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Why am I passionate about this?

I love to laugh. I don’t think there’s anything better than the sound of laughter. I’m originally from the Midwest and we tend to have a self-deprecating sense of humor—we like to laugh at ourselves. I’ve been in love with romance novels since I read my first Kathleen Woodiwiss book in my twenties. Although there are many sub-genres within romance, I prefer historical and contemporary (which I also write). My favorite stories have entertaining characters, witty banter, and lots of humor. For me, reading is like taking a vacation to the world within the pages of a book, and I want my vacation to be fun!

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The Dangers of Loving a Rogue

By Jeri Black,

Book cover of The Dangers of Loving a Rogue

What is my book about?

If not for deplorable timing, Celia Breckenridge might have avoided a pirate attack. She’s grateful for her rescuer, truly, however the stubborn man is sailing in the wrong direction! Most alarming still? The silver-eyed rogue is devilishly attractive and Celia must keep reminding herself she’s betrothed to another.

Jackson Beaumont had a plan: sail to the Caribbean; find a hidden cache of emeralds; return to society a wealthy man. Alas, he arrives in Charles Town with marauding pirates, a disgruntled heiress, and a hurricane at his heels. Rescuing the lady from pirates posed little challenge—allowing her to return to her betrothed is proving far more difficult. But Jack won’t return to England without his fortune, and when it comes to another man’s bride, he’s not above a little plundering himself.
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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The Lost Duke of Wyndham

Jeri Black Why did I love this book?

Quinn’s famous for her Bridgerton series, but this two-book set is among my favorites. Possibly because it closely relates to mine in that the two stories are happening simultaneously. Coincidentally, our heroes are both named Jack, and both Jacks are rogues and daredevils with a wicked sense of humor. The Lost Duke is about a long-lost cousin who may be the legitimate Wyndham heir (the second book deals with the current Wyndham heir). Jack is a highwayman who meets our heroine, Grace, and his possible grandmother, the dowager duchess, when he robs their coach. Quinn’s delightful characters always entertain and wicked Jack wooing the grandmother’s companion right under her nose while rejecting his questionable birthright is a delight.

By Julia Quinn,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Lost Duke of Wyndham as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Jack Audley has been a highwayman.

A soldier. And he has always been a rogue. What he is not, and never wanted to be, is a peer of the realm, responsible for an ancient heritage and the livelihood of hundreds. But when he is recognized as the long-lost son of the House of Wyndham, his carefree life is over. And if his birth proves to be legitimate, then he will find himself with the one title he never wanted: Duke of Wyndham.

Grace Eversleigh has spent the last five years toiling as the companion to the dowager Duchess of Wyndham.…

Book cover of Natural Born Charmer

Jeri Black Why did I love this book?

This contemporary romance opens with a headless beaver marching down the road. I mean, come on. How can you not be hooked? The hero of the piece, Dean Robillard, can’t resist pulling over to offer “the beav,” aka Blue Bailey, a ride. Given he’s a hot, rich, famous jock, and she tells him to beat it, you know it’s going to be a fun ride. Hands down, this is the best opening scene I’ve ever read. The banter is hysterical and the way Blue and Dean manipulate one another is priceless. But it’s not all fun and games. These characters have baggage and serious trust issues that drive the plot. The fabulous secondary characters add to the drama and humor. My all-time favorite S.E.P. book!

By Susan Elizabeth Phillips,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Natural Born Charmer as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

When millionaire Dean Robillard meets Blue Bailey, she couldn't be more down on her luck; her ex has stolen all her money and she's got no place to go. A football hero, Dean is taking a holiday while recovering from a career-threatening injury. He'd planned a solo road trip to get his head together. The last thing he needs is a damsel in distress tagging along for the ride.

However, despite Dean's misgivings the two find themselves thrown together and soon Blue has moved into his home and is merrily turning his world upside down. Their attraction is mutual but…

Book cover of The Perils of Pleasure

Jeri Black Why did I love this book?

