Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Top 5 raciest romance reads for this week: 30 June 2010

List by Tosca

"In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind."
- Nora Ephron

I read TONNES of romance novels - the good, the bad and the oh-so-racy and occasionally I get a tad bit arrogant and think that, 'red hot read' wise, nothing would surprise me. It usually turns out that I then come across a book where the author manages to turn that little bit of nonsense on its head. This particular list highlights the raciest romance reads I've come across this week.

Marked / Elisabeth Naughton
"Theron – Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld. From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life - silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her. She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body. As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice."--Publisher description.

Tosca's note: Interruptus. Constant interruptus. That did surprise me because the author made it a tad bit canny. Instead of eliciting my grumpiness that the characters jumped into playing house so quick, they got to know each other more. In fact, so much so that at a crucial point where the heroine feels betrayed and wants to shoot the hero (what, you don't read those types of romances?), she has enough brains to put together that while his initial mission may have been to see to her death, he did actually care for her and change his mind. Well, lucky huh, 'cause that would've sucked as an ending if he didn't ;)

Pride/prejudice: a novel of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, and their forbidden lovers / Ann Herendeen
Ann Herendeen reimagines the classic love story Pride and prejudice, focusing on the untold aspects of Jane Austen's timeless novel. Pride/prejudice brings to light all the buried secrets, potential scandals, and unspoken, forbidden loves of Austen's story, weaving a tale of intertwined passions, pride humbled, and ultimately, freedom from prejudice.

Tosca's note: I'm so afraid that this book is going to be labeled the 'bisexual Pride & Prejudice' because it's MORE than that and don't raise your eyebrow at me - IT IS! It's also about friendship, love between men, love between men and women, preconceived ideas of sexuality and the ever present 'rules' of society. Don't automatically discount it because you're a Pride & Prejudice purist and the thought of Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley having a relationship of an intimate nature (sexual and loving both before and after their marriages to the Bennet sisters) makes you mad. It's an eye opener of a read and I especially liked Herendeen's summation of why she wrote this story how she did - it's thought provoking. Oh, and it is a slightly racy read ;)

Nauti nights / Lora Leigh
In Nauti Nights, Leigh delivers an even hotter tale of a Kentucky marine who'll anything to get the woman he wants. Luckily for him, she wants it bad. James "Dawg" Mackay has lusted after sweet Crista for years. Just as many as she's spent running from him-and from a dangerous attraction. But for Crista, running isn't an option anymore because Dawg's got a plan to get her and keep her. It's kind of low-down-but completely hot.

Tosca's note: Lora. Leigh. What more can I add to that??

Black Jack / Lora Leigh
"Too hot to handle. The Secret Service can’t control him. The British government can’t silence him. But renegade agent Travis Caine is one loose cannon you don’t want to mess with, so his commanders cut him a break—and cut him loose. His new HQ is America’s top intelligence force, Elite Ops. His new code name is “Black Jack.” And his new assignment is to die for… Too hard to resist. She’s smart, sexy, scintillating—and one of Elite Ops’ savviest agents. Lillian Belle’s code name is “Night Hawk,” and Travis certainly wouldn’t mind flying a few midnight maneuvers with her. But when their mission turns into a red-hot game of danger, deceit, and double-crossed signals, Travis begins to wonder: Can he trust her? Can he resist her?"-- Publisher description.

Tosca's note: See above :)

The beast in him / Shelly Laurenston
"Some things are so worth waiting for. Like the moment when Jessica Ward 'accidentally' bumps into Bobby Ray Smith and shows him just how far she's come since high school... The sexy, polished CEO who hires Smitty's security firm might be a million miles from the lovable geek he knew, but her kiss, her touch, is every bit as hot as he imagined. Jess was never the kind to ask for help, and she doesn't want it now, not even with someone targeting her Pack. But Smitty's not going to turn tail and run. Not before proving that their sheet-scorching animal lust is only the start of something even wilder."

Tosca's note: I thought my book was going to catch on fire it was so explicit LOL

1 comment:

online reading romance said...

I pretty much never comment on stories . . . but this one is exceptional. Thanks for posting this. It really makes sense the way you put it. Wish someone else had told me sooner.