As the school year winds down and thoughts of swinging hammocks, cool sweating glasses filled with delicious drinks, and warm breezes approach, I can’t help but think about the books I want to read on my back deck. Lazy afternoons spent enjoying the chatter of rustling leaves and the sun kissing my skin. I can already smell the coconut sunblock and imagine I’m curled up with a good romance to sweep me away from a busy life, already anticipating the hero sweeping the feisty heroine right off her feet and into the bedroom.
I was probably about fourteen or fifteen the first time a friend passed me a book with a “You must read this!” declaration. It was Johanna Lindsey’s A Gentle Feuding. It had everything; arrogant but irresistible Lord, strong, though at first she fears him, heroine. And, wait for it…set in Scotland. 🙂 You knew that was coming right?
Every time I pick up a romance novel now, I’m brought back to my earliest impressions of them. The likes of Johanna Lindsey, Jude Deveraux, Kathleen Woodiwiss , and Julie Garwood filled my head with far off places and timeless stories of love and passion the likes of which had never been seen before or since. Low and behold, I’d pick up the next book and they’d do it again! And the steam! My fourteen year old self still blushes, though I now write those scenes myself.
These days I look forward to historical releases from Julianne MacLean, Deborah Hale, Nancy Jardine, Sylvia Day, Cathie Dunn, Maya Banks, and Karen Marie Moning. But you know, there’s always time to pull out some of my old favourites, dust them off and let the sun fade their cover just a little bit more.
Topping my summer list this year is the third in Sylvia Day’s Crossfire trilogy, Entwined With You, and The Black Lyon by Jude Deveraux. I also plan to re-read debut novelist Victoria Barbour’s NL contemporary Against Her Rules.
What’s topping your list? I’d love to add some more historicals to mine. There’s a $10 Amazon gift card up for grabs to a random commenter.