Last month I've read six books. They were five category romances and one reread of Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
My top three of this month is:
Annie West - Captive in the spotlight
Jayne Castle - The desperate game
(You can read my review here: http://boeklogboek.blogspot.nl/2014/06/jayne-castle-desperate-game.html)
Jayne Castle - The chilling deception
It has been a while since I’ve been reading category romances by the bushel, like I used to do. When I started reading romance, I bought the Harlequin presents, Candlelight and other series. They were the only kind of romance that was ready available and reasonably priced.
I loved reading them on the train ride from Utrecht, where I was at university to the little town my parents lived. The ride took me about two hours, just enough to read one.
When I started reading in English, I stopped reading most categories, except written by Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz, because I’m collecting their entire backlist. I started reading them again because of the LoveLetter Conventions. There are category writers present there and I always try to read one or more of the books the LLC authors have written.
That’s how I came to read the books by Annie West. She is an Australian writer, and came to the LLC 2014. I read her book “An enticing debt to pay” and loved it (except for a minor plot point at the end), so I bought more books. She doesn’t have many solo books, a lot of her books are in multi-author series, but I saw a duology and bought it.
“Captive in the spotlight/ Blackmailed bride, Innocent wife” are two great examples of Annie’s writing style. She takes familiar tropes and turns them around. Having read a lot of presents, you got to know how they were constructed. Annie turns that around. You don’t know what will happen. Added to that is a smooth writing style and some humor. You get the POV of the male protagonist and there is character development. All these were things that were mostly lacking in earlier categories I’ve read.
Adding to that, I’ve met her in Berlin and she’s super nice. So I’ll be buying her books now and reading some more category romances. Do you have recommendations for me about what I should read?
Aurian: Thanks for the recommendation Maia! I have read an Annie West book this week as well, and enjoyed it. From the Berlin authors we met, so far I have read a Nancy Warren book, and I really like her writing style as well, so I do recommend those to you.
© 2014 Reviews by Aurian
that's nice, I haven't read any but I need to go back to the Castle books!BeantwoordenVerwijderen
They're somewhat dated, but still great reads.Verwijderen
I have never read any of her books :)BeantwoordenVerwijderen
You should! ;-)Verwijderen
Aw love when you meet them and they're just nice people. I've not tried her books but looks good!BeantwoordenVerwijderen
Yes, that's the greatest thing about LLC. Someday I want to visit a RWA or something like that.Verwijderen
Great review! Annie is really nice. When I started reading romance books (many years ago) I also started with the Harlequin and Candleligth books. I really loved them. One of my favorite writers was Penny Jordan. I also liked the books of Liz Fielding and Carole Mortimer.BeantwoordenVerwijderen
I know those names! Another name that stuck in my mind is Violet Winspear. I haven't the faintest idea if they're still writing. I'll have to look it up.Verwijderen
Hi Aurian - thank you for the link. Hi Maia! I'm so pleased you enjoyed 'Captive in the Spotlight' and 'Blackmailed Bride'. I'm chuffed that I managed to surprise you with some unexpected directions in the writing. That's high praise. I hope you enjoy more category romance reading in future.BeantwoordenVerwijderen
Thanks for visiting Annie! I am glad you liked the post :) And like Maia, I do try to read the books of some of the authors visiting Berlin, in advance, or when I have met them.Verwijderen