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Day 28 #RomBkLove: Unrequited

Day 28

Kini's back for her third and final post for RomBkLove with a list of her favorite romances where unrequited pining and longing define the story.  Why do these stories appeal to Kini? Why do they appeal to you?

Day 27 #RomBkLove: Re-Reads

Day 27 The fantastic Meka is back to tell us about why she re-reads and describing all the different kinds of re-reading she does. She also invited the #RomBkLove team to share their experiences with re-reading at the end of the post:

What do you get when you put a mood reader, a glommer, and a rereader together? Why, you get me, of course. The ability to sink in to a book series, read books based on my mood, and get stuck in a never-ending rereads session is a talent, in and of itself. I can get stuck in that cycle, but Agent Reread is on the case and ready for duty, provided I can find my way out of this 57-book small town series labyrinth. I know the risks!

Happy Reread Sunday. I hope that you have had the opportunity to visit yesterday’s prompt on new-to-me authors and have loaded up your shopping carts appropriately. Now that you have done so, let me tell you about the wonders of rereading.

Why reread a book when there are so many other books to choose from?

Rereading can be one of the most frustrating yet rewarding parts of being a voracious reader. Often, I reread books because I am a mood reader and I want a specific set of circumstances, such as a person having to navigate life due to trauma, a damsel in distress, novellas about shifters who only want a mate and a baby, some super dark (but not hero being the reason for dark) romantic suspense, a book full of humor, some epic fantasy with romantic elements, or just something to read that hits all of the buttons I want but may not be able to quantify until I’ve started the reread. Typically, I will be sitting on the bus during the commute, scrolling through the myriad of books that I have and get frustrated because I have “Nothing to read!’. I have learned over the years that it isn’t that I am out of books to read, but that I have to find something that gels with my mood brain, and sometimes the mood brain is a cruel and fickle mistress. She wants what she wants, and very often doesn’t communicate that to me until I’ve flailed and given up and decided to read something I’ve read before.

The other, and perhaps most important reason why I reread is because when the world gets a little too hard, when depression hits, or when I just need to check out for a while, my favorites are always there, ready and waiting for me to read them once again and perhaps pick up on something that I hadn’t noticed the other fifteen times I read them. You don’t know! Books are like onions and there is always another layer to uncover.

I don’t know that I can adequately convey the pure emotion that is involved in rereading. I spend all this time trying to find the next great read, particularly after a book hangover where I have read something absolutely amazing, and what do I do? I go to something familiar with towns and characters and plots that I know and have fallen in love with and I will read. Since I am a glommer, that means that I could likely spend up to two months reading a series that I’ve already devoured and you won’t see me until I’ve made it to the other side only to be swept back under again should the mood brain decide that I’m not ready to take on something new yet. It is like being hugged and tucked in beneath a treasured quilt as the smells of hot chocolate and chicken noodle soup waft through the kitchen. All is well and life is good.

Types of Rereads

There are several types of rereads and each and every one of them is valid. There is absolutely no wrong way to reread a book. Say it with me! There is absolutely *no* wrong way to reread a book.

The Stand-alone Reread

Nora Roberts the Witness  a small rocky river with lots of greens and leavesYou know it as soon as you see the title. It’s the book that you read because it got you through a difficult time. It’s the audiobook that made you fall in love with other audio books and got you interested in a specific narrator. It’s the paperback with frayed pages because you turned it so much. It’s the braille book whose dots might be a little run down because it’s been read many, many times. It’s the digital book that you keep gifting to all of your friends because it has meant so much to you. It hits every part of your brain with the feelings that you need, even if that book has high angst.

Speaking of high angst, my favorites for stand-alone rereads are Baby Love by Catherine Anderson and The Witness by Nora Roberts. Both books still have the power to make me feel as though I’ve been sucker punched with the pain of the characters, even though I know that things are going to be alright in the end.

