by Rachel Wade
Expected Publication October 15, 2013
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Carter Montgomery spent most of his life blending in, and he liked it that way. It was always better to be seen, not heard. And while a theatric streak and friendly demeanor might have fooled most people, he knew the truth—he was the shy one. The quiet kid most people forgot about. Some might have considered that a bad thing, but those people all wanted to be in the spotlight.
The only place Carter didn’t mind attention was on stage, with The Hellions. Once content in his comfort zone in Seattle, Washington, he only knew three things: confrontation was to be avoided, keeping the peace was priority, and the moment he lost Kate Parker to Professor Ryan Campbell, he had no clue what to do with his life. Playing gigs, working at Pike Place Market, and watching BBC after the love of his life sailed off into the sunset just wasn’t going to cut it anymore.
Desperate to escape his rut, he takes a cue from Kate and chooses a random place to relocate—a small island across the country, where no one knows his name and memories of unrequited love aren’t found at every turn. Just when he thinks he’s found the perfect place to unwind and sink back into the shadows, in bursts Whitney Sinclair, a saucy firecracker who loves life and refuses to settle for second best. Full of contagious energy, she dares him to be brave, convincing him that it might finally be time to tell the world what he wants.
It might be time to make a declaration.
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Top Ten Favorite Romances of All Time
As a romance writer, I have to admit that choosing only 10 romance novels to share as my favorites is a huge challenge! My tastes and what I consider to be romantic might seem a bit unconventional to the traditional romance reader. I love my romances intense, angsty, and edgy, as you can probably tell from some of the titles that made it on to my list. I’d love to say that my favorites are all classics, but truthfully, they’re not. I love a good classic as much as the next bibliophile, but my favorite romances are all relatively new to the literature world.
On that note, here are my top ten favorite romances of all time…for now.
- Sins and Needles by Karina Halle – Romantic suspense at its best. Edgy, dark, and passionate. Camden and Ellie have an epic love that cannot be surpassed by Javier’s obsessive love….or can it?
- This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas – Intense, provocative, and all-consuming. I fell in love with the Lord of the Manor and his Temptress from page one.
- The Edge of Never by JA Redmerski – This is not solely a romance, but the relationship between Andrew and Camryn is engrossing and the journey they take together is heart-warming and heart-breaking all at once.
- Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James – Love it or hate it, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a worldwide phenomenon for a reason. There is just something compelling about Christian and Ana’s story. I remember reading this series back before anyone knew who Christian Grey or Anastasia Steele were, and I still love their story as much as I did before all the hype.
- Frigid by J Lynn – This is a very new contemporary romance that hooked me from the start. It’s a classic friends-to-lovers story with sweet, sexy, and heart-warming moments. A light, feel-good read for the contemporary romance junkie.
- Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout – This is hands down my favorite YA paranormal romance. I’m even more excited about it since the recent news that it, along with the rest of the Lux series, will be made into a movie. I can’t wait!
- Edward Scissorhands – Okay, so this is a film and I’m cheating here, but seriously…this is one of the best love stories of all time. Wounded outcast meets normal, teenage girl with a kind heart? You can’t go wrong. :)
- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – Just for the record, I’m actually not a Nicholas Sparks fan. Don’t get me wrong, I like some of the movie adaptations of his novels. I like the themes of love, redemption, and loss his stories usually revolve around. But his books aren’t my cup of tea. The Notebook, however, is an exception. It’s a great romance about love that transcends all generations and the passage of time.
- Pure by Jennifer Armentrout (and the whole Covenant Series, for that matter!) – Another favorite YA paranormal romance series of mine. Pure is book 2 and is my favorite of the series so far. In my opinion, this is one love triangle I love to hate and beats the Twilight love triangle any day. The heroine is strong and independent and has some depth. I’m Team Aiden all the way!
- Les Misérables – While it’s technically historical fiction, Les Mis is rife with romantic plot lines—the best of the best. Unrequited love, young love, love between a father and a daughter, mother and a father, stranger and a stranger. It’s one of the most moving love stories of all time.