I’m a big fan of Lisa Kleypas Historicals, but I loved her contemporary romance, Smooth Talking Stranger. Also she had shifted to the 1st POV in this one. I loved the banter between Jack and Ella. With lines like:
“No more Dane,” he eventually said with unnerving finality.
I tried to be funny. “I can’t decide if that means you don’t want me to see him again or if you’re planning to kill him.”
“It means if the first thing happens, the second thing is likely to follow.”
I wasn’t really sure who was the smooth-talking stranger here, Ella or Jack. Oh, one thing I could almost hear was Jack Travis’s sexy Texan drawl.
It was one smooth reading book!
Some of my favorite Lisa Kleypas Historicals
It happened one Autumn – Marcus and Lily
Secrets of a Summer night ~ my favorite. I absolutely love Simon Hunt and Annabelle.
Then Came You ~ another favorite. I loved this couple. Lily Lawson and Alex Raiford. It was great how they finally got together.
Lady Sophia’s Lover ~ Sir Ross and Sophia
Someone to Watch Over Me ~ Grant, the hero here reminded me of Simon Hunt.
Other Historical Romances
I’m a sucker for Earls and Dukes, what can I say. I have a couple of favorites, more than a couple. I think I went through Lisa Kleypas historicals quickly. Though I liked her Wallflower series, I also liked a couple of her Bowstreet Runners. Another great historical romance writer is Sylvia Day. Yes, before Eva and Gideon, there was that book called:
The Stranger I Married ~ Sylvia Day ~ I loved this book. It was unusual because the woman was older and wow was it a hot and steamy novel.
Slightly Dangerous ~ Mary Balogh ~ The draw is this book is how the cold-as-ice Duke Wulfric slowly (or was it quickly) fell in love with the widow Christine Derrick. I love that the heroine was strong enough to hold up to the intimidating Duke.
The Duke and I ~ Julia Quinn
The Bride ~ Julie Garwood
I was taking a break from paranormal and urban fantasy reads and I wanted to look for more books with Controlling/Alpha Males. Kristen Ashley’s books kept coming up on the list. I was fresh from reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and would have rated those books 5 stars if it was maybe shaved into two books.
Anyway, I digress. I liked Christian Grey and I wanted to find similar books. Enter Kristen Ashley. I almost did not read her books because of the comments that talked about endless descriptions. I’m allergic to pages and pages of descriptions of places, what a character was wearing or just mundane activities. I want the prose to be snappy. But I was glad I took a leap of faith and read my first Kristen Ashley book, The Gamble. I was hooked. I absolutely loved her Alpha males. Sure, the book could have used some good editing, but she could write one heck of a story with a lot of heart and did I mention her male heroes are absolutely swoonworthy? I devoured all her books in a couple of weeks. And I can say my favorite was Sweet Dreams, followed by Motorcycle Man. I also liked her Rock Chick series specially book #1 with Indie and Lee Nightingale but my favorite was Rock Chick Revenge (#5) with Luke and Ava. However, I have a feeling when Rock Chick #8 (Ren and Ally) comes out, this might change. I liked her Burg series especially Games of the Heart (Mike and Dusty) — this book didn’t have any big mystery or serial killer but the development of the relationship between the two protagonists was just so well-written. There was a bit of angst in the beginning but there was no stupid misunderstanding that kept them apart. Her paranormal books are also good, Penmort Castle, Somersgate house, Lacybourne Manor and Fairy Tale Come Alive. I’m looking forward to her Chaos Series which is a spin-off of Motorcycle Man.
Other Contemporary Romances
Wait for Me ~ Elisabeth Naughton ~ this was a fantastic read. My heart kept twitching so much. This was a mild thriller, heavy on romance.
WallBanger ~ Alice Clayton ~ this was so funny. I enjoyed the relationship development. Had me in tears laughing, I almost could not finish it.
Beauty from Pain ~ Georgia Cates. I really liked the female lead in this one. Even if she was hurting, she did not grovel.
Escorted ~ Claire Kent ~ I didn’t think I would like this because it was like Pretty Woman in reverse. The author’s male protagonists are not real Alpha males but I would define them as quietly strong and solid.