The Series Reread

We find ourselves becoming immersed in a world of small towns, paranormals, FBI teams, westerns, Dystopian hellscapes, and the back streets of London where people are just trying to make a living and find love. We know these worlds. Reading them for the first time opens our eyes to new possibilities in world building. Reading them for the second, fifth, twentieth, and fifty-seventh time allows us to savor the build-up of new relationships and find hidden clues and setups that we never would have caught in the beginning. We know these characters. We rejoice in their happily-ever-after, we cry just as we did the first time one of our favorite side characters is killed off. We know the bad is coming and yet we’re still on pins and needles because if you are anything like me, the hurt will be followed up by exquisite comfort. These are still book hugs and it is very easy to get stuck in the rabbit hole of rereads until you’re finished. What happens when the series reread is complete? Hopefully they have anthologies and slice of life short stories in their newsletters and on their website!

Covers of three psychangeling books stacked with a man crouched front and center in the slave to sensation cover_Naturally, I have several series that I gravitate toward when it comes to rereading. It should come as no surprise that one of them is the Psy/Changeling books by Nalini Singh. When I reread, I get to see the world unfurling beautifully right before my eyes all over again. It is lovely and perfect and just what my mood reading brain desires.

Another series that I can reread quite easily is Karen Rose’s Long-running book series all about detectives, lawyers, and people in peril. It is very dark and I need to be in a pretty unhappy mood to read them, but they definitely are what I need during times of great stress.

The Author Reread

I know it’s time to reread an author when I’ve been reading a book by them and am not ready to quit. The author reread is very important because that author has established trust all across the board. You know what to expect, you know if they go off script, you will love them. You want to read their voice and maybe enjoy a little nostalgia at the same time. Sometimes when I reread an author’s massive back list, I find myself thinking that this is exactly what I want and need during this time. This is likely the most dangerous form of rereading, because you may start in on an author’s book series or stand-alone and are unable to find your way out until next year!

Nora Roberts is the ultimate author reread for me. No matter my mood, Nora’s got something for me. I know that whatever I pick up by her, I’m going to enjoy it the tenth time just as much as I did the first time. I know her voice, I know where her paranormal books are going, I know the familiarity of her romantic suspense, and I am here for all of it.

Dakrhaired woman holding a candle Seanan McGuire an Artificial Night_The Scene Rereaders

The scene rereaders are the ones who will skim through their favorite parts of the book just to get to a specific scene that resonated. I am a scene rereader.

Sometimes, my mood brain is impatient and wants to read quickly to get to the book hug moment. There is no rhyme or reason for this, but I want what I want when I want it. I want to read the breaking point for a character in an angst-filled book and then read the gentle scenes afterward. I want to experience those happy emotions that I get when there is a beautiful scene of strong female friendships written on the page. Sometimes, I just want to read some really, really good make up grovel.  This is harder for me to do now that I am not reading books on the laptop as much, but I can scene read like nobody’s business.

In Seanan Mcguire’s An Artificial Night, there is a powerful scene where friends come together to do something amazing. I know that is very vague, but I would be spoiling the book if I said more than that. This scene, for me, was full of hope that was desperately needed. When I reread it, my breath catches, my eyes fill, and I am stunned all over again by the depth of caring that is portrayed.

So what about you?

What are the books that you find yourself rereading? What rereading rabbit hole have you found yourself sliding down? Why do you enjoy rereading, and which type of rereader are you?

I want to thank Ana for allowing me to delve in to this topic and for providing all of us a space to talk about romance all over Twitter via the #RomBkLove hashtag. I can’t wait until someone says that one of the books recommended either via the blog posts for this year’s #RomBkLove or recommendations from the hashtag has given them a huge wealth of books to reread. And remember, there is *no* wrong way to reread a book!

