Recent Romance Recommendations

How do you like that alliteration?

Over the last month, I’ve read several contemporary romances/romantic comedies. This is not unusual, since I read 10-12 books a month, three-quarters of which are usually in the romance genre. However, the level of enjoyment I experienced with this particular consecutive batch is unmatched. These novels were so good that I vacillated between absolute delight in the characters/stories and overwhelming anxiety that my books would never compare. Because I was super impressed with these novels, I decided to share them with you. Although I’ve included snippets from my reviews on Goodreads, you can read my full thoughts by clicking the links.

THE HEART PRINCIPLE by Helen Hoang (8/31).

This book was like a big hug. It was probably the softest book I’ve read in a long time and I loved every single word even as I struggled (sometimes unsuccessfully) to keep my tears at bay. It was a beautiful love story about being accepted by others for who you are and, more importantly, accepting and loving yourself. My favorite of Hoang’s trio.

THE CHARM OFFENSIVE by Alison Cochrun (9/7)

Oh my God…this m/m romance was SO GOOD. It was funny and romantic and so very soft. It was inclusive and educating (but never preachy). The dialogue was hilarious, the love scenes were swoon-worthy, and the grand gesture at the end? No spoilers but my heart was beating so fast in anticipation. I predict this will be a huge success.

THE DATING PLAYBOOK by Farrah Rochon (8/17)

I absolutely adored this book. It was warmhearted, funny, romantic, sexy, and sweet. Rochon’s writing style is so accessible and inviting. I stan Taylor and Jamar so hard!

FIRST LOVE, TAKE TWO by Sajni Patel (9/21)

So much tension in this second-chance romance – sexual and otherwise. This contemporary romance was emotional, funny, romantic, sexy, and fully of witty banter. Definitely going in my top romances of 2021 list!

THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS* by Ali Hazelwood (9/14)

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this post, I am 80% into this novel, but…my goodness, it is delightful! I am crushing so hard on this author’s charming and quirky writing style as well as Adam, the very tall and brooding love interest. I appreciated the demisexual representation even though the author never actually used the label. This slow burn romance is so absolutely delicious that I almost don’t want to finish the book!

And there you have them. Five romances in a row that were impressive AF and blew my mind! You’ll notice that none of these books have been released yet. I was lucky enough to be approved by Netgalley for early copies. But I highly recommend that you mark your calendars and put them at the top of your TBR. You won’t regret it!

AS SEEN ON TV: wishing and hoping

I don’t have a release date yet for my upcoming romantic comedy, AS SEEN ON TV, but the tentative publishing season is Summer, 2022. Despite it being what feels like a very long time to wait, I find myself day dreaming about exciting things to come. It’s easy to do while anticipating releases from other debut authors and seeing their Twitter and Instagram feeds in a frenzy of activity. There is no guarantee all of these things are in my future, but I’m wishing and hoping. Putting my dreams into the universe can’t hurt so, without further ado, I’ve listed below some of the things about my traditional debut I most anticipate.

Forever does amazing things with covers, both illustrated and not, and am dying to see what they do with mine. My comps at the imprint (so far) are Abby Jimenez, Farah Heron, Farrah Rochon, and Helena Hunting. Their illustrated covers are fabulous and fingers crossed mine will be reminiscent of theirs.

Keeping the same “creative” vain, I look forward to seeing fun artwork and graphics to match my cover, like new banners for my social media and my newsletter, maybe even animations!

I can’t wait to participate in romcom and other authorly panels, both virtual and hopefully-by-then live. Instagram takeovers with other authors and bookstagrammers. These scare me because of my lack of experience but I embrace the challenge.

Forever has an amazing Instagram presence and I watch the stories each day, salivating over upcoming releases I want to read and dreaming of the day I’ll see my own book there.

This is definitely wishful thinking, but I’d love to see AS SEEN ON TV chosen in one of those Twitter feeds comparing romance book covers to cupcakes or flowers!

Another dream that may not come true is seeing my book on lists: most anticipated this, best romances to (insert activity) etc. but, again, never hurts to dream big!

I can’t wait to receive my box of books and film my unboxing!

I can’t wait to work more closely with my editor(s) and the publicity team at Forever.

There are so many more but none of us have all day, so I will skip to my “last but not least”: seeing AS SEEN ON TV in a bookstore, signing copies of it in a bookstore, meeting readers in a bookstore where my book is on sale! AS SEEN ON TV is not the first book I’ve ever written or even published, but it is my trade paperback debut and releasing with a Big 5 imprint is a world of difference from anything I’ve experienced before. It is my first novel with a print distribution and the first time my book will be in bookstores and libraries rather than available only via online platforms. This is a dream more than ten years in the making. I worked hard. I endured rejections. I didn’t give up. I practiced patience. I persevered. For those of you who share my dream, never give up!

That’s it for me on this rainy Saturday morning. Before I go, I want to ask if you’d like to sign up for my newsletter. I will continue to post blogs here for a while but as my release date approaches, I will be sharing more news about the book (sneak peek cover art, important dates, giveaways etc.) on my soon-to-be redesigned newsletter. Join me?

Happy weekend all!