100 Romance Books You Must Read Before You Die

I came across this romance books website today, XOXO After Dark, and they have a very interesting list of 100 Romance Books You Must Read Before You Die. I’m very sad to say I’ve only read about 3 books from the list… my excuse is that I tend to read series… There are a good few books that are on my TBR mentioned though. It’s a sign I must read them soon!!

Anywho, check out the list and let me know how many books you’ve read from it.

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Master of Seduction – Kinley MacGregor

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Author: Kinley MacGregor
 
Genre: Historical Romance
 
Series: Sea Wolves #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.92/5
 
 

Synopsis: The infamous pirate Black Jack Rhys never encountered a ship he could not board or a woman he could not bed. But the dashing brigand may have met his match in the fiery beauty who has vowed to bring him to justice . . .

A fearless, flame-haired enchantress, Lorelei Dupree believes she has a duty to her fiancé and to the city of Charleston to help end the reign of the notorious Black Jack. But when the bold pirate eludes her carefully set trap, she suddenly finds herself the prisoner of the irresistible criminal they call “Master of Seduction.” Once trapped in Jack’s intoxicating gaze, Lorelei feels herself falling under the handsome rogue’s sensuous spell. And now the terror of the high seas faces the one peril he never anticipated—for though he has stolen so many hearts, he never dreamed he’d meet a woman who could so effortlessly conquer his own.

 
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What I thought about the book: I was so excited to read this more because of the ridiculous cover than anything else. I was disappointed with it, it turned out to be a bit boring. The swashbuckling adventure fell a little flat, the dramatic moments (the fire, Jack’s grand gesture) were a bit meh…. My expectations might have been set too high. I expected a wild raunchy affair (in fairness how could I not have with that cover) which it didn’t deliver. The best thing about the book was the characters. They were very well developed but the events they endured were a bit anticlimactic.
It was more like a romantic comedy than a pirate adventure.
 
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My Rating: 
3 paws
Master of Seduction

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Do you Book Club?

Good morning everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and a not so bad Monday.

I’m sure everyone has heard about the Wizarding World Book Club at this stage but in case you haven’t Pottermore is launching an official Harry Potter book club in June. I’m sure there are a bunch of these on Goodreads already but it’s really cool to have an official international one.

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I avoided book clubs for years because I don’t like being told what to read but I always loved the idea of a book club (I’m also a big ol’ introvert and avoid social situations). I was one of those people who joined Goodreads groups, lurked for a little bit and then never returned. Occasionally I would comment in the introductions thread and not a peep after that. Last year I joined a group whose name alone sang to my soul, My Vampire Book Obsession. It was so easy to chat with people and everyone loved the same books as me. I had found my online book family! (and I absolutely love you guys!!) I loved it so much I eventually became a mod and now torment people with reading challenges (you guys love it, don’t try to deny it). Once the books were the right genre I found I didn’t mind being told what to read. I ended up increasing my reading from 2 or 3 books a month to 2 or 3 books a week! (I’m a slow reader so that is a huge increase)

But what about real life book clubs??? I always figured it was a waste of time since there doesn’t seem to be anyone around that reads the same books as me (and I’m a big ol’ introvert). Book clubs seem to focus on literary fiction and bestsellers which I have nothing against and do read just not very often. But I figured, of the ten books I usually read each month making one a book club read isn’t that daunting. So I joined a local book club last month and met some really nice people. The book was something I would never have picked myself but I ended up enjoying it (Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld) and we had a really great chat about books. I guess I shouldn’t have been so narrow-minded about the whole thing. I’m really glad I joined, it was fun and the people there were really friendly.

Goodreads groups allow you to chat every day with people as obsessed with reading as you are and in your genre. But real life book clubs have their benefits too. Like getting an introvert out of her house!


Do you attend a book club or use Goodreads groups?

Into the Darkness – K.F. Breene

19162511Title: Into the Darkness
 
Author: K.F. Breene
 
Genre: Paranormal
 
Series: Darkness #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.76/5
 
 
Synopsis: Sasha has grown up with one surety: she’s not normal.

She sees things in the darkness that no one else can see. Mysterious men cloaked in shadow, moving through the night. The problem is, pointing out invisible people is a fast track to a padded cell. Orphaned at age five, Sasha quickly learns an important survival tip: keep her mouth shut and stay out of the spotlight.

Until one night, everything changes. She and her boyfriend, Jared, find themselves stranded on the wrong side of town. Suddenly, the men she was convinced were hallucinations, are very real. And very dangerous.

As a new world opens up around her, she meets him. The Boss. An alpha leader who entrances her mind and tugs on her body. Primal and sexual, his people have a different set of rules. And they don’t always play nice.

As danger rises up around her, her differences may be the only thing that saves her life. She must embrace what she’s tried so hard to hide while resisting the person her body craves most. Sasha has finally found her shadow men, and they will change her life forever.

 
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What I thought about the book: I was scrolling through books on my kindle and opened this one by accident. I decided it was a sign from Seshat and read it. I read about 5/6 pages before I decided to check out the synopsis and then expected the book to be filled with sex but it surprised me. Ok, there was a lot of sexual situations but I really thought it was going to be worse (I’ve certainly read worse) and the story and characters were strong enough to make me want to keep reading. I like Breene’s take on vampires as well. They seem like a mix of traditional vamps and fae.
 
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My Rating: 
4 paws
Into the Darkness

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Happy Weekend!

Good morning bookish people!

My bestie is visiting this weekend so I will be pretty quite in internetland. I just wanted to say happy weekend to you all and I hope you have a great one! I’d love to know what you’re all reading and where you’ll be reading this weekend?

