The Socially Awkward Hero

You can have all the dominant billionaires, ex-Navy Seals, and alpha werewolves. Let them out-posture each other in an arrogant fight for your love. I’m here to speak for the other kind of quiet hero: not the strong, silent type, but the shy, socially awkward type. The misunderstood genius, the stodgy aristocrat, the introverted businessman. The men who are so far from alpha that they’re all the way to zeta. In my armchair analysis, I’d say that one of the best characteristics of the awkward zeta hero is that, once he’s won, he is singularly focused on his heroine. Unlike the alpha hero, who sees the outside world as a threat to his relationship and stands aggressively in front of his heroine, the zeta hero barely notices the outside world at all. His thoughts and… Continue

Books to Buy: New Releases October 20

This week brings the much-anticipated new book in the Charley Davidson series; a young woman grappling with the classic mistake of loving the bad boy; the latest from Jude Deveraux, and some high fantasy. Enjoy!

Sexy CEOS: Bosses Who Get Us Hot and Bothered

Billionaires. They make up one of the most popular tropes in romance today. But when you add the three letters CEO, their heat factor rises about a thousand degrees to the brilliance of a supernova. The sleek offices, the custom-tailored suits, the fast cars, the private planes, their Alpha attitude, and their sexual prowess in the bedroom—all of these contribute to the reason why we love them so much. In honor of National Boss’s Day, here is my list of my Top Five CEOs in no particular order because I love them all equally.

Books to Buy: New Releases October 13

This week brings a return to Lucky Harbor; we get to read Elin Hilderbrand’s first holiday season novel; the latest from Jodi Picoult, and — just in time of NHL season — the debut of hockey player series Cold Fury.

Books to Buy: New Releases October 6

This week brings the eagerly anticipated new novel in Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series; we have a Scottish historical courtesy of Grace Burrowes; some swoon-worthy contemporaries; a re-telling of Heloise and Abelard, and more.

B&N Bookseller Picks: October

Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of October:   *Missed last month’s picks? Check them out here

Books To Buy: New Releases September 29

This week we have a holiday love story (yes, it’s about that time of year already!); a return to Lucky Harbor; an irresistible pool shark; some geek love, a Prohibition-era marriage of inconvenience, and more.

Sara’s Picks: Best of September

Hiya all, this is Sara @HarlequinJunkie, stopping by to share with you some of our favorite September releases. We’ve been reading up a storm on the blog and this month handed us some great reads! These are some stand-outs that are not to be missed.  

Books To Buy: New Releases September 22

For the first week of fall we have a  salon owner in need of a love make-over, a re-telling of Romeo and Juliet, a disgraced society darling, an aspiring dom, love on the boardwalk, and more.

Some Like It Hot: Erotica Picks

We are excited to welcome author Christina Harding with her new monthly erotic books round-up. To kick off my monthly segment, I first want to thank Romance at Random for inviting me to be a part of this blog! Since there is so much variety within erotica, I am going to pick a theme for each month. To start us out, this blog is going to cover recent “classic erotica.” These novels and short stories are readable in one sitting and feature consensual heterosexual adult scenes. About the Author: Christina Harding is a pseudonym. She is the author of Underneath the Gargoyle, a paranormal erotic novelette. She also blogs at and tweets @tinaerotica. Christina is happily married and enjoys reading naughty stories with her husband.

Books to Buy: New Releases This Week

New books from Kim Harrison and J.D. Robb make this week a big one. We also have a commitment-phobic male model, a Navy SEAL on a beach, and some male-on-male romance — Downton Abbey-style. Read on!

B&N Bookseller Picks: September

Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of September:   *Missed last month’s picks? Check them out here.

Most Anticipated For Fall

We hate to see summer fade away, but the new novels publishing over the next few months gives us plenty to be excited about for fall. Our R@R bloggers share their pics for the top of their TBR pile.

Books to Buy: New Releases This Week

September is here, and not a moment too soon from the looks of these new releases. We have a wounded war veteran in need of some lovin’; a new hot hockey team; a wicked witch whose cold heart is melted; a return to Club Inferno…and more.

