LUST-HAVE LIST: Challenging the Romance Genre p3

Lust-Have List - Challenging the Genre

 

51R7vtvRxoLAinslie Paton
Hyper-real romance featuring the most unlikely of couples is the calling card of Ainslie Paton. In a twist on the virgin trope, Damaged Goods features a hero who can’t get it up and a heroine who has never gotten it on. Now I bet you’re interested… so try some of Ainslie’s other unlikely pairings: the drug lord and the ghostwriter, the male nanny and the executive, the biker and the chauffeur…

Damaged Goods
Ainslie Paton

Sidelined by a broken back, CEO, Owen Lange is confronted by two things: his sex life will never be the same and he’s dependent on his pain meds. He never expected to have his dependence called out as addiction by a junior help desk employee.

Cara Douglas knows all about pain and loss. She’d had her sights set on the US Olympic Gymnastics Team before an accident landed her at a help desk screen. The last thing she expected to be helping with was an intervention for her boss.

Owen doesn’t thank Cara for her trouble. He calls her a snitch. But even through his paranoia he knows she’s right. After all, addiction runs in his family. He also knows he has to make it up to her, but the only thing Cara wants is the one thing Owen can’t give her.

Question: What do an injured athlete finally ready for no-strings sex and a nice guy who can’t get it up have in common?

Answer: Sexual awakening.

 

MoonstoneConspiracy_ByElizabethEllenCarter-453x680-200x300Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Offering more than just a grand love story, Carter’s novels offer a full mystery and suspense rarely found in historical romance. Additionally, her heroes and heroines are together half way through the story, the real interest comes in how they overcome their external challenge together as a couple.

Moonstone Conspiracy
Elizabeth Ellen Carter

Revolution in France, rebels in England, and one woman caught in the crossfire…

For her unwitting participation in a plot to embezzle the Exchequer, Lady Abigail Houghall has spent the last two years exiled to the city of Bath. A card sharp, sometime mistress, and target of scandalous gossip by the London Beau Monde, Lady Abigail plots to escape her gilded cage as well as the prudish society that condemns her. But the times are not easy. France is in chaos. The king has been executed, and whispers of a similar revolution are stirring in England. And because of her participation in the robbery plot, the Spymaster of England is blackmailing her into passing him information about the members of London’s upper crust.

When the dashing English spy Daniel Ridgeway takes a seat at her card table and threatens to expose her for cheating, she has no choice but to do as he demands: seduce the leader of the revolutionaries and learn what she can about their plot. As she’s drawn deeper into Daniel’s dangerous world, from the seedy backstreets of London to the claustrophobic catacombs of a war-torn Paris, she realizes an even more dangerous fact. She’s falling in love with her seductive partner. And the stakes of this game might just be too high, even for her.

 

ReturnToJacarandaAvenue-250-191x300Kerrie Paterson
Kerrie Paterson writes contemporary women’s fiction and small town / rural romance – mainly stories about women in their 40s and above who have reached a crossroads in their life. She loves to write about women’s relationships with their friends and family, as well as their romances.

Return to Jacaranda Avenue
Kerrie Paterson

A pastry chef returns to her roots and discovers that the flavour of first love improves with age.

Twenty-five years ago, Polly and Matt were in love—but their relationship came to a traumatic end following the death of her best friend.

Now Polly Chappell has moved back to her home town to open a patisserie and care for her elderly parents, and the last person she wants to see is Matt Enright. Until she actually sees him, that is…

Their attraction turns out to be stronger than ever, but both have their reasons to resist rekindling their romance—until someone attempts to run Polly out of town with escalating threats and vandalism, and Matt’s protective instincts surface.

Will the secret she keeps bring them together—or get them killed?

 

51Z6x1oPUNL._SY346_Joanne Dannon
When Dannon’s mentor, acclaimed author Melanie Milburne, told her no romance publisher would consider a hero who sings and tap dances, she was right. As Dannon recalls, all the publishers rejected this book which led to Dannon self-publishing the novel much to the delight of her readers.

Kisses Under the Spotlight
Joanne Dannon

Fairy tales aren’t just for princesses

Superstar Alex Jackson steers clear of any emotional involvement after a series of life-changing events turned his life, and heart, inside out and upside down. Broken and deeply scarred, he has sworn to remain single and emotionally aloof to all women.

Physiotherapist Violet McKenzie, is distrustful of men—famous men being at the top of her list for good reason. She’s learned a thing or two about them and has made a conscious effort to stay as far away as she possibly can.

Until sexy Alex needs her professional assistance after a stage mishap and she becomes his personal physio. Violet has sworn off love, but when Alex’s hot kisses keep her up at night longing for more, she wonders if she can remain steadfast to her personal promise to never fall for the wrong guy again.

Can a superstar and an ordinary girl have a happily ever after, or is that only reserved for the songs Alex sings?

 

unbreakable-hopeSami Lee
As a mainstay in Australian erotic romance, Sami Lee has long been challenging the romance and erotic romance genre with her portrayal of strong women who defy romance stereotypes, her continual pushing of erotic boundaries, and the tackling of topics relating to female sexuality that are largely unspoken about.

Unbreakable Hope
Sami Lee

After a monster wave almost kills him, Dylan realizes it was a mistake to put his pro-surfing career ahead of the girl he left behind. Now that he’s finally able to give Hope everything she ever wanted, he’s stunned to discover she’s moved on—with his best friend.

For years Matt has loved Hope but kept his feelings to himself until Dylan went off chasing the pipeline. Matt welcomed the chance to stake his claim. Now that Dylan is back with his heart in his hand, Matt is reluctant to step aside.

When Dylan abandoned their five-year relationship, Hope tried to keep her impulsive, friends-with-benefits fling with Matt casual, but her heart was having none of it. Seeing Dylan alive and whole sends her complicated feelings for both men tumbling into one big, gnarly tangle.

Each man—one steady, one wild—fulfills a different, soul-deep need. They could make it work…if she can convince them to all ride the wave of desire together.

 

 

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