2013 Favorite Reads
Happy November, sweeties!
This month I have my hands full with NaNoWriMo and I'm attempting to write 2x 50,000 word novels in one month. Crazy me!
So I wanted to use this opportunity to round up some of my favourite interracial / multicultural reads of 2013. I've read so many books I've loved this year. Here is a selection of a few I know you'll enjoy.
In no particular order:
Persuasion Skills by Laurel Cremant
In the aftermath of a major health scare, Pepper Holts makes the relief-inspired decision to seize the day. Unfortunately, most of her “seizing” involves a bit of merlot and her best friend's pants! After a shared night of passion she realizes that her feelings for Jax are a lot more complicated than she ever thought.
Jax has finally realized that his allergy to marriage has nothing to do with the institution itself, and everything to do with the women in his bed—or more specifically, the one woman not in his bed. Her reaction to their one night together has him scrambling to regroup. So he does what he knows best—he disappears, and he thinks. The plan?—convince Pepper into staying with him at a secluded cabin for one week. One week of pretending to be a happily married couple to show her how great they could be together.
Distraction by J.L. Campbell
Three Jamaican women walk a tightrope of decisions when their lives are derailed by blackmail, deceit and infidelity.
JUSTINE CHARLES, sensible and self-contained, battles an addiction which could destroy her marriage, reputation, and relationship with her daughter.
DIONNE JONES, an aggressive go-getter, takes risks that cut a trail of devastation through her family and business.
KYRA MILLS, struggling single mother, is crippled by debt, bad judgment and destructive choices.
Can two of the long-time friends survive startling revelations involving their partners? And will the other push her obsession to the point of danger?
Waking Beauty by Nikki Prince
Aurora Devine's libido has been asleep for over eight years. She's had the curse of not being able to have the big O since running away from her Master, Felipe Santiago Castro. The last time she came at the hand of a man was with Felipe.
She's convinced the only way she can find peace of mind and pleasure is to go to Once Upon a Dream Fantasies. Aurora signs up, asking for everything she's lost eight years before to be fulfilled in a fantasy.
Felipe wants to show Aurora that he's the only fantasy she needs. He'll do anything to have her back in his life as his submissive. He plays along and gives her the fantasy she wants, but in the end hopes she'll realize that her submissiveness calls to his dominance and they're a matched pair.
Be Warned: BDSM, anal sex, wax play, sex toys, voyeurism
Masks of a Tiger by Doris O'Connor
Neeve doesn't understand why any normal person would choose to wear a collar like a common house pet. So, the collaring ceremony of her best friend's sister-in-law is the last place she wants to be, even if the hot men watching her send her insides aflame.
Never one for missing the opportunity to teach a bratty sub manners, Grisha intends to show the fiery little redhead the error of her ways. He doesn't expect to see her drawn to the flame like the proverbial moth. When she hurts herself in ways that even a Dom of his experience finds hard to witness, he knows he needs to help her.
Will their sexual chemistry be enough to chase away their demons and burn away their masks? Or is the submission Grisha demands too much for Neeve to accept?
The Blind Date by Delaney Diamond
One night changes everything . . . again.
Years ago, when Ryan Stewart saw Shawna Ferguson, it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, he wasn’t a free man, and his deception caused him to lose her after a weekend that changed his life.
When Shawna’s sister and brother-in-law set her up on a blind date, she has no idea it’s with Ryan, with whom she’d spent a weekend she wishes she could forget. She reluctantly agrees to finish the date with him, but doing so leaves her vulnerable to his charms and the heat he ignited in her that very first night.
Who's That Lady by Andrea Jackson
This light romance takes place in the present day in a mid-size college town. The story revolves around personality conflicts and confusion between close friends as they go through a period of personal and relationship evolution.Crystal Taylor has always described herself as big, bright and boring. Her two best friends since high school are the dazzling siblings, Shonté and Key Emerson. They've always relied on her practical guidance to keep them on track. But things are suddenly changing. Shonté is in hot pursuit of a married man; Crystal and Key stumble into an impetuous one-night stand; and Crystal decides on a makeover that is making men take notice! Crystal is determined that none of this will change her relationships with her friends.Key finds that one night wasn't nearly enough with Crystal, but she is adamant that they can't be friends and lovers at the same time.
Columnist: Kiru Taye is the award-winning author of His Treasure.
She writes historical, contemporary and paranormal romances. Her stories are sensual and steamy, her characters passionate and sassy and her settings atmospheric and exotic.
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