#RomBkLove 2021 Day 7: Bad Decisions Book Club

Day 7#RomBkLove 2021Day 7:What books keep you up late into the night? What makes a book a perfect choice for Bad Decision Book Club? Melanie shares some of the books she gladly gave up sleep for.  Find her recs at Smexy's: https://smexybooks.com/2021/05/rombklove-2021-day-7-bad-decisions-book-club.html #BDBC

 

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#RomBkLove 2021 Day 6: Comfort in Kindness

Day 6

#RomBkLove 2021Day 6: Comfort in Kindness What romances offer refuge through kindness? What do you find sexy in Kindness? What are the comforting kind gestures that have made you swoon? Find @TheLadyInReds recs here: http://goodbadandunread.com/2021/05/06/rombklove-2021-comfort-in-kindness/and tell us yours!

 

 


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#RomBkLove 2021 Day 5: More the Merrier

Day 5

RomBkLove 2021Day 5:  More the Merrier: What are you favorite inclusive Ménage and polyamorous romances? What do you look for?
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Author Jaycee Jarvis shares her favorites:

Welcome to #RomBkLove day 5: Ménage and Polyamory Romance


Today we’re going to celebrate one of my favorite relationship dynamics in romance novels-- stories that contain ménage and polyamorous relationships. There are some very rich themes commonly found in these stories, including characters discovering more about themselves and what really matters to them, great communication, and of course creative and interesting sex scenes, where desire is explored in ways that are authentic to the characters.

As Pinkslip a reader and a writer, I'm not a big fan of cookie-cutter expectations for what romance looks like. I've never enjoyed Valentine's day, which seems strange as someone so invested in the value and importance of love and romance, but the holiday really puts unnecessary performative pressure on couples to act or be a certain way---which is the opposite of romance in my mind. Love comes in many forms and every person and relationship is unique, so I really enjoy stories that step outside the mainstream to deliver a happy ending perfectly suited to the characters involved.
That's why books that feature polyamorous relationships appeal to me so much. The author is taking a stand from the get-go that their characters will define what happiness means to them, and to me there is nothing more joyful, nothing more romantic, nothing more empowering than that.
Best of all these stories can be found in every subgenre and niche of romance, so no matter what you like to read, you can find characters defining love and happiness on their own terms.

Contemporary Romance:


Pink Slip by Katina Jackson: In this fun and fast paced spy novel, Keirra decides to stop lusting after her married employers and move on with her life--only to be entangled in one last dangerous mission. 


Extra Whip by L.A. Witt: Small town romance with heavy kink. Will and Aaron are interested in Kelly for some casual fun, but they aren’t ready to be poly, are they? Bonus points for excellent depictions of safe-word usage. 


All Together by Brill Harper: In this new adult romance, best buds Fletch and Shane set out to teach shy Penelope about sex and romance and instead discover new depths to themselves and their relationship. 


Historical Romance:

The companionThe Companion by E.E. Ottoman: An atmospheric and immersive literary romance set in upstate New York in 1949. Struggling writer Madeline offers companionship to a reclusive author, and finds more than a refuge with him and his alluring neighbor. 


Scandalous Passions by Nicola Davidson: This medieval romance mixes political intrigue with a heartfelt love story. Exiled from court by a jealous queen, Lady Janet Fraser finds comfort and passion in the arms of her eager ward and the knight sent to protect them both.


Heart and Hand by Rebel Carter: A sweet western about a New York debutante who answers an ad for a mail-order bride for two men. Told from Julie’s point of view, this charming story explores what it means to boldly seek your own destiny, no matter how unconventional.


Paranormal Romance:

All the Prince's Men by Samantha MacLeod: Prince Liam is more interested in his personal guard than any wife, and must figure out how to balance duty and love. A touching tribute to found family and forging your own happiness.


Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha: This best-selling series starts off hot and heavy, with a wide cast of compelling characters in a sex positive post-apocalyptic world. Exiled from puritanical Eden, Noelle explores her deepest desires with Jas and the loyal O’Kane clan.


