Suggested summer reads: June 14 edition

Time for another batch!!

“ye olde romance”
9 rules to break… by Sarah MacLean
What I think took it from good to great was the heroine. We stick with her for most all of the story, and really get to see how this on-the-shelf spinster with an impeccable reputation and too-chubby figure breaks free of demands and finds herself. She lets herself dream up a list of things she would do if she was free to do anything – and then sets off doing them. In the process, naturally, she finds herself entwined and adventuring with her long-time (from afar) unrequited love. What really works for me on this book too is that the author stuck to the couple’s relationship. No half-done mystery or secret villain to battle, it was a straightforward, clever, utterly lovely romance.

“A book to write in”
Mess by Keri Smith
This author has all kinds of FANTASTIC books – and the point of each is to play. make mess. think. get creative. be inspired. have fun. If you’ve never tried one – I highly recommend it. I just sent this one to one of my favorite people as a summer activity.

“Dragons & magic & romance oh my!”
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Mega-cheese cover aside, this book rocked my socks. Heroine steals something from a very scary dragon’s lair, and he chases her down. Much romance¬†ensues, but what really made me love this book was all of the detail, the skill of the writing, world building, and all around AWESOMENESS of the entire book. This author gets everything just right – and I was amazed at just how much I liked it. If you’re at all into the paranormal/dark/urban fantasy genres check it out!

In fact- I liked this book SO MUCH that I went and bought a second copy to give away to one of you. So if you’d like to try out Dragon Bound – just leave a comment here! Winner to be drawn next week…