‘Tis the Season to be… Snuggled!
Rather than turn on the heat in my apartment, my boyfriend and I have taken to storing piles of blankets in every room. This means lots of snuggles. Sadly, not always with me. Our usually aloof cat has taken to resting in what would normally be my spot next to my boyfriend (because he has the most body heat out of all of us), leaving me huddled under my own measly blanket with only the comfort of a book to keep me warm. While he watches football and the cat watches Cat TV (aka the backyard), both snuggled together in such an unbelievably adorable manner that even I feel sickened (okay, and maybe a bit jealous), I escape to Bookland…
The Duchess War
By: Courtney Milan
I have read two of Courtney Milan’s books and a few of her novellas, and what delightful reads they were! I think what I most loved about The Duchess War was that the characters weren’t perfect—they were people! They made mistakes, learned from them, and loved each other despite and because of their imperfections. That’s been consistent for her books so far—the characters are believable, well-rounded and stand out from the page in such a way that I can’t help but care for them.
Courtney Milan’s writing is very charming, and throughout each story there are touches of humor that light up the characters and make the relationships they have with each other feel real, true to life… but, you know, much more interesting.
Minerva Lane, our heroine, is not beautiful or ethereal, and I have to admit that’s a bit of a relief to me—I love some diversity in my stories!—but she is brilliant and witty, and that is what catches the eye of our dear Duke of Clermont. I loved both Minnie and Robert, and even though the drama towards the end of the book induced a teeny bit of eye rolling, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Courtney Milan’s books are definitely on my must-read list now.
For a Christmas-themed novella, check out her A Kiss for Midwinter, a mini-sequel to The Duchess War. It follows Minnie’s very best friend and a certain handsome, stoic doctor who doesn’t enjoy the Christmas festivities but can’t seem to get the festive Miss Lydia Charingford out of his mind. Available for purchase as a Kobo ebook here.
By: Meljean Brook:
If you’re looking for a little steampunk in the snow, you need to check this one out. Riveted is the third book in the Iron Seas collection, but it’s solid enough to dive into without reading the first two (although when you read this you’ll really want to!). The world the author paints is vivid and imaginative, complete with metal “trolls” (think a giant suit of armor that you can drive around in), steampunk airships, and a very sweet and very sexy love story. These two characters are like magnets to each other. They respect and fight alongside each other and yet behave so tenderly toward each other that I just love how well they partner up!
Annika boards an airship bound for Iceland on a search for her missing sister, and David is tracing his mother’s origins. Thrown together on their journey after the trip goes awry, they team up to survive, and soon they realize that no matter where their searches will take them, they want to go together.
Must Read Soon:
Tangled by Emma Chase has been getting some rave reviews lately! To put it simply (because my cat just left the snuggles to go munch on kibble so now it’s my turn, yay!), it’s about a playboy who finally meets Miss Right, but then he doesn’t know what to do with himself. Interesting twist—it’s written from his perspective, and he’s apparently hilarious! Can’t wait to read this one! Here’s the blurb:
When rich, handsome, and arrogant meets beautiful, brilliant and ambitious, things are bound to get tangled.
Drew Evans makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu, but we all know that’s not really true.
When Katherine Brooks is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.
How can one woman turn a smooth-talking player into a broken, desperate man? By making the one thing he never wanted in life the only thing he can’t live without.
I hope these books keep you warm this holiday season.
Happy Snuggles, Everyone!