Laid Bear by Eve Vaughn: A sexy paranormal Goldilocks and the Three Bears retelling. Zora doesn’t know quite what to do with the three bear shifters who claim to be her fated mates, though being with them feels just right.

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#RomBkLove 2021 Day 4: Captivating Audiobooks

Day 4: Captivating Audiobooks #ROMBKLOVE  a CIRCLE OF BOOKS AROUND A TEAL BACKGROUND

#RomBkLove 2021 Day 4: What audiobooks captivate you? Which narrators or novels keep you plugged in? What is your favorite thing about listening to romance?

@Books_Sense has a list of her favorites: https://romanceandsensibility.com/2021/05/02/rombklove-2021-day-4-captivating-audiobooks/

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#RomBkLove 2021 Day 3: Book Fashion Show

Day 3

#RomBkLove 2021 Day 3: Dress up or pair up your favorite romances books covers with amazing fashion  Check out @nickofthebooks post for inspiration.

http://www.theinfinitelimitsoflove.com/2021/05/a-bookish-fashion-show-rombklove.html

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#Rombklove 2021 Day 2: Escapist

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When people refer to romance as escapist is rarely done in a positive light but I want us all to revel in it today.  I love romance, I love it when it is deeply mundane and grounded in our nitty gritty realities (but with all the orgasms) and when it sweeps me away to a different world or way of life.  

Here are some recs from the RomBkLove 2021 team:

A TASTE OF HER OWN MEDICINEFrom Vicky (https://twitter.com/romancingread) recommends:

A Taste of Her Own Medicine by  Tasha L. Harrison

Escape for me is safe spaces, strong supportive relationships between friends or family, a sense of belonging and a cinnamon roll hero. A Taste of Her Own Medicine has all of those things: Set in a small town, it’s an age-gap erotic romance between Sonja Watts, an older divorced woman who is on a journey of self rediscovery, and Atlas James, a man who looks like ‘he could plow her north field without a horse.’ It’s all about affirmation, growth and owning your own desires, needs and histories. And it’s very hot. The best of both worlds: steamy and cozy!

Representation: Black f MC, Black m MC, Black author

Content Warnings: sex without a condom

 

 Jaycee (@JayceeJarvis) Recommends: Binding shadows jasmine silveria

Binding Shadows by Jasmine Silvera

When I’m looking to escape I want an immersive otherworldly setting and a love story with all the feels. Binding Shadows delivers both in spades. Set in Prague in an alternate universe where the world is controlled by power hungry necromancers, the setting is rich and interesting, with plenty of vivid details that swept me away. Magic is real and forbidden, so the growing attraction between a reluctant shifter and a woman with a touch of “grace” involves delicious layers of secrets and learning to trust each other and their own powers.

Representation: biracial MCs, Black author

Content Warnings: death of a parent figure, difficult family dynamics (bully older brother), sexism in the workplace

 

Ingrid from The Smut Report (@smutreport) recommends:

Magical Midlife Madness by  K.F. Breene

Kf breene magical midlife madnessWhen I’m looking for an escape I find it most satisfying when the character gets to escape too—I want to see someone just busting through limitations and I want to feel just really, really good while I’m reading it. In the Leveling Up series by K.F. Breene, I was positively euphoric to find a mature (40’s) main character starting her life over after a divorce. The focus stays on Jessie’s future and her unflaggingly glass-half-full attitude. Her kid is fine, she’s got a life to live, and that life has a possessed house, an army of murderous dolls, and neighbors with witty banter and weird quirks who are ready and willing to live and die for her (so she’s pretty busy, obviously). When I need to escape, I want to feel myself escape into the possibility of big dreams, even if it’s based in total fantasy--and I want to walk away feeling inspired and free. This absolutely bananas series will make you feel invincible and glorious in the skin you’re already in. 

Representation: mature main characters

Content Warnings: divorce, some violence

 

 

 

Absolutes 1Melinda (@MelindaEdits) recommends:

Your Heart Will Grow  by  Chace Verity

This year when I wanted an escape I literally wanted a different world, but also an author I can trust. For me, Chace Verity fits both of those. They’ve delivered for me repeatedly and Your Heart Will Grow has such a fully fleshed out world that I just wanted to stay in for a while. Kelpana is a cis pansexual mermaid who is supposed to be the peacekeeper between other mermaids and humans, and Morgan is a trans prison guard who falls for her, while he’s supposed to be guarding her. From there, there’s so much adventure and fantasy and I’ve revisited this book multiple times since first reading it.

