If I've discovered one secret about being a writer, it's this--it's far more fun to read someone else's books than bang your head against the wall writing your own. :-)
I write *a lot*, but I always try to keep up with my reading. After all, reading was my main inspiration for becoming an author!
At the moment it's three (yep, I usually have 2-3 books going at once):
Eloisa James: A Duke of Her Own
Leopold, Duke of Villiers, seeks a wife. He is determined to find and bring home his six (count them, six), illegitimate children, and he needs a wife who is high enough in rank to pave their way into society, and one who is patient and kind enough to accept them. He meets Eleanor, a duke's daughter, who has declared she will marry no one below the rank of duke (so she'll have fewer offers--she's not interested in marriage at all, so she thinks).
Delightful reading. I always love Eloisa James's complex, emotional plots, well-developed characters, and sparkles of humor. This book is a good example of why I like her work. And also, I can't lie... Villiers is HOT. (And the cover is so pretty--nice stepback.)
More heat with Bonnie Vanak's Immortal Wolf
Raphael is the Kallan--the "executioner" chosen to ease dying Draicon werewolves to the Other Realm. He's contracted by a very traditional pack in Tennessee to dispatch a Draicon woman they claim can kill with her touch. She's longing for death, they say. But when Rafe arrives at his destination, he finds Emily, a lovely young woman who is very different from the other Draicon and definitely not ready to die. Rafe has a dilemma--if he doesn't kill Emily, his brother, Gabe's life is forfeit (it's in the contract), but how can he execute the woman he's falling in love with?
I love Bonnie's Draicon (werewolf) world--so creatively developed and populated with intriguing characters. I'm looking forward to reading about more; and in fact, Indigo's story (half-werewolf, half-vampire) is up at e-Harlequin for free, one chapter per week. Check it out.
And, oh yeah, Rafe--HOT with a capital H. I've been drooling for Rafe, the black-leather wearing Cajun biker werewolf for a year. Indigo too--tasty, dark-haired hotty fighting the vamp within him.
I'm also reading Gerri Russell's To Tempt a Knight, which is a lovely, lovely historical romance.
Sir William Keith is a Scotsman in the order of Knights Templar, who must remain hidden, because their order has been abolished, declared heretical. William and his friends need to keep sacred treasure out of the hands of the enemy. But when William races to the one man who can help, he finds that man taken, and his daughter left alone and at risk. Of course, he needs to rescue her...even if she begins their relationship by whacking him in the head. :-)
An intriguing and satisfying read. The heroine has one of my favorite names--Siobhan, which if I am right is pronounced almost like Chiffon (Gerri can correct me if I'm wrong).
And in case you think I forgot--William is HOT!
Curl up with these and enjoy. Share your own recommendations and current reads in the comments!!