Talia Hibbert is the lauded author of sexy, diverse romances. Her latest, Take a Hint, is no exception. In it a successful career woman has no time for a long-term relationship, but when she enters into a fake one to help a guy out, things start getting real…
From the peek Ms. Hibbert gave us at her to-read pile, it looks like when she isn't writing, she's gleefully checking out her competition. This is what she had to say about the summer reading season: "I’m a certified bookworm all year round—but something about summer sends my reading off the charts. Everything feels slower and easier, which means I have plenty of time to glom all my favorite books. Sharp, funny reads suit me best this time of year. Especially if they’re hot, too!" Here are some recent favorites.
Night Hawk by Beverly Jenkins
Captured used to be my favourite Jenkins romance, but Night Hawk recently took the top spot because its lead couple is just so brilliant. This historical romance follows an infamous Wild West gunslinger turned US Marshall as he transports a feisty prisoner. They prove her innocence, fall in love, thwart various nefarious plots on their journey home, and generally run around being badass. I especially fell in love with the plucky, witty heroine and her completely relatable thirst for revenge.
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
This book wrecked me. That’s really all I have to say. Okay, fine, I should probably say more. It comes out on June 15th, but I snagged an early copy because the blurb alone had me hooked. In this emotional, sarcastic rom-com, a rock star’s disgraced son starts a fake relationship with an uptight barrister to improve his public image. The last thing these complete opposites expect is to have so much fun together.
Trashed by Mia Hopkins
There aren’t many authors who can get me invested in a one-night stand right off the bat, but this book was real and raw enough to make it work. Written solely from the hero’s point of view, Trashed follows an ex-con gang member trying to get back on his feet as he develops feelings for the prickly chef he works for. Sexy, funny, heart-warming and intensely romantic, this book is one of my all-time faves. In fact, I adore this whole series.
Getting Schooled by Christina C Jones
I revisit this book all the time because it’s so laugh-out-loud funny and stars two totally unique main characters. A grad assistant heroine trying to move on from the past finds herself at odds with a stubborn, ex-army student. (He’s also an amputee, and I love seeing disabled main characters in romance.) Their enemies-to-lovers snark has me screaming every time. And when they finally do get together…whew. Approach with caution and consider wearing heat-resistant equipment.
The best-selling author of sexy, diverse romances is also a certified bookworm, especially in the summer: "Funny reads suit me best this time of year. Especially if they’re hot, too!"