Here are some of the RomBkLove team’s favorite rereads:

Anne Marie Winston Carolina on my Mind Silhoutte Desire  man and woman on bed embracingOne from my reread-books mountain by Mary Lynne

Every once in a while, I have to reread Carolina on my Mind by Anne Marie Winston. It’s an old Desire title and an alien-abduction romance. And not today’s “hot alien sees someone and takes them” variant that’s a staple of KU. Nope, this book was published in 1994, so it’s the aliens of Whitley Strieber’s Communion, stealing humans to experiment on them. The hero and heroine meet each other on Earth, and only slowly do they put together that they were both the subjects of past alien experimentation. There’s a romance element (of course, the aliens put them together to observe breeding practices--this was a Desire title), but there’s a strong undercurrent that addresses PTSD--just in your typical alien-abduction romance storyline. :-) One thing I love about this book is that it points out the risk-taking that occurred in the series romance business. Publishing so many books back in the day, Harlequin was perfectly willing to release the occasional oddity in a traditional line. Carolina on my Mind is a classic example of that.

Kristen Ashley Lady LuckWhy and what I reread by Kini

I hardly ever reread, I like new stories, I like the surprise of them and finding new authors. However, sometimes I need something that I know is going to work for me. A re-read is like going home. Or like when my mom makes my favorite chicken & dumplings for me. I know that even after all these years, it is going to be exactly the same. There is a great comfort in that. There are two books that I alternate for my comfort re-reads. Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley or Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley. Problematic as KA books may be, I love re-reading these two. I love seeing Lexi and Ty fall in love, experience the heart-wrenching beach scene and then see them coming together again. Same with Kia and Sam in Heaven & Hell. I find both to be highly emotional stories. There is also a sense of recalibration of my reading when I re-read one of them. They help remind me what I like in my stories. They also help me remember that I can read a string of meh books and know that Lexi and Ty will be there to give me a love story that I will just adore.

Shirtless man with a moon and wolf in the background  Go Fetch by Shelly LaurenstonWhy and what I reread by Joy

I am a re-reader because I love reliving great love stories and memorable characters. With a reread I know what I am getting ahead of time and that makes me happy. Nothing to worry about re: is the book going to be good, will I like the characters, will the book disappoint, there are no unknowns with a good reread. Here are some of my favorite rereads: Just Joe by Marley Morgan, At Last by Melissa Schroeder, Go Fetch by Shelly Laurenston, Branded Sanctuary by Joey W. Hill, Waiting For It by Rhyannon Byrd, The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Night Fever by Susan Kyle and Knight of A Trillion Stars by Dara Joy

HiddenLegacy trio of bookcoversWhat I reread & why by Jen

I read really fast. In fact, I read too fast, skipping details and skimming if I have that feeling that I MUST KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. So for me, rereading allows me to settle in and enjoy the details I blew past that first time around. Recently, I did that with the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews. I just was on the edge of my seat! I had to know what was going to happen, so rereading it allowed me to be more leisurely and take in those details I missed the first time around. But I also the comfort food equivalent of rereading: skimming back through favorite scenes and sections. It’s like visiting with an old friend. (I also rewatch the same movies over and over again for the same reason.) I have a collection on my kindle called A+ favorites, and I put books there that I keep going back to, over and over again. For some reason, I do tend to reread super-high drama books! I just love to read about the angsty drama, I guess. I’ve reread Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas about a hundred times. That part where he steals her glasses. /sigh


What a Bear Wants by Nikki Winter  white shirtless man and black woman mountain in the background.What I reread & why by E_Bookpushers