Representation: pansexual author, she/they

Content Warnings: - Offers of sex as currency/bargaining tool, multiple instances of a character being drugged, Slut-shaming, Abusive family members

 

 

 

What takes you away?  The setting, the kinds of characters, or specific genres?  Tell us your about your fave escapist rom?

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#RomBkLove 2021 Day 1: Survival

#rombklove 2021 DAY 1 SURVIVAL
As we begin this 2nd Pandemic #RomBkLove, we've all had to grapple how life-changing this experience have been. Some have left jobs, relationships, communities in order to do what they need to survive.  Even from positions of comfort and privilege (able to work remotely, access to vaccines, etc.)  I have witnessed the gaps communal safety net, how social isolation can leave people unprotected and how so many live on a razor's edge.  In times like these romances that grapple these issues, which stark stakes, remind me of our human resilience and the power we have to help those arounds us, strangers or friends when they are in need.  I find comfort in these exercises of hope that are happily ever afters even after trauma and disaster.

WILD-RAIN-final-252x400Beverly Jenkins writes survivors.  So many of her MCs have survived traumatic pasts, including enslavement, abandonment & abuse, defiantly flourishing despite the many obstacles racism and bigotry place in their ways.  Be it Hester & Galen in Indigo, Maggie & Preacher in Night Hawk, Rhine & Eddy in Forbidden or Spring & Garrett in Wild Rain  her MCs, stand their ground, face down bullies and oppressors and do more than simply survive, they thrive, building families and communities.  US Based Historical Romance, (CW: Racism, abductions, guns, violence, threats of bodily harm, grief, Past trauma: Enslavement, sexual assault, emotional & physical abuse) (Rep:  cis BM/BW, Black author) 

Rebekah Weatherspoon is another author I turn to when I want to read survivors in a contemporary setting. Her MCs face everything from financial insecurity (Sugar Baby Series), family rejection (Xeni's Angus) to attempted murder (Beards and Bondage series)!   Her MC's creative solutions, devotion to found family and persistence in the midst of traumatic events are inspiring and comforting to me as a reader.  I love how the rejected and abandoned find home in others, how trauma is overcome and fails to define them. IR Contemporary romances  (CWs: attempted murder, betrayal, familial abandonment, secrets, kink, grief past trauma: biphobia.)( Rep: cis BW/WM, Queer Black author)

I started out 2020 by reading Anna Zabo's Reverb, little knowing how much it themes of authenticity and survival would come to mean to me. In Reverb, a when Mish, a certifiable Rock Goddess is being stalked and despite her desires to ignore it, she finds her life, band, and voice threatened,  she must come to trust David not just with her safety but with her heart and David must figure out how protect and love Mish.

David and Mish are both survivors. Both have made many sacrifices and endured much to live authentically and are able to navigate power imbalances, career demands to find love in each other.  Contemporary romance with RS tinge, bodyguard / rock queen, (CWs: stalking, grief, loss) (Rep: trans WM /WW bi, White Trans author)

In Olivia Waite's The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics,  Lucy and Catherine have survived different kinds of intellectual stifling due to sexism and abuse at the hand of the men in their lives.  In each other they find enthusiastic support, and unexpected attraction.  They are able to reclaim their intellectual and social agency, and strike blows against sexism in science, reclaiming their confidence, art and work.  Sexy and full of longing and pining.  They are stronger for what they have endured and will strive to make room for others. UK-Based Queer Historical (CWs: betrayal, intellectual theft Past trauma: domestic abuse) (Rep: bi WW/WW, Queer White Author).

 

What kinds of survival stories draw you?  What do you find compelling? Do these high stakes stories comfort you?

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#Rombklove 2021: Our second Pandemic edition!

Insta 2021#RomBkLove (2) Welcome back to #RomBkLove!

