Did you ever mention an author that you LOVE to another reader and had that person tell you they'd never read any of their work? I hate it when that happens! I want EVERYONE to read the authors I love so that I can talk to them about it! (Is that too much to ask???) So, with that in mind, here are the authors I wish everyone would read so that we could have a big 'ole discussion about them :
I've talked in depth about why this author is so fabulous. But for those who didn't hear me screaming her praises from the rooftops, this is an author that will rip your heart out, then put it back together again. Tears are guaranteed, but it's all totally worth it in the end. Where to start:
Why you should start with Rush: It'll make you cry, but not ugly sob. This one features my all-time favorite trope: the grumpy one is soft for the sunshine one. The hero is also arecluse, which is another weakness of mine. Trust me when I say that this one is pure gold. But if you want more detail, you can also check out my full review here.
On the flipside of the super emotional stuff is Isabel Jordan. Read her books and you'll laugh until you snort, while still someone managing to feel plenty of feels. I also really enjoy the variety in her backlist. She's got a fan-freakin'-tastic paranormal series that I adore, a book about a grumpy, 46-year-old female superhero that I relate to on a BIG level, and 3 utterly fabulous contemporary rom coms. There's something there for EVERYONE. Where to start:
Why you should start with You Complicate Me: I would normally tell you to start with the paranormal series. Book 1 is Semi-Charmed. But, since paranormal isn't everyone's cuppa, I'm playing it safe with my recommendation of this hot, hilarious contemporary rom com. If you want to check out my full review before downloading, it's right here.
If you like your contemporary romance to be a great blend of emotional and hilarious with a smattering of oh-holy-hell-that's-hot sexy scenes, Melanie Harlow's work is for you. Where to start:
Why you should start with After We Fall: Farmer Jack is stupid-hot in a way that will make you want to tour the country's farms, searching for a farmer like him. I'm not even kidding a little bit.
Fans of dark, edgy, scary-but-sexy-and-occasionally-funny paranormal should DEFINITELY give this author a read. The best comparison I can think of is the Black Dagger series by JR Ward. I think if you like them, you'll get into this author's Deathless Night series. Where to start:
Why you should start with A Vampire Bewitched: I mean...it IS the first book in the series. I can't really think of a better reason than that. You could start with another book, but you'd probably be confused, as the individually books don't totally stand on their own. Side note: this author also has a one-off, edgy, emotional contemporary romance called Be With Me that I really enjoyed.
This is the author that I judge all romantic suspense against. End of story. Where to start:
Why you should start with Unlawful Contact: Yes, I'm suggesting you read out of order on this one. Not because books 1 and 2 in the I-Team series aren't fantastic, because they are. But every book stands alone, and this one was my personal favorite. Side note: If you're looking for military romantic suspense, she does a great job with that, too. Try the Cobra Elite series. You can thank me later.
This is another author who can rip your heart out, but I can't stay mad at her. She's far too fabulous, and her happy endings are some of the best in the biz. Where to start:
Why you should start with Tied: Yes, I'm recommending out of order again. Torn, book 1, is a GREAT book. You really should read it. But, that said, Tied tugged at every one of my heart strings, and to this day, even after loving all her other books, it remains by #1 favorite.
Grumpy, dirty-talking heroes who outwardly can seem like total jerks, but who are secretly sweet cinnamon rolls (sometimes way, way deep down) are this author's specialty. The sexy scenes are also of the grab-me-a-glass-of-ice-water-will-ya variety. Where to start:
Why you should start with Two Weeks Notice: There's a scene where the hero orders food for the heroine (she's running late to a meeting), and he totally nails her super-complicated order without her giving him any help, because even though he's (up until that point) seemed like a thoughtless jerk, it's clear that he misses not a single detail about this woman because he's over-the-moon crazy about her. It's one of the most quietly romantic scenes I've ever read. This book was an utter delight, as evidenced by my gushy review here.
Brittainy C Cherry
Tortured, angst-y heroes that you'll want to hug. That's enough reason right there to read her work. But she also delivers tons of emotion, scorchingly hot sexy scenes, and relatable heroines. Where to start:
Why you should start with Disgrace: You can't make a bad pick in this woman's backlist. I could've put any one of her books here. But this one's my all-time favorite, so...there you have it.
What about you? Any romance authors YOU wish everyone else in the world would read? Give them a shout-out in the comments!