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Steaming Up Spring Break: Some Suggestions!

I am faced with a lovely 13 hour drive in the car tomorrow about to embark on my last spring break. EVER.  Well, probably for a long time unless I end up working in education.  I think adults call “spring break” vacation or something odd like that.  But anyway, in honor of my final foray into irresponsible, youthful vacays, I am dedicating this post to spring break reads…and some spring break romance suggestions.  I’ve got my kindle all packed–with wonderful romances that is–and don’t you want to know what made the cut? As I said before, I love me some lists.  So here it goes:

Whatcha Readin? Lizzie’s Epic Plans for Poolside Reads:

Damanding title no?

1. Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.  Finally, after waiting for months, I have the time to pick up SEP’s newest release.  For those of you who are SEP fans, Call Me is Teddy Beaudine and Meg Koranda’s story.  Those names sound familiar?Think back…coming to you yet? If you said, “Wait, aren’t Ted and Meg the children some of our former SEP favorite characters?!?” Yes! They are.  Let’s see if their story is as good as their respective parents’ 🙂

2. The Perfect Mistress by Victoria Alexander.  This spring break, I am taking chances on some new authors for me and stories. A spicy Regency period historical, this book sounds charming, funny, a little spooky, and undeniably sexy, as it follows Lady Julia Winterset and Harrison Landingham, Earl of Mountdale.  Come on–who doesn’t want a little historical seduction to go along with their spring break?

3. His Heir, Her Honor by Catherine Mann.  I am not typically a HUGE fan of category/series books that deal with the whole “having a baby” theme.  I don’t know.  They don’t usually apply to my life or where I am right now.  Goodness.  College student + babies +pregnancy = scary as shit.  But I LOVE the title. Plus, maybe I need to expand my horizons and all that…

Past Readings? Lizzie’s Epic Former Poolside Reads:

1. Anything by Jennifer Crusie.  I know, I know.  Y’all are tired of me going on and on about Crusie.  But…I first discovered her on spring break, so I cannot not suggest her as a spring break read.  Plus.  Her books are so funny and sunny and the perfect reads for a lazy afternoon by the pool.  Go with a class like Welcome to Temptation or her newest Maybe This Time. You’ll fall in love–assuming you are not a robot.

Fairytales never mentioned the dangers of becoming a swan


2. Iris Johansen.  Another great spring break read.  Her romantic suspense stories are spooky, edge of your seat, and completely engaging.  Just what you need on a relaxed vacation.  A little spice and danger.  I really love The Ugly Duckling and The Face of Deception.  Only bit of advice–before starting one of the Eve Duncan stories–like her newest release–pick up Face of Deception.  It gives you the background and really will make the whole experience so much clearer.

3. Ransom by Julie Garwood.  A clear, fun, passionate, and suspenseful medieval romance.  Two things make Garwood’s book epic–in my opinion at least–the dialogue, which is witty, clever, and very realistic, and the characters who are more than one-sided stereotypes.  Sure the hero is a hunky, warrior, laird Alpha male who is a little cynical, but he is also protective, understanding, and too sexy for words.  Plus, Gillian the heroine is not TSTL (Too Stupid to Live), which is always really nice in my books.

4. Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh.  A clever, sexy urban fantasy, this book is wonderfully written and really the hero Raphael?  He is simply angelic–note: he is actually an angel.  The first book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series, the book takes place in a world where angels and vampires are out in the open.  Some danger, some hott sex, some good reads.  Perfect for the beach–cause you just might need the ocean to cool off after this one 😉

So there you go my dearest friends.  Some books I hope turn out to be great, and some books that I personally think are worth multiple reads.  Trust me dearest friend, if you are looking for something to spice up your spring break and really get you warm, take a look at some of these books and bon voyage!


March 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

Suggest Me Something: LUIP or “Laugh Until I Pee” Romances

A new week. A new suggestion. This week in honor of my upcoming SPRING BREAK–thank you God by the way–I am going to suggest one of my favorite subgenres in romance: the pee-in-your-pants-it’s-so-funny contemporary romance or as I like to simplify it: The LUIPs or Laugh Until I Pee romance novels.

Trust me, the expience is way better than it sounds.

In contemporary romances–romances which take place in modern times–there are quite a few authors who write witty, funny, lol-worthy books. These books I term LUIPs. They are usally a little quirky, some are slightly suspenseful, but all of them are the book equivalent of a really good romantic comedy.

So as I said, Spring Break’s a comin, and my friend Amanda and I were taking a break from our hellish midterm studying at the local 24 hour coffeeshop, discussing our plans for beach vacations and warmer weather, when she turns to me and goes: “So what should I read?” Obviously, Amanda has not been reading my blog, but because we are friends and I love any opportunity to talk romances, I happily suggest one of my favorite authors: Jennifer Crusie.

Jennifer Crusie's Manhunting

My dream life....

Oh man, I love that woman. I have a serious girl crush on her. She is witty, clever, funny, smart. Her characters are great, sexy, complicated and completely kooky. Oh, Jennifer Crusie. How I wish you would write the story of my life. Sigh. Jennifer Crusie can almost literally make me laugh until I pee, as TMI as that may be.

I read my first Jenny Crusie book over spring break when I was fourteen. It was Bet Mea lovely story filled with laughs and Krispy Kremes. Some of my other favs include: Welcome to Temptation, Manhunting, and Faking It. Therefore, in honor of Spring Break, Amanda, and my idol: I suggest the LUIP romances to you my dear reader. Some other classic authors:

All of these authors have at one point in time made me literally laugh out loud in some embarrassingly public place–trains, plains, once even church. So for all of you going to the beach, pool, or even just to relax at home for Spring Break–you really can’t go wrong with any one of them.

May your pants stay dry but your laughter flow free.

March 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm 2 comments

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