I, reread, I have my entire life.  If I didn’t reread I would run out of things to read I discovered as a child when I would finish the max number of library books I was allowed to check out two days into the week.   As a result if I finish reading something and I think I will never read it again, I don’t keep it. So I am going to try to scope this just a bit. During the times when my mood is driving me,  Shelly Laurenston, G.A. Aiken, Betty Neels, and Louis L’Amour (homesick) tend to be my frequent picks. For some of my favorite ongoing series, I will either reread right before a new installment is released or I will read the new installment and immediately back and reread the series looking for the hints or clues I missed or correctly pieced together.  And then there are the ones I just love so when nothing else catches my eye or holds my attention, I know I can sink into Immortal Danger by Cynthia Eden, the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews, Never Love a Lawman by Jo Goodman, the Goddess With a Blade series by Lauren Dane, Laura Florand, Here There be Monsters by Meljean Brook, The Bride by Julie Garwood (and the rest of her historicals), What a Bear Wants and Beastly Desires by Nikki Winter, along with Zoe Archer’s and Nico Rosso’s SFRs to name a few.  

Covers of the Others series by Anne Bishop all featuring a darkhaired woman with red streaks in her hair.Comfort and Familiarity but sometimes for clarity by Ana Coqui

Last year I wrote a little about re-reading for #Rombklove: Most Read or Re-read post  I mostly re-read for comfort but I occasionally re-read to re-examine.   I re-read a lot last year and the year before in the run-up to the election for comfort. Everything in the news sapped my energy.  As emotionally exhausted I was needed, to read, or listen to books in series that I knew I love and would deliver.  I was able to zone in and out and not lose track of the story or miss key details.  I tend to re-read or re-listen to Kristen Ashley when I'm too emotionally stuck to try something new. Sometimes I do go back and re-read for greater depth and clarity, especially when a series has a slowly unfolding series plotline.  I've re-listened to Anne Bishop's The Others Series several times over the last few years, as I awaited the final books to come out. And I re-read all of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling books in order once the initial story wrapped up because I had read them all out of order and I wanted to experience them in the proper sequence. Re-reading is powerful self-care tool for me, however I tend to binge read (read about my blanket-forting via G.A. Aiken or TS Joyce ) more than re-read.


Day 26 #RomBkLove: New-To-Me

Day 26

Chachic loves discovering new authors and has a load to share with you about why she loves them and who here newest discoveries have been.

Day 25 #RomBkLove: Steamy Reads

Day 25

Jen is back with a post about just what makes a Steamy reads STEAMY:

It was hard to define what makes a book steamy, rather than sexy, intense, or erotic.

Do you agree with Jen's definition of Steamy?


Day 24: #Rombklove: Disability

Day 24_ Disability #RombklovePlease welcome Shantastic! @bardsong to #RomBkLove.  I've been following Shannon on twitter for a long time and I always enjoy her recommendations. When Calla Lily had to step away, Shannon offered to step in with her own list of recommendations, because as disabled (blind) romance reader, she had acquired a lot of opinion about the ways disability is used in Romance.

Hi everyone! My name is Shannon, and I'm excited to talk to you all about romances with disabled characters for #RomBkLove. This has become something of a passion of mine, because too often, disability is used as a shorthand in romance for angst. If you know that a heroine was blinded or a hero is an amputee, then you think you know all the reasons that character might be sad. And too often, authors don't delve into the topic more deeply than that. As a congenitally blind person with no usable vision, I've gotten used to seeing myself in the pages of books as a character who elicits either pity or inspiration, and it's important to me to consider disability from a more nuanced perspective. A romance with a disabled protagonist works when the disabled character has other facets to her life than her disability. Does she have other hobbies that are explicitly mentioned in the text? Does she exist for any other reason than to be pitied? If not, my follow-up question is always why not?

    Before we get to the recs, I want to point out where I'm coming from, since everyone with a disability has a different experience. I've been blind since birth, so I grew up disabled and have no other basis for comparison. I also cannot read books about blind protagonists. I keep trying; I end up wanting to argue with the author and nitpick their research, often justifiably so, which isn't a fun experience for me as a reader. So all of these recs will be for books with protagonists with disabilities I don't share. That all being said, here are my recs:

Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan  white man in gray shirt and slacks surrounded by white scribblesHeidi Cullinan has tackled disability in several of her books. My personal favorite is Love Lessons, where one of the heroes has severe allergies and asthma. I loved that he finds this irritating, because it impacts all areas of his life, but it's not treated as an obstacle to overcome. I also adored Carry the Ocean and its sequel, Shelter the Sea, which feature a hero with autism and another with severe depression. They also have disabled friends, which is something I rarely see in books, although that's certainly been my experience in real life.

