“You light me up. You helped me remember who I was before, and see clearly who I am now and who I want to be.”
Spoiler Free Review
Title: Take the Lead
Author: Alexis Daria
Series or Standalone: Dance Off #1
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
Take the Lead is sizzling romance between a Puerto Rican professional dancer and Mountain man reality star who find love on a reality show centred around a dance competition. As all budding romances go between a bubbly female lead and a brooding love interest, this book hits all the beats you expect a good romance novel to hit. It’s flirty, fun, with just the right amount of smut. But Alexis Daria takes this book to the next level and does more than what’s expected of the average new adult novel. With important conversations about Latina women in the entertainment industry being type casted and over-sexualised, this book features many elements that make it an exceptional and fresh addition to the genre.
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I love how the discussion of Rainy Day Reads comes around seasonally. Of course, this topic can be interpreted differently by every reader, but that’s what makes it so much fun!
For me, my ideal rainy day read is simply something I find comfort in. Hearty books that aren’t too dense and don’t require using a lot of brain power to read. They might have fluffy romances & colourful characters that come off the page. This is what Rainy Day Reads are made for, at least in my world.
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“She’d started to think of him as a cup of coffee: black, with a shot of gingerbread syrup curled up at the bottom. Someone just needed to stir him up and make him sweet all the way through.”
Spoiler Free Review
Title: Merry Inkmas
Author: Talia Hibbery
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Publication Date: December 1st 2017
Publisher: Nixon House
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
Merry Inkmas is a short, feel good holiday romance story following Bailey and Cash. Bailey is a strong willed, adorably nerdy and plus sized goddess working in a coffee shop whilst studying psychology. Determined to learn from her mother’s mistakes, Bailey insists she won’t sacrifice self-respect for any relationship. When Cash enters her life, a bad boy with a heart of gold, she finds herself wondering if this beast might be her prince Charming.
Cash Evans is tattoo artist with a troubled childhood, and a very flirty customer of Bailey’s. He’s come a long way and amassed wealth from his skills as an artist, but this can’t fix the hole in his heart. Cash knows that the sweet barista who haunts his dreams is off-limits… But life doesn’t always go to plan.
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Author: Elliot Wake
Series or Standalone: Standalone/Companion Novel
Genre: New Adult LGBT Romance
Publication Date: December 6th 2016
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
‘You’re so lovely, I thought, when you’re lying to my face.’
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More often than not, romance books get a pretty bad rep for reasons such as their cheesy titles, soft porn covers and myriad of clichéd tropes.
I really enjoy books with romance as a strong subplot. (Six of Crows, anyone?) I typically don’t gravitate towards Romance as a genre. However February is a great time to appreciate the few romance books I’ve read and loved.
Don’t forget to let me know in the comment section if you’ve read any of these books or whether you can recommend some steamy romance books to me! 😜
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This weeks top five Wednesday topic is all about our favourite books in our favourite genres that don’t receive enough appreciation. I couldn’t pick just one genre for todays list, as I struggled to source multiple under-hyped books from one given genre that aren’t popular in the communities that I follow. But nevertheless, I was able to create a list of some of my favourite and under-appreciated books.
Here is a link to the T5W group if you’d like to participate in future discussions!
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