A Convenient Wedding by Lucy Gordon

A Convenient Wedding by Lucy Gordon

I do a lot of used romance buying in thrift stores. I actually have a couple of amazing used bookstores in my area, but it’s always wonderfully serendipitous to arrive at a Goodwill the same day someone has off-loaded their complete collection of 1970s Harlequins. Or, in this case, a random Harlequin Romance from 2002

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2017 Highly Anticipated Releases

2017 Highly Anticipated Releases

  Last week I posted about my best reads of 2016. This week I thought I’d share a few books that I am VERY excited about reading in 2017. Some of these are part of on-going series so I’ll link both Goodreads, pre-order details where available and a link to the first book of the

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Best of 2016

Cooking Up Romance 2016 Best Reads

Last January, I set out to read 100 books off my TBR pile. And guess what? I did it! I still have 662 on it, but whatever, let’s just ignore that. I also read a ton of aliens, shifters and cyborgs, none of which actually made it onto this list because I think if I

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School Ties by Tamsen Parker with Pot Roast

School Ties Pot Roast

Let’s go on a little trip all the way back to 2014. I had just started Cooking Up Romance and joined Twitter when I discovered a brand new, unpublished writer named Tamsen Parker talking about her “technical virgin hero”. Now, I love me a virgin hero and the technical part was too intriguing not to

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2016 TBR Challenge: The Siren’s Touch by Amber Belldene

The Siren's Touch with a cookie and teapot.

Ghost romance? Yeah, I wasn’t so sure either. But in The Siren’s Touch I was pleasantly surprised to find an unexpectedly twisty, intriguing and ultimately satisfying read. I have enjoyed Amber Belldene’s books in the past so I knew the writing would be good, but well, the heroine is a ghost. Now, either that grabs

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Where There’s A Will Spicy Chicken Soup

A Bowl of spicy chicken soup with a Kindle. The cover on the screen is Where There's A Will by Cari Z.

The world of Panopolis is a place where superheroes and supervillains reign, but it’s clear that shadowy GenCorp is the power behind their thrones. The heroes in particular are controlled by their handlers—they feed them, house them, pay them, control their sponsorships and generally run a company store to keep them beholden. I honestly can’t

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2016 TBR Challenge: Grabbed by Vicious by Lolita Lopez

This month’s TBR Challenge theme was a “Random Pick” and this one was pretty random. I picked up all three books in the Grabbed series by Lolita Lopez at the recommendation of a friend. The basic plot is that a planet-bound agrarian society is defended from external threats by a sky-going warrior race in return

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