American Dreamer, by Adriana Herrera

mobile food and books: a recipe for love American Dreamer (Dreamers #1) Adriana Herrera Carina Press, 2019. https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781488051234_american-dreamer.html This is the first novel in an ongoing series that features characters of diverse racial, ethnic, and sexual identities navigating romantic relationships in our contemporary world. So far, American Dreamer is my favorite novel in the series because theContinue reading “American Dreamer, by Adriana Herrera”

Get a Life, Chloe Brown, by Talia Hibbert

cinnamon rolls and prickly pears Get a Life, Chloe Brown (the Brown Sisters #1) Talia Hibbert Avon Books, 2019. Support indie romance bookstores: https://lovessweetarrow.indielite.org/book/9780062941206 https://www.therippedbodicela.com/book/9780062941206 CW: intimate partner abuse Hibbert’s novel, set in her native England, tells the enemies-to-lovers story of Redford “Red” Morgan and Chloe Brown. Red is a visual artist, who struggles withContinue reading “Get a Life, Chloe Brown, by Talia Hibbert”

Sweet Talkin’ Lover, by Tracey Livesay

Sweet and sexy small town success story Sweet Talkin’ Lover (Girls Trip #1) Tracey Livesay Avon, January 2020 Support indie romance bookstores:  https://lovessweetarrow.indielite.org/book/9780062979544 https://www.therippedbodicela.com/book/9780062979544 Cozy cafes. Supportive, quirky communities. Idyllic charm. Contemporary small town romance invites me into a world that is like my own small town life, with better clothes, and greater drama. MyContinue reading “Sweet Talkin’ Lover, by Tracey Livesay”

The Prince of Broadway, by Joanna Shupe

The Gilded Age and Gilded Cages Joanna Shupe Avon, 2020 Support indie romance bookstores: https://www.therippedbodicela.com/book/9780062906830 https://lovessweetarrow.indielite.org/book/9780062906830 I’ve been fascinated with Gilded Age literature ever since I read my first Edith Wharton novel—for fun, in high school. I started with Ethan Frome (1911), one of the darker novels that’s so imbued with the cold spareness ofContinue reading “The Prince of Broadway, by Joanna Shupe”