The Hating Game is a romance novel written by Sally Thorne. The story follows two work colleagues, Lucy and Joshua, who hate each other. Since the day they have started working in the same office they spend every day arguing and playing „hate games“ such as the Staring Game or the How You Doing game. The story is told exclusively from Lucy’s point of view so we are unable to know how Josh feels about her. We watch as their relationship develops from rivalry to romance. And it is beautiful.
“Joshua is glaring at me with angry eyebrows. I use my brainwaves to transmit an insult to him, which he receives and pulls himself up straight.”
The Harpy by Megan Hunter is a piece of fiction I am unable to categorize in a specific genre since it is incredibly unique.
This is one of the most fascinating stories I’ve ever read. The protagonist is a woman named Lucy. She is a wife and a mother. At least she sees herself as only that. After marrying her husband Jake and becoming a mother she abandons her PhD and her career. This results in her staying at home and becoming a shadow of herself. The plot is intense and fast-paced, so in the first few pages she finds out her husband Jake is having an affair with his work associate Vanessa. Lucy’s reaction is thoroughly explained since we are experiencing the story from her point of view. We get to have a look inside of her psyche as she experiences this big life-changing event. She compares her own mental state to her knowledge of women’s reactions to cheating husbands in media such as soap-operas, movies, and books, where women react violently and strongly. She is bewildered by the revelation that she doesn’t have a need to act as those women do. We see her pulling away from Jake, but not once does she think about leaving him. She becomes very passive-aggressive and it is interesting to see that her pain and disappointment manifest physically – she is continuously sick and vomits. Throughout the book, we also find out that she is deeply traumatized by her pregnancies and the brutal complications that followed the birth of her sons. This results in her fear of doctors and even, subconsciously, sex. Also, she constantly questions her capability of being a good mother and a wife, even though she sees herself as only that. This is among other things due to her memories of her toxic parents and the upbringing she had.
Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan is a romance novel. The title is quite self-explanatory. The story follows Jenna how above all wishes to become a mother. Since she doesn’t have a partner not wishes to have one, she resorts to using a sperm bank. On her way to the doctor, Jenna gets stuck in an elevator. But she isn’t alone. With her in the elevator is the most beautiful man she has ever seen – Emmett. The attraction is mutual, but since Jenna and Emmett are both emotionally unavailable the hide it at first. But, soon an agreement is struck. Emmett offers to get her pregnant and then leave her alone to raise her child alone.
“She gets a baby, we both get laid, everybody wins.”
Break Your Glass Slippers is a poetry collection by Amanda Lovelace. It is also the first book within a bigger collection named You Are Your Own Fairy Tale. I have read the previous Amanda Lovelace’s collection and loved them very much – especially The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One and The Princess Saves Herself in this One. So, it is not surprising to say that I was excited when I got the opportunity to read this book.
„so often we are our own true love.“
„withholding forgiveness can be a form of self-care“
Worth It by S. M. Shade & C. M. Owens is a true romantic comedy. We follow three best friends who are going to a week long wedding. Kasha is the groom’s half-sister, Lydia is his ex-girlfriend and Henley is their friend. Everyone thought they wouldn’t come to the wedding, but Lydia literally dragged them saying she had to go to get some kind of closure since Anderson, the groom cheated on her with his current fiancee. What was planned to be a clean, boring and a posh wedding quickly after they get there turn a harsh turn and becomes a tale of ages.
“His lips are laced with pheromones that make me stupid or something.”
Vicious by L. J. Shen is a romance novel. It follows a story of Emilia LeBlanc whose parents were servants in the house of Baron Spencer aka Vicious. They met at the start of their senior year of high school when Emilia’s family moved to Todos Santos. From the moment Vicious first saw Emilia he ruthlessly bullied her. She was fascinated by him even though he didn’t deserve it. Ten years later, Emilia is living in New York with her sister. And her life is far from perfect. Far from good, actually. Then she runs into Vicious and everything changes.
Well, well, well… you should now prepare yourself because I am about to rip this book a new one. Let’s first address the elephant in the room. I hope I’m not the only one bewildered with the choice Shen made with the name Vicious! What? Girl… were you ill? I mean, I get the whole deal with male names in erotica and romance books. They always have powerful and daunting names to showcase their masculinity while at the same time giving a contrast to how they’re acting with their love interest. And I’m fine with that, most of the time. But, come on… I would actually prefer if Vicious was him name not his nickname. His name is not much better – Baron.
“Baron Spencer Jr. – dubbed Vicious for his cold, ruthless behaviour”
The Hook Up is a romance novel by Kristen Callihan featuring a football player Drew and a somewhat average-but-not-really girl named Anna.The story starts on the first day of the semester when they meet in a class.
“I’m not going to say it was love at first sight. No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I’ll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side.”
They are both instantly attracted to one another, however, Anna is hesitant to admit it. She does her best to avoid Drew, but fails miserably since he is the only thing she thinks about. He makes it his life mission to annoy her until she breaks and says yes to his offer to hang out. The do hook up, very early in the book in fact. However… she plans to leave it as just a hook up. She doesn’t let him kiss her nor wants people to know about them. The secrecy isn’t what Drew want as he has been falling in love with her from the moment they first met.
Buy Me, Sir by Jade West is a dark romance novel. And dark it is. The story follows a barely nineteen-year-old Melissa and much older Alexander. They are both twisted. Melissa has obsessed over Alexander ever since she first saw him when she was only fourteen. This continues even now – to be more precise – Melissa has sought a job of a cleaner in Alexander’s building just to be close to him. Unaware of all of this, Alexander has his own problems.
“The legal Puppet Master pulling the strings of the dirty elite. Just who is Alexander James Henley Jnr?”
He is a sex addict, despises his job and his life and himself.
Fall by Kristen Callihan. I usually add a short description here. I am speechless this time. I fell.
I. Am. Wrecked.
A few days ago I discovered Kristen Callihan. This resulted in me devouring her work. In a span of two or three days I’ve read the first two books in her VIP series: Idol and Managed. And now I have finished Fall. I fell in love. Not only with some of the characters, but with Callihan’s writing. So seamless, natural, realistic, emotional, strong… need I continue? Or are you hooked already? Because I was hooked before I even managed to finish the first chapter of the first book I read by this marvelous woman.
Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas is a romance novel like no other I’ve read before. And I am still unsure if that is a good or a bad thing…
This a story of two teenagers, both angsty, misunderstood and very much in love. For nearly seven years Ryen and Misha have been communicating through letters. Everything suddenly changes when they meet for the first time. The events that follow aren’t easily explained. This is a true coming of age story. We follow the tale of two kids being faced with life-changing circumstances that change their lives forever.