To the romantics out there, this spotlight is for you! Contemporary romance is a wonderful genre… but why not let author Stacy Gail tell you why:
Stacy Gail on what makes Contemporary Romances unforgettable…
What is it that makes so many contemporary romances unforgettable? You know the kind I mean. They’re the books on your “keeper” shelf, and they’d have to be pried from your cold, dead hands before you’d ever give them up! I’m the same way, and all my faves have certain elements that make them stand out and just plain work. Such as:
Heroine Addiction: I LOVE strong heroines! They’re not the helpless damsels in distress of old waiting to be saved. Hell, no. They might be in distress, but my favorite contemporary damsels can save themselves, thank you very much. (But if there’s a powerful shoulder to cry on later, that’s cool too ;) )
I Can Relate: My favorite stories are populated by characters I can relate to. No matter the backdrop—a cityscape, a small town, the athletic world or the great outdoors—my favorite contemporary romances resonate because the character’s thoughts and emotions feel like my own. Get me to fall into a character’s head, and I’ll be your lifelong starry-eyed fangirl.
Oh, The Feels: Contemporary romance often deals with real life issues that strike without warning. Nothing rips me up faster than characters enduring modern-day pressures like foreclosures, car accidents or a stalker ex who just won’t freaking stop. When you combine those factors with the internal pressure-cooker of falling in love, everything’s amped up until the characters (and readers!) feel like a quivering, raw nerve.
Super Hero: Last but not least, I NEED A HERO (sorry for the earworm, heh). Contemporary romance heroes are more sensitive to the needs of their lady-loves than ever before. I get swoony over the Alpha male who taps into his inner gladiator to protect the love of his life, while still respecting her inherent right to think for herself. Domineering Alphaholes… well, they’re still out there. But fans of contemporary romance (like me!) love a sexy hero who’s confident enough in himself to not perpetually strong-arm his significant other into doing everything his way.
Today’s contemporary romance is more complex than ever, and Carina Press gets that. Carina’s authors are some of the best in the genre, so if you haven’t tried them out, now is the perfect time to see for yourself. Happy reading!
What’s New in Contemporary Romance…
One Hot Second by Stacy Gail
Parker Radclyffe is up against a wall. Thorne Mansion, the mysterious Italianate castle she’s come to Texas to restore, isn’t the problem. No matter how intriguing the relic is, it’s merely an ember compared to the blazing magnetism of its owner, Chandler Thorne.
When his family mansion burned down, Chandler had to watch over a hundred years of proud history go up in smoke. After more than a year, he finally has everything in place to rebuild, including a renowned conservation architect to oversee the restoration. But when he lays eyes on Parker he realizes he’s gotten more than he paid for. Maybe more than he can handle.
Parker is a military brat who never sits still long enough to get burned. Chandler is her opposite, a man with deep roots and deeper family secrets. It won’t be easy to find the common ground it takes to build a home together, but Chandler is a Thorne in every sense. He plans to stick with Parker until she sees that love is more than worth the risk.
Midnight Vengeance by Lisa Marie Rice
Morton “Jacko” Jackman isn’t afraid of anything. He’s a former Navy SEAL sniper, and he’s been in more firefights than most people have had hot meals. Lauren Dare scares the crap out of him.
Gorgeous, talented and refined, she’s the type of woman who could never be interested in a roughneck like him. So he’s loved her fiercely in secret, taken her art classes, and kept a watchful but comfortable distance. Until now.
Lauren had finally found a home in Portland, far from her real identity, far from the memories of her mother’s death, and outside the reaches of the drugged-out psycho who’s already tried to kill her twice. One tiny misstep—a single photograph—has shattered it all. She has no choice but to run again, but this time she’ll give herself a proper farewell: one night with Jacko.
Their highly charged emotional encounter changes everything. In Jacko’s arms there cannot be fear, there can only be pleasure. Anyone wishing her harm will have to pass through him, and Jacko is a hard man to kill.
Across the Line by Kate Willoughby
Book two of In the Zone
Calder Griffin needs to get back in shape. Sidelined last season by a knee injury, he’s determined to return to the San Diego Barracudas and play the best hockey of his career. This might even be the year he gets out of his talented older brother’s shadow.
For months, Becca Chen has poured her energy into Cups, the restaurant she owns, desperate to prove to her parents that she can succeed in the career of her choice, not theirs. But after she spends a five-hour plane ride flirting with charming, magic-on-the-ice Calder, she tells herself she needs a fling.
Becca and Calder can’t keep their hands off each other, but they know the relationship can’t last. They live on opposite coasts, and they’re both too devoted to their careers. All they have to do is prevent their feelings from crossing the line from lust to love…
See how Calder’s teammate Tim found love in On the Surface.
Some Like It Deadly by Heather Long
Being the best friend to a prince isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. As attorney and spokesperson for the royal Andraste family, Richard Prentiss lives under a microscope. Fair or not, he’s not able to date like a regular person. So when his personal assistant retires, Richard knows her pretty replacement, Kate, is strictly off-limits.
Kate Braddock’s resume includes special forces training and enough profiling work to pick a threat out of a crowd. None of that prepares her to resist the charming, down-to-earth attorney she’s assigned to protect. Determined to treat him like any other body to guard, she struggles to maintain her distance. It’s her job to step in front of the bullet with Richard’s name on it, nothing more.
When threats against the royal family take a deadly turn and his new assistant foils two attempts on his life, Richard’s grateful—and more than a little intrigued. There’s more to Kate than meets the eye, but what is she hiding? He’ll have to trust her with his life when the danger proves to be closer than either realized…
Book three of Going Royal
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