Hold on Tight by Serena Bell  White couple in an embrace  white woman with blonde hair looking towards camera  dark haired man eyes closed
I really loved Serena Bell's Returning Home series, with its wounded war vets who find themselves disabled and have to figure out what that means for them. They're angsty, and the battles these heroes fight, often with themselves, are so hard won but so worth it.

Damaged Goods by Ainslie Paton  white blonde woman in profile wearing a black lace teddy

Both Owen and Cara struggle with back injuries in Ainslie Paton's Damaged Goods. Owen's been newlyinjured and is addicted to pain pills. Cara was injured as a child, so she's had years to adjust to having a disability. I loved the conflict between the two of them and enjoyed Owen's journey out of addiction.

Friend (with benefits) Zone by Laura Brown  dark hairedd white man  shirtless in a dark leather jacket looks leftRecently, I read Laura Brown's Friend (with Benefits) Zone. The author herself is hard of hearing, and so are her characters. No mention is made of this in the blurb, which is billed as a standard-issue friends-to-lovers romance. It's so refreshing to have a book treat the disabled characters like they might be able to star in any other kind of book, disabled or no. She's got a few other titles, and I look forward to seeing what else she comes up with.

I really liked the disability as character trait, not as plot device aspect of the funny A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert  tattoed shirtless white man look down toward his six-packand sweet A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert, which features an autistic heroine. I always love small-town romances where the dark underbelly of life in an idyllic village is revealed. I love that Ruth is successful in her career and has hobbies, and I don't think I've ever read a book where online friendships were treated as just as valuable as real life ones. I keep buying Talia Hibbert books, and now I want to roll around in them.

51Ed8Tia2hLI don't read a lot of romantic suspense, but I really liked Station Alpha by Aislinn Kearns, and not just because she's fun to talk with on Twitter. Paul is in a wheelchair--another wounded vet--but he's still awesome and kick-ass, and I absolutely believed why Christine would fall for him.

For historical romance, I recommend Tessa Dare's Romancing the Duke, both because it's a rip-roaring Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare  Dark haired white woman in red ballgown in profile in front of Castlegood time and because I appreciated that Dare acknowledged that vision impairment doesn't always mean a person is totally blind. Ransome felt authentic to me, and we've already talked about how hard it is for me to read blind characters. I have to give an honorable mention as well to When a Scot Ties the Knot for its story arc involving a secondary character with short-term memory loss that could have been awful and demeaning but which was instead gentle and beautifully written.

51ZCUowVNTL._SY346_Years ago, Jennifer Ashley's The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie took the romance world by storm. The titular Lord Ian MacKenzie has what we'd now consider Asperger's. It's been a while since I read the book, but I remember that I really enjoyed it.

I can't step away from historicals without a shoutout to Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm, which features a sheltered Quaker paired with a mathematical genius who is recovering from a Laura Kinsale's Flower from the Storm  Tree  flowers swaying in wind in front of a distant estate housestroke. I don't always like Kinsale's heroines, but this book is the ultimate in high drama and intense emotions.

Considering how much I love paranormals, you'd think I'd be able to rec a bunch for this topic. Part of the reason I can't is that I'm personally irritated by the trope where a person with a superpower considers it a disability. I have a real disability. Believe Ruby Dixon's Fire in his Fury  humanoid dragon with orange scaly skin embraces a white blonde woman from behindme, it's not a superpower. That said, I loved Ruby Dixon's Fire in His Fury, which has a heroine with a pronounced limp. Amy is sort of a plot mcguffin early on in the series, but once she gets her own book, she gets all the agency I could ever want for her, and Rast, her dragon lover, is delicious.