For the 2nd time in the midst of a pandemic we are taking a little time to celebrate inclusive romance. 

This is our fifth year and our 7th go around!  This year we welcome a new crew of romance readers and lovers sharing their inclusive recs lists and inviting you to share your favorite books.  Our crew of reader volunteers will also gather each of day's tweets into a daily archive we will link to below each day and they will also create GR lists for each prompt.

I can't wait to share this conversation with you.

How to Participate:

Each day a tweet & instagram post with a prompt and link to rec post for each topic will be posted from my @anacoqui and @anacoquireads accounts.  Follow the #RomBkLove & Reply to the tweet with the #RomBkLove hashtag to make sure your reply is archived.  Bookmark this post as I will update it each night with links to rec lists and archives!

As a Latinx (Puerto Rican), bi romance reader I want #Rombklove to be inclusive space for LGBTQIA +, Disabled & POC readers. If you have read and loved a book by Disabled, LGBTQIA+ and/or Authors of color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Here is list of our topics for this month:

Day 1:  Survival  by Ana Coqui  Archives: Day 1's Tweets, Good Reads

Day 2: Escapist with recs by Melinda, Ingrid, Vicky & Jaycee Archive , Good Reads

Day 3: Book Fashion Show by Nick  ArchivesGood Reads

Day 4: Captivating Audiobooks by Kat C from Books & Sensibility Archive, Goodreads

Day 5:  Ménage & Polyamory by Jaycee Jarvis Archives, Goodreads

Day 6: Comforting Kindness by Tabs  Archives, Goodreads

Day 7: Bad Decisions Book Club by Melanie  Archives, Goodreads

Day 8: Romance Remix: Retellings by The Smut Report  Archives, Goodreads

Day 9: Parenting  with Recs from the #RomBkLove team  Archives Goodreads

Day 10: Impossible Relationships by Stacey Archives Goodreads

Day 11: Fake Relationships by Jen Twimom  Archives, Goodreads

Day 12: Weird & Wonderful Powers in PNR by Melinda  Archives, Goodreads

Day 13: Musicians by Vicki Archives, Goodreads

Day 14: Inclusive Wolves by Sarah Archives, Goodreads

Day 15: Low Heat by Reina Archives, Goodreads

Day 16: Steamy & Inclusive by Charlotte

Day 17: Animal Companions by Jessica

Day 18: Mental Health & Therapy by Hannah

Day 19: Traveling Together

Day 20: Inclusive Historicals

Day 21: Personal Canon

Day 22: Cultural Representation

Day 23: Action & Adventure

Day 24: Redemption Arcs

Day 25: Duty vs. Love

Day 26: Your Thing

Day 27: Gothic Romances

Day 28: TV & Movies

Day 29: In the Public Eye

Day 30: City/Small Town

Day 31: Inclusive Cozies

 

 

 

 

 


Surprise Cover Reveal: Trouble & Strife by Lara Kinsey

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Elizabeth Percival is sweet. Professionally. She left behind a life of stifling luxury to work in Cadwell’s chocolate shop. After over a decade, she’s itching to take over.  She’s not about to let some broad-shouldered brawler mess it up. Even if his arms are to die for. 
 
Sidney Chance isn’t an enforcer…anymore. After a decade of smacking heads together in the name of the Chance Brothers, he’s lieutenant to the city’s most powerful family, but he’s not sure what to do with himself. Sid’s made some bad choices, but maybe the worst is mooning over a girl who keeps making good choices for him. Suddenly he has clean socks and wooly sweaters, and he’s not sure he minds, exactly, but it’s not doing his fearsome reputation any favors. But one taste of sweetness isn’t enough. 
 
Can Sid convince Elizabeth he’s worth the trouble?
 
 
 
Trouble & Strife: Chances Limited Book 2 is M/F with a bisexual hero and a plus-sized heroine and will be released 7/30. The heroine is dealing with chronic pelvic pain.
 
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Hammer and tongsTrouble and Strife is the second book in a series book works as a stand-alone.  However you can get the first book in the series, Hammer and Tongs for free today and tomorrow!