If the weather was nice I would be sitting in my freshly mowed (love the smell of freshly cut grass!!) on my NEW (well, new to me) garden furniture. Possibly with a glass of wine….. If the rain stays away I’ll sit out with Kit and have a natter and glass of wine instead.

I’ve been listening to this playlist on youtube quite a bit this week. I think listening to Postmodern Jukebox so much has me branching out music wise.

Currently Reading

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1) Rajmund (Vampires in America, #3) Master: An Erotic Novel of the Count of Monte Cristo (Seducing the Classics, #2)

My Goodreads shelf has like 6 books on it….I read a bit of each of these yesterday so I’m just going to count them.

In Other News…

Last night I dreamt I was trying to find a backdoor entrance to Disneyland with Henry Cavil….he was working as a waiter in a cheap hotel…. We didn’t find one and I’m sad to say I had no further adventures with Mr Cavil.

Have a great weekend!!

Book Cover Cocktails

Happy Friday!!!! You deserve a drink after the week you’ve had. How about a cocktail?….. I absolutely love cocktails and recently bought a real pretty cocktail shaker so it’s time to shake it up! I thought it would be fun to pick out some cocktails based on book covers (I may have a skewed idea of what fun is…). I picked some favourite books and matched cocktails based on colours and the booze I prefer to drink.

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Serpentine

Ingredients

  • Half measure green creme de menthe
  • Cracked ice
  • Lime peel curl or twist
  • Chilled Champagne
  • 1tsp lime zest, to decorate

Method

Pour the creme de menthe into the bottom of a flute with the ice and the curl of lime peel. Top up with champagne and dress with the lime zest.

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Martini

Ingredients

  • 3 measures gin
  • 1 tsp dry vermouth
  • Cracked ice
  • Green cocktail olive to decorate

Method

Pour the gin and vermouth over the ice in a mixing glass and stir well to mix. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and dress with the cocktail olive.

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Kamikaze

Ingredients

  • 1 measure vodka
  • 1 measure triple sec
  • Half measure fresh lime juice
  • Half measure fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Dry white wine, chilled
  • Slices of cucumber and lime

Method

Shake the vodka, triple sec, lime and lemon juice over the ice. Strain into a chilled glass and top with the wine. Decorate with the slices of cucumber and lime.

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Long Island Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 measures vodka
  • 1 measure gin
  • 1 measure white tequila
  • 1 measure white rum
  • Half measure white creme de menthe
  • 2 measures lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar syrup
  • Cracked ice
  • Cola
  • Lime wedge

Method

Shake the first seven ingredients vigorously over the ice. Strain into an ice-filled tall glass and top with cola. Decorate with the lime wedge.

Recipes from Cocktails

My favourite cocktails are Long Island Iced Teas and Espresso Martinis. So delicious! What’s yours?

Swashbuckling Romances

Oh, the thrill of the high seas (we’ll ignore the scurvy bit). Ya gotta love a bit of cheesy romance every now and then, there’s no shame in it. Even Marge chills out with a good swashbuckling adventure once and awhile. The romance genre gets looked down at a lot and this subgenre even more so but who cares what people think as long as it’s fun, right?! Here are some of my top picks from the genre.

Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1) Master of Seduction – Kinley MacGregor

♦Enemies to Lovers ♦Pirates ♦Historical

I love that cover so much!!! It’s so cheesy!! (Kinley MacGregor is a pseudonym for Sherrilyn Kenyon so Dark Hunter fans this might be the one for you.) I expected this book to be a bit of a cheese fest with heaving bosoms and the like but it was much sweeter than that. It’s more like a romantic comedy on the high seas (which is a bit cheesy I guess). Jack and Lorelei set a wager that she can make him fall in love with her before he can get her into the sack. You can imagine the little cat and mouse games that follow. It’s a very entertaining and fun read. One thing that annoys me is that Jack actually walks around calling himself The Master of Seduction…..calm down lad! ★★★☆☆

The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1) The Iron Duke – Meljean Brook

♦Steampunk ♦Kick Ass Heroine ♦Suspense

Oh man, I love this book! Since it’s first in a steampunk series there is a good bit of world building but it doesn’t hinder the flow of the story. Mina and Rhys are some of the strongest characters I’ve ever read in a romance. And the story? Such an adventure! And there are zombies but they’re not super gross. Mina is an inspector assigned to a case involving a dead body dropped from the sky onto Rhys’s property. Together they unravel a conspiracy threatening the lives of everyone in England. ★★★★★

The Captain of All Pleasures (Sutherland Brothers, #1) The Captain of All Pleasures – Kresley Cole

♦Enemies to lovers ♦Historical ♦Suspense

This is Cole’s debut novel but it still shows signs of the style she writes with in Immortals After Dark. This book is quite the adventure as well. Derek is taking part in a ship race while holding Nicole prisoner after he believes she attempted to sabotage his ship in the hopes of winning the race herself. Adventure (and lurve) ensue. ★★★★★

 The Price of Pleasure – Kresley Cole

♦Historical ♦Adventure ♦Tortured Hero/Heroine

Sometimes I feel like I might be pushing Kresley Cole on you guys…..but she is awesome so you should really read her books!!! Seriously, my favourite romance author. Anyway, this book is the follow up to The Captain of All Pleasures but you don’t need to read it to enjoy this one. Here we follow Derek’s brother Grant as he seeks out and rescues Victoria whose family was stranded on a desert island years before (I think it was like 7 years). Grant was the stoic responsible brother who finds his restraints tested around Victoria. ★★★★☆