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman  two women ride a dragon  one is dark skinned and the other white and blondeEven though they're not romances, I do have to give a shout-out to the delightful mangoverse books by Shira Glassman. Shulamit has major food allergies, and Aviva shows her love by providing her gluten-free meals. It's not something she makes a big deal about, and she doesn't ask for cookies, and the romance between the two women is wonderfully sweet.

What books have I missed? Please share them in the #rombklove hashtag.

Also, check out Calla Lily's excellent blog, Sense and Disability, for another disabled person's take on this topic and additional recs.

Day 23 #RomBkLove: Gateway Books

Day 23

Kat, Rudi and Gabby, The BookThingo Team have put together a podcast about the books that brought them in Romance. I hope you love listening to their stories and checking their shownotes for all the details:


Day 22 #RomBkLove: Secret Baby

Day 22

One of my favorite things about #RomBkLove is reading about why people love certain tropes, especially if those tropes are ones that I didn't understand or care for.  Kini absolutely adores Secret Baby romances and has a top-notch list of recommendations to share on her Romance Romp Podcast Website.



Day 20 #Rombklove: Memorable Sex Scenes


Joy is back today to talk about Memorable Sex Scenes. This topic was first hosted by Jen Porter who hosted the  Sexy edition of #Rombklove last July!  I can’t wait to see what scenes have left and impression for good or bad reasons for all of you!

Thank you Ana for once again allowing me to host a day of #RomBkLove.


Hey all, Joy here once again, still trying to recover from PNR day. Today I am here to talk about the memorable sex / love scenes in romance that stick with you. Now, for me, if a scene  makes my loins / my womb throb (LOL), my cheeks get inflamed, I start to sweat while reading said scene or said scene replays in my mind long after I have finished the book, then it is a rememorable scene. The scene can encompass anywhere from a kiss that blows your head off, foreplay, heavy petting, masturbation, lots of sexual tension, dirty talk to full on intercourse.


Capturing the sensuality and emotion of a love / sex scene, bringing the reader into the story and getting them to feel what the Hero or Heroine feels, almost as if you are a voyeur, so to speak, takes talent. And sometimes a memorable scene can be when you are thinking to yourself, how the heck did they do that?? or that's got to smarts (ouchie, lol) or you find yourself trying to reinact the scene to see if what you just read is physically possible to accomplish (ha!). 


In order for me to enjoy a romancre, there must have some form of heat in the book. I can enjoy a romance with just a little sex, but the sexual tension must be high! I need at least one flaming hot scene. Having read erotic, hot, steamy romance for quite a long time, it would take me days to go over all of the scenes that have stuck with me. I don't want to give away all the details in my recommendations, so that you can enjoy the strories when you pick them up AND YOU WILL! Here are just a mere fraction of the books with memorable love/sex scenes that have left me broken, throbbing and trying to recover, (rotflmao), listed in no certain order.


Perv by Dakota Gray (M/F)

The Hero not only is honest in his love of eating the puss, he revels in pleasuring a woman in that manner. A LOT! Enough said, LOL!


Midnight Man by Lisa Marie Rice (M/F)

Hero rents out office space to the Heroine. Lots of sexual tension, Hero is enamored immediately. The first time they have sex is in his offic (MEOW!) The next day she arrives at the office to see that he has left the panties that he tore off, on the doorknob of her office. 


Fall Fury by Jaci Burton (M/F)

Hero can control storms. He persues Heroine and enacts foreplay in some very inventive weather related ways.


Natural Law by Joey W. Hill (M/F)

Joey guts me every time with her Contemporaries as well as her BDSM books. There are too many memorable scenes to count  so I will use the scene from Natural Law where the Heroine, a Domme, is teaching the Hero to use his safe word. Hero is a cop and uber Alpha. Let just say that it gets verrrrrrrry intense.


