In the early years of our marriage, my husband and I went out to dinner often. Actually, nearly every night. With each of us going to school and working odd hours, we never seemed to have enough time at home to eat, so we’d end up sharing an hour together somewhere in Athens – either The Grit or the now defunct Guaranteed (owned in part by Michael Stipe, BTW) – to eat. It got to the point that anytime we saw a local waiter or ...more
There’s a day for pretty much anything – today is Be a Millionaire Day, probably named such to give us an opportunity to either feel rich, treat ourselves to something extravagant, or else appreciate other riches in our lives. It’s the perfect day to look up a handsome millionaire, but why stop there? Billionaire heroes are hot – they have unlimited resources to make a loved one feel pampered, they’re handsome and business savvy, and can fly to Paris on a whim for a romantic ...more
Kat says: Waking Up Married presents a cute and at times angst-ridden take on the “what happens in Vegas” theme. It was fun to read how the romance happened after the vows. Best of all, this book is free at ARe, and worth picking up.
Her first thought: “Who are you?”
It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse having woken up with something else as well–a funny, arrogant, ...more
We are pleased to have romance author Alissa Callen with us at the Cafe today! Hope you brought your appetite, she has some great recipes to share.
What Love Sounds Like is a sweet romance filled with self-discovery and sugar-loaded foods starting with the sound ‘c’. Mia Windsor, an outback speech pathologist, uses food as a fun way for orphaned four-year-old Tilly to practice her clear ‘c’ talking. Whether it be eating popcorn to discover where the back of the throat ‘c’ sound ...more
Plan B by SJD Peterson is a compelling, emotional, and erotic story of opposites-attract within a college setting. It takes the well-worn pairing of athlete with nerd-and-or-effeminate-man and makes some fresh changes. Lance might be a football player, but he is also sensitive, caring, and hardworking. Danny is not a nerdy or an effeminate type. Instead, he’s a gorgeous, extroverted theater major who enjoys toning down his masculine looks with make-up and stylish clothes to achieve an androgynous beauty.
The frequency of the hot ...more
Promises Kept by Erosa Knowles has an intricate plot and memorable characters. Her novels are known for having ordinary characters caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Here we have two normal people who are in a unique situation. A huge twist happens in the story involving Karyn’s sister that was completely imaginative, although a bit bittersweet at the end. At the start of the story, Flynn’s character is cold and callous towards Karyn. It was clear he was still working through his issues of honoring ...more
Body of Art by Nikki Winter is a sassy short story featuring a contemporary plot with a fun and young interracial couple. The plot is fairly straightforward and centers around Sully and Channing’s dance to avoid the obvious fact that they are both attracted to each other. I found this story similar to my other recommended read written by Winter because the characters share the same familiar and very relatable feel. The faux antagonist relationship between the main characters is also similar. It is ...more
The Sweetest Thing by Nikki Winter is a very refreshing and enjoyable contemporary, interracial romance. The introduction immediately pulls you into the story with a funny exchange between Kov and Harper. Right away it sets the tone for the rest of the plot and also establishes the way the characters interact with each other. Harper and Kov seem to almost have their own personal language with which they communicate. Both are deprecating but also know there is no real meanness behind the harsh comments ...more
We’re off to RT, and if you’re going we hope to see you there! If not, rats.
We’ve packed plenty of books to enjoy during travel and downtime. If you need something to read on the plane, try this week’s reading list:
A Perfect Getaway by W. Lynn Chantale
Memories of You by Rhonda Laurel
Like a Lily by Victoria Pitts-Caine
Instant Attraction by Tory Richards
Hey, Nobody’s Perfect by Ann Herrick