November 29: Favorites Books that Make You Thankful to be a Reader

Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers. I hope you’re enjoying a day full of good food and good family. I’m sending you big digital hugs, wherever you are.

I’m assuming this week’s prompt means those books which you close slowly while you sit staring into the distance thinking, “damnit that was SO good. So good.” When this unique feeling occurs, I’m very thankful. This week I’m focusing on romances. Sorry, SciFi, but the sweet-squeezy, drunk heart feeling which leads to a nice book hangover is more prevalent for me in romance. (That’s definitely one of the base reasons for why I both read extensively and write in the genre.) These make the list for the aforementioned hangover, for being incredibly adorable, funny, sexy, satisfying, and all-around awesome.

At the Stroke of Midnight (really the whole Naughty Princess Club), Tara Sivec

Literally laugh out loud funny. My whole family (including my in-laws) were eyeballing me wondering what on earth my Kindle was doing to me and there is NO WAY I WAS GOING TO TRY EXPLAINING because dirty talk.

Favorite line; ““I would pick him over anyone. He gave me everything you never could and never will because you are a pathetic excuse for a man. He gave me understanding and he gave me confidence and you know what else he gave me? ORGASMS!” I shout.
“Oh, Jesus,” Ariel mutters from next to me.
“You couldn’t find my clit with a flashlight and Google Maps!” ― Tara Sivec, At the Stroke of Midnight

The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright, Tessa Dare

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The perfectly paced novella from the Queen of adorable historical.

Favorite line; “Devilish men should not be allowed to hold kittens, babies, or bouquets of wildflowers. There ought to be an Act of Parliament.”
― Tessa Dare, The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright

The Hating Game, Sally Thorne

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Yes I know I won’t shut up about this book but it was SO DAMN GOOD. Ugh, I finished with tears in my eyes and they were tears of happiness because I cared about Lucy and Josh that much. Yeah.

Favorite Line; “I love him so much it’s like a thread piercing me. Punching holes. Dragging through. Stitching love into me. I’ll never be able to untangle myself from this feeling.”
― Sally Thorne, The Hating Game

Dustwalker and Make Me Burn, Tiffany Roberts

Dustwalker gave me major The Notebook vibes, which is something strange to say about a post-apocalyptic romance between an android and a human AND YET. There it is. Let’s just say I ugly cried at the end of each of them because love is a beautiful, painful miracle.

Demon From the Dark and Sweet Ruin, Kresley Cole

Pretty much the entire Immortals After Dark series has given me a book hangover and I don’t know how Kresley Cole does it. She gets me to LOVE tropes I usually won’t touch with a ten foot glove. I think it’s black magic and you know, I don’t even care. Bespell away, Kresley.

Favorite line; “We’re watching your mate,” Sian said. “Well done. She’s horrifyingly lovely.”
― Kresley Cole, Sweet Ruin

Barbarian’s Redemption and Gail’s Family, Ruby Dixon


Yep, the whole series again. Every book has been either four or five stars for me. But if we’re being picky (and we are, for this list) Bek and Elly’s story gave me the biggest hangover while Gail had me sobbing with relief by the end of her novella. A novella made me cry! Ruby is a magical unicorn author and I’m so thankful #bookstagram directed me to her.