Hello, friends! How are you today? Can you believe it’s already May?
Since I missed it last year, I decided to participate in #Rombklove this month. It’s a month-long celebration of the romance genre brought to you by Ana Coqui.
Here are the prompts for the month:
Day 1: Comfort Reads
This is a great prompt because this past month I’ve been doing a lot of comfort reading and, more recently, thinking about what authors and subgenres are comforting to me.
I’m not much of a re-reader so I don’t have specific go-to books, but I do have authors I’ve turned to when the anxiety and/or stress has ramped up. One of them is the inimitable Tessa Dare. I listened to The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) last month, and it was precisely what I needed. It’s narrated by Mary Jane Wells, who is an excellent voice actor. It made me laugh and boosted my hope in humanity, and I loved the heroine Alex. Here’s a more in depth review of the book.
Another of my go-to authors for comfort reads is Sarah MacLean. Her books are feminist and lovingly written. One of my favorites of hers is A Scot in the Dark (Scandal & Scoundrel #2), which I read in 2018 and then convinced a friend to borrow last year. It features one of my all-time favorite couples, Lily Hargrove and Alec Stuart, the Duke of Warnick, an imposing, broody Scotsman.
Because of my love of Sarah MacLean’s books, I’m currently reading Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards #2). Hattie is a savvy, curvy, and determined heroine, and I’m quite fond of her.
So it would seem historical romances featuring smart, determined female characters have provided the comfort reads I’ve needed recently. Perfectly fine with me.
What books, authors, and/or tropes do you go to for comfort reads?
Until next time, friends!