It’s been a good week for me and romance novels, I tell you what. I finished TWO WHOLE BOOKS and am rapidly closing in on a third. All of them romances, because that is all I currently want to read. But, to mix it up, they’re all contemporary romances, not historicals. It’s a genre with endless variety, why not change things up? So, where should we start?
I finished reading The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams. Pro baseball player Gavin Scott’s marriage is falling apart when he’s unexpectedly drafted into a book club, of sorts. The movers and shakers of Nashville pro sports have banded together and started reading romance novels in an effort to better understand how they’re screwing up their relationships. The concept is delightful- I mean, romance novels are written primarily by women, for women. Guys in heterosexual relationships (and, honestly, probably homosexual relationships too) could learn a lot from romance novels. Heck, women can learn a lot from romance novels. They’re WAY more fun to read than self-help books, at least from where I’m sitting, and a lot of them provide excellent relationship guidance. Then again, some are complete trash and glorify unhealthy and abusive relationships. Look, let’s not dive too deeply into that rabbit hole, okay? Anyway. Gavin joins this book club and sets out to win his wife back. But it’s not just romantic grand gestures- they both have to do some emotional heavy lifting to figure out where things went wrong and how to fix them.
Remember that Talia Hibbert book I told you about last week? A Girl Like Her? It was the start of a series! And yes, I’m going to binge read the whole thing because I love Talia Hibbert so very much. I devoured the followup novel, Damaged Goods. It follows the wife of that one terrible dude from the first book. And you know what? Once she breaks away from the terrible dude, good things happen. Because that’s how life works. Cut out the abusive scum bags, everyone! I know, it’s not that easy. There’s so much gas lighting that goes into an abusive relationship that it can be difficult to figure out you’re in one, let alone figuring out how to break free. But it makes me super happy when I see fictional characters doing just that. BYE HORRIBLE ABUSIVE SCUMBAG. HELLO, HOTTIE McHOTSTUFF WHO COOKS IN BEACH TOWN. Sigh. I do so love a happily ever after. Speaking of escaping abusive scumbags in search of happily ever after, Sammy has decided that Tangled is among his favorite films. It’s pretty cute that he asks for “Tangled and Gene” all the time, but if you’re wondering if you’re in an abusive relationship? Check out how Mother Gothel treats Rapunzel. YIKES. (I do love the movie, though. It’s one of the best Disney Princess movies. Rapunzel is a joy and Flynn Rider AKA Eugene Fitzherbert is one rakish love interest.)
As for what I’m currently reading, no surprise on the eyeball reads: I’m reading Untouchable by the wonderful Talia Hibbert. So freaking charming. And in my ears? Well, I’m still working on Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore. I’m enjoying the book, digging the whole The Time Traveler’s Wife vibe, but I haven’t gotten a lot in the way of cooperative naps lately. I’m about halfway through it, so I’ll get there eventually. What have you been reading, Bookworms?
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Oona Out of Order
The Bromance Book Club
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Have you come across the St Mary’s Chronicles series? It’s about time travelling historians. I read numbers 3 and 4 back-to-back (which I *never* do) that’s how much I like them. They’re an interesting mix of madcap and serious, plus there’s an ongoing developing relationship involving the main character (who doesn’t love a bit of romance). Not only do I read with my eyeballs I read physical books and I don’t yet have any more of the series in Mount TBR. I think I shall give my “book guy” a call tomorrow and see if he has #5 plus in store, and then figure out how I’m going to get them in my hot little hands.
Katie Words for Worms
Those books sound like fun! I generally dig time travel books- I’m going to check my library’s digital offerings and see what I can find. Thanks for the recommendation!
I’m reading A Gentleman in Moscow and I’m right swoony over it.
A Gentleman in Moscow is simply beautiful isn’t it? I have Rules of Civility on my bookshelf – maybe it’s time to dig it out.
Jenny @ Reading the End
I’m very excited to keep reading that Talia Hibbert series! I enjoyed the first one a lot and I am always on the prowl for a good romance series.
The concept of The Bromance Book Club sounds truly delightful!
Katie Words for Worms
It’s so great- and the way the guys describe the politics of the romance genre is fantastic. They’re all these sporty dudes discussing subversive feminism and it’s perfect.