Greetings! First of all, I want to say thanks to Jen for hosting me on her blog today. Thanks so much, Jen!
So today, Jen asked me to recommend a book or series that I enjoy. I write the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, so you might think that I would be recommending an urban fantasy or paranormal romance series. I do enjoy reading in those genres, but you know what? I really like reading contemporary romance too, so that’s what I’m going to recommend today.
One of my favorite authors for contemporary romance is Lisa Kleypas, especially her Travis series, which includes Sugar Daddy, Blue-Eyed Devil, and Smooth Talking Stranger. The books take place in Texas and focus on the lives and loves of the Travis family.
Why do I like these books so much? The answer is simple: the voice. All of the books are written in first-person and focus on three very different women with their own sets of issues, problems, and heartaches. But Kleypas’s writing just makes these characters come to life, and they seem so real that you could picture yourself having coffee and chatting with any one of her heroines. Plus, the heroes and the secondary characters are also interesting and entertaining. Kleypas’s writing is so elegant, and yet it seems so smooth and effortless at the same time. The words just flow, and you want to keep reading just to see what happens next.
I like the whole series, but if I had to pick, I’d say that my favorite book of the three is Sugar Daddy, the first one in the series. Sugar Daddy focuses on Liberty Jones, a girl who grows up in a trailer park and has a crush on the bad boy next door. A lot of bad and tragic things happen to Liberty over the years, but she always keep struggling and fighting to make the best of things. She works hard to take care of herself, her mother, and her younger sister, and when Liberty finally gets her happily ever after, well, it makes you cheer and close the book with a contented sigh. For me, seeing a character get her happily ever after is one of the reasons that I read books in the first place.
So if you like contemporary romance, give Kleypas’s books a try, especially Sugar Daddy.
What about you guys? What are some of your favorite books and series to read, contemporary romance or otherwise?
A big thanks to Jennifer Estep for sharing one of her favorites with us! I asked Jennifer to be a part of this feature because I am a big fan of her Elemental Assassin books. Her heroine, Gin Blanco, is an awesome, kick-ass killer-for-hire who wields the power of multiple elements. She takes up causes for people in need and shows that she is a really good person beneath all that killing. Gin has a wonderful support network that showcases her ability to love and be loved, despite the loner she thinks herself to be. Click here for more on the Elemental Assassin books.
In the meantime, this is your chance to try out Jennifer’s recommendation, Sugar Daddy. To enter the giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You can also enter to win Jennifer’s latest book, Widow’s Web. U.S. residents only.
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