The best romance novels full of emotion, adventure, and enough heat to keep you warm

Who am I?

Emotional novels are my forte. I love to read them, and I especially love to write them. Most folks say they want a book they can’t put down – but I search for ones that I have to put down and walk away from long enough to pull myself together. I want stories that linger with me, that infiltrate my dreams – books that inspire me to create works in their honor. While my life is great, sometimes I just want to get away to a world where right prevails, long conquers all, and holding out for a hero is not an impossible dream. Trust me, these picks will not disappoint. 

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Cowboy Heat

By Sable Hunter,

Book cover of Cowboy Heat

What is my book about?

New York Times bestselling author Sable Hunter weaves an unforgettable love story that launched a series and created a world – the Hell Yeah! world. Cowboy Heat introduces Aron and Libby as they learn the meaning of true love and the power of a second chance.

Having been warned her remission from leukemia mightn’t be permanent, Libby arrives at Tebow determined to cram a lifetime of living into a few months. Their attraction to one another is instantaneous and overwhelming. But when he learns she’s innocent, he backs off. He has nothing to offer a girl who deserves white lace and promises. Until…he catches Libby skinny-dipping in his stock tank and hears her cry out his name in passion – then the heat is on!

The books I picked & why

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Slow Hands

By Leslie Kelly,

Book cover of Slow Hands

Why this book?

This was the book that inspired me to write. I loved it so. Even though it was a quick, easy read, Slow Hands made me want to step into the pages and take the heroine’s place. As I consumed it for the third time, I decided to analyze why I enjoyed it so. One of the reasons was that Maddy wasn’t perfect. I could relate to her. Also, the sex was steamy, fun, and very re-readable. Lastly, the hero was to die for. To me, the hero makes the book and Jake was one I wanted to grab onto and never let go. Slow Hands made me want to be an author and pen stories that made other people feel the same way I did – and I hope I have. 

Wild Card: An Elite Ops Navy Seal Novel

By Lora Leigh,

Book cover of Wild Card: An Elite Ops Navy Seal Novel

Why this book?

My God, this book ripped my heart out and put it back together again. I love stories that make me cry and I’ve made that a goal in my own writing. I want to make the reader laugh, weep, and swoon – then I know I’ve done my job. This book fulfills those requirements in spades. I adored this story. I’ve reread this book a dozen times or more. The characters, Nathan & Bella, will be with me forever. 


By Shayla Black,

Book cover of Delicious

Why this book?

Wow. This book almost broke my kindle. I cried so much, I nearly shorted it out. Talk about flawed characters – this story has two of the best. Alyssa had been through hell and back and come out stronger for it. Ironically, she is a stripper and a virgin. I ate this stuff up! Plus, Luc, the hero was such a hard head. I enjoyed his come to Jesus moment when he realized what he was letting slip through his fingers. Merciful heaven, this book set a standard for me that I have strived to attain as far as weaving an emotional roller coaster tale. Shayla Black is a master.   

Promises Prevail (Promise Series Book 3)

By Sarah McCarty,

Book cover of Promises Prevail (Promise Series Book 3)

Why this book?

Promises Prevail turned me inside out. This is another book I’ve read more times than I can count. The plot took me to places I’d never been before. I learned to love historical westerns when I inhaled this whole Promises series. Jenna is such a sweet heroine and strong beyond measure. Yet – when her vulnerabilities emerge – I melted in sympathy. The hero, Clint, is scary as heck but gentle as a lamb. My favorite kind of man. And…the sex was surprisingly hot and opened my eyes in more ways than one. All in all, I would recommend anything Sarah McCarty writes – she’s that good.  

The Unwanted Wife

By Natasha Anders,

Book cover of The Unwanted Wife

Why this book?

The Unwanted Wife made me feel so much. My heart ached for Theresa and sometimes I wanted to smack Sandro with a frying pan. But I loved it. Every damn word. Maybe I have a masochistic streak, but I enjoyed the pain. The only thing I liked more was watching Sandro grovel. Books based on misunderstandings might not be everyone’s cup of tea – but this one is a winner. If you enjoy being swamped with emotion and cheering on the HEA – this book is for you. 

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