Part two of the 5 book challenge:
Some of my favorites are:
1. The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer
A French girl runs away from her unromantic guardian and falls in with a dashing smuggler and a level-headed lady.
Here is Heyer’s comedy of manners complete with witty dialogue and recreation of the atmosphere of the Regency world. The characters include the ditsy teenage girl, the sane and cheerful lady, the dashing young blade and the unbending aristocrat. This one has doses of intrigue and sexual tension as well.
This is my favorite of hers and I can’t believe I don’t own it yet.
2. Crimson Roses by Grace Livingston Hill
A beautiful but poor woman treats herself to the opera. A secret admirer (who is not a stalker) sends her a single crimson rose for at each performance.
This Cinderella loses her privileged life-style when her father dies. She suffers an entry-level job, a horrible apartment and I think she lives on sleeves of crackers. Nevertheless, she manages to stay fashionably dressed by sewing her own clothes. It’s old-fashioned entertainment but it is fun watching her struggle back to the social level she wants.
This is an inspirational romance, and if you loathe those, don’t try this. Her books are, strangely enough, more readable for me than a lot of her modern counterparts.
3. Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
Vacationing Sophie eyes a handsome, feckless mayor while fending off the inhabitants of a small town who suspect her sister is filming sex movie.
It’s almost impossible not to like this funny, sexy, romantic caper. I would say more but then I would start raving. Crusie is my hero.
4. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klaus
A teen wolf (female) moves into a new town and juggles her obligation to her pack with her attraction to a human boy.
Most paranormal romances just don’t get it right. This young adult romance makes werewolves dangerous and wild and beautiful. For once, the fantasy is the meat of the story and not just the garnish. They are making a movie.
5. Grand Passion by Jayne Anne Krentz
An edgy, bitter man hunts down the gold-digging mistress of his deceased mentor for the clue she holds to his inheritance. He finds a lovely, compassionate woman who has more than one secret.
It’s not profound but it pleases me immensely when they heal each other’s hearts.