Waiting For It by Rhyannon Byrd (M/F)

As with Joey, Rhyannon Byrd guts me every time but here are two of the books that hurt my innards (in a good way) 

Hero has loved the Heroine for years. Stayed away, respected her marriage. She is now divorced and he comes back to town to claim his woman! Lots of oral on his part and when they finally make love, the Big Bang Theory happens (lol). Very Alpha, very loving, dirty talker.


Triple Play by Rhyannon Byrd (M/F/M)

Heroes friend knows Hero loves the Heroine but the Hero wont persue her because of something from his past. Friend brings Heroine to Heroes place as a gift for his birthday with the Heroines consent. So begins a night of  breaking down the Heroes defenses with some very intense lovemaking.


Night Fever by Susan Kyle (M/F)

Hero is the DA. Heroines brother gets into trouble and she tries to convince the Hero that he is a good boy.  She has much on her plate taking care of elderly grandfather and her younger brothers. Hero patiently courts the Heroine with lots of foreplay. 


Protecting What's His by Tessa Bailey (M/F)

Hero is a very sexy cop next door. Heroine has newly moved in and is on the run with her younger sister. Heroine wants nothing to do with Hero even though he is to die for, her first concern is her sister and keeping a low profile. Hero is having none of that and is a verrry dirty talker. 


Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston  (M/F)

Hero is a wolf shifter. Small town Heroine has been shunned most of her life due to an injury that left her walking with a limp and in pain. On top of that her grandmother was an evil bitch. She is very wary of people in general so when the Hero walks into the auto repair shop that she works in and shows interest, she is NOPE! Let the dance begin (lol). Sexual tension and a very hot scene when the Hero finally is able to be alone with the Heroine.


HAVEN by Rebekah Weatherspoon  (M/F)

After a very harrowing incident while on a camping trip, our Heroine literally runs into the arms of the Hero as she makes her escape to safety. Haven is a very intense story whos' Heroine and Hero are both trying to come to grips on how to live with their new normal. They begin a D/s relationship that is so pure and real as well as immensely erotic. Their journey to not only learning how to love one and another but how to come to grips with their very different lifestyles makes for a very great read.


Wicked Sacrifice by Lora Leigh (M/F/M)

Twin Heroes who share their women. Heroine works as secretary for them and is having none of being in a relationship with either much less both of them. Heroine turns the tables on Heroes as they persue indiviually and together. Oh, and what what twin feels, so does the other. OMG!!!!! 


Rejar by Dara Joy  (M/F)

Rejar is a Familiar from another world and is a very sexual being. He lands in the 18th century and rebukes the strait laced rules that prevent him from being the wanton and sexually open man that he wants to be. He sees the Heroine and immediately knows that she is his. He falls in love and uses everything in his repetoire in his pursuit of our very independent Heroine and I mean nothing. Mwahahha. 


Knight of A Trillion Stars by Dara Joy (M/F)

From the same world as Rejar, KoATS's Hero is Rejar's brother. He is very Alpha and his Heroine is a modern woman from the 20th century. He kidnaps her to his world where he courts her and he courts her alllll over his realm.. a lot! 


Below are memorable scenes suggested by some of my fellow Romance Peeps, who are hosting other prompts during #RomBkLove.


Awaken, My Love by Robin Schone (M/F)

The Heroine time-travels through self-love orgasm. - Mary Lynne Nielsen (@emmelnie)


Savage Thunder by Johanna Lindsey (M/F)

"Sex while riding on a horse". Massively dated book, but that scene! - Mary Lynne Nielsen (@emmelnie)


Muse by Anne Calhoun (M/F)

Very intense sex scenes & role playing. - Ellie Reads (@e_savova)


Please share your most memorable love/sex scenes, using #RomBkLove on Twitter. I'll have my pen and paper ready!


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