Strangely, when I'm facing down a deadline, I find myself sinking into other people's book more than ever (do no mention the word procrastination to me!). I already do a lot of reading for my BookPage column on romance, but beyond those books I have a few I thought I'd share with you.
"Book Group" books: My book group recently read THE HELP. Loved it! And then I just finished this month's selection, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. It started slow, but at about page 100 I realized I couldn't put it down. The girl of the title is unforgettable. When I was looking for my copy of TATTOO in Costco, I was intrigued by the book THE 19th WIFE, which entwines a modern mystery and a historical figure. Another that I couldn't put down.
On the romance front: I've really enjoyed a new-to-me author, Emma Wildes. Very sexy, but delightful voice. I just read LESSONS FROM A SCARLET LADY. Recommend!
Old faves: I know some of you don't re-read books. I'm one for "comfort" reading. I recently enjoyed again these two from Lisa Kleypas: DEVIL IN WINTER and SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE. One of my favorite category romances of all time is from Nora Roberts: THE PERFECT NEIGHBOR. I also just re-read BED OF ROSES from her wedding quartet.
When it comes to comfort reads, must mention the Virgin River series from fab author and friend Robyn Carr. I love her stories and had one of those ::gasp:: moments when she emailed me that she enjoyed my books--and I was rereading one of hers at that very moment! What were the odds? Robyn has a very cool contest running. Enter and you might have a character named after you! http://beinvirginriver.com/virginriver/index.php?q=T1010
You know I'm always looking for book recommendations. Have one (or more) to share? I'm in the mood for mystery that has good romance in it (a la Julia Spencer-Fleming or J.D. Robb).