This first book in Long’s Pennyroyal Green Regency series involves Colin Eversea, an innocent man about to hang, and Madeline Greenway, the woman hired to liberate him. Instead of receiving her fee for saving the most popular rogue in London, someone tries to kill Madeline. The couple embarks on a convoluted journey to unravel the truth with entertaining characters, interesting twists, and an uncomfortable discovery of self and one another. Long is one of the best at sexual tension, characterization, and setting. Her scenes are so very alive and active and full of humor. The Perils of Pleasure is a really fun read. 

By Julie Anne Long,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Perils of Pleasure as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Ancient secrets and grudges bind the wealthy Eversea and Redmond families of Pennyroyal Green, Sussex, so when handsome, reckless, fatally charming black-sheep Colin Eversea, the youngest of the clan, is framed for killing a Redmond cousin in a London pub brawl and sentenced to hang, no one seems to think it's a coincidence that the only witness to the crime has disappeared. Then again, throughout history, Everseas have always managed to cheat fate in style: much to his own astonishment, Colin is snatched from the gallows by a beautiful, clever mercenary.Inured to danger by life in the London rookeries, Madeleine…

Book cover of Blow Me Away

Jeri Black Why did I love this book?

This is book two in Hovland’s Mile High Matched series. Florist Jase Dvornakov cons cookie baker Heather Reese into pretending she broke his heart so his matchmaking family will give him space while he “heals.” Unfortunately, Jake’s manipulative Russian Grandmother—Babushka—is out for revenge and Heather is in her crosshairs. Between Heather’s naughty-shaped cookies, an interfering Babushka, and her frustrated grandson, this story is a hoot. Once Heather and Babushka team up, it’s all over for poor Jake. It’s not just the couple’s relationship issues, but their close friendships that make the story so engaging. I laughed out loud—a lot. Babushka makes appearances throughout the series and all the stories are great, but for the humor factor, this one is my fave.

By Christina Hovland,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Blow Me Away as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

It's all fun and games until somebody falls in love...
Jase Dvornakov has always loved women, 80's hair band music, and things that go boom. He used to disarm bombs in the Navy, but he's back in Denver after a mission overseas went sideways and destroyed his future, including his marriage. Now he arranges flowers in his family's floral business because flowers don't explode.

Cookie-baker extraordinaire, Heather Reese, has had one too many rounds of heartache, so she's sworn off men and prefers to spend her evenings binge-watching game shows. Plus her no-men rule gives her time to focus on…

Book cover of Lord of Scoundrels

Jeri Black Why did I love this book?

Loretta Chase presents a thoroughly entertaining Beauty and the Beast story in Lord of Scoundrels, book three of her Scoundrels series. Miss Jessica Trent attempts to negotiate with the Marquess of Dain in order to extract her idiot brother from Dain’s unhealthy influence. But Dain dislikes the species known as “ladies” and trusts them even less. He offers Jessica his own self-serving terms, which she roundly rejects. They’re horribly attracted to one another, which Dain refuses to acknowledge, and Jessica knows is the road to ruin. Experiencing this big, powerful, beastly man’s taming at the hands of a small, beautiful, fiercely intelligent woman is delightful. Their dialogue and banter are stellar and their constant battles a thing of beauty. Truly, one of the best Regency’s out there.  

By Loretta Chase,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Lord of Scoundrels as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Loretta Chase is one of romance's most beloved authors, and now that she's returned to the Avon Family, we're repackaging one of her most popular books with an updated and fresh cover that will attract old and new readers alike. Determined Lady tough-minded Jessica Trent's sole intention is to free her nitwit brother from the destructive influence of Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquis of Dain. She never expects to desire the arrogant, amoral cad.And when Dain's reciprocal passion places them in a scandalously compromising, and public, position, Jessica is left with no choice but to seek satisfaction. "Lord of Scounderls"…

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What is my book about?

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