Michelle Mills asks “You’re not on Twitter? Why not?”
Twitter is a terrific place to learn about books—I’m not talking about recs from buy my book robo-tweets, I’m referring to genuine reciprocal conversations about books people liked and are recommending to each other. Book clubs, genre discussions, mini reviews, warnings, fangirl squees—the twitterverse is the “it” place for romance talk. It’s a microcosm of the industry and a meeting place for the romance obsessed.
I know, I know—Twitter isn’t for everyone. No worries, I’m there for you, talking about romance books every single day, rain or shine. Here’s a list of what I’ve read or noticed lately, gleaned from fellow romance obsessed individuals (like yourself) via the Twitter hive mind:
His Pretend Baby by Theodora Taylor
This book is so damn good. I’m not kidding. Five different reviewers recommended it to me. They were all giddy with romance reading euphoria. Don’t be put off by the beard, just buy the book (although not sure why you’d be put off by the beard because, Beards! *roar*). The Billionaire hero possibly has Asperger’s. The heroine is edgy and delightful. The author’s voice is pure fun and there isn’t a dull moment to be found. And the sex is super hot. Cracktastic! Buy it. Buy it, now.
His Forever Family by Sarah M. Anderson
Yes, another Billionaire trope, but this is more specifically a Boss/Secretary trope (my catnip). The author, Sarah M. Anderson, tweeted the cover which shows a Billionaire holding the cutest baby ever, who is not of his own ethnicity. I squealed, “I must have this now!” and quickly got on Amazon to check the blurb, which said the hero would end up adopting that precious baby. *flail* The author tweeted to let me know the heroine was biracial. So of course I opened my kindle right away and started reading. And I loved it. I stayed up late reading this book. There’s deep characterization and depth concerning the ramifications of socioeconomic status within the couple’s relationship, which rarely happens in a Boss/Secretary book in a realistic way. It’s refreshing to find a hero worried and aware of the power differential between him and the employee he’s having sex with! I really appreciated this fresh, modern HQ Desire. I plan on reading more by this author. In fact I think she has another IR (Interracial) HQ out right now…
A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles
I swear to God, this author doesn’t write a bad book.
Disclaimer- I’m friends with KJ Charles on Twitter. We’ve been chatting for ages. I can’t help it, she’s just that charming.
But, aside from this, her books are terrific. I found out about this release like everyone else, by following the author’s timeline or through a fan’s retweet of a teaser. On Twitter the super readers, romance writers, reviewers, and well, anyone with a pulse, swoon over each and every new KJ Charles release. I almost need to talk about her body of work as a whole, rather than a single book—I’ve read so much of her backlist it’s blurring into a monolith of excellence.
A Seditious Affair is a smart, amazingly researched historical romance, with teeth-gnashing conflict, a hard-earned HEA, and, and…just read it! If you don’t normally read m/m romance—KJ Charles is a terrific gateway drug.
Sinner’s Creed by Kim Jones
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How about you? Do you have a book to share that you heard about and read? A warning you’d like to share? Rules: You must have heard about the book or book related information originally on Twitter and if you remember who specifically rec’d it to you, all the better!