re imagining The Thorn Birds, and it's probably useless to recommend The Saint out of context of the Original Sinners series, but this book while oh so unconventional is a beautiful story about falling in love.
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You know, I love Penny Reid, but among all her books this is the most poetic, plus you can easily read Beauty and The Mustache out of context of the series. A wonderful, wintery romance!
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My first novel by Grace Draven, Master of Crows is unobtrusively romantic. It shows not tells how the protagonists feel towards each other, and it makes you melt.
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I totally need to re-read this book, ladies and gents, because What I Did For a Duke is wonderful. What starts as a game of manipulation for both characters turns into a powerful love story as their game unravels. 
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I love Loretta Chase, and this book has a wonderful love story and some amazing banter. Plus I think it's better than Lord of Scoundrels, which says it all.
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This one is a bit of an oldie, peeps, but one of my favorites. Emma Holly writes erotic romances, and this historical romance is a bit of an oddball for her, but it's scorching hot, and it's all about fighting to be who you truly are. I re-read it from time to time. Gorgeous!
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What always gets me in Sunshine despite it being really slow and not really a proper love story, is this quiet, persistent attraction against all the odds and against your own nature between two protagonists. I find it intensely romantic.
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Cottonwood is a very unusual love story as in one of the protagonists is so alien looking to us that it takes a long while to fall in love with him despite his appearance, but the beauty of this book is that it happens and it's truly a powerful love story. 
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Epic Fantasy Romance Review: Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat

Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince #3)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor's forces are massing. In the north, the Regent's armies are mobilising for war. Damen's only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen's identity - can it stand against the Regent's final, deadly play for the throne?

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 Ooh, guys! As this is my first 10/10 book of the year, I am truly intimidated by this attempt to review it. I am afraid I won't be able to do it justice.

There are so many wonderful things about this series which I've talked about before when I reviewed the first two books, but the truth is Kings Rising is even better. It's like touching live wire. Powerful, visceral, stomach churning, mesmerising. 

YA Fantasy Audiobook Review: Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Serpentine by Cindy Pon (Kingdom of Xia: Second Series #1)

copy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

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 Here is the thing. This is a very pleasant book to listen. The narrator is nice, the story is evenly paced and interesting enough. I also enjoyed the ever so fascinating Chinese mythology, but at the same time it feels like Middle Grade instead of YA. And not in a good way.

Blog Tour Stop Contemporary Romance Review + Giveaway: Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid

Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid (Knitting in The City #5)

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true.

Except… not.

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?

This is a full length, 100k word novel, and is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City Series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone except book #1.5

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You know I love Penny Reid's book, right, guys? But this one, this one took the cake! |It was an amalgamation of my favorite parts - a kick butt heroine, a complex, truthful relationship and some top notch banter.
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