Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What we're reading for Valentine's Day... ROMANCE


On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
After reading the newest Edge novel by Ilona Andrews, I was inspired to re-read the first three, in reverse chronological order.  I wish I could say that I only read romance novels at Valentine’s day, but I’m a year-round fanatic.  I consider the Edge to be in the paranormal genre, but it’s a little bit out of the ordinary.  In the world of the book, there are three dimensions, The Weird, where magic rules, The Broken, which is like our world, and the Edge, where the two meet.  Each book in the series follows a different couple, with characters and couples from previous books playing supporting roles.  Andrews (actually the pen name of a husband and wife team) builds an intriguing world, and the characters are vibrant and very enjoyable.  One of my favorites.

NOTE: The newest book is Steel’s Edge, which we don’t have yet.

I just finished reading The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan available as an eBook.  This novella is a prequel to The Duchess War, Milan’s newest book.  Although The Governess Affair is not Milan’s most enthralling work, it’s a good, low-commitment way to see if you’ll like her style.  And of course, if you’re already a rabid fan, you’ll want to devour every little morsel she’s written.  The hero is dark and dangerous, the heroine is plucky and determined – their antagonism of course turns into a slow, smoldering fire.  Quick and fun.


My final recent read is The Stanforth Secrets by Jo Beverly.  It’s a bit like Agatha Christie meets the Regency Romance, with a little James Bond thrown in for good measure.  In a house by the sea, Chloe Stanforth’s childhood sweetheart has just inherited her late husband’s viscountancy.  A former spy, the new Lord Stanforth is trying to ferret out who has stolen a list of Napolean’s sympathizers.  The suspects are many, and the romance is sweet.

~Emily




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