Best of August

Hiya all, this is Sara @HarlequinJunkie, stopping by to share with you some of our favorites reads from August. We’ve been reading up a storm and it has been a great month of summer reading on the blog. The books below are not to be missed! Check out the list and then let us know: What have you been reading this month? Is there one book that stuck with you more than others, left you with a book hangover? We would love to hear about it. Please hit the comments and share (Over-sharing is allowed!)

Books to Buy: New Releases This Week

This week we return to Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor; a criminal psychology expert hunts a lethal Lothario; lovers find themselves on the opposite sides of a potential apocalypse; passion is sparked on a remote island; and a preacher’s daughter is touched by the love of a marine.

Multicultural Romance This Month

We welcome author Alyssa Cole with her new monthly look at what’s happening in multicultural romances. This month, she has three top picks to chase away the end-of-summer blues…

Books to Buy: New Releases

It’s Christmas in August! There are so many incredible books publishing over the next few days it’s difficult to know where to start reading. You can’t go wrong with any on this list.

For the Love of Cowboys: Best Westerns

We are thrilled to have Kimberly Rocha of the fabulous Book Obsessed Chicks here today to discuss one of her favorite romance genres – Westerns! Once a month she will be here to make sure you don’t miss her old and new favs set in the wild, wild, west. Kimberly is one of the most well-read, knowledgeable bloggers in all of romance. You can take her recommendations to heart!    

B & N Bookseller Picks: August

Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of August.   *Missed last month’s picks? Check them out here.

Puppy Love: Laura Caldwell on Canine Inspiration

I never thought I’d write a book with a dog as the main character. Uh no, I would have said if the absurd topic had been raised. I’m a law professor. I run a law school clinic that represents innocent people after exoneration. And as of late, I mostly write suspense novels. So no, thank you. I wouldn’t be writing any kind of pooch mystery. I certainly would not be writing a book where the dog is the number one agent of romance in the book. But a few years ago, I got a dog, a little goldendoodle named Shafer. And I fell completely in love with that fourteen-pound bundle of energy. My agent, and eventually people at my publishers, started commenting that the theme of my online photos went from books and exonerees, to… Continue

Best of July

Romance@Random welcomes Sara from Harlequin Junkie! The last day of each month she will be posting about her favorite reads of the past four weeks. Hiya all, this is Sara @HarlequinJunkie, stopping by to share with you favorites from July. We’ve been reading up a storm and it has been a great month of summer reading on the blog. If you’ve hit a reading wall and wondering what you should read next, here are a few recommendations that will be sure to lift your spirits. If you’ve read any of the books listed below, let us what you thought of it — and happy reading. Sara is the founder of Harlequin Junkie blog and owner of an endless TBR pile. A Portfolio Analyst by day, who moonlights as a book blogger and romance novel enthusiast. Continue

Top Romances With Single Fathers

In Between The Sheets, my hero Ty, found out he has an eleven-year-old son only a few months before the book begins. As you can imagine, this relationship is pretty rocky as Ty and Casey try to figure each other out. I love fathers in romance novels: I love the side of their personality that is revealed with their kids. But I really love single Dads. Because the conflict is just so ripe – the feelings of failure and love and pain and confusion – it’s delicious stuff. So, that is why I’m sharing my favorite single dad romance novels. *And if you need more great reads here are my Honorable Mentions, because I just can’t decide! 1.Wild Iris Ridge, by RaeAnne Thayne 2. To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn… Continue

Books to Buy: New Releases

This week brings a historical love triangle featuring a distant cousin of Kate Middleton; a divorced couple sharing custody of a heroic dog; a small-town murder mystery, and more.

Top Ten: Movie Meet-Cutes

A case of mistaken identity.   Getting stuck in a broken-down elevator.  Having adjoining seats on a delayed flight. In the “real world,” all of these are inconveniences. But, in a romantic comedy, these are called “meet cutes.” And they are romance gold – the literal “once upon a time.” When I was writing Just Like the Movies, there were dozens of romantic comedies that I wasn’t able to include, so I hope you’ll indulge me today as I channel my inner David Letterman and present…the Top Ten Best Movie Meet-Cutes!

Books to Buy: New This Week

A new novel from the creator of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a return to Club Sin, a YA novel with a cinematic twist, a sizzling short story collection, and more.