Hey all, Dani here.
Unlike last week when I had to use the last four years worth of reading to have enough books for a good recommendation post, this week I was able to stick to the restrictions I’m trying to adhere to for this series…as in, only books I’ve read since starting this blog. My genre this time around is romance, and I have some contemporary romance, some fantasy romance, some paranormal romance, and some historical romance, so there should hopefully be something that appeals to just about everybody.
Let’s just jump on into the recommendations.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Okay, so yes, this one is an emotional story, but I can’t help but say that I liked Louisa Clarke, and I enjoyed seeing how she developed through the story. I thought the movie adaptation was pretty good too.
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat. Technically I am recommending the whole trilogy, but I’ll first preface this with saying that yes, this is a m/m romance, and even more than that it is sort of a hate-to-love, slave/master type romance. So if that is something that would bother you, maybe skip this one. But I devoured the whole trilogy in just a few days, so I can absolutely say that I was drawn into the world and the characters and the story.
Reliquary by Sarah Fine is the first in a contemporary fantasy trilogy, and the romance takes a little while to actually start because of the main lady actually being in a relationship already, but the tension and chemistry between the two main characters is so tantalizing. This story has an interesting magic system too, so I’d definitely recommend it.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It took me a while to actually finish this one. The first time I read it I wasn’t in the right mindset so how Claire was treated by Jamie aggravated me and I stopped reading about halfway through. I’m glad that I convinced myself to try again at a later time, because I was swept away by this historical romance with just a hint of time travel. I’ll also admit that I am only a few chapters into the sequel, but this is definitely a series I enjoy (and also take my time with).
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White. I will just keep talking about this historical fantasy romance story because it is fabulous. It is basically a reimagining of Pride & Prejudice if dragons and wyverns and hobgoblins existed. This is a story that gripped me right from the start and I am so glad that I read it.
Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson. This was a sweet romance, and in some ways it was predictable considering the historical setting and all, but sometimes we need a romance that isn’t dripping with sex and lust and more. The locales in this book were lovely and I enjoyed the couple hours I spent reading the story.
Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward. Yes, I realize that this is technically the fourth book in the series. I don’t care, because it is my favorite one so far. This particular book is focused on Butch, who I didn’t like much when we first met him in the first book, but his character development has been extraordinary, and I so loved his story. I actually paused in reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series after finishing this book, but I will start back up again soon because I want to read them all.
Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz. Originally I didn’t plan to pick this book up at all. I worried that the YA angle on it would somehow diminish the love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schulyer. I’m glad I was finally convinced to pick it up, and I’m even more glad that I was wrong in my assumption. Historically speaking, both Alex and Eliza were known for their wit (actually Eliza’s sisters Angelica and Peggy were as well) and that shone through in this book. I definitely recommend this book for fans of history, and especially for fans of the musical Hamilton, because you get so much more Schulyer sister awesomeness in this book.
Whew, all right, I think that is all for my recommendations today. Come back next week for some Science Fiction recommendations. But I should be having a few book reviews and book tags coming over the next several days as well, so thanks for stopping by everyone, and hey, if you have any romance recommendations, feel